On October 26, 2021, the City Bar Justice Center commemorated the tremendous support of eleven volunteers, who were awarded with a 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, for their remarkable commitment to our clients and for championing our team’s mission to advance access to justice. Congratulations!

Consumer Bankruptcy Project: Lina Stillman, Principal at Stillman Legal P.C.

The Consumer Bankruptcy Project helps consumers with outstanding debts, assists debtors with filing pro se bankruptcy petitions, and provides pro bono representation to debtors in contested matters.

Lina Stillman, principal of Stillman Legal P.C., an employment law practice, has been one of the Consumer Bankruptcy’s Project’s “go-to” volunteers. Filing for bankruptcy can be an intimidating process and understanding all the requirements and court procedures in order to be successful can be confusing.   For those who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency, accessing legal services in their native language can be even more challenging. Lina Stillman, a native Spanish speaker, knows this, which is why for the last several years, she has made room in her busy schedule and used her language skills to primarily assist the project’s Spanish-speaking clients.  Lina’s dedication to providing legal services to clients whose primary language is Spanish ensures they understand their legal rights and allows them to gain meaningful and equal access to justice.  The pro bono hours Lina selflessly provides help the project run an efficient pro bono program that offers CBJC’s clients who speak primarily Spanish an opportunity at a bankruptcy fresh start.

In addition to assisting the project’s clients, Lina has used the experience and skills she gained with the project to help train and mentor law students participating in the project’s internship program.

We congratulate Lina Stillman for her dedication and commitment to the Consumer Bankruptcy Project.