Connecticut Bail Fund
Connecticut Bail Fund (CBF) is dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused and promoting racial and economic justice in the pretrial system. By paying bail for indigent individuals charged with low-level offenses and connecting those individuals with social, medical, and legal services, CBF directly curbs mass incarceration and restore the presumption of innocence to individuals living in poverty. The wide-ranging benefits of this intervention include retention of housing, retention of employment, family reunification, improved case outcomes, reduced recidivism, reduced jail populations, cost savings for the state, and increased trust in the criminal justice system. The Fellow will support CBF’s Executive Director in the day-to-day activities of Connecticut Bail Fund. This includes tracking data on current and former clients, collaborating with public defenders to select eligible clients for bail relief, reminding clients of upcoming court obligations, researching bail reform measures for legislative advocacy, sharing client success stories with the public, offering assistance to fledgling bail funds in other states, and organizing community discussions about mass incarceration and the rights of the accused.
Agency website: www.ctbailfund.org
Yale Law School–Jerome N. Frank Legal Services
The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO) provides legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal help but unable to afford private attorneys. Students, supervised by Law School faculty members and participating attorneys, interview clients, write briefs, prepare witnesses, try cases, negotiate settlements, draft documents, participate in commercial transactions and argue appeals in state, federal, and administrative courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Connecticut Supreme Court. In order to apply, students must have completed one year of law school by the end of the 2016/17 academic year.
Agency website: www.law.yale.edu/lso
Yale Law School—Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) is an interdisciplinary, transactional legal clinic that emphasizes collaboration with community organizations to promote economic growth and empowerment in underserved neighborhoods. CED focuses on neighborhood revitalization, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and financial access. The Fellow, under the supervision of Law School faculty members, will perform transactional legal work for community organizations focused on neighborhood revitalization, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and financial access. The work will include reviewing and drafting legal documents, participating in the development of real estate deals and commercial transactions, conducting negotiations, and engaging in legislative advocacy. In order to apply, students must have completed one year of law school by the end of the 2016/17 academic year.
Agency website: www.law.yale.edu/academics/Ludwig.htm