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Do you need to find some self-help information for your questions?

Why can't the CBA offer legal assistance?

What Law Related Education publications are available?

What is Lawline 9?

What is the phone number for Lawline 9?

Can non-attorneys join the CBA?

What is a clinic?

What is mock trial?

What is Pro Se?

Can I make my own will?


Do you need to find some self-help information for your questions?

Answer: Start by using the Colorado Legal Services help page at http://www.coloradolegalservices.org/co/index.cfm

Why can't the CBA offer legal assistance?

Answer: The Colorado Bar Association is a voluntary membership organization of attorneys and legal professionals in Colorado. The CBA is dedicated to improving the administration of justice, advancing the interests of the profession, and serving the public.  The CBA does not have attorneys on staff to answer legal questions or give legal advice. We do maintain a "Find A Lawyer" directory on our website for the public to search Colorado attorneys by name, city and practice area. And we are able to provide information to the public on clinics and other resources for the public to seek out legal advice.

What Law Related Education publications are available?

Answer:    The CBA Public Legal Education Department has a library of educational materials related to law and justice. Curricula, texts, publications, videos, workbooks, and handbooks on the constitution, practical law and mock trials are available for any grade level. In addition, a small selection of videos are available with practical tips in such areas as buying a house, small claims, doing your own divorce, evictions, etc. Educators and members of the general public may request materials be loaned. In some cases, there may be a modest loan/rental fee. Inquiries should be directed to Carolyn Gravit, Director of Public Legal Education at (303) 860-1115.

What is Lawline 9?

Answer: Ask-A-Lawyer programs are designed to provide information on options, legal information based on brief descriptions of legal issues, and suggestions where the individual may go for legal assistance. They are designed to aid understanding of legal issues and not designed to provide specific legal advice for individual circumstances. Call in Program every Wednesday from 4:15-6:30 p.m. Lawline Number: (303) 698-0999. Channel 9 - www.9news.com

What is the phone number for Lawline 9?

Answer:    (303) 698-0999 Channel 9 - www.9news.com

Can non-attorneys join the CBA?

Answer: Yes, as Associate members or Patrons of the Bar. An Associate member is one who, under the supervision of a practicing attorney, is directly involved in assisting that attorney and/or other attorneys on a day-to-day basis with the delivery of legal services. Paralegals, legal assistants, law office administrators, legal secretaries, and court personnel are all eligible for Associate membership. All Associate members are required to have one of their supervising attorneys, who must also be a current CBA member, sponsor their annual renewal. Associate members have the right to belong to sections, committees, or forum committees, but may not vote or hold office. Dues are fixed by the CBA Board of Governors, and are currently set at $100.00.

A Patron of the Bar is defined as a non-lawyer who, or an organization that, provides ancillary goods or services to attorneys or the legal profession. Patrons include but are not limited to Mediators, Certified Public Accountants, Private Investigators, Court Reporters, Educators, Consultants, Vendors, Companies, and Corporate Associations. While the dues are set by the CBA Membership Services Committee, Patron status is not a membership category, and Patrons may not refer to themselves as "members" of the CBA. The appropriate designation is "Patron of the Bar." Current dues are $250.00.

What is a clinic?

Answer: Clinics provide overviews of the legal processes and legal forms and are designed for the pro se litigant, i.e., do-it-yourself. They are overview only. The volunteer attorneys cannot answer specific or detailed questions concerning unique individual circumstances, assist in completing specific individual forms, provide specific legal advice for individuals, or provide individual representation.

What is mock trial?

Answer:  The Colorado Bar Association coordinates the Colorado High School Mock Trial Program for Colorado high school teams. If you are a school that would like to inquire and/or participate in the program, or an attorney or community member who would like to volunteer for any regional tournaments or the state tournament, please contact Carolyn Gravit at cgravit@cobar.org.

What is Pro Se?

Answer: pro se litigant, i.e., do-it-yourself

Can I make my own will?

Answer: Yes, you can make your own will.  Bradford Publishing (http://www.bradfordpublishing.com) offers Colorado-specific fill-in-the-blank will forms, kits for multiple wills, and power of attorney and living will forms.  Major office supply and legal stationery stores often have general forms for basic wills and related documents, though not usually state specific.  The Colorado Bar Association has brochures under the "For the Public" section of its website that provide an overview.