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Peter Goselin wasn’t always a lawyer. From 1985 to 1993, he was a hospital worker for the Department of Mental Health. During that period, he served as a union shop steward. “Basically, I spent a number of years on the night shift in the hospital and spending my daylight hours fighting with personnel over grievances or contract negotiations,” he said. Those efforts foreshadowed the next act of Goselin’s professional life. These days, he’s a labor lawyer at the Hartford, Conn., firm of eight-attorney Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly. This month, he was honored by Connecticut Legal Services for some of his pro bono work. Last spring, along with CLS and the Rev. Juan David Paniagua, he helped set up a legal clinic in Stamford, Conn., for immigrant laborers who have pay disputes with contractors. Goselin spoke about those efforts with The Connecticut Law Tribune senior writer Thomas Scheffey.

The Connecticut Law Tribune: How did the clinic start?

Peter Goselin: The folks at Legal Services said, would you come down and talk with us about how you bring a wage case? I went through my files, pulled out some pleadings we had used, redacted everything and provided them with copies. We spent the better part of a day talking about what to do, and they seemed to find the information useful. At that point, they were aware of the need, but the clinic hadn’t opened up yet …

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