Several Quinnipiac University School of Law alumni are focusing on providing legal services to people who cannot afford traditional legal fees, but are not poor enough to qualify for free legal aid, the New Haven Register reports.
“We decided we wanted to meet the needs of those people who fall in the middle,” Danielle Robinson Briand, a 2010 graduate who now has a law practice in Bridgeport with fellow Quinnipiac grad Darren Pruslow, told the New Haven Register. “To be able to do that, we had to come up with a business model, which is still a work in progress, that gives us the time to do quality work and still pays our bills.”
The students told the daily newspaper that they decided to pursue what is called “low bono,” or discounted hourly rates and flat fees for legal services. It’s a trend that is catching on among younger attorneys, the Register reports.
“There’s an entire class of underserved people who don’t see the need to shell out a couple thousand dollars for a will,” Brian Young, a Quinnipiac Law grad who has a practice in Fairfield County, told the newspaper. “They don’t consider themselves wealthy. They’re working Joes. They’ve got jobs to get to during the week.”