Our Leadership

Senior Staff
Kurt M. Denk

Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center kdenk@nycbar.org

Kurt M. Denk is the Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center, a division of the City Bar Fund which is the 501(c) (3) affiliate of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, one of the largest and most influential local bar associations in the nation. CBJC’s mission is to mobilize the legal community to help bridge the justice gap, recruiting, training and mentoring pro bono attorneys to provide free legal representation, community education and advice to more than 20,000 low-income New Yorkers. CBJC matches over a thousand pro bono cases each year leveraging $17 million in free legal services to the poor. 

Mr. Denk has served as CBJC’s Pro Bono Counsel for the past three years, building and strengthening relationships with law firms, in-house legal departments, solo lawyers, students and other stakeholders to support and staff pro bono cases and initiatives from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects. He’s also worked with the CBJC team and community partners to develop innovative interdisciplinary legal services programming and initiatives to advance racial equity and access to justice, and has developed and delivered Continuing Legal Education courses in a variety of areas, including in diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias for pro bono attorneys.

Prior to joining CBJC, Mr. Denk practiced general civil and complex commercial litigation at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he maintained an active pro bono docket on behalf of diverse clients and causes, such as representing asylum seekers and public benefits recipients and co-drafting amicus briefs in support of marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights matters, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Denk is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; has an M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University; a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology; and a B.A. in History from Georgetown University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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Suzanne Tomatore

Deputy Director of the City Bar Justice Center stomatore@nycbar.org

Suzanne Tomatore has been Deputy Director of the City Bar Justice Center since July 2019. Ms. Tomatore has worked at the Justice Center for nearly two decades, including as Director of the Immigrant Women and Children Project and the Cancer Advocacy Project. She is the former Co-Director of the Immigrant Justice Project. Over the years, she has helped more than a thousand immigrant survivors of violence, and has been a critical voice in the larger local, national, and international conversation about human trafficking and violence. She has participated in delegations to Warsaw and Brussels, and lectured on the topic across the United States and abroad, including in Canada, Venezuela, Mongolia, Mexico and the Philippines. At the local level, she actively participates in multiple anti-trafficking task forces, including the Brooklyn DA’s Human Trafficking Task Force. She has trained pro bono attorneys, judges, community-based organizations, health-care providers, law enforcement and government officials on human trafficking. 

Ms. Tomatore received her J.D. from the CUNY Law School, and her Bachelors in Sociology and Women’s Studies from CUNY as well.

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Project Directors

Akira Arroyo
Director of the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project aarroyo@nycbar.org

Caitlin Miner-Le Grand
Deputy Director of the Immigrant Justice Project cminer-legrand@nycbar.org

Hans Romo
Interim Director of the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project hromo@nycbar.org

Jennifer Kim
Director of the Immigrant Justice Project jkim@nycbar.org

K. Scott Kohanowski
Director of the Homeowner Stability and LGBT Advocacy Projects skohanowski@nycbar.org

Libby Vazquez
Director of the Legal Hotline and Planning & Estates Law Project lvazquez@nycbar.org

Lisa Pearlstein
Director of the Legal Clinic for the Homeless lpearlstein@nycbar.org

Makedah Salmond
Director of the Veterans Assistance Project msalmond@nycbar.org

Ramona Morel
Director of the Consumer Bankruptcy Project rmorel@nycbar.org

Vivienne Duncan
Director of the Cancer Advocacy & Elderlaw Projects vduncan@nycbar.org


Cassandra Celestin
Director of Pro Bono Initiatives ccelestin@nycbar.org

Cheryl Lopez
Communications & Development Manager cheryllopez@nycbar.org

Kyla James
Administrative Assistant kjames@nycbar.org