Legislative Policy Committee

The Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) is the CBA’s legislative policy making arm during the legislative session. The LPC meets weekly during the legislative session to determine CBA positions from requests from the various sections and committees of the Bar Association.

The 2017/2018 CBA Committee Chair:
Dick Gast

CBA Staff Liaison:
Jeremy Schupbach

 

If you are a member of the LPC or a liaison to the LPC, please login to see meeting materials.

CBA Legislative Policy Videos

This is the first video in a series highlighting several bills being sponsored by the CBA.

HB 17- 1087 creates a pilot project for the Office of Public Guardianship this has been a project and effort of members of the CBA, the Judiciary and the legislature to provide critical services for indigent and incapacitated people.

Legislative Series — Office of Public Guardianship Pilot Project from Colorado Bar Association on Vimeo.

Legislative Policy Committee: Mission Statement

Core Values

The “core values” of the legislative policy committee (LPC) are those values that the LPC should always consider when deciding whether to take a position on an issue.  Those core values are:

Accuracy and Precision in Drafting

The LPC is not a drafting office, but should point out drafting errors and help improve the clarity of proposed legislation.  The LPC may do so even when it disagrees with the substance of proposed legislation, although there may be times when the LPC refuses to help clarify a bill that the LPC considers fundamentally bad.  The LPC must help ensure clarity in any legislation that it supports.

The Practice of Law

The LPC should generally get involved in legislation that affects the practice of law, the business of lawyering, the court system, and lawyers’ fees and lawyer-client relations.

The Wishes of the Membership

The LPC should, as much as possible, reflect the wishes of our constituents, i.e., the members of the CBA. To do this, the LPC should make sure:

  • That CBA committees and sections are involved in the process as early and as consistently as possible;
  • That relevant committees and sections review legislation before the LPC adopts a position;
  • That the LPC provides information and feedback to committees and sections to help them in their duties; and
  • That the LPC seeks input from members in other reasonable ways.

The Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado

The LPC should generally get involved in legislation, referenda and initiatives that affect issues of constitutional dimension, including the doctrine of separation of powers.

Access to Justice

The LPC should generally support legislation that supports and improves access to the justice system by all persons.

Independence of the Judiciary

Believing that an independent judiciary is a fundamental component of our democracy, the LPC should generally support legislation that supports and improves the independence of the judiciary.

Jury Trials

Believing that the right to a jury is a fundamental component of our justice system, the LPC should generally support legislation that supports and improves the right to a jury trial.