"Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the
lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny
ripple of hope." — Robert Kennedy
New Haven Legal Assistance could not carry out its mission without the generous help from many people in the community who share a committment to equal justice for all. Here is how you can get involved.
Law Student Internships:
New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA) accepts inquiries from interested law for internships. Read on for more information and how to apply.
Non-Law Student Interns:
NHLAA accepts applications from prospective student interns who (typically undergraduate or graduate students) with a strong interest in furthering NHLAA’s mission of providing legal assistance and information to underrepresented populations. Such students can expect to: conduct factual and legal research and investigation, conduct or assist with client interviews, and otherwise assist NHLAA staff and attorneys with the representation of NHLAA’s clients. Applicants interested in an internship with NHLAA should send a resume and letter of interest to Executive Director Alexis Smith.
Summer Law Student Internships:
NHLAA accepts applications for summer law student internships. Responsibilities typically include: interviewing clients, providing legal advice through oral and written communication, conducting outreach or know-your-rights programs, researching and drafting legal memos and court pleadings, and supporting attorneys with pending litigation and other advocacy projects. Law student interns (including rising 2Ls) may also have the opportunity to argue motions in court, participate in trials, or represent clients at administrative hearings. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred, but not required. Other foreign language abilities are welcome. NHLAA typically invites a group of three to six law students for internships each summer. Applicants expressing interest in summer law student internships only should contact Attorney Yonatan Zamir and Attorney Ellen Messali.
Pro Bono: To browse a catalog of pro bono opportunities and pro bono trainings statewide, visit Connecticut's Pro Bono Portal at CTProBono.org. To sign up for referrals of pro bono cases, contact Statewide Legal Services Pro Bono Coordinators John Bozzi, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashleigh Backman, ABackman@slsct.org.
Make a gift: Visit our donate page to make a one-time or recurring gift. If you would like to make a donation of stock or leave a legacy by making a bequest or Planned Gift, please contact Laura Clark, Controller, at 203-946-4811 or email@example.com.
Run for Equal Justice: Last year, runners in the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race raised over $4,000 for New Haven Legal Assistance.
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