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TCL > November 1998 Issue > Legal Help for the Poor in Colorado: Individual Lawyer Survey

The Colorado Lawyer
November 1998
Vol. 27, No. 11 [Page  41]

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Legal Services News

Legal Help for the Poor in Colorado: Individual Lawyer Survey
by Patricia Stout

The three federally funded legal services programs in Colorado provide legal services to indigent people in all Colorado counties. Federal regulations require that the programs allocate their scarce resources by setting priorities for the types of cases each program handles. The governing boards of each of the programs review these priorities annually through a priority-setting process. Historically, each program has established its priorities in somewhat different ways.

This year the programs are conducting a uniform statewide legal needs assessment. Questionnaires have been developed for completion by clients, judges, community and human services organizations, and bar associations. The survey instruments or questionnaires were designed to allow us to assess the legal needs of poor people throughout the state so that each program can determine how best to provide services in its service area and to delineate both common and distinct legal needs. These surveys will be distributed in November.

On behalf of Colorado Rural Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver, Pikes Peak/Arkansas River Legal Aid, and the poor people each program serves, we all thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey. We sincerely appreciate your help.

After you complete the following survey, please mail, fax, or e-mail your responses to one of the following three legal services programs:

Colorado Rural Legal Services, Inc.
655 Broadway, Suite 450
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: (303) 825-5532

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver
1905 Sherman St., 4th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: (303) 830-7860

Pikes Peak/Arkansas River Legal Aid
617 South Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Fax: (719) 471-1412

You may respond by e-mail to Pat Stout:
crlsinc@ix.netcom.com

You can fill out the survey while online and print and mail it, fax it, or simply click on the "submit" button to e-mail it.

The three legal services programs sincerely appreciate the cooperation of the Colorado Bar Association in publishing this survey and the help provided by Eric Liebman of the CBA Availability of Legal Services Committee.


Legal Services News is published bimonthly to apprise members of the bar of legal services projects, issues, and pro bono opportunities. Readers are encouraged to submit articles and topic ideas for this department to Department Editor Eric B. Liebman, an associate at Reiman & Bayaz, P.C., 1600 Broadway, #1340, Denver, CO 80202, (303) 860-1500.


SURVEY

In What Kinds of Cases Should Colorado Legal Services Programs Provide Assistance?

Your participation and response are very important to the programs. Please review and rate the legal subject areas listed below. Use your own judgment, experience, and knowledge. Rate each general problem as:

(1) very important; (2) important; (3) somewhat important; (4) not important.



1. CONSUMER/DEBTOR

(Problems with debts, collection agencies; garnishments; repossessions; bankruptcy)

2. CONSUMER/PURCHASING PROBLEMS

(Problems with faulty merchandise or dishonest seller practices, warranties; problems with repairs)

3. CONSUMER/OTHER

[Contracts; credit access; loans; public utilities (deposits, reconnections and shut-offs); low-income energy assistance (LIEAP)]

4. EDUCATION

(Special education; assistance and representation in due process hearings regarding school discipline, expulsions; discrimination)

5. EMPLOYMENT/PROBLEMS RELATED TO WAGES

(Employers who don't pay, don't pay the promised wage, or pay less than the minimum wage; bonuses that are not paid, unauthorized deductions from wages; contractors who charge for finding jobs)

6. EMPLOYMENT/TREATMENT AT WORK

(Retaliation for applying for: workers' compensation benefits; unemployment compensation; making a health or safety complaint; asking for better wages or working conditions; sexual harassment on the job; discrimination due to nationality, race, sex, age or due to physical handicap; farm labor contractors who recruit workers, but do not have work available)

7. DOMESTIC MATTERS/VIOLENCE AND ABUSE SITUATIONS

(Divorce; spouse abuse; restraining and protective orders; custody/visitation/parental rights terminations)

8. DOMESTIC MATTERS/OTHER

(Divorce and other family issues without abuse; including adoption, guardianship, name change, paternity)

9. HEALTH/SAFETY AT WORK

(Exposure to pesticides; lack of adequate bathrooms; lack of water and hand-washing facilities in the work area; hazards caused by ladders, tractors, or other machinery; requirement of using short-handed hoes)

10. HEALTH

(Medicaid, Medicare, Home Care Assistance; access to hospital and emergency care; Indian health care agencies)

11. HOUSING/PRIVATE

(Homeownership, evictions, security deposits)

12. HOUSING/SUBSIDIZED HOUSING

(Admissions, evictions; enforcement of tenants' rights; security deposits)

13. HOUSING/PROVIDED BY EMPLOYER

(Employer-/contractor-provided housing in bad condition; eviction without legal process; employer/contractor charging rent after promising free housing; withholding of security deposits; unavailability of housing)

14. INCOME MAINTENANCE/DISABILITY

(Social Security, SSI, Black Lung, Workers' Compensation, Veteran's Benefits)

15. INCOME MAINTENANCE/OTHER

[Temporary Assistance to Needy Family (TANF) (formerly AFDC); food stamps; Women, Infant, and Children's Benefits (WIC); Unemployment Compensation; Old Age Pension (OAP)]

16. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

(Immigration; mental health; rights of the physically disabled; guardianship)

17. INDIAN/TRIBAL LAW

(Indian Civil Rights Act; enforcement of Indian and/or Tribal Laws; Bureau of Indian Affairs probates)

18. MISCELLANEOUS

(Driver's license suspensions and revocations; wills and power of attorney probate)

19. COMMUNITY LEGAL EDUCATION

(Need for information of individual legal rights regarding domestic matters, consumer and tenants rights, and availability of and eligibility for public assistance and benefits)

20. CIVIL RIGHTS

(Lack of qualified Spanish-speaking interpreters in the courts, police stations, welfare offices or other public offices; government officials detaining or questioning individuals without cause; entering and inspecting homes without permission or authority; discrimination by government officials, including police; discrimination based on race or ethnicity, gender, religion, age, or handicap)

21. IMMIGRATION/NATURALIZATION

(Assistance with applications; representation at hearings, interviews and appeals)

22. ELDERLY/NURSING HOMES

(Elder abuse; fraud on the elderly; guardianships; problems with nursing homes, e.g., access, quality of care, evictions)

23. PRO SE MATERIALS

(consumer, education, employment, domestic, health, housing, income maintenance, individual rights, civil rights)

24. OTHER LEGAL PROBLEMS

(Please Explain)
OR and start over
 

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