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Make Justice a Movement: The City Bar Justice Center Celebrates Pro Bono at its 2021 Gala

by CBJC StaffMay 28, 2021

The City Bar Justice Center held its 16th Annual Gala, “Make Justice a Movement,” on Tuesday, May 25, featuring vibrant dance and music performances filmed in iconic spaces of the historic NYC Bar Association building. The artistic performances were inspired by the #GreatLawyers4Good and #BarofHope movements led by our colleagues, pro bono partners, and the … Continue reading Make Justice a Movement: The City Bar Justice Center Celebrates Pro Bono at its 2021 Gala

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Advancing Justice for the AAPI Community

by Keun Young Bae

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which was designated in 1992 by Congress to commemorate and recognize the contributions of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) community.

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Meet Cassandra Celestin, CBJC’s New Director of Pro Bono Initiatives

by CBJC StaffMay 21, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Cassandra M. Celestin as the City Bar Justice Center’s new Director of Pro Bono Initiatives! As a former senior staff attorney at the Children’s Law Center in the Bronx, Cassandra brings to CBJC nearly 12 years of experience as a family law trial attorney and advocate for children. In this … Continue reading Meet Cassandra Celestin, CBJC’s New Director of Pro Bono Initiatives

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How Access to Language Services is Vital to Closing the Justice Gap

by Ramona Morel, Esq. and Alexa TovarMay 18, 2021

Navigating the civil legal process and understanding court procedures, such as filing for bankruptcy relief, can be difficult for individuals who do not have legal assistance or representation. For those who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency, accessing legal services in their native language can be even more challenging.

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Personas Mayores Tengan Cuidado: ¡estafadores del COVID-19 lo tienen en la mira!

by Vivienne Duncan, Esq. and Alexa TovarApril 30, 2021

Mientras la ciudad de Nueva York se tambaleaba por el impacto mortal de la crisis del COVID-19, los estafadores veían la crisis como otra oportunidad para dirigirse a las personas de la tercera edad, encontrando nuevas maneras – o adaptando antiguas formas – de engañarlos para quitarles su dinero o para que revelaran información personal valiosa. 

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FEMA Funeral Expense Reimbursement If You Lost a Loved One to COVID

by Sofia ColosimoApril 22, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program to reimburse funeral costs to those who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19. As the country grieves the over 560,000 people who have passed since the start of the pandemic, the program aims to relieve the financial strain of funeral expenses in an already emotionally and economically challenging time.

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