Angela Arkin will offer pro se support through the Harris Law Firm
By Tony Flesor
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Former 18th District Judge Angela Arkin returned to the other side of the bench this month when she joined The Harris Law Firm.
The retired judge made an unusual move in her transition back to private practice, however, with the creation of an experimental program designed to provide modest means services for people seeking help in family court. Arkin fulfilled a long-time goal of adding more available legal services to the community through The Harris Law Firm Self-Represented Resource Center.
Arkin quoted her husband in the description of the new program: A “doc in the box” for family legal services. The idea is to have legal professionals — herself, a new lawyer and a senior paralegal for the time being — available to offer out-of-court legal help similar to the way urgent care centers provide medical services without requiring a full medical history or an ongoing client-provider relationship. The goal is to offer unbundled services in an novel way — not as a feeder to other legal services but as a separate and distinct option, Arkin said.
The resource center will offer consultation and advice, assistance with document preparation, assistance with child support and maintenance calculation, process preparation and coaching, and suggestions for other experts and professionals.