Category Archives: City Bar Justice Center

As the CFO/Assistant Treasurer of the City Bar Fund, I consider giving to charity to be a vital and noble practice. Some pundits say that those who make philanthropic gifts live longer. To follow the path of charity and at the same time add years to one’s life is clearly a wonderful win-win situation, but I leave the proof to others. Continue reading

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These days, it is not uncommon for attorneys to work abroad for periods of times. We are a peripatetic group. Certain ties, however, continue to bind. We maintain allegiances to particular places and causes. Perhaps you are an attorney working in the U.K. but admitted in New York and you want to make a year-end charitable gift to a U.S. legal services organization that provides legal services to the poor and underserved. Continue reading

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Over the last few years, the Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP) of the City Bar Justice Center had to advise rent-stabilized tenants considering filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief in New York that there was a risk that they could lose their apartment if they filed for bankruptcy. Continue reading

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On November 13, 2014, as part of the New York City Immigration Advocacy Initiative’s (NYCIAI) final clinic for the year, over sixty participants in the Children’s Aid Society’s programs received free immigration consultations from experienced practitioners. Continue reading

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Suzanne Tomatore, the project director of the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children (IWC) Project, was one of only four U. S. representatives from service providers to attend the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) October 22 & 23 meeting in Vienna, Austria, on the role of recruitment fees and recruitment agencies in trafficking in persons. Continue reading

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The City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project is pleased to partner with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCO) along with ten other legal service organizations to host a Small Business Academy (SBLA) at Brooklyn Law School on November 19. Continue reading

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The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is off and running, and this year the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) is participating for the first time. What this means is that anyone who is a federal employee, including lawyers, can support the City Bar Justice Center as part of their workplace giving. Continue reading

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Last month, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project visited with a group of legal, labor rights and government agency leaders that work on issues of labor migration and human trafficking. Continue reading

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Since its inception in 2004, the City Bar Justice Center’s (CBJC) Pro Bono Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP) has been a highly successful initiative. Part of the success of this model was due to the issuance of a favorable Formal Ethics Opinion (2005-1) by the City Bar Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, wherein the committee concluded that under certain conditions volunteer lawyers from large commercial law firms could represent both low-income debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases and their creditors in unrelated matters without having a conflict of interest. Continue reading

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Today the staff and director of the Immigrant Women and Children Project hosted a meeting with Tomomi Shimizu, Senior Program Manager of the Tokyo-based Kamonohashi Project. Continue reading

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