July 16, 2019

Join Metro Volunteer Lawyers’s “50 Hours for 50 Years” Challenge

MVL-50-Year-Logo (png) SmallerThis year marks the 50th year anniversary for Metro Volunteer Lawyers! In honor of its anniversary, MVL is encouraging lawyers to achieve 50 hours of pro bono service this year. MVL is a program of the Denver Bar Association and co-sponsored by the Adams/Broomfield, Arapahoe, Douglas/Elbert, and First Judicial District Bar Associations. MVL offers pro bono opportunities in such areas as Wills, Probate, POAs, Family Law, Guardianship/Conservatorship, and Consumer law. You can even sign-up to take a case conditioned on MVL finding you a mentor, or be a mentor yourself.

Reasons to Volunteer with MVL: 

  • Helping MVL clients is a rewarding way to serve the needs of the less fortunate in your community, helping work towards our constitutional mandate of providing equal justice under the law.
  • Advance the reputation of the legal profession.
  • Obtain practical legal experience.
  • Fulfill your professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least fifty hours of pro bono public legal services per year. Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 6.1.
  • You can receive CLE credits for pro bono work. 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.
  • MVL provides attorneys with malpractice insurance for the cases they take through its organization.

Want to Help MVL in Other Ways? Donate!

MVL_donatebuttonYour tax-deductible donation to MVL can help the organization provide legal services to more low-income individuals in Colorado. Click the “Donate” button or visit ColoradoGives.org to find MVL’s donation page.

Read More About Metro Volunteer Lawyers and How to Get Involved at www.metrovolunteerlawyers.org.

Help Restore Flood-Damaged Areas Along Poudre River

The American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, and Boulder County Bar Association are joining Wildlands Restoration Volunteers on Sunday, October 25, 2015, to repair the Skin Gulch area along the Poudre River near Fort Collins. Skin Gulch was devastated by the High Park fire in 2012, and was again damaged by the massive floods of September 2013.

Attorneys and their friends and families aged 12 and older are welcome to join the restoration efforts for all or a part of the day on Sunday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please send an email with your name and cell phone number to Ann Rhodes at amr@amr-law.com. Directions will be provided upon RSVP.

Learned Lawyer: Elisabeth Arenales Receives Colorado Medical Society Award

ArenalesThe Colorado Medical Society bestowed its “Tip of the Spear” award on Elisabeth Arenales at its annual meeting in Vail last week. Arenales is the Health Program Director for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, where she focuses on public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, and works to preserve, protect, and expand access to healthcare for lower-income Coloradoans. She received the “Tip of the Spear” award for her creation of the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care. She had an idea to create a commission to study health care costs without becoming mired in politics. She approached Sen. Irene Aguilar and Sen. Ellen Roberts with her idea, and they helped gather the former members of the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare Reform to address the issue. Arenales drafted SB 14-187, which passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by the governor on May 29, 2014.

Arenales has received many awards in her distinguished career, including the Colorado Bar Association’s Donald Hoagland Award in 2000, which recognizes outstanding leaders in the development and implementation of pro bono representation; the CBA Jacob V. Schaetzel Award  in 2005, which honors attorneys or non-attorneys whose commitment, energy, and innovative approaches to the delivery of legal services serve as models for others in the community, for her work on the Taylor Ranch case; and the Colorado Lawyers Committee Award in 2004 for her work representing individuals in cases involving the state’s computer benefits system. Arenales also received the Colorado Health Foundation’s distinguished John K. Iglehart Award for Leadership in Health Policy this summer for her continuing efforts to ensure access to healthcare for lower-income Coloradoans. Other awards include the University of Colorado Law School Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement, Trial Lawyer of the Year from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and the Community Health Leader designation from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Prior to her work at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Arenales was a staff attorney for the Colorado Lawyers Committee, and she worked for a year in the San Luis Valley organizing plaintiffs for the Taylor Ranch litigation. She is the Board Chair of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, and is also one of the founders of CCHI. She serves on the advisory committee for Colorado Covering Kids and Families, the advisory board of Medicaid Ombudsmen for Managed Care, and the advisory board of Family Voices Colorado. Arenales received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.

Congratulations to Arenales for receiving the Tip of the Spear Award, and for her dedication to helping lower income Coloradoans access health care.

Loren M. Brown Named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year

The Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division announced Tuesday that Loren M. Brown is this year’s recipient of the Gary L. MacPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Mr. Brown is a shareholder with Donelson, Ciancio & Grant, P.C., in Broomfield.

Mr. Brown, age 35, has already shown great leadership skills in both the legal community and the community at large. He serves on the Board of Directors for Metro Volunteer Lawyers, an organization that provides access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford it; CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties, which trains and organizes court-appointed special advocates for child victims of abuse or neglect; and the 17th Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, which provides the public with legal resources.

The Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Lawyer of the Year award is given annually to a young lawyer with an outstanding record of professional success, community service achievements, a strong commitment to civic participation and inspiring others. Mr. McPherson was honored with the award in 1993; he went on to serve three terms in the state legislature. The award was renamed in his honor following his death in 2000.

Mr. Brown will be honored at the Young Lawyers Division holiday party on December 12 and at the Colorado Bar Foundation Annual Bar Fellows Dinner in January.