Hartford HELP sends at least one volunteer attorney and two volunteer UCONN law students into a shelter every Tuesday morning to assist homeless individuals with legal matters on a single consultation, advice only and/or limited representation basis.

We began regularly scheduled free weekly legal clinics alternating between two Hartford shelters in October 2009. With the exception of the months of July and August, when UCONN law students are unavailable, HELP has operated continuously in Hartford for the past several years.

On average, HELP attorneys serve approximately 4 individuals during a clinic session. The number of individuals served, however, can vary. For instance, in April, 2009 the Brown Rudnick LLP law firm staffed 4 clinics with 9 attorneys and 2 paralegals, serving 37 individuals.

Connecticut Appleseed‘s Executive Director, Bob Kettle, plays an administrative role in our program which includes recruiting and scheduling volunteer attorneys. He can be reached by phone at (203) 210-5356. HELP’s student coordinators at UCONN Law School schedule student volunteers. HELP is now the largest pro bono program on UCONN Law’s campus.

Service Locations

  • South Park Inn
    75 Main Street
    Hartford, CT 06106
    HELP clinics take place monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Contact Kandyce Aust, Director of Development and Community Relations for information about South Park Inn. She can be reached by phone at (860) 724-0071 x312.

Participating Law Firms and Bar Associations

  • Bracewell & Giuliani
  • Brown Rudnick
  • Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association
  • Day Pitney LLP
  • Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge
  • George W. Crawford Bar Association
  • Krutick Craig Law LLP
  • Murtha Cullina LLP
  • Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio. P.C.
  • United Technologies Legal Department