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Connecticut Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

According to the Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, Pro bono legal service means the provision of 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.

Connecticut Pro Bono Summary: The legal services programs in Connecticut are a group of nonprofit organizations which provide legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons. Eligibility depends upon income, family size, assets and legal issue. The programs work together to advocate for (and with) people who are low income, on a variety of issues. In addition to individual legal advice and representation, the legal services programs help clients, community groups, and providers through free trainings, pamphlets and other information.

The legal services system includes the following programs:

Statewide Legal Services
Statewide Legal Services (SLS) is available by phone to clients throughout Connecticut. Generally SLS is the entry point for accessing legal assistance. SLS may provide advice over the phone, mail information, or refer clients to a legal services office or private attorney at no cost to the client.

Connecticut Legal Services
Connecticut Legal Services (CLS) provides legal representation to low-income persons throughout the state, except those living in the greater Hartford or New Haven areas.

Greater Hartford Legal Aid
The Greater Hartford Legal Aid program (GHLA) provides legal representation to low-income persons who live in the greater Hartford area.

New Haven Legal Assistance Association
New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. (LAA) provides legal services to low-income persons in the greater New Haven and lower Naugatuck Valley areas.

Connecticut Pro Bono Contacts:

Steven Eppler-Epstein, Executive Director
Connecticut Legal Services
62 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 344-0447

Janice Chiaretto
Executive Director, Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc.
425 Main St, Middletown
CT 06457-3309
Ph: 860-344-8096 ext. 3014

Pro Bono Awards:

Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Award is presented to qualified attorneys and paralegals in the private or public sector who are registered members of the CBA and the Connecticut Pro Bono Network and not salaried employees of a legal aid organization. They are to have demonstrated their dedication to the provision of legal services without expectation of payment to indigent persons.

Additional Information Links:
Map of General Legal Services in Connecticut
Map of Elder Law Services in Connecticut