Jennifer L. 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.
- Board member, Sanctuary for Families
- Board member, Association of Pro Bono Counsel
- Advisory board member, Still She Rises
- Faculty consultant, ABA Survivor Reentry Project
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1994
- University of Michigan, B.A., 1991
- New York
- U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
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