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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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Life-Planning Legal Assistance
Free Life-Planning Legal Assistance to NYC Front-Line Health Care Workers to be Provided by City Bar Justice Center
March 30, 2020

New York, March 30, 2020 – The City Bar Justice Center’s Planning & Estates Law Project (PELP) will provide free, remote legal assistance to New York City front-line health care workers in preparing simple life-planning documents, including wills, powers of attorney, designations of standby guardians and health care proxies. PELP consists of a panel of … Continue reading Free Life-Planning Legal Assistance to NYC Front-Line Health Care Workers to be Provided by City Bar Justice Center

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Deputy Director of CBJC
Leading Human Trafficking Attorney to Become Deputy Director of the City Bar Justice Center
June 21, 2019

New York, June 20, 2019 – Suzanne Tomatore will assume the role of Deputy Director of the City Bar Justice Center beginning July 1, 2019, the organization announced today. Tomatore has worked at the Justice Center for nearly two decades, including as Director of the Immigrant Women and Children Project and the Cancer Advocacy Project. … Continue reading Leading Human Trafficking Attorney to Become Deputy Director of the City Bar Justice Center

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Pro Bono Awards
City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of 2018 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service
October 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Eric Friedman Director of Communications efriedman@nycbar.org 212-382-6754 Michael Fil Communications and Development Coordinator mfil@nycbar.org 212-382-6727 City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of 2018 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service New York, October 18, 2018 – The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of 2018 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service

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City Bar Justice Center Gala to Celebrate Pro Bono
April 10, 2018

On April 11, the City Bar Justice Center’s 13th Annual Gala will honor the global biopharmaceutical leader Pfizer Inc. and the international law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP with the 2018 City Bar Justice Awards, for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service.

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Universal Music Group Launches Youth Task Force in Honor of Civil Rights Pioneer John Lewis
August 25, 2020

“UMG is also paying tribute to Lewis’ lifelong fight for economic justice, criminal justice reform and fair housing with a second initiative. TFMC announced concurrently that it’s contributing to the following organizations: Give Directly (national); Modest Needs (national); City Bar Justice Center (New York); Housing Crisis Center (Dallas); Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles; Project Home (Philadelphia); Safe Haven Family Shelter (Nashville); SEARCH Homeless Houston; Star C Eviction Relief (Atlanta) and United Community Housing Coalition (Detroit).”

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Advocates for NY veterans seek help, answers amid pandemic
August 14, 2020

“’We have spoken with too many veterans who have lost their jobs or have had to drop out of school, too many veterans concerned about whether they will have housing next month or who have suddenly been tasked with serving as caretakers for their elderly and ailing family members,’ Logan Campbell, project coordinator of the City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistant Project, which helps low-income disabled veterans in New York City, said in written testimony.”

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Small businesses can again seek help with commercial leases through city program
August 11, 2020

“The City Bar Justice Center is running a legal clinic that offers pro-bono consultations to small-business owners impacted by the pandemic’s effects …”

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Over One Third Of NYC Restaurants And Bars Surveyed Couldn’t Pay Last Month’s Rent
August 3, 2020

“Keitt said the agency has assisted 200 small businesses understand legal requirements under leases and connected more than 150 businesses to City Bar Justice Center for legal assistance on commercial leasing, insurance, contracts, and other issues.”

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Shirley Siegel, Leading New York Civil Rights Lawyer, Dies at 101
June 23, 2020

“Ms. Siegel continued practicing into her 90s, working on a New York City Bar Justice Center project to prevent mortgage foreclosures in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. Last year she was awarded Barnard’s Medal of Distinction for her ‘trailblazing civil rights and fair housing’ work.”

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City Demands Residents Repair Retaining Wall After Boulder Wrecks Apartment
June 17, 2020

“Scott Kohanowski is a pro-bono lawyer with the City Bar Justice Center. He’s helping the homeowners form an association and says many of the residents on Clay Avenue have lived there for decades. ‘But living in that property for so many years and not even knowing that [the wall] was there, it is kind of insane to then hold these property owners responsible for this. We’re talking hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of dollars to repair this wall,’ Kohanowski explained.”

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No internet in shelters worsens conditions for homeless New Yorkers, NYC Bar finds
May 22, 2020

“A lack of internet access is preventing New Yorkers in city shelters from finding and securing affordable housing amid the city’s historic homelessness crisis, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the City Bar Justice Center.”

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City Bar Sizes Up Lack of Internet Access at Homeless Shelters
May 20, 2020

“A survey of current and former homeless shelter residents in New York City showed that only 6% were able to access the internet via their shelter, according to a report released by the City Bar Justice Center, which argues for the city to provide reliable Wi-Fi and updated internet-ready devices to shelter residents in order to fight the city’s growing homelessness problem.”

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City Bar Justice Center Expands Pro Bono Legal Hotline for COVID-19
May 12, 2020

“In response to the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on low-income communities, the City Bar Justice Center has launched an expansion of its pro bono Legal Hotline to deal specifically with COVID-19-related legal needs of underserved New Yorkers.”

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Jenner & Block During COVID-19
May 4, 2020

Our lawyers have been working with the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Hotline…

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