The DBA Access to Justice Committee accepts nominations for Pro Bono Stars on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you would like to nominate someone as a Pro Bono Star, please email Virginia.McClerkin@denbar.org with subject “Pro Bono Star Nomination” and include the name and employer of the person you are nominating plus an explanation of the nominee’s pro bono work that you believe warrants recognition.
Cheyenne is an associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, where she focuses on litigation matters. In the last year alone, she has spent more than 300 hours working on pro bono matters. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Cheyenne has volunteered with the Federal Pro Se Clinic, where she advised two litigants regarding a contract dispute and defamation claims. She also volunteered through Downtown Denver Partnership’s efforts to clean up the downtown area after the recent protests. Cheyenne serves as her firm’s representative for the Legal Aid Foundation’s Associate’s Campaign.
Sonia Ramirez Anderson
Sonia is an attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP, where she focuses on helping companies navigate various employment related issues. Since 2016, Sonia has donated hundreds of pro bono hours to the Denver community representing local nonprofits and indigent clients. Recently, Sonia served as pro bono counsel for an elderly woman in a case alleging civil rights violations and seeking to restore her client’s disability accommodations. Sonia also provides pro bono counsel to Hands of the Carpenter, a nonprofit that serves single women in need. Sonia has also provided assistance to the Colorado Lawyers Committee Hate Crimes Program. She is an active member of Judge Adam Espinosa’s Dream Team, which provides a platform for diverse students to meet and seek mentorship from diverse legal professionals. She is currently serving her second term as Vice President of Committees for the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.
Felipe is an attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, where he focuses on civil rights and employment cases. Felipe has been providing essential pro bono legal services to the Denver Community over the last two years as coordinating attorney for the Mi Casa Resource Center Legal Clinic, which is sponsored by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. Through the Clinic as many as 40 individuals each month--many of them monolingual Spanish speakers--are provided free 30-minute legal consults with an attorney in criminal, family, employment, bankruptcy or housing law. Recently, Felipe championed Mi Casa’s efforts during the COVID-19 crisis to successfully transition the clinic to a virtual platform which has provided services to people in need during this challenging time.
Aurora is an associate attorney at Johnson & Klein, where she primarily focuses on civil rights cases. Aurora has been practicing law for about three years. In that time, Aurora has made an enormous contribution to the Denver legal community. Among other things, Aurora has represented at least six prisoners on a pro bono basis in submitting clemency requests to the Governor’s Office, defended protestors pro bono against criminal charges for their activism, taken several cases from the pro bono panel at the U.S. District Court of Colorado, and represented several prisoners pro bono seeking Special Needs Parole due to their medical vulnerability during the severe outbreak of COVID-19 in Colorado prisons. Aurora has also been a legal observer during recent civil rights protests and is providing pro bono representation to an individual arrested during the protests. In the past year alone, Aurora has represented 13 pro bono clients.
Jim has been a DBA member since 1974. Jim has been a part of the monthly ATJ Bankruptcy Clinic held at the Colorado Bankruptcy Court for the past fifteen+ years. He has given his expertise and other important information to individuals interested in filing their own bankruptcy. For the past several years Jim has been, with rare exception, the only attorney collaborating with bankruptcy court personnel in conducting this clinic. This Pro Se clinic may not have continued to function without his assistance. Jim has recently helped Metro Volunteer Lawyers with Bankruptcy applicants. Since the end of last year until the present, May 2020, he has taken six cases. Jim is also involved in advising the Federal Pro Se Clinic on their organization of a Bankruptcy clinic and has participated for the past several years in attending the monthly Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans clinic in assisting and answering questions of former veterans of our country’s armed forces.