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2017 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards
City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of 2017 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service
October 20, 2017

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of the ninth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

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Caitlin Miner-Le Grand Appointed Next Fragomen Fellow at City Bar Justice Center to Enhance Pro Bono Immigration Representation
September 25, 2017

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the world’s leading provider of immigration legal services, has announced the appointment of Caitlin Miner-Le Grand as the firm’s latest “Fragomen Fellow” effective September 25, 2017. The Fragomen Fellowship is a two-year rotating position the firm’s New York office established to enhance the pro bono immigration services provided by the City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

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City Bar Chorus
City Bar Chorus Benefit Concert: Be In the Room Where It Happens, All for a Good Cause
May 24, 2017

Don’t miss your shot to hear what will be among the first NYC performances of the official Hamilton choral medley at next month’s New York City Bar Chorus Benefit Concert. The award-winning 80-voice chorus, accompanied by Matthew V. Grieco, will be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Musical Director Kathryn E. Schneider. The concert will take … Continue reading City Bar Chorus Benefit Concert: Be In the Room Where It Happens, All for a Good Cause

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Anti-Harassment Project at CBJC
City Bar Justice Center Announces New Anti-Harassment Project
April 13, 2017

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the formation of the Anti-Harassment Project. The new project will provide pro bono legal assistance to New Yorkers who are threatened, harassed or coerced because they belong in a class of people who are protected under … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center Announces New Anti-Harassment Project

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Save the Date for CBJC Gala
City Bar Justice Center Gala to Celebrate Pro Bono
April 3, 2017

On April 5th, the City Bar Justice Center’s 12th Annual Gala will honor the global business leader Bloomberg L.P. and the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP with the 2017 City Bar Justice Awards, for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service. This year’s gala provides critical support for the Justice Center, which … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center Gala to Celebrate Pro Bono

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City Bar Justice Center Announces Winners of 2016 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service
September 29, 2016

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of the eighth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

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New York Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Justice Center
May 9, 2016

The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $5,200 to the City Bar Justice Center. The grant will be used to support the Housing Security Initiative of their LGBT Advocacy Project, which will educate and assist LGBT seniors experiencing housing instability through community presentations, legal advice, and “know your rights” materials.

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City Bar Justice Center Gala to Celebrate Pro Bono
April 11, 2016

On April 13th, the City Bar Justice Center’s 11th Annual Gala will honor the international law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and global media corporation CBS with the 2016 City Bar Justice Awards, for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service.

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Jane C. Sherburne to Chair City Bar Fund; New Board Members Announced
June 25, 2015

Jane C. Sherburne, principal of the legal consulting firm Sherburne PLLC, has been elected Chair of the City Bar Fund of the New York City Bar Association. The Fund encompasses the City Bar Justice Center, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Lawyer Assistance Program, and other activities. Sherburne succeeds Mei Lin Kwan-Gett as Chair of the City Bar Fund.

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U.S. Eastern District Court and City Bar Justice Center Launch Innovative Pro Se Legal Clinic
June 22, 2015

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the City Bar Justice Center have collaborated to launch the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project (FedPro), a pilot project to provide information, advice, and limited-scope legal assistance to people proceeding pro se in a variety of federal civil cases in the Eastern District of New York.

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Protecting Senior Homeowners from Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure: A Policy Brief
August 17, 2017

In recent years, reverse mortgage defaults and foreclosures have dramatically increased both in New York and nationwide, putting many senior homeowners at risk of displacement. The Center for NYC Neighborhoods would like to thank and acknowledge the contributions of K. Scott Kohanowski of City Bar Justice Center and Jessica Scholes of New York Legal Assistance Group to this report.

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Learning the Importance of Estate Planning the Hard Way
June 2, 2017

When Rodriguez’s father became ill, he hadn’t planned a will or made any arrangements to transfer his assets to others after his death. When he died unexpectedly, Rodriguez became very worried that he would lose his home, the apartment he had lived in for over 20 years. Thanks to the Planning and Estates Law Project at the City Bar Justice Center, he was able to retain a lawyer and prove in court that the apartment belonged to him under New York State Law.

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Village Voice
Refugees From Violence and War Build New Lives In New York
May 9, 2017

“The narrative coming out of this White House is that asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants are terrorists, are fraudsters, are criminals, and that is absolutely not borne out by the clients we work with,” says Jennifer Kim, co-director of the Immigrant Justice Project at the City Bar Justice Center, a pro bono legal advocacy group.

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WNYC
Here’s Why Immigrant Victims May (Still) Be Afraid to Report Crime
February 21, 2017

Immigrants without legal status are often vulnerable to crime, because they’re afraid of going to law enforcement and being deported. This is why Congress authorized a special program called the U visa almost 20 years ago. It enables them to remain in the U.S. and work if they can prove they were helpful to investigators or prosecutors. “It helps create community partnerships with law enforcement and helps keep perpetrators of violence off the street,” said Suzanne Tomatore, coordinator of the Immigrant Justice Project at the City Bar Justice Center.

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JFK Volunteers
At JFK’s Terminal 4, a good weekend to be a lawyer
February 10, 2017

Laura Berger, a litigator for City Bar Justice Center, showed up Sunday morning in response to a 3 a.m. email from the Urban Justice Center. She told me she figured she would put to use her immigration law experience.

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JFK Terminal 4
At Least a Dozen Detainees Still Held at JFK in Apparent Violation of Federal Judge’s Ruling

Four detainees who had secured legal representation were released Sunday morning, Laura Berger, an immigration attorney with the City Bar Justice Center and volunteer with the Immigrant and Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), told Jezebel.

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NYLAG’s Pro Se Clinic Opens for Business in the Southern District
November 4, 2016

The pro se clinic is a sibling of the City Bar Justice Center’s Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project, which operates out of the courthouse in downtown Brooklyn and handles roughly 400 cases a year.

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Group photo of the Epstein Award honorees
City Bar Justice Center Presents Pro Bono Awards
October 26, 2016

The New York City Bar Justice Center presented its annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on Monday.

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City Bar Justice Center Salutes Proskauer Army Veteran Committed to Helping Less Fortunate Vets
September 23, 2016

Kevin Hackett is a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP in its Corporate and Real Estate practice. Beyond working pro bono on several Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) cases for the City Bar Justice Center, Kevin is always willing to take time from his extremely busy schedule to assist and serve as a point-of-contact at his firm for volunteers interested in assisting veterans through VAP.

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Securing Disability Benefits for a Veteran in Need
June 18, 2016

In a hard-fought case that began in 2009, Proskauer associate David Mordkoff succeeded in obtaining more than $3,500 per month in disability benefits for a veteran who, when she first sought the Firm’s help, had only been receiving about $500 per month for the injuries she suffered as a result of her military service.

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