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City Bar Justice Center Gala to Honor Global Pro Bono Work of Barclays PLC and Linklaters LLP
April 7, 2011

On April 13, the City Bar Justice Center’s 6th Annual Gala will honor Barclays PLC and Linklaters LLP for exemplary leadership in their global pro bono programs, community projects and public service activities.

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Veterans Assistance Project Releases Veteran’s Legal Resource Guide
November 8, 2010

The Veterans Assistance Project, an initiative of the City Bar Justice Center, has released The New York City Veteran’s Legal Resource Guide (pdf). The 46-page guide, which is designed to be a reference for both veterans and veterans’ service providers, lists organizations that provide free legal assistance to low-income veterans.

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City Bar Justice Center Announces Winners of Second Annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service
October 22, 2010

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

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City Bar Justice Center’s Public Service Network Places 1,000th Volunteer Lawyer
October 20, 2010

The Public Service Network, a City Bar Justice Center initiative, is celebrating the placement of its 1,000th volunteer this week. Formed in 1997, the Public Service Network encourages lawyers to engage in public service by matching attorneys with legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

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City Bar Justice Center Statement on Equal Justice Conference in Arizona
May 3, 2010

The City Bar Justice Center, which provides pro bono legal services to low-income New Yorkers, including immigrants, and advocates for enlightened reform of immigration laws, believes the new Arizona immigration law to be an unfair, unjust law that will cause great hardship to many people regardless of their immigration status.

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Joint Statement Opposing DHS Plans to Close the Varick Federal Detention Center
February 1, 2010

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), The Legal Aid Society (LAS) and the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA- NY) oppose the Department of Homeland Security’s plans to close the Varick Federal Detention Center by the end of February 2010.

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New York City Bar Association Hosts Legal Clinic for Haitians Seeking Temporary Protected Status
January 29, 2010

The New York City Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association-NY Chapter held a free three-hour clinic on January 28th for Haitians in New York seeking Temporary Protected Status due to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Temporary Protected Status was announced by the U.S. on January 15th, allowing Haitians to remain and work in the U.S. for up to 18 months if their applications are approved.

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Leaders for Justice: New York City Bar Presidents on Pro Bono and Access to Justice
November 20, 2009

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, has produced a collection of essays by the current president, Patricia M. Hynes, and all living former City Bar presidents, titled “Leaders for Justice: New York City Bar Presidents on Pro Bono and Access to Justice.”

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NYC Bar Association Calls for Right to Counsel for Immigrant Detainees
November 2, 2009

Finding that over one-third of immigrant detainees at the Varick Federal Detention Facility in New York City had reasonable claims for relief from removal, and considering the high financial and moral costs of maintaining the current detention system for immigrants, the New York City Bar urges that all immigrant detainees be provided with legal counsel.

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City Bar Justice Center Launches Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service
October 23, 2009

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar, has announced the winners of the first annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service. Honoring volunteer lawyers for outstanding work on Justice Center projects, the awards will be presented at a Pro Bono Luncheon and Celebration of Service as part of the National Pro Bono Celebration.

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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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Village Voice
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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WNYC
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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JFK Volunteers
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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JFK Terminal 4
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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Group photo of the Epstein Award honorees
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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City Bar Justice Center Salutes Proskauer Army Veteran Committed to Helping Less Fortunate Vets
September 23, 2016

Kevin Hackett is a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP in its Corporate and Real Estate practice. Beyond working pro bono on several Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) cases for the City Bar Justice Center, Kevin is always willing to take time from his extremely busy schedule to assist and serve as a point-of-contact at his firm for volunteers interested in assisting veterans through VAP.

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Securing Disability Benefits for a Veteran in Need
June 18, 2016

In a hard-fought case that began in 2009, Proskauer associate David Mordkoff succeeded in obtaining more than $3,500 per month in disability benefits for a veteran who, when she first sought the Firm’s help, had only been receiving about $500 per month for the injuries she suffered as a result of her military service.

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