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City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of Its 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awards
October 11, 2021

New York, October 11, 2021 – The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), a pro bono legal services affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of its 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Honoring dedicated volunteer attorneys across CBJC’s civil justice projects, the awards will be presented at a hybrid celebration … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of Its 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awards

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City Bar Justice Center to Honor Kirkland & Ellis and Morgan Stanley with 2021 City Bar Justice Awards for COVID-19 Pro Bono Response
May 17, 2021

New York, May 17, 2021 – The City Bar Justice Center’s (CBJC) 16th Annual Gala, “Make Justice a Movement,” will be held virtually on May 25, 2021, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. honoring Kirkland & Ellis and Morgan Stanley with the 2021 City Bar Justice Awards for their leadership and proven dedication to public service, especially in … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center to Honor Kirkland & Ellis and Morgan Stanley with 2021 City Bar Justice Awards for COVID-19 Pro Bono Response

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Kurt M. Denk to Lead City Bar Justice Center
February 1, 2021

New York, February 1, 2021 – Kurt M. Denk will become the new Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center, effective March 1, 2021, the New York City Bar Association announced today.

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City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of the 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
October 12, 2020

New York, October 12, 2020 – The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), a pro bono legal services affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of its 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Honoring outstanding volunteer attorneys from each CBJC project, the awards will be presented at a virtual celebration on Monday, October 26, from 5:00-6:00pm.

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City Bar Urges de Blasio Administration to Prioritize Internet Access for Homeless Shelter Residents
August 25, 2020

New York, August 24, 2020 – The New York City Bar Association is urging the de Blasio Administration to prioritize and provide broadband internet access for homeless shelter residents in the Mayor’s recently announced NYC “Internet Master Plan.”  

While the plan prioritizes NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) facilities to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it does not mention homeless shelters.

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City Bar Justice Center Receives International Award for its Pro Bono-Focused Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias Program
July 31, 2020

New York, July 29, 2020 – The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has recognized the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) with its Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Best Public Interest Category for the CBJC’s “Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias: Practice Pointers for Pro Bono Advocacy” training program.

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Homeless Need Internet Access to Find a Home: City Bar Justice Center Report Documents Lack of Technology in Homeless Shelters
May 19, 2020

New York, May 19, 2020 – The lack of access to technology – specifically Internet access – in homeless shelters severely hampers shelter residents in finding permanent housing, a report by the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) finds. Additionally, insufficient Internet access is imposing further hardships on homeless families, as the COVID-19 pandemic has led … Continue reading Homeless Need Internet Access to Find a Home: City Bar Justice Center Report Documents Lack of Technology in Homeless Shelters

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City Bar Justice Center Announces Pro Bono Legal Hotline COVID-19 Expansion
May 12, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has devastated New York City and disproportionately impacted low-income communities served by the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC). In response, the CBJC has launched the Legal Hotline COVID-19 Expansion, a pro bono initiative in response to the urgent legal needs of underserved New Yorkers.

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City Bar Justice Center Launches Pro Bono COVID-19 Small Business Remote Legal Clinic
April 10, 2020

New York, April 9, 2020 – The City Bar Justice Center has launched a pro bono, remote legal clinic to help small businesses understand and access options available under the federal government?s COVID-19 stimulus package and other opportunities available through federal, state and local programs.

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City Bar Justice Center to Honor Venable and MetLife with Pro Bono Awards – Event Moved to Sep. 24
April 1, 2020

New York, April 1, 2020 – The City Bar Justice Center’s 15th Annual Gala will honor the law firm Venable LLP and financial services company MetLife, Inc. with the 2020 City Bar Justice Awards for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service. Originally scheduled for April 1, 2020, the Gala will take place … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center to Honor Venable and MetLife with Pro Bono Awards – Event Moved to Sep. 24

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Senator Biaggi Joins Community Activists And Legislators To Advocate For Free Internet Access In All Homeless Shelters Across New York
November 30, 2021

According to a 2020 survey of New York City shelter residents by the New York City Bar Justice Center, only 6% of residents in homeless shelters were able to access the internet through their shelter.

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City Bar Justice Center Holds Its Pro Bono Awards Event
November 2, 2021

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, the City Bar Justice Center held its 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awards ceremony. The hybrid live/virtual event recognized the “dedicated volunteer attorneys and legal professionals who have stood out for their work on the center’s civil justice projects.”

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Willkie Team Sweeps NY Bar Awards For Pro Bono Work
October 27, 2021

A Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP team was honored by the New York Bar Association’s justice center at an award ceremony Tuesday for their work fighting to prevent New Yorkers from losing their possessions in self-storage units due to financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Willkie team was among 11 award recipients and included senior counsel Richard Mancino, associate Romane Paul, law clerk Brenton Clarke, and summer associates Garry Canepa and Rachel Winters, according to the City Bar Justice Center.

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Lina Stillman, Principal at Stillman Legal, P.C., Awarded 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award by the City Bar Justice Center
October 25, 2021

Stillman Legal, P.C., a law firm specializing in labor and employment law and immigration, is celebrating the achievements of their founding member,  Lina Stillman, who was recently named one of the awardees of the City Bar Justice Center’s 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. The CBJC will celebrate Lina Stillman, alongside other awardees, at a hybrid celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.

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New York City Bar Justice Center Honors 11 Recipients With 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
October 13, 2021

The City Bar Justice Center has announced 11 recipients of this year’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, in which the legal services group honors “dedicated volunteer attorneys” and legal professionals who have stood out for their work on the center’s civil justice projects.

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Lucia Damerau Selected as Fragomen Fellow to Provide Pro Bono Immigration Support
October 12, 2021

We are proud to announce that Lucia Damerau is the newest Fragomen Fellow.

The Fragomen Fellowship is a fully-funded, two-year rotating fellowship established by Fragomen to enhance the pro bono legal services provided to immigrants by the City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

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It’s Time To Fix the Co-Op Problem
February 16, 2021

By K. Scott Kohanowski, the City Bar Justice Center’s Homeowner Stability and LGBT Advocacy Projects Director.

“It is time for New York to protect all owner-occupants of residential property and urgently close the loophole that denies at-risk co-op unit owners the protections accorded to similarly situated homeowners.”

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How Jim Crow-era Laws Still Tear Families from Their Homes
February 1, 2021

Scott Kohanowski, director of the Homeowner Stability Project with the City Bar Justice Center in New York City, has seen predatory investors and developers look for properties in gentrifying parts of the city to force partition sales.

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NYC Bar Promotes Pro Bono Counsel To Lead Justice Center
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Council Member Treyger and City Bar Association Call on City to Speed Up Shelter Wifi Installation
January 28, 2021

“The scale of the problem is large: a May survey of homeless residents by the City Bar Justice Center, which has been studying technology access in shelters, found that only six percent of the homeless residents surveyed had internet access through their homeless shelter.”

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