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.

The City Bar Justice Center Holds Its 6th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Ethics CLE

by Cheryl LopezNovember 15, 2021

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) hosted its 6th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Ethics CLE on Thursday, November 11, to recognize the impactful work of our Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) and to commemorate the honorable service provided by the veterans we assist.

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The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project Continues to Operate Remotely but Will Reopen Its Brooklyn Doors Soon

by Jean Soo ParkNovember 2, 2021

Together with my colleague Jeffrey Núñez, project coordinator of the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project (Fed Pro), I recently visited our office in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in downtown Brooklyn to begin plans to re-open.

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CBJC Celebrates Recipients of its 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award

by Cheryl LopezOctober 27, 2021

In observance of the American Bar Association’s National Celebration of Pro Bono, the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) held its 2021 Celebrate Pro Bono Awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 26. Each year, CBJC recognizes pro bono volunteers across our dozen civil justice projects who demonstrated a remarkable commitment to our clients and championed our team’s mission to advance access to justice.

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Huracán Ida, ¿Y Ahora Qué? Respuestas a 5 Preguntas Frecuentes Para Inquilinos de Nueva York

by Libby Vazquez, Esq.October 26, 2021

El mes pasado, muchos apartamentos en Nueva York resultaron dañados por el huracán Ida. A continuación se encuentran las respuestas a 5 preguntas frecuentes sobre cómo los inquilinos pueden reparar sus apartamentos.

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End of Pandemic-Related SNAP Benefits Blunts Impact of October Increase in SNAP

by Lisa Pearlstein, Esq.October 13, 2021

Beginning in October 2021, recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will see a modest increase in benefits. The Biden Administration revised the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to set the SNAP benefit amounts that recipients receive monthly.

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Veterans Will Be Expected to Repay Over $116 Million in Excessive Payments Due to VA Delays

by Makedah Salmond, Esq.October 4, 2021

OIG estimated VBA made excessive payments on about 16,000 of 47,400 or 34% of claims. During the one-year review period, this resulted in about $116 million in ostensibly excessive payments to veterans and if these issues continue, the report estimates VBA will make $232 million in excessive payments to veterans over the next two years.

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