LawyerCorps Connecticut was an innovative, one-of-a-kind partnership in 2015-2016, comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders focused on common concerns involving the lack of legal representation as an impediment to achieving justice in Connecticut courts.
LawyerCorps Connecticut brought together a unique collaboration of otherwise well-established, venerable private organizations, Legal Aid service organizations, and the Connecticut Judicial Branch and its Access to Justice Commission, partnering to address a vital public need not met through existing funding and pro bono hours directed to Legal Aid programs. The LawyerCorps consortium improved the response to the crisis in civil legal representation by placing lawyers as fellows at the three Legal Aid partner agencies.
LawyerCorps Connecticut was first conceptualized by Chase T. Rogers, Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Chief Justice Rogers brought in the Honorable William Bright of the Connecticut Superior Court, Charlie Gill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”), Brackett Denniston, Senior Vice President, General Counsel of General Electric Co. (“GE”), and the executive directors of Connecticut Legal Services, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, and New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.
The LawyerCorps Fellows were carefully chosen and trained by sponsoring Legal Aid programs to work alongside Legal Aid career attorneys. They represented several hundred clients, assisting them across a wide spectrum of urgent civil matters including protection from domestic violence, homelessness prevention, securing educational and employment opportunity, and preserving basic subsistence benefits such as food and health care.