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.

Elisa Alcabes Observes Guantanamo Bay

New to COMAJ, Veterans Assistance Project Lawyer Observes Guantanamo Bay

by Elisa Alcabes, Pro Bono Volunteer and Military Affairs & Justice Committee MemberMarch 5, 2018

I did not expect to visit Guantánamo Bay. It was never on my mind. I did not know that civilian observers have been going to watch the proceedings for several years. I was generally aware of the detention center, the horror stories, and the fact that some detainees were being tried, including those alleged to have planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks.

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Pro Bono Best Practices Panel

by CBJC StaffFebruary 7, 2018

It was a packed room of pro bono professionals at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP today for the Best Practices Session of the City Bar Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services.

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Scaling Up Small Businesses

Scaling Up Small Businesses in New York City

by Cheryl Lopez, Project CoordinatorFebruary 6, 2018

Small businesses have the potential to bolster New York City’s economy by creating jobs and providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to reach economic stability while at the same time making their dreams a reality. According to Small Business First’s report, of the approximately 220,000 businesses located in NYC, 98% are small (fewer than 100 employees) and 89% are very small (fewer than 20 employees).

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USCIS Scheduling Changes

USCIS Announces Misguided Scheduling Changes for Asylum Interviews

by CBJC StaffFebruary 1, 2018

USCIS announced yesterday that as of January 29, 2018, it will process applications in reverse order, giving priority to the most recently filed asylum applications when scheduling asylum interviews (“last in, first out”). It is also discontinuing the Affirmative Asylum Bulletin.

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Capital One Lawyers Create Team to Help Homeless Families

by CBJC StaffJanuary 25, 2018

Last week attorneys from Capital One and attorneys from some of the law firms with which it works received training from the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless (LCH). The lawyers seek to help homeless families navigate the government bureaucracies that provide for their basic needs, including food, clothing, health care and shelter. The Capital … Continue reading Capital One Lawyers Create Team to Help Homeless Families

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Bank of New York Mellon Volunteers Help Victims of Hurricane Maria at City Bar Justice Center January FEMA Appeals Clinic

by Erika Lawrenson

The City Bar hosted the fourth FEMA Appeals Clinic on January 22, 2018 to assist victims of the 2017 hurricane disasters with FEMA-related matters. Nine volunteer attorneys from Bank of New York Mellon’s legal department and one solo attorney teamed up to lend a hand to nine clients in-person and via telephone.

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