This fall, we are pleased to welcome a new law firm – Crowell & Moring LLP – to Legal Aid’s Loaned Associate Program. Crowell joins our longtime partners Arnold & Porter LLP, Skadden, Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in “loaning” Legal Aid an associate to work full-time in our offices on a six-month rotation.
Crowell & Moring (C&M) inaugurated its program by selecting Lucy Noyola, a fourth-year associate, from a strong pool of C&M associates and counsel who expressed interest in the program. Factors that were considered in the selection process included the attorney’s pro bono contributions, demonstrated commitment to the Firm, and career development potential. Lucy’s pro bono work at the Firm includes assisting more than 40 low-income tenants in recovering their security deposits from an unscrupulous landlord and representing two low-income wage earners in litigation to obtain wages wrongfully withheld by their former employer.
C&M’s loaned associates will work in Legal Aid’s Housing Law Unit, helping tenants to defend eviction suits and secure their right to safe and well maintained housing. In considering this area of focus, the Firm recognizes that such representation can often prevent an individual or family from becoming homeless and that the economic downturn has had a devastating impact on the need for and availability of legal services for low-income tenants. According to C&M Public Service Partner Susan Hoffman, the Firm chose the Legal Aid Society for the rotation program, “because the quality of work, supervision and reputation of Legal Aid are outstanding. The Firm has had a long pro bono history with Legal Aid, which we hope this program will continue and enhance.”