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Loeb & Loeb Announces Pro Bono Fellowship Recipient For Summer 2006

NEW YORK - Loeb & Loeb LLP announced today that St. John's School of Law student, Kimberly Guche, has been selected as the firm's Pro Bono Fellow this summer.

Loeb & Loeb LLP's pro bono program is centered around activities on behalf of children.  The firm represents the Children's Aid Society, Children's Rights, the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), Hope for Youth, Lawyers for Children and Jewish Family Services, among other not-for-profit organizations.  As part of the firm's commitment to the protection of children, the firm established the Loeb & Loeb Child Advocacy Fellowship at Lawyers For Children, one of the nation's leading providers of free legal and social work services for children. 

This year the firm awarded the position of Loeb & Loeb Pro Bono Fellowship to Kimberly Guche, a J.D. candidate (2008) at St. John's School of Law.  The Fellowship includes a salary for Kimberly's time working on pro bono matters at Loeb & Loeb this summer.

Ms. Guche has joined a team of Loeb & Loeb litigators from both the firm's New York and California offices, in collaboration with Children's Rights, representing Mississippi foster care children in a class action case to secure services and prevent abuse and neglect within the state's system.  The trial is scheduled to commence this August.

Former Loeb & Loeb Partner John Lang, leading pro bono counsel on the Mississippi foster care case with Children's Rights, said, "We are fortunate to have someone as bright and motivated as Kimberly on board for trial preparation for this important case, which will impact many children in Mississippi.  We believe she will gain critical legal experience.  Our hope is that a positive outcome in the Mississippi case will set an example for foster care systems across the country, encouraging them to improve their services and protections for children."

Ms. Guche is well-qualified for the Loeb fellowship.  She received the St. Thomas More Full Merit Scholarship for St. John's School of Law and earned a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University in May 2005.  Previously, Ms. Guche was a policy and legal intern at Children's Rights in New York City and an intern at Monroe County Family Court in Rochester, New York.