Pro Bono and Community Service Opportunities

What is the Connecticut Pro Bono Network?

Established in 1991, the Connecticut Pro Bono Network is a collaboration between Connecticut's legal services agencies and the CBA. Attorney and paralegal volunteers provide legal representation for low-income clients who are screened by a legal services agency and deemed eligible for pro bono services for their civil cases.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Connecticut Pro Bono Network

Why Should I Do Pro Bono Work?

Integrity:  The Connecticut’s Rules of Professional Conduct do not require pro bono service, rather it is encouraged.  Enhance the integrity of the legal profession by donating your legal services to those in need.

Enhance your knowledge of the law:  Whether you participate in a clinic or take on a client’s case from beginning to end, you will receive the training and support to learn an area of law and enhance your practice skills.  

Check Here for an Overview of Opportunities

Trainings and Community Service

Not all pro bono service needs to be done through the Pro Bono Network. There are a variety of other ways to serve the profession and those in need. Click the link above to view a sampling of recent efforts.

The following agencies/programs comprise Connecticut Pro Bono Network:

Statewide Legal Services
Connecticut Legal Services
Greater Hartford Legal Aid
New Haven Legal Assistance Association
AIDS Legal Network
Lawyers For Children America
Connecticut Lawyers' Legal Aid to the Elderly
Connecticut Fair Housing Center
International Institute of CT
Pro Bono Partnership
Lawyers without Borders
Connecticut Probate Courts
Bankruptcy Courts
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC)
Truancy Intervention Project
Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
H.E.L.P Project
Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)

When you accept a pro bono case to represent an income-eligible client through any of these agencies/programs, you are entitled to take advantage of all support services and benefits that their program offers. These benefits include: malpractice coverage for the pro bono cases, free trainings, and experienced attorneys to mentor you. To sign up to volunteer and join over 4,000 Connecticut attorneys and paralegals who volunteer through the Connecticut Pro Bono Network program please visit: http://probono.ctlawhelp.org/