Justice Center News

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.

A Dream Turned Reality: Mother Overcomes Struggles Faced by Homeless, Undocumented Immigrants in NYC

by Cheryl LopezFebruary 21, 2020

Recognizing the disproportionate burdens some underserved populations face, the City Bar Justice Center’s (CBJC) projects often join forces to help clients in need. The Legal Clinic for the Homeless (LCH) and the Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) worked together to assist Ellen A.S., a single mother in search of securing essential resources for the well-being and survival of her family.

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At the Intersection of Public Service, Law & Technology: A Conversation with Christopher Schwartz, Esq.

by Cheryl LopezFebruary 19, 2020

As technology evolves, it creates new opportunities for public interest organizations to better serve their communities. That is why, Christopher Schwartz, Esq., the Deputy Director of the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Hotline, has worked diligently to leverage technology to improve pro bono legal services for underserved New Yorkers.

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6 Things to Know About the New NYC Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act

by Christopher Schwartz, Esq.February 11, 2020

In June of 2019, a sweeping set of changes were signed into the laws affecting virtually every tenant of a rental unit in New York City. Known collectively as the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (“HSTPA”), these changes were made with the purpose of moving renters closer to sustainable, affordable housing. 

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The Federal Pro Se Project and Paul Weiss Collaborate on Discovery Workshop to Assist Pro Se Litigants

by Cheryl LopezFebruary 7, 2020

The City Bar Justice Center’s Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project (FEDPRO) recently hosted its second Discovery Workshop in collaboration with pro bono partner Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison LLP (Paul Weiss).

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New York City Council’s Committee on Veterans Hearing

by Cheryl LopezJanuary 29, 2020

The Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) recently testified before New York City Council’s Committee on Veterans on behalf of the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC). On January 21, 2020, VAP’s Program Director, Kent Eiler, participated in a public hearing aimed at exploring the future of the city’s Department of Veteran’s Service (DVS).

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NYC Small Claims Court Raises Monetary Cap

by Christin Damiano, Esq.January 23, 2020

There is good news for pro se litigants in New York City Small Claims Court. As of December 16, 2019, the cap for recovery in that court is raised to $10,000. Previously, Small Claims Court had a maximum limit of $5,000. Small claims court is a less formal venue where litigants typically represent themselves.

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