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Kevin Curnin

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
New York, NY
Kevin J. Curnin is a partner and the founding director of Stroock’s Public Service Project, which launched in 2001. His responsibilities include managing the program throughout the firms’ offices, developing new initiatives, leading cases, and advising associates and partners with their pro bono litigation and transactional work. _x000D_
Mr. Curnin has handled or supervised a broad range of matters within the Public Service Project, from special education hearings to family and housing court matters, as well as prisoner rights and civil rights cases. During his tenure, Mr. Curnin and the Public Service Project have won dozens of awards from city, state and national organizations, both public and private, including the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. He has been recognized by many NYC legal services organizations including Sanctuary for Families, Her Justice, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Lawyers Alliance and the Urban Justice Law Center, as well as his alma maters, Fordham Law School and Dartmouth College. _x000D_
Mr. Curnin is a leader in transactional legal services for community economic development, on behalf of micro-entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. He helped lead emergency legal response efforts after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy. Under his guidance, Stroock has been especially involved in anti-human trafficking efforts and disability rights. _x000D_
Kevin has sat on many boards, including at Advocates for Children and the Global Workers Justice Alliance, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham and the board of the Touch Foundation, which engages in healthcare reform in Tanzania. He is currently the President of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel. He regularly participates in panels and conferences, and writes frequently on the topics of pro bono legal services and social justice, including most recently, "Goodness First, then Greatness" and "Love and Law in the Age of Trump."
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