The Connecticut Community Law Center, an initiative of UConn School of Law and the Hartford County Bar Association, provides legal help to people who have traditionally been underserved by the justice system: low- and moderate-income clients who don’t qualify for legal aid but can’t afford standard legal fees.
The center is located in William F. Starr Hall on the UConn Law campus at 45 Elizabeth Street in Hartford. The law school provides office space and support for solo practitioners who are establishing their law practices. The Hartford County Bar Association and the law school faculty provide mentors, and Greater Hartford Legal Aid helps with training and referrals.
The subsidized working environment allows participating lawyers to provide legal services at a modest cost while the center’s support services help develop their legal and entrepreneurial skills.
CCLC’s inaugural director is Mark Schreier. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Schreier relocated to Hartford after almost three decades as a civil litigator in Michigan, where he specialized in catastrophic injury claims and insurance law. He most recently served as vice president and member of the Management Committee at Miller & Tischler, P.C., in metropolitan Detroit. Mark also serves as chair of the Board of Trustees at Real Art Ways, a contemporary arts organization in Hartford that just celebrated its 40th year.
Starting in February 2017, the lawyers of the Connecticut Community Law Center will accept clients who need representation in family, housing, consumer, probate, employment, immigration and other civil matters.
Clients must meet the center’s income guidelines, with household incomes that do not exceed three times the federal poverty level. By that formula, maximum household incomes are:
|family of 2||$48,720|
|family of 3||$61,260|
|family of 4||$73,800|
|family of 5||$86,340|
|family of 6||$98,880|
Information on how people seeking legal assistance can contact the center will be provided in February.
The Connecticut Community Law Center is accepting applications from lawyers interested in establishing solo practices under its auspices to serve low- and moderate-income clients. Participating lawyers will be provided with subsidized, furnished office space; law practice management counseling; mentorship; and other support services.
Applicants must be members of the Connecticut Bar in good standing. Lawyers accepted into the program will spend 18 to 24 months at the Connecticut Community Law Center before moving onward with the training and experience they have received.
The Connecticut Community Law Center seeks volunteer mentors from the practicing bar to train and guide lawyers as they establish solo practices to serve low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Mentors will be asked to:
- offer guidance in substantive areas of law. Among the practice areas in which we anticipate large groups of clients are family, consumer, probate, landlord-tenant, and immigration.
- advise the center’s attorneys in the nuts and bolts of establishing and maintaining a successful solo law practice, working on essential business and practice management skills.
- guide the attorneys in the area of attorney-client relations, which encompasses both professionalism and maintaining impeccable ethical integrity.
The Connecticut Community Law Center seeks mentors who can commit to regularly volunteering on-site for a few hours every couple of weeks, be available by telephone as needed, or provide educational workshops on a variety of topics.
To learn more, email Director Mark Schreier at email@example.com or call him at 860-570-5156.