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.

Three Financial Institutions Help Micro-entrepreneurs at Free Legal Clinic

by CBJC StaffFebruary 24, 2014

On February 12th, the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) held a small business legal clinic in Harlem in partnership with the Upper Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Center. Volunteer lawyers and legal professionals from three powerhouse financial institutions – Barclays, Goldman Sachs, and UBS – partnered with NELP to provide low-income micro-entrepreneurs with expert legal advice for their small businesses.

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Understanding Medicare’s Hospital Rules: the Perils and Pitfalls for Patients – by Vivienne Duncan

by CBJC StaffFebruary 18, 2014

For most people, being admitted to a hospital will probably raise some level of anxiety, especially if it involves a serious health crisis and likely extended stay. However, the experience may be even more complicated if the patient is on Medicare.

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Russia’s Anti-Gay Legislation and the Sochi Olympics – by K. Scott Kohanowski

by CBJC StaffFebruary 14, 2014

Russia recently passed legislation that bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” What speech and activities constitute propaganda are unclear, and the law has been implemented to ban not only gay pride parades but also any demonstration raising awareness of the plight of LGBT people in Russia. The law has had the secondary effect of inciting violence against the LGBT community by placing an official stamp of disapproval on it.

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The Legal Hotline’s First 100 Calls of 2014 – by Libby Vazquez

by CBJC StaffJanuary 29, 2014

A mother with a crying child in the background wants to know how she can obtain a divorce from her abusive husband. A caller teeters on the brink of homelessness after being legally evicted from his home. A long-term unemployed father of two wants to know how to file for bankruptcy. These and some 100 other New Yorkers called the Legal Hotline in the first week of the New Year.

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The Elderlaw Project: Keeping New York City’s Seniors Informed

by CBJC StaffJanuary 14, 2014

While recent studies note that people are living longer, healthier lives, it should be recognized that some seniors remain at risk of being targeted due to physical or cognitive decline, isolation and loneliness and lack of information about their rights.

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Multi-State Veterans Conference Generates New Ideas and Enthusiasm for Regional Collaboration

by CBJC StaffJanuary 10, 2014

In late 2013, the City Bar Justice Center and the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center co-sponsored a conference in Hartford on legal problems faced by veterans. Legal services providers from 10 different organizations from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maine attended the conference.

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