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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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December 14, 2018

Sullivan & Cromwell Lawyer Wins Justice for Rikers Detainee

On July 31, 2014, Kenneth Moore sat in his cell at Riker’s Island, wondering why he was still in jail. Mr. Moore had been arrested for allegedly violating his parole in late June. The underlying sentence—for a narcotics offense—had a “maximum expiration date” of July 31. According to allegations in Mr. Moore’s federal lawsuit, NYS … Continue reading Sullivan & Cromwell Lawyer Wins Justice for Rikers Detainee

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December 04, 2018

Brooklyn Pro Se Project Sees Uptick in Torrenting Lawsuits

The City Bar Justice Center’s Pro Se Legal Assistance Project has seen an uptick in torrenting lawsuits filed against pro se defendants in federal court over the past year. “Torrenting” is the process of downloading files in many pieces from peers around the world. Applications such as BitTorrent allow users to download thousands of pieces … Continue reading Brooklyn Pro Se Project Sees Uptick in Torrenting Lawsuits

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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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