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Jennifer L. Kroman

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Director of Pro Bono Practice
New York, NY
Jennifer Kroman is Director of Pro Bono Practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a global law firm. 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. Since 2011, Jennifer has led an award-winning pro bono program that serves hundreds of low-income individuals and the nonprofit organizations that assist them. Previously Jennifer was a partner in the litigation group at Cleary Gottlieb, focusing on complex commercial litigation and devoting significant time to pro bono cases.
Jennifer's active docket of pro bono cases primarily focuses on representing survivors of gender violence, including domestic violence, forced marriage, and honor killings. She has represented more than 60 human trafficking survivors in a wide array of matters, including filing post-conviction motions to vacate criminal convictions, immigration relief, and civil damages claims. Through her work as a Faculty Consultant to the American Bar Association Survivor Reentry Project, she has trained hundreds of pro bono lawyers around the country to represent human trafficking survivors in post-conviction motions. Jennifer also spearheaded Cleary Gottlieb'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.
For her extensive and holistic representation of survivors of human trafficking, Jennifer has been honored by Sanctuary for Families with the 2015 Abely Pro Bono Achievement Award, as a ""Lawyer Who Leads By Example"€ by the New York Law Journal in 2014, and twice by The Legal Aid Society with its Pro Bono Publico Award (2014 & 2012). She was the recipient of Penn Law Alumni Society's 2018 Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award, and has been recognized as one of the "Responsible 100” by City & State.
Jennifer is as a board member of Sanctuary for Families, New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. She also is a member of the Advisory Board of Still She Rises in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the first public defender organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to the representation of mothers in the criminal justice system.
Jennifer graduated from The University of Michigan, phi beta kappa, and received a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.