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Volunteer Opportunities

The Colorado Bar Association encourages members to engage in volunteer opportunities that positively affect communities and the Association itself. These Bar programs are designed to provide public legal education and legal services to the public, and professional development and networking opportunities to its members.

Volunteering with any one of these programs combines an attorney’s creativity and expertise to make a difference within the community. With many options available to the busy attorney, the Bar works to fit members into the right volunteer opportunity.

Anyone from the community can benefit from one or more of these programs. For more information about these law-related educational or legal services programs, please contact us at 303.860.1115.

Community Based Projects: 

Law line 9
Staff a Law line 9 Call-in program. Answer general legal questions and provide legal information and referrals to other community legal resources. Weekly Topics vary and legal resource information provided. 
Time Commitment: 1.5 hours
Timing: Year-round every Wednesday. (4:00 PM-5:30PM)
 
Veterans’ Stand Down
Assist homeless vets by answering legal questions and offering legal information and referrals to other community legal resources. Legal resource information provided.
Time Commitment: 2 hour shifts
Timing: November
 
Pro Se Clinics
Conduct a pro se legal clinic for the community. Clinics are on a variety of topics, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Small Claims, Collections, Veterans
Time Commitment: 2 hours + prep time
Timing: Ongoing during the year; once a month
 
School Based Projects:
Constitution Day
Speak to a class about the constitution.
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours
Timing: On September 17th or week of.
 
Court Tours
Take classes on tour of the local City/County Courthouse; training/orientation provided. Non-litigators welcomed.
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours 
Timing: Ongoing during school year, depending upon school requests
 
Career Days
Speak about the legal profession to a classroom; or at a CBA/DBA sponsored booth.
Time Commitment: 3 hours
Timing: Ongoing during the school year, depending upon school request

DPS Guest Teaching Initiative
Volunteer for a day in a Denver Public School Classroom.
Time Commitment: 4-8 hours 
Timing: Ongoing during school year, depending on school requests
 
Law Day Art Contest
Speak to a K-5 grade classes about the Law Day Theme and explain details about the contest.
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours 
Timing: January, February

In Class Law Mock Trials
Visit a classroom to help implement and explain what a mock trial is and how it works. Teachers work with students in advance. Mock Trial Scripts are available for elementary, middle, and high school classes. 
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours
Timing: Ongoing during the school year, depending upon school request

P.A.L.S. (Partner Alliance of Lawyers and Schools)
Adopt a school and promote our programs in the school.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours 
Timing: Ongoing during school year 3-6 times a year, depending on school requests
 
So You are 18 Now
Speak to High School Students about their rights as adults.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours 
Timing: Ongoing during school year, depending on school requests
 
Speakers
Speak to a class on any one of a variety of topics.
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours 
Timing: Ongoing during school year, depending on school requests

We the People Congressional Hearings
Judge student's on a  congressional hearing
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours 
Timing: Ongoing during school year, depending on school requests
 
Colorado Mock Trial Program:
Attorney Coaches: Partner with teachers to coach students about mock trial elements and prepare a case problem for regional/state mock trial competition.
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Assistant Attorney Coaches: Assist primary attorney coaches with preparation of mock trial teams.  
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Scoring Panelists: Adjudicate mock trial rounds at the regional/state tournament. An orientation and Bench Brief provided in advance. 
Time Commitment:  3-4 hours

Courtroom Monitors:   Monitor courtroom(s) and rounds during Mock Trial Tournament. An orientation and checklist provided.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Access to Justice: Pro Bono Opportunities: To help support the Colorado Supreme Court’s new Law Firm Pro Bono Initiative (as described in the revised comment to CRCP Rule 6.1), and the pro bono efforts of all attorneys, the Access to Justice Commission has compiled a compendium of pro bono opportunities.  This listing describes the opportunities available in a number of organizations throughout Colorado.  The compendium includes opportunities for transactional lawyers as well as litigators.