Laren Spirer

Director of Pro Bono Programs, Social Justice Initiatives at Columbia University - Law School

Laren Spirer

Laren Spirer

Director of Pro Bono Programs, Social Justice Initiatives at Columbia University - Law School

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Laren E. Spirer is an attorney with extensive experience and relationships in the pro bono legal community. Most recently, she was the Pro Bono Manager at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she assisted associates and partners in identifying and pursuing projects with numerous not-for-profit groups in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining Debevoise, Laren worked at Pro Bono Net, the nation's leading organization using information technology to foster collaboration across the public interest and private bar community with the goal of increasing access to justice. Laren began her career as a litigator at public interest private law firms in New York City.

Laren serves on the New York City Bar’s Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, and was formerly on the Leadership Council and Board of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel. She graduated from New York University School of Law and and earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Tufts
University. She is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts.

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Director, Center on Global Legal Transformation at Columbia University - Law School

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Of Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Executive Director of Financial Aid at Columbia University - Law School

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Executive Director & Senior Counsel, National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia University - Law School

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Dean & the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law at Columbia University - Law School

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Vice Dean for Intellectual Life & Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia University - Law School

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Director, Center for National Security Law at Columbia University - Law School

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Director of Pro Bono Programs, Social Justice Initiatives at Columbia University - Law School
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B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Women's Studies

Tufts University is a private research university located in Medford/Somerville, near Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The university is organized into ten schools, including two undergraduate programs and eight graduate divisions, on four campuses in Massachusetts and the French Alps. The university emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all of its disciplines and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.

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Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

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The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Director of Pro Bono Programs, Social Justice Initiatives
Current

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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THE MISSION OF PRO BONO NET (PBN) IS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO JUSTICE. THROUGH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS AND EXPERTISE IN BUILDING COLLABORATION, PBN TRANSFORMS THE WAY LEGAL HELP REACHES UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.

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The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Their 11 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.

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