History of the Clinic
The clinic’s early work included writing CCJEF’s bylaws, drafting and filing its articles of incorporation, and applying for its nonprofit status. Additionally, students informed CCJEF about the various legal claims that could be made against the State of Connecticut with regard to how the State funds and maintains public schools.
In 2005, CCJEF released a study that documented the State’s vast under-funding of public schools. The authors of the report found that the State was under-funding public schools by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. With this evidence in hand, CCJEF asked the clinic to draft a complaint, suing the state for failing to provide an adequate education.
Since actual school children, and those children’s parents, are critical to such a lawsuit, clinic students met with parents who had children in public schools and who felt that their children were receiving an inadequate education.
On October 15, 2005, a class action lawsuit was filed against the State of Connecticut. The complaint, which was drafted by students in the clinic, alleges that the State of Connecticut is violating its state constitutional duty to provide “suitable and substantially equal educational opportunities” to all children attending public schools in Connecticut.
Currently, the clinic still represents both CCJEF and the plaintiffs of the ongoing litigation against the State.