December 12, 2017

Colorado Gives: Metro Volunteer Lawyers Provides Representation to Low-income Coloradans

Colorado Gives: CBA CLE Legal Connection will be focusing on several Colorado legal charities this week in honor of Colorado Gives Day—Tuesday, December 5, 2017. These charities, and many, many others, greatly appreciate your donations of time and money.

MVL-50-Year-Logo (png) SmallerMetro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) is a program of the Denver Bar Association and is co-sponsored by the Adams/Broomfield, Arapahoe, Douglas/Elbert, and First Judicial District Bar Associations. MVL is committed to bridging the gap of access to justice by providing pro bono legal services to people who could not otherwise afford legal assistance.

MVL offers pro bono opportunities to attorneys, especially in the areas of estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, family law, and consumer law. By volunteering with MVL, attorneys can receive valuable experience while assisting Colorado’s most vulnerable populations with their legal needs. Under C.R.C.P. 260.8, Colorado attorneys providing uncompensated pro bono legal representation may apply for 1 general CLE credit for every 5 billable-equivalent hours of representation, up to a maximum of 9 credits in each 3 year compliance period.

Give your expertise, as well as supporting MVL with a cash donation. Click here to donate and/or submit an online application to volunteer.

The Law Firm Throwdown Wants You to Sweat for Charity

12014-SE-Law-Firm-ThrowdownA new kind of legal challenge is launching this fall! Sweat Equity is stirring up some healthy competition among attorneys in Colorado with the debut of The Law Firm Throwdown.

Any firm in the state can sign up to be a part of this energizing challenge to increase fitness levels while raising money for charity.

The challenge will begin in early October, and each participating firm starts by throwing $250 into the “Winner’s Pot.” Your employees will track their physical activity for six weeks using the Sweat Equity website and mobile app, ending just before Thanksgiving . Participants with FitBits can also link those accounts to upload their data. Scores are determined by daily steps and time and intensity of workouts. Leaders among the law firms are based on a point-by-person average so that firms of any size can compete equally.

Along with a kick-off webinar for participants, Sweat Equity will provide communication, tips and tech support throughout the challenge. Incentives are also offered – for instance, one team will win “Most Improved,” and receive a special, separate amount to give to charity at the end.

Live leaderboards allow firms to check in on their status throughout the six weeks. The winning group then gets to choose which charity they want to donate their portion of the “Winner’s Pot” to. This challenge offers a unique twist in that if the winning team earns 80% of the overall points, they get 80% of the pot to donate. So, even if a firm doesn’t win but gathers 20% of the points, they will receive 20% of the pot to donate as well.

Once the winning firm is announced, there will also be an event to honor them with a trophy and check for charity. Sweat Equity sends out press releases about the challenge and winner.

Instead of just writing a check to charity, join the Law Firm Throwdown to build group morale, drum up healthy competition, and motivate your employees to move as well. With so many amazing organizations – such as Metro Volunteer Lawyers and the Legal Aid Foundation – in need of donations, we encourage you to sign up your firm today! Contact Sara Epstein at 303-503-4756 or sarap@teamsweatequity.com.

“Roll Out the Barrels” Food Drive Underway at CBA/DBA Offices

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The Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network (CAN) is hosting its annual Roll Out the Barrels food drive from April 21 through May 2, 2014. All donations benefit Metro CareRing, Denver’s largest hunger-relief organization. Please bring your dry goods to the CBA/DBA offices. The barrel for food donations is located in the lobby.

The top ten most wanted pantry items are hearty soup (meat or vegetarian), canned tuna, canned cooked beans (pinto, black, refried), peanut butter, canned mixed vegetables, canned fruit, canned tomatoes,whole grain pasta, pasta sauce, and whole grain brown rice. No glass or perishable items, please.

If you would prefer to donate online, click here.

Legal Community Donates More Than $54,000 in Food and Cash for Annual Drive

ROTB2-2Members of the legal community donated food and dollars totaling $54,145 to hunger relief organization Metro CareRing through the Denver Bar Association’s 14th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive, collecting 3,000 pounds more food than in the previous year.

Forty-eight law firms participated in the drive, collecting 10,093 pounds of food and $31,940 in cash donations. This year’s top donating firms are Berenbaum Weinshienk PC, the Castle Law Group, Faegre Baker Daniels, Katz, Look & Onorato PC, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Orten Cavanagh & Holmes LLC. The food drive was sponsored by the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network and ran April 15 to 26.

ROTB1-1“We’re thrilled that the legal community has stepped up this year to provide even more food to Metro CareRing,” said CAN Committee Chair Kris Reed, a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. “Summer months can hard on families because school is out and kids are home for most meals. We’re pleased the Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive can help close the hunger gap in the metro area.”

Metro CareRing operates one of the largest food pantries in Denver. The food and money donated will translate to approximately 15,600 people provided with a five-day supply of food, according to Metro CareRing.

The Community Action Network Committee offers DBA members year-round opportunities to connect with the community and provide valuable legal, social and civic assistance to those in need.

Charity Fundraiser to Benefit Denver Urban Scholars to be Held at Space Gallery

Screen shot 2013-05-07 at 11.34.17 AMThe CBA Young Lawyers Division will host its 2013 Annual Charity Fundraiser and silent auction at Space Gallery on Friday, May 31, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This year’s benefiting charity is Denver Urban Scholars, a nonprofit that provides financial, academic, and emotional support to students experiencing risk factors that reduce their odds of graduating high school. 

Denver Urban Scholars is a Denver nonprofit committed to helping metro-area high school students graduate high school, enter higher education, and develop a life-plan for success. They serve students with great potential who are at high risk for dropping out. Each youth in Denver who drops out incurs an estimated $524,000 in lost wages and public services over his or her lifetime. Youth who drop out of school have higher arrest rates, less chance for employment, lower incomes as adults, and have poorer health outcomes.

Denver Urban Scholars has helped over 400 disadvantaged students graduate from high school. Over the past four years, an average 84.2 percent of students who entered the program as freshmen graduated while in the program; 92 percent of our graduates have gone on to college.

Join the CBA Young Lawyers Division on Friday, May 31, from 5:30 to 9 pm at Space Gallery to help support the Denver Urban Scholars and the important work that they do. For more information about the event or to register, click here. For information about the CBA Young Lawyers Division, click here.