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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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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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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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Sharp Drop in City Bankruptcies Could Foreshadow Big Jump Next Year
December 21, 2020

“‘There were relief measures put into place like the New York State eviction moratorium,’ says Ramona Morel, director of the consumer bankruptcy project at the City Bar Justice Center. ‘There were definitely protections and benefits in the CARES Act.’ Some of Kransdorf’s clients made more from the pandemic unemployment aid than they had in their jobs.”

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It Is Time to Address the VA’s Enormous Backlog of Claims for Disability Benefits
December 1, 2020

“Through our partnerships with the New York City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistance Project, the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Veterans Legal Services Project, and the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic, Proskauer attorneys have helped countless veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. Even with an experienced lawyer, delays are common and often devastating to indigent and disabled veterans who rely on the financial support for everyday necessities.”

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New Gambit in NYC Self-Storage Wars: Some Owners Willing to Cut Struggling Customers Free as Demand Booms
November 15, 2020

“If the auction is soon, go ‘masked up’ to the open Human Resources Administration center in your borough to apply for an emergency storage grant, said Lisa Pearlstein of the City Bar Justice Center.”

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Proskauer Virtual Volunteers Support LACBA’s Veterans Legal Service Project Clinic
November 11, 2020

“We also continue to build on our long-standing partnerships with the City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistance Project in New York and the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic in Boston to obtain disability benefits for veterans with service-connected disabilities and to petition for “discharge upgrades” to rectify the classifications that partially or entirely bar many veterans from the disability benefits they rightfully deserve.”

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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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