USA Law Firm Coalition Launches National Pro Bono Campaign to Support Small Business

Kirkland & Ellis and others are joining the City Bar Justice Center to roll out a pilot in New York, and the Lawyers for Good Government Foundation will provide national assistance in the effort to guide small business owners on how to access government support. Write

A group of 34 law firms, including Kirkland & Ellis, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Goodwin Procter and Covington & Burling, are joining together with the Lawyers for Good Government Foundation to help small business owners make sense of how to secure support through the federal government’s COVID-19 stimulus package.

The project is getting off the ground first in New York City, where Kirkland & Ellis pro bono partner Jacqueline Haberfeld was one of a number of law firm representatives who approached the City Bar Justice Center with the idea of building a program aiding small businesses.

“The City Bar Justice Center in New York is a tremendous resource for New Yorkers of modest means providing all kinds of services in good times and bad. They’re the first to respond with services that are created just in time for crises like this,” Haberfeld said.

The New York clinic, which is expected to open early next week, will bring together lawyers from at least 26 firms to help guide small business owners in determining what help is available through the package that passed the House earlier Friday, and also assist them in filing for grants and loans available through various federal, state, and local programs.

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