Pro Bono Information

The District of Connecticut’s Civil Pro Bono Panel is governed by Local Rule 83.10.

Pursuant to that rule, the court maintains a list/wheel of attorneys who have agreed to participate in the court's Pro Bono program. An attorney from the Panel may be appointed as pro bono counsel for an indigent pro se litigant in a civil case when a judge determines that the appointment of counsel is warranted. Please be aware that appointments of counsel in petitions for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 2254 and 2241, motions seeking to set aside or vacate a sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 and all criminal matters are made from the court’s Criminal Justice Act panel.

When a participating attorney's name comes up on the Pro Bono Panel list/wheel, the Court will send a Notice of Appointment of Counsel via email regarding a particular civil case. The attorney may decline the appointment for any reason. If the attorney declines to accept the appointment, the attorney will remain on the Panel list/wheel for a future appointment in another civil case. No participating attorney will be expected to accept more than one pro bono appointment.

Please consider completing the very brief Pro Bono Questionnaire (see PDF attachment below) to become part of the court’s Civil Pro Bono Panel. Any questions regarding the pro bono panel may be directed to Cynthia Earle, Pro Se Staff Attorney, at ProBono@ctd.uscourts.gov.