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Within days of last September’s terrorist attacks, New York’s legal community responded in record numbers to the city’s critical needs. Individuals affected by the attacks required emergency assistance in issues of family law, trusts and estates, housing, real estate, insurance, public benefits, social security, unemployment and workers’ compensation, immigration and ERISA. Few could afford attorneys to handle their myriad troubles. Small-business owners — mostly downtown Manhattan mom-and-pop stores operating on slim profit margins — were beset with real estate matters, insurance claims, tax deferrals and deadline postponements, loan restructurings, FEMA/SBA matters, employment law, loan and other contract renegotiations and bankruptcies. In this year’s recently completed survey of those law firms that have taken the Volunteers of Legal Service Pledge (30 hours of pro bono service per year per member attorney), the standard was expanded to include Sept. 11-related volunteer work. As a result, 35 of 36 firms — or 10,393 lawyers — reported they had met or exceeded VOLS pledge goals. Overall, the 2001 average of pro bono hours worked was 55. Following is a selection of private firm pro bono service in 2001: STROOCK & STROOCK & LAVAN � Conceived, designed and helped implement the small-business relief program adopted by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and dozens of other law firms. Also created “From the Ground Up,” the advocacy group seeking to give micro-entrepreneurs a substantial voice in the redevelopment of lower Manhattan. � For his numerous efforts relating to Sept. 11, the New York State Bar Association awarded the President’s Pro Bono Service Award to Kevin J. Curnin, attorney director of Stroock’s Public Service Project. Curnin was nominated for the award, made on Law Day last May, by the Legal Aid Society and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. WHITE & CASE � In the first three months following Sept. 11, the firm recorded more than 3,000 hours — equating to $1 million in billings — of pro bono service, especially in trust and estate matters. Early this year, counsel James M. Stillwaggon was named full-time head the firm’s new Pro Bono Committee. � Currently, the firm represents a group of Battery Park City tenants involved in rent and living conditions disputes, resulting in eviction procedures taken by the landlord. Eleven cases have been settled; another 30 are pending. CHADBOURNE & PARKE � Housed members of the New York City Corporation Counsel’s office when the city agency was unusable. � Clara Krivoy, senior associate in the firm’s Latin American practice group, organized the first legal clinic for Spanish-speaking drivers for the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. Assisted by visiting Brazilian attorney Roberta deOliveira e Corvo, legal assistant Sandra Buzaglo, and secretary Iris Acevedo. DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL � Working with the city Bar, drafted a model pro bono attorney retention letter and telephone hotline intake questionnaire. � Assisted house counsel at Pitney Bowes to create a foundation providing educational support for the children of victims killed at the World Trade Center. PILLSBURY WINTHROP � At the behest of VOLS, staffed a clinic at New York University Hospital focusing on children’s medical law issues. WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES � Established the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund to provide financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, police officers, Port Authority officers and EMS personnel. MORRISON & FOERSTER � Jamie A. Levitt, a litigation partner in the firm’s New York office, supervised a team of lawyers to produce two widely used post-Sept. 11 publications in English and Spanish: “Helping Handbook: Legal Resources for Families of Victims of the World Trade Center Disaster”; and “Helping Handbook: for Small Businesses and Nonprofits Affected by the World Trade Center Disaster.” MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS � Assisted the firm of Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost 658 staff members in the fall of the World Trade Center, in securing emergency office space, telephone and Internet service.

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