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Pro Bono/Volunteer Opportunities


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

With many options available to the busy attorney, the Bar works to fit members into the right volunteer opportunity. For more information about these law-related educational or legal services programs, please contact the CBA at 303-860-1115.

Pro Bono/Volunteer Opportunities

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. Please click on the links below for more information.

Commit and Be Recognized
The Colorado Supreme Court recognizes firms, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel groups who have committed to the annual goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services, averaged across the firm and pro-rated for part-time attorneys, primarily for the indigent or organizations that serve these populations.

Read the Chief Justice’s invitation to participate in Pro Bono Commitment and Annual Recognition of the Commitment’s Achievement.

Commitment
Commitment includes valuing at least 50 pro bono hours per year per attorney for all purposes of attorney evaluation, advancement, and compensation as the firm would value compensated client representation. This does not mean that a pro bono hour must necessarily be counted as a billable hour; rather, that the firm embraces performance of pro bono legal services as a core value and provides for a realistic billable hour expectation that encourages the performance of pro bono legal services as well.

See a list of law firms who have pledged to the Supreme Court's Pro Bono Recognition program.

Law Related Education/Public Legal Education


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 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 the Public Legal Education department at the Colorado Bar Association at 303-860-1115 or email ple@cobar.org.

  • 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
  • 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

 

  • 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.
    To volunteer for the Colorado High School Mock Trial program, email cbamock@cobar.org.

 

  • Our Courts Colorado
    Our Courts is a joint activity of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association that provides nonpartisan information programs to adult audiences around the state to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado. To volunteer or for more information email ourcourts@cobar.org.

Flood Relief

Volunteer attorney information is available here.

Ongoing support and assistance for flood victims and victims of other natural disasters. Click here for the assistance website for the public.

Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans

 

 

Veterans face a wide array of legal issues created by their unique circumstances. Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans is designed to provide veterans with assistance related to challenges in obtaining medical care, disability benefits, reemployment rights, consumer, housing, criminal and family law matters, and in obtaining legal counsel.

The Colorado Bar Association, in cooperation with a number of local bar associations, offers free legal clinics for veterans across Colorado.The clinics assist in understanding the legal processes and forms.

You can also find more information on the Colorado Military Pro Bono Project here.