Why is this assistance important to these clients?:
Volunteer attorneys who lack experience in family law can rely on the advice and counsel of more experienced attorneys to ensure competent representation to pro bono clients.
Who are the clients?:
As a Mentor-On-Call, experienced lawyers will devote two hours on a designated evening from 5:30 - 7:30. This can be done from any location that is convenient to the mentor. New attorneys who have questions about a pro bono family law case will be set up with a telephone appointment to ask questions about their cases . All work is done over the phone. Mentors will be provided with a list of attorneys to call – no more than four.
What are the outcome goals of this assistance?:
Hopefully more attorneys will be willing to take family law cases, which is the area with the biggest need.
What time commitment is required to do this pro bono work?:
Lawyers can choose to be a mentor: once a year, twice a year, or more than twice a year.
Where is the pro bono work done? (For example, at a legal aid office or at the pro bono attorneys office.):
Where convenient to the mentor.
Does this pro bono work require full admission to practice in Connecticut?:
At what time of day is the pro bono work done (example: evening clinic)?: