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Veteran Assistance

Agency: 
Connecticut Veterans Legal Center*
Contact: 
Nicola Kelsey
nkelsey@ctveteranslegal.org
203-794-4291

114 Orange Ave., 2nd Floor
West Haven, CT 06516 
ctveteranslegal.org

Type(s) of Volunteers Needed: 
Attorney, Law student, Paralegal
Counties Served: 
Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, Windham County
Legal Practice Area: 
Benefits (State and Federal) and Disability Assistance - Money, Debt, Small Claims, and Consumer Issues - Family and Safety - Housing and Foreclosure - Business and Work (including Employment) - School and Education - Probate and Estate Planning - Veterans Affairs
Volunteer Capacity: 
20 - 50 volunteers
Organization Mission: 

The mission of CVLC is to help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare and income.

Volunteer Responsibility: 
Full representation, co-counsel representation, and/or limited scope representation in State Court., Full representation, co-counsel representation, and/or limited scope representation in Administrative Hearings., Full representation, co-counsel representation and/or limited scope representation., Transactional matters., Writing, Drafting, Legal Research., Counsel and advice-only legal help., Negotiation, arbitration, and mediation., Preparing tax returns and providing tax relief help., In-office legal assistance and legal support (e.g. client interviews, eligibility intake, preparation of educational materials).
Volunteer Opportunity Description: 

Pro bono volunteers represent veterans in court and out of court in their full capacity as lawyers.  They will take the matters on as sole representatives and advocate for their clients.

The volunteer can perform his or her responsibilities remotely.
Minimum Relevant Experience: 
3 - 5 years
Liability Insurance: 
Yes, the program provides professional liability insurance to volunteers.
Volunteer Engagement: 
Nominating pro bono volunteers for local bar association service awards.
Nominating pro bono volunteers for national professional association service awards.
Recognizing pro bono volunteers in our organization's communications and publications (e.g. annual reports, newsletters, media, email-blasts).
Hosting volunteer appreciation events.
This organization is a member of the Connecticut Pro Bono Network.