Denver Bar Association Member Benefits Governance DBA Committees For the Public For the Media Metro Volunteer Lawyers DBA Young Lawyers Legal Resource Directory DBA Calendar Staff The Docket DBA Home

Spanish-Speaking Lawyers Committee

 

 

                                           MISSION 

 

          The CBA’s Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee ("SSLC")  provides a forum for Spanish-speaking legal professionals to build a network and engage in service projects benefiting Colorado's Spanish-speaking community. SSLC seeks to fulfill its mission by pursuing a variety of goals: Increase Spanish language proficiency among legal professionals; Explore and expand legal resources available to Colorado Spanish-speakers; Foster connections and share information to help members effectively represent their clients; Seek opportunities for international exchanges, dialogues, and partnerships among attorneys, judges, and other legal associations; Conduct community outreach and education addressing legal issues that impact the Spanish-speaking community; Promote access to justice for Colorado Spanish-speakers by collaborating with courts, bar associations, law schools, and other legal service organizations.

 

2013 BOARD MEMBERS

Roberto Ramirez, Committee Chair

Katharine Speer, Immediate Past Chair

Anna Martinez, Vice Chair

Veronique Van Gheem, Secretary

Grace Chisholm, Tech, Web & Communications

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

          Whether you are a beginning Spanish-speaker or fully fluent, there are many opportunities to get involved! We welcome all levels of Spanish-speakers.

          Our past activities include sponsoring legal fairs inside and outside the Denver-metro area, call-in legal nights with Telemundo, CLEs, translation projects for the Colorado Courts, creating pro se legal resources, and presentations for the "Our Courts" program.

          Come to one of our monthly meetings or happy hours to network with other Spanish-speaking legal professionals. See our events page to learn more about our services in your area. For more information or to become a member, contact the SSLC Committee Chair at  ColoradoSpanishSpeakingLawyers@gmail.com

          Like us on facebook: www.facebook.com/CBASSLC

 

Join our Google Discussion Group

 2012 SSLC Informational Brochure 

 2013 SSLC Event Calendar

 

RECENT NEWS:

SSLC Committee Chair was named 2013 Colorado Hispanic Lawyer of the Year! Read more on this website and on this bulletin.

 

 

CURRENT HAPPENINGS:

 

April 11th:
FREE Special Education Volunteer Attorney Training.  As the lead child advocacy agency in Colorado, the Children’s Law Center has expanded its services to include special education representation for low-income children with disabilities. Through this program, the Children’s Law Center offers free training and ongoing support for pro bono attorneys who advocate for children with disabilities.  Without legal advocacy when it is needed, children risk falling even further behind, being unfairly suspended or expelled, and dropping out.
 
The training is Friday, April 11, 2014 from 9 AM-3 PM at Polsinelli, 1515 Wynkoop Street, Suite 600, Denver, CO 80202, Lunch Provided, 6 CLE Credits Pending.
 
 
Please RSVP by Friday, April 4, 2014: kmelton@childlawcenter.org

-----------------------------------------------------------  

Arrupe Jesuit invites you to an Informational Breakfast at the Denver Country Club at 7:30am on Wednesday, April 16th.
 
Arrupe Jesuit High School is a Jesuit Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school that serves economically disadvantaged students from Denver’s inner-city neighborhoods.
 
The event is designed for those organizations that are open to learning more about a potential partnership with our Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) for the 2014-15 school years. If you or anyone from your organization could join them, they would love to have you participate.
 
They will have a student speak briefly about the CWSP opportunity and Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald, President of Megastar Financial Corporation, a current partner, who will share her experience with the program.
 
Please see the attachment for more details.
 
RSVP by April 11, 2014, to Sonia Flores
(303) 455-7449 ext. 238
SFlores@ArrupeJesuit.com

----------------------------------------------------------- 

This new comprehensive bilingual legal dictionary is intended for all people who deal with Spanish speaking clients with legal documents from other countries. The editor of this dictionary is a staff interpreter of the Colorado Courts with 25 years of court interpreting experience. He has also applied his extensive experience as a language teacher to ensure that this dictionary will be valuable for court interpreters, attorneys, and law students. It is an excellent study resource for those who wish to improve their legal vocabulary in Spanish and English, and especially to prepare for court interpreter certification exams.  The dictionary is full of legal terminology currently used in courtrooms and legal documents in the U.S.A. and Latin America.
 
Available in hard copy and as an e-book.
 

 

-----------------------------------------------------------

Project Safeguard

Please consider volunteering with Project Safeguard this year!!

Oh, you don’t know anything about Project Safeguard?  It is an organization that provides safety planning, legal advocacy, and direct court support to victims of domestic violence and abuse, ensuring their safety and survival. How can you say no to that?  We help them fill out forms to get them started with their first step to freedom.

     Class A Clinic: Jan. 1, Feb. 4, Mar. 4, Apr. 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4

  Class B Clinic: Apr. 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 30

Not a lawyer yet?  This is one of the few places where law students can really be used in a substantive manner!! 

Oh, your Spanish is rusty?  Start coming to our Spanish coffee group at the Market in Larimer Square on Friday mornings before you head off to work!!

I have attached information

Please let me know if you have any questions.

RamirezRoberto1@gmail.com303-396-9909

 

----------------------------------------------------------- 

A Guide for New Immigrants:

PRM (the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration http://www.state.gov/j/prm/ ) is moving a new effort around cultural orientation at the initial stages of resettlement. 

Here's the link to the website: http://www.culturalorientation.net/providing-orientation/toolkit/r-p-orientation-curriculum

And here is one from USCIS:

http://www.uscis.gov/tools/green-card-resources/welcome-united-states-guide-new-immigrants

-----------------------------------------------------------

Pro Bono Office Space (From one of our members)

I am a Hispanic Scholarship Fund recipient at Metro State and our officer, Nancy Hernandez, is currently in need of a place to office.  Nancy is a wonderful mentor and is doing so much for the Latino community...any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank You and Best Regards,

Juan Carlos Montanez

720-490-5585

 emailmontanez@gmail.com

-----------------------------------------------------------

 MISSION 

The CBA’s Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee provides a forum where Spanish-speaking legal professionals may develop and broaden the existing Spanish legal resources. We seek to share legal resources which will allow members to effectively represent their clients. We look to increase the level of Spanish proficiency in the Colorado legal system. We strive to identify opportunities for international exchanges between attorneys, judges, and other legal associations. Additionally, we help the needs of the Spanish-speaking communities in order to promote fair access to the legal system through a collaboration of the courts, bar associations, law schools, and other legal service organizations.  

 

2013 BOARD MEMBERS

Katharine Speer, Committee Chair

Roberto Ramirez, Immediate Past Chair

Anna Martinez, Vice Chair

Veronique Van Gheem, Secretary

 

GET INVOLVED!

Whether you are a beginning Spanish-speaker or fully fluent, there are many opportunities to get involved! We welcome all levels of Spanish-speakers.

Our past activities have include sponsoring legal fairs inside and outside the Denver-metro area, sponsoring a booth at Cinco de Mayo, call-in legal night with Telemundo, CLEs, translation projects for the Colorado Courts, creating pro se legal resources, and presentations for the "Our Courts" program.

Come to one of our monthly meetings or happy hours to network with other Spanish-speaking professionals. See our events page to learn more about our services in your area.

Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee Informational Brochure 

 

For more information or to become a member, contact the SSLC Committee Chair at

ColoradoSpanishSpeakingLawyers@gmail.com