Category Archives: City Bar Justice Center

Angelica (names changed for privacy and safety) came to the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project (IWC) in 2013 seeking legal assistance because she was a victim of international labor trafficking. Continue reading

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Ann Smith (not her real name), a senior in her 60s, lost her job and soon found herself struggling to pay the bills. Despite her best efforts to keep things going, she gradually fell behind with the rent and was evicted from her apartment. She left with only what she could carry. All the rest of her belongings, including furniture, almost all of her clothing and other irreplaceable mementoes, were bundled up and put into storage by her landlord. Continue reading

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The New York Immigration Court, like most immigration courts around the country, continues to be inundated with young Respondents who have fled their home countries in Central America. As a result, the courts have chosen to prioritize newly arriving unaccompanied minors and adults with children through what has been dubbed the “surge docket.” Continue reading

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When Sophia Sylvester’s two children started experiencing severe dry skin that no cream or prescription could cure, she took matters into her own hands and decided to concoct her own lotion. Continue reading

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On the morning of Tuesday, June 25th, I drove down to the South Bronx from Westchester in my Honda Civic. In the car’s back seat, front seat, and trunk were clothes that I had gathered to drop off at the Stratford House with Kendra Oke, who is organizing a clothing drive in July for the tenants of the low-income housing development.< Continue reading

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The City Bar Justice Center welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the conditions resulting from the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and continuing aftershocks. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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More than 30 years ago, organizational theorist Karl Wieck observed that in the face of overwhelming social problems like homelessness, we can feel helpless to do anything. However, in Weick’s thought-provoking article “Small Wins: Redefining the Scale of Social Problems,” he suggests that we view massive issues as a series of smaller problems that can be affected by small wins. Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favor another small win; new allies suggest solutions and old opponents change their habits. Continue reading

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A power of attorney (“PoA”) is a special form that permits another person (the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”) to act on behalf of you (the “principal”). Any person over age 18 and competent can sign a PoA. Continue reading

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