Talmage Takes Reins of Colo. Lawyers Committee
by Karen Bries
CLC's new executive director leads 20-year-old pro bono organization.
The Colorado Lawyers Committee, a 20-year-old membership organization that dedicates itself to pro bono work, has a new executive director.
Constance C. Talmage, an attorney whose legal career has spanned the gamut, started as executive director at the beginning of November. She replaced Mary Ricketson, now dean of the DU College of Law.
"I'm excited and proud to be the director of an organization with such an outstanding history of contribution to the community," Talmage says. "I look forward to furthering that."
Talmage comes to the Colorado Lawyers Committee after being an attorney at Holland & Hart and a partner at Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe in the '70's and '80's. From 1990-92, she worked for the Colorado Judicial Institute as the project director for their ADR program. Furthering her work in ADR, from 1992-96 Talmage was director of the Colorado Judicial Branch's Office of Dispute Resolution. She has been an adjunct professor at DU since 1996 and serves frequently as an arbitrator in construction disputes.
Glen Keller, past president of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, says, "Mary Ricketson was one of the greatest cheerleaders of the world for CLC, and I am convinced Connie will continue her role."
The Colorado Lawyers Committee is a group of 38 metro area law firms who work on many kinds of pro bono cases and projects. They receive their funding from membership dues and some grants, including the Colorado Bar Foundation.
Some of the committee's cases this year made big splashes. They filed a complaint on behalf of welfare recipients who had lost benefits after being sanctioned without due process under the new welfare reform rules. Families in Adams and Denver counties recovered nearly $2 million.
The Lawyers Committee was also instrumental in passage of a $190 million capital construction bill to better deteriorating public school facilities.
Randy Barnhart, the current president of CLC, says, "The main difference between us and other pro bono programs is that we don't handle many cases involving individuals. We try to get involved systemically."
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