Kerry Cooperman is director of Stroock’s national pro bono program, known as the Public Service Project. He leads cases and provides resources and counsel to attorneys across Stroock’s offices, in partnership with public interest organizations, to combat social, economic, and racial injustice by providing pro bono legal services to underserved populations in matters involving special education, immigration, housing, family law, nonprofits and microenterprises, criminal justice, civil rights, and disaster relief. Kerry is also an experienced litigator, leads Stroock’s nonprofit practice, and co-runs Stroock’s Anti-Racist Ideas & Actions program.
Why is corporate social responsibility important to you and your organization?
We view corporate social responsibility as a commitment to carry out our work, establish goals, and relate to one another in a manner consciously designed to improve the lives of others. This ethos provides a foundation from which we, as attorneys, can discharge our obligation to promote access to justice.
How does your organization ensure that CSR flows through all of its areas?
CSR is embedded in Stroock’s infrastructure and culture. Our Public Service Project enables our attorneys and staff to integrate pro bono legal service into their work not as periodic events but rather as sustained activities. Our Diversity Equity & Inclusion program implements multipronged initiatives to address inequity and ensure our workplace is diverse and inclusive. And our Affinity Groups are dedicated to enhancing cultural awareness, promoting equity, and facilitating community building.
What are some of your organization’s specific CSR goals and what social impact do you hope to accomplish?
Our CSR and social impact goals are multipronged. We endeavor to find new and compelling ways to incentivize one another to assimilate public service into our personal and work lives, whether through pro bono, volunteering, or other forms of community engagement. We intend to continue to grow as a law firm leader in helping underserved individuals and communities achieve access to justice. And we strive to be a diverse, inclusive, and equity-promoting workplace where differences are celebrated and attorneys and staff are empowered in an atmosphere of openness and cooperation.
How would you describe CSR in three words?
Holding ourselves accountable