Dear City Bar Justice Center Friend,
I hope you are doing well and look forward to some holiday festivities and gatherings with loved ones. The City Bar Justice Center ends the year on a celebratory note, with successful programming, broadened services to address our clients’ evolving legal needs, and much to look forward to in 2023.
In the time since our last newsletter, we’ve held a pro bono awards ceremony filled with heartfelt gratitude, a Veterans Day program that broke a fundraising record, and client-focused outreach initiatives on small business and immigration topics that reached 4,000 community members. We couldn’t do this without you! Looking ahead to 2023, please join the City Bar Justice Center in doing more to empower families and secure brighter futures for countless New Yorkers seeking stability and safety.
Donate, volunteer, connect with us on social media, and spread the word to help widen our impact!
Thank you in advance for supporting our work to increase access to justice. On behalf of the whole City Bar Justice Center team, warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for happy, healthy year-end holidays and a hope-filled start to 2023!

Best regards,

Kurt M. Denk
Executive Director
Act now! Support Empowering Families, Securing Futures a campaign to meaningfully expand the City Bar Justice Center’s impact to serve more of our neighbors in need. Your investment strengthens our proven pro bono model, which helped us provide services benefiting over 23,000 New Yorkers just in the past year – including 3,164 families caring for 5,629 children. Donate
Save the date! We are excited to announce the City Bar Justice Center’s 18th Annual Gala, “Power of Pro Bono,” to be held on Tuesday, April 4th and honoring BNY Mellon and Mayer Brown for their exceptional pro bono commitment. Stay tuned for more information.
Cannabis Equity in NYC: NELP Wraps Up New Initiative for Future Small Businesses 
Our Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project successfully launched an initiative to advise micro-entrepreneurs on New York’s new cannabis licensing regulations and incentives to participate in this new industry on the part of individuals disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition laws. Averaging 40+ attendees per presentation, the 6-part Small Business Cannabis Series was held in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library and the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Drugs and the Law.
Our Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) concluded a successful online educational outreach campaign this Fall that reached over 4,000 people! Through “Know Your Rights” Facebook Live sessions, social media content, and online publications, community members received essential information about Employment Authorization Documents and related regulations. IJP also worked closely with a number of pro bono partners to continue providing asylum advocacy for Afghan refugees, and to launch a new initiative to provide immigration legal services to young migrants recently arrived from the southern border who have sought refuge at Covenant House.
On October 25, CBJC held its 2022 Celebrate Pro Bono Awards, recognizing volunteers across our projects who demonstrated an exceptional commitment to our clients and championed our mission to advance access to justice. Congratulations to our 2022 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awardees: Abigail F. Cousins, Alison G. Greenberg, Anthony C. Coles, Beth G. Schwartz, Christopher Kochman, David Wise, Erin P. Kelly, Janine Tramontana, John M. Conlon, Julia L. Davis, and Max Ian Fiest. Learn more
Our Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) held a successful 7th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Ethics CLE on November 11. Over 70 advocates, including pro bono attorneys and partners, attended the program led by Makedah Salmond, Director of VAP. We are grateful to our 17 generous sponsors for helping us break a fundraising record for this event, raising nearly $50,000! Learn more
Watch an energizing impact video to learn how you can help change a life. The Justice Center counts on your support to protect New Yorkers most in need including immigrants, families in homeless shelters, veterans, small business owners and others relying on our free legal services to achieve stability and safety. Share the video with friends, family, and colleagues to get them involved in making a difference!
The newsletter editor is Sammy Darris, the City Bar Justice Center's Communication and Outreach Coordinator. For questions you may reach her at

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