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Department of Local Bar Relations & Access to Justice



Colorado Bar Association
Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice Department


Kathleen Schoen, 303.860.1115,
Robin Van Atta, 303.860.1115,

The Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice Department consists of three divisions: Local Bar Relations, Access to Justice and Family Violence Program.

Local Bar Relations
The department acts as a liaison between the CBA and local bars, including coordinating presidential visits; facilitating communication among local bar leadership and executive directors; serving as editor for Bar News  in The Colorado Lawyer; and providing  information about special projects, such as Law Day.

Access to Justice
The department staffs the Access to Justice Commission and its subcommittees (Courts, Local Access to Justice Support, Public Information, Resources, and Second Season of Service).  The department facilitates communication among local access to justice committees, the ATJ Commission, and pro bono coordinators.

Family Violence Program
In September 1996, then president of the Colorado Bar Association, Miles Cortez, convened a task force, charging it with the responsibility of recommending to the Board of Governors how the CBA's "resources and incomparable public spirit can be most productively applied" to stem the epidemic of family violence. After eight months of study, the Task Force presented a proposal to the Board of Governors recommending the creation of a family violence program. The Board of Governors enthusiastically committed to the program in May 1997.

Current projects include: Domestic Violence Make It Your Business, Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention, and Domestic Violence and Legal Issues (including revision of the Domestic Violence Benchbook).

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