Get Involved

"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.

NHLAA is a nonprofit, public interest legal aid office. We represent low-income and disadvantaged populations in a range of civil legal matters, including: public benefits, housing, family (particularly issues related to domestic violence), immigration, healthcare, education, and children/youth. Although we do not have funds to pay interns, we are happy to sponsor students under all work study and public interest fellowship programs. Law student interns at NHLAA will work under the supervision of experienced poverty law attorneys. We cannot offer internships to 1L students unless they are participating in a NHLAA clinic. Applicants interested in an internship with NHLAA should send a resume and letter of interest to Deputy Director Elizabeth Rosenthal.

Non-Law Student Interns:

NHLAA accepts applications from prospective student interns (typically undergraduate or graduate students) with a specific proposal for a project that furthers NHLAA’s mission of providing legal assistance and information to underrepresented populations. Applicants interested in an internship with NHLAA should send a resume and letter describing their project proposal 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, jbozzi@slsct.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 lclark@nhlegal.org.


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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