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The Justice Center News blog features our advocacy on issues affecting low-income New Yorkers today and the latest CBJC happenings.  For press releases, click here. For publications, click here.

CBJC Pro Bono Scholars

Pro Bono Scholars Change Lives of Low-Income New Yorkers

by Michael FilApril 20, 2018

How great would it be if law students could take the bar exam before they graduated? Or enter the legal field a few months early? What if they could do both while providing pro bono services to those New Yorkers who need them most? Huzzah! They can do all of the above through the Pro Bono Scholars Program. … Continue reading Pro Bono Scholars Change Lives of Low-Income New Yorkers

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Thank you Gala 2018

Thank You 2018 CBJC Gala Supporters!

by CBJC StaffApril 13, 2018

Thank you to our outstanding CBJC Gala supporters, who joined together on April 11, 2018 to celebrate pro bono and help sustain the work of the City Bar Justice Center. Underwriters Benefactors Sponsors AIG Arnold & Porter Barclays Berkeley Research Group, LLC Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP CBS Corporation Citigroup Inc. Dechert LLP Forest City … Continue reading Thank You 2018 CBJC Gala Supporters!

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Tax Refund Offset

CED Unit Tax Series II:  Beware the Tax Refund Offset!

by Diane Valle

Income Tax Refunds and Debt Preparing your personal income taxes can be, well, taxing. Yet for people with refundable tax credits and allowable deductions, it can result in a much needed federal and/or state tax refund. For low to moderate income working families, a tax refund serves as a safety net. It allows families to … Continue reading CED Unit Tax Series II:  Beware the Tax Refund Offset!

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savings for NYC homeowners

Savings for NYC Homeowners with Moderate or Fixed Incomes

by Amelia DunnellApril 6, 2018

New York City residents face a high cost of living. In fact, New Yorkers spend up to 39% more on groceries than the average American, eating out can be up to 67% more costly than the national average, and while the average movie ticket in the United States will set you back $8.97, you’d find … Continue reading Savings for NYC Homeowners with Moderate or Fixed Incomes

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Small Business Tax Obligations

CED Unit Tax Series: Part I – NYC Small Business Tax Obligations

by CBJC StaffApril 3, 2018

In an effort to help you better understand what you are responsible to pay as an individual or as a small business owner, the CED Unit is releasing educational resources to guide you through these coming weeks as you prepare to file your taxes for 2017.

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Elisa Alcabes Observes Guantanamo Bay

New to COMAJ, Veterans Assistance Project Lawyer Observes Guantanamo Bay

by Elisa Alcabes, Pro Bono Volunteer and Military Affairs & Justice Committee MemberMarch 5, 2018

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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