2015 SUMMER INTERNSHIPS


Description: Connecticut Legal Services (CLS) is a non-profit law firm that provides free, urgently-needed legal assistance to low-income people with civil matters in the following areas of law: housing, consumer, family, public benefits, education, juvenile, employment and disability. We seek applicants who want to use their creativity, initiative, skills and other talents to improve the lives of low-income people by providing access to justice.

Interns at CLS:
• Receive training in client interview skills
• Assist with an active caseload of representation and advice cases
• May have the opportunity to represent clients in administrative hearings or under the student practice rule, if qualified
• May work with a team of lawyers to address major client issues

Qualifications: We particularly seek applications from people with experience in, or connections to, low-income communities. Applicant must have excellent written and verbal English communication skills, strong organizational skills and proficiency in and/or ability to learn Microsoft Word, Outlook and other basic computer programs. Spanish and/or other language ability is preferred but not required. For qualification requirements related to specific positions, please see the application listing below.

Support/Training: CLS will provide orientation, training and supervision.

Application: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the names and
contact information of three references to the contact person listed below.

---CLS Offices---

New Britain office:
Martin Wheeler, Esq.
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
16 Main Street, 2nd Floor
New Britain, CT 06051
(860) 225-8678 x9304
MWheeler@connlegalservices.org
**Requirement: MSW or experience working with clients who have suffered trauma or mental illness

Waterbury office:
Michelle Fica, Esq.
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
85 Central Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06702
(203) 756-8074 x8556
MFica@connlegalservices.org
**Internship is with attorney in CLS’ Housing Unit

---CLS Units---

Elder Law Unit:
Assignment: Projects related to elder law advocacy, such as nursing home resident rights, long term care in the community, or housing rights of seniors.
Location: One of the following CLS offices: Bridgeport, Stamford, Waterbury, or Willimantic (CLS has flexibility as to which office intern is assigned).
Contact:
Kevin Brophy
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
85 Central Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06702
(203) 756-8074 x8550
KBrophy@connlegalservices.org

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers needed in Stamford, CT:
Day Laborer Wage and Hour Advocacy
CLS assists low-wage workers collect the wages and overtime they are owed. Pro bono attorneys are needed to represent unpaid workers in small claims court. Responsibilities may include, reviewing the file, meeting the client, negotiating with employers, drafting small claim writs, preparing the worker for court, representing the worker in small claims court in Stamford and preparing judgment liens and executions. Contact Attorney Nadine Nevins at NNevins(at)connlegalservices.org or at 202-212-5505 or Attorney Massiel Zucco-Himmelstein at MZucco(at)connlegalservices.org or at 212-388-1709 if you are interested.

For more than seven years, the Stamford Day Laborer Wage Project, formerly known as the Stamford Day Laborer Wage Clinic, has successfully helped a very exploited population collect their wages. Most of the workers are uneducated, unfamiliar with their rights, and do not speak English. They are easy targets for unscrupulous employers. Please help the workers fight back.

Training materials are available and we can help find volunteer interpreters if necessary.

Pro Bono Lawyer Opportunities 
Pro Bono Lawyers help over 1,000 low-income individuals and families in Connecticut each year. To volunteer, sign up with the Connecticut Pro Bono Network, operated by the Connecticut Bar Association.  

Volunteer Interpreters Needed
Volunteer interpreters are needed at the CLS Stamford Day Laborer Wage Project. The project assists low-wage workers collect the wages and overtime they are owed. Most of the workers are Spanish-speaking. Responsibilities include interpreting in meetings with the worker and an advocate and/or in court. Contact Attorney Nadine Nevins at NNevins(at)connlegalservices.org or at 202-212-5505 or Attorney Massiel Zucco-Himmelstein at MZucco(at)connlegalservices.org or at 212-388-1709 if you are interested.

Volunteer interpreters also are needed at CLS' service offices. Please see below for contact information.

Other Volunteer Opportunities with CLS 
Many people -- not only lawyers and law students -- have helped us provide direct legal services to low-income households and individuals.  To find out more about what volunteer opportunities are available near you, contact any of the following offices:

Middletown (Administrative) office
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
62 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Middletown, CT 06457
860-975-3907
*Clerical/administrative volunteer opportunities only

Bridgeport office
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
211 State Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
203-336-3851

New Britain office
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
16 Main Street, Second Floor
New Britain, CT 06051
860-225-8678

New London office
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
153 Williams Street
New London, CT 06320
860-447-0323

Stamford office
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
20 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06901
203-348-9216

Waterbury office
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
85 Central Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06702
203-756-8074

Willimantic office
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 258
Willimantic, CT 06226
860-456-1761

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