Pro Bono Opportunities
Upcoming 2019-2020 Pro Bono Events

Stand Down on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Volunteers for this program help veterans with their immediate legal needs, and direct them to where they may receive resolution.

This year’s Stand Down will be held on Friday, September 20 at the Connecticut Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Rocky Hill. If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, contact Bill Chapman at (860) 707-3309 or bchapman@ctbar.org

Pardons Clinic to be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Greater Hartford Legal Aid (GHLA) has recruited a group of community organizations with extensive experience working with people with criminal records.  We want to make the pardon process available to many more people who have made significant positive changes in their lives.  GHLA and its partners- the Urban League of Greater Hartford, the Center for Latino Progress, Community Partners in Action, and Capitol Workforce Partners-  are planning a one-day free pardon clinic, to be held on Saturday, October 19th, at the offices of GHLA on Asylum Avenue in Hartford. 

Volunteer lawyers, law students and paralegals are needed to work with individual pardon applicants at the clinic.  The applicants will have been pre-screened to determine whether they are likely to be successful pardon candidates.  Training of volunteers will be in September and October before the 19th.  Training of student will be arranged at the law school. The aim is to serve 60 individuals at the one-day clinic. 

Contact for Attorney Volunteers: GHLA Managing Attorney Sue Garten, SGarten@ghla.org     
Contact for Student Volunteers: Tim Everett Timothy.Everett@uconn.edu

Immigration Detention Service Project
In March of 2016, 2017, and 2018, the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic faculty used the semester break for a Service Trip in which law faculty, faculty from other disciplines, volunteer attorneys and law students spent the week interviewing and giving asylum advice to refugees held in a detention center in York, Pennsylvania.  Ten law students participated in 2016, twelve in 2017, and twelve in 2018. 

In 2019 twenty-two volunteers affiliated with UConn spent the first week in June working with individual clients held at York and with families held at the Berks County Family Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania. See article, “Uconn ‘Angels’ Bring Legal, Mental Health Aid to Asylum-Seekers” in UConn Today: https://today.uconn.edu/2019/07/uconn-angels-bring-legal-mental-health-aid-asylum-seekers/.

Notice regarding future projects will be issued by the Clinic’s faculty, Professors Jon Bauer and Valeria Gomez.  

Ongoing Opportunities with Student and Outside Organizations

Numerous law student organizations and outside organizations offer pro bono opportunities for law students. There are many pro bono opportunities besides those listed here currently. You may contact the pro bono coordinator for approval of any placements not listed.  This list will be updated regularly.  

The Connecticut Community Law Center at the UConn School of Law
https://ctcommunitylaw.org
Tel. 860-570-5400 cclc@uconn.edu
Director Mark Schreier mark.schreier@uconn.edu or tel. 860-570-5156

Connecticut Fair Housing Center
https://www.ctfairhousing.org/

Connecticut Judicial Branch Volunteer Programs: Court Service Centers, Experiential Leaning Project, and Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP)
Contacts      Damon Goldstein: Damon.Goldstein@jud.ct.gov
                   Alexandria Gillett: ChristineAlexandria.Gillett@jud.ct.gov

Connecticut Sentencing Commission
Executive Director Alex Tsarkov Alex.Tsarkov@ccsu.edu
http://ctsentencingcommission.org/internship-opportunity

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Application for be legal intern volunteer available at https://ctveteranslegal.org/for-volunteers/
Cinthia Johnson, Deputy Director cjohnson@ctbertanslegal.org

IRAP
The University of Connecticut School of Law Chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and attorneys to provide legal representation and policy advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement, and to assist those who have resettled. https://www.law.uconn.edu/student-life-resources/student-organizations/international-refugee-assistance-project

Faculty advisor, Professor Valeria Gomez Valeria.Gomez@uconn.edu
Chapter President Alexandria Madjeric Alexandria.madjeric@uconn.edu

Integrated Refugee & Immigration Service (IRIS)

Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut
Don Phillips, Esq., Pro Bono Manager
Tel. 860-344-8096 ext 3018 dphilips@slsct.org

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Important Disclaimer for Members of the Public

This website is designed to help UConn Law students find pro bono opportunities through organizations that can train and supervise their work. UConn’s pro bono program does not provide direct assistance to individual members of the public who contact the Law School seeking advice or representation. UConn Law students are not licensed to practice law and may only work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Persons seeking legal assistance should consult the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch website. Individuals may also contact a local county bar association’s Lawyer Referral Service:

  • Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, Tolland and Windham Counties: 860-525-6052
  • Fairfield County: 203-335-4116
  • New Haven County: 203-562-5750
  • New London County: 860-889-9384