The City Bar Justice Center increases access to justice for New Yorkers struggling with poverty and systemic socioeconomic barriers by leveraging the volunteered time and expertise of the New York City legal community.

See what we do

GET SERVICES

Need legal help but unable to pay for a lawyer? We’re here.
GET HELP NOW

DONATE

Join our mission to increase access to justice.
SUPPORT CBJC

DO PRO BONO

Use your legal expertise to help those in need.
LEARN MORE

OUR MODEL

PRO BONO HONOREES

Cancer Advocacy and Elderlaw Projects: Barbara A. Keller

Through volunteering with CBJC's Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project, Amanda Prentice and Nick Ackerman of Dorsey & Whitney LLP helped secure a victory for a client who was previously unrepresented and struggling to navigate the federal court system.
Read more
September 15, 2022

Right to a Lawyer in New York City Housing Court

Established in 2017, under the right-to-counsel law, New York City tenants with low or limited income who are being sued by their landlords in Housing Court have the right to a lawyer at no cost.

Read more
August 31, 2022

New York Expands Access to Child Care for Families with Limited Income

In April 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the State’s plan to materially increase child care funding for families with limited income. The State will invest as much as $7 billion in the next four years to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of child care.

Read more
February 23, 2021

Coqui the Chef: How a Puerto-Rican Entrepreneur Learned to Adapt and Thrive During the Pandemic

Written by Deborah Pantaleon, Project Coordinator of the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project. Small business owners face an array of endless challenges ranging from money management to customer retention – issues that have heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tania Lopez, a NYC-based microentrepreneur, is no stranger to the difficulties of operating a small business. In 2013, … Continue reading Coqui the Chef: How a Puerto-Rican Entrepreneur Learned to Adapt and Thrive During the Pandemic

Read more
August 19, 2020

#WiFi4Homeless: A Virtual Existence with Virtually No Internet

Sam H. speaks to me from his shelter today, where there has been a complete Wi-Fi outage all day. Sam firmly believes there should be “client accessible Wi-Fi (not weak and intermittent) in every shelter, laptop bans should be prohibited by DHS (Department of Homeless Services), and all shelters should have computer labs”. Specifically, Sam would like to be able to access important email communications or his LinkedIn account to network.

Read more