Pro Bono & Service Activities

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

Our lawyers are committed to serving organizations that help make things better for those they reach. Pro bono work is an important part of who we are and what we do. Our lawyers are committed to providing pro bono services to local charities, community organizations, low-income people in need, as well as on behalf people from around the world.

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

Jim Reardon:  Jim Reardon’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:  Kathy Scanlon is an avid cyclist who participated as a rider in the 2012, 2013, and 2104 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 will raise over $40 million in 2014 , and Kathy personally committed to raise at least $4,300 that will go to the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for cancer research and treatment. Kathy’s PMC rides have consisted of 192 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown over two days. For more information about the PMC and its mission, see



Pete Vodola:  Pete Vodola is active with his parish, St. Rose of Lima, in Newtown, Connecticut, in a number of capacities.  Currently, he serves a retreat ministry as a board member, and is a catechist assistant (to one of his daughters).  He has also been a catechist at several grade levels, has served on the church’s social concerns committee, and is a Knight with the church’s chapter of the Knights of Columbus.  Pete is 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 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 cases. He has also supervised the pro bono work of other lawyers in a wide variety of matters. Chris is a supporter of Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford, Connecticut, an independent, tuition-free middle school for boys from under-served families in the Hartford area. Chris is also active in his local community serving as a Member of the West Hartford Risk Management Advisory Board, and as a District Chair for the West Hartford Republican Town Committee. Chris is an active member of the parish of the Church of Saint Timothy in West Hartford. He has also coached and volunteered for youth sports.