SSLC Member Jerome DeHerrera is Selected as Denver Public School's General Counsel.
Alex Martinez, the former Colorado Supreme Court Justice who joined Denver Public Schools in 2013, has announced his retirement after serving as one of the district's most trusted advisers on strategic and equity matters in his role as General Counsel. We also want to welcome Jerome DeHerrera, who will serve as the district's General Counsel, advising the elected school board, superintendent and senior leaders of the state's largest school district on all legal matters. Jerome, a graduate of Colorado College, Georgetown University, and Stanford Law, joined DPS in 2013 as Deputy General Counsel. In private practice, he specialized in education law and performed significant pro-bono work, including representing the plaintiffs in one of Colorado's longest-running disputes over land grant rights established in the San Luis Valley in the 1850s. Jerome and his wife Cristal are the proud parents of two DPS elementary students who love expeditionary learning. Jerome grew up in Aurora and his family has called Northern New Mexico and the San Luis Valley home for generations that date back to the time before Colorado's statehood.
Defending the Dignity of Work
Towards Justice is recruiting bilingual (English and Spanish) legal intake volunteers to help respond to the tremendous need in the Latino community for legal representation in wage theft and other employment law matters. This is a great opportunity to give back, and to collaborate with an exciting, entrepreneurial legal-services organization. Join us!
Host Organization: Towards Justice defends economic stability for working families by providing direct legal services to low-wage, immigrant workers, facilitating access to justice in wage theft cases, and strengthening state and municipal worker protections. Meanwhile, Towards Justice uses hard data to change the conversation about the immigrant workforce in Colorado, and to enhance the legal and reputational repercussions for abusive employment practices.
Bilingual Legal Intake Volunteer Opportunity: This opportunity is ideal for an individual comfortable communicating in both Spanish and English who is interested in protecting low-wage, immigrant workers from employment law abuses. The Volunteer will have the opportunity to interact directly with potential clients, develop detailed factual records, and update case tracking systems. This experience will not only provide professional development opportunities, but also personal fulfillment.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English
- Committed to empowering marginalized workers and expanding access to justice
- Excellent interpersonal skills, calm telephone demeanor, and a sense of humor
- Superior organizational skills
Preparing to serve as a Bilingual Legal Intake Volunteer requires participation in one, two (2) hour training session at Towards Justice, and a commitment to working with Towards Justice for three to five hours per week for +/-10 weeks. Upcoming trainings are scheduled for January 2015. Other trainings may be scheduled depending on demand, so bring your friends!
Bilingual Legal Intake Volunteers generously volunteer their time to Towards Justice, and become part of a passionate team committed to defending the dignity of hard work.
If you are interested in joining our team, please email us atin...@towardsjustice.org Give a sense of your experience working with marginalized populations, your commitment to helping the Latino community in Colorado, and your ability to donate your time to Towards Justice. Please also let us know which upcoming training you plan to attend. Thank you! We look forward to working with you.
“Our Courts” is a joint activity of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association that provides nonpartisan information programs to audiences around the state to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado.
Volunteer attorneys, law students, and judges have been to numerous communities in Colorado and some in Wyoming. This program has been acknowledged both regionally and nationally, including praise from United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
The Our Courts Hispanic Outreach (OCHO) is a subsection of “Our Courts.” Please join judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals for a free training. There is no commitment that you join the subcommittee or volunteer. Simply take a little time out of your Saturday for a great nationally recognized program.
This new comprehensive bilingual legal dictionary is intended for all people who deal with Spanish speaking clients with legal documents from other countries. The editor of this dictionary is a staff interpreter of the Colorado Courts with 25 years of court interpreting experience. He has also applied his extensive experience as a language teacher to ensure that this dictionary will be valuable for court interpreters, attorneys, and law students. It is an excellent study resource for those who wish to improve their legal vocabulary in Spanish and English, and especially to prepare for court interpreter certification exams. The dictionary is full of legal terminology currently used in courtrooms and legal documents in the U.S.A. and Latin America.
Available in hard copy and as an e-book. http://www.bradfordpublishing.com/Attorneys/Law-Practice-Legal-Reference/Legal-Translation-and-Court-Interpreting-Dictionary-English-Spanish-Spanish-English
A Guide for New Immigrants
PRM (the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration http://www.state.gov/j/prm/ ) is moving a new effort around cultural orientation at the initial stages of resettlement.
Here's the link to the website: http://www.culturalorientation.net/providing-orientation/toolkit/r-p-orientation-curriculum
And here is one from USCIS:
FREE Unaccommpanied Alien Children Training
This is a fascinating program since it is from the Court’s perspective. This webinar is extremely helpful in understanding state and federal law related to the influx of unaccompanied minors.
The National Center for State Courts, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, recently hosted a webinar, “Crossing the Border: How the Unaccompanied Minor Crisis Will Impact Your Court,” to help state courts across the country learn how this issue could impact them.
Panelists presented statistics on this recent trend, explained the state courts' role, shared effective court practices, and provided recommendations for state courts to prepare for this influx of unaccompanied children.
Panelists included Judge Patricia A. Macias (ret.), Casey Family Programs; John Martin, Ph.D., Center for Public Policy Studies; and David Slayton, Administrative Director of Office of Court Administration, Texas.
Aquí está el link: http://icmelearning.com/