Public Service Project

Each year, the Public Service Project provides several pro bono programs designed specifically for summer associates.  These programs allow summer associates to work alongside seasoned Stroock attorneys, assume individual responsibility, develop practical lawyering skills and serve underserved members of the community.  We have offered the following opportunities during the summer program:

Domestic Violence/Uncontested Divorce Proceedings

Stroock became a charter member of New York City's "Project Life" in 1995, and we have been a staunch ally to domestic violence victims ever since. Summer associates work on various uncontested and contested divorce matters as well as Family Court cases. With supervision, summer associates participate in all facets of these cases, from drafting pleadings and supporting documents, to preparing witnesses.

Children's Social Security Disability Hearings and Appeals

Social Security Disability Income cases for children are another challenging way to assist a needy population and develop lawyering skills at the administrative, trial court and appellate court levels. Through fact-intensive analyses within a challenging statutory scheme, our summer associates help parents obtain long over-due support for their children.

Civil Rights Advocacy for New York City Schoolchildren

Stroock is building an expertise in special education law in New York, particularly regarding compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act. We represent children with serious disabilities in hearings against the Board of Education over appropriate placement and services issues. Our summer associates actively participate in these hearings, gaining invaluable experience of participating in a complete case, from documentation and exhibits to witness prep and to closing statements.

Summer Law Intern Mentoring

For one week every summer, Stroock hosts a group of students from local high schools as part of a legal internship program with Legal Outreach, a non-profit organization that uses law as an outreach and educational tool in troubled schools in New York City. Summer associates act as mentors to the high school interns, guiding them through a rigorous one-week legal curriculum. Summer associates participate in developing our unique curriculum, administering the program, and guiding the intern’s preparation for their final written and oral advocacy presentations.

Unemployment Insurance Advocacy Project

Summer associates represent individual claimants who have been improperly denied unemployment insurance benefits.  As part of this project, summer associates serve as advocates and interview their client, review documents, develop a theory of the case, conduct direct and cross-examinations and make closing arguments before an administrative judge.

Public Counsel

Stroock summer associates in Los Angeles participate in the General Relief Assistance Project for Public Counsel, which advocates on behalf of “at risk” and homeless individuals in the state’s welfare system. In the last several years, the program has helped more than 10,000 people living in poverty to receive food, housing or general relief checks from the Department of Social Services. The program exposes summer associates to the fundamentals of government benefits law and the development of advocacy skills on behalf of impoverished individuals.