The Rocky Mountain Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat


The Rocky Mountain Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat Resource Manual, Fall 2014


Sponsors The University of Denver Sturm College of Law The University of Colorado Law School The University of Denver Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) The Colorado Bar Association – Modest Means Committee The Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place and Law The University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Chancellor’s Scholars Program The University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program The University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Office of Career Development and Opportunities The University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness The University of New Mexico School of Law The University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Office for Student Affairs The University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Legal Externship Program










 What is the Public Service Requirement? o To ensure that the College of Law remains in the forefront of public service, every Juris Doctor student is required to perform a minimum of 50 hours of supervised, uncompensated, lawrelated public service work during his or her law school career as a prerequisite to graduation. o The goals of this Public Service Requirement (PSR) are to:  Educate students about their professional responsibilities, particularly their obligation to perform public service work as practicing attorneys;  Help students develop practical lawyering skills by supervising them in real work situations and teaching them to integrate the theory and practice of law; and  Raise awareness among students of meaningful career and public service opportunities.  How Can I Satisfy the PSR? o If you have completed a minimum of 30 academic credit hours, you may satisfy the PSR in any of the following ways:  An Externship for credit at a government agency; a judicial agency; a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization; or in a private law firm doing 50 hours of pro bono work under the auspices of the Legal Externship Office.  An approved Public Interest Practicum (PIP) or Pro Bono Research Project (PBRP) for either zero or one credit under the auspices of the Public Interest Office (see below for more information on the PIP and the PBRP).  A Sturm College of Law Student Law Clinic under the auspices of the Student Law Office.  A pre-approved Sturm College of Law course which has a practical public service component (current pre-approved courses are Federal Appellate Advocacy, Poverty and Low Wage Work In America, Street Law, the Graduate Tax Program’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Trial Practice III: Mentor’s Practicum, the International Criminal Law Practicum, Wills Lab, and the Probate Practicum). You must receive a “C” in order for the class to count for the PSR. o If you have completed one academic year (day or evening), even if you have not completed 30 academic credit hours, you may satisfy the PSR in the following way:  An approved Public Interest Practicum (PIP) or Pro Bono Research Project (PBRP) for zero credit.  What is the Pro Bono Research Project? o The PBRP aims to connect Denver Law students and private sector attorneys to work together on pro bono or low bono cases. Some projects will be through partnerships such as Metro Volunteer Lawyers, the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Alternate Defense Counsel, and ProBo Pat. Others will be from individual private sector attorneys.  Why Do the PBRP? o Enjoy the Flexibility. Your work in the Pro Bono Research Project will largely take place on your own time, whenever during the day or evening you prefer to complete the project, as long as it is within the timeframe specified by the supervising attorney. This makes it a great option 5

for evening students, students who are working, students with family commitments, students with limited transportation, and other students who may be less likely or less able to participate in more traditional public service legal support activities. o Understand the Role of Pro Bono from the For-Profit Lawyer’s Perspective. The majority of the lawyers who participate in the aforementioned partnerships and/or who engage in pro bono work are for-profit attorneys who find time to do pro bono along with the rest of their work. How do they make this happen? What benefits do they get? What challenges arise? The Pro Bono Research Project is an opportunity to ask those questions and learn about the value of doing pro bono work while you are working in the private sector, which for some attorneys is the way they remain connected with, and committed to, their public service passions. Visit the Pro Bono Research Project’s Information for Students to learn more about the PBRP and check out the database of opportunities. Students can enroll in the PBRP mid-semester and have the opportunity to complete the 50-hour project over two semesters.  What is the Public Interest Practicum? o The PIP requires students to work for 50 hours in a non-compensated, law-related, public interest placement under the supervision of an attorney or judge who has been in practice or on the bench for a minimum of three years. Students can work at a government placement or nonprofit organization, or with a judge. o This is a great opportunity for students who want to work in the field with public interest lawyers, but cannot devote the 100 hour minimum required for an externship. Visit the Public Interest Practicum page to learn more. Students can enroll in the PBRP mid-semester and have the opportunity to complete the 50 hour project over two semesters. *If you have a particular project or opportunity that you would like to do for the PIP or PBRP, or if you are struggling to find a way to complete your Public Service Requirement, contact Alexi Freeman, [email protected] or 303-871-6788.*


*THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW SCHOOL*  What is the Public Service Pledge? o The law school runs a voluntary public service program that provides law students with skills and values, such as legal research and writing, client interviewing, and legal argument development. These skills prove valuable early in legal careers and promote a lifetime commitment to law-related community service. By signing the Colorado Law Public Service Pledge, students commit to 50 hours of law-related public service work, not for credit or other compensation, during their time at CU Law. Students who fulfill their pledge will be recognized at graduation, and their public service will be reflected on their transcripts.  What are the Guidelines for the Pledge? o Sign the Pledge at the beginning of law school or at any time thereafter. To count toward the program, public service work must be done after you sign the pledge. o To count toward the Pledge, work must be law-related, must not be done for credit or other compensation, and must be supervised by an attorney or a Law School faculty member. Qualified activities include those that require lawyering skills (such as legal research and writing, interviewing, counseling, oral or written advocacy, or representation of individuals in court, administrative, or other hearings), public education activities (such as preparing for and delivering lectures on legal topics or writing informational brochures or web information on legal topics for under-served communities), and service to the legal profession or legal institutions. Work that does not qualify includes non-legal public service (such as work not involving lawyering skills or service to the legal profession or legal institutions).  How Do I Find Work to Do? o Students are welcome and encouraged to find their own public service legal opportunities, or seek assistance from the Director of the Experiential Learning and Public Service Programs and/or the Public Service Class Representatives by emailing [email protected] Work found independently, not through a pre-approved organization or project, requires preapproval to ensure it will qualify. The Director’s determination of qualifying work will be final and is not appealable. Public service opportunities can be found at nonprofits, public interest law firms, local government agencies, public defenders, legal services offices, private firms with pro bono projects, and student organizations. o The Public Service Director and Public Service Class Representatives will periodically notify students of public service opportunities through email notifications and postings to social media accounts associated with the law school. Students are also encouraged to consult the faculty-led projects and other project opportunities listed through the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee to brainstorm about possible opportunities.  What is the Timeline? o Students report hours by posting the hours on CDOnline. 1Ls have access to post to CDOnline starting November 1. Instructions on how to submit hours on CDOnline can be obtained by emailing [email protected] and attending information sessions and tabling in the Café hosted by Public Service Class Representatives throughout the year. For 3L May graduates, submit hours to the Public Service Adviser by April 1 for recognition on transcripts and at graduation. For 3L December graduates, submit hours by November 15. Hours accrued by 1Ls and 2Ls may be submitted at any time and are carried over into the next year. The graduating student who has volunteered the most public service hours will be recognized at the Student Awards luncheon each year. 7

II. HELPFUL WEBSITES & ELECTRONIC RESOURCES Please note: typically the term externship is used for work in which you receive academic credit. Employers don’t always make those distinctions, hence at times, the term internship may be used vs. externship.

*GENERAL*  PSJD/Public Service Jobs Database – A great website where students can register to receive information about public interest law, search for internships, jobs, fellowships, and/or specific organizations (sort by type of employment, geographic region, and/or legal subject matter), review information on loan repayment programs, read about different public interest careers, and more. This website is national in scope, including opportunities around the country and the world.  Equal Justice Works (EJW) – An organization devoted to, among other goals, helping law students and graduates pursue public interest careers and effectively manage law school debt. It maintains a robust website where students can find information about and apply for educational stipends for performing public service internships and information about and application instructions for postgraduate fellowship programs administered by EJW. EJW also hosts an annual Public Interest Career Fair every fall in the Washington DC area.  University of Arizona Law School Government Honors and Internships Handbook – An electronic handbook containing helpful information about federal government employment, listings and links to student positions and post-graduate jobs in local, state, and federal government agencies. This handbook is national in scope and accessible to students of subscribing law schools. The site is password-protected. University of Colorado Law students can find the username and password on their CDOnline homepage or they can contact the CDO for that information. Denver Law students can email [email protected] and/or [email protected] for password information. If you do not know whether your school subscribes to the Handbook, contact your career office.  – A robust website that lists student positions, fellowships, and jobs in both domestic and international nonprofit organizations. The most effective way to use this website is to narrow your search, e.g. geographically, subject matter, etc.  USA JOBS – The federal government’s official job posting website, which also contains a good deal of useful information about working for the federal government and applying to federal opportunities. Please note that not all federal student positions or post-graduate attorney job opportunities must be posted to the site.  Colorado Non Profit Association Job Board – A website that includes student positions and job opportunities in Colorado nonprofits. It includes both legal and non-legal opportunities.

*UNIVERSITY OF DENVER STURM COLLEGE OF LAW*  Denver Law Public Service Portal – A one stop shop for finding public interest/social justice information for Denver Law students.  Denver Law Office of Career Development and Opportunities o Public Interest Section – Includes specific resources for public interest career searches. 8

o Jobs/Internships Postings – Up to date job and internship postings in Denver and beyond. Password protected for Denver Law students only; email [email protected] for login.  Denver Law Legal Externship Program – Includes a database containing hundreds of law-related

public and private externship/internship employers. Search by organization, name of supervising attorney, type of practice setting (e.g. nonprofit), and/or subject matter. It is password protected for Denver Law students only; email [email protected] for login.

*UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW SCHOOL*  Colorado Law, Public Service Page – A page dedicated to helping students find public

interest/social justice resources at Colorado Law.  Colorado Law Career Development Opportunities Office

o Public Service Careers – Includes information about the summer and post-graduate employment obtained by Colorado Law students, the financial support Colorado Law offers for public service work, and a sample of the public service-related programming presented by the Career Development Office. o CDO Online – Colorado Law’s Symplicity site is the online portal of the Career Development Office containing student positions and job postings. It also contains a variety of resources designed to help students in their pursuit of employment and career development. Password protected for Colorado Law students and alumni only. Second and third-year students should email [email protected] if they have trouble accessing the site. First-year students in the Class of 2017 are scheduled to receive their log-ins on November 1, 2014.


III. GET INVOLVED: A SAMPLING OF PUBLIC INTEREST/SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS *UNIVERSITY OF DENVER STURM COLLEGE OF LAW* Alternative Spring Break Spearheaded by the Chancellor’s Scholars, for the past five years, Denver Law students have traveled to El Paso, Texas and Window Rock, Arizona to take part in the school’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. They spend time during spring break volunteering at immigration and civil rights legal clinics. The ASB program offers students a unique opportunity for short-term exposure to a professional legal environment. This is especially helpful for many first-year law students seeking to jump-start their professional development. The trip also is a great way to give back as students help make legal services more readily available to people of modest means. Stay tuned for this year’s plan and email Elie Zwiebel, [email protected], and Allie Moore, [email protected], to get involved. American Constitution Society The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a group of students concerned about American law and politics. We believe deeply in the importance of law as the mechanism that governs the relationships between and among the individuals and institutions that form our society, and we recognize the direct relationship between legal theory and the broader political debate about the kind of society in which we live. Email Sam Tallman, [email protected], to get involved. American Civil Liberties Union Membership is open to all in the Denver Law community who support our mission of promoting and protecting civil rights. Activities include intake, case investigation, and research at the Colorado Affiliate Office, presentations on civil liberties issues, publication of a civil liberties newsletter and internet update, participation on ACLU legal panel and board, and promotion of civil liberties on campus and in the community. Email Elie Zwiebel, [email protected], and Allie Moore, [email protected], to get involved. Amnesty International The Chapter at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will present several speakers on these and related topics throughout the year. We also initiate campaigns by writing letters to government officials and prisoners. In addition, we participate in Legal Support Network, a program recently initiated for lawyers and law students affiliated with Amnesty International in the United States. Email Alison Haugen, [email protected], to get involved. Asian Pacific American Law Students Association The goal of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is to promote and support the legal education of Asian law students. We strive to foster close friendships both professionally and personally by working with the Asian American Bar Association. APALSA also seeks to provide counseling in both academic and personal capacities to any student. Email Clark Yeh, [email protected], and Stephanie Pham, [email protected], to get involved.


Black Law Students Association The goal of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to provide assistance for incoming students of color and promote an atmosphere that will facilitate learning by all students. We sponsor and cosponsor numerous events featuring speakers covering a wide range of topics including minority participation in law firms, public interest concerns and other relevant legal issues. We also participate in mentoring programs and support various community activities. BLSA provides academic, social and emotional support. Email Shaquille Turner, [email protected], to get involved. Chancellor's Scholars The Chancellor’s Scholar Program is offered to students with a demonstrated history of excellence in scholarship and public service. The Program awards full tuition to a limited number of qualified students committed to public interest issues. Chancellor’s Scholars help support and organize public interest related events on campus. Email Joe Anderson, [email protected], Stephanie Pham, [email protected], Ashley Basta, [email protected], and Michael Lagarde, [email protected] to get involved. Children’s Legal Advocacy Group Children’s Legal Advocacy Group (CLAG) is a student organization focused on legal issues involving children and families. CLAG goals include increasing student awareness of legal issues involving children and families, and having an active influence in the community. Email Deanna Barton, [email protected], to get involved. Christian Legal Society The mission of the Chapter is to maintain a vibrant Christian Law Fellowship on the School’s campus which enables its members, individually and as a group, to love the Lord with their whole beings-hearts, souls, and minds-and to love their neighbors as themselves. In striving to accomplish this mission, the Chapter shall guide the ten purposes set forth in ART. I of the CLS bylaws and by the LSM Threefold Ministry Model, which entails three interrelated activities to be carried out by the chapter: (1) Cultivating spiritual growth through communal prayer, fellowship, and worship; learning to share one’s faith; and devotional study of the bible and classic Christian works; (2) Showing the love of Christ to the campus community and the community at large by proclaiming the gospel in word and in deed, such as through a life of integrity and charitable good works; (3) Addressing the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian in law?,” that is, learning to submit every aspect of one’s calling in the legal profession to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Email Alyssa Rayne, [email protected], to get involved. Criminal Law Association The Criminal Law Association seeks to provide DU law students with the experience and knowledge necessary to enter into the field of criminal litigation. We host exciting competitions while providing access to attorneys and judges in the field. We hope to further expand DU’s rapidly growing criminal law program and also bring an interesting twist to the ins and outs of everyday life as a law student through enjoyable events, distinguished speakers, educational mock trial opportunities, and more. Email Matt Cassell, [email protected], to get involved. Colorado Entrepreneur Organization The Colorado Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) provides outstanding opportunities for students to learn more about becoming a partner or starting your own law firm, business, or nonprofit organization. We hold various speaker panels and networking events. The organization does not 11

cater to purely business law aficionados. The organization caters to lawyer-leaders – people who have the drive to lead any type of organization. Whether you have an entrepreneurial spirit or not, this organization is a great way to begin networking and getting a head start on your career! Denver Law Partnership with Community Day Denver Law Partnership with Community Day (DPCD) is an organization that gives law students an opportunity to give back to their community. DPCD plans service projects to improve the health and wholeness of the Denver community and raise awareness about the issues facing communities. Email Jeremiah “JJ” Hall, [email protected], to get involved. DU Law Democrats The DU Law Democrats are an inclusive organization dedicated to advancing Democratic principles at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. We encourage broad-based involvement from students and faculty alike, in an attempt to spread the Democratic Party’s message to community voters. Among our activities, we bring prominent Democratic speakers to campus, help organize precinct caucuses, distribute information about Democratic organizations and serve as a focal point for Democratic activism at the Law School. Email Jillian Mullen, [email protected], to get involved. Federalist Society The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. Email Colin Azzam, [email protected], to get involved. Health Law Society The Health Law Society (HLS) is dedicated to exploring the intersection between medical health care and the judicial system. HLS examines not only the traditional areas of health law, such as medical malpractice, but also delves deeper into local and national health policy concerns. The HLS strives to enhance the experience and knowledge of its members and the entire DU and Colorado law community. Email Amy Berenbaum, [email protected], to get involved. International Law Society The International Law Society (ILS) strives to educate our members, the law school, and the legal community about international issues and events. We do this by hosting numerous speakers, an annual Sutton Colloquium, McDougal Lecture, and numerous social events. We also provide information to our members and the DU community about study abroad opportunities, dualdegree programs, and other academic interests with an international flavor. The ILS provides its members with information about academic and career opportunities throughout Denver, the United States, and the world. Email Julie Marling, [email protected], to get involved. Jewish Law Students Association The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is open to all students who are Jewish or have an interest in Jewish activities. It sponsors speakers at the College of Law on issues relating to Judaism and the law, social events, and programs with the Denver Jewish Community. Email Shannon Moran, [email protected], to get involved. 12

Land Use Society The mission of the Land Use Law Society is to provide members with information and the opportunity for involvement in the areas of land use and real property law. Email Nick Rising, [email protected], to get involved. Latino Law Students Association The Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) welcomes you to the College of Law. Our mission is threefold: to foster the professional development of our members, to encourage community support, and to encourage high personal integrity. We support first-year students in the transition period into law school through various programs. We also focus on helping students develop working networks with local practitioners in the legal community. Our activities include direct participation with the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the National Hispanic Bar Association. Email Azucena Rascon, [email protected], to get involved. Middle East and North African Law Society The mission of the Middle East and North African Law Society (MENA) is to bring students together from all different backgrounds and learn more about the cultural diversity that currently attend the University of Denver. We would like to help every student achieve a higher academic performance, prepare students for a diverse workforce, and have students be able to communicate more effectively in understanding cultural differences within the workforce. We would also like to introduce students to professional personnel and attorneys to potentially establish careeroriented mentors that may also help students generate a more insightful understanding of the diverse legal profession. Email Nadin Said, [email protected], to get involved. Muslim Law Students Association The mission of the Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) is threefold: to promote unity and joint action, to promote friendly relations between Muslims and the DU law community, and to endeavor to increase understanding of the religion of Islam and Muslims. To achieve our mission, we conduct social, cultural, and religious activities on campus. We also network and coordinate with local Islamic organizations in the community, and create volunteer opportunities at local mosques and Islamic community centers. Email Tay Minshall, [email protected], to get involved. National Lawyers Guild The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members – lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees – the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people. National Women Law Students Organization The purpose of NWLSO is to foster equality both within the Sturm College of Law community as well as the community at large through political activism, education, and the sponsorship of events that serve to promote diversity and gender equality. Email Katy Bonesio, [email protected], to get involved. Native American Law Students Association The purpose of NALSA is to promote awareness within the University of Denver community of legal, political, and social issues affecting Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. NALSA 13

also seeks to provide a forum for these discussions as well as to serve as a resource from which work can be done to assist Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples in asserting and protecting their legal rights. Email Aubrey Bertram, [email protected], to get involved. Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society As Environmental and Natural Resources law continues to grow in prominence and popularity, the NRELS will continue to serve, educate, and provide information to law students regarding these important fields. NRELS sponsors several guest speakers throughout the year to provide its members, and all students, with topical and balanced information regarding legal and political issues of local, national, and global importance. NRELS is a proud sponsor of the NRELS Moot Court competition generally held early in the Spring Semester. NRELS also sponsors field trips to local areas of environmental significance. Email Lauren Hammond, [email protected], to get involved. OUTLaws OUTLaws is the LGBTQ student organization at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The DU OUTLaws’ primary goal is to create a safe and inclusive space for all students, including but not limited to those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer, to develop professionally, socially, and academically. Email Chelsea Gilbertson, [email protected], to get involved. Public Interest Law Group The primary goals of PILG are to encourage law students to devote their careers to the struggle for social justice, expose students to the broad range of work being done to advance progressive legal goals, provide a forum for discussion and an information base, and inspire students to follow their hearts. PILG encourages involvement in the community through its tutoring program, educates and provides a forum for discussion by bringing in and co-sponsoring speaker panels, and raises its own funds via the Annual Auction to allow students to work for nonprofit organizations during the summer through the clerkship program. Email Josh Russcol, [email protected], and Annie Woods, [email protected], to get involved. Student Animal Legal Defense Fund SALDF is a student group that is affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and shares its mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. The goals of SALDF include educating the University of Denver community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, understanding how the law can be used to combat animal abuse, and supporting the larger Denver community in its efforts to improve animal welfare. Email Georgia Beake, [email protected], to get involved. Student Veterans Association The Student Veterans of America is a group of college-based military veterans, spouses, dependents, and supporters dedicated to assisting military veterans, their families, and their communities. Email John M. Gatewood, [email protected], to get involved. Tribal Wills Project Tribal Wills Project allows law students, under supervision, to travel to Native American reservations to draft wills, medical powers of attorneys, burial instructions, and living wills for tribal members. It was developed because the American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA) provides that, in many cases, the property of tribal members who do not have wills in place will 14

descend in a form of primogeniture—that is, everything will go to the one oldest child, the one oldest grandchild, or the one oldest great-grandchild. It is quite possible that nothing will go to the surviving spouse. As a result, wills are a necessity. There are two major problems with this. First, there are almost no lawyers available to help tribal members write wills. Second, there is a strong cultural taboo among tribal members against writing wills or even speaking of death. This year, the TWP will take three trips: January 5-January 9 to Ramah, on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico; March 16-20, on the Southern Ute and Mountain Ute Reservations in Colorado and White Mesa, in Utah; and May 18-22 on a reservation to be determined. Students attend training sessions on the AIPRA and special cultural considerations for each tribe. Only students who have taken, or are enrolled in, Trusts & Estates, may interview and draft on the trip, but two other students who serve as Greeters and Coordinators can also attend. Depending on fundraising, housing and travel expenses may be covered for all students. Participation in the trip fulfills Denver Law’s Public Service Requirement for students who have completed at least 30 credits. Students from other schools are also welcomed to attend. Email Professor Lucy Marsh, [email protected], to get involved.

*University of Colorado Law School* American Civil Liberties Union This group focuses on bringing civil rights attorneys to campus, building networks between students and civil rights attorneys, voicing student concerns regarding civil liberties on campus, and organizing rapid responses to events on campus that affect students' civil liberties. Email Cobun Keegan, [email protected], and James Waldo, [email protected], to get involved. Asian Pacific American Law Students Association APALSA seeks to educate, represent and advocate the interests of Asian Pacific American law students at CU. Their goal is to inspire law students and legal professionals to serve the interests and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans and other under-represented peoples. Email Mahir Haque, [email protected], and Stephanie Vu, [email protected], to get involved. Black Law Students Association BLSA enables black students of African descent to acclimate into the CU Law School environment to facilitate the exchange of various cultural experiences and perspectives in support of a more diverse learning community. Email G Matthews, [email protected], to get involved. Colorado Innocence Project The Colorado Innocence Project is a student group dedicated to finding and investigating substantive innocence claims made by inmates in prison. Email Kate Mattern, [email protected], to get involved. Criminal Prosecution Society CPS provides a forum for students to learn about career opportunities and share their own experiences in the prosecution field, bringing in speakers from all areas related to criminal prosecution. Email Jennifer Sisk, [email protected], to get involved.


Federalist Society The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order, seeking both to promote an awareness of freedom and the importance of separation of powers. Email Mike Havlik, [email protected], to get involved. Jewish Law Students Association JLSA is an association of law students interested in Jewish life and legal issues related to Judaism, the Middle East and Israel. Email Abbey Wallach, [email protected], to get involved. Juvenile and Family Law Club The Juvenile and Family Law Club (JFLC) brings together CU Law students who share an interest in this area of law. The JFLC gives students the opportunity to learn about and discuss the law and policy issues relevant to families and juveniles, as well as the practice and career concerns of juvenile and family lawyers. JFLC sponsors events throughout the year that allow students to make connections with other professionals, and volunteer with at-risk youth in the larger family and juvenile law community. Email Emily Temple, [email protected], and Melissa Jensen, [email protected], to get involved. Latino Law Students Association LLSA serves as a conduit for a collective Latina/o law student voice at the University of Colorado, dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and inclusiveness in the legal community. Email Brandon Archuleta, [email protected], and Amber Gonzales, [email protected], to get involved. Law Students for Reproductive Justice Law Students for Reproductive Justice trains and mobilizes law students at Colorado Law and new lawyers in the community to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice. Email James Waldo, [email protected], and Kate Mattern, [email protected], to get involved. National Lawyers Guild NLG seeks to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. Native American Law Student Association The CU Native American Law Student Association is a community for Native and non-Native law students interested in Native issues, aiming to connect students with professionals in Indian Law, participate and host cultural events on campus and in the broader Native community. Email Courtney Cole, [email protected], to get involved. OUTLaw OUTLaw is a fun, supportive, and inclusive group of LGBTQ students and their straight allies who join together to put on both fun and informative events throughout the year. Email Ann Stanton, [email protected], to get involved. Public Interest Students Association The Public Interest Students Association is an organization that strives to provide both legal and general community service opportunities to members, bring in speakers, and fundraise for our 16

summer fellowships and seeks to help students learn about and pursue employment in public interest legal work after graduation. Email Megan Foster, [email protected], to get involved. Society for Work, Employment, and Labor Law at CU SWELL is a brand new student group that aims to promote student engagement in labor and employment law and to build connections with practitioners and scholars in the field. Email [email protected] to get involved. The Women’s Law Caucus The Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) sponsors and provides events, activities, and information about issues affecting women in the legal profession. In addition, WLC hosts several social events throughout the year, allowing students to get to know each other, community professionals, and law school faculty. Though the WLC provides information about women, membership and participation are open to both male and female students, faculty and staff, and community members. Email Jenny Knight, [email protected], to get involved.


IV. UPCOMING FALL EVENTS *The following highlights just a few of the countless events occurring in Fall 2014.*

 Race: Are We So Different Exhibit September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 @ The History Colorado Center RACE brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history, the role of science in that history and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations. Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, RACE is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

 Challenging Racial Disparities in School Discipline Outcomes: Best Practices for Educators, Parents, and the Community Monday, September 29, 2014 @ University of Denver, Craig Hall - Boettcher Foundation Community Room Renowned researcher and racial justice advocate Dr. Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, will deliver a lecture.

 Fourth Annual John Paul Stevens Lecture Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ Colorado Law, Macky Auditorium Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will deliver an address (open to the public). CLE credit available.

 22nd Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference on Constitutional Law Thursday, October 2, 2014 @ Colorado Law, Room 301 This event is an annual Colorado Law White Center event that brings scholars from across the country to Colorado Law for a discussion on a current constitutional issue. At this year’s conference, academics and attorneys from around the country will gather to discuss how litigation strategy has pushed and is continuing to push constitutional change. Register here.

 State of the Wild October 3 - 4, 2014 @ The University of Denver, Sturm Hall & Peaceful Demonstration @ the Colorado State Capitol This is one-day symposium and ½ day peaceful demonstration regarding extinction and human role in that sponsored by the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

 Denver Law’s Clinical Programs Recruitment Fair Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10:00am - 1:00pm @ Denver Law, The Forum Learn about the work of the Student Law Office and its five clinics: Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights (Year-Long), Community Economic Development (Year-Long), and Environmental Law (Year-Long). Talk with past and current clinic students!

 Lawyering in the UN: Challenges and Rewards Tuesday, October 14, 2014; Lecture at 12:00pm - 1:00pm @ Denver Law, Room 125 & Reception at 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Room 412 18

Denver Law’s Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law and the International Law Society will welcome Mr. Larry D. Johnson, former Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs in the United Nations. He will describe the challenges and rewards facing lawyers, in particular American lawyers, working within the Organization. His presentation will describe the high and low points of his some 35-year career in the United Nations during which he served in the Office of Legal Affairs, the UN peacekeeping force in the Balkans, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Board of Inquiry into damage to, and injuries/death on, UN property in Gaza during the Cast Lead military operation.

 Denver Law’s Clinical Programs Recruitment Information Session Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm, @ Denver Law, Room 180 Get more detailed information on the Student Law Office and its five clinics.

 Supreme Court Preview Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:45am - 1:00pm, @ Holland and Hart, 555 17th St., Suite 3200, Denver, CO This is a preview of the upcoming Supreme Court term with Colorado Law professors Melissa Hart and Richard Collins, and Denver Law professors, Alan Chen and Sam Kamin.

 Denver Law’s Financial Management Sessions: Public Service Loan Repayment & Forgiveness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 5:00pm – 5:45pm, @ Denver Law, Room 270 Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm, @ Denver Law, Room 270 This session covers loan repayment and forgiveness options for students who plan to pursue public interest careers. Topics include: Income Based Repayment and Pay as You Earn Repayment, Denver Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

 Colorado Law’s 1L Mandatory CDO Orientation Monday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00pm or 2:30pm, @ Colorado Law, Room 206 Tuesday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00pm or 3:00pm, @ Colorado Law, Room 206 CDO staff will discuss how the Class of 2015 spent its 1L summer and will recommend a job hunting timeline. Students must attend one of the four sessions only.

 Denver Law’s 1L Legal Externship Information Session Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm, @ Denver Law, Room TBD Learn about the process to apply to a legal externship for this summer.

 CU/DU Public Interest Career Fair Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ Colorado Law The 2014 Career Fair will be held at the University of Colorado Law School this year ( it alternates between CU and DU every year). The fair, open to Colorado Law, Denver Law, and University of Wyoming College of Law students, will run from 4:00 – 6:00pm, followed immediately by a reception for students and employers. The fair features many government and public interest employers, some of whom will interview for student positions and/or post-graduate jobs. It is a great opportunity to network and learn more about different places. Contact Andrea Montague and/or John McKee in the Office of Career Development & Opportunities at Denver Law ([email protected] and [email protected]) or Alexia McCaskill in the Career Development Office at Colorado Law ([email protected]) and stay tuned for more information. 19

V. SUPPORT YOURSELF: FUNDING PUBLIC INTEREST/SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK It’s true. If you choose a public sector legal career, you will likely earn less money than your counterparts who work in the private sector. But, there are many helpful programs that will help you support yourself AND do the work that you came to law school to do, once you graduate. There are also ways to get funded for your summer externships/internships so that you can financially support yourself while getting the experience you need to be successful. This section provides some information on such options.

*Summer Funding* General  Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with a nonprofit program or other qualifying organization. The educational stipend award can be used to pay current educational expenses, qualified student loans, or “banked” with AmeriCorps to be used in the future for educational expenses or student loan payments. Current priority areas for work are Employment, Veterans, and Disaster. If you will spend at least 50% of your time assisting clients with removing barriers to employment, or working with veterans or victims of a federally recognized disaster, you will be eligible to participate in the AmeriCorps JD program in the Fall and Spring semesters. Applications for law students who will serve with nonprofit legal organizations providing legal services to low-income clients will open around February 2015.  PSJD’s Summer Fellowships section provides summer funding resources for public interest work in any geographic location. Individual fellowships has specific criteria and application deadlines.

University of Denver Sturm College Law Please note: typically the term externship is used for work in which you receive academic credit. Employers don’t always make those distinctions. Many of the funding programs described below use the term internship as they are providing a stipend/financial award for your work.  Public Interest Law Group (PILG) Summer Clerkships – PILG sponsors an annual auction in February to raise money to fund an average of three to five summer fellowships for Denver Law students to work in public interest law. Applications are due after the auction. Contact Jessie Rehms, [email protected], for more information or visit the PILG Auction page, which will be updated soon with information on the 2015 auction!  Hill & Robbins Internship – This was established in 1996 to encourage law students to do work in the public interest. Each year, a student from Denver Law or Colorado Law is awarded the internship to work on a public interest project either through the Colorado Lawyers Committee or Colorado Legal Services (CLS). During the summer, the student works for 10 weeks and earns $3000. Applications are due in late winter/early spring.


 Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship – Fellowships are awarded to two Denver Law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. These law students commit their summers to advancing public policy issues through nonprofit institutions, government agencies, and domestic or international organizations. The work must be unpaid and not for credit. Applications are due in late winter/early spring. Denver Law students are encouraged to meet with Andrea Montague and/or John McKee, Public Sector Career Consultants, to make sure your summer job search strategy effectively integrates applying to external and internal fellowship and stipend sources.

University of Colorado Law School Please note: typically the term externship is used for work in which you receive academic credit. Employers don’t always make those distinctions. Many of the funding programs described below use the term internship as they are providing a stipend/financial award for your work. The stipend amounts for the fellowships listed below range from $2,000 - $5,000. The applications are generally due in the Spring semester, but stay tuned for more specific information.  Environmental Law Society Fellowship – Awards funding for low-paid or unpaid summer internships for nonprofit groups, nongovernmental organizations, or government organizations on matters that relate to environmental and natural resources law and policy.  Public Interest Students Association Fellowship – Awards funding for unpaid or low paid legal work in the public interest. It encompasses work for a nonprofit, government entity, or NGO.  Women's Law Caucus Fellowship – Awards funding for unpaid or low-paid legal work that touches on women's issues. It is available to students regardless of gender.  Bussian Fellowship for International Law and Dispute Resolution – Awards funding for summer work in the fields of international law and dispute resolution. Up to three awards are given annually. Graduating 3Ls and LLMs are also eligible.  Jonathan Boyd Chase Human Rights Fellowship – Awards funding for work in a public or private law office or program on a proposed project related to issues of human rights such as civil liberties, poverty, or discrimination.  Colorado Law Public Service Summer Fellowship – Awards funding for public service, which is broadly defined as working for nonprofit, government, or nongovernmental entities. This fellowship generally awards funding to the greatest number of Colorado Law students.  Harrison Fellowship (Also known as the Innovations in Water Law and Policy Fellowship) – Awards funding to a Colorado Law student and gives him/her the opportunity to understand water governance issues more deeply through exposure to international water resource challenges. The location varies each year.  Richard R. Helmick Public Service Fellowship – Awards funding for unpaid or low-paying summer positions in the public sector. 21

 Hill & Robbins Internship – This was established in 1996 to encourage law students to do work in the public interest. Each year, a student from Denver Law or Colorado Law is awarded the internship to work on a public interest project either through the Colorado Lawyers Committee or Colorado Legal Services (CLS). During the summer, the student works for 10 weeks and earns $3000. Applications are due in late winter/early spring.  Moran and Kleiman Public Service Fellowship – Awards funding for work in the fields of social justice, civil rights, or civil liberties. The ideal candidate is interested in specifically working with an organization championing civil rights and civil liberties.  Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship – Awards fellowships to two Colorado Law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. These law students commit their summers to advancing public policy issues through nonprofit institutions, government agencies, and domestic or international organizations. The work must be unpaid and not for credit.  Sangrund Environmental Law Fellowship – Awards funding for low-paid or unpaid summer internships for nonprofit groups and nongovernmental organizations on matters that relate to environmental and natural resources law and policy. The work must be for a bona fide environmental advocacy organization. Colorado Law students are encouraged to meet with a Career Development Office advisor to make sure their summer job search strategies effectively integrate applying to external and internal fellowship and stipend sources.

*Post-Graduate Fellowships* General  What is a Post-Graduate Fellowship? o Post-graduate public interest fellowships enable recent graduates to secure entry-level positions with nonprofit organizations, government entities, and educational institutions. A small number of traditional law firms offer public interest fellowships as well. o Fellowships usually only last one to two years, as they are designed to give a recent law graduate or junior attorney experience in public interest practice and to help launch their career. o Generally fellowships are either organization-based, funded by the organization for which the fellow is working, or project-based, funded by a third-party organization, allowing the fellow to work with a host organization, usually on a specifically designed project. These types of fellowships are a great way to get in the door at a public interest organization and help you build a network of public interest practitioners! o Clinical teaching fellowships are another type, which are great options for students interested in public-interest lawyering and clinical teaching.  What are Some of the Most Popular Fellowships? o The Skadden Arps Fellowship is a project-based fellowship. The application, which includes responses to three essays, is always due in early October. Applicants must secure a potential 22

position with a sponsoring public interest organization before applying for a Fellowship. Visit for more info. o The Equal Justice Works Fellowship is another project-based fellowship. The application is usually due the 3rd week of September. Applicants must secure a potential position with a host public interest organization before applying for a Fellowship. Visit for upto-date info.  Are These Fellowships Hard to Obtain? o Applications for fellowships take a lot of careful diligence and time to complete. But, if you are willing to put in some hard work ahead of time, you put yourself in a good position to obtain a fellowship. o Your GPA and grades matter for some fellowships, but not for all. What does matter is your commitment to the issue and the organization!  Where Can I Get More Information? o Make an appointment with Andrea Montague or John McKee @ Denver Law ([email protected] and [email protected]) or Alexia McCaskill @ Colorado Law ([email protected]) to discuss the range of post-graduate fellowship opportunities available to you. o Visit PSJD’s fellowship section at for more detailed information and search for fellowship jobs and funding sources on PSJD’s database, This will include organization-specific fellowships as well and opportunities across the country and world. o View PSJD’s fellowship calendar, which includes deadlines for most fellowships available across the country: o Attend programming at your law school designed to educate you about post-graduate fellowship opportunities.

University of Denver Sturm College Law  The Judicial Fellows Program pays recent graduates of the Sturm College of Law to work for local judges in participating state district courts, providing 20 hours of legal research and writing per week for a term of up to one year. The Fellows are compensated by the Sturm College of Law, proceeds from the DU Law Stars fundraising event and other generous donors, and the courts are charged nothing.  Denver Law has funded one postgraduate Fellow position each year with the Native American Rights Fund ("NARF"). NARF Fellows work full time in the organization's Boulder, CO office for a twelve week period, and have the opportunity to gain experience with legal issues affecting Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.  The Attorney General's Fellowship Program provides opportunities for new attorneys to gain practical experience in the public sector while enjoying the personal satisfaction of serving the residents of Colorado and its many state agency clients. Funds for this are co-sponsored between the law school and AG's office.


 In the Denver City Attorney's Office Postgraduate Fellow Program, graduates apply to work fulltime for one year in the Denver City Attorney's Office. Fellows are paid through a combination of funding from Denver Law and the City Attorney’s Office. For more information on any of the aforementioned opportunities, visit: or contact Andrea Montague, [email protected], and/or John McKee ([email protected]).

University of Colorado Law School  Colorado Law has developed and/or participated in various post-graduate fellowship programs designed to provide its graduates with substantive, post-graduate professional work experience. Those programs include the Denver City Attorney’s Office Fellowship Program, the Colorado Law Judicial Fellowship Program, a partnership with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the David H. Getches Native American and Natural Resources Law Fellowship, and the David H. Getches and Piton Foundation Public Service Fellowship. You can read about any of these opportunities on the Colorado Law website.

*Post-Graduate Support – Loan Repayment & Forgiveness Options for Borrowers Employed in Public Service Positions*  What is an Income Driven Repayment Plan? o Income driven repayment plans can make your loan payments more manageable by basing your monthly payment on your income and family size. There are 3 different income driven repayment plans: Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Income Based Repayment (IBR), and Income Contingent Repayment (ICR). IBR and PAYE both provide lower payments than ICR. o For both IBR and PAYE, you must have a partial financial hardship in order to qualify for the plan. This means that your payment on IBR/PAYE must be less than the payment on the standard 10-year repayment plan, which is often the case with public sector employees.  How Does Income Based Repayment (IBR) Work? o IBR is available to all borrowers regardless of when loans were borrowed. The repayment term is up to 25 years. You make payments on the loan until it is paid in full or until you make 300 payments. o All federal student loans except Federal Perkins Loans and Parent PLUS loans are eligible, but Perkins Loans can be consolidated to be made eligible for IBR. o Loan payments are adjusted annually based off of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and family size. Payments are equal to 15% of your discretionary income but never exceed the amount of the standard 10- year repayment plan. Discretionary income equals your AGI minus 150% of the poverty guideline for your family size. o Your payments can be as low as $0 and do not have to cover accruing interest. o If, after 300 payments (25 years), there is still a principal or interest balance on your loans, this remaining amount is canceled. Under current tax laws, the canceled amount is considered taxable income in the year that it is canceled. o Borrowers who work in Public Service positions – defined as with the government or a nonprofit agency – can qualify for forgiveness after 120 payments (see PSLF below). 24

o For more information, visit: or talk with your financial representative at your school (Denver Law – Kasia Palm, [email protected]; Colorado Law – Financial Aid, [email protected]).  How Does Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Work? o PAYE is only available to borrowers who did not have outstanding federal student loans on October 1, 2007. The repayment term is up to 20 years. You make payments on the loan until it is paid in full or until you make 240 payments. o The loans that are eligible include Direct subsidized/unsubsidized loans, Direct Graduate PLUS loans, and Direct Consolidation Loans. o Loan payments are adjusted annually based off of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and family size. Payments are equal to 10% of your discretionary income but never exceed the amount of the standard 10-year repayment plan. Discretionary income equals your AGI minus 150% of the poverty guideline for your family size. o Your payments can be as low as $0 and do not have to cover accruing interest o If, after 240 payments (20 years), there is still a principal or interest balance on your loans, this remaining amount is canceled. Under current tax laws, the canceled amount is considered taxable income in the year that it is canceled. o Borrowers who work in Public Service positions – defined as with the government or a nonprofit agency – can qualify for forgiveness after 120 payments (see PSLF below). o For more information, visit or talk with your financial representative at your school (Denver Law – Kasia Palm, [email protected]; Colorado Law – Financial Aid, [email protected]). Sample Monthly Payments under IBR and PAYE, family size of 1 AGI $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $75,000 IBR $281 $406 $531 $719 PAYE $187 $271 $354 $479

 For both IBR and PAYE, it says, “Borrowers who work in Public Service positions – defined as with the government or a nonprofit agency – can qualify for forgiveness after 120 payments.” What does that mean? o Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) provides loan forgiveness for borrowers who work in public service careers (with the government or a nonprofit). Loan forgiveness is provided after 120 eligible payments have been made. Under current tax laws, the forgiveness is not considered taxable income. o To qualify, you must make 120 payments while meeting the following criteria:  You must be working for an eligible employer –any level of government or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  You must be working full-time, defined as either the employer’s definition or 30 hours per week, whichever is more. You can hold multiple part-time positions to add up to this “full-time” requirement.  You must be paying on eligible loans. Only Direct subsidized/unsubsidized loans, Direct Graduate PLUS loans, Direct Parent PLUS, and Direct Consolidation loans are eligible. Most other federal loans can be consolidated into a Direct Consolidation loan to be made eligible.  You must be repaying your loans on specific repayment plans. Only payments made on IBR, PAYE, ICR, or the standard 10-year repayment plan are eligible. o You must make 120 individual monthly payments in order to apply for forgiveness. 25

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 Multiple payments each month won’t count.  Payments do not have to be consecutive.  No partial forgiveness is available. You must prove that your payments qualify for forgiveness by providing documentation of your employment. You can track your eligible payments using the Employment Certification Form available online.  When you submit this form, your loan servicer will tell you how many eligible payments you have made that count toward forgiveness during the period of employment listed on the form.  You should submit this form annually or, at minimum, whenever you change employers.  If you do not submit the Employment Certification form during repayment, you will need to prove all of your eligible employment at the time you apply for forgiveness. You must still work in a public service position when you apply for forgiveness and when it is granted. For more information, visit: or talk with your financial representative at your school (Denver Law – Kasia Palm, [email protected]; Colorado Law – Financial Aid, [email protected]).

 I’ve heard of LRAP programs, where individual schools provide financial aid to law school graduates working in the public interest sector, government, or other low-paying legal fields. Do Denver Law and Colorado Law have Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)? YES!!! See Below!

*Denver Law LRAP* Denver Law’s LRAP provides financial support to alumni pursuing legal public service careers. LRAP recipients can receive funding for up to 5 years through this program. LRAP awards vary in amount but will never exceed the amount of an individual’s annual IBR/PAYE payment. There is a competitive application process for these awards with applications collected each January.  To be eligible to apply for LRAP funding, graduates must: o Have graduated from Denver Law after May 2003. o Be employed in a law-related public interest job, which means that the position must substantially utilize the legal training and skills of the graduate AND the work must focus primarily on behalf of economically disadvantaged or under-represented clients, groups or organizations, and includes: (1) 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and (2) governmental agencies. o Have an income of less than $75,000. o Demonstrate that they are in repayment on their loans and have a payment more than $0. o For more information, visit the Denver Law LRAP page or contact Alexi Freeman, [email protected], or Kasia Palm, [email protected]


*Colorado Law LRAP* Colorado Law’s LRAP helps its graduates engaged in qualifying public interest work pay their law school loan debt by providing awards structured as a forgivable loan. Licensure as an attorney is not required to be eligible for Colorado Law's LRAP.  To be eligible for LRAP funding, graduates must: o Be employed full-time (35 hours/week) in a "public interest capacity.” o Qualifying types of employment include being employed by a 501(c)(3) or under direction of a 501(c)(3) organization; a government agency (state, local, or national) or under contract with such an agency to provide services to indigent people; providing services to underserved populations or serving unmet legal needs, e.g. working in an underserved rural area of Colorado where there may not be a sufficient number of lawyers to provide legal services to members of the community. o Earn no more than $60,000 in salary, with a $2,000 allowance for annual salary increases for each year of LRAP participation. o Recipients may receive awards for up to 3 years, but the award is contingent upon the recipient's ongoing employment in a qualifying public interest job during the period for which the LRAP funds are given. o Awards may be as much as $6,500. The size and number of awards may be adjusted as program resources, participation rates, and other factors change. o The application period is usually in later September or October. Applicants may elect an award year that begins either on January 1 or July 1. o Colorado Law strongly encourages LRAP participants to consult with their tax advisors regarding taxation of LRAP awards. For more detailed information, visit the Colorado Law LRAP page.


VI. GETTING EXPERIENCE: PUBLIC INTEREST/SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE METRO-DENVER REGION There are a number of organizations in the Metro Denver region to gain public interest and social justice legal experience. The following lists a sample of such organizations, by subject area. Please note an organization is listed under its overall or most common legal subject matter, though it could sometimes be categorized under other headings as well (e.g. Colorado Legal Services is under General/Broad Legal Services vs. Child Advocacy/Family Law even though it has a family law unit). Consider exploring these organizations for student positions for credit (externships), volunteer work, identification of mentors, and more. This directory does not include any judicial chambers, though that is a great way to gain experience and a better understanding of the justice system while still working in the public sector. Please also note there are a few organizations included that are private firms. While this is obviously not work in the public sector, the subject matter in these firms may be of interest and the firms takes a social justice approach. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and we apologize for omissions of organizations or particular subject areas. Organization Bettenberg, Sharshel & Maguire, LLC

CHILD ADVOCACY/FAMILY LAW Address/Phone Website 7009 South None Potomac Street Suite 220 Centennial, CO 80112 303-952-4949

Colorado Children’s Campaign

1580 Lincoln Street Suite 420 Denver, CO 80203 303-839-1580

Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates [CASA]

1660 South Albion Street Suite 309 Denver, CO 80222 303-623-5380;


Description BSM Law Firm’s primary practice area is in Juvenile Law. BSM currently has a contract with the Office of the Child’s Representative to do Guardian ad litem representation for children in Arapahoe County who are part of Dependency and Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency cases. The Colorado Children's Campaign was established in 1985 as a statewide nonprofit organization. Since then, CCC has been a leading bi-partisan voice for children from the state capitol to communities across the state, focusing on expanding access to quality healthcare, early childhood experiences and K-12 education. Colorado CASA is the statewide coordinating agency for CASA in Colorado. CASA volunteers are appointed to gather information in child abuse and neglect cases and speak to the court on behalf of the needs of the children.

Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative

1300 Broadway Suite 320 Denver, CO 80203 303-860-1517

Denver Juvenile Court Pro Se/Self-Help Resource Center

520 West Colfax Avenue Room 125 Denver, CO 80204 720-337-0570 s/Denver_Juvenile/Index.cfm

Metro Volunteer Lawyers: Family Law Court Program

1905 Sherman Street Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203 303-837-1313


National Association of Counsel for Children

13123 East 16th Avenue B390 Aurora, CO 80045 303-864-5320

Radley Southerland LLC

1562 Pearl Street Denver, CO 80203 303-861-4368


The Office of the Child’s Representative is the state agency charged with providing competent and effective best interests legal representation to children involved in the Colorado court system. The OCR also administers support and training to attorneys who represent children in our state, and advocates for public policy issues involving children and families. This provides procedural and general information to parties without attorneys on juvenile cases (Adoptions, Child Custody, Child Support, Modification of Parenting Issues, Modification of Child Support, Grandparent Custody/Grandparent Visitation, Expungements). MVL is the pro bono program of the Denver Bar Association. MVL’s Family Law Court Program (“FLCP”) assists clients with uncomplicated, uncontested divorce or custody matters, where the other party is not represented by an attorney. FLCP clients represent themselves, appearing pro se, but are assisted through the process by MVL. NACC provides training and technical assistance to attorneys and other professionals, serves as a public and professional information referral center, engages in public policy and legislative advocacy, and works to improve child welfare, juvenile justice and private custody systems. Radley & Southerland, LLC, is a law firm focused solely on providing best interests representation to the children of Denver Juvenile Court. It is a multidisciplinary firm with

Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Jefferson County Juvenile Mental Health Court


2190 South High Street Denver, CO 80201 303-871-2499

1325 South Colorado Boulevard Suite 701 Denver, CO 80222 303-692-1165


11011 West 6th Avenue Lakewood, CO 80215 720-497-7770


ACLU of Colorado

303 East Avenue Denver, CO 80203 303-777-5482

Boulder Community Relations and Office of Human Rights

2160 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302 303-441-3141 ommunity-relations

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC)

104 Broadway Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203 303-757-7901


social workers on staff to enhance and inform the best interests representation our GALs provide and receives a government contract to do the work. RCSDF will provide legal dispute resolution services and mental health services to separating and/or divorcing families. Staff attorneys at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center serve as guardians ad litem for several hundred abused and neglected children across Colorado. The program is designed to divert certain kids with mental health issues out of the delinquency system and provide them and their families the help and resources they need. Description of Services The Colorado ACLU focuses on defending free speech and the right to dissent, securing religious liberty, combating racial profiling and discrimination, protecting the right to equal treatment for all people, ensuring the right to fair play in encounters with government, as well as the ability of all people to be secure from interference in private matters. Boulder Office of Human Rights works to enforce the human rights ordinances in Boulder city limits, and works to encourage interaction based on respect and understanding among the various communities that make up the Boulder population. CREEC is a membership organization that has the goal of ensuring that everyone can fully and

Center for Inclusive Excellence

1700 Lincoln Street Suite 3200 Denver, CO 80203 303-832-3503

Colorado Division of Civil Rights

1560 Broadway #1050 Denver, CO 80202 303-894-2997

Colorado Lawyers Committee

1700 Lincoln Street Suite 4100 Denver, CO 80203 303-866-0274

independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. CREEC promotes this goal through education — member input, instructional materials, individual advocacy, persuasion, hectoring, humor, collaboration, and animated YouTube videos — and enforcement, that is, investigating and filing lawsuits. www.centerforlegalinclusive This group is dedicated to advancing diversity in the legal profession by actively educating and supporting private and public sector legal organizations in their own individual campaigns to create cultures of inclusion. www.coloradoattorneygener The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is the state agency resource_guide/civil_rights_e established to administer and mployment#civil_rights enforce Colorado’s antidiscrimination laws in employment, housing and public accommodations. Colorado law prohibits such discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, disability (mental and physical), familial status (housing only), marital status (housing and public accommodations only), marriage to a co-worker (employment only), and age (employment only). www.coloradolawyerscomm Colorado Lawyers Committee focuses primarily on major public policy issues and systemic changes rather than representation of individuals. The Colorado Lawyers Committee is affiliated with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. 31

Denver AntiDiscrimination Office

Wellington E. Webb Building 201 West Colfax Avenue Department 1102 Denver, CO 80204 720-913-8458 Default.aspx?alias=www.den

Killmer Lane and Newman LLP

The Odd Fellows Hall 1543 Champa Street Suite 400 Denver, CO 80202 303-571-1000

King & Greisen

1670 York Street Denver, CO 80206 303-298-9878 m

Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC

1518 Blake Street Denver, CO 80202 303–578-4400

Organization Air Force Peterson AFB Area Defense Counsel

CRIMINAL JUSTICE – DEFENSE Address/Phone Website 135 Dover Street Peterson AFB, CO 80914 719-556-7611


The Denver Anti-Discrimination Office enforces the Denver County Anti-Discrimination Ordinance that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and commercial space, public accommodations, private educational institutions, and private health and welfare services. The lawyers of KLN are concerned, above all else, with the protection of the civil rights and liberties of our clients. In their role as trial and appellate lawyers, they are the advocates of the underdog. Whether litigating on behalf of employees against the wrongful conduct of their employers, on behalf of people against oppressive governmental conduct, or on behalf of criminal defendants, the mission, first and foremost is to defend the Constitutional and statutory rights of clients against illegal corporate or governmental conduct and criminal accusations. King & Greisen only represents victims of discrimination against the individuals, employers, and entities who violate civil right laws. The litigation firm advocates for the rights of employees in the workplace, and for the civil rights of all individuals against governmental and institutional abuses of power. It desires corporate accountability and permanent positive social reform. Description of Services This provides defense services to airmen assigned to Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, and Cheyenne Mountain AFS. Services include providing assistance with administrative

Center for Juvenile Justice

4410 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80303 720-440-9657

www.centerforjuvenilejustice. org

Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel

1580 Logan #330 Denver, CO 80203 303-832-5300

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

1212 Mariposa Street #6 Denver, CO 80204 303-825-0122

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition

Federal Public Defender: Colorado and Wyoming Districts

670 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204 303-825-0194

Colorado Office: 633 17th Street Suite 1000 Denver, CO 80202 303-294-7002

actions to representing airmen in courts-martial. CJJ is a nonprofit organization which provides legal defense to indigent youth accused of crimes and status offenses. CJJ employs a holistic approach to representation to include collaboration with the family, probation, police, courts, therapists, social workers, and agencies involved with youth and the community. The OADC is funded to provide representation for indigent persons in criminal and juvenile delinquency cases in which the Public Defender’s office determines that an ethical conflict of interest exists. CCJRC opposes the mass incarceration of individuals in Colorado. Although CCJRC does not have an explicit stance on drug reform, this organization fights for alternatives to jail, including treatment, and fights for services for those being released from jail. The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy and justice for all children and youth in Colorado.

Wyoming Office: 214 West Lincolnway Suite 31A Cheyenne, WY 82001 307-772-2781 Colorado Office of the State

1560 Broadway Suite 300

http://pdweb.coloradodefen 33

The single overriding objective of the Office of the Colorado

Public Defender (offices listed below)

Denver, CO 80203 303-620-4999

Public Defender Statewide Felony Appellate Office Alamosa

1300 Broadway Suite 300 Denver, CO 80203 303-764-1400




Colorado Springs





State Public Defender is to provide reasonable and effective representation for indigent individuals who are charged with the commission of a crime in Colorado.

610 Main Street Alamosa, CO 81101 719-589-9615 12350 East Arapahoe Road, Suite A Centennial, CO 80112 303-799-9001 2555 55th Street Suite D200 Boulder, CO 80301 303-444-2322 4710 East Bromley Lane Brighton, CO 80601 303-659-4274 19 North Tejon Street Suite 105 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-475-1235 1560 Broadway, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80202 303-620-4999 114 Village Place, Suite 101 Dillon, CO 80435 970-468-9363 Elk Crossing Business Center 1161 South Perry Street Suite 200 Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-688-3081 175 Mercado Street Suite 250 34

Fort Collins

Glenwood Springs Golden

Grand Junction


La Junta




Steamboat Springs


Durango, CO 81301 970-247-9284 1 Old Town Square Suite 201 Fort Collins, CO 80524 970-493-1212 311-1/2 8th Street Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-5828 560 Golden Ridge Road #100 Golden, CO 80401 303-279-7841 114 North Spruce Street Suite 300 Grand Junction, CO 81501 970-245-9122 822 7th Street Suite 250 Greeley, CO 80631 970-353-8224 402 Santa Fe Avenue Suite 105 La Junta, CO 81050 719-384-5448 100 Tessitore Suite G Montrose, CO 81401 970-249-4791 Union Depot 132 West “B” Street #200 Pueblo, CO 81003 719-546-0004 8044 West Hwy 50 Suite 100 Salida, CO 81201 719-539-3521 1955 Bridge Lane Suite 2100 Steamboat Springs, CO 80478 970-879-0645 214 South 3rd Street Sterling, CO 80751 970-522-5032 35


Organization Attorney General’s Office, Business and Licensing Section

Attorney General’s Office, Consumer and Protection Section

Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Justice Section

134 West Main Street #32 Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-9278 CRIMINAL JUSTICE – PROSECUTION Address/Phone Website Description of Services 1300 Broadway http://www.colorad The section provides legal counsel, Denver, CO 80202 oattorneygeneral.go advice and litigation services to several 720-508-6000 v/departments/busi state agencies including the Department ness_licensing of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), the Department of Agriculture, the Independent Ethics Commission, and the State Personnel Board. The Section supports each client entity in furthering their mission through enforcement with the various regulatory laws by prosecuting disciplinary actions against licensed professionals, by representing the programs in licensure denial actions, by litigating civil enforcement and subpoena enforcement actions, and by litigating injunctive actions. In addition to prosecuting individual cases, the attorneys provide general counsel advice regarding legislative and policy matters, rulemaking, and case analysis. 1300 Broadway http://www.colorad The office protects Colorado consumers Denver, CO 80202 oattorneygeneral.go and businesses against fraud and 720-508-6000 v/departments/con maintains a competitive business sumer_protection environment by: enforcing the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) along with other state and federal consumer protection laws; enforcing state and federal antitrust laws; implementing and enforcing provisions of the tobacco master settlement agreements; enforcing state laws on consumer lending, predatory lending, debt collection, rent-to-own, and credit repair; and advocating on behalf of residential, small business, and agricultural public utility taxpayers. 1300 Broadway http://www.colorad The Criminal Justice Section prosecutes Denver, CO 80202 oattorneygeneral.go a variety of crimes impacting Colorado 720-508-6000 v/departments/cri and its citizens. It has nine units: minal_justice Appellate Division, Auto Theft Initiative, Colorado Justice Review Project, Foreign Prosecution Unit, Insurance Fraud Unit, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, POST Board, Public Safety Unit, Securities 36

Attorney General’s Office, Revenue and Utilities Section

1300 Broadway Denver, CO 80202 720-508-6000

http://www.colorad oattorneygeneral.go v/departments/rev enue_utilities

Attorney General’s Office, State Services Division

1300 Broadway Denver, CO 80202 720-508-6148

http://www.colorad oattorneygeneral.go v/

City Attorney’s Office, Arvada

8101 Ralston Road Arvada, CO 80241 720-898-7193 epartmentsdivisions/legaldepartment/

City Attorney’s Office, Aurora

15151 East Alameda Parkway 5th Floor Aurora, CO 80012 303-739-7030

http://www.auror nts/CityAttorney/

City Attorney’s Office, Boulder

Justice Center 1777 6th Street PO Box 8015 Boulder, CO 80306 303-441-3020



Fraud Unit, Special Prosecutions Unit, and Victims Assistance Program. The three units of the Revenue and Utilities Section provide litigation and general counsel support to the Department of Revenue, the Litigation Staff of the Public Utilities Commission within the Department of Regulatory Agencies, and the Property Tax Administrator and Property Tax Division within the Department of Local Affairs. The office provides legal representation for the Governor, other elected state officials, the administrative parts of the judicial branch, the State Board of Education, over 20 Colorado-supported universities, colleges, and community colleges, and the Departments of Human Services, Public Health & Environment, Health Care Policy & Financing, Education, Higher Education, Labor & Employment, and Personnel & Administration. The City Attorney's Office (CAO) acts as in-house counsel for the mayor, city council, the quasi-judicial boards, as well as all city departments. The CAO attorneys work on the city's prosecution as well as transactional advisers to each department including land use, government contracts, employment, etc. The Aurora City Attorney’s Office is legal counsel for the Mayor, City Council and all city agencies, departments and boards and commissions. The office participates in financing of development projects; drafting and review of city ordinances; drafting and negotiating contracts; litigating civil matters in state and federal court; advising City Council on state legislation; and providing general counsel and advice to City Council and city staff. The City Attorney’s Office serves as the legal advisor to the City Council, the city’s boards and commissions, and all city officials. The City Attorney’s Office also represents the city in civil litigation and prosecutes violations of the Boulder Revised Code.

City Attorney’s Office, Denver

1437 Bannock Street Room 353 Denver, CO 80202 720-865-8600

http://www.denver x?alias=www.denve ney

City Attorney’s Office, Englewood

1000 Englewood Parkway Englewood, CO 80110 303-762-2326


County Attorney’s Office, Adams County

4430 South Adams County Parkway Brighton, CO 80601 720-523-6116

County Attorney’s Office, Douglas County

100 Third Street Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-660-7414

County Attorney’s Office, Jefferson County

100 Jefferson County Parkway Suite 5500 Golden, CO 80419 303-271-8913 nty-attorney/

500 Jefferson County Parkway Golden, CO 80401 303-271-6800

http://www.jeffco.u s/da

Colorado District Attorney’s Offices (offices below) 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office


The Denver City Attorney’s Office is one of the largest law firms in Colorado, with over 90 attorneys and approximately 90 staff members comprised of paralegals, victim advocates, and other support and supervisory staff members. It may have the most diverse practice of any law firm in Colorado. Its clients include the Mayor; the Auditor; the Clerk and Recorder; City Council; and all city agencies, departments, boards, and commissions. The City of Englewood Prosecutors office handles all violations of the Englewood Municipal Code, including but not limited to, Traffic Violations, Domestic Violence, Assault, Shoplifting, Possession charges, Juvenile cases, and Code Enforcement/Property violations. The County Attorney’s Office provides all legal services to Adams County, including civil representation in all types of litigation, land use, etc. Our office also provides a variety of transactional services to the County. The Douglas County Attorney's Office represents all elected officials and department directors in all aspects of local government work. It performs a broad variety of assignments including land use, contracts, property taxation, property values/assessments, public trustee issues, law enforcement issues, coroner issues, rights-of-way, water quality, public policy, administrative hearings, sheriff's office issues, election issues, human services, employment law, and several others. The Jefferson County Attorney's Office provides legal representation to all County Agencies including the Sheriff's Office, Planning and Zoning, the Assessor, etc. and represents the County in all civil lawsuits.

Serves Gilpin and Jefferson Counties

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11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office 12th Judicial District

201 West Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80204 720-913-9000 200 East 1st Street Suite 302 Trinidad, CO 81082 719-846-9224 105 East Vermijo Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-520-6000 885 Chambers Avenue P.O. Box 597 Eagle, CO 81631 970-328-6373 1060 Main Avenue Durango, CO 81301 970-247-8850 1200 North Grand Street Suite D P.O. Box1849 Montrose, CO 81401 970-252-4260 200 West Oak Street Fort Collins, CO 80521 970-498-7000 109 8th Street Suite 308 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 970-945-8635 701 Court Street Pueblo, CO 81003 719-583-6030

136 Justice Center Road Room 203 Canon City, CO 81212 719-269-0170 426 San Juan Avenue Alamosa, CO 81101


Serves Denver County

Serves Huerfano and Las Animas Counties http://www.4thjudi x

Serves El Paso and Teller Counties

Serves Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit Counties us/departments_offi cials/district_attorn ey http://7thjudicialdi

Serves La Plata, Archuleta, and San Juan Counties

Serves Larimer and Jackson Counties

http://www.9daco. org/

Serves Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties

http://county.puebl ounty/department/ county-districtattorney/districtattorney-tenthjudicial-district http://www.da11th

Serves Pueblo County

http://www.coloda 39

Serves Delta, Gunnison, Hindsdale, Montrose, San Miguel, and Ouray Counties

Serves Fremont, Chaffee, Custer, and Park Counties

Serves Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties

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22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office

719-589-3691 400 Warner Street P.O. Box 1337 Ft. Morgan, CO 80701 970-542-3420 307 Moffat Avenue PO Box 192 Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451 970-725-3357 301 South Main Suite 300 Lamar, CO 81052 719-336-74246

Serves Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma Counties

http://www.courts. District/Index.cfm? District_ID=14

Serves Grand, Moffat, and Routt Counties

http://www.courts. District/Index.cfm? District_ID=15

Serves Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Prowers Counties

311 Santa Fe Avenue P.O. Box 928 La Junta, CO 81050 719-384-8786 450 South 4th Avenue Brighton, CO 80601 303-659-7720 7305 South Potomac Street Suite 300 Englewood, CO 80112 720-874-8500 915 10th Street P.O. Box 1167 Greeley, CO 80632 970-356-4010 1777 6th Street P.O. Box 471 Boulder, CO 80306 303-441-3700 Mesa County Justice Center 125 North Spruce Street Grand Junction, CO 81501 970-244-1730 109 West Main Street Room 210 Cortez, CO 81321 970-565-1111

http://www.courts. District/Index.cfm? District_ID=16

Serves Bent, Crowley, and Otero Counties d=standard&b=1&c =11&s=23&p=46 http://www.da18.o rg

Serves Adams and Broomfield Counties

http://www.courts. District/Index.cfm? District_ID=19 http://www.boulde strictattorney/page s/default.aspx http://da.mesacoun

Serves Weld County

http://www.courts. District/Index.cfm? District_ID=22


Serves Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties

Serves Boulder County

Serves Mesa County

Serves Delores and Montezuma Counties

Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center

Organization Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (CCDC)

Holland, Holland Edwards, & Grossman The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People

1557 Ogden Street Denver, CO 80218 303-295-2001


The mission of the organization is to transform the criminal justice system to consistently honor the voice of every victim and vigorously safeguard victims' rights.

DISABILITY RIGHTS/ELDER LAW Address/Phone Website Description of Services 655 Broadway http://www.ccdconl CCDC is Colorado’s only statewide Suite 775 organization run by and for people Denver, CO 80203 with all types of disabilities. Members 303-839-1775 consist of people with disabilities and their non-disabled allies (coworkers, employers, family members, neighbors), working together to support disability rights. 1437 High Street http://www.johnhol The firm specializes in advocating for Denver, CO 80218 the rights of people. The firms focuses 303-860-1331 on nursing home law and civil rights and discrimination law. 455 Sherman http://www.thelega The Legal Center is an independent Street #130 public interest nonprofit specializing in Denver, CO 80203 civil rights and discrimination issues. 303-722-0300 They protect the human, civil and legal and rights of people with mental and 322 N. 8th Street physical disabilities, people with HIV, Grand Junction, and older people throughout Colorado. CO 81501 970-241-6371

Organization Drug Policy Alliance

Address/Phone Drug Policy Alliance 1839 York Street #1 Denver, CO 80206 303-388-8950

McAllister Law Office P.C.

PO Box 3903 Breckenridge, CO 80424 970-453-6594

DRUG POLICY Website http://www.drugpoli



Description of Services In 2011, the Drug Policy Alliance expanded its state-based advocacy to Colorado. Building on recent statewide reforms, DPA’s Colorado priorities are to minimize the costly and ineffective role of the criminal justice system in addressing drug-related issues, to increase statewide support for proven, health-centered drug policies such as expanded access to sterile syringes, and to help implement and defend the voter-approved initiative to legalize marijuana for adults. Sean T. McAllister is one of Colorado’s leading criminal defense and drug policy reform lawyers. Sean has litigated several groundbreaking marijuana cases in Colorado and assisted in the drafting of the 2012 marijuana legalization initiative

Sensible Colorado

P.O. Box 18768 Denver, CO 80218 720-890-4247


Vicente Sederberg

1244 Grant Street 2nd Floor Denver, CO 80203 303-860-4501


Organization Boulder County Safehouse

Address/ Phone 885 North Street Boulder, CO 80304 303-449-8623

Colorado AntiViolence Program

P.O. Box 181085 Denver, CO 80218 303-839-5204

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Website www.bouldercounty


Amendment 64 that was approved by voters in November 2012. Sensible Colorado envisions a system where drug use becomes a health issue, not a crime issue, through innovative drug policy reform that focuses on prevention and harm reduction education, provides accessible treatment opportunities, and reduces incarcerations, crime, drug use by minors, and strains on the judicial system and police departments while increasing the resources available for healthcare and treatment. This firm is known as the Marijuana Law Firm. The attorneys wrote Amendment 64, which established the legal marijuana market in Colorado, and served on the governor’s task force to implement the law. Description of Services The SPAN Legal Advocacy Program offers support and services that provide healing, hope and opportunity to adults, youth and children who have been impacted by domestic or dating violence. Colorado Anti-Violence Program is dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Colorado, and providing the highest quality services to survivors. CAVP provides direct client services including crisis intervention, information, and referrals for LGBT victims of violence 24 hours a day. The CAVP also provides technical assistance, training, and education for community organizations, law enforcement, and mainstream service providers on violence issues affecting the LGBT community.

Colorado Bar Association: Family Violence Program

1900 Grant Street 9th Floor Denver, CO 80203 303-860-1115

http://www.cobar.o rg/index.cfm/ID/20 058/BarSponsoredPrograms/index.cfm /ID/20122/FamilyViolence-Programs/

Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

1120 Lincoln Street Suite 900 Denver, CO 80203 303-831-9632

Crossroads Safehouse

P.O. Box 993 Fort Collins, CO 80522 970-482-3535


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Project Safeguard

One Broadway Suite B210 Denver, CO 80203 303-839-1852

815 East 22nd Avenue Denver, CO 80205 720-865-9159 /

1325 South Colorado Boulevard


Rocky Mountain


A multi-disciplinary committee exploring issues involving family violence and the justice system, which strives to educate attorneys, assist lawyers who are victims and perpetrators, increase access to the legal system for victims of family violence, monitor legislation, work to improve the handling of family violence cases in the system, and implement pilot studies in the area of law and family violence. Through community education, networking and the empowerment of battered women and children, CCADV serves as a forum for social action and the development of services for battered women and their families by bringing its membership and the community together. CCADV is a diverse network of rural and urban advocates who work together through the coalition to coordinate services, exchange information and work on issues of common concern, thereby providing a unified, statewide environment that will nurture members’ local, community-based efforts to stop domestic violence. Crossroads offers free safehousing, advocacy, legal assistance, transitional housing, and education. Crossroads’ legal advocates provide information and guidance through the legal system to all persons experiencing domestic violence who are seeking safety, protection and legal intervention from the civil and criminal justice system. It is the mission of NCADV to work for major societal changes necessary to eliminate both personal and societal violence against all women and children. Project Safeguard is a Colorado community based nonprofit agency committed to helping end domestic violence. Its mission is to provide safety planning, legal advocacy, and direct court support to victims of domestic violence and abuse, ensuring their safety and survival. Through this program, each child is assigned a volunteer attorney who the

Children’s Law Center – Domestic Violence Program

Suite 701 Denver, CO 80222 303-629-1165

ms_domestic_violen ce.php

Safehouse Progressive Alliance For Non-Violence

835 North Street Boulder, CO 80304


Organization Colorado Center on Law and Policy

Address/ Phone 789 Sherman Street Suite 300 Denver, CO 80203 303-573-5669

Colorado Education Association

1500 Grant Street Denver, CO 80203 303-837-1500

Colorado League of Charter Schools

2696 South Colorado Boulevard Suite 250 Denver, CO 80222 303-989-5356


Colorado State University Office of General Counsel

01 Administration Building Fort Collins, CO 80523 970-491-6270 /general-counsel



Children’s Law Center trains to recognize the effects of domestic violence on children. The volunteer lawyer serves as a voice for the child in court proceedings and assists the court by making recommendations to ensure the child’s safety and stability. The SPAN Legal Advocacy Program assists victims with obtaining protection orders, answering questions about the legal process, accompanying victims to court, and providing training to prosecutors, judges, police, and the community at large. Description of Services (CCLP is dedicated to promoting justice, economic security, and access to affordable health care for lowincome Coloradans. CCLP advocates on behalf of the poor, working poor and other vulnerable populations though legislative, administrative, and legal advocacy. The Colorado Education Association is a public employee labor organization, affiliated with the National Education Association. The Legal Services Department represents members in various types of legal proceedings in federal, state, and municipal courts as well as before administrative courts and tribunals. The Colorado League of Charter Schools is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to supporting the charter schools in the state. The League is committed to helping these schools reach higher levels of student performance and overall success by providing information and resources, including technical support, advocacy, public relations assistance, and more. The CSU System has six attorneys that work with CSU-Fort Collins, CSUPueblo and CSU-Global. The General Counsel is in the System office in Denver, the rest in Fort Collins.

Education Commission of the States

700 Broadway #810 Denver, CO 80203-3442 303-299-3600

Children’s Voices

P.O. Box 119 637 S. Broadway Boulder, CO 80305 720-515-4KID

Great Education Colorado

1000 East 16th Avenue Suite 018 Denver, CO 80218 303-722-5901


University of Colorado, Boulder, Office of University Counsel

800 Grant Street Suite 800 Denver, CO 80203 303-860-5686 universitycounsel

University of Denver Office of the University Counsel

2199 South University Boulevard Denver, CO 80208-4811 303-871-4646 counsel/

US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

1244 Speer Boulevard Suite 310 Denver, CO 80204 303-844-2557 ocr


The Education Commission of the States was created by states, for states, in 1965. It tracks state policy trends, translates academic research, provides unbiased advice, and creates opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another. Children’s Voices is a nonprofit law firm that advocates on behalf of school-age children in Colorado for equal access to a high quality public education. The work is based on the core value that a quality education is critical if Colorado’s children are to participate meaningfully in the civic, political, economic, social, and cultural activities of our society and the world. Great Education Colorado is a leading grassroots organization that is focused on increasing Colorado’s longterm investment in education, from preschool through college. Through their web site, newsletters, speaker’s bureau, and statewide network, GEC informs citizens about critical school funding issues, empowering them to be vocal and effective advocates for schools and children. University Counsel provides legal advice to the four campuses of the University of Colorado, the Board of Regents, and system administration. The Litigation Unit provides comprehensive legal defense to the university. The Office of University Counsel is the University of Denver’s in-house attorney staff, responsible for all legal services provided to the University, its trustees, administrators, faculty, and students. The Office advises the University on a wide variety of legal matters, including corporate, education, personnel, intellectual property, and other matters. The mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. It serves students facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems.

Organization Attorney General’s Office, Civil Litigation and Employment Law Section

Address/Phone 1300 Broadway 10th Floor Denver, CO 80203 720-508-6000

Career Service Hearing Office

201 West Colfax Avenue #412 Denver, CO 80202 720-913-5703

Colorado Wins

2525 W. Alameda Avenue Denver, CO 80219 303-727-8040

Federal Labor Relations Authority

1244 Speer Boulevard Suite 446 Denver, CO 80204 303-844-5224

Lowrey Parady, LLC

1725 High Street Suite 1 Denver, CO 80218 303-502-9119

EMPLOYMENT/LABOR Website Description of Services http://www.colorad The Section defends all state agencies, oattorneygeneral.go institutions of higher education v/departments/civil (except the University of Colorado) _litigation_employm and employees sued in state and ent_law federal court for personal injuries, property damage, employment discrimination, and constitutional violations. The Section also represents state agencies and institutions of higher education in personnel matters in front of the State Personnel Board and appellate courts, brings administrative cases against private parties on behalf of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and advises and represents state agencies and institutions of higher education in workers' compensation matters. http://www.denver This is an administrative forum which provides due process appeal hearings esources/Employee for most City of Denver employees. Relations/Grievance sHearingsandAppea ls/tabid/433419/D efault.aspx » www.coloradowins. Colorado Workers for Innovative and org New Solutions (WINS) is a union representing more than 31,000 state employees. It works to improve quality of services, safety, pay and benefits, working conditions, conflict resolution, staff attrition, and more to ensure an effective workforce to serve all Coloradans. The FLRA administers the labormanagement relations program for 1.6 million non-Postal Federal employees worldwide. It is charged with providing leadership in establishing policies and guidance related to federal sector labor-management relations and with resolving disputes under, and ensuring compliance with, the Statute. http://www.lowrey The firm specializes in the representation of employees in discrimination matters including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act; retaliation 46

Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC US Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Organization American Wind Energy Association

Attorney General’s Office, The Natural Resources and Environment Section

650 S. Cherry Street Suite 610 Denver, CO 80246 303-865-3733 Cesar E Chavez Memorial Building 1244 Speer Boulevard Suite 515 Denver, CO 80204 303-844-1756


Denver Field Office 303 E. 17th Avenue Denver, CO 80203 1-800-669-4000

http://www.eeoc.go v /sol/

matters under these statutes as well as safety and whistleblower laws; and matters involving nonpayment of wages, breach of contract, and tort claims. Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC is a Denverbased law firm that specializes in handling employment-law matters on behalf of employees. The Office of the Solicitor's mission is to meet the legal service demands of the entire Department of Labor. The Office of the Solicitor provides legal advice regarding how to achieve those goals. In doing so, it ensures that the Nation's labor laws are forcefully and fairly applied to protect the Nation's workers. The EEOC is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

ENVIRONMENTAL/NATURAL RESOURCES/ANIMAL ADVOCACY Address/Phone Website Description of Services 4950 Sanford Circle The American Wind Energy West Association (AWEA) is the national Englewood, CO trade association for the U.S. wind 80113 industry – the country’s fastest 303-504-0940 growing energy industry. With thousands of wind industry members and wind policy advocates, AWEA promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers. 1300 Broadway http://www.colorad The Natural Resources and 10th Floor oattorneygeneral.go Environment Section works on behalf Denver, Colorado v/departments/nat of Coloradoans to protect and improve 80203 ural_resources_envi the quality of our state’s natural 720-508-6000 ronment environment and to ensure intelligent use and development of our natural resources. The section provides legal counsel and representation to the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and any other state agency or official with a natural resource or environmental 47

Clear Creek Land Conservancy

PO Box 16823 Golden, CO 80402 303-718-9546


Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

8833 Ralston Road Arvada, CO 80002 303-225-8677

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

1313 Sherman Street #718 Denver, CO 80203 303-866-3311

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO 80246 303-692-2381 us

Colorado Governor’s Energy Office

1580 Logan Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80203 303-866-2264


Colorado Open Lands

355 South Teller Street Suite 110 Lakewood, CO 80226 303-988-2373



issue. The section also advocates on behalf of the State Natural Resources Trustees to recover damages for injuries to natural resources and to restore those resources. CCLC assists in the conservation and preservation of lands and natural resources in the mountain-foothills portion of the Clear Creek Basin, west of the Denver metropolitan area. The mission of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust is to help Colorado’s ranchers and farmers protect their agricultural lands and encourage continuing agricultural production for the benefit of themselves, their families, and all of Colorado’s citizens. The Department of Natural Resources has a mission to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors and is comprised of nine statutory divisions with unique and, at times, competing missions. The Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) serves the people of Colorado by providing highquality, cost-effective public health and environmental protection services. CDPHE focuses on evidencebased practices in the public health and environmental fields, and it plays a critical role in providing education to our citizens so they can make informed choices. The mission is to improve the effective use of all of Colorado’s energy resources and the efficient consumption of energy in all economic sectors, through providing technical guidance, financial support, policy advocacy, and public communications. The mission of Colorado Open Lands is to preserve the significant open lands and diminishing natural heritage of Colorado through private and public partnerships, innovative land conservation techniques and strategic leadership.

Colorado Preservation, Inc.

1420 Ogden Street Suite 104 Denver, CO 80218 303-893-4260

Colorado Water Conservation Board

1313 Sherman Street Room 721 Denver, CO 80203 303-866-3441

Colorado Water Trust

1420 Ogden Street Suite A2 Denver, CO 80218 720-570-2897

Conservation Colorado

1536 Wynkoop Street #5C Denver, CO 80203 303-534-7066 535 16th Street Suite #310 Denver, CO 80202

Defenders of Wildlife


The mission of Colorado Preservation, Inc., founded in 1984, is to promote historic preservation in the state by providing information, education, training, expertise, and advocacy. This mission is achieved by partnering with historic property owners, nonprofit organizations, educators, and local governments throughout Colorado. The CWCB is a state agency within the .us/ Department of Natural Resources. The CWCB represents each major water basin, Denver, and other state agencies in the joint effort to use water wisely and protect water for future generations. http://www.colorad This is a nonprofit that engages in and supports voluntary efforts to restore and protect streamflows in Colorado to sustain healthy aquatic ecosystems. These efforts include water acquisitions, other creative transfers of water, on-the-ground physical solutions, and providing technical assistance to land trusts. http://conservation Conservation Colorado is a grassroots, statewide organization working to protect Colorado’s air, land, water, and people. http://www.defend

Earthjustice – Rocky Mountain Office

1400 Glenarm Place Suite 300 Denver, CO 80202 303-623-9466

http://earthjustice. org/about/offices/r ocky-mountain

Environment Colorado

1530 Wazee Street Suite 400 Denver, CO 80202 303-573-3871



Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is a major national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. The Earthjustice Rocky Mountain office represents citizen groups of all sizes in actions covering the full spectrum of environmental issues primarily in the four corner states of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, but also in Kansas, Wyoming, and California. Environment Colorado is a statewide nonprofit that advocates for clean air, clean water, and open spaces. Environmental Colorado uncovers threats to public health and well-being and fights to end them, using the timetested tools of investigative research, media exposes, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation.

Environmental Defense Fund

2060 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302 303-440-4901

http://www.enviro /home.cfm

Environmental Defense Fund’s distinctive approach to environmental protection emphasizes science, economics, and the use of market mechanisms where appropriate to reach well-crafted, durable solutions. EDF builds teams of scientists, lawyers, economists, and other professionals to investigate the scientific causes of environmental problems as well as the market forces and government policies that contribute to them. http://www.fmshrc. The Federal Mine Safety and Health gov/ Review Commission is an independent adjudicative agency that provides administrative trial and appellate review of legal disputes arising under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. http://friendsofani Friends of Animals is a nonprofit international animal advocacy organization, established in New York in 1957. It works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. The goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world. http://www.colorad The mission is to serve the people of the American West, the nation, and the /gwc world through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive teaching, and innovation.

Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission

721 19th Street Suite 443 Denver, CO 80202-2500

Friends of Animals – Western Region

P.O. Box 102041 Denver, CO 80250-2041

GetchesWilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment

University of Colorado School of Law 401 UCB Boulder, CO 80309-0401 303-492-1286

Legacy Land Trust

223 Linden Street Suite 200 Fort Collins, CO 80524 970-266-1711


National Park Service

7333 West Jefferson Avenue Suite 450 Lakewood, CO 80235 303-969-2012



Legacy Land Trust offers land conservation strategies to protect farm, ranch and natural lands in northern Colorado. The mission of Legacy Land Trust is to conserve and protect key natural, scenic and agricultural lands of northern Colorado that make this region a special place to live and work. The National Park Service is a bureau within the United States Department of the Interior. It is headed by a Director, and the organization consists of a headquarters office, seven regional offices, and multiple park and support units.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

15301 Denver West Parkway Golden, CO 80401 303-384-7575

http://www.nrel.go v/

The Nature Conservancy

2424 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302 303-444-2950

http://www.nature. org

Rock the Earth

1536 Wynkoop Street Suite B200 Denver, CO 80202 303-454-3304

http://rocktheearth. org/

The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization

PO Box 270444 Louisville, CO 80027 303-861-6481


Rocky Mountain Institute

2317 Snowmass Creek Road Snowmass, CO 81654 970-927-3851

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

University of Denver Sturm College of Law 2255 East Evans Avenue Denver, CO 80208 303-871-6000 9191 Sheridan Boulevard Suite 203 Westminster, CO 80031 edu/index.php/rml ui

219 North Iowa

http://www.sdsg.or g/

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Sustainable Development


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals. The Nature Conservancy (“TNC”) is an environmental nonprofit corporation. TNC works globally on land and water issues. Rock the Earth is a national nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the worldwide environmental community to ensure a sustainable and healthy planet for all. The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization is a nonprofit that works to keep the interior West a special place by reducing climate disruption and its effects here. RMI is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit think-anddo tank. RMI envisages a world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, forever. To that end, RMI’s mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources. The mission of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute is to serve the public interest as an interdisciplinary, non-partisan forum for land use and environmental issues in the Rocky Mountain West. The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is a collaborative educational nonprofit dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of the law and regulations relating to mining, oil and gas, water, public lands, energy, environmental protection, and other related areas. Sustainable Development Strategies Group is a nonprofit research and

Strategies Group

Suite D Gunnison, CO 81230

Trout Unlimited

1320 Pearl Street Suite 320 Boulder, CO 80302 303-440-2937 1617 Cole Boulevard Golden, CO 80401 720-356-1486

US Department of Energy Golden Field Office, Office of Chief Counsel


US Department of Justice, Environmental & Natural Resources Division

999 18th Street South Terrace Suite 370 Denver, CO 80202 303-844-1475

http://www.justice. gov/enrd/

US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel

1595 Wynkoop Street Denver, CO 80202 303-312-6639

US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8

1595 Wynkoop Street Denver, CO 80202 303-312-6913


educational organization dedicated to better understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts of natural resource development, and improving the contribution of natural resource industries to human well being. Trout Unlimited strives to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. The mission of the Golden Field Office is to support DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) through research and development partnerships, laboratory contract administration, and outreach to stakeholders nationwide to further the use of EERE technologies. The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice handles environmental and natural resources litigation on behalf of the United States. The work of the Division arises under approximately 150 federal civil and criminal statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund), Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and Tucker Act. ORC serves as counselors to the Regional Administrator and Assistant Administrators, program staff, and enforcement attorneys on the application of environmental statutes, regulations, case law, and policies to regional matters and negotiate agreements with Indian tribes and states within Region VIII. EPA’s Region 8 office in Denver works to protect human health and the environment in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 27 sovereign tribal nations. The EPA works with many partners – state, local, and tribal governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, communities, and individuals.

US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

740 Simms Street Golden, CO 80401 303-275-5156

http://www.fs.fed.u s/r2/

US Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel

740 Simms Street Golden, CO 80401 303-275-5551

http://www.usda.go v/wps/portal/usda /usdahome?navid= OGC

Western Resource Advocates

2260 Baseline Road Suite 200 Boulder, CO 80302 303-444-1188

http://www.wester nresourceadvocates. org

The Wilderness Society

1660 Wynkoop Street Suite 850 Denver, CO 80202 303-650-5818

http://wilderness.o rg/

Organization Bridge to Justice

The Forest Service is an agency of the U.S Department of Agriculture and manages for sustainability, health, diversity and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service manages 17 national forests and 7 national grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is an independent legal agency within the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). OGC provides legal advice and services to the Secretary of Agriculture and to all other officials and agencies of the Department with respect to all USDA programs and activities. WRA’s mission is to protect the West’s land, air, and water. WRA advances clean energy to reduce pollution and global climate change, promotes urban water conservation and river restoration, and defends special public lands from energy development and unauthorized off-road vehicle travel. WRA collaborates with conservation groups, hunters and fishermen, ranchers, American Indians, and others to ensure a sustainable future for the West. The Wilderness Society’s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for wild places. It contributes to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving the rich natural legacy for current and future generations.

GENERAL/BROAD LEGAL SERVICES Address/Phone Website Description of Services 595 Canyon http://boulderbrid Bridge to Justice is a nonprofit Boulevard organization that provides legal Suite D services to low- and moderate-income Boulder, CO 80302 Coloradans who do not qualify for free 303-443-1038 legal aid. The mission is to ensure clients receive equal access to justice regarding legal issues that significantly impact their lives. 53

Colorado Lawyers Committee

1801 California Street Suite 4900 Denver, CO 80202 303-894-6366

http://www.colora dolawyerscommitt

Colorado Legal Services

1905 Sherman Street #400 Denver, CO 80230 303-837-1321

http://www.colora /co/index.cfm

Denver Urban Ministries (DenUM)

1717 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80218 303-355-4896

Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic (JAMLAC)

2330 West Mulberry Place Denver, CO 80204 303-839-5198


Metro Volunteer Lawyers

1905 Sherman Street Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203 303-866-9378



Colorado Lawyers Committee is a nonpartisan consortium of more than 55 Colorado law firms dedicated to creating and increasing opportunities for children, the poor, and other disadvantaged communities through advocacy, negotiation, and litigation. The Colorado Lawyer’s Committee focuses primarily on major public policy issues and systemic changes rather than representation of individuals. The Colorado Lawyers Committee is affiliated with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC. CLS is a nonprofit corporation that has assisted persons with low income and seniors in the State of Colorado for over 75 years. The mission of CLS is to provide meaningful access to high quality legal services in the pursuit of justice for as many low income people throughout Colorado as possible. CLS has offices throughout the state. DenUM was organized in 1981 by a group of United Methodist laity and clergy who saw a need for a concentrated response to issues related to poverty in Denver’s most impoverished neighborhoods. DenUM became incorporated as a nonprofit human service agency in 1984 to provide emergency and stabilization services. Founded in 2006, JAMLAC is a faithbased, nonprofit law firm that provides safe and confidential resources for victims of daily hardship and cruelty. Last year, JAMLAC provided civil legal services to over 800 indigent clients, 97% of whom were victims of domestic abuse. AC provides free bi-lingual representation, consultations, and advocacy in the following civil legal areas: family law matters (namely domestic violence); bankruptcy; immigration; sealing of records; and general civil matters. MVL recruits and coordinates volunteer lawyers and paralegals to perform free and low-cost legal services for poor and near-poor

Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project

P.O. Box 429 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-473-6212

http://www.elpaso l-resources-for-thepublic/pikes-peakpro-bono-project/

Rocky Mountain Legal Center

705 South Public Road Lafayette, CO 80026 720-242-8642


Organization GLBT Community Center of CO

Address/Phone 1050 Broadway Denver, CO 80203 303-282-6524

Equal Rights Colorado

PO Box 9798 Denver, CO 80209 303-773-7743 Ext. 309

Organization Colorado Common Cause

Colorado Ethics Watch

GLBTQ ADVOCACY Website http://www.glbtcol


persons who live and work in Colorado’s Adams, Broomfield, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties. Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project, Inc. is a nonprofit whose purpose is to provide access to the courts and legal services to low-income individuals. It does this through placing applicants with an attorney in the community who has agreed to take the case pro bono and administering legal clinics where individuals can speak directly to an attorney regarding his or her legal issue. This is a nonprofit offering free and low cost civil representation. The primary areas of practice include family law, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, estate planning, and civil litigation. Description of services This is the only legal project in Colorado dedicated solely to equality and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and those with HIV. This organization promotes equal rights for CO’s GLBTQ population and their families through non-partisan state legislative advocacy.

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY/POLITICAL PROCESS Address/Phone Website Description of Services 1536 Wynkoop http://coloradoco Colorado Common Cause is a Street nonprofit, non-partisan citizens lobby #102 dedicated to making government more Denver, CO 80202 responsive and accountable to its 303-292-2163 citizens. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, Common Cause has led the fight for campaign reforms, election reforms, ethics in government, accountability, civil rights, and more open government on national, state, and local levels. 1630 Welton Street www.coloradoforet As the first state-level project of Suite 415 Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Denver, CO 80202 in Washington, CEW uses high impact 303-626-2100 legal actions to hold public officials and organizations accountable for unethical activities that undermine the 55

Colorado Office of the Secretary of State

1700 Broadway Suite 200 Denver, CO 80290 303-894-2200 s/

Independence Institute

727 East 16th Avenue Denver, CO 80203 303-279-6536

Mountain States Legal Foundation

2596 South Lewis Way Lakewood, CO 80227 303-292-2021


Organization Boulder Community Hospital, Legal Division

Address/ Phone PO Box 9019 Boulder, CO 80301 303-938-3467

Children’s Hospital Colorado, Legal Affairs

13123 East 16th Avenue Aurora, CO 80045 720-777-6310


Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, Legal Counsel

3773 Cherry Creek Drive North Denver, CO 80209 720-496-2539

www.getcoveredco. org

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

900 South Broadway Suite 210 Denver, CO 80209 303-698-6100

HEALTH Website


integrity of state and local government. The office oversees business filings and licensure of all incorporated entities in the state of Colorado, and oversees all federal and state elections. The mission is to empower individuals and to educate citizens, legislators, and opinion makers about public policies that enhance personal and economic freedom. Mountain States Legal Foundation is a nonprofit, public interest law firm dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. Description of Services Founded in 1922 as a communityowned and operated not-for-profit hospital, Boulder Community Health is dedicated to meeting the evolving healthcare needs of our citizens and providing access to high quality medical care. The Legal Division supports BCH in accomplishing its mission to provide the community with the highest quality health care in an innovative, patient centered environment by ensuring that the organization engages in sound business practices and decision making that are legal, ethical, and riskappropriate. Children’s Hospital aims to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research, and advocacy. The in-house legal affairs department supports the healthcare operations of the entity. The mission of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange is to increase access, affordability, and choice for individuals and small employers purchasing health insurance. This is a collective of individuals who want to do something about MS now to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.

SCL Health System, Legal Division

2420 West 26th Avenue Suite 100-D Denver, CO 80211 303-831-5032

US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel

999 18th Street South Terrace Suite 410 Denver, CO 80202 303-844-7801

US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

999 18th Street South Terrace Suite 417 Denver, CO 80202

Organization US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Counsel for the Office of Fair Housing US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel

www.sclhealthsyste SCL Health System is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization that operates nine hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health center, and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states Colorado, Kansas, Montana, and California. The office represents a variety of client agencies within HHS, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Indian Health Service, the Office for Civil Rights, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Public Health Service. http://www.hhs.go OCR enforces a variety of Federal civil v/ocr rights laws that prohibit discrimination and ensure the privacy of health information. Specifically, OCR has jurisdiction over programs and entities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in instances of alleged discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, and in certain limited circumstances, sex and religion.

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Address/ Phone Website Description of Services 1670 Broadway Denver, CO 80202 303-672-5409 es/ogc

The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal anti-discrimination laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice.

1670 Broadway Denver, CO 80202 303-672-5440

http://portal.hud.g ov/hudportal/HUD ?src=/program_offi ces/general_counse l

OGC has a varied role, including working to ensure decent and affordable housing, enabling all Americans to achieve homeownership, providing resources for communities to build strong neighborhoods, preventing homelessness, and enforcing fair housing laws. OGC attorneys provide legal opinions, advice, and services with respect to all departmental programs and activities. It also includes the Enforcement Center.




Address/ Phone

American Immigration Lawyer’s Association: Colorado Chapter

1776 South Jackson Street Denver, CO 80210 303-757-3334

http://lawyers.justi americanimmigrationlawyersassociationcolorado-chapter9130

This is a voluntary group for immigration attorneys. It is a great way to access immigration attorneys in the area lnd learn more about pro bono opportunities and developments in immigration law.

Catholic Charities of Denver

4045 Pecos Street Denver, CO 80211 303-742-0828


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)

2525 West Alameda Avenue Denver, CO 80219 303-922-3344


The Denver Center for Crime Victims – Mi Gente VAWA Legal Solutions

P.O. Box 18975 Denver, CO 80218 303-860-0660


Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County

948 North Street Suite 8 Boulder, CO 80302 303-444-1522

www.boulderayuda .org

Lutheran Family Services of Colorado Immigration Legal Services

1600 Downing Street Suite 600 Denver, CO 80218 303-980-5400

http://www.lfsco.o rg/

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

3489 West 72nd Avenue Suite 211 Westminster, CO 80030 303-433-2812

San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center

225 6th Street Suite B Alamosa, CO 81101 719-587-3225

Services include consultations, attorney representation, translations, citizenship preparation classes, and help with visas and other documents. CIRC is a statewide membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, and ally organizations founded in 2002 to defend and advance justice for all immigrants and refugees in Colorado and the United States. This provides legal assistance to immigrant spouses, children, and, in some cases, parents who have suffered abuse and/or extreme mental cruelty from a United States Citizen (USC) or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). The Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to offering low cost legal services to the immigrant community of Boulder County and beyond. LFSC assists with family-based petitions, spousal petitions, fiancé visas, visitor visas, Refugee and Asylee I-730, or Affidavit of relations, green cards, citizenship, work authorization, and much more. The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) is a nonprofit in Denver dedicated to providing legal information and representation to non-citizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security. This office provides immigration classes to the community, represents people in immigration cases, and works directly with client for VAWA applications.


Description of Services/Internship

Towards Justice

601 16th Street Suite C #207 Golden, CO 80401 970-403-5694


US Citizenship and Immigration Services

12484 East Weaver Place Centennial, CO 80111 720-852-6837

US Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) / Denver Immigration Court

1961 Stout Street Suite 3101 Denver, CO 80294 303-844-5815 r/sibpages/den/de nmain.htm

Organization Nomogaia Foundation

The Ved Nanda Center for the Study of International and

This is a legal services nonprofit that uses a variety of strategies to seek redress for employment rights violations that victimize low-wage, immigrant workers, and to prevent those violations before they happen. Towards Justice aims not only to protect workers from employment rights violations, but also to change the conversation about the immigrant workforce. The USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. Its mission is to secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of the immigration system. The Denver Immigration Court falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge which is a component of the Executive Office for Immigration Review under the Department of Justice. OIR's primary mission is to adjudicate immigration cases in a careful and timely manner, including cases involving detained aliens, criminal aliens, and aliens seeking asylum as a form of relief from removal, while ensuring the standards of due process and fair treatment for all parties involved. In addition to the downtown Denver office, there are two courtrooms and support staff at the GEO detention facility in Aurora.

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS Address/Phone Website Description of Services 1900 Wazee Street #313 Denver, CO 802021259 303-382-2919 2255 East Evans Avenue Denver, CO 80208


This is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of the interaction between corporations and human rights. .edu/index.php/the -ved-nanda-center

The Center encourages stimulation, promotion and dissemination of quality writing and research materials in the field of international legal and comparative law studies, promotes the


Comparative Law

Organization Council of Energy Resource Tribes

Native American Rights Fund

Organization Governor's Office of Legal Counsel

Governor’s Office of Policy, Research, and Legislative Affairs

Office of Legislative Legal Services

importance of international law in public and private international affairs, and provides a vehicle for communication and interaction among the Denver Law community, especially among alumni. NATIVE AMERICAN ADVOCACY Address/Phone Website Description of Services/Internship 8200 South Quebec http://www.certre The Council of Energy Resource Tribes Street (CERT) was founded by Indian Tribes #509 as a distinct resource providing advice Centennial, CO 80112 and support for Tribes in developing 303-345-5632 and sustaining long-term energy goals. CERT’s goal is to help Tribes build stable, balanced, self-governed economies, according to each Tribe’s vision and priority. 1506 Broadway The Native American Rights Fund Boulder, CO 80302 (NARF) is a nonprofit that provides 303-447-8760 legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide - a constituency that often lacks access to the justice system. NARF focuses on applying existing laws and treaties to guarantee that national and state governments live up to their legal obligations. POLICY/LEGISLATIVE Website Description of Services http://www.colora The office provides legal advice to the Governor, staff, and cabinet. The Office /GovHickenlooper/ processes judicial applications and CBON/124967495 handles appointments to the Judicial 9606 Nominating, Performance, and Discipline Commissions. 121 State Capitol http://www.colora The office gathers information and Denver, CO 80203 provides analysis on a wide range of /GovHickenlooper/ federal, state, and local issues that CBON/125158824 come to the attention of the Governor. 4767 The staff assists the Governor in developing and monitoring public policies, as well as analyzing all legislation that is considered. State Capital Building http://www.state.c This is the non-partisan, in-house 200 East Colfax counsel for the Colorado state Suite 091 r/olls/ legislature. Attorneys writes laws, Denver, CO 80203 produce statutes, review 303-866-2045 administrative rules, comment on initiated measures, and serve as a Address/Phone 121 State Capitol Denver, CO 80203 303-866-6390


National Conference of State Legislatures

Organization Colorado Right to Life

Naral Pro Choice Colorado

Organization Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs

Community Legal Center

7700 East First Place Denver, CO 80230

resource of legislative information for the public. The mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures; promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures; and ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS Address/Phone Website Description of Services 3401 Quebec Street http://www.colora Colorado Right to Life believes every #10300 human being has a God-given right to Denver, CO 80203 life from fertilization through natural 303-753-9394 death, regardless of their perceived value to society or perceived capacity to contribute to that society. 1905 Sherman Street www.prochoicecol NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado is the Suite 800 political action leader of the proDenver, CO 80203 choice movement in Colorado. It 303-394-1973 works in grassroots organizing, lobbying, electoral work for pro-choice candidates and ballot issue campaigns, public education and community outreach, and policy and education initiatives to improve access to reproductive health services. VETERANS ADVOCACY Address/Phone Website Description of Services 6848 South Revere http://www.colora The Colorado Division of Veterans Parkway Affairs is the state agency that is Centennial, CO 80112 /DepartmentOfMili mandated by state statute to assist 303-343-1268 taryAndVeteransAf veterans and their family members faris/CBON/12516 and survivors in securing any benefits 19753245 they may be entitled to because of service in the military. The Division does this by serving as a central source of information on veterans’ benefits, rights, and issues; and by training, directing, and assisting the county veterans service officers who are the local veterans assistance agencies in every county. This is a brand new nonprofit that Community Legal No website Center provides support to veterans and P. O. Box 2631 modest means citizens, stressing Loveland, CO 80539 maximum support for clients through flat fees and unbundling of services. 61

US Department of Veterans Affairs, Regional Counsel Office

155 Van Gordon Lakewood, CO 80228 303-914-5824 /OGC/index.asp

Organization Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Legal/Finance Department

Address/Phone 2001 Colorado Boulevard Denver, CO 80205 303-370-6397

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

8000 East 36th Avenue Denver, CO 80238 303-629-7171

Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service

600 17th Street Denver, CO 80202 720-956-4011

US Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division, Denver Regional Office (SEC)

1801 California Street Suite 1500 Denver, CO 80202 720-533-4355

OTHER Website


OGC serves as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unified national law office and is the only authorized legal advisor to all elements of VA throughout the United States and US Territories. Description of Services The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a nonprofit that exists for the edification and enjoyment of the citizens of Colorado and is committed to serving the public in informal science education. Stewardship of its collections is of paramount importance and legal needs vary widely. The mission is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. Each FBI office has a Legal Unit, headed by a Chief Division Counsel who acts as a general practitioner and is responsible for advising those in the field office on a wide range of legal issues in order to ensure compliance with all applicable statutory, regulatory, and policy directives. The mission is to serve America's taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. The mission of the SEC is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC is divided into several divisions, one of which is the Division of Enforcement. The Division of Enforcement is responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the federal securities laws.

VII. REVIEW & REFLECT: SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS The following recommended readings are available via hyperlink.  Grounding Yourself in Public Interest & Social Justice o o o o o

Letter to a Law Student Interest in Social Justice, by Bill Quigley Why Would Anyone Want to Be a Public Interest Lawyer, by Philip G. Schrag Letter to a Young Public Interest Attorney, by Paula D. Pearlman Letter to a Young Public Interest Attorney, by Sid Wolinsky Sensibilities for Social Justice Lawyers, by Ascanio Piomelli

 Self-Care & Sustaining Your Commitment o The Contemplative Lawyer: On the Potential Contributions of Mindfulness Meditation to Law Students, Lawyers, and Their Clients, by Leonard L. Riskin o A Newbie’s Impression: One Student’s Mindfulness Lessons, by Katherine Larkin-Wong o Mindfulness in Law Websites  Access to Justice and Modest Means o Bridging the Gap: Every-Person Access to Professional Legal Representation Rules Handout o Cases and Parties Without Attorney Representation in Civil Cases FY 2013, By the Office of the State Court Administrator, Court Services Division o Judicial Support for Pro Bono Legal Service, by Justice Gregory J Hobbs Jr.



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