The Justice Legal Center, Connecticut’s first legal incubator, recently announced the selection of two attorneys to launch its second class of lawyers chosen to build their solo legal practices through an innovative program at The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport.
Attorneys Alicia Kinsman of Monroe and Jesse Stricklan of New Haven have launched their private law practices through The Justice Legal Center incubator, which CFJ founded in 2017 as part of a comprehensive effort to bridge the justice gap for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Legal incubators have been identified as a growing and innovative practice model by the American Bar Association, with more than 60 currently operating throughout the United States.
“Our clients deserve justice, yet too often they are forced to represent themselves in the complex legal matters that relate to their victimization,” explains Debra A. Greenwood, President & CEO of The Center for Family Justice. “For this reason, we are excited to welcome Alicia Kinsman and Jesse Stricklan to The Justice Legal Center’s team. We’re fortunate to have such talented attorneys in our incubator and I commend them for their commitment to practicing law in a socially conscious way.”
Since its inception, The Justice Legal Center has provided CFJ’s clients with hundreds of hours of free or affordable legal services, while offering its member attorneys more than 300 client referrals.
Both of the new incubator attorneys will work in close collaboration with The Justice Legal Center’s Incubator Coordinator, Jennifer Ferrante, J.D.
Prior to opening her private practice at The Justice Legal Center, Kinsman managed the Immigration Legal Services program at the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, where she still provides legal support and training.
In her private law practice, Kinsman provides legal assistance with a special emphasis on the needs of vulnerable immigrants and their families. She has focused a large part of her practice on serving and empowering foreign-born victims of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and other serious crimes.
“I’m thrilled to be starting this new chapter in my career with The Justice Legal Center’s incubator program and appreciate the fantastic opportunity it is giving me to help vulnerable immigrants navigate the legal system,” said Kinman.
In addition to providing direct legal services, Kinsman is actively engaged in providing support and training on issues related to immigration and human trafficking to medical, law enforcement and social services providers throughout the state.
Stricklan is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He joined The Justice Legal Center following a clerkship in Connecticut’s Superior Court. During law school he worked on projects related to human trafficking, asylum and post-conviction issues. After realizing that many of his working clients did not earn sufficient wages to retain affordable counsel, he became interested in developing strategies for addressing the justice gap.
Through The Justice Legal Center he has launched his nonprofit firm, Justice Gateway Legal Partners, with the goal of providing quality legal representation at affordable rates to those who don’t qualify for free legal services.
“I look forward to working with The Center for Family Justice to improve the access to the justice system for survivors of domestic and sexual violence,” said Stricklan. In addition to working with CFJ’s clients, Stricklan’s practice will focus on family and housing law matters.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR FAMILY JUSTICE
The Center for Family Justice Inc. (formerly The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc.), brings all domestic and sexual violence and child abuse services – crisis intervention, police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling – under one roof, in our headquarters in Bridgeport, CT. Together, we work to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives. Although our name has changed, we continue with the work we have provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.
The Center answers more than 2,000 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assists with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 3,000 survivors of domestic violence; responds to more than 300 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provides a safe home for more than 100 women and children fleeing domestic abuse; and coordinates the investigations of more than 100 cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families.
In addition, CFJ is also provides community education, focused on prevention, on local college campuses and to schools, community organizations and local businesses through its Training Institute.
For more information, visit www.CenterForFamilyJustice.org.