Colorado’s first attorney incubator celebrated its official start Thursday evening at LawBank.
Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice, a small-business incubator for lawyers looking to develop legal practices focused on low- and middle-income Coloradans celebrated its start and its inaugural cohort of attorneys. The organization is led by executive director Laurie Gilbertson and is made up of a board consisting of small firm, large firm and legal community leaders such as board chair and retired Faegre Baker Daniels partner Dave Stark and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart.
LEJ’s goal is to provide support and mentorship to young attorneys while also serving the people who often fall through the gaps in receiving legal services because they either can’t afford the price of a lawyer or don’t qualify for legal aid because of their income or the type of legal services that qualify.
“The access to justice problem that is suffered by 80% of the folks in the United States is the people that can’t qualify for legal aid because they make too much money but they couldn’t hire a lawyer if they have to,” said LEJ board chair Dave Stark. “They’re the folks that can’t withstand a $500 emergency in their budget, that would lead them to financial disaster. And so we need to figure out a way to provide legal services to those people in an economic way, in a way that is effective.”