Laren E. Spirer
New York University School of Law, New York, NY
J.D., May 1997
Awards: Vanderbilt Medal, Student Bar Association Community Recognition Award
Activities: Public Policy Advocacy Clinic; Law Revue (student musical), Producer; Substantial Performance, a coed a cappella singing group, Founder, President
Tufts University Medford, MA
President, Tufts University Amalgamates, a coed a cappella singing group; Torn Ticket II, a theatrical production group
B.A. in Sociology with Women's Studies Minor, May 1992
Pro Bono Net New York, NY
New York State Pro Bono Coordinator February 2000 - present
Responsibilities include working closely with members of the pro bono and public interest legal community to develop resources for www.probono.net, a website designed to provide support for pro bono and public interest attorneys; Conducting outreach and facilitating the development of content for individual practice areas on site; Developing and implementing strategic outreach plan for law firm pro bono recruitment; Assisting law firm pro bono coordinators in finding pro bono opportunities; Conducting live, phone, and web-based trainings on the Pro Bono Net web template and administrative features. Representing Pro Bono Net on a statewide and national level at conferences, seminars, and in the press; Working with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on September 11th Legal Relief Efforts
Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, PC New York, NY
Title VII Associate September 1999 - February 2000
Assisted partners in representation of clients in plaintiffs'-side employment discrimination matters, researched and drafted motions, pleadings, briefs, affidavits, memoranda, and discovery materials; Participated in severance agreement negotiations; Assisted in drafting brief for NY Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department.
Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. New York, NY
Litigation Attorney September 1997 - December 1998
Summer Attorney June 1996 - August 1996
Assisted attorneys in representation of clients in civil litigation matters, researched and drafted motions, pleadings, briefs, affidavits, memoranda, and discovery materials, primarily in general commercial litigation and insurance coverage areas; Attended pretrial and preliminary conferences; Prepared materials for trials; Drafted trial brief for appeal to 7th Circuit; Updated trial brief for Colorado Supreme Court; Drafted amicus brief on advertising injury liability insurance, trial brief in trademark opposition action, and Wells Submission for SEC investigation; Interviewed and prepared witnesses; Participated in child custody hearing and matrimonial cases through Network for Women’s Services pro bono program.
New York University School of Law New York, NY
Research Assistant, Professor Diane Zimmerman June 1995 - December 1995
Researched issues in the area of copyright law including regulation of copying to and from the Internet and the economic analysis of copyright; Assisted in research on employment discrimination for Second Circuit Task Force on Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness.
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy New York, NY
Student Intern October 1994 - February 1995
Researched state statutes on subjects related to abortion, contraception, fertility, and other reproductive issues.
Boston Women's Fund Boston, MA
Office Administrator November 1993 - August 1994
Intern January 1990 - May 1990
Managed office; Supervised and recruited volunteers; Processed checks from donors; Provided general administrative support; Managed donor database system and office computer systems; Designed, produced and solicited advertisements for program book for conference on Women, Money, and Social Responsibility.
Crittenton Hastings House Brighton, MA
Administrative Assistant for Health Services November 1992 - October 1993
Intake Intern June 1991 - August 1991
Collected, analyzed, and distributed monthly and quarterly statistics for abortion and gynecology clinics; Purchased and maintained inventory of medical and office supplies; Coordinated monthly schedule; Distributed and designed promotional materials; Provided computer support; Conducted medical history intake interviews; Developed medical files for patients in abortion and gynecology clinics; Tutored parenting teens for GED.
SKILLS, INTERESTS, and PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Admitted to the Bars of NY, MA, SDNY and EDNY. Extensive computer experience including Lexis, Westlaw, Internet, basic HTML. Member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee and New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinators Network. Enjoy singing, cycling, rollerblading, theater, blogging, and fine food. Self-defense instructor, Prepare/IMPACT personal safety.