Our Results

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) increases access to justice for low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers by leveraging the volunteered time and expertise of the New York City legal community through an effective pro bono model.

THE POWER OF PRO BONO LEVERAGING

  • 30 STAFF

  • 2,200 PRO BONO ATTORNEYS
    MATCHED WITH CASES

  • $4M IN RAISED FUNDS

  • 25,000 LOW-INCOME NEW
    YORKERS HELPED

  • $17M WORTH OF PRO BONO
    LEGAL SERVICES

THE PROBLEM

40% of NYC residents at or below 200% of the federal poverty level ($48,500 for a family of four in 2015)
Over 1.8 million New Yorkers are unrepresented in court

OUR RESULTS IN 2018 - 2019

Helped 25,000 clients obtain $10.3 million in benefits and monetary awards
$17 million leveraged in pro bono by more than 2,200 volunteer attorneys working on over 2,000 cases
Helped clients divest themselves of $2.4 million in debt through consumer, bankruptcy, and foreclosure prevention advocacy
Over 15,000 helped on NY’s largest free civil Legal Hotline
Over 500 pro se litigants helped in the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project’s pilot year
Continued work reuniting parents and children through the Immigrant Justice Project