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Brooklyn Deed Fraud Crisis Sparks Public Attention, State Action

by Sofia ColosimoNovember 5, 2019

A recent article published in the New York Times highlighted the story of Broadies Byas, a Brooklyn homeowner fighting to reclaim her family home from a deed fraud scheme. The property, which had been in her family since 1957, is now worth nearly $1.2 million. After increasing pressure from a man who approached her claiming … Continue reading Brooklyn Deed Fraud Crisis Sparks Public Attention, State Action

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City Bar Justice Center 2019 Pro Bono Awards

by adminOctober 30, 2019

Pictured above: The 2019 City Bar Justice Center Pro Bono Award winners, with City Bar Justice Center Executive Director Lynn Kelly, Keynote Speaker Hon. John Gleeson, NYC Bar Association President Roger Juan Maldonado, and City Bar Fund Board Chair David Levine. On Monday, October 21st the City Bar Justice Center hosted its 11th annual Jeremy G. … Continue reading City Bar Justice Center 2019 Pro Bono Awards

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Volunteer Honored for Pro Bono Advocacy by NY Attorney Emeritus Program

by adminOctober 28, 2019

Ariana Javidi is the Communications and Executive Coordinator for the City Bar Justice Center. On October 23, the New York State Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP) honored Oscar Straus for his outstanding pro bono advocacy for the City Bar Justice Center’s Cancer Advocacy and Elderlaw Projects (CAP/ELP). Since he started volunteering with CAP/ELP in 2014, Mr. … Continue reading Volunteer Honored for Pro Bono Advocacy by NY Attorney Emeritus Program

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Preventing Identity Theft: Tips for Domestic Violence Survivors

by Lauren Hutton-WorkOctober 25, 2019

Lauren Hutton-Work is a Law Student Extern with the City Bar Justice Center’s Community Economic Development unit. On August 8, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed three pieces of New York State legislation that expands protections for domestic violence victims.  One of the new laws now includes forms of economic abuse, such as identity theft, as … Continue reading Preventing Identity Theft: Tips for Domestic Violence Survivors

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How to Start an Award-Winning Pro Bono Program: A Conversation with Bloomberg’s Valerie Farkas

by adminOctober 21, 2019

In honor of Pro Bono Month and the City Bar Justice Center’s upcoming 2019 pro bono awards, we sat down with Valerie Borden Farkas, Senior Counsel at Bloomberg and one of our top 2019 pro bono award winners. We talked about her impressive legal career which includes pro bono and public service work and how … Continue reading How to Start an Award-Winning Pro Bono Program: A Conversation with Bloomberg’s Valerie Farkas

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Suzanne TomatoreOctober 14, 2019

Suzanne Tomatore is the Co-Director of the Justice Center’s Immigrant Justice Project and Deputy Director of the Justice Center. Domestic violence can affect anyone of any age, gender, or background, and is pervasive – one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner[1]. It is often … Continue reading October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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