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We're excited to announce a new feature to CTLawHelp: Online learning software to help clients tackle complex legal problems at their own pace. We developed the software (and shared it with the entire legal aid community!) and even created some online classes for our client-eligible population. Please take a look and don't hesitate to let us know what you think.

Also, check out our new videos, which were also created by SLS and CTLawHelp. You will need to watch them outside of Citrix.

Applying and Appealing for Disability at Social Security
English | Spanish

VAWA Protections for Domestic Violence Victims Living in Federally Subsidized or Public Housing
English | Spanish

Rights of Special Education Students - Establishing an IEP
English | Spanish

Discipline of a Special Education Student
English | Spanish

Social Security Overpayments
SSI, English | SSI, Spanish
SSDI, English | SSDI, Spanish

Your Rights Under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
English | Spanish

Jop Opening: Attorney for the Connecticut Legal Rights Project

Suit: Fat City owner attacked former worker seeking overtime pay
Middletown Press, 7/22/2014

Malloy Vetoes Fair Hearing & Neighborhood Assistance Bills
CTNewsJunkie.com

Hispanos serán compensados tras ser acosados por la policía
http://nuevayork.univision.com

Legislators say DSS hearing rules must change for ‘fundamental fairness’
CTMirror.org, 6/5/14

Job Opening: Legal Assistant at GLAD

Job Opening: CLRP Bilingual Paralegal

Malloy Pitches Legal-Aid Lifeline
New Haven Independent, 4/18/2014

Disabled Question Department’s Policy on Custom Wheelchairs
CT News Junkie, 4/1/2014

Domestic Workers Need Wage, Rules Rights
Hartford Courant, 3/25/2014

Conn. utilities claim fraud in no-shut-off program
Record Journal, 3/15/2014

Privacy for Pardons Applicants
The Courant, 3/7/14

Honesty On Hunger
http://c-hit.org

CT Alliance for Basic Human Needs Briefing on Department of Social Services Processing Delays Followed by Commissioner Bremby's Response
CT-n.com

DSS Problems Hurting Clients
Hartford Courant, 12/14/13

Recipients Of State Benefits Complain About Delays
Hartford Courant, 12/11/13

Clients Call For Better Service, DSS Says It’s Listening
CTNewsJunkie.com, 12/11/13

Long delays for SNAP/food stamp assistance
WTNH.com, 12/11/13

You're invited to the annual
Scaring Up Dollars for CABHN Costume Party!

Access Health data shows early Obamacare customers are older and choosing Anthem
CTMirror.org, 10/17/2013

Notice of Intent to Amend Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines Regulations

Lawyers of Sound Mind?
New York Times, 8/5/2013

State education board to review Achievement First's discipline policies
CT Mirror, 6/12/2013

Achievement First Pledges To Do Better With Disabled StudentsHartford Courant, 6/11/2013

New Legal Aid Director Returns To Roots
Connecticut Law Tribune, 6/7/2013

Medicaid Math: Does The State Have Enough Workers
CTNewsJunkie.com, 5/28/2013

Judge Orders State To Do Better On Food Stamp Applications
CTNewsJunkie.com, 5/15/2013

The Long Wait for Wage Protections
April 30, 2013

Attorney Cecil J. Thomas of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. receives the Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award

LSC, White House Co-Host Forum on Increasing Access to Justice

HUSKY Change Would Put Poor Parents' Health Care At Risk
Hartford Courant, 3/22/2013

Budget panel likely to balk at Malloy's plan to restrict watchdog agencies
CTMirror.org, 3/22/2013

Right to Lawyer Can Be Empty Promise for Poor
New York Times, 3/15/2013

Pew Internet Project Report:  Teens and Technology 2013

Navigating Justice: Self-Help Resources, Access To Justice, And Whose Job Is It Anyway?
Mississippi Law Journal

Social Services Department Moves Slowly Into Digital Age
CT News Junkie, 3/12/13

HUSKY Parent Says Malloy’s Health Care Changes Will Be Painful
CT News Junkie, 2/27/12

Prison and the Poverty Trap
New York Times, 2/19/2013

Hospital, Medicaid Cuts Promise Pain
CTNewsJunkie.com, 2/6/2013

Rep. Marcia Fudge to be top Democrat on subcommittee that oversees food stamps
The Plain Dealer, 1/22/13

Report Finds 45 Percent Jump In Poverty
CTNewsJunkie.com, 1/25/2013

New Report Finds Poverty Is On The Rise
CTNewsJunkie.com, 1/15/2013

Policy Brief: Low-Income Working Families: The Growing Economic Gap
The Working Poor Families Project, Winter 2012-2013

In Connecticut, Two Sides Of A Deep Economic Divide
NPR.org, 1/17/2013

Worrying About Electronic Benefits Deadline? Don’t
New York Times, 1/10/2013

Gov. Malloy Names Members of Sandy Hook Advisory Commission
Note that Atty. Kathy Flaherty of SLS is a member of this committee.

Free Legal Advice - But Does it Work?
Boston Globe, 12/23/2012

Malloy announces $170 million in Conn. budget cuts
Connecticut Post, 11/28/2012

Report: Income Gap Widens
CTNewsJunkie.com, 11/15/2012

Pulling Apart: Connecticut Income Inequality 1977 to Present
Connecticut Voices for Children, 11/2012

Connecticut Law Tribune New Leaders in the Law 2012 Yearbook (See Alexis Smith, New Haven Legal Assistance, on page 44 and Margaret Middleton, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, on page 31.)

Hartford Schools, Police Sign Agreement To Curb Student Arrests
Hartford Courant, 11/2/2012

Attorneys Seek Injunction to Stop Medicaid Eligibility Changes
CTMirror.org, 10/18/2012

Children's Law Center Ready To Grow
Connecticut Law Tribune, 10/15/2012

A Risky Lifeline for the Elderly Is Costing Some Their Homes
New York Times, 10/14/2012

Census Bureau Releases 2011 Poverty Data--Downward Trends Continue
The Shriver Brief, 9/13/2012

In-House Pro Bono in Connecticut Steps Forward
Pro Bono Institute, 9/7/2012

How I Helped Create A Flawed Mental Health System That’s Failed Millions—And My Son
A former state legislator experiences firsthand the devastating consequences of past policy mistakes—and imagines what he’d do differently now.
HealthAffairs.org

Urban Poor Can Overcome Digital Divide
New Haven Register, 8/28/2012

Lawyers across US urged to give more free services
Bloomberg Businessweek News, 8/19/2012

Helping citizens with temporary work permits
WTNH, 8/9/2012

Door Opens For “Dreamers”
New Haven Independent, 8/9/2012

Federal Suit Alleges Section 8 Housing Discrimination
Hartford Courant, 8/1/2012

US poverty on track to reach 46-year high; suburbs, underemployed workers, children hit hard
Washington Post, 7/22/2012

Gallo retains fire for social issues
HartfordBusiness.com, 7/16/2012

Study links child abuse to home foreclosures
NBCNews.com

Health Care Advocates Take Complaint Directly To Feds
CT News Junkie, 7/2/2012

Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Healthcare Law
Washington Post, 6/28/2012

ABA to Tackle Technology Issues in Model Rules at August Meeting
Law Technology News, 6/25/2012

Plancher's Legal Work Honored
Greenwich Post, 6/24/2012

DSS concedes eligible low-income residents may be losing health care
Connecticut Mirror, 6/18/2012

State Backlog Wrongly Bounces Recipients Off Medicaid
Hartford Courant, 6/18/2012

Conn. Increases Court Fees to Boost Aid to Poor
Connecticut Post, 6/18/2012

Habitat Hails New Houses in the Hill
New Haven Independent, 6/18/2012

Legal Help for the Poor in 'State of Crisis'
National Public Radio, 6/15/2012

New Haven Legal Assistance hiring for Deputy Director and Staff Attorney positions.

From Jail To Honor Roll, Hartford High Graduate Took Hard Road To College
Hartford Courant, 6/14/2012

New CBA Prez Wants You: To Serve The Profession
Connecticut Law Tribune, 6/4/2012

DSS Computer System is Back Up
CT News Junkie, 5/25/2012

Community Courts on NPR's "Where We Live"
WNPR, 5/22/2012

Foreclosure Prevention Program Gets Major Share of Funds From Settlement
Hartford Courant, 5/21/2012

House Bill Strips Protections from Immigrant Women
Hartford Courant, 5/14/2012

Backward on Domestic Violence
New York Times, 5/13/2012

Unemployment Benefits End for 11,000
CT Mirror, 5/14/2012

Filing Fees Rise to Fill Legal Aid Needs
Connecticut Law Tribune, 5/14/2012

Video: Legal Advisor to U.S. State Dept. Harold Koh on how access to justice contributes to the rule of law.
White House Forum on the State of Civil Legal Assistance, 4/17/2012

How the poor cope with crisis
Poverty Matters Blog, 4/18/2012

Antipoverty Tax Program Offers Relief, Though Often Temporary
New York Times, 4/17/2012

A Racial Divide in School Discipline
Connecticut Post, 5/8/2012

$9G grant doubles fresh food SNAP value
New Haven Register, 5/4/2012

WHA looks to make units more liveable for handicapped
Record-Journal, 5/1/2012

2-1-1 Launches Re-Entry Directory of Services

Another Crisis Looming for Legal Aid?
Connecticut Law Tribune, 4/30/2012

Running Column: Finally, lawyers providing a good service
Stamford Advocate, 4/27/2012

Drained Legal Aid Fund Needs Cash Infusion
Hartford Courant, 4/20/2012

No Savings Are Found From Welfare Drug Tests
New York Times, 4/17/12

Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit
New York Times, 4/7/2012

Day Laborers Often Cheated Out of Weekly Pay
Connecticut Law Tribune, 4/9/2012

Editorial: Hot Training Sessions Will Help Children
Connecticut Law Tribune, 4/9/2012

Expelled Students Are More Likely to Drop Out, Get Arrested
Hartford Courant, 4/7/2012

This Job Sucks: Vacuum Case Class Action Granted
New Haven Independent, 3/28/2012

Ex-Kirby Employees Can Join Suit
The Day, 3/28/2012

State Supreme Court Holds Lawyers, Conservators Accountable in Probate Cases
Hartford Courant, 3/23/2012

Disabled Woman Fights Eviction Over 3-Pound Dog
Hartford Courant, 3/2/2012

What Did Congress Do to Combat Poverty in 2011?
The Shriver Brief, 2/23/2012

Sewage In Mobile Home Leads To Huge Court Award For Disabled Resident
Hartford Courant, 2/21/2012

Legal Aid Group Faces Steep Funding Cuts
NBC Connecticut, 2/10/12

Mortgage Abuse Settlement With Giant Banks Means Nearly $200M For Connecticut
Hartford Courant, 2/9/12

Magnets And Choice Can Close Education Gap
Hartford Courant, 2/5/2012

NHLAA Executive Director Search

Rocco’s Owner Spared Prison In "Slavery" Case
New Haven Independent, 2/2/12

HUSKY expanding, at least in name
CT Mirror, 11/01/2011

Health reform choice: For those just above Medicaid limit, private insurance or a state-run plan?
CT Mirror, 2/1/2012

New from LARCC:Research Brief on the State Basic Health Program

Too Many Danbury Residents Still Face Daily Struggles
News Times, 1/25/2012

State Sued Over Delays In Medical Care For Thousands Of Poor Patients

Hartford Courant, 1/9/2012

Class Action Alleges DSS Can’t Process Medicaid Apps In Timely Manner
CT News Junkie, 1/9/2012

Lawsuit: DSS understaffing produces illegal delays for Medicaid applicants
CT Mirror, 1/9/2012

Editorial: Access to Justice Hit By a Minibus
Connecticut Law Tribune, 1/2/2012

A Healthy Dose Of Advocacy
Connecticut Law Tribune, 12/26/2011

Waiting list for public housing over 2,000 deep
Connecticut Post, 12/17/2011

School Arrests Bring New Scrutiny, Reforms
New Haven Independent, 12/13/2011

Complaint Says City Schools Fail To Meet Special Education Needs
Hartford Courant, 11/10/2011

Legal Aid Battle Inspired Future Judges
Connecticut Law Tribune, 11/7/2011

Pardons on the Rise in Connecticut
Public News Service, 11/3/2011

Supreme Court Weighs Lawyer Immunity Limits
Connecticut Law Tribune, 10/31/2011

Downtown Apartment Building Illegally Billing Tenants For Electricity
Hartford Courant, 10/21/2011

Taking Steps To Turn Pro Bono Interest Into Action
Connecticut Law Tribune, 10/17/2011

Fuel Banks in the Region Face a Tough Season Ahead
Litchfield County Times, 10/12/2011

White House Honors Four Legal Aid Attorneys as Champions of Change
Legal Services Corporation press release, 10/11/2011

Legal Aid Support Desperately Needed
Hartford Courant, 10/4/2011

Alternative program makes changes
The Hour, 10/5/2011

Providence, Hartford lead US in Latino joblessness
Boston.com, 10/3/2011

New Britain Housing Court Will Remain Open
CT News Junkie, September 30, 2011

State Awards Health Care Contract To Nonprofit
CT News Junkie, September 29, 2011

More Lawyers Need To Step In To Aid The Poor
Hartford Courant, September 29, 2011

Audit: DSS gave benefits to dead people
CTMirror.com, September 29, 2011

Supreme Court Chief Justice Rogers Receives Award For Serving Families with Cognitive Limitations
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, September 27, 2011

Comcast offers low-cost Internet access for low-income families

Malloy plan would end heat aid to gas and electric utility customers
CTMirror.com, September 14, 2011

Waging War: The Fight Against Wage Theft in New Haven
Campus Progress, September 13, 2011

Old Rowe To New Rowe: Move Happens Quick
New Haven Independent, September 8, 2011

Noncitizens Struggle After Losing Health Benefits
Hartford Courant, September 1, 2011

State: Hartford Schools Did Not Provide Required Services For Those With Learning Disabilities
Hartford Courant, August 26, 2011

Addressing the Justice Gap
New York Times, August 23, 2011

Derby Must Pay $750,000 In Housing Discrimination Lawsuit
Valley Independent Sentinel, August 2, 2011

Social Security Field Offices to Begin Closing to the Public a Half Hour Early

Derby must pay $750G in special needs housing suit
New Haven Register, July 30, 2011

New Haven man faces prison time on strangulation charge
New Haven Register, July 29, 2011

DCF complies with court settlement on children's mental health
CT Mirror, July 26, 2011

The Glastonbury Section 8 waiting list is open
English | Spanish

Anti-Bias Agency Feels Sting Of State Budget Crisis
Connecticut Law Tribune, July 11, 2011

Malloy Replaces Controversial Family Magistrate Oliveira
Hartford Courant, July 10, 2011

Buying Legal Help On An A La Carte Basis
Connecticut Law Tribune, June 27, 2011

Bar Honors Judge Holzberg
Hartford Courant, June 22, 2011

Vacuum Salespeople Lawsuit: This Job Sucks
New Haven Independent, June 22, 2011

Statewide Legal Services is seeking a Managing Attorney

In-Home Sellers Charge Kirby with Deception
The Day, June 21, 2011

Legal Aid Advocates Using Online Resources More Than Ever Before
Techno.la, June 20, 2011

Even After Mortgage Modification, Shoddy Bank Practices Hurt Homeowners
ProPublica.com, June 2, 2011

Pro Bono Award: No Paycheck, No Problem
Connecticut Law Tribune, May 30, 2011

Webinar: Claiming Our Role as Human Rights Lawyers -  How a Human Rights Framework Can Advance Our Advocacy
Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Legislation aims to help juvenile offenders return to school
The CT Mirror, May 4, 2011

Education vs. Incarceration: The Real Cost of Failing Our Kids
Premieres on CPTV, May 3rd at 9:00 p.m.
Repeats May 17th at 11:00 p.m. and May 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

Photos of Swearing In of Healthcare Advocate Vicki Veltri

Apply for NWLC's 2011 Progressive Leadership Advocacy Network (PLAN) Program. The deadline for applications is May 20.     

Champion of Children Award Winners Announced for New Haven and Hartford
Conntact.com, April 1, 2011

Connecticut Will Carry On Through Federal Shutdown
Hartford Courant, April 6, 2011

Many Low-Wage Jobs Seen as Failing to Meet Basic Needs
New York Times, March 31, 2011

What can we learn if we assume Greiner and Pattanayak are right?
By: Steve Eppler-Epstein at Concurring Opinions, March 28, 2011

Save the Date: Third Annual Mildred & Richard Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pfizer to assist with 'pro bono' legal project
The Day, 2/27/2011

Legal "Angel" Rescues Trapped Wife
New Haven Independent, 2/25/2011

Portraits of Homelessness in Connecticut (executive summary)
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

State Will Self-Insure to Save on Costs
Hartford Courant, 2/9/2011

Cut HMOs Out of HUSKY Health Care
Courant.com web version | Scanned print version
Hartford Courant, 02/06/2011

Letter to Ben Barnes, Secretary of OPM re: Additional Savings under Statewide PCCM through New ‘Health Homes’ Option

Bakery Owner Pleads Guilty
New Haven Independent, 1/27/2011

Housing Suit Focuses on Payment Methods
Connecticut Law Tribune, 1/24/11

The CT Department of Labor has “gone green” with a completely paperless system of Unemployment Benefit payments.  Click here to learn more. Also available in Spanish.

Virgin Mobile offers free cellphones to low-income state residents
Hartford Courant, 1/5/2011

Please join GHLA's Board and Staff in welcoming Branford Brown to the Connecticut Legal Aid community!

Changes to Judicial Branch Fee Waiver Forms
Learn more...

Dozen Who Made A Difference: A Champion For Those With Special Needs
Connecticut Law Tribune, 12/27/2010

Introduction to Working with Limited English-Proficient Clients
Center for Legal Aid Education
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Increasing Opportunity: Improving the Jobs First Employment Services Program
Sponsored by CABHN and the Welfare Working Group of Connecticut

Connecticut high court hears immigrant-benefits case
Middletown Press, December 1, 2010

LSC Updates: A Publication of the Legal Services Corporation
November 24, 2010

Webster Bank Voted Connecticut's Best Bank for Legal Services for Fourth Year Running
PR Newswire, November 22, 2010

State heating aid fund nearly broke
The CT Mirror, November 15, 2010

There's Help Available to Avoid Foreclosure
Hartford Courant, November 14, 2010

This Vet Found Hope After All
New Haven Independent, November 11, 2010

Health Leadership Fellows selected
New Britain Herald, November 9, 2010

LSC Updates: A Publication of the Legal Services Corporation
October 22, 2010

Doing Good In Troubled Times
Connecticut Law Tribune, October 11, 2010

Susan B. Anthony Project Holds 22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil
Courant.com, October 4, 2010

WNPR’s ‘Where We Live’ recently rebroadcasted Loan Modification Leaving Many in the Lurch, featuring CT Fair Housing Center Staff Attorney Jeff Gentes

Lawmakers reject Rell plan to cut heating aid for 18,800 low-income families
CT Mirror, September 22, 2010

Next Conn. governor's plans for DCF could differ
Connecticut Post, August 28, 2010

Connecticut bar to narrow questions about prospective lawyers' mental illness
Law.com, August 26, 2010

Solving problems in school without police
Meriden Record Journal, August 25, 2010

A legal haven for web-savvy poor people Connecticut Law Tribune, August 23, 2010

Attorney gets back into the world of competitive backgammon
Law.com, August 19, 2010

New website offers legal advice to the masses
Stamford Advocate and Connecticut Post, August 14, 2010

Rizzitelli’s testimony continues in housing discrimination case
Valley Independent Sentinel, August 11, 2010

Rizzitelli takes the stand
Valley Independent Sentinel, August 1, 2010

New program keeping troubled youths out of judicial system
Connecticut Post, July 25, 2010

This job fair opened an extra door
New Haven Independent, July 23, 2010

Ex-offenders, homeless flock to New Haven Green for job fair
New Haven Register, July 23, 2010

Bill fixes glitch that hurt jobless who took temporary work
Hartford Courant, July 21, 2010

Foreclosures jump 61 percent in New London County for first half of year
The Day, July 16, 2010

Going it alone in Connecticut courts
Hartford Courant, July 11, 2010

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State orders Courtland Gardens to remain open
Stamford Advocate, July 2, 2010

Courtland Gardens urged to stay open
Stamford Advocate, June 8, 2010

Stalled HUSKY program offers savings for state
by Sheldon Toubman
CTMirror.org, June 7, 2010

State Orders City To Overhaul, Move Transitional Learning Academy
Hartford Courant, June 2, 2010

The Next Wave: Some experts now anticipate a second wave of foreclosures in Connecticut, especially if the job market continues to languish
Connecticut Magazine, June 2010

Complications of Culture
Hartford Courant, May 26, 2010

Law students and professors examine human rights in Nicaragua
LAA's Amy Eppler-Epstein, Jane Grossman and Sheila Hayre were presenters at the conference.
Quinnipiac University School of Law, May 25, 2010

Betty Gallo Honored by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center
Hartford Courant, May 22, 2010

Attorney Anne Louise Blanchard of Connecticut Legal Services Joins U.S. Kayaking Team
Connecticut Law Tribune, May 17, 2010

Standing Up for Students Who Get in Trouble
Connecticut Law Tribune, March 1, 2010

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