Founded in 1978, the Colorado Lawyers Committee is a nonpartisan consortium of 59 Colorado law firms dedicated to creating and increasing opportunities for children, the poor and other disadvantaged communities through advocacy, negotiation and litigation. The lawyers who donate their time through the Lawyers Committee focus primarily on major public policy issues and systemic changes rather than representation of individuals. This past year, 750 volunteers donated more than $3.7 million worth of time to Colorado Lawyers Committee projects. The Colorado Lawyers Committee is affiliated with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington D.C. and similar organizations in seven other cities throughout the country.
The Colorado Lawyers Committee usually has 20 active projects in the areas of: poverty and public benefits, civil rights, education, immigration, community development, and criminal law. We have several types of projects: Our standing task forces (Children’s, Education, Election, Health Care, Immigration and Mental Health) assess and address needs in these areas. Litigation teams (Education: Lobato, CBMS, Mental Health Jail Wait, Sixth Amendment, Taylor Ranch) are formed as needed to file lawsuits when negotiations are unsuccessful. New task forces are created to resolve specific problems (Food Stamps, Education: DPS, ID, Medicaid HCBS/SLS). In conjunction with others, we operate a number of Clinics (Denver, Greeley, Project Homeless Connect) that provide legal advice and referrals. Transactional lawyers can represent small nonprofits (Nonprofit Working Group) or provide legal audits (Clinic in a Box). Our education program (Hate Crimes Education Task Force) teaches students about Colorado’s Hate Crimes/Bias Statute. Click here to learn more about our projects.
We invite you to join us as an individual contributor, as a contributing law firm, or as a volunteer on one of the many projects that is described in this website. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Executive Director Connie Talmage’s Presentation About the Colorado Lawyers Committee at the 2011 Denver Bar Association Pro Bono Reception