Legal Aid Foundation https://www.legalaidfoundation.org Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:42:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 67730709 Legal Aid Foundation Welcomes New Leadership https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/legal-aid-foundation-welcomes-new-leadership-4/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/legal-aid-foundation-welcomes-new-leadership-4/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:42:48 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=1082 DENVER— The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado is pleased to welcome four new elected Trustees to its Board: Ty Gee, a member of Haddon Morgan & Foreman in Denver; Tom. Overton, a partner at Overton Lapuyade Gleason Schumacher in Lakewood; Chalyse Robinson, a partner at Wilmer Hale in Denver; Ken Rossman, a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie in Denver. Also joining the Board in an ex officio capacity are Jessica Brown (Gibson Dunn, Denver), President of the Colorado Bar Association, and Andy Peters  (Otten Johnson  Denver), Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Associates Advisory Board.

Officers for 2019-20 are Chair Eric Olson, Vice-Chair Heather Perkins, Secretary Larry Katzin, Treasurer Cheryl Walton, and Past-Chair Natalie Hanlon-Leh.

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Associate Leadership in the Time of COVID https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/associate-leadership-in-the-time-of-covid/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/associate-leadership-in-the-time-of-covid/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:24:09 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=1066 DENVER— The Legal Aid Foundation’s 2020 Associates Campaign, which concluded on April 15th, raised nearly $230,000 for legal aid in just six weeks. An impressive result even under normal circumstances, the fact that it was accomplished despite a global pandemic and a completely shuttered economy makes it truly extraordinary. And the timing couldn’t be better as the need for legal aid is expected to increase dramatically in the coming months.

The Associates Campaign, which typically runs through the month of March, kicked off this year, as usual, on March 1st, just days before the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Colorado. The effort, led entirely by young lawyers, got off to a strong start, but as law firms transitioned to remote work and schools closed, a decision was made to pause the Campaign.

Despite the challenges of working from home and balancing child care and home-schooling demands, the dedicated young lawyers responsible for the Campaign reignited it on April 1st, and thanks to newly improvised fundraising strategies, including Zoom happy hours, the end result surpassed all expectations. Over 77 percent of associates at 65 Colorado law firms donated to legal aid, and over 400 others in the legal community supported the cause as well. In addition, 33 firms achieved 100 percent participation among their associates.

“The need for legal aid over the coming months will be greater than ever as more Coloradans face economic hardship, housing disruptions and consumer credit problems,” said Legal Aid Foundation Board Chair Eric Olson. “This support means that more Coloradans will get the legal help they need to navigate a frightening and uncertain future.”

This was the 16th year that Colorado’s young lawyers have demonstrated their commitment to equal justice through their leadership of the Associates Campaign. The Campaign is organized as a friendly competition between similarly-sized firms, and although all participating firms contributed to the incredible success of this year’s Campaign, the results of its competitive aspects are as follows:

Total of $228,080 was raised from 1,176 donors

Largest Associate Per Capita Gift:

Larger Firms: WilmerHale

Mid-Sized Firms: Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti

Smaller Firms: Bartlit Beck

Broadening Participation:

Larger Firms: Sherman & Howard

Mid-Sized Firms: Ballard Spahr

Smaller Firms: Fairfield & Woods

Largest Overall Total:

Larger Firms: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Mid-Sized Firms: Ballard Spahr

Smaller Firms: Fairfield & Woods

100 Percent Associate Participation:

Armstrong Teasdale

Ballard Spahr

Bartlit Beck

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Burns Figa & Will

Chipman Glasser

Davis Graham & Stubbs

Fairfield & Woods

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Greenberg Traurig

Haddon Morgan Foreman

Harris Law Firm

Hogan Lovells

Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe

Jones & Keller

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

Keating Wagner Polidori Free

Koenig Oelsner Taylor Schoenfeld & Gaddis

Kutak Rock

Littler Mendelson

Merchant & Gould

Milgrom & Daskam

Moye White

Nelson Mullins

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti

S&D Law

Sheridan Ross

Sherman & Howard

Sherr Puttmann Akins Lamb

Snell & Wilmer

WilmerHale

 

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2018-19 Campaign for Justice Success https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/2018-19-campaign-for-justice-success/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/2018-19-campaign-for-justice-success/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:08:38 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=1000 Lawyers and law firms from across the state came together to raise over $2 million in the Legal Aid Foundation’s annual fundraising drive for Colorado Legal Services. The funds will be used to provide necessary legal assistance in serious civil matters for Coloradans who cannot afford counsel.

The success of the Legal Aid Foundation’s annual campaign is a direct result of the commitment of the Colorado legal community to improving access to our civil justice system. This year, law firm giving accounted for 60 percent of the total amount raised, with 120 donor firms giving at the Leadership Level of $450 per Colorado lawyer in the firm. Donations from individual lawyers reached a record level as well.

“Our donors should be commended for their abiding commitment to equal justice,” said Legal Aid Foundation Executive Director Diana Poole. “Their ongoing financial support helps assure fairness in our civil justice system, regardless of individual economic circumstances.”

Colorado Legal Services provides legal representation and advice through a network of 13 offices around the state, as well as easy-to-understand, online self-help information and state-of-the-art interactive forms for use in civil proceedings.

About the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
The Legal Aid Foundation is the fundraising arm of Colorado Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance to low-income Coloradans who are facing serious civil legal problems.

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Legal Aid Foundation Welcomes New Leadership https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/legal-aid-foundation-welcomes-new-leadership-3/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/legal-aid-foundation-welcomes-new-leadership-3/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:27:01 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=1067 DENVER— The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado is pleased to welcome six new elected Trustees to its Board: Jonathan Boonin, a member at Hutchinson Black & Cook in Boulder; Paul Hurcomb, a partner at Sparks Willson in Colorado Springs; Joe Lambert, a senior associate in the Colorado Springs office of Hogan Lovells; Jackie Roeder, a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver; Gio Ruscitti, a partner in the Boulder office of Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti; and Jay Sturhahn, a member in the Denver office of Sherman & Howard. Also joining the Board in an ex officio capacity are Kathleen Hearn Croshal (Pueblo), President of the Colorado Bar Association and Liz Och (Hogan Lovells, Denver), Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Associates Advisory Board.

Officers for 2019-20 are Chair Eric Olson, Vice-Chair Heather Perkins, Secretary Tony Giacomini, Treasurer Cheryl Walton, and Past-Chair Natalie Hanlon-Leh.

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New High for Associates Campaign https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/new-high-for-associates-campaign/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/new-high-for-associates-campaign/#respond Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:32:18 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=999 “The Legal Aid Foundation’s Associates Campaign fundraiser saw more than $231,000 donated from 62 firms around Colorado for the organization providing legal services to indigent Coloradans.

The fundraiser, which has been running since 2005, brings young attorneys into the fold raising money for the organization. The campaign asks associates to donate half the amount of one billable hour, putting the fundraising goal at a mark that is expected to be affordable for associates.

“The Associates Campaign has grown by leaps and bounds since it started in 205, thanks to the leadership demonstrated by young lawyers on behalf of legal aid,” said Kelly Bossley, associate director of Legal Aid Foundation.

And while she said the competition aspect of the campaign is an easy way to get attorneys involved, that’s not the focus of the campaign. Getting young lawyers involved and committed to legal aid early on in their careers is the key part of the campaign, she said.

“More important than the actual dollars raised is the education and exposure of a younger generation of lawyers as they assume the important leadership role played by the private bar in improving access to civil justice for those who cannot afford counsel” Bossley said.

The campaign ended with 40 firms reaching 100 percent participation and 784 associates donating in total. The campaign raised $39,159 more than in 2018 and well over the goal of $200,000, Bossley said. “We had phenomenal results. We couldn’t be happier…that we were not only able to meet that goal but surpass it.”

View the rest of the Law Week Colorado article and  the 2019 Associates Campaign results

 

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Legal Aid Plays Crucial Role in Eviction Crisis https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/legal-aid-plays-crucial-role-in-eviction-crisis/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/legal-aid-plays-crucial-role-in-eviction-crisis/#respond Fri, 01 Mar 2019 21:18:41 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=996 The March edition of Colorado Lawyer included a compelling article about the Associates Campaign and the important work of Colorado Legal Service’s Housing Unit.

“This article highlights CLS’s efforts to assist low-income residents with an issue that is near the hearts of many young attorneys in Colorado: skyrocketing rents throughout the state. Rising rents and housing prices have led to an eviction crisis, with four municipalities in Colorado – Aurora, Colorado Springs, Westminster, and Lakewood – earning the dubious distinction of being among the top 100 cities nationwide in evictions, as a percentage of renters.”

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Putting the “Fun” Back in Fundraising https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/putting-the-fun-back-in-fundraising/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/putting-the-fun-back-in-fundraising/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:41:19 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=960

“During March, young attorneys from more than 60 law firms will lead the annual Associates Campaign to raise money for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado.  Now in its 15th year, the Associates Campaign has proven extremely successful in building on the strong history of support for civil legal aid in Colorado.

Read the full article by Reagan Larkin about the 2019 Associates Campaign in the February/March 2018 edition of the Docket here.

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2017-18 Campaign for Justice Successs https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/2017-18-campaign-for-justice-successs/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/2017-18-campaign-for-justice-successs/#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 01:25:48 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=946 Lawyers and law firms from across the state came together to raise over $2 million in the Legal Aid Foundation’s annual fundraising drive for Colorado Legal Services. The funds will be used to provide necessary legal assistance in serious civil matters for Coloradans who cannot afford counsel.

The ongoing success of the Legal Aid Foundation’s annual campaign is a direct result of the enduring commitment of the Colorado legal community to improving access to our civil justice system. This year, law firm giving accounted for 61 percent of the total amount raised, with 123 donor firms giving at the Leadership Level of $450 per Colorado lawyer in the firm. Donations from individual lawyers reached a record level as well.

“Our donors help provide quality legal representation to low-income Coloradans facing potentially life-changing problems,” said Legal Aid Foundation Executive Director Diana Poole.  “As a result of their commitment and generosity, some of the most vulnerable members of our community will not be forced to navigate a complex legal system alone, often with devastating circumstances.”

Colorado Legal Services provides legal representation and advice through a network of 13 offices around the state, as well as easy-to-understand, online self-help information and state-of-the-art interactive forms for use in civil proceedings.

About the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
The Legal Aid Foundation is the fundraising arm of Colorado Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance to low-income Coloradans who are facing serious civil legal problems.

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2018 Associates Campaign: Protecting Colorado’s Most Vulnerable https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/2018-associates-campaign-protecting-colorados-most-vulnerable/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/2018-associates-campaign-protecting-colorados-most-vulnerable/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:04:34 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=939 The March edition of Colorado Lawyer included a compelling article about the Associates Campaign and the important work of CLS’s Health and Elder Law Unit.

“The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado (LAF) kicks off its 14th Annual Associates Campaign on March 1, 2018. During this month-long campaign, young lawyers will lead efforts in a friendly competition to raise funds for Colorado Legal Services (CLS), the only agency in the state that offers free civil legal services to indigent and underserved populations in every single county. If your firm did not participate last year, there is still time to sign up for the 2018 Associates Campaign by contacting Kelly Bossley, associate director of LAF, at (303-863-9544 or kelly@legalaidfoundation.org. Donations can also be made to LAF by visiting legalaidfoundation.org and selecting “Donate Now.” The funds raised through the Associates Campaign and by LAF  throughout the year are critical to helping CLS continue its work of providing free legal services to thousands of Coloradans who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. The case study below helps highlight this important work.

Protecting the Elderly: A Case Study

‘One of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens.’ – President Barack Obama

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March Brings Flowers, Basketball Madness and the Associates Campaign https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/march-brings-flowers-basketball-madness-and-the-associates-campagin/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/march-brings-flowers-basketball-madness-and-the-associates-campagin/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:41:28 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=934 “If it’s springtime in Denver, many at local firms know that they will soon get a knock on the door, their phones will ring, and their inboxes will fill up with emails from their peers asking them to donate to the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado as part of the annual Associates Campaign.”

Read the full article by Kyle Brenton about the 2018 Associates Campaign in the February/March 2018 edition of the Docket here.

 

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