We Are Connecticut's Advocates for Justice and Opportunity

We Are Connecticut's Advocates for Justice and Opportunity

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OUR STORY

Connecticut Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to improving the lives of low-income people by providing access to justice.

Connecticut believes in fairness and equal justice. But the most vulnerable members of our communities can't afford the legal help they need in life-changing situations.

CLS responds with free legal assistance and advocacy to help vulnerable people meet their basic needs and escape poverty. We win restraining orders for domestic violence victims; protect the elderly from unfair evictions; and obtain educational services for disabled children.

We are the promise of justice in the Constitution State.

 

We are Connecticut's largest nonprofit law office, working for justice and against poverty in 122 communities statewide.  In 2017, our work included...

CASES HANDLED

5,347

PEOPLE SERVED

12,394

CHILDREN HELPED

4,728

PEOPLE TRAINED

15,025

HOW YOU CAN HELP

DONATE NOW

Your support helps us ensure access to desperately-needed legal help for vulnerable people across Connecticut

OUR WORK

How We Make a Difference for Connecticut's Most Vulnerable People

Legal Representation

We are lawyers for low-income clients in more than 5,000 civil legal cases every year. Our work ranges from protecting against unfair evictions to obtaining benefits for people with disabilities to helping immigrants obtain legal residency.

Policy Advocacy

We advocate at the Connecticut legislature and in communities across the state for laws, policies, and practices that increase fairness in the justice system and protect and expand the services and supports available to low-income people.

Education and Training

Our experienced staff provide training, organize legal education seminars, and distribute legal information to help community members, service providers, and justice-system stakeholders understand the rights of vulnerable people.

Impact Litigation

We have a long history of successful impact litigation - carefully-chosen court cases, some of which are extraordinarily complex, that can make lasting change in the law and improve the lives of many people at once.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

"Without your help I would be homeless right now, and I know I would not have been able to handle that. I slept well last night for the first time in four months. Thank you so much—you literally saved my life."

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-CLS Client

"There are thousands more out there like us who need help.  They need support and someone to fight for them.  Without Connecticut Legal Services, they wouldn’t get a second chance."

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-CLS Client

"Just when I didn't have any hope, CLS was there to help me and my family.  Legal aid helps people accomplish their goals – like keep their children and their homes, being safe, and staying in school."

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-CLS Client