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.