The Connecticut Community Law Center, an initiative of UConn School of Law and the Hartford County Bar Association, is a postgraduate program for recently admitted lawyers that helps them develop sustainable legal practices to help bridge the civil “justice gap” in the Greater Hartford Community. It provides reasonably priced legal help to people who traditionally have been underserved by the justice system: low- and moderate-income individuals who do not qualify for free legal services but cannot afford to pay high hourly rates.
The center is located in William F. Starr Hall on the UConn Law campus, 45 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
The Connecticut Community Law Center provides office space and support for solo practitioners as they establish their law practices. The subsidized working environment allows them to provide legal services at a modest cost to low- and moderate-income clients.
Lawyers who establish solo practices at the Connecticut Community Law Center are members of the Connecticut Bar in good standing and insured. The lawyers work with the support and guidance of volunteer mentors from the practicing bar and UConn School of Law. They typically spend 24 months at the center, learning skills necessary to manage a successful practice while committing themselves to the highest degree of ethics, professionalism and advocacy.
Cynthea M. Motschmann, a 2012 graduate of Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York, is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut. Her practice is focused on family law, particularly child protection, special education, juvenile delinquency, probate, and termination of parental rights. While in law school, she interned at the Legal Aid Society and with the Nassau County District Attorney, and participated in the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. Motschmann also worked with The National Adoption Center for Adoption Law and Policy to establish The Foster Youth Advocacy Center.
Santolo Odierna is a 2016 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. During law school he worked as a law clerk for a special education solo practitioner, representing families against local boards of education, and was a member of the UConn Law Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, representing individuals before the Internal Revenue Service and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services. After graduation, Santolo continued his work with the clinic as a law fellow before starting his own firm as a part of the Connecticut Community Law Center.
Lynn Marie Perry, a 2014 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, has focused her practice on legal life planning, concentrating on families with dependent children and young adults. In law school, she worked with the Mediation Clinic and concentrated on access to justice issues. She has been a television producer and studio coordinator for more than 20 years and maintains a franchise services business.
Curtis Stubbs has more than five years' experience assisting taxpayers in disputes with the IRS and state tax authorities. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2013 with a juris doctor and is now studying for an LLM (Master of Laws) degree in insurance law. While in law school he won a Blumberg scholarship, received three CALI awards, and won the Morris Pomp Tax Award. Stubbs holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in economics and has worked as a union organizer, tax preparer and auto mechanic.
Too many people face legal problems concerning essential human needs without proper representation because they fall into the growing access-to-justice gap, between the very poor who qualify for legal aid and those with the financial means to pay a private lawyer.
Director, Connecticut Community Law Center
Mark Schreier is the Connecticut Community Law Center’s inaugural director. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Schreier relocated to Hartford after almost three decades as a civil litigator in Michigan, where he specialized in catastrophic injury claims and insurance law.
He most recently served as vice president and a member of the Management Committee at Miller & Tischler, P.C., in metropolitan Detroit. Mark also serves as chair of the Board of Trustees at Real Art Ways, a contemporary arts organization in Hartford.
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