The Public Service Project

The Public Service Project at Stroock (PSP) is the cornerstone of the firm’s longtime commitment to serving the public interest: pro bono publico – a tradition dating to the firm’s founding in Lower Manhattan in 1876.  Created in March 2001, the Public Service Project provides a broad array of legal assistance, concentrating on underserved and under-resourced communities in New York City, and is a recognized leader in providing critical legal pro bono services in response to national disasters.
Stroock was among the first firms to create a permanent, firm-wide pro bono infrastructure to assist micro-entrepreneurs, to develop long-term relationships as general counsel to non-profit clients, and to emphasize inter-departmental teams.  Today, it remains one of the few firms to be led by a full-time pro bono partner.
We approach our pro bono practice in much the same way as we approach our other practice areas – constantly re-assessing our practice and fine-tuning core areas of concentration, including Community Economic Development; Disability Rights; Schools & Education; and Women, Family & Children.  Each of these “hubs” has multiple and mutually reinforcing spokes.  The PSP also encourages Stroock attorneys to explore their own paths to public service.
The Public Service Project has been a pioneer in staffing the increasingly sophisticated transactional needs of our pro bono clients, making available diverse teams of attorneys with the array of necessary skills and experience. As dozens of awards attest, the Public Service Project has been recognized repeatedly over the years as a leader in the delivery of pro bono legal services to those in need.