Pro Bono Partner Network
Members of our Pro Bono Attorney network are critical in allowing us to meet the urgent needs of indigent veterans across the state of Connecticut.
In recent years, pro bono attorneys have worked with Connecticut Veterans Legal Center to represent veterans in hundreds legal cases. Becoming a member of our Pro Bono Attorney Network allows you to serve our veterans while also expanding your professional knowledge and network.
Joining the Pro Bono Partner Network
Joining our Pro Bono Partner Network is easy – the only requirement to join the Network is to be admitted to the Connecticut State Bar. Learn more about the types of cases our pro bono attorneys work on and details of the training and support we offer on the bottom half of this page.
Have additional questions? Contact our Chief of Staff Felix Chaoulideer.
"Volunteering as an attorney for the CVLC is incredibly rewarding. I worked on an eviction matter and, with the aid of the CVLC and another support organization, we were able to delay the eviction and also re-home an elderly veteran and his family. While not overly time-consuming, the work was life-changing for those we helped."- Regen O’Malley, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP
Thank You to Our Pro Bono Partner Firms
In addition to the firms, we would like to extend thanks to all of the individual attorneys who are a part of our Pro Bono Partner Network.
How it Works
Types of Legal Cases
Pro Bono attorneys represent veterans in the same legal areas as our staff attorneys, including housing defense (evictions, landlord-tenant disputes), debt relief, child support, public benefits, bias and discrimination, military sexual trauma, discharge upgrades, VA benefit access and denials, and more.
At this time, we can only work with attorneys who are admitted to the Connecticut State Bar. If you are not currently admitted to practice in Connecticut and want to volunteer, please visit our volunteer page for other ways to get involved.
Pro Bono Attorneys accept clients on a case-by-case basis. Although we cannot fully anticipate the time commitment of each legal case, we make every effort to match attorneys with cases that they find personally satisfying and that fit within the scope of the availability.
Training and Support
We are proud to offer free training to legal firms and individual attorneys who are part of our Pro Bono Network in veteran-specific legal issues, including: Discharge Upgrade, Characterization of Discharge, and VA healthcare and income benefits. These are fascinating areas of the law for attorneys who are deeply dedicated to our mission, interested in expanding their professional expertise, and who enjoy challenges. For more information about training opportunities or to schedule a training for your legal firm, contact Chief of Staff Felix Chaoulideer.
Many of the legal challenges our clients face are no different than those faced by civilians, and no additional training is necessary. Even in those cases, Pro Bono attorneys remain connected with a CVLC staff attorney who acts as a resource throughout the process.
Pro Bono Council Members
Thank you to the members of our Pro Bono Advisory Council for your dedication to veterans.
William “Liam” Bohonnon
Robinson & Cole
Sarah E. Dlugoszewski
Shipman & Goodman LLP
Lawton C Leung
Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP
McCarter & English
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(bottom of page) Client Jasper Farmer and Carol Weeks-Farmer (left) and Client Carter (right). Photos by Desirea Photography.