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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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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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Hundreds of storage units in New York heading to auction
October 27, 2020

“Lisa Pearlstein, director of the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless, asked the law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, to see if there could be a moratorium on auctions. The law firm said a pause on auctions would require executive action from the governor or the state legislature to modify the law that governs storage.”

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There’s No Eviction Moratorium on NYC Storage Units. Now the Contents of Hundreds are Being Auctioned Off
October 26, 2020

“Lisa Pearlstein, director of the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless, was so concerned about auctions among people who had lost their jobs during the crisis that she asked a law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, to examine the possibility of a moratorium on auctions.

‘They’re unemployed, they can’t pay their storage bills so easily,’ Pearlstein said. ‘They pay their rent, they buy their food first. And then, you know, boom, they’re hit with a storage auction notice, and they don’t have the funds to pay the bill and they lose their possessions.'”

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Homeless Students Deserve More From NYC’s Education Department
September 21, 2020

“While the DOE’s decision to supply homeless students with iPads is certainly a step in the right direction, the New York City Bar Association through City Bar Justice Center reported earlier this year that most city shelters not only lack Wi-Fi, but also have spotty cell service — making it difficult for residents to use hotspots or the unlimited data the city-issued iPads come with.”

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NYC Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended Until October 20th
September 20, 2020

“The non-profit clinic to which the city directs business owners on their website for “COVID-19-related legal assistance,” the City Bar Justice Center—which doesn’t receive funding from the city—is being inundated with requests, according to Akira Arroyo, who directs the program.”

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These Families Feel Forgotten as N.Y.C. Pushes to Open Schools
September 14, 2020

“Most city shelters do not have Wi-Fi, according to a recent report by the New York City Bar Association, and many shelter units do not even have cell service, making it impossible for families to use hotspots.”

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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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25,000-member NYC Bar Urges City to Guarantee WiFi in Homeless Shelters
August 24, 2020

“An organization representing 25,000 New York City attorneys has joined a chorus of advocates urging the city to guarantee WiFi inside homeless shelters and bridge a digital divide exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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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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