To address the legal needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic and seeing the growing need to further narrow the access to justice gap, we have established the new and expanded CBA Emeritus Pro Bono Attorney program. This program is for retired and non-practicing attorneys to engage in pro bono work under the supervision of a legal services organization or with a CBA sponsored pro bono project.

Program Features

  • Opportunities to engage in pro bono throughout the state under the supervision of an organized legal aid society, a state or local bar association project, or a court-affiliated pro bono program

  • Exempt from MCLE and Client Security Fund requirements

  • CBA and CT Judicial Branch provided training and support

  • CBA provided temporary professional liability coverage for pro bono work during CBA pro bono events

  • Appearance on the CBA Emeritus Pro Bono Attorney Honor Roll

  • Discounted CBA membership dues for retired attorneys. 
    Annual membership dues may be waived permanently for an attorney 65 years of age or older who has been a member of the CBA for the last 10 consecutive years and is retired from the practice of law. If your membership dues were waived under this provision last year, then they will automatically be waived this year unless your membership status has changed. You must notify us if your membership status changes. If you are applying for the waiver for the first time, please send to CBA, 30 Bank Street, New Britain, CT 06050-0350: (1) a written request for waiver, (2) certification that written notice of retirement has been filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Hartford as well as the proper authority for any out-of-state admissions, or in lieu of such notices, an affidavit stating that you have retired and will not engage in the practice of law for compensation despite the decision not to resign from the bar, and (3) either (i) a copy of your waiver of the attorney’s occupational tax or (ii) a copy of your partial waiver of the Client Security Fund Fee, for the year of application on the ground that you will not receive compensation in excess of $450 per year from engaging in the practice of law. 

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Contact Information

Carol DeJohn

Learn more about the history of this program in the May|June 2020 Time to Go Pro Bono column in CT Lawyer.