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Lessons Learned: Our Immigrant Justice Project Reflects on Remote Legal Services Best Practices during the Pandemic

by the Immigrant Justice ProjectMarch 24, 2021

After one year into a dramatic shift towards remote work, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Justice Project (“IJP”) has embraced a remote model of legal services delivery. Initially, the shift presented many ethical and logistical considerations, including optimizing communication with clients, maintaining confidentiality, and building trust remotely. The majority of our clients are asylum … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Our Immigrant Justice Project Reflects on Remote Legal Services Best Practices during the Pandemic

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In Solidarity: 5 Things You Can Do to Counter Violence and Hate Against the Asian-American Community

by CBJC StaffMarch 23, 2021

Statement of the City Bar Justice Center Daoyou Feng, Delaina Yaun, Hyun Jung Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Xiaojie Tan, and Yong Ae Yue. These are the names of parents, caregivers, partners, and friends whose lives were suddenly and tragically taken at last week’s Atlanta shootings. The City Bar Justice Center … Continue reading In Solidarity: 5 Things You Can Do to Counter Violence and Hate Against the Asian-American Community

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8 Tips for Pro Se Litigants Appearing In Court Virtually

by Amelia Toledo, Esq.March 18, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most court appearances in New York are virtual proceedings that you may join via your computer or phone.  Each court has different practices that are evolving rapidly and you should call the court directly if you have specific questions.  The following are general tips to help you prepare and represent yourself in a virtual court proceeding.

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Property Tax Benefits for New York City Homeowners

by CBJC StaffMarch 12, 2021

Owner occupants of houses, condos, and co-ops in New York City may qualify for a number of important property tax breaks. Seniors, people living with disabilities, veterans and certain other categories of low to moderate income homeowners are eligible for these significant benefits.

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Trailblazer Ramona Morel Receives the Renaissance Award from the New York Institute of Credit

by Cheryl LopezFebruary 18, 2021

On February 3, 2021, Ramona Morel, the City Bar Justice Center’s Consumer Bankruptcy Project Director, was presented with the Renaissance Award at the New York Institute of Credit’s (NYIC) 14th Annual Women in Achievements Awards virtual ceremony for her dedication to excellence in the pro bono sector, and legal and business profession at large.

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5 Return-to-Work Considerations for Cancer Patients and Survivors during the Pandemic

by Vivienne Duncan, Esq.February 15, 2021

Vivienne Duncan, Esq. is the Director of the Cancer Advocacy & Elderlaw Projects. When New York City went into lockdown in March 2020 and non-essential businesses closed, millions of people began working remotely, and some staff were furloughed or laid off.  The pandemic also underscored longstanding employment challenges faced by many cancer patients and survivors.  … Continue reading 5 Return-to-Work Considerations for Cancer Patients and Survivors during the Pandemic

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