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Chairpersons 2015–2016: Jennifer Purrington and Noah Patterson
The Denver Access to Justice committee meets the first Tuesday at noon at the Denver Bar offices. This committee works on monthly pro se clinics on Bankruptcy, Family, Collecting Child Support, Small Claims, Collections, Legal nights, Colorado Poverty Law Clinic, weekly lawline 9 program, promoting National Pro Bono celebration, coordinates the Denver Access to Justice Hearing, CLE trainings, a volunteer appreciation, updating the legal resource directory, Adult Self-Sufficiency Juvenile and Immigration legal clinics at College View Elementary. This Committee also works closely with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Colorado Legal Services, Denver Wrap Around Project, Court Mediation Services, Denver Pro Se Center and Specialty Bar Associations. Please contact the Public Legal Education Department if interested in participating in this committee.
Responsible for nominating the winners of the annual Award of Merit; also coordinates other awards given by the association: DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, Judicial Excellence, and Teacher of the Year.
Submit nominees for the 2015 DBA Awards here. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.
Chairpersons 2015–2016: Nancy Cohen
Plans and organizes this annual association fund-raising dinner/dance. The proceeds go towards the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Program, which provides legal services to indigent clients.
Chairperson 2015-2016:Gerry Pratt and Doug Stevens
Chairperson 2015–2016: Dan Sweetser
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This committee provides an opportunity for members to reach beyond the legal community to the Denver community at large and provide valuable legal, educational, social and civic assistance to those in need. On-going programs include addressing the issues of the homeless, education, and encouraging attorneys to serve on boards of non-profit agencies. Please note the Community Action Network check-off on the committee preference sheet.
Chairpersons 2015–2016: Jeanne Busacca and Lisa Hughes
Chairpersons 2015–2016: Janet Drake
The Docket is the publication for the Denver Bar Association. Each month, The Docket presents news of interest to the Association's members calendars of events and CLE classes; restaurant, movie and book reviews; practice tips, gossip and humorous articles of all kinds. The committee members write material and work with the DBA staff to publish The Docket. Written material is solicited from all members of the DBA, not just the committee members.
Coordinates the DBA Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament a full day golf tournament in June. The tournament includes a silent auction and is a fundraiser for Metro Volunteer Lawyers.
Chairpersons 2015–2016: Nick Ghiselli
A joint CBA/DBA committee. A committee consisting of attorneys and other professionals that seeks to promote better understanding among the professions; prepares statements of principles governing interprofessional relations; and assists in resolving disputes between professionals. Maintains the Interprofessional Code.
Chairperson 2015–2016: Jim Benjamin
Chairpersons 2015–2016: Erich Bethke and Peg Pearl
The Democracy Education Committee meets the first Thursday of every month at the CBA offices. The committee recruits law professionals into Denver Public Schools. Projects include: Denver Regional Mock Trial Tournament, National Constitution Day, in-class mock trial scripts for elementary, middle and high schools, “We the People” volunteer training, K-5 Law Day Art Contest, DBA-DPS Guest Teaching Initiative, PALS (Partner Alliance of Lawyer and Schools) and speaker bureaus. Currently, we are working to get attorneys into the classroom to substitute teach.
Chairperson 2015–2016 Nicole Black:
This committee puts together and runs the DBA's mentor program. For information please go to: http://www.denbar.org/index.cfm/ID/21197/DBA/Mentoring-Program/
Chairperson 2015–2016: Jim Benjamin
Chairperson 2015–2016: Peter Goldstein and John Tatlock
This group of attorneys, chaired by Don McMichael, is for those members “65 or better.” The committee has four big events throughout the year. The biggest party of the year is the Senior Spring Banquet, which honors Denver lawyers who have been licensed for 50 years. The committee’s fall event, the “Seniors Roast,” honors an attorney or judge nominated by the most active senior members for his/her outstanding commitment to the legal community. December’s Holiday Party is the most casual of the events and includes connecting with familiar faces, spreading holiday cheer and enjoying tasty fare. July’s golf tournament is always a hit with the senior members and adds a little competition to the event calendar. New members are welcome.
For any additional information, questions, or concerns, please contact Director of Public Legal Education, Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5323, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Meghan Bush, Program Manager, (303) 824-5303, email@example.com
Many opportunities await the volunteer-spirited attorney.
Volunteers are needed monthly to provide information at free clinics in SMALL CLAIMS, COLLECTIONS, BANKRUPTCY, HOW TO COLLECT CHILD SUPPORT, DIVORCE WITH CHILDREN, and IMMIGRATION .
Call-a-Lawyer programs at Channel 9 need lawyers as often weekly to answer viewer/listener questions.
Attorneys are always needed to answer requests for Mock Trial support, career days, court tours, classroom presentations and public speaking.
A full list of programs and their descriptions is provided below for your convenience. Your unique and finely honed skills are always needed and gratefully appreciated by Public Legal Education. Volunteer early and volunteer often!
Community Based Projects
School Based Projects