Our Story

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) increases access to justice through an effective pro bono model.

Our Mission

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), the largest division of the City Bar Fund which is the nonprofit affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, furthers access to justice by addressing unmet civil legal needs of New Yorkers struggling with poverty and systemic socioeconomic barriers. CBJC mobilizes law firms, corporate legal departments, and other legal institutions to provide pro bono legal services; educates the public on pertinent legal issues; fosters strategic community relationships; and impacts public policy. CBJC’s dozen civil justice projects, including the largest civil legal hotline in New York, are led by a staff of dedicated attorneys and professionals who each year, provide high-quality civil legal services through brief advice and information, referrals, and both limited scope and extended representation, that benefit more than 24,000 New Yorkers.

Our History

CBJC is the largest department of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc. (City Bar Fund), the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar Association (City Bar). CBJC’s origins date back to the 1980s when the City Bar created a community outreach program to provide direct representation to New Yorkers of limited economic resources. Later, the program was supplemented by a free legal hotline. These programs played a critical role in providing pro bono legal relief following the 9/11 disaster and thereafter were centralized into the City Bar Justice Center.