Volunteer with CWEALF!

Donating your time is a vital contribution to our organization. She Leads Justice has volunteer opportunities on our Information and Referral (I&R) line.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review the application instructions under the current volunteer opportunities below.

Who are our volunteers?

  • People who want to actively participate in supporting women, girls & their families
  • People who are non-judgmental and accepting
  • People who respect a diverse work environment

How much time would I be expected to volunteer?

That depends your availability and your interests. Volunteers are typically needed Monday-Friday during 9-5 business hours.

What type of work do volunteers do?

There are different ways you can help She Leads Justice make a difference! Examples include answering our Information & Referral (I&R), serving on a committee, or helping at events.

She Leads Justice volunteers should have strong communication, writing and computer skills. Volunteers are expected to demonstrate general work-related skills such as punctuality, responsibility, and thoroughness.

Volunteer Opportunities

Information and Referral Volunteers (remote)

Apply here

Want to make a difference in the lives of people in your community? She Leads Justice seeks passionate volunteers to staff our Information and Referral (I&R) line. I&R is a unique service that works to narrow the civil legal in Connecticut. We train volunteers to provide callers with free legal information on primarily family law and employment discrimination, as well as attorney and community agency referrals.

Because we provide volunteers with in-depth, ongoing training and support, we require at least a 6-month commitment to our program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Answering telephone calls and email questions on civil legal issues
  • Collecting demographic information and inputting data into our online software system


  • A minimum commitment of six months
  • Must be available for 2-4 shifts between Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (shifts are flexible), with a commitment to approximately 4-6 hours per week total.
  • Compassionate and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Spanish speakers are especially needed and strongly encouraged to apply

Apply here

Intern with CWEALF

Thank you for your interest with interning at the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (She Leads Justice). She Leads Justice advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive.

She Leads Justice seeks passionate and committed interns to help us fulfill this mission, and on an as-needed basis provides opportunities to intern with us in the areas of:

  • Communications
  • Development & Fundraising
  • Legal Education
  • Public Policy & Advocacy

Please check back regularly for posted internship opportunities!

Internship Openings

There are no internship openings available at this time. Please check back!


Development Manager

She Leads Justice is looking for a full-time Development Manager. The Development Manager is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating fundraising efforts at SLJ, including annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, and fundraising events. The Development Manager participates in the organization’s fiscal planning and identifies diverse funding sources and opportunities that embrace the SLJ’s goals, and cultivates and maintains relationships with individuals and funders. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Development Manager Job Description

How to Submit Your Application

If you need accommodations or other help applying, then please contact jobs@sheleadsjustice.org and let us know what you need.

  1. Please email the materials detailed below to jobs@sheleadsjustice.org and include “Development Manager” in the subject line.
  2. Attach a resume with your relevant work experience.
  3. Attach a cover letter that addresses the following:
    • Your personal and professional commitment to our mission,
    • An example of how you have sharpened your equity lens with a particular focus on anti-racism and intersectional feminism, and
    • What do you enjoy most about fundraising for an organization or issue you care about?
  4. [Optional–if you’d like] We welcome you to also submit up to four other materials that further illuminates your passion, experience, and skills (e.g., articles or blogs, pictures, interviews, etc.)


Please note that we will not consider:

  • Incomplete applications or applicants who do not address the cover letter request in full
  • Applicants who do not have relevant work experience or meet the minimum qualifications

She Leads Justice is an equal-opportunity employer that centers and works closely with marginalized communities. For this reason, we strongly encourage people of all historically marginalized identities to apply. She Leads Justice does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under local, state, or federal laws.

You can change a Woman's Life

Want to be a part of a unique program that increases women’s access to justice and is flexible to your practice?

She Leads Justice’s Legal Education Program serves 1,200 clients a year and provides free legal information, legal advocacy, and attorney and community agency referrals. The majority of our clients are low-income women navigating Connecticut’s civil courts on matters related to divorce, custody, child support, domestic violence, employment discrimination, immigration, housing, education, consumer issues, and LGBTQ-related issues. She Leads Justice’s role within the community would not be possible without the dedication and efforts of the 100+ attorneys in She Leads Justice’s Cooperating Attorney Network (She Leads Justice CAN).

Attorneys can help narrow the justice gap in critical ways:

  • Serve as a Referral Attorney by accepting calls screened and referred by She Leads Justice’s I&R line and legal advocacy program
  • Provide your legal expertise
  • Lead presentations and workshops on legal rights
  • Train Legal Education staff and volunteers on specific topics
  • Assist in reviewing She Leads Justice’s educational materials
  • Participate on She Leads Justice Board of Directors
  • Write amicus briefs
  • Participate in She Leads Justice events

All CAN referral attorneys offer She Leads Justice clients a minimum free 15-30 minute initial consultation, but some also offer sliding scale fees, payment plans, limited-scope representation, and/or pro bono services.

Our program is flexible, and our staff will work with you to ensure your experience is positive by identifying your interests according to practice specialties and geographic locations, the number of cases you would like referred to you, and any other preferences.

Hear how a cooperating attorney helped a woman in need.

Are you an attorney?

Download and complete the Cooperating Attorney Form. Once you download the form, the button to submit via email will work. You can also return it to Nilda Rivera, Director of Community Advocacy via email or mail.

Email: nrivera@sheleadsjustice.org

Mail: P.O. Box 320460, Hartford, CT 06132

Questions?  Contact Nilda Rivera, Director of Community Advocacy at nrivera@sheleadsjustice.org.

Nilda's Closet

A Component of  She Leads Justice’s Legal Education Program

Many of the clients who come to She Leads Justice are some of the most vulnerable people in Connecticut: mothers earning less than $25,000 a year. They are already facing an economic battle to provide for their families and their legal issues tend to add to that struggle.

Thanks to the support of community members like you, “Nilda’s Closet” (affectionately named after She Leads Justice’s Bilingual Community Advocate, Nilda Rivera), is filled with books, winter gloves, toiletries, gift cards for groceries—basic essentials to help families through financial distress.

Support women and families by helping She Leads Justice fill “Nilda’s Closet”.

Ways in which you can fill Nilda’s Closet:

For questions and more information, please contact Denise Rhone, She Leads Justice’s Legal Education Manager at 860.247.6090 or drhone@sheleadsjustice.org.

Ways to Give


Be a champion for Connecticut’s women and girls! Without you we can’t fight for women’s economic security, access to legal justice, and to elevate the voices of women and girls in our state. Give today, give monthly, or give in honor of someone you love.

Shirley Bysiewicz Legacy Society

Shirley Bysiewicz, tenured Professor and longtime law librarian at the University of Connecticut School of Law, was one of She Leads Justice’s founders and the first President of She Leads Justice. By joining the Legacy Society, bearing her name, friends of She Leads Justice will help ensure that Shirley’s goal of advancing the rights of women will continue into the future.

Membership to the Legacy Society is open to those who have included She Leads Justice in their wills and other estate planning. Please contact Development Director Meg Dubois at mdubois@sheleadsjustice.org if you have made provisions for She Leads Justice in your will, or if you would like more information about how to make a bequest.