What is Pro Bono?

According to Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers have an ethical obligation to give legal service to their community. There are many, many opportunities to do so.

Rule 6.1 Pro Bono Public Service
A lawyer should render public interest legal service. A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations, by service in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession, and by financial support for organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.

Nonprofit Legal Advocacy Agencies
AIDS Legal Network www.ghla.org
Center for Children’s Advocacy, Inc. mstone@law.uconn.edu
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. jstein@medicareadvocacy.org
Connecticut Civil Liberties Union ccluf@ccluf.org
Connecticut Fair Housing Center info@ctfairhousing.org
Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc. (telephone 860-262-5030)
Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund www.cwealf.org
Housing Education Resource Center herc@hartnet.org
Inmates’ Legal Assistance Program (telephone 860-246-1118)
International Institute of Connecticut, Inc. iiconn@aol.com
Lawyers for Children America, Inc. pappadiap@aetna.com
Lawyers Without Borders, Inc. www.lwob.org
Legal Assistance Resource Center of CT, Inc. www.larcc.org
Pro Bono Partnership www.probonopartnership.org

Nonprofit Social Advocacy Agencies
Please contact any 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies whose service populations include a majority of low income individuals and families.

In addition, a lawyer should voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.