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.
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.
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.
On May 8, 2014, the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project did something it has never done before: recognized two attorneys who had received the same honor in the past.
The “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” award is presented to an attorney who has gone above and beyond in his or her pro bono contributions. In Gunnison County, two attorneys shared this award in 2014:
James H. Starr, a volunteer with NCLSP for over 20 years, who was also “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” in 1993. He was honored again in 2014 in recognition of his efforts to expand services to low-income clients by instituting a second monthly advice clinic in Gunnison County to serve residents of Crested Butte. The clinic is held at his office each month and every member of his staff participates.
Clayton R. Miller, another long-time volunteer, originally was named “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year’ in 2002. He was recognized again in 2014 for his continuing commitment to provide legal representation to domestic violence victims. Mr. Miller assists many victims each year in complex family law litigation, and also accepts other pro bono cases and assists with advice clinics and community education.
At this website you will learn the specifics of accepting, handling, and closing pro bono cases.
Funding for this project made through a Legal Services Corporation TIG grant: