This spring, seeing flowers bloom after a long, cold winter, we're thinking about new beginnings. The free legal assistance provided by the Justice Center gives many of our clients a vital new start, whether it's through aid filing for bankruptcy, moving from homelessness into permanent housing, or, as we'll tell in a story in this newsletter, getting asylum in the United States after fleeing horrific violence.
In all of the Justice Center's cases, gaining access to civil justice - in other words, to a lawyer – is life-changing. For the low-income, marginalized New Yorkers we serve, it's the difference between staying in your home or being on the street, getting food or going hungry, having your children or being separated from them, and being able to earn a livelihood or being unemployed.

That's why your contributions, whether through pro bono service or donations, matter. They stop thousands of New Yorkers from falling through the cracks of the civil justice system, each year.
Client Flees Persecution Based on Sexual Orientation, Wins Asylum in U.S.
Sam flees the Caribbean, fearing for his life because of his sexual orientation. With the help of the Justice Center and an amazing team of pro bono lawyers, he wins asylum to the United States, and never has to be afraid of being himself again.
Law Students Reflect on Spring Semester at the Justice Center
Columbia Law Student Pro Bono Scholar Angel Nwachukwu and Vermont Law Student Extern Bomy Hwang share their thoughts on their experiences at the Justice Center over the spring semester.
Spring Gala Raises Nearly $1.1 Million Supporting Access to Justice for Poor New Yorkers
On the evening of April 3, Justice Center friends, supporters, and partners gather together to celebrate pro bono work and commitment to public service. 
Financial Institution Pro Bono Day
Yesterday, May 2, was Financial Institution Pro Bono Day, when we celebrate attorneys at our partner financial institutions who change the lives of countless New Yorkers each year through their commitment to expanding access to civil justice. Yesterday, six of those institutions – American Express, Barclays, BNY Mellon, Capital One, and JP Morgan Chase – along with law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, hosted and staffed legal clinics for our Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project and Legal Clinic for the Homeless. We salute our colleagues whose hard work and commitment to public service help their fellow New Yorkers overcome legal barriers to living better lives.
Need a Summer Project?  Join CBJC’s Award-Winning Civil Court Pro Bono Project
The City Bar Justice Center seeks additional volunteers for our new Civil Court pro bono project launched in June of last year, sponsored and supervised by our highly experienced civil legal hotline staff attorneys. Volunteer attorneys serve 3 ½-hour shifts 1-3 times per month assisting pro se litigants at Court Help Centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn with small claims, consumer debt, name change, and other matters.  Please email CBJC Pro Bono Counsel Kurt Denk ( to learn more.
May 2: LCH Legal Clinic with Capital One and BNY Mellon | Children's Rescue Fund House East
May 2: NELP Legal Clinic with Sullivan & Cromwell | Sullivan & Cromwell
May 9: LCH Legal Clinic | Children's Rescue Fund-Icahn House Bronx
May 15: LCH Legal Clinic | Jackson Willow Family Residences
May 21: PELP Legal Clinic | New York City Bar Association
May 22: VAP Legal Clinic | New York City Bar Association
May 22: NELP Legal Clinic with Queens Economic Development Corporation | Queens Economic Development Corporation
May 30: NELP Legal Clinic with Pace University | Pace University Small Business Center
May 31: VAP CLE Training | New York City Bar Association
June 5: NELP Legal Clinic with Brooklyn NYC Business Solutions Center | Brooklyn NYC Business Solutions Center
June 7: LCH Legal Clinic | Children's Rescue Fund House East
June 11: NELP Legal Presentation | Brooklyn Library
June 12: NELP Legal Clinic with Upper Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Center | Upper Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Center
June 13: LCH Legal Clinic with Bronx Works | Nelson Ave Family Residence
June 17: PELP Legal Clinic | New York City Bar Association
June 25: Fedpro Discovery Workshop with Paul Weiss | New York City Bar Association
June 28: LCH Legal Clinic with Volunteers of America | Regent Family Residence
July 10: VAP Legal Clinic | New York City Bar Association
July 15: PELP Legal Clinic | New York City Bar Association
Change the life of a low-income New Yorker. 

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