Our Story

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) increases access to justice through an effective pro bono model.

Our Mission

CBJC increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. Drawing upon our relationship with the New York City Bar, the Justice Center provides legal assistance to those in need; mobilizes lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments, and other legal institutions to provide pro bono legal services; educates the public on legal issues; fosters strategic relationships; and impacts public policy.

Our supporters turn our mission into reality: a dozen core projects led by experts in the field, over 1,000 pro bono attorneys trained and mentored by staff, and the largest free civil legal hotline in New York State all add up to our ability to level the playing field for those without the means to navigate our justice system.

Our History

CBJC is the largest department of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc. (City Bar Fund), the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar Association (City Bar). CBJC’s origins date back to the 1980s when the City Bar created a community outreach program to provide direct representation to low-income New Yorkers. Later, the program was supplemented by a free legal hotline. These programs played a critical role in providing pro bono legal relief following the 9/11 disaster and thereafter were centralized into the City Bar Justice Center.