Coleman Law--Reflections on 2017

As we are still early in the new year, I want to take a moment to reflect over the last year.

I started Coleman Law in late September 2017.  I formed Coleman Law to do what I love best—help lawyers with their legal research and writing needs.  I work with lawyers and clients across Colorado to provide alternative, low-cost representation on a freelance or contract basis. 

I chose this business model for several reasons.  First, I truly enjoy legal research and writing.  It is the part of the practice of law that I like best.  I want to invest my professional energy in continuing to develop these skills.  Second, I love supporting other lawyers and helping them sustain and grow their practices.  I often work with busy solo or small firm practitioners, especially in rural Colorado.  I understand the unique challenges of solo/small firm practice because I have been there myself.  I know that they're busy, they're really busy.  These lawyers do not have someone else in the office to help moderate their workflow.  I can add value by giving them the option to add capacity to their practice without the long-term commitment of adding another employee.  Finally, I chose to provide freelance legal research and writing services because it offers me the opportunity to balance my professional life and personal life.  I get to practice law from paradise, Crested Butte, and still be a stay-at-home mom (most days).  I feel very fortunate indeed.

In 2017, I exceed my goal for pro bono hours.  I volunteered with Colorado Legal Services San Luis Valley virtual legal aid clinic and worked with a public interest organization.  I look forward to continuing to provide pro bono representation in 2018.

I also assumed responsibility for coordinating the Gunnison County Inns of Court, our local bar association.  I took over from my mentor and former employer, Luke Danielson, who served as coordinator for many years.  I want to use this forum to highlight access to justice issues and resources for rural practitioners.

I gave a CLE presentation to my local bar association on the Ethical Considerations in the use of Freelance Legal Services.  I will be sharing this presentation with other bar associations and writing an article for the Colorado Lawyer on this topic.

As I look back over the last year and the formation of Coleman Law, I realize how privileged I am to practice law.  I am thankful for the incredibly decent and generous people in this profession.  I am excited about the prospects for “serving Colorado clients, supporting Colorado lawyers” in 2018.