Fall 2015 Spotlight

On June 19, 2015, the Pueblo County Bar Association, in collaboration with the Pueblo County Pro Bono Project, hosted the Pro Bono Recognition Event during its annual meeting.  The “Lifetime Achievement Pro Bono Leadership Award” (recognizing an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and outstanding and sustained service to the public) was presented to Judge Joe T. Ulibarri.

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The “2014 Outstanding Service Pro Bono Award” (for exceptional commitment to the public good and justice for all) was presented to Shad L. Brown, Christine Pacheco-Koveleski, and Matthew Scott Martin.  These three attorneys rotated every week throughout 2014 in serving domestic violence victims at the Pueblo Protection Order Clinic, representing victims at permanent protection order hearings.

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Spring 2015 Spotlight

Boulder County Legal Services (BCLS) celebrated the outstanding tradition of pro bono service in Boulder County at the Annual Pro Bono Luncheon, held April 6th, 2015, at the Boulder Marriott.  BCLS honored local attorneys, mediators, law students, and paralegals who volunteered 5,875 hours in 2014 to provide legal services to low-income residents of Boulder County. Boulder County Bar Association president Star Waring presented the bar’s highest award, honoring Tucker Katz with the John Robert Marshall Award for his dedication in providing legal services to the poor.   Star Waring, president of the Boulder County Bar Association, presented the award, which is awarded annually in honor of John Robert Marshall, a local attorney who tirelessly advocated for the poor.  Tucker Katz was recognized for his unflagging commitment to pro bono service, his deep commitment to the community he serves, and his dedication to upholding the high standards of the legal profession. Colleagues remarked on his keenly developed sense for the plight of his fellow citizens who have no access to the legal system because they cannot afford a lawyer, his fairness as an advocate, and his caring and empathetic manner.

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January 2015 Spotlight

The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project traditionally presents our Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award to an attorney who has gone above and beyond in his or her assistance to our low-income clients.  In September 2014 we presented this award to the Continental Divide Bar Association – the first time we have given the award to a Bar Association!  The Continental Divide Bar Association has consistently identified Pro Bono service as a high priority, and encourages its membership to donate their professional time.  CDBA members donated over 600 hours of their time in 2013; this time was valued at over $100,000.  In the past five years, CDBA members have given over 3300 hours of their time, valued at over $500,000.

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In addition, the CDBA has provided financial support to the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project for over 25 years.  They increased their support during the recent Recession; in the past five years, the CDBA has donated $65,000!

Pro Bono coordinators are part of every Bar meeting, and information on pro bono activities is a regular item on the agenda.  This Bar Assoc. lives its philosophy of public service in everything they do.  Thank you for your dedication to the philosophy of access to justice for all.

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November 2014 Volunteer Spotlight

LiveChat Volunteers – Helping Colorado Vets, Active Service Members and their Family

Since August of 2010, the CLS LiveChat has helped over 400 veterans, active service members and their families find legal information to help them solve their civil legal issues. For November’s pro bono spotlight, we’d like to honor our volunteer attorneys who have volunteered their time consistently and reliably since the program’s inception.

Catherine Lang

Catherine currently works as Senior Corporate Counsel at CH2M Hill. She has lived in Colorado for 20 years and is a transplant from the midwest. Catherine enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and daughter such as hiking, skiing, biking and rock climbing. She said, “I have always had a passion for volunteering with organizations such as Urban Peak, CASA, and Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and now CLS for several years”.

Catherine stated, “I enjoy volunteering with LiveChat because it gives me the opportunity to give back to the people and their families who serve our country.  I like knowing that some of my guidance and help is making a big difference in their lives and situations”.

Tom Carroll

Tom is an Associate at Faegre Baker and Daniels  where he concentrates on employment litigation, employment counseling, ERISA litigation and other employee benefits disputes, as well as general business litigation.

He devotes significant time to pro bono work which includes working with not only CLS LiveChat, but also trial advocacy in congressional redistricting litigation, and challenges to state agency action on behalf of Medicaid applicants. Tom is accredited to prepare, present and prosecute claims for benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tom and his wife have a seven-month-old daughter. Tom said, “we enjoy skiing, cooking, trying new restaurants, and almost all sports”.

Thanks so much to Catherine and Tom for all of your hard work and dedication to the CLS LiveChat project!

 

Interested in volunteering? Go to http://bit.ly/COProBono on your mobile device and sign up in a few quick steps! You can participate not only by taking cases, but also by helping out at legal clinics, by staffing LiveChat and much more!

 

 

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Pro Bono Spotlight – September 2014

Southwest Bar Volunteer Legal Aid is honored to spotlight pro bono  attorney Floyd “Bud” Smith for all the fantastic work he has done to help indigent people in our community!

Bud has practiced law for 37 years, mostly representing local government entities and practicing business law. For over a decade, Bud also takes time to “give back and help those in need”, by taking pro bono cases through Southwest Bar Volunteer Legal Aid. Bud has helped countless people with estate planning and has also helped with property issues.

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Bud Smith

Bud is originally from Kansas and went to DU Law School. He moved to Southwest Colorado after he was introduced to this beautiful part of Colorado on a backpacking trip.

He is a family man and self proclaimed sports nut who loves the Kansas Jayhawks and of course, the Denver Broncos.

Southwest Bar Volunteer Legal Aid is so grateful to Bud for assisting in our goal to provide equal access to justice in our community.

It is wonderful and caring attorneys like Bud who make a difference!

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August 2014 Pro Bono Spotlight

Hassler 2014

Wes Hassler is an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services, improving access to justice for all, and increasing the resources available to support pro bono service. He has demonstrated long-term commitment to pro bono legal services providing significant and meaningful contribution to extend legal  ervices to the poor and to promote pro bono programs. Since 2009, Wes has never missed a Family Law Court Program (FLCP) docket nor has he missed a Neighborhood Legal Advice Clinic.

The FLCP reflects Wes’s many  years in practice as a family law attorney and incorporates his experience in conflict resolution. Wes has mentored new attorneys to the program and has successfully demonstrated that dispute resolution without conflict whenever possible is in the best interest of the children.

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Pro Bono Spotlight – July 2014

Boulder County Legal Services (BCLS) celebrated the outstanding tradition of pro bono service in Boulder County at the Annual Pro Bono Luncheon, held April 21st, 2014, at the Boulder Marriott.  BCLS honored local attorneys, mediators, law students, and paralegals who volunteered 6,784  hours in 2013 to provide legal services to low-income residents of Boulder County.

An annual highlight of the event is the presentation of the John Marshall Award, which is awarded annually by the Boulder County Bar Association in honor of John Robert Marshall, a local attorney who tirelessly advocated for the poor.

This year’s recipient, Howard Bernstein, was recognized for his quiet dedication and his generosity in accepting pro bono clients referred by BCLS over the past two decades. Colleagues remarked on his humility, his inspiration to those he mentors, and his strong belief in giving back to the community.

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Howard has volunteered on the BCLS pro bono panel since 1998, helping clients with IRS matters and mentoring young attorneys.  With a strong belief in giving back to the community, Howard serves on the Board of Directors for Open Arts.  He raises money for the Children’s Hospital by riding in the Courage Classic cycling tour, and assists non-profit organizations at reduced fees.  He lectures on legal ethics, taxation, employment and international law topics for lawyers, and is a regular moderator at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado.

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