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 2 years.

On average, HELP attorneys serve approximately 4 individuals each Tuesday morning. The number of individuals served,
however, can vary. For instance, in April, 2009 the Brown Rudnick LLP law firm staffed 4 Tuesday 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 volunteer attorneys and scheduling volunteer attorneys each week. 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

We alternate Tuesdays at the following shelters:

  • Mercy Housing & Shelter
    118 Main St.
    Hartford, CT 06106
    8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • House of Bread
    27 Chestnut Street
    Hartford, CT 06120
    8:30-10:30 a.m.

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.