Pro Bono & Service Activities

Reardon Scanlon Vodola Barnes’s lawyers have a long history or serving their neighbors – whether across the street, or across the world.

Here is a sampling of some of the service activities that our lawyers have been involved in:

Jim Reardon:  Jim’s pro bono work has included the successful prosecution of the violation of wage and hours laws by a Chinese restaurant with regard to Chinese immigrant employees – in a case that was conducted in Mandarin and Fouzhou dialects. Jim’s work also has included assisting with an asylum petition for a minor from Honduras. Jim’s most recent pro bono activity involved a wage and hours violation action against a Chinese restaurant violating the rights of Korean immigrants.



Kathy Scanlon:  KKathy is an avid cyclist who participated as a rider in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Pan Mass Challenge (“PMC”). The PMC raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors, and individual contributors. The PMC raised over $40 million in 2015. For more information about the PMC and its mission, see



Pete Vodola: Pete is active with his parish, St. Rose of Lima, in Newtown, Connecticut, in a number of capacities. He has been a catechist at several grade levels, has served on the church’s social concerns and retreat committees, and is an officer with the church’s chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Pete is a former board member with Isaiah 61:1, a Connecticut organization that provides residential treatment services – including parent education, self-help support groups, and family reunification support – for men and women under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Correction. Over the years, Pete’s service activities have included coaching youth soccer and basketball, serving as an overnight host volunteer at Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury, Connecticut, working as a trail volunteer for conservation organizations who maintain Connecticut hiking trails, and spending a year as a full-time volunteer in Volunteers In Service To America, or VISTA, serving an adult literacy organization in Dover, New Hampshire.


Chris Barnes: Chris has handled numerous pro bono matters for Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc. ranging from Medicaid disputes to security deposit housing cases. He has also supervised the pro bono work of other lawyers in a wide variety of matters. Chris is active in numerous local charities and organizations in Hartford County, including The Bridge Family Center, The Town That Cares in West Hartford, Gifts of Love, and Loaves and Fishes Ministries. Chris is also active in his local community serving as an elected member of the West Hartford Town Council. Chris and his family are members of the parish of the Church of Saint Timothy in West Hartford. He has also coached and volunteered for youth sports, and is currently a volunteer and mentor in the West Hartford Public Schools.