Jennifer Kroman is Cleary Gottlieb’s Director of Pro Bono Practice.

She manages the firm’s broad array of pro bono matters and develops and strengthens Cleary’s relationships with public interest and legal services partners. Jennifer leads an award-winning pro bono program that serves hundreds of low-income individuals and the nonprofit organizations that assist them.

Jennifer maintains an active docket of pro bono cases, primarily focused on representing survivors of gender violence, including domestic violence, forced marriage, and honor killings. She has represented more than 50 human trafficking survivors in a wide array of matters, including filing post-conviction motions to vacate criminal convictions, immigration relief, and civil damages claims. Over the last two years she has trained hundreds of pro bono lawyers around the country to represent human trafficking survivors in post-conviction motions. Jennifer spearheaded the firm’s efforts in responding to the 2017 immigration executive orders, including leading the pro bono team that filed suit in federal court in New York and secured the return to the United States of Dr. Suha Abushamma, a Cleveland Clinic doctor wrongfully returned to Saudi Arabia from JFK airport on January 28, 2017.

Jennifer originally joined the firm in 1996. Prior to assuming responsibility for the pro bono practice in 2011, Jennifer was a litigation associate and partner at the firm. Her practice during those years focused on securities litigation and complex commercial matters and she litigated cases for homeless workers and survivors of domestic violence.

Selected Activities

  • Board member, Sanctuary for Families
  • Board member, Association of Pro Bono Counsel
  • Advisory board member, Still She Rises
  • Faculty consultant, ABA Survivor Reentry Project (provides training and technical assistance to lawyers around the country assisting survivors of trafficking with obtaining post-conviction relief)

Publications

Events

  • May 2019, ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference 2019, “Beyond Band Aids: How To Manage Pro Bono Catastrophes” and “Legal Services for Trafficking Survivors - Best Practices in Pro Bono Partnerships.” (panelist)
  • April 2019, ABA Spring Conference and Land Use Institute 2019, “Survivor Re-Entry Project: Human Trafficking & Criminal Records Relief,” (panelist)
  • November 2018, UK Law Centres Network Annual Conference, “Pro Bono As A Tool Of Social Change - A Perspective From The US” (panelist)
  • October 2018, Cleary Gottlieb Alumni CLE, “Immigration in 2018: The Legal and Ethical Landscape”
  • October 2018, Berkeley Center for Law & Business Leadership Lunch Series “Incorporating Pro Bono Into A Big Firm Practice”
  • October 2018, APBCO Academy,“Crisis and Disaster Response: Lessons Learned From The Border” (panelist)
  • September 2018, IRAP Annual Student Summit 2018, “Pro Bono Panel” (panelist)
  • May 2018, ABA Equal Justice Conference, “Collaborations With Corporations” (panelist)
  • April 2018, Freedom Network Conference “Criminal Record Advocacy for Survivors: Strategy & Best Practices for Legislation, Outreach, and Pro Bono Collaboration” (panelist)
  • March 2018, “Obtaining Post-Conviction Relief For Survivors of Human Trafficking Under Washington Law” (presenter)
  • February 2018, Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference “Effective Collaboration In Pro Bono Projects” (panelist)
  • December 2017, Practicing Law Institute, “Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2017” (panelist)
  • December 2017, NYC Bar Association Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee “Expenses – Co-Counseling And Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation” (panelist)
  • May 2017, “Obtaining Post-Conviction Relief For Survivors of Human Trafficking Under California Law” (presenter)
  • May 2017, ABA Equal Justice Conference, “Getting to Yes: Top 10 Reasons Law Firm Partners Will or Won’t Do Pro Bono” (panelist)
  • December 2016, Practicing Law Institute, “Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation” (panelist)
  • December 2016, “Obtaining Post-Conviction Relief For Survivors of Human Trafficking Under Florida Law” (presenter)
  • November 2016, Practicing Law Institute, “Human Trafficking in Immigrant Communities: Current Issues in Preparing Petitions for T Nonimmigrant Status” (panelist)
  • June 2016, ABA Civil Rights Litigation Committee, “Civil Rights Litigation: Navigating Successful Pro Bono Partnerships” (speaker)
  • February 2016, NYC Bar Association Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee “Pro Bono and NonProfit Board Service” (panelist)
  • December 2015, Practicing Law Institute, “Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation” (panelist)
  • February 2015, NYC Bar Association Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, “Measuring Impact and Success in Pro Bono Programs” (moderator)
  • May 2015, ABA Equal Justice Conference, “Pro Bono Motivations and Challenges” (panelist)
  • January 2015, Practicing Law Institute, “Criminal Prosecution of Human Trafficking” (panelist)
  • December 2014, Practicing Law Institute, “Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation” (panelist)
  • September 2014, Hearings On The Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York, (testimony; First Department) 
  • May 2014, ABA Equal Justice Conference, “Obtaining Post Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking” (panelist)
  • December 2013, Practicing Law Institute, “Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation” (panelist)
  • April 2013, UJA We Were Slaves Conference: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking, “Achieving Protection and Justice For Victims” (panelist)
  • May 2013, ABA Equal Justice Conference, “Public Interest Impact Litigation: Improving Law Firm and Public Interest Partnerships” (panelist)