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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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Kurt Denk
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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City Bar Justice Center
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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CBJC PELP Mount Sinai
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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2017 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards
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
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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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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New York City Bar Justice Center Announces 10 Recipients of 2020 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
October 15, 2020

“The City Bar Justice Center has announced its 10 recipients of this year’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, in which the legal services group recognizes and celebrates the ‘outstanding’ volunteer attorneys who have contributed to its core pro-bono lawyering projects.”

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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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