Pro Bono

What Does Pro Bono Mean?

As approved by the CBA Pro Bono Committee on 5/18/92

Pro bono is providing legal services to indigent persons without the expectation of payment. This includes provision of legal services to organizations whose principal purpose is providing services to indigent persons and which organizations lack funds or have no practical means of obtaining funds for legal services.

Are you in need of legal services?

The CBA does not have practicing attorneys on staff to offer legal advice, assistance or materials. However, we encourage members of the public to consult the following list of participating agencies and contact them directly if pro bono legal services are needed.

View Participating Agencies

Don’t Qualify for Free Legal Help?

If you do not qualify for pro bono assistance, you may try calling one of the lawyer referral services in Connecticut.

These are not pro bono services; you will have to pay for an attorney to represent you.

  • For Fairfield County Phone: (203)335–4116 Website:
  • For Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, Tolland & Windham County Phone: (860)525–6052 Website: click on Referral Service at the top of the site.
  • For New Haven County Phone: (203)562–5750 Website: or
  • For New London County Phone: (860)889-9384

Pro Bono and Community Service Events

Stand Down September 21, 2012

Stand Down is a military term originating from times of war when exhausted combat troops were given the opportunity to return to a place of relative security to rest and recover. Stand Downs today have become common as a means to care for and advocate for homeless veterans.

The Department Of Veterans Affairs organizes Stand Down events to provide services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.

This year, Stand Down 2012, will take place at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill on Friday, September 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Attorneys who are members of the Connecticut Bar Association will be available for veterans in need of legal services on issues such as housing, finance, employment, family issues and much more.

The 2012 Stand Down took place at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill on September 21. Attorneys gathered at the CBA booth answer veterans’ questions on issues, including housing, finance, and employment. Be sure to check back for information on next year’s event.

Photo Caption: John R. Logan, Winona W. Zimberlin, CBA Past President Francis J. Brady, Sarah Poriss, and Kathleen M. Grover were among the attorneys helping veterans at the CBA booth at the 2012 Stand Down.