Legal Aid Foundation https://www.legalaidfoundation.org Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:09:53 -0600 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 67730709 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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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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LAF Trustee Selected for Colorado Supreme Court https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/laf-trustee-selected-for-colorado-supreme-court/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/laf-trustee-selected-for-colorado-supreme-court/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:00:33 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=924 Congratulations to Legal Aid Foundation Trustee Melissa Hart who was just selected by the Governor to fill the vacant seat on the Colorado Supreme Court!

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Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday announced that he’s chosen University of Colorado law professor Melissa Hart to fill a vacant seat on the Colorado Supreme Court, solidifying his impact on the panel by choosing arguably the most left-leaning of the three women nominated for his consideration.

Melissa Hart
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Melissa Hart

Hart — who records show is a registered Democrat — replaces Allison Eid, a conservative jurist who left the state’s most powerful court when she was tapped by President Donald Trump to serve on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The choice is Hickenlooper’s fourth on the seven-member panel, whose members serve a two-year term before going before voters for retention and an additional 10 years on the bench.

Hart was considered by Hickenlooper in 2015 for an earlier vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court, but he passed on her in favor of Justice Richard L. Gabriel.

Hart received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, and her work at CU focuses on constitutional law, employment discrimination, legal ethics and legal professionalism.

Hart, who is known for her liberal-leaning stances, clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court and practiced law for several years in Washington, D.C., including as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, before becoming an educator.

She has since taken on several pro bono cases in recent years and penned an amicus brief defending the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s ruling against a Lakewood baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple because it was against his religious beliefs.

Hart has also represented clients seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, status.

“Through my work in legal ethics, I have increasingly focused my work on addressing the significant lack of legal services for poor and moderate-income people,” she wrote in her application for the seat. “The reality of our legal market today is that more than 70 percent of individuals could not afford to hire an attorney to address important legal needs. This affordability of lawyers for most people is a crisis.”

Hart spoke to the media at length about Neil Gorsuch after Trump nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court, calling him a “great pick” in a CNN interview.

A judicial nominating commission also put forth Marcy Glenn, a partner at the Denver office of the law firm Holland & Hart, and Pattie P. Swift, an Alamosa judge experienced in water law, as choices for Hickenlooper.

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Colorado Gives Day: Help Provide Justice for All https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/colorado-gives-day-help-provide-justice-for-all/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/colorado-gives-day-help-provide-justice-for-all/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:23:44 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=918 It’s Colorado Gives Day today, and you can make a big difference for some of the least fortunate and most vulnerable members of our community by supporting Legal Aid. Donate here to help ensure that low-income Coloradans are not left to face serious civil legal problems alone.

Contributions to the Legal Aid Foundation help support Colorado Legal Services (CLS), which provides free legal services to over 10,000 Coloradans every year, giving priority to the poor, elderly and disabled in greatest economic and social need. Unfortunately, for every client served by CLS, at least one income-eligible client is turned away because of inadequate resources.  CLS has only 50 lawyers statewide to serve nearly 800,000 income-eligible Coloradans.  By comparison, there are nearly 500 public defenders in the state to serve the indigent in serious criminal matters.

As lawyers, we know first-hand the value and necessity of quality legal representation when faced with a potentially life-changing legal problem. This is especially true of low income individuals and families, whose basic survival may depend on being able to stay in their home, protect themselves from abuse or exploitation, or secure food and necessary health care.

Making a Colorado Gives Day donation is quick and easy, and all donations made today will receive a proportional “boost” from a $1 Million Incentive Fund.  Please join lawyers from around the state today in helping Colorado move closer to fulfilling the promise of “justice for all.”

—– See full article appearing in Legal Connection here.

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Access to Justice Heroes https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/access-to-justice-heroes-diana-poole-and-jon-asher/ https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/access-to-justice-heroes-diana-poole-and-jon-asher/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:46:25 +0000 https://www.legalaidfoundation.org/?p=930 The CBA President’s Message in the October 2017 edition of the Colorado Lawyer profiled Legal Aid Foundation Executive Director Diana Poole and Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jon Asher.

Read the article here.

 

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