Mentoring: Experienced attorneys are needed to mentor new or less experienced attorneys. This mentoring obligation may include training or direct consultation. There is a particular need for mentors in the area of family law.
Day Laborer Wage Clinics: Volunteer attorneys and paralegals are needed at this Stamford evening clinic to assist day laborers to access the legal means available to them to aid in enforcing their employment rights. Responsibilities may include preparing demand letters, drafting small claims court or department of labor complaints, serving judgments on employers, and conducting an assessment of more complex matters for possible pro bono referral.
Security Deposit Clinics: Volunteer attorneys are needed to assist individuals in filing pro se small claims cases for the return of their security deposit.
Family Law Clinics: Clinics are scheduled throughout the state to provide clients who are proceeding pro se with the opportunity to seek advice and consultation from an attorney.
Tax Assistance Programs: 1. Volunteers are needed to prepare free tax returns for low income taxpayers during the filing season (mid-January to mid-April) at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout Connecticut. Each volunteer is asked to work a 3-4 hour shift at a VITA site each week during the filing season. 2. Volunteers are also needed to help represent low income taxpayers with regard to federal and state income tax controversies. This LITC program is run by the UCONN and Quinnipiac law school clinics. Time commitment varies by case. While a base knowledge of tax law or tax return preparation is useful, VITA and LITC clinics provide substantive and procedural training for volunteers.
Truancy Intervention Project: The Truancy Intervention Project matches interested volunteer attorneys with middle school students from New Britain who have a substantial record of unexcused absences. The volunteer attorney will work with the student, family, school personnel and other community resources to identify and address problems that contribute to the student’s poor attendance record. If the matter proceeds to truancy court, the attorney will represent the child in a Family with Service Needs case. Training is provided. A six month commitment is requested.
Evening Consumer Hotline: Volunteers are needed to cover the Statewide Legal Services Evening Consumer Hotline program two nights per month in Middletown. Volunteers work alongside SLS staff giving indigent clients advice over the telephone in consumer law matters. Both substantive and hotline operational training are provided. A six month commitment is requested.