December 12, 2017

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.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers Announces Philip Lietaer as New Director

LietaerThe Denver Bar Association is pleased to announce Philip Lietaer as the new director of Metro Volunteer Lawyers. He assumed his new responsibilities upon outgoing Executive Director Dianne Van Voorhees’s departure from the organization on January 7, 2016, after an eight-year record of laudable leadership.

Lietaer, a native of Canada, holds a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. In 2013, he moved to Colorado with his wife, Jessica, who is a federal attorney, and their two dogs. They are now the proud parents of a baby girl, Adelaide Quinn Lietaer.

Prior to joining MVL in 2013, Lietaer worked at a number of other public interest organizations, including Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, South Brooklyn Legal Services, the Massachusetts Justice Project and the Vail Center for Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles. He also worked for the immigration law firm of Goldstein & Lee, P.C. in New York City. “Working at these organizations has, in part, given me an understanding of different strategies implemented at various legal services organizations and what it takes to successfully run and manage a program like MVL,” said Lieater.

Lietaer embarked on his career at Metro Volunteer Lawyers as a Rovira Scholar Fellow. In early 2014, he went on to become the Family Law Court Program Coordinator. For Lietaer, MVL is more than a job: It is a passion infused with responsibility. As he commented, “Seeing our clients treated in a professional manner by a compassionate and capable legal professional, often providing a moment of dignity, has been one of the most rewarding aspects of this type of work.”

Lietaer looks forward to building upon MVL’s ability to provide quality help to a large number of people in need. “Philip knows that he has big shoes to fill (at least figuratively), and he is definitely up to the task,” said MVL Board Chair Candace Whitaker.

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.

Share Your Knowledge with Colorado Flood Relief Volunteers

FloodReliefIn response to the devastating floods in Colorado, many of your fellow attorney members are volunteering their time by providing legal advice and assistance to flood victims.

The issues brought to the volunteers touch all aspects of law, from real estate and business to immigration and trust and estate. Often times our volunteers face questions or need to discuss a legal issue outside of their expertise. As a result, the CBA is starting a Flood Relief Discussion List that will serve as a forum for volunteers to ask questions or start a conversation related to their volunteer efforts.

If you want to help the flood victims and volunteers but don’t have time to take on a legal case, consider joining the discussion list. As a discussion list member, when you see an email or discussion topic that relates to your knowledge and expertise, you can respond with your advice on the issue at hand.

Learn more and subscribe to the Flood Relief discussion list.

We’re still in desperate need of volunteers. Please consider volunteering. Go to colofloodlegalrelief.org to learn more about how to volunteer.

Free Legal Assistance Available for Storm & Flood Survivors — Partnership between the Colorado Bar Association, ABA and FEMA

floodColorado lawyers are among those ready to lend a hand to the survivors of Colorado’s recent storms and flooding. The Colorado Bar Association Disaster Relief Program is gearing up to offer no-cost, disaster-related legal advice to those impacted in Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld Counties. The CBA and its Young Lawyers Division, Colorado Legal Services, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and several local bar associations are partnering in this effort with FEMA and the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

“I’m proud to see attorneys from across the state stepping up to lend a hand to their fellow Coloradans and hope we can offer some assistance during these tragic events,” said Colorado Bar Association President Terry Ruckriegle.

Victims seeking legal advice can visit www.ColoFloodLegalRelief.org to complete a legal assistance form or call the toll-free helpline at 855-424-5347 24 hours a day. Those seeking assistance are asked to provide as many details about their situations in the online form or message as possible.  Applications of victims seeking help will be reviewed to determine the areas in which they need assistance and then paired with a volunteer attorney who has experience in those areas of the law.  This free service begins immediately.

The type of legal assistance available includes:

  • Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster survivors
  • Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors
  • Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
  • Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
  • Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
  • Counseling on landlord/tenant problems

Attorneys wishing to help should complete the online form at ColoFloodLegalRelief.org/volunteer. Attorneys are needed to provide assistance in many areas of the law, and volunteer opportunities are available in person in several counties or by phone.

El Paso Bar Association Offers Additional Legal Assistance to Wildfire Victims

The El Paso County Bar Association will offer a second Ask-A-Lawyer event where lawyers will be available at no cost to answer legal questions for Black Forest residents affected by this year’s devastating wildfire.

“We saw such a great need for legal help at our last legal clinic, we decided to offer this second clinic to continue to provide clarity, guidance, and support for those who have been impacted by the Black Forest Fire,” said EPCBA Executive Director Claire Anderson.

Event Details: Tuesday, July 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the west training room at El Paso County’s Charles C. Brown Transportation and Environment Complex, 3275 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs.  No appointment is required.

The El Paso County Bar Association will have lawyers available specializing in the following areas of law:

  • Real Estate
  • Tenant/Landlord
  • HOA
  • Insurance
  • Employment
  • Probate

If you are an attorney and would like to help, please contact Claire Anderson ((719) 473-9700 or claire@elpasocountybar.org).