LAW WEEK COLORADO
Colorado’s Access to Justice Commission is among seven such commissions nationwide receiving grants from the American Bar Association to help their efforts to promote legal service for people of limited mens.
The grants are funded by the Public Welfare Foundation, the Bauman Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.
The innovation grants will fund projects that will help expand the availability of lawyers who provide services to clients on individual tasks — known as limited-scope representation — and other models for affordable services; improve language access and eliminate implicit cultural bias in the justice system; and use public libraries as access points for legal aid.
Access to justice commissions are formal entities that bring together the highest level of the state’s courts, organized bar and other stakeholders to support the expansion of access to justice in civil matters for low-income and other disadvantaged people. As of October, 27 states and the District of Columbia have access to justice commissions.