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CLC Welcomes Megan Barkdull as first Sattler Civil Rights Fellow

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Organization News, Recent News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on CLC Welcomes Megan Barkdull as first Sattler Civil Rights Fellow

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Congratulations to Megan Barkdull, the first recipient of the Sattler Civil Rights Fellowship.  Megan just finished her first year at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and will work at the Lawyers Committee this summer.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Auburn University.  While an undergraduate, Megan worked for The Auburn Magazine as an intern and The Auburn Plainsman as an opinions editor.  After graduating, Megan worked for an animal shelter as a shelter ambassador.  Megan’s goal after law school is to advocate for those who lack a voice in our legal system and to effect social change through research, litigation, and pro bono work.

The Sattler Civil Rights Fellowship was created in 2017, funded from the generous legacy gift from the estates of Bruce and Martha Sattler.  The Sattlers were true civil rights champions; the CLC is delighted to honor them and help keep their legacy alive.

Thank you, Bruce and Martha, and congratulations, Megan!

New CLC Fellowship Created in Honor of Bruce and Martha Sattler

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Organization News, Recent News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on New CLC Fellowship Created in Honor of Bruce and Martha Sattler

     Bruce and Martha Sattler

The Colorado Lawyers Committee is pleased to announce the creation of the Sattler Civil Rights Fellowship, funded from the generous legacy gift from the estates of Bruce and Martha Sattler.

Bruce Sattler was one of the 1978 founders of the Lawyers Committee, a long-time CLC Board member (and Board Chair), a civil rights champion, and a great friend.  Bruce was a leader in the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado for 45 years.  He also served on the boards of Colorado Legal Services and Free Speech TV, and worked with many other nonprofits.

Martha Sattler was a true supporter of civil liberties and long-time volunteer administrator for the Colorado Lawyers Committee Hate Crimes Education Task Force.  After a successful career as a scientist, Martha began a long second career with the ACLU of Colorado, volunteering on the Board, and later working as Intake Director and Associate Director.  Martha also volunteered for many other organizations, including Project Safeguard, Community Shares, Summer Scholars, and the Legal Center.

The Sattler Civil Rights Fellowship will fund a law student every other summer to work at the Colorado Lawyers Committee, beginning in 2017.

Thank you, Bruce and Martha.

Special Recognition Awards 2017

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Events, Organization News, Recent News, Task Force News | Comments Off on Special Recognition Awards 2017

The Colorado Lawyers Committee had the pleasure of granting two Special Recognition Awards at this year’s Annual Awards Luncheon, held May 5, 2017 at the Marriott Denver City Center.

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The CLC is thrilled to recognize Susan C. Cole and Timothy R. Macdonald (Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP) for their longstanding contributions to Denver Legal Night.  Susan and Tim contributed many years as coordinator and administrator of Denver Legal Night.  Since its creation in 2006, Denver Legal Nights have served more than 22,000 individuals.  In 2016, after 10 years of service, Tim and Susan passed the leadership of Denver Legal Night on to Stephanie Kanan and Ellie Lockwood, members of the CLC YLD.  Thank you for your enthusiasm and tireless efforts.

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We also had the privilege of honoring the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.  In 2016, in addition to its community outreach program, the U.S. Attorney’s Office partnered with the Colorado Lawyers Committee to expand their hate crimes education program by reaching out to minority communities and volunteering in presentations.  Members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office also provided “Know Your Rights” presentations at Denver Legal Night and helped coordinate a free CLE for Legal Night volunteers.

Thank you to all our volunteers for your dedication and commitment!

2017 Team of the Year Award Presented to Jail Wait Litigation Team

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Events, Organization News, Recent News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2017 Team of the Year Award Presented to Jail Wait Litigation Team

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Congratulations to the Jail Wait Litigation Team, honored on May 5, 2017 at the Colorado Lawyers Committee Awards Luncheon as the 2017 Team of the Year. We are delighted to recognize the following members of the Jail Wait Litigation Team:

  • Caleb Durling (Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC)
  • Iris Eytan (Eytan Nielsen LLC)
  • Mark Ivandick (Disability Law Colorado)
  • Kelsey Lesco (Disability Law Colorado)
  • Ellie Lockwood (Snell & Wilmer)
  • Jason M. Lynch (Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP)
  • Jennifer Purrington (Disability Law Colorado)

This team has worked for many years on a lawsuit arising from a 2006 action against the State Hospital in Pueblo, alleging it failed to provide timely evaluations and treatment for individuals with mental illness who were waiting in Colorado jails.  After requesting the court to reopen the case in 2016 due to the state’s failure to comply with a previous settlement, the volunteers successfully negotiated another settlement. This requires the State to pay for an independent consultant to monitor the State’s compliance with the agreement to evaluate individuals within 24-28 days of receipt of the court order and essential police reports.  Thank you to the Jail Wait Litigation Team members for your dedication and commitment.

Congratulations to Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, 2017 Law Firm of the Year

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Events, Organization News, Recent News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Congratulations to Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, 2017 Law Firm of the Year

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The Colorado Lawyers Committee named Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP its 2017 Law Firm of the Year at our annual awards luncheon at the Marriott Denver City Center on May 5, 2017.  The accolade recognizes the firm’s contributions in 2016, where 22 volunteers from DGS contributed to 17 different projects, collectively working over 400 hours for the CLC.

Congratulations, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, on your well-deserved recognition!  The CLC appreciates your longtime involvement and your commitment to pro bono work.

Colorado Lawyers Committee Announces 2017 Nominees for Law Firm of the Year

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Events, Organization News, Recent News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Colorado Lawyers Committee Announces 2017 Nominees for Law Firm of the Year

The CLC is delighted to announce that the following four law firms have been nominated for 2017 Law Firm of the Year Award:

These nominees represent firms whose attorneys and staff made significant pro bono contributions to Colorado Lawyers Committee projects during 2016.  We will honor their work and announce this year’s Firm of the Year at the 2017 Awards Luncheon on May 5th.  We hope you’ll join us at the event!  Click here to purchase tickets for the Awards Luncheon.

Colorado Lawyers Committee Recognizes Nominees for Team of the Year Award

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Events, Organization News, Recent News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Colorado Lawyers Committee Recognizes Nominees for Team of the Year Award

The Colorado Lawyers Committee is thrilled to celebrate the varied contributions of several of our task forces and recognize their commitment to fulfilling the CLC mission.

We’d like to congratulate the following four teams on their nomination:

  • Hate Crimes Presentation Task Force Team:
    • Beth Ann Lennon (Sherman & Howard L.L.C.)
    • John M. McHugh (Reilly Pozner LLP)
    • Tarek F. M. Saad (Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP)
    • Christine Snider (Ballard Spahr LLP)
    • Phyllis V. Wan (Hogan Lovells US LLP)
  • Jail Wait Litigation Team:
    • Caleb Durling (Rollin Braswell Fisher LLC)
    • Iris Eytan (Eytan Nielsen LLC)
    • Mark Ivandick (Disability Law Colorado)
    • Kelsey Lesco (Disability Law Colorado)
    • Ellie Lockwood (Snell & Wilmer)
    • Jason M. Lynch (Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP)
    • Jennifer Purrington (Disability Law Colorado)
  • Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic Team:
    • David L. Coats (Student, University of Denver Sturm College of Law)
    • Samuel E. Edwards (Holland & Hart LLP)
    • Martina Hinojosa (Butler Snow LLP)
    • Jill Tenley Oldak (Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP)
    • Carolyn S. Powell (Association of Corporate Counsel – Colorado Chapter)
    • Hannah Pressler (Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP)
    • Peter H. Schwartz (Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP)
    • Scott Thompson (Budget Analyst, Colorado General Assembly)
    • Melanie Tsuchida (Colorado Nonprofit Association)

These teams and their remarkable pro bono contributions will be celebrated at the 2017 Awards Luncheon on May 5th, when the 2017 Team of the Year will be announced.  We hope you will join us at this event!  Click here to purchase tickets for the Awards Luncheon.

 

Ken Armstrong, Keynote Speaker at 2017 CLC Annual Awards Luncheon

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Events, Organization News, Recent News | Comments Off on Ken Armstrong, Keynote Speaker at 2017 CLC Annual Awards Luncheon

We are excited to announce that this year’s Annual Awards Luncheon keynote speaker is Ken Armstrong.  Ken is an investigative reporter and Pulitzer-Prize winning author, currently working for The Marshall Project, where he writes about criminal justice.  Ken’s work has appeared in The Washington PostThe Paris ReviewMother Jones, and This American Life.  He recently received the John Chancellor Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement, and has also been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton.

Ken will speak about Dick Cunningham, a criminal defense attorney who helped free innocent men on Illinois’ Death Row and was instrumental in the state’s moratorium on executions.

We look forward to welcoming Ken to Denver!  You can join us at the Annual Awards Luncheon on May 5th by purchasing tickets here.

CLC To Honor Dave Stark

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Events, Organization News, Recent News | Comments Off on CLC To Honor Dave Stark

We are delighted to announce that we will be honoring David W. Stark of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP with the  2017 Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award at our upcoming Annual Awards Luncheon.

The CLC recognizes Dave Stark for his leadership of the Children’s Task Force and his multiple contributions to the work of the Lawyers Committee and its management.  For more than 15 years, Dave has served as Chair (sometimes with a co-chair) of the Children’s Task Force in its efforts to improve conditions for children.

In addition to his substantive work on Lawyers Committee projects, Dave has been involved in the leadership of the Lawyers Committee.  He served on the Board of Directors in 2002 and rejoined the Board in 2013.  For the last three years, Dave has served on the Executive Committee, and during 2015, helped guide the organization through a critical expansion period that included the creation of the Young Lawyers Division.

Please join us at this year’s Awards Luncheon to honor Dave. We are incredibly grateful for your dedication, Dave.  Congratulations!

CLC Welcomes Emily Jodock as the New Office Manager!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Organization News | Comments Off on CLC Welcomes Emily Jodock as the New Office Manager!

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The Colorado Lawyers Committee welcomes Emily Jodock as the new Office Manager. Emily holds a B.A. in Spanish from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and later assisted the Lawyering in Spanish Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law while taking courses in International Development.  Prior to her return to Denver, Emily spent six years as Associate Director of a traditional summer camp in Wisconsin.  She has also worked in the private school sector and recently volunteered as an English literacy tutor.  Emily is excited to be back in Colorado, and when not pursuing outdoor adventures here, enjoys visiting her family farm in North Dakota.  Emily is thrilled to be involved in the day-to-day operations of CLC and collaborate with a team committed to public service and advocacy.  Welcome, Emily!