The CHBA's Pro Bono Committee is recording pro bono
hours completed by CHBA members for the 2019 calendar year. The CHBA's
goal is to report to the Colorado Supreme Court that our members
collectively rendered a total of 10,000 pro bono service hours.
If you perform, or have performed, any pro bono service
in 2019, please submit your name, number of hours, organization,
address, phone number and projects worked on to Marisela Sandoval at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is January 3, 2020 by 5:00 pm.
CHBA members who complete 50 hours or more of pro bono service will be recognized in the CHBA Annual Banquet brochure and on the CHBA website.
Pro Bono Committee
FAQs about pro bono
Why should I do pro bono work?
Pursuant to Rule 6.1 of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, every lawyer has a responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay.
How many hours should I aspire to render?
According to Rule 6.1, a lawyer should aspire to render at least fifty hours of pro bono service each year.
What counts as "pro bono" service?
Lawyers can fulfill their pro bono responsibility by:
- providing free legal services to persons of limited means or organizations that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means;
- providing legal services at no fee or substantially reduced fee to individuals, groups or organizations seeking to protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, or other organizations furthering their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization's economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate;
- providing legal services at a substantially reduced fee to persons of limited means; or
- participating in activities for improving the law, legal system or legal profession including serving on bar association committees, serving on boards of pro bono or legal services programs, taking part in Law Day activities, acting as a CLE instructor, mediator or arbitrator, and engaging in legislative lobbying to improve the law legal system or profession.
I am having trouble finding pro bono opportunities. What should I do?
CHBA sponsors several free legal clinics that need lawyers like you! Please see the CHBA Weekly Update email or visit our website for more details.
What if I haven't completed fifty hours of pro bono service? Should I still report my hours to the Pro Bono Committee?
Yes! Even if you complete 1 hour of service, please report so we can reach our collective goal of 10,000 pro bono hours.
Should I worry about checking for a conflict of interest when rendering short-term limited legal services like participating in a free legal clinic?
No, unless you are already aware of the conflict, you don't have to worry about screening for conflicts of interest. See RPC 6.5.
Email Marisela Sandoval at email@example.com
to join this commitment!