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Dorsey & Whitney Pro Bono Heroes

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.
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September 11, 2018

September 11th: Pro Bono and Disaster Resiliency

After September 11th, the New York legal community mounted an incredible and unprecedented pro bono response to the legal needs of families who lost a loved one. The late great New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye, in her forward to Public Service in a Time of Crisis, called it “the Bar at its finest, … Continue reading September 11th: Pro Bono and Disaster Resiliency

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grandparent day
September 07, 2018

National Grandparents Day 2018: Celebrating Grandparents and Sharing the Care

Although the word may conjure up an image of gray hair and a walking cane, grandparents are as diverse as the rest of society; from barely into middle years, active and working, to long retired and facing age-related challenges. Whatever the case, their contribution to the lives of their grandchildren (and great-grandchildren) is immense. As … Continue reading National Grandparents Day 2018: Celebrating Grandparents and Sharing the Care

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PELP Clinic
April 25, 2017

Asylee Suffers Untimely Loss of Husband but Gets Help from PELP Volunteers

Amy, a refugee, lost her husband Kevin to an unexpected stroke in September 2016. It had been less than two years since Kevin moved to New York to reunite with her after she had been granted asylum in the United States.

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Healthy Food
September 26, 2016

Mother & Daughter No Longer Homeless

Mara and her young daughter with sickle cell anemia were living in a homeless shelter without cooking facilities, a huge problem as Mara was unable to cook healthy meals for her daughter. Living in stable, clean housing was an absolute medical necessity for the child according to her doctor. When Mara began working with Legal … Continue reading Mother & Daughter No Longer Homeless

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