PT04 Assessing and Addressing Connecticut’s Access to Justice Gap in the “New Normal” (2021CLC)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The President's Track

Presented by the CBA Executive Committee

About the Program

What is the State of Connecticut’s access to justice gap in 2021, as we confront the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic? How has COVID-19 amplified existing civil legal needs crises, such as evictions and addressing domestic violence? What effects will short- and long-term interventions, such as stimulus measures and the developing right to counsel movement, have on these issues? How has the pandemic affected the civil legal needs of racially diverse individuals, households with children, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations? How are our civil legal aid programs funded, and what impact has the pandemic had on those funding streams? What challenges and opportunities are presented by the “new normal” in addressing Connecticut’s access to justice gap?   

Join us as a panel of Connecticut attorneys, policy experts, and leaders engage in a comprehensive assessment of Connecticut’s access to justice gap, and address how we may best advance the promise of equal justice for all. 

You Will Learn

  • The State of Connecticut's access to justice gap in 2021
  • How the pandemic amplified existing civil legal needs crises
  • The impact of short- and long-term measures on the developing right to counsel movement
  • How the pandemic has affected the civil legal needs of our communities
  • How civil legal aid programs are funded and how the pandemic has affected those funding streams
  • About challenges and opportunities in addressing Connecticut’s access to justice gap 

Who Should Attend

Any attorney interested in supporting access to justice.  

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (Ethics)

Speakers

!No-Headshot Lorraine Carcova
Connecticut Legal Services Inc., Bridgeport

Jennifer Quaye-Hudson Jennifer Quaye-Hudson
Connecticut Voices for Children, New Haven

Alexis Smith Alexis H. Smith
New Haven Legal Assistance Association Inc., New Haven

Cecil Thomas Cecil J. Thomas
CBA President-elect, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Hartford

Natalie Wagner Natalie S. Wagner
Connecticut Bar Foundation, Hartford

Ryan Wilson Ryan Wilson
Connecticut Voices for Children, New Haven