Summer Associates Assist 1,500 Low-Income Tenants

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

  • City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center is proud to announce the successful completion of its annual Housing Court Summer Assistance Project. This year 48 summer associates from 13 firms and in-house legal departments participated, working in the Housing Courts in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. Together they worked 1,920 hours and assisted around 1,500 clients by providing advice on a host of issues including nonpayment, holdovers, rent problems, code violations, and broader financial issues.

Many participants commented on how eye-opening, rewarding, and illuminating the experience was. Said one: "This was a fabulous experience. We had a first-hand look at Housing Court and the real-life struggles people have with finding and keeping satisfying housing. We also were able to understand first-hand how recipients of public assistance often struggle with administrative barriers and mix-ups." Said another Summer: "I felt like I was making an impact because I was working directly with tenants and landlords, and I was able to brush-up on civil procedure/NY Practice which was beneficial for me."

CBJC would like to thank this year's participating legal departments and firms: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Debevoise & Plimpton, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Fulbright & Jaworski, Linklaters, Pfizer, Inc., Schulte Roth & Zabel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell, White & Case, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and Winston & Strawn, as well as all of the Summer Associates who were able to assist so many at the City's Housing Courts, making this year's Project so successful.