Our Mission

The City Bar Justice Center increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. Drawing upon our relationship with the New York City Bar, the Justice Center provides legal assistance to those in need; mobilizes lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments, and other legal institutions to provide pro bono legal services; educates the public on legal issues; fosters strategic relationships; and impacts public policy.

City Bar Justice Center Gala Celebrates Pro Bono

On April 1st, the City Bar Justice Center’s 10th Annual Gala honored WilmerHale and IBM with the 2015 City Bar Justice Awards, for their leadership and dedication to pro bono service. Continue reading

NELP Small Business Success Series: Punk Rope

In 2008, fitness instructor and entrepreneur Tim Haft approached the City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) seeking legal assistance. Four years prior, he had founded Punk Rope, a fitness company best known for its fitness class of the same name, which combined intense cardio with a fun and playful attitude. Continue reading

Military Sexual Trauma, by Caitlin Kilroy

In recent years, the problem of sexual assault within the military has gained national attention. At the City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) we hear from dozens of veterans who were assaulted while in the military. Continue reading

Ten Things to Do When a Family Member Dies

As anyone who has been through it knows, the stress of losing a family member is compounded by the details that must be attended to in its wake. The City Bar Justice Center’s Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) has helped more than 270 low-income New Yorkers since 2013 with important legal issues when a family loses or is about to lose a loved one. Continue reading

Training for Upcoming Temporary Protected Status Legal Clinics for West Africans Due to Ebola Outbreak

Due to the ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, nationals of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia who reside in the United States and meet certain criteria may now apply for Temporary Protected Status.

The registration period for TPS applications has already begun. Starting in January, the City Bar Justice Center will host several TPS application assistance clinics for West African foreign nationals. Assisting with TPS applications is a straightforward opportunity for attorneys who are looking to volunteer a few hours of their time. Attorneys interested in volunteering at our TPS clinics but unfamiliar with the TPS process can sign up for an hour-long TPS training the Justice Center will be conducting in partnership with the HIV Law Project. Continue reading