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Court Announces Pilot Program For Pro Bono Work

LAW WEEK COLORADO

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado announces a pilot program that creates a panel of attorneys who have agreed to accept pro bono appointments to represent indigent pro se litigants in civil cases.

As a means to reimburse attorneys who accept cases as volunteers, the pilot program includes provisions for the faculty of federal advocates to manage the reimbursement of expenses, funded in part by grants to the faculty from the court.

Funding for the grants will derive from an increase in attorney admission fees and a one-time renewal fee for current members of the bar. Current members will be expected to pay the renewal fee by July 1.

A link to a description of the pilot program can be found at www.cod.uscourts.gov or can be obtained at the office of the court clerk at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse Annex located at 901 19th St., Denver, CO 80294.

A 30 day notice and comment period about the pilot program commences today and the court welcomes comments from court users, members of the bar and the public at large. Send your comments or suggestions to LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov or mail them to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Attn: Edward Butler, Legal Officer, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse Annex, 901 19th St., Denver, CO 80294.

Comments must be submitted no later than May 13.

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