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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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City Bar Justice Center Announces Winners of 2016 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service
September 29, 2016

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

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New York Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Justice Center
May 9, 2016

The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $5,200 to the City Bar Justice Center. The grant will be used to support the Housing Security Initiative of their LGBT Advocacy Project, which will educate and assist LGBT seniors experiencing housing instability through community presentations, legal advice, and “know your rights” materials.

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City Bar Justice Center Gala to Celebrate Pro Bono
April 11, 2016

On April 13th, the City Bar Justice Center’s 11th Annual Gala will honor the international law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and global media corporation CBS with the 2016 City Bar Justice Awards, for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service.

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Jane C. Sherburne to Chair City Bar Fund; New Board Members Announced
June 25, 2015

Jane C. Sherburne, principal of the legal consulting firm Sherburne PLLC, has been elected Chair of the City Bar Fund of the New York City Bar Association. The Fund encompasses the City Bar Justice Center, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Lawyer Assistance Program, and other activities. Sherburne succeeds Mei Lin Kwan-Gett as Chair of the City Bar Fund.

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U.S. Eastern District Court and City Bar Justice Center Launch Innovative Pro Se Legal Clinic
June 22, 2015

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the City Bar Justice Center have collaborated to launch the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project (FedPro), a pilot project to provide information, advice, and limited-scope legal assistance to people proceeding pro se in a variety of federal civil cases in the Eastern District of New York.

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City Bar Justice Center Presents 2014 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service
September 17, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has announced the winners of the sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Honoring the most outstanding volunteer attorney in each of the Justice Center projects, the awards will be presented at a Celebration of Service reception on October 20th, as part of National Pro Bono Week.

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City Bar Justice Center Launches LGBT Advocacy Project
May 28, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center has launched the LGBT Advocacy Project to provide direct civil legal services to low-income LGBT New Yorkers. Seed money for the initiative has been provided by the Tiger Baron Foundation.

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City Bar Justice Center Gala to Celebrate Pro Bono
March 26, 2014

On April 9, the City Bar Justice Center’s 9th Annual Gala will honor the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and the global financial services company UBS with the 2014 City Bar Justice Awards, for their leadership and dedication to pro bono service.

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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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Shirley Siegel, Leading New York Civil Rights Lawyer, Dies at 101
June 23, 2020

“Ms. Siegel continued practicing into her 90s, working on a New York City Bar Justice Center project to prevent mortgage foreclosures in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. Last year she was awarded Barnard’s Medal of Distinction for her ‘trailblazing civil rights and fair housing’ work.”

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City Demands Residents Repair Retaining Wall After Boulder Wrecks Apartment
June 17, 2020

“Scott Kohanowski is a pro-bono lawyer with the City Bar Justice Center. He’s helping the homeowners form an association and says many of the residents on Clay Avenue have lived there for decades. ‘But living in that property for so many years and not even knowing that [the wall] was there, it is kind of insane to then hold these property owners responsible for this. We’re talking hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of dollars to repair this wall,’ Kohanowski explained.”

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No internet in shelters worsens conditions for homeless New Yorkers, NYC Bar finds
May 22, 2020

“A lack of internet access is preventing New Yorkers in city shelters from finding and securing affordable housing amid the city’s historic homelessness crisis, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the City Bar Justice Center.”

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Few Families in Homeless Shelters Can Access Internet
May 21, 2020

Only 6% of people who live or had lived in a New York City homeless shelter for families said they could access the internet through their shelter, according to a new report from  the City Bar Justice Center.

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City Bar Sizes Up Lack of Internet Access at Homeless Shelters
May 20, 2020

“A survey of current and former homeless shelter residents in New York City showed that only 6% were able to access the internet via their shelter, according to a report released by the City Bar Justice Center, which argues for the city to provide reliable Wi-Fi and updated internet-ready devices to shelter residents in order to fight the city’s growing homelessness problem.”

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City Bar Justice Center Expands Pro Bono Legal Hotline for COVID-19
May 12, 2020

“In response to the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on low-income communities, the City Bar Justice Center has launched an expansion of its pro bono Legal Hotline to deal specifically with COVID-19-related legal needs of underserved New Yorkers.”

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Jenner & Block During COVID-19
May 4, 2020

Our lawyers have been working with the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Hotline…

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‘No Relief in Sight’: Court Delays Cause Money Woes for Families of NYC Deceased
April 29, 2020

“The City Bar Justice Center’s Planning & Estates Law Project (PELP), meanwhile, provides free, remote legal assistance to New York City front-line health care workers in preparing advance-planning documents including wills, powers of attorney, designations of standby guardians and health care proxies.”

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The Legal Marathon Ahead
April 24, 2020

“The City Bar Justice Center, our non-profit, legal-services affiliate, is among the leaders in the response to this crisis: providing free, remote legal assistance to New York City frontline health care workers in preparing life-planning documents so that they have peace of mind while risking their lives for us; launching a pro bono remote legal clinic to help New York City’s small businesses access the federal government’s COVID-19 stimulus package and other programs; and ramping up its Legal Hotline, already the busiest in New York, to handle the expected flood of inquiries related to the coronavirus.”

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