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Housing Referrals

Name of Non-Profit Agency: 
Statewide Legal Services*
John Bozzi
Pro Bono Coordinator
860-344-8096 ext. 3040
Why is this assistance important to these clients? 
Low income clients are always vulnerable to losing their basic shelter through eviction or foreclosure. Any kind of emergency can disrupt their family finances. It is very hard to recover from this situation. Many clients don’t know that you can try to stop these actions or that they can request more time to gather their resources.
Who are the clients? 
Low income Connecticut residents.
What legal strategies do the pro bono lawyers use to assist the clients? 
Lawyers represent clients that are faced with an evictions or foreclosures.
If the pro bono attorney will be appearing for the client, in what court or other forum will that appearance be? 
Superior Court
What are the outcome goals of this assistance? 
Clients will come through the process in the best possible position to stabilize their lives and to avoid homelessness.
What time commitment is required to do this pro bono work? 
Duration of the case.
Where is the pro bono work done? (For example, at a legal aid office or at the pro bono attorney's office.) 

Attorney ‘s office.

Give a short (1-paragraph) case example: 
Client and wife have lived at present address for a little over a year. Client and his landlord got into an argument regarding repairs that the client wanted. Landlord refused to make the repairs and served client with a Notice to Quit. Client called our office in a panic because he thought that he had to leave in 3 days.
If it is important that a pro bono lawyer already has particular legal background or training, please describe. 
What training is provided to pro bono lawyers doing this work? 
There will be eviction training offered by the CBA and Legal Services.
At what time of day is the pro bono work done (example evening clinic)?: 
Office hours.
Does this pro bono work require full admission to practice in Connecticut? 
Can the training be attended remotely (webinar or teleconference)? 
When is the next training (after October 1) and how often is training offered? 

Winter 2011.

Legal Practice Area: 
This organization is a member of the Connecticut Pro Bono Network.