For almost 20 years, the Colorado Lawyers Committee has supported the efforts of the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center to provide low cost immigration services to the local population, including overseeing services provided, training its staff, and providing referrals to pro bono attorneys. The Task Force also helps provide guidance to individuals at Legal Night seeking assistance with a range of immigration issues including Colorado Senate Bill 13-251, which authorizes the issuance of a Colorado driver’s license, instruction permit or identification card to those individuals who either cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. or can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence. Other areas of interest at Legal Night are questions regarding the influx of unaccompanied children coming to the U.S. and executive orders about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. The Task Force also co-sponsors (with RMIAN and the Immigration Section of the Colorado Bar Association) a training on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for non-immigration lawyers to learn to represent unaccompanied immigrant children.
2016 has been a fantastic year for the Colorado Lawyers Committee! Due to tremendous support from our volunteers and contributors, the Lawyers Committee has been able to respond to pressing systemic issues and to make an important difference in the lives of children and the underprivileged. Last year, more than 750 volunteers donated $2.6 million worth of time on 30 projects and enjoyed some significant successes: (more…)
The Colorado Lawyers Committee welcomes Kathleen McCrohan as the new Associate Director. Prior to joining the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Kathleen spent four years as a Compliance Officer, specializing in Trust & Estates and Business. Kathleen received her Law Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Denver (JD ’08, MS ’05) and received her Journalism Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA ’02).
Kathleen’s public service experience includes interning with the Colorado Public Defender, working in the Student Law Office at the DU Sturm College of Law, as well as volunteering extensively at Cottonwood Creek Elementary in various positions, including PTO President, PTO Vice President, Volunteer Coordinator, and Girls on the Run Coach. Kathleen brings to the Colorado Lawyers Committee a deep passion for the law and for helping those who cannot help themselves. Welcome, Kathleen!
Thank you to the Law Office of David N. Simmons for being the September Legal Night sponsor! With the firm’s help, nine immigration attorneys and paralegals attended each Legal Night this month. Their incredible dedication served 83 immigration clients this month.
CLC welcomes Tess Hand-Bender as the new YLD Board Chair. Tess is an Associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. She graduated from Berkley Law in 2010 and focuses her practice on complex litigation and appeals. Tess has been involved with the CLC since 2013. She was a member of the trial team that challenged Colorado’s ban on same sex marriage and served as a member of the Public Benefits and School Discipline Task Forces. Thank you for all your continued hard work, Tess!
Associate Director Elisa Cozad will be leaving the Lawyers Committee in October. She is moving with her fiancé to Seattle to be closer to her family. She has been a tremendous addition to the Lawyers Committee and we will miss her. We wish her well in her exciting new opportunity.
The Lawyers Committee is accepting applications for a new Associate Director. Deadline for applications is midnight on September 9, 2016. Click here to apply.
We are excited to welcome Hannah Fikar as the 2016 Hill & Robbins Fellow at the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Hannah is a rising 2L at DU Law. She graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2015 with a degree in political science. While an undergraduate student, Hannah worked for several nonprofits and developed a passion for public service. She began writing from an early age and was first published in a local newspaper at age fourteen. Thank you Hill & Robbins and welcome to the CLC, Hannah!
We are excited to announce Joe Phillips, of Arnold Porter LLP will join the CLC YLD Board, as Chair of the Strategic Planning Team.Joe is a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School. He practices commercial litigation and has an active pro bono practice with an emphasis in civil rights. Welcome Joe!