December 11, 2017

Colorado Gives: Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Compassionately Transforms the Lives of Abused and Neglected Children

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

childrens-law-center-logo-gFor over thirty-five years, the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center has provided compassionate legal advocacy and clinical services to children who have been abused or neglected. Through a team of legal professionals and social workers, the Children’s Law Center serves at-risk children and considers the whole child with each recommendation regarding the child’s best interest.

The Children’s Law Center also works for public policy change, working to make children a political priority at the local, state, and national levels. The Children’s Law Center has made great progress in this area. They created the first Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Program, promoted a 2013 Senate Bill to reduce the number of child abuse fatalities in the state, promoted a 2013 House Bill to streamline the process to report child abuse, and much more.

The Children’s Law Center has several programs devoted to legal advocacy for children. The Education Program promotes the adoption of policies and procedures in the schools and legislature to recognize the impact of trauma on children’s learning behaviors, reduce school transfers for children in the child protection system, and redirect children in the school disciplinary system from the school-to-prison pipeline. The Children’s Law Center also has a caregiver advocacy program, a domestic violence program, a trauma-informed yoga program, and a therapeutic garden.

The Children’s Law Center relies on donations to continue providing compassionate legal advocacy to abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Their annual operating expenses total over one million dollars per year. Donate on Colorado Gives Day by clicking here or any day by filling out the form on this webpage.

Colorado Gives: Help Provide Justice for All through Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado

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.”

To learn more about the Legal Aid Foundation, please visit www.legalaidfoundation.org.

Attorney Volunteers Needed for Hurricane Harvey Victims

The Colorado Bar Association extends its heartfelt sympathy and support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. In light of the severity of the situation, the Texas Supreme Court has issued an order allowing attorneys licensed and in good standing in another U.S. jurisdiction to practice in Texas for six months so that they can volunteer their services to assist victims of this natural disaster. According to the ABA Journal, lawyers will be needed for disaster appeals with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to help people secure temporary housing, to get money for home repairs, and to deal with insurance claims. Click here for more information and to volunteer.

Out-of-state lawyers without practice-area expertise or the time to handle cases may consider donating money to area legal services groups, particularly Lone Star Legal Aid. Lone Star Legal Aid suffered a double blow from the hurricane when their flood-damaged Houston office exploded. Currently, their Angleton/Clute, Beaumont, Bryan, Conroe, and Galveston offices also remain closed. The Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is holding a donation drive for Lone Star Legal Aid from now through next Friday. Click here to donate to Lone Star Legal Aid through the CBA-YLD donation drive.

Other legal aid organizations providing help through the area are also accepting donations, including Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

The CBA thanks those Colorado attorneys who are willing and able to help.

Run, Walk, Roll — Support Disability Law Colorado at This Year’s Colfax Marathon

Doing good has never been so fun! Support Disability Law Colorado by running, walking, or rolling in the Colfax Marathon. There is a race for everyone — there is a family 5K on Saturday, May 20, 2017 (dogs are welcome!), and on Sunday there is a 10 miler, half-marathon, full marathon, and corporate marathon relay.

The marathon relay is a great way to connect with your coworkers while getting out in the beautiful Colorado sunshine. You even get a medal at the finish! Just find five people for your team and register at www.runcolfax.org. Make sure to select Disability Law Colorado as your charity partner.

If running doesn’t sound so fun, you can still support Disability Law Colorado by making a tax-deductible donation. Contact Julie Busby at (303) 862-3505 for more details.

Colorado Court of Appeals: Independent Expenditure Committee Not Required to Disclose Donation to Pay Legal Fees

The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Campaign Integrity Watchdog, LLC v. Colorado Republican Party Independent Expenditure Committee on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

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Campaign Integrity Watchdog LLC (CIW) alleged that the Colorado Republican Party Independent Expenditure Committee (CORE) violated various campaign finance laws. CIW’s claims stemmed from two earlier campaign finance proceedings against CORE. An administrative law judge (ALJ) imposed a penalty of $200 against CORE in the first case, and in the second case, an ALJ imposed a $600 aggregate penalty and awarded $255 in costs. The Colorado Republican Party paid these amounts on CORE’s behalf. CORE did not disclose these payments on its periodic campaign finance disclosure reports. Around the same time, a private party paid $50,000 to a law firm to settle CORE’s legal expenses. CORE disclosed this payment as a “contribution” in its periodic campaign finance disclosure report.

CIW alleged that CORE did not comply with the disclosure requirements of Colo. Const. art. 28, the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Rules Concerning Campaign and Political Finance. CIW maintained that the payments by the Republican Party should have been disclosed as “donations” or “contributions” and the payments should have been disclosed as “expenditures.” The ALJ granted CORE’s motion to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim under C.R.C.P. 12(b)(5).

On appeal, CIW again contended that CORE was required to report some payments as donations or contributions, and all payments as expenditures. CORE was not required to report some payments as donations because (1) the donations were not made for the purpose of an independent expenditure and so were not required to be reported; (2) the law requiring some entities to report contributions does not apply to an independent expenditure committee; and (3) the payments here were not expenditures under the relevant statutory and constitutional definitions.

The order was affirmed.

Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Donate to Paris Relief Efforts

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We are heartbroken at the news of the Paris terrorist attacks, and extend our support and condolences to the victims and their families. Legal Newsance, a/k/a Similan Labs, has put together a list of organizations to which we can donate in order to help our Parisian brethren.

Many people around the world are looking for ways to help the victims of the tragic attacks that took place on Friday, November 13th.

While we at Similan Labs are powerless to provide direct aid or comfort to these victims and their families, we felt one small way we could help was to create a space that provides centralized info on organizations that can assist.

Please take a moment to visit the websites of these organizations. If you know of any others, please let us know and we’ll add them to this page!


INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES (IFRC)

About. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 189 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers.

Funding Allocation. The Federation spends 93.5% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes.

Link.http://www.ifrc.org/en/get-involved/donate/

Twitter Feed.https://twitter.com/federation


MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS)

About. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

Funding Allocation. MSF spends over 80% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes.

Link.http://www.msf.org/donate

Twitter Feed.https://twitter.com/MSF


SECOURS POPULAIRE FRANCAIS

About. Born in 1945, Secours populaire is a non-profit making association declared to be a great National cause. It is authorised to receive gifts, legacies and donations. The aim of the association is to fight against poverty and exclusion in France and throughout the World. It brings together people of all views, circumstances and origins who wish to live in solidarity.

Funding Allocation. Secours populaire spends 68% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes, but the donation page is in French.

Link.https://www.secourspopulaire.fr/don#.VkbMBa6rRBy

Twitter Feed.https://twitter.com/secourspop


SECOURS CATHOLIQUE

About. Au Secours Catholique-Caritas France, more than 67,000 volunteers and nearly 1,000 employees act against poverty and in favor of solidarity, in France and in the world. As a service of the Catholic Church whose mission is to support the most fragile, the organization – founded in 1946 – is mobilized on the French territory and overseas, through its 4000 local teams. Internationally, it supports in more than 70 countries and territories in line with the global network Caritas Internationalis.

Funding Allocation. Secours Catholique spends 74% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes, but the donation page is in French.

Link.https://don.secours-catholique.org/don_non_affecte/~mon-don/

Twitter Feed.https://twitter.com/caritasfrance


SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL

About. For over 30 years, the humanitarian aid organization SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been committed to providing aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters. Our mission is to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs: drinking water, food and shelter.

After providing emergency aid, our humanitarian teams accompany the most vulnerable families and communities until they recover their livelihoods and self-sufficiency, to enable them to deal with the challenges of an uncertain future with dignity.

Funding Allocation. Solidarités International spends 93% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes.

Link.https://dons.solidarites.org/b/my-donation

Twitter Feed. https://twitter.com/solidarites_int

 

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.

Community Action Network School Supply Drive Starts July 21!

School Supply Drive Flyer(1)Each year, the Community Action Network holds a school supply drive to benefit the Denver Public Schools Educational Outreach Program, which provides assistance to homeless children in the Denver Public School System, including school supplies, breakfast and lunch assistance, uniforms, and more.

This year’s school supply drive starts Monday, July 21, 2014 and will run through Friday, August 1, 2014. Barrels for school supply donations have been set up in the lobby of the CBA/DBA and CLE offices at 1900 Grant Street on the 3rd and 9th floors. Donations may be dropped off from Firms may also participate in the drive by collecting school supplies in easy-to-carry boxes at their offices; Ricoh will pick up the boxes the week of August 4.

Items needed for this year’s drive include:

  • Backpacks of all sizes;
  • Pencils, pens, crayons, and markers;
  • Binders, notebooks, folders, and paper;
  • Scissors, rulers, staplers, staples, glue, and glue sticks;
  • Pencil cases;
  • Scientific calculators, compasses, protractors, and geometry sets;
  • Dictionaries and thesauruses;
  • Navy and red polo shirts in all kids’ sizes;
  • And more!

For information on firm donations, click here or contact Alexa Drago or Kate Schuster.

Support the Legal Aid Foundation

LAF logoLegal aid assures fairness for all in our justice system, regardless of how much money someone has.  It provides access to legal help for people to protect their health and safety, their livelihoods or other means of support, and their families. Your donation today will help provide timely access to legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn. The Legal Aid Foundation’s 2013-14 Campaign For Justice concludes on June 30th so there is still time to make a difference in someone’s life. Make a tax-deductible donation today at www.legalaidfoundation.org.

“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.

Support Metro Volunteer Lawyers on Colorado Gives Day — Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Metro Volunteer Lawyers is participating in Colorado Gives Day, which aims to support nonprofits that protect and nurture quality of life in Colorado. For 24 hours, starting at midnight on TUESDAY, Dec. 10, donations will be taken online to local nonprofits including MVL. One hundred percent of your donation will go to MVL, supporting its mission  to provide free and low-cost legal services to people in need.

For more information or to donate, click the Donate Now Button.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ Mission is: “To bridge the gap in access to justice by coordinating the provision of pro bono legal services by volunteer lawyers within the Denver Metro Area to people who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues.”

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.