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CITY BAR FUND

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., d/b/a the City Bar Fund, is the 501(c)(3) sister organization of the New York City Bar Association, which undertakes public service, education, policy advocacy and research activities and supports such activities for a number of City Bar programs. Contributions to the City Bar Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are reportable contributions under New York State’s biennial pro bono reporting requirement for attorneys.*

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City Bar Justice Center | Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice 
Office for Diversity | Lawyer Assistance Program


City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center (or “CBJC”) provides and expands access to justice for low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers citywide by leveraging the pro bono expertise and time of the New York City legal community. Annually, more than 20,000 individuals from the five boroughs of the city, people who would otherwise be unable to afford the legal services they need, receive assistance from CBJC. To deliver services, CBJC couples the use of pro bono resources with limited scope and full representation; conducts significant community outreach and education efforts; and operates a free legal hotline. Its leveraging of pro bono resources involves recruiting and training pro bono attorneys, identifying appropriate opportunities in a range of subject areas, screening cases before assigning them, and providing experienced staff support and mentoring throughout the duration of the cases. Among CBJC’s clients are victims of human trafficking, immigrants, the homeless, homeowners facing foreclosure, consumers filing for bankruptcy, veterans seeking VA disability benefits, the elderly, cancer patients and survivors, and micro-business owners. Last year, CBJC and its volunteers delivered approximately $20.3 million worth of free legal assistance.

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Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

The Vance Center provides pro bono legal support to human rights and environmental organizations in Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere in the world. Its in-house lawyers collaborate with these organizations to identify their legal needs and develop research projects to address them. The Vance Center then recruits law firms in the United States and the countries involved to undertake the projects together on a pro bono basis. The projects include identification of “best practices” for legal policy, analysis of compliance with international legal obligations, and amicus curiae support. In addition, the Vance Center Committee, composed of leading lawyers from New York City’s international law firms, as well as from the corporate and public sectors, promotes pro bono legal practice and diversity in the legal profession in Latin America and Africa. The Vance Center also collaborates with City Bar standing committees on complex pro bono projects and international delegations.

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Office for Diversity

The Office for Diversity works with New York City legal employers to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments. Over 120 law firms and corporations have signed on to the Statement of Diversity Principles, which represents a strong commitment to establish and attain diversity goals. The Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award, created in 2006, seeks to applaud individuals whose actions and activities embody the Statement of Diversity Principles. The Office for Diversity regularly tracks the progress of signatory law firms and law departments on key diversity representation metrics. In addition, the City Bar’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives program is designed to provide professional experience, development and educational programs for inner-city students interested in pursuing legal careers. Activities include the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, the Constitutional Rights Symposium, the dispute resolution/negotiation competition and others.

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Lawyer Assistance Program

The Lawyer Assistance Program is a free, confidential service, available to attorneys, judges, law students and their family members in New York City who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, as well as other addictions and mental health issues. In conjunction with the City Bar’s Committee on Lawyer Assistance and local volunteers, it offers consultation, evaluation/assessment, counselling, referral, intervention, peer support, attorney monitoring, outreach and education.

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*For more information on what contributions qualify for the pro bono reporting requirement, you may consult the Office of Court Administration website here.

All donations go to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc.  (the “City Bar Fund”), a tax-exempt non-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to the City Bar Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

View the City Bar Fund's Statement of Financial Position here.