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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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Elisa Alcabes Observes Guantanamo Bay
March 05, 2018

New to COMAJ, Veterans Assistance Project Lawyer Observes Guantánamo Bay

I did not expect to visit Guantánamo Bay. It was never on my mind. I did not know that civilian observers have been going to watch the proceedings for several years. I was generally aware of the detention center, the horror stories, and the fact that some detainees were being tried, including those alleged to have planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks.

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February 07, 2018

Pro Bono Best Practices Panel

It was a packed room of pro bono professionals at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP today for the Best Practices Session of the City Bar Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services.

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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

Gong*came to the United States hoping to study English and eventually become a nurse, but she was ensnared in a sex trafficking ring after responding to a job ad for a Chinese-speaking tour guide. She escaped her traffickers in 2014 and the City Bar Justic e Center helped her apply for a T Visa as a victim of trafficking.

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