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School Expulsion Project

Name of Non-Profit Agency: 
Statewide Legal Services*
Contact: 
John Bozzi
Pro Bono Coordinator
jbozzi@slsct.org
860-344-8096 Ext 3040
Why is this assistance important to these clients? 
The Pro Bono Expulsion Project seeks to address the unmet legal need of meaningful representation for low income students facing significant loss of time in school. Despite the state and federal protections the majority of low income children go unrepresented at these proceedings.
Who are the clients? 
Children (with the parents on their behalf).
What legal strategies do the pro bono lawyers use to assist the clients? 
State and federal procedural protections leading up to an administrative hearing.
If the pro bono attorney will be appearing for the client, in what court or other forum will that appearance be? 
The attorney will be appearing at the administrative hearing.
What are the outcome goals of this assistance? 
Avoid expulsion or minimize sanctions.
What time commitment is required to do this pro bono work? 
The 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.) 

At the attorneys’ office, the client’s home and on the school premises.

Give a short (1-paragraph) case example: 
“Garry” is a 16 year old who lived most of his life in foster care until moving in with his sister last year. He was suspended for 10 days on suspicion of carrying narcotics and his DCF worker was notified that the school was pursuing expulsion. His school assessment showed that while Garry is currently an F student, by all accounts he could be getting A’s but for the fact he is hanging out with bad influences. Garry has no other history of problems other than his poor grades in school. Garry’s pro bono attorney got the school to agree to an educational plan that avoided expulsion but did include more oversight with DCF and regularly scheduled meetings with his sister. Garry’s grades have improved and his newer circle of friends is more interested in music and art rather than hanging out and getting into trouble.
If no How are those without full admission supervised to ensure avoidance of issues regarding unlicensed practice?: 
It is unusual for non-attorneys to take these cases. However should a non-attorney wish to do so, they should be working within an office setting under an attorney who already has experience.
If it is important that a pro bono lawyer already has particular legal background or training, please describe. 
Yes.
What training is provided to pro bono lawyers doing this work? 
The Connecticut Bar Institute in cooperation with experienced attorneys from the Connecticut Legal Services provide in-depth training at least once a year.
Who provides the training? 
The CBA and CLS.
Where is the training held? How long does the training last? 
New Britain at the CBA. Other venues may be offered.
At what time of day is the pro bono work done (example evening clinic)?: 
Usually day time hours, but the attorney may work with the client and family on evenings and weekends if desired.
Does this pro bono work require full admission to practice in Connecticut? 
No.
Can the training be attended remotely (webinar or teleconference)? 
No.
When is the next training (after October 1) and how often is training offered? 

TBA.

This organization is a member of the Connecticut Pro Bono Network.