City Necessary Resources Initiative, initialized as CNRI, was a pro-bono legal aid office which gave low-income individuals access to the legal system. It was located in the East sector of the Glades in Star City. The office was destroyed by an earthquake caused by the second Markov Device during the Undertaking.
Laurel's first client at CNRI was a street vendor named Hank, whose son was wrongfully accused of a mugging. Laurel managed to prove the boy's innocence.
With help from Joanna and the Hood, Laurel also prosecuted many other dangerous and corrupt one-percenters at CNRI on behalf of her clients, including Martin Somers, Jason Brodeur, and Edward Rasmus.
CNRI was in danger of potentially closing down after their largest donor, Stagg Industries, pulled out. To help the office keep their doors open, Tommy Merlyn arranged for Merlyn Global Group to sponsor a fundraiser for CNRI.
Anastasia temporarily worked for CNRI while on a year-long pro-bono sabbatical from her law firm.
Representing a victim's advocacy group, CNRI worked to keep career criminal Cyrus Vanch locked up. Unfortunately, he was released from prison after eight months due to a lack of evidence. However, CNRI won their case after the Hood helped arrest Vanch, with new evidence.
Joanna returned to work at CNRI sometime in May.
On May 15, 2013 when the Undertaking was announced, the lawyers at CNRI attempted to salvage their files, depositions, claims, evidences, etc. from various cases for their clients. When the earthquake started, CNRI completely collapsed, killing Tommy, who went inside the building to save Laurel.
Behind the scenes
- CNRI is meant to resemble the word "Canary" when pronounced as a single word, referring to Laurel's comic book alter ego, Black Canary, and the mantle she would later take up.