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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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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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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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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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