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Congratulations to Our 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awardees

by Cheryl LopezOctober 28, 2020

In observance of the American Bar Association’s National Celebration of Pro Bono this year, on Monday, October 26th, the City Bar Justice Center held a virtual gathering to celebrate our 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awardees. This celebration marked a significant moment as the City Bar Justice Center and leaders of the New York City Bar Association commemorated the tremendous response of ten volunteer attorneys from each of our civil justice projects who rose to meet the challenges of 2020.  

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The Impact of COVID-19 on New York Self-Storage Facilities

by CBJC StaffOctober 27, 2020

The State of New York, like almost every other state, has issued various executive orders and passed numerous pieces of legislation to provide relief to millions of its residents who face eviction or foreclosure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Helping NYC Small Businesses Survive Through and After the Pandemic

by Akira Arroyo, Esq.October 5, 2020

More small businesses in New York City have permanently closed since March 1, than in any other large American city. According to a report by the Partnership for New York City, when the pandemic eventually subsides, roughly one-third of the city’s 240,000 small businesses may never reopen, having already shed 520,000 jobs.

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Attention New York Homeowners: Foreclosure Moratorium for FHFA and FHA Loans Are Extended Until the End of 2020

by Sofia Colosimo and K. Scott Kohanowski, Esq.September 8, 2020

On August 27th, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an extension of the foreclosure moratoria in place for homeowners with mortgages backed by Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) until at least December 31st, 2020.

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Protecting Struggling, Underserved New York City Veterans

by CBJC StaffSeptember 1, 2020

The Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) recently testified before the New York State Legislature on behalf of the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC). Logan Campbell, VAP’s Project Coordinator, spoke at the joint public hearing which focused on protecting the state’s estimated 800,000 disadvantaged veterans as they struggle amid the COVID-19 crisis. VAP advised against potential cuts in funding for veteran legal services and warned that this could create additional barriers for poor veterans living in New York City.

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How a NYC Frontline Healthcare Worker Protected Her Family during the COVID-19 Outbreak

by Nancy LarcherAugust 26, 2020

As New York City became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Bar Justice Center’s (CBJC) Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) stepped up to support our city’s dedicated frontline healthcare workers. In March 2020, with the support of outstanding pro bono collaborators, PELP launched an initiative to expand existing services to provide free remote legal assistance to our City’s frontline healthcare workers.

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