|Chief Justice Rice Proclaims Oct. 23-29 as Pro Bono Week|
Friday, October 21, 2016
DENVER – Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Legal Service Commitment and Recognition Program, Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice has proclaimed Oct. 23-29, 2016, as Pro Bono Week.
While many in the legal community work tirelessly to provide legal services for the indigent, they cannot meet the demand of the more than 500,000 people in Colorado who fall below the poverty line and need legal assistance with civil matters. The Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Commitment Program seeks to help fill that gap.
“It is a fundamental and essential right in our society that people have access to justice,” Chief Justice Rice said. “Colorado attorneys, providing pro bono legal services through the Court’s program, are making a positive difference to ensure that Coloradans of limited means are prepared for their day in court.”
The pro bono commitment program encourages every Colorado attorney to provide at least 50 hours of legal services at no charge, primarily to indigent people and/or organizations serving indigent people.
In 2007, the Colorado Supreme Court began recognizing those law firms and solo practitioners making the commitment and achieving the 50-hour goal. Law firms achieving the goal must complete 50 hours of pro bono service annually, on average, for all attorneys within the firm. In calendar year 2015, 308 firms and solo practitioners committed to achieving the 50-hour goal; 158 met the goal.
A complete listing of the participating law firms and solo practitioners has been posted to the Court’s Webpage.