Legal Assistance Programs
Free or Low-Fee Legal Assistance
These programs are sponsored by the Colorado and/or Denver Bar Associations:
CBA's Pro Bono Appellate ProgramThe Appellate Pro Bono Program of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) is a pilot program that provides pro bono attorneys to represent indigent pro se litigants in civil cases pending before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. This program applies only to civil cases. It does not apply to unemployment, prison discipline, or criminal cases. To apply, call the Colorado Bar Association at (303) 860-1115.
KUSA-TV Law Line 9 - (303) 698-0999 The Denver Bar Association has partnered with 9News to provide a weekly ask-a-lawyer program every Wednesday from 4:00-6:30 p.m.that is designed to provide legal information based on brief descriptions of legal issues and suggestions where the individual may go for legal assistance. Attorney volunteers do not give out personal contact information and are asked not to use their full name. Volunteer attorneys simply offer free legal information to callers. A list of scheduled topics is available at www.denbar.org or www.9news.com (under news tab, 9 line schedule)
Denver Bar Association Legal Clinics The Denver Bar Association offers pro se (do-it-yourself) litigant clinics on the subjects of Bankruptcy, Divorce, Small Claims and Collections. These clinics assist in understanding the legal processes and forms. They do not provide explicit legal advice nor will they directly assist in completing forms.
Metro Volunteer Lawyers(MVL) Denver Metro Area residents: If your income is at or below 125% of federal poverty guidelines and you need help with your civil legal issue (not criminal), you may qualify for pro bono (free) or low-fee legal services. Call (303) 837-1313 to apply. Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ volunteer attorneys assist with civil legal cases for little or no fee. Processing for Metro Volunteer Lawyers applications is done by Colorado Legal Services. Literally thousands of people call each year for legal help putting extraordinary pressure on available volunteer attorneys. Since demand far exceeds supply, MVL may not be able to meet your immediate needs.
Colorado Legal Servicesis a non-profit corporation that has assisted persons with low income and seniors in the State of Colorado for over 85 years. The mission of Colorado Legal Services is to provide meaningful access to high quality, civil legal services in the pursuit of justice for as many low-income persons and members of vulnerable populations throughout Colorado as possible.To apply for legal assistance, call (303) 837-1313.
Metropolitan Lawyer Referral ServicesYou may be able to find a lawyer who will represent you on a reduced fee or payments over time basis by calling lawyers who you learn about from friends, the yellow pages, or who are listed on the Metropolitan Lawyer Referral Service website: http://www.mlrsonline.org/.
Other helpful websites:
• 2011 Denver Bar Association Legal Resource Directory(The Legal Resource Directory is available for download in a PDF format. This resource directory is provided by the Denver Access to Justice Committee.)
• Colorado Statewide Directory of Local Pro Bono Programs View the directory of pro bono programs around the state.