The City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center leverages the resources of the legal community to make pro bono assistance widely available to low-income New Yorkers with unmet legal needs. We create successful pro bono projects, screening cases for extended representation and providing expert training, mentoring, and support for busy lawyers who nevertheless find time to volunteer to help the less fortunate.

As part of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., the nonprofit 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, the Justice Center is unparalleled in its ability to bring together and partner with all of the critical players in the legal field, harnessing and combining each participant's strengths to advance the interests of clients. At the same time, the Justice Center supports the work of the City Bar's committees and legislative affairs department in educating the public and shaping public policy to benefit low-income New Yorkers.

The City Bar Justice Center's projects are focused on three areas: Economic Justice, Immigrant Justice, and Access to Justice Innovations. The projects, complemented by a high-volume free legal hotline and a pro bono program development clearinghouse, address the unmet need for civil legal services in New York City. Our model is efficient and effective: each project is developed and overseen by an experienced legal expert, coordinated by a dedicated staff member, and delivered through pro bono lawyers and community outreach.


In 2005, the City Bar Justice Center began assisting in-house legal departments to structure and launch their pro bono programs. Since that time, we have worked with more than 25 corporate legal departments who were setting-up their programs. We also assist in structuring partnerships between in-house departments and law firms that draw on the unique strengths of each partner. We currently have a number of ongoing partnerships, and volunteers representing 36 corporations are active in our projects. We would love to have you join them.

For more information, please contact Carol Bockner at 212-382-4714 or