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.

VA Establishes New Rule for Reporting VA Debts to Consumer Reporting Agencies

by Makedah Salmond, Esq.May 3, 2022

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the Federal Register amending VA’s procedures for reporting benefits and medical debt to consumer reporting agencies, effective March 4, 2022. The change in this rule and the conversations that have sparked as a result, come at a crucial time for veterans as the VA has resumed debt collection.

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Micro-Entrepreneurs Go Digital: How the Pandemic Stimulated Online Business Growth and Opportunities

by Deborah PantaleonApril 26, 2022

When the Covid pandemic swept through New York two years ago, our city looked to the online business community to access goods and services that were once found in brick-and-mortar stores. As a result, most business owners were forced to re-evaluate their business models to accommodate the growing demand for online shopping if they hoped to survive the pandemic.

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Serving Those Who Serve: CBJC’s 2022 Gala raises over $1 Million to Support Access to Justice for New Yorkers

by Michaela FleischerApril 13, 2022

On April 6, 2022, New York’s legal community came together for the City Bar Justice Center’s 2022 Gala, Serving Those Who Serve, at the New York City Bar Association. In case you missed it, or to relive the memorable experience, click here to watch the Gala.

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5 Important Considerations for Preparing a Durable Power of Attorney

by Vivienne Duncan, Esq.March 21, 2022

Though you may be managing your financial matters without help, over time changes in your physical or mental health may affect your ability to stay on top of those demands. For many, facilitating this assistance will come down to a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) or guardianship.

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CBJC’s Immigrant Justice Project Helps a Family from Peru Reunite for the New Year

by Caitlin Miner-Le Grand, Esq.February 18, 2022

2022 will be an unforgettable year for a client of the Immigrant Justice Project (IJP), Ms. Doe. For the first time in almost fifteen years, she celebrated the New Year with all three of her children–her two oldest children who recently flew in from Peru and her youngest son who was born and resides with her in the United States.

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New CBJC Pro Bono “Recoupment Project” Brings Thousands of Dollars in Relief to Family with Mounting Utility Bills

by Lisa Pearlstein, Esq.December 21, 2021

*Monica Velez is a single mother in New York City unable to work due to medical conditions and physical limitations. Her resiliency and consistent advocacy has helped her family overcome many obstacles including homelessness and health issues.

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