2020 Annual Gala: Spring Into Pro Bono
The City Bar Justice Center's Annual Gala will take place on April 1, 2020 at the historic City Bar building. Individual tickets are now available at $2,000 ($1,800 tax deductible contribution) a seat. To purchase a ticket please email email@example.com or call 212-247-6188.
Closing the Service Gap for NYC Veterans
The Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) advocates for more funding for veterans disability work as they launch the Technical Assistance Initiative – Legal (TAIL). After studying the gap between what veterans in NYC should be receiving in terms of disability payments and what they actually obtain, VAP has been active in addressing this injustice on a number of fronts.
The Project received two grants from private foundations to extend technical assistance to the legal services community as part of its efforts to expand access to lawyers who help veterans secure VA disability benefits. Work has started on a manual and quarterly meetings are being held with nonprofit community members who have begun developing projects to serve vets.
In addition, VAP’s biweekly grand rounds calls with Project Director Kent Eiler will be expanded to provide technical assistance to the nonprofits interested in this new area of practice. VAP continues to collaborate with City Bar committees around advocacy to serve more veterans including various discussion around veterans right to counsel.
The Justice Center's New Fragomen Fellow
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, appointed Cecilia Lopez Santiesteban as the next “Fragomen Fellow” at the Justice Center. The Fragomen Fellowship, established more than a decade ago, is a two-year rotating position the firm’s New York office established to enhance the pro bono immigration services provided by the Justice Center. We are excited to have Cecilia join the Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) where she will advocate for and represent immigrants in removal proceedings and support them in navigating complex affirmative applications. She is also spearheading community education and outreach activities involving pro bono volunteers and clients.