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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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Kurt M. Denk Joins City Bar Justice Center as Pro Bono Counsel
March 13, 2018

Kurt M. Denk has joined the City Bar Justice Center as Pro Bono Counsel. Denk comes to CBJC from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he practiced general civil and complex commercial litigation and maintained an active pro bono docket on behalf of diverse clients and causes.

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Innovative Online Portal Provides Help to Low-Income New Yorkers with Consumer Issues
January 25, 2018

Low-income consumers in New York City now have a dynamic new tool for obtaining legal help on a consumer issue. The NYC Consumer Help Finder is an online portal through which low-income New Yorkers can apply for legal help with a consumer problem and be assured a prompt call-back from an attorney or authorized case handler.

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City Bar Justice Center’s Planning and Estates Law Project Announces Collaboration with the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership
November 29, 2017

The City Bar Justice Center’s Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) has announced a collaborative project with the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership to connect Mount Sinai’s neediest patients with PELP lawyers.

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City Bar Justice Center Announces Honorees of 2017 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service
October 20, 2017

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of the ninth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

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Caitlin Miner-Le Grand Appointed Next Fragomen Fellow at City Bar Justice Center to Enhance Pro Bono Immigration Representation
September 25, 2017

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the world’s leading provider of immigration legal services, has announced the appointment of Caitlin Miner-Le Grand as the firm’s latest “Fragomen Fellow” effective September 25, 2017. The Fragomen Fellowship is a two-year rotating position the firm’s New York office established to enhance the pro bono immigration services provided by the City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

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City Bar Chorus Benefit Concert: Be In the Room Where It Happens, All for a Good Cause
May 24, 2017

Don’t miss your shot to hear what will be among the first NYC performances of the official Hamilton choral medley at next month’s New York City Bar Chorus Benefit Concert. The award-winning 80-voice chorus, accompanied by Matthew V. Grieco, will be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Musical Director Kathryn E. Schneider. The concert will take … Continue reading City Bar Chorus Benefit Concert: Be In the Room Where It Happens, All for a Good Cause

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City Bar Justice Center Announces New Anti-Harassment Project
April 13, 2017

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the formation of the Anti-Harassment Project. The new project will provide pro bono legal assistance to New Yorkers who are threatened, harassed or coerced because they belong in a class of people who are protected under … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center Announces New Anti-Harassment Project

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City Bar Justice Center Gala to Celebrate Pro Bono
April 3, 2017

On April 5th, the City Bar Justice Center’s 12th Annual Gala will honor the global business leader Bloomberg L.P. and the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP with the 2017 City Bar Justice Awards, for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service. This year’s gala provides critical support for the Justice Center, which … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center Gala to Celebrate Pro Bono

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Elderly Brooklyn couple slapped with $44,000 city water bill
May 21, 2018

“It’s really difficult for any senior who’s trying to remain in their home in New York City to be hit with that kind of bill,” said Scott Kohanowski, a lawyer for the City Bar Justice Center.

Thomas and her husband, Cecil, are in their 70s and have lived on Avenue B in Canarsie for 40 years.

Kohanowski helped them apply for relief under a city leak forgiveness program. But to qualify, homeowners must apply within 120 days of their first high bill. The DEP said the couple missed that deadline.”

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A Horrifying Path to America for Hotel Workers
March 1, 2018

Our client profiled in The Atlantic magazine.

“Four people in need of work went to the first meeting and gave the man money, but Racida Eslabon was the only one who made it to the United States. She had already worked in a factory in Japan, and when she got back to the Philippines, she wanted to leave again so she could send money home to her mother, who was sick. She had been trying to get a job through a placement agency but with no success, so it seemed like very good luck when she met Alfred Briones in June 2008.”

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Protecting Senior Homeowners from Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure: A Policy Brief
August 17, 2017

In recent years, reverse mortgage defaults and foreclosures have dramatically increased both in New York and nationwide, putting many senior homeowners at risk of displacement. The Center for NYC Neighborhoods would like to thank and acknowledge the contributions of K. Scott Kohanowski of City Bar Justice Center and Jessica Scholes of New York Legal Assistance Group to this report.

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Learning the Importance of Estate Planning the Hard Way
June 2, 2017

When Rodriguez’s father became ill, he hadn’t planned a will or made any arrangements to transfer his assets to others after his death. When he died unexpectedly, Rodriguez became very worried that he would lose his home, the apartment he had lived in for over 20 years. Thanks to the Planning and Estates Law Project at the City Bar Justice Center, he was able to retain a lawyer and prove in court that the apartment belonged to him under New York State Law.

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Refugees From Violence and War Build New Lives In New York
May 9, 2017

“The narrative coming out of this White House is that asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants are terrorists, are fraudsters, are criminals, and that is absolutely not borne out by the clients we work with,” says Jennifer Kim, co-director of the Immigrant Justice Project at the City Bar Justice Center, a pro bono legal advocacy group.

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Here’s Why Immigrant Victims May (Still) Be Afraid to Report Crime
February 21, 2017

Immigrants without legal status are often vulnerable to crime, because they’re afraid of going to law enforcement and being deported. This is why Congress authorized a special program called the U visa almost 20 years ago. It enables them to remain in the U.S. and work if they can prove they were helpful to investigators or prosecutors. “It helps create community partnerships with law enforcement and helps keep perpetrators of violence off the street,” said Suzanne Tomatore, coordinator of the Immigrant Justice Project at the City Bar Justice Center.

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At JFK’s Terminal 4, a good weekend to be a lawyer
February 10, 2017

Laura Berger, a litigator for City Bar Justice Center, showed up Sunday morning in response to a 3 a.m. email from the Urban Justice Center. She told me she figured she would put to use her immigration law experience.

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At Least a Dozen Detainees Still Held at JFK in Apparent Violation of Federal Judge’s Ruling

Four detainees who had secured legal representation were released Sunday morning, Laura Berger, an immigration attorney with the City Bar Justice Center and volunteer with the Immigrant and Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), told Jezebel.

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NYLAG’s Pro Se Clinic Opens for Business in the Southern District
November 4, 2016

The pro se clinic is a sibling of the City Bar Justice Center’s Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project, which operates out of the courthouse in downtown Brooklyn and handles roughly 400 cases a year.

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City Bar Justice Center Presents Pro Bono Awards
October 26, 2016

The New York City Bar Justice Center presented its annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on Monday.

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