NEW YORK (November 3, 2008) – Morrison & Foerster LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer K. Brown has joined the firm as East Coast Pro Bono Counsel, resident in the New York office. In this newly created position, Ms. Brown will build on the firm’s strong ties with the East Coast public interest community to generate high impact pro bono opportunities for attorneys in the firm’s New York, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia offices. She will work closely with the firmwide Pro Bono Committee and Senior Pro Bono Counsel Kathi Pugh to further develop the firm’s pro bono practice.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Ms. Brown most recently served as vice president and legal director of Legal Momentum, a national public interest legal organization, where she devised and led litigation and policy strategies to advance women’s rights. Ms. Brown is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and in 1999 was appointed to head the first Reproductive Rights Unit in the New York State Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau.
“We are thrilled that Jennifer agreed to join us to augment and guide our already impressive pro bono program on the East Coast,” said Jamie Levitt, a litigation partner and chair of the Pro Bono Committee. “A fundamental component of Morrison & Foerster’s culture is our tradition that strongly encourages and values pro bono work and views it an essential part of each lawyer’s professional responsibility. Jennifer’s expertise and prominence in the public interest community will help us better connect our lawyers to the most urgent legal needs of underserved communities.”
For more than 50 years, Morrison & Foerster attorneys have volunteered their time and expertise to promote equal access to justice. In 2007, the firm devoted more than 80,000 hours to low-income persons and matters of public interest and is projected to spend more than 100,000 hours this year. In July 2008, American Lawyer magazine again ranked the firm on its “A-List” of the Top 20 Law Firms in the Country for combined scores in pro bono, diversity, associate satisfaction, and economic success.
“Morrison & Foerster has long recognized that the resources of the private bar, especially the passion and excellence of its lawyers, are critical to the pursuit of justice that is the core mission of pro bono practice,” said Ms. Brown. “I am delighted by this opportunity to use my experience as a public interest lawyer to build on the firm’s extraordinarily robust tradition of providing pro bono legal services.” Ms. Brown received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1993, where she was a contributor and editor of the Yale Law Journal as well as a board member of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval in the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and completed a fellowship with the ACLU. Her public advocacy career began long before law school, when she served as the executive director and president of NOW’s New York City chapter from 1983 – 1987.