In 2010, the Sixth Amendment Task Force filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Colorado statute that required individuals with a misdemeanor to meet with a prosecutor before counsel was appointed. The lawsuit caught the attention of legislators, who sponsored House Bill 13-1210 to repeal the statute. During the 2013 regular legislative session, both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees approved the bill. In May 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed the bill, officially removing the requirement that misdemeanor defendants confer with a prosecutor before legal counsel is appointed. This resolved all the claims in the lawsuit and on May 30, 2013, the case was dismissed. Congratulations to all the volunteers who contributed to this case over the years—your efforts were instrumental in bringing this constitutional matter to the legislative table! For more details, click here.
The Colorado Lawyers Committee’s 35th Anniversary Report is here! The report takes a comprehensive look at the major projects the Lawyers Committee has undertaken since 1978. It includes brief project descriptions, photographs of numerous volunteers, and interesting historical information about the organization. To read it online, click here.
The President of the the Legal Services Corporation, Jim Sandman, gave an inspiring speech about the value of pro bono work at the 35th Anniversary Awards Luncheon. Thank you, Jim! Click here to watch it online.
Congratulations to Craig Stewart (Holland & Hart LLP), who received the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award at the 35th Anniversary Awards Luncheon. Thank you, Craig, for your longstanding support and extensive contributions to the Colorado Lawyers Committee! Click here to see the video honoring Craig’s work.
For the first time in Colorado Lawyers Committee history, the Board of Directors selected two Law Firm of the Year recipients at its Awards Luncheon: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Congratulations to both firms and thank you for your significant contributions in 2012!
Congratulations to the recipients of the two Special Recognition Awards that were presented at the 35th Anniversary Awards Luncheon:
- For assuring humane treatment for individuals with mental health problems through the Jail Wait Litigation (Center for Legal Advocacy v. Bicha):
- Iris Eytan (Reilly Pozner LLP)
- Farrell A. Carfield (Reilly Pozner LLP)
- Sean Connelly (Reilly Pozner LLP)
- Caleb Durling (Reilly Pozner LLP)
- Kari W. Goodnight (Reilly Pozner LLP)
- Marcus J. Lock (Wilderson Lock & Hill, LLC)
- Ellie Lockwood (Reilly Pozner LLP)
- Jason M. Lynch (Reilly Pozner LLP)
- Lindsay A. Unruh (Reilly Pozner LLP)
- For helping secure food stamp benefits for Denver residents:
- Byeongsook Seo (Gordon & Rees LLP)
- Adela C. Flores-Brennan (CO Health Benefit Exchange; formerly Colorado Center on Law and Policy)
Thank you for your extraordinary work on these projects!
The Colorado Lawyers Committee is delighted to introduce its 2013 Summer Associate, Eden Rolland. Eden just completed her first year of law school at the University of Colorado Law School; she earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University in 2003. Before law school, Eden was a nonpartisan research analyst at the Arizona state legislature, serving as Lead Analyst for the Senate Health Committee as well as the House of Representatives Human Services Committee. Eden brings enthusiasm and a wide skill set to the Lawyers Committee. We are thrilled she has joined us for the summer—Welcome, Eden!
Thank you to all the participants of Clinic in a Box, a legal auditing event for small nonprofits held on January 31. In all, 49 volunteer attorneys assisted 20 nonprofits at the event. It was co-sponsored by the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Pro Bono Institute at Georgetown University Law Center, Association for Corporate Counsel—Colorado Chapter, Colorado Nonprofit Association and Community Resource Center. Holland & Hart LLP also was a sponsor, providing food, travel costs, and a CLE training on legal issues effecting nonprofits, which 6 of its attorneys presented. Many thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors for making Clinic in a Box such a wonderful success!
The Hate Crimes Education Task Force is pleased to announce that it will be a Community Partner in Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a contemporary ballet and Holocaust education partnership that promotes the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue. Over 85 Community Partners will lead events/initiatives throughout this three-month project, which launches on January 15, 2013. Please join us in supporting Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project by volunteering for a Hate Crimes Education Task Force presentation. To sign up, click here. To learn more about Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, click here.