Shipman & Goodwin’s unwavering commitment to pro bono service is embodied in the time and energy we devote to delivering volunteer legal services and support to those who are poor, underrepresented, or otherwise in need.
Throughout our nearly 100-year history, we have actively supported pro bono service firm-wide. We encourage all of our attorneys at every level to use their skills and experience for the benefit of the community and to look for opportunities to help those who need our skills the most. We approach work for pro bono clients with the same high level of professionalism, excellence and commitment with which we approach work for all of our clients.
Following is a list of some of the organizations and efforts our lawyers are involved in:
Representing the Needy in Housing Matters
Working with the New Haven Legal Assistance Association and Greater Hartford Legal Aid to represent indigent and low-income tenants in eviction proceedings in Connecticut Housing Courts.
Pro Bono Partnership
Providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit agencies serving low income individuals, including by drafting bylaws, contracts, employment policies and handbooks; negotiating or reviewing leases; and applying for tax exempt status and trademark protection.
Through the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, representing veterans in housing matters, disability benefits appeals, and discharge upgrade proceedings before the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Discharge Review Boards.
Helping children apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, with the assistance of the Center for Children’s Advocacy.
Security Deposit Clinic
Participating in regular clinics organized by Statewide Legal Services to assist indigent clients in representing themselves in Small Claims Court to recover security deposits wrongly withheld by landlords.
Recent examples include working with the Trafficking in Persons Council of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and the Grace Farms Foundation to draft legislation to expand the scope of laws directed at eliminating human trafficking in Connecticut and working with DC Appleseed to draft legislation to improve end-of-life care in the District of Columbia.
Representing Children in Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
Through Lawyers for Children America, serving as attorneys for minor children in abuse and neglect proceedings brought by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. The attorneys visit their clients, appear in court for hearings, participate in DCF administrative case reviews and advocate for judicial actions in the best interests of the children.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Trusts & Estates attorneys accept court appointments from the Connecticut Probate Courts to represent individuals in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.
Holocaust Reparations Project
Assisting eligible Connecticut residents to receive pensions from the German government under the Ghetto Work Payment Program, intended for holocaust survivors who worked in German-controlled ghettos.