Jennifer Kroman is Cleary Gottlieb’s Director of Pro Bono Practice. She manages the firm’s broad array of pro bono initiatives and develops and strengthens Cleary’s relationships with public interest and legal services partners.
Jennifer maintains an active docket of pro bono cases, primarily focused on representing survivors of gender violence. She has represented dozens of human trafficking survivors in a wide array of matters, including immigration relief and filing post-conviction motions to vacate criminal convictions. She has also handled immigration cases for those victimized by forced marriage and honor killings. Recently Jennifer 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 a Cleveland Clinic doctor wrongfully returned to Saudi Arabia from JFK airport on January 28, 2017.
Jennifer often speaks on issues related to pro bono. She has presented to the Practicing Law Institute and the ABA Equal Justice and UJA Conferences on the legal needs of sex trafficking survivors and ethical issues in pro bono representation. She has also provided testimony to the New York State Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services on the importance of the private bar in delivering essential pro bono services.
Jennifer has been honored by Sanctuary for Families with the Abely Award for her work with trafficking survivors. She has also been honored by The New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example” and by The Legal Aid Society for her supervision of a project with Legal Aid representing survivors of sex trafficking who seek vacatur of prior criminal convictions.
Jennifer originally joined Cleary Gottlieb as a litigation associate in 1996 and was a litigation partner from 2003 to 2006. Jennifer received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in 1991 from the University of Michigan.