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Statewide Legal Services has free advice for low-income people with legal problems in Connecticut.

You can find out more about legal problems and apply for help here.

About Statewide Legal Services

Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut staff is a dedicated and experienced group of people working to provide assistance to eligible people seeking help with legal problems affecting their most fundamental rights.

Janice Chiaretto, Executive Director
Alice Csere, Bookkeeper
Ashleigh Backman, Pro Bono Attorney Manager
Beth Angel, Intake Specialist
Carmen Saldana, Paralegal
Cindy Fernandez, Executive Administrative Assistant
Deborah Cook, Paralegal
Eliza Heins, Staff Attorney
Elizabeth Pisarski-Buchholz, Managing Attorney
Emma Lopez, Paralegal
Hector Hernandez, Intake Specialist
Jane Kinney-Knotek, Staff Attorney
John Bozzi, Pro Bono Coordinator
Jonathan Caez, Pro Bono Coordinator
Karen Borgnine, Paralegal
Kathy Daniels, IT Administrator
Lisa Iacino, Staff Attorney
Margaret Holm, Paralegal
Matt Provost, Managing Attorney
Moses Beckett, Staff Attorney
Nilda Rodriguez, Intake Specialist
Orlando Cordero, Staff Attorney
Rhoda Micocci, Managing Attorney
Rosa Betancourt, Paralegal
Rosabelle Vargas, Intake Specialist
Sandra San Emeterio, Project Manager Attorney
Sara Ramos, Program Administrator
Wendy Vazquez, Intake Specialist

Our Board of Directors is a vibrant and diverse group of people comprised of community partners, client representatives, and attorneys from law firms throughout the state.

David P. Friedman, President, Murtha Cullina LLP
Jean Perry Phillips, Vice President, Pullman & Comley, LLC
Julie Loughran, Treasurer, CT Community Foundation
Megan R. Naughton, Secretary, Robinson & Cole, LLP
Benjamin Aponte, Office of the Public Defender
David Bozzuto, Secor, Cassidy & McPartlandr
April Couloute, Client Representative
Labib M. Fasihuddin, Client Representative
Courtney A. George, Cohen and Wolf, P.C
Lenny Isaac, IsaacMaki, LLC
Hugh F. Murray III, McCarter & English, LLP
Kathleen Snow, Client Representative
Henry Webb, Client Representative
Latonia C. Williams, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
 

Our Volunteers: there have been hundreds of people who have donated their time and expertise to help us and other legal aid organizations across the state assist low-income people with legal problems in Connecticut over the past year. Please join us in thanking all of them.

This web site, funded by the Connecticut Bar Foundation and the Legal Services Corporation, seeks to further our goal of equal access to justice by providing information and self-help materials on a variety of legal issues.

How to Get Assistance: Generally, applicants should call Statewide Legal Services first to find out if they qualify for services. Call-In hours are 9 a.m. to Noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The number to call is (800) 453-3320 or (860) 344-0380 from Hartford and Middletown. The following persons should call the legal services office closest to them:

  • Elder applicants, 60 years and older (service map)
  • Staff from social service or government agencies

For more information on which legal services program covers your area:
Map of General Legal Services in Connecticut
Map of Elder Law Services in Connecticut