Last month, I participated in a Colorado Legal Services virtual legal aid clinic. This innovative clinic uses technology to connect lawyers throughout Colorado to clients in the San Luis Valley. The Saguache Public Library in Saguache County and the Blanca/Fort Garland Library in Costilla County host the clinic. The lawyer connects with clients by Zoom videoconferencing and uses Google Docs to send closing letters and additional information. I was so impressed by how smoothly the clinic is run and how effectively it leverages technology.
I decided to commit to volunteering for as many of these clinics as I can. Access to justice in rural Colorado is a topic near and dear to me. I live in rural Gunnison County, and am surrounded by some very rural counties (Saguache County, served by the clinic, is directly south of Gunnison County and has a density of less than 2 people per square mile).
I provide freelance legal services, and I primarily serve other rural lawyers and their clients. Like the Colorado Legal Services Clinic, I also rely on technology such as videoconferencing and document sharing to connect with people across Colorado.
I will serve as a volunteer attorney for the next San Luis Valley virtual legal aid clinic on November 30, 2017 at 5 pm. There won't be a clinic in December due to the holidays, but the clinic will resume in January 2018. This is a wonderful pro bono opportunity for Colorado lawyers. See the flyer below for more information.