The work of the Colorado Lawyers Committee is accomplished by lawyers and others who are concerned about providing and increasing opportunities for children, the poor, and other disadvantaged communities through advocacy, negotiation, and litigation.
The Colorado Lawyers Committee currently has more than 20 task forces working on projects in the areas of civil rights, poverty and public benefits, 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 Legal 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.
A number of these task forces need additional volunteers. Substantive expertise is not required. Lawyers and non-lawyers interested in volunteering should contact the individual task force chairs or send us an email.
Below is a list of our current projects. Please note that some of these projects may not be seeking additional volunteers:
- Children’s Task Force
- Colorado Benefits Management (CBMS) Task Force
- CBMS Fix Task Force
- Denver Legal Night
- Education Task Force
- Education: DPS Subcommittee
- Election Task Force
- Food Stamps Task Force
- Greeley Legal Night
- Hate Crimes Education Task Force
- Health Care Task Force
- ID Task Force
- Immigration Task Force
- Mental Health Task Force
- Mental Health: CICP Subcommittee
- Mental Health: Jail Wait Litigation
- Nonprofit Working Group
- Nonprofit: Clinic in a Box
- Project Homeless Connect
- Taylor Ranch Litigation