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, Summer 2017:

New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA) is now accepting applications for law student internships for the summer of 2017. 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. NHLAA expects to extend offers to approximately six law student interns for the summer of 2017.

Law student intern 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. Internships run for 10 weeks, 40 hours per week. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred, but not required. Other foreign language abilities are welcome.

How to Apply for an Internship: Send a resume and letter of interest to 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 To sign up for referrals of pro bono cases, contact Statewide Legal Services Pro Bono Coordinators John Bozzi, or Ashleigh Backman,

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

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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