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First a New Haven judge confronted a local bank over its alleged penny-pinching on the poor. That got the attention of powerful people statewide—and helped advocates like Sandy Klebanoff (pictured) gain an audience at the the state Supreme Court to push for a change in how Connecticut’s banks calculate payments set aside for legal aid.At stake is up to $10 million a year, and free legal help for up to 270,000 Connecticut families who can’t afford a lawyer.