Colorado Legal Services is among a list of 15 recipients of the Legal Services Corporation’s $132,416 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant. The Pro Bono Innovation Fund is intended to encourage and expand pro bono efforts and partnerships to serve more low-income clients.
Colorado Legal Services will use the grant to better serve rural communities. It will explore changes that will allow lawyers and other volunteers living in metropolitan areas to more easily assist low-income clients in rural areas. The organization will incorporate a new element into two law clinics: document drafting using non-attorney volunteers. Law students and paralegals will be recruited, trained, and supervised to assist in the initial drafting of court documents for family law and record-sealing and expungement cases.
The grant will also allow Colorado Legal Services to conduct more thorough evaluation and data collection from its clinics, including measuring actual outcomes of clinic clients.
“Colorado Legal Services is a valuable resource for our community, and our office often refers constituents to them, “Rep. Ed Perlmutter said in a press release. “I’m pleased they will be able to expand some of their existing services with this grant and help more people access high-quality legal services.”
Colorado Legal Services is one of 15 recipients of grants from LSC’s $4 million Pro Bono Innovation Fund, a program that invests in projects that identify and promote replicable innovations in pro bono for low-income legal aid clients. This is the fourth year LSC has awarded Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants.