Natalie J. Kraner Pro Bono Counsel

New YorkNew Jersey
T 973.422.6722 | F 973.422.6723



Natalie is committed to strengthening partnerships with leading nonprofit and community organizations, encouraging pro bono participation within the firm, and serving the needs of local communities.

In addition to helping run the pro bono program firmwide, Natalie maintains a substantive practice as a litigator, applying her extensive experience in complex and appellate litigation to achieve widespread law reform for low-income and other vulnerable persons by challenging unjust and unlawful practices. Since joining the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest, she has had a particular focus on criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts through impact litigation and legislative and executive advocacy. Natalie also oversees the firm’s asylum docket, where she participates in precedent-setting appeals in state and federal courts and defends victims of persecution from deportation.

In addition, Natalie manages and participates in signature initiatives through which the firm provides representation to:

  • Children in immigration proceedings
  • Victims of persecution in asylum proceedings
  • Survivors of domestic violence seeking orders of protection and custody of their children
  • Veterans in disability hearings
  • Low-income individuals in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Tenants trying to avoid eviction
  • Low-income entrepreneurs who need business advice
  • Low-income inventors who need assistance with patent applications
  • Adults seeking to become legal guardians to children in their care
  • Nonprofit organizations seeking counsel and assistance in corporate and governance matters

Representative Engagements

Successfully advocated for the passage of a juvenile justice reform bill, which reduces the number of youth subject to incarceration in adult prisons and eliminates solitary confinement as a form of punishment in juvenile facilities in NJ.
Led a litigation team challenging the practice of administrative transfers from juvenile detention facilities to adult prisons without due process; secured the return of one young man from adult prison to the juvenile facility where the court had originally placed him, which laid the groundwork for establishing a right to counsel and other due process protections in such proceedings.
Achieved a NJ Supreme Court victory reversing the criminal conviction of a young man who was serving a 64-year sentence based upon a confession that was obtained in violation of his constitutional right to remain silent.
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Other Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers (2013–2017) – Recognized as a "Rising Star."

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Pro Bono Partnerships to Strengthen Impact Litigation and Policy Advocacy,” Equal Justice Conference, May 7, 2015

  • Panelist, “Pro Bono in Practice: Criminal Justice,” Pro Bono Institute Conference, March 5, 2015

  • Panelist, “Marketplace of Ideas,” Pro Bono Institute Conference, March 5, 2015

Publications

51-Jurisdiction Survey on Juvenile Solitary Confinement Rules
available at http://www.lowensteinprobono.com/reports/, July 2016
Natalie Kraner, Nari Wang
Trying the Case: An Appellate Perspective
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 101 Practice Series: Breaking Down the Basics, Spring 2008
Natalie Kraner

Press Mentions

Pro Bono Counsel, Natalie Kraner, is quoted in the New York Times regarding a class-action lawsuit filed against the state of Illinois to limit the use of solitary confinement as a punitive measure in juvenile correctional facilities. , New York Times , May 4, 2015
Lowenstein Sandler’s Class Action and Derivative Litigation Group won a decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court denying certification of a class seeking to sue Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company, a subsidiary of Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL), for injuries following power outages triggered by a severe ice storm. This decision marks the first time the highest court of any state has ruled on whether a utility can be sued in a class action arising from widespread power outages. The Lowenstein team included Gavin Rooney, Natalie Kraner, and Joseph Fischetti. , November 4, 2014
The New York Times wrote an editorial endorsing the arguments made in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. S. Ct. in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius on behalf of Professor Frederick Mark Gedicks and 20 other law professors. (Catherine Weiss, Natalie Kraner, Michael Hampson, Joe Fischetti, and Meg Slachetka). , February 5, 2014
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Related Areas

Appellate
Class Action Litigation
Corporate Investigations & Integrity
Life Sciences
Litigation

Education


George Washington University Law School ( J.D. , 2005 ) , cum laude; George Washington Scholar; Notes and Projects editor, The George Washington Law Review
The College of New Jersey ( B.A. , 2001 ) , cum laude

Clerkships


New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division , Honorable Stephen Skillman  

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Affiliations


  • YWCA of Eastern Union County, Board Member
  • Covenant House NYC, Member of Legal and Advocacy Programming Board
  • Lead New Jersey, Member of 2015 class