What is SOLACE?

Answer: SOLACE is a network of individuals within the legal community who are willing to consider assisting others in need because of a sudden catastrophic event such as illness, injury, fire or natural disaster. It is administered through the Colorado Bar Association. LaMar Jost, volunteer chair of the SOLACE Committee, coordinates requests and responses. Other coordinators will be designated in the future.

How did SOLACE originate?

Answer: SOLACE started in Louisiana. It was conceived by United States District Court Judge Jay Zainey of New Orleans as a way for the bar to reach out in a meaningful way when a member of the legal community suffered a loss or developed a need as the result of a sudden catastrophic event.

Who qualifies for assistance through SOLACE?

Answer: Any judge, lawyer, paralegal, legal assistant, legal administrator, or judge anyone who is employed by a law firm, a court, or the Colorado Bar Association, and their family members), are eligible for assistance through SOLACE. As we do not have the capacity to do all things for all people, the scope of the SOLACE program is limited to the categories listed.

Who receives SOLACE emails?

Answer: From time to time, members of the CBA will receive a request to sign up for the SOLACE email listserv through the bimonthly enewsletter the C-Brief.

Will I be asked for money?

Answer: SOLACE will not solicit cash contributions. The point of SOLACE is to tap into the legal community’s network of contacts. Often what is needed are in-kind donations or non-monetary assistance such as transportation, housing, or a medical referral. Any monetary donations that SOLACE receives will be returned to the donor.

How do I receive more information on SOLACE?

Answer: You can sign up for the SOLACE listserv by clicking here. The listserv is where we will send out notices about requests for assistance. Each SOLACE request generates only one email. You can expect to receive one or two emails per month. If you are able to assist, the email will contain information regarding how to contact the person in need or that person’s representative. If you are not able to assist, there will be no further contacts regarding the request.

Otherwise you can find abbreviated descriptions of those requests in our bimonthly enewsletter the C-Brief.

How do I opt out of SOLACE listserv emails?

Answer: If you do not wish to receive SOLACE listserv emails, reply to any SOLACE email you receive and request to be removed from the mailing or follow the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any SOLACE listerv email.

How is SOLACE funded and administered?

Answer: SOLACE is a program of the Colorado Bar Association. LaMar Jost is the volunteer chair of the SOLACE Committee, and coordinates requests and responses. Additional coordinators will be added in the future.

How may I submit a request for SOLACE assistance?

Answer: To submit a request for SOLACE assistance for yourself or another member of the legal community, start with an email to SOLACE@cobar.org, briefly identifying and describing the crisis and needs.

If I have a need and make a request through SOLACE, will my confidentiality be maintained?

Answer: Confidentiality is of paramount concern. If you have a need, a SOLACE administrator will work with you to write an email that explains the need and maintains your confidentiality. You will need to provide contact information for potential donors, but you are encouraged to use an anonymous email address for this purpose if you are concerned about confidentiality. Depending on the nature of the request, you may also wish to designate a family member to receive the SOLACE responses.