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.
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
Statewide Legal Services provides a broad range of legal services to people facing bankruptcy, family law issues, Medicaid and Medicare, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, debt collection, home improvement, predatory lending, auto fraud and identity theft, unemployment and employment matters.
Connecticut Legal Services serves low-income individuals and families in all of Connecticut except the greater Hartford and New Haven areas.
Greater Hartford Legal Aid helps those who live in the Greater Hartford area with civil cases.
AIDS Legal Network is a program that provides support people living with HIV/AIDS in Connecticut who seek advice, legal information and referrals for representation.
New Haven Legal Assistance Association provides a broad range of legal services for people in the greater New Haven area, including the lower Naugatuck Valley.
Lawyers For Children America represents children during child protection proceedings.
Connecticut Fair Housing Center serves those who are experiencing housing discrimination. The mission is to ensure that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut.
International Institute of CT addresses immigration services.
Pro Bono Partnership assists nonprofit organization needing legal services.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) addresses individuals who have a problem with the Internal Revenue Service with audits, tax collection disputes, and other issues.
Connecticut Veterans Legal Center serves military veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness and need assistance with legal issues.
H.E.L.P Project provides legal assistance to homeless individuals in Hartford contact the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.).
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: http://www.fairfieldlawyerreferral.com/
For Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, Tolland & Windham County Phone: (860)525–6052 Website: www.hartfordbar.org click on Referral Service at the top of the site.
For New Haven County Phone: (203)562–5750 Website: newhavenbar.org or newhavenlawyerfinder.com
For New London County Phone: (860)889-9384
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.