44th Street Blog

Seizing the Moment to Fix the Safety Net – by Debra L. Raskin

I recently had the opportunity to accompany Lisa Pearlstein, who leads the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless, her colleague Fiorella Herrera, and two pro bono volunteers on a visit to the Justice Center’s monthly legal clinic at the Children’s Rescue Fund House East, a homeless shelter for families.
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New Lawyer Institute Kicks Off

This fall marks the kick-off of the City Bar New Lawyer Institute (NLI), which is designed to provide recent law graduates with the training and skills needed to succeed in the early years of their legal careers.
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City Bar Writes to Hong Kong Chief Executive on Protests

Yesterday, the City Bar sent a letter, signed by President Debra L. Raskin, to the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, expressing "grave concern regarding the treatment of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong."
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City Bar Reports on Second Delegation to Guatemala Following Genocide Trial

The New York City Bar Association has issued a report of its second delegation of lawyers to Guatemala to examine legal developments in the aftermath of the 2013 prosecution of former President Efrain Rios-Montt and the ongoing appointment of judges to the Guatemalan courts, and to assess whether the management of the judiciary corresponds with strengthening the rule of law in Guatemala.
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City Bar President Testifies at Chief Judge’s Hearing on Access to Civil Legal Services

Earlier today, New York City Bar President Debra L. Raskin testified before New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's hearing on Access to Civil Legal Services.
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City Bar Issues Evaluations of Candidates for Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals

The New York City Bar Association has evaluated candidates recommended by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination for appointment as Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy created by the expiration of Judge Graffeo’s term.
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Karl Florida of Thomson-Reuters and City Bar President Debra Raskin cut the ribbon on the City Bar's new library lounge on October 21st. The lounge allows members and guests to converse and make phone calls without disturbing others. Thomson-Reuters generously supported construction of the lounge. 

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