About the Need for Pro Bono Service
We have a serious access to justice gap in Connecticut, now amplified by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At any given time in Connecticut:
- 77% of litigants in CT custody cases are self-represented; many cannot afford an attorney even though they may risk losing regular access to their child.
- About 21,000 litigants in property foreclosure proceedings are self-represented each year. Many cannot afford an attorney and risk losing their house, which may be a home to other family members, children, or elderly.
- There is only about one CT civil legal aid attorney per 5,000 CT residents with low or no income.
Thousands of Connecticut families face serious benefits, consumer, education, family, housing and immigration issues without the legal expertise necessary to navigate those complicated and overwhelming problems.