Community Development

Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic

A half-day program for small nonprofits with limited operating budgets. This clinic is held twice yearly and is co-sponsored with the Association of Corporate Counsel-Colorado Chapter, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, and Holland & Hart LLP. Teams of volunteer transactional attorneys review a checklist with participating small nonprofits to evaluate their legal health. Client meetings are preceded by a CLE training for participating lawyers on Colorado nonprofit law.


Nonprofit Working Group

Provides pro bono representation to nonprofits whose operating budgets do not permit them to retain legal counsel. Since the matching program began, more than 350 nonprofits have been served.


Housing Task Force

Revitalized in 2018, this task force evaluates housing issues in Colorado that might benefit from legal advocacy by CLC volunteers. In early 2019, members of the task force agreed to support four legislative measures which will strengthen consumer rights in housing.

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United Business Advisory

A pilot program with Mile High United Way that assists small businesses, usually women/minority owned, which serve economically disadvantaged communities.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

HOUSING

2013
The Housing Task Force is created to explore housing issues in Colorado that might benefit from legal advocacy by CLC volunteers.

1988
CLC represents DEFEND (Defend Against Expansion of Freeway Exit in North Denver), a group of largely low and moderate income Hispanic residents of Denver’s Highland neighborhood, in challenging the City’s proposed expansion of the North I-25 corridor.

1981
CLC represents WHERE (We’ll Have Equitable Relocation) and its sister corporation, South Santa Fe Development Cooperative, grassroots organizations made up largely of low-income mobile home residents in the South Santa Fe Drive corridor, when proposed widening of South Santa Fe forces their relocation.

1979
CLC challenges Lakewood housing plans as they relate to low-income and minority residents.

ENVIRONMENTAL

1984
Romer v. Cheney
challenges the refusal of the US Department of Defense (DOD) to consider local input on the potential impact of the transportation and storage of nuclear warheads in residential areas. The parties enter into a consent decree requiring a supplemental environmental impact statement.

1979
CLC represents Citizens for Glenwood Canyon Scenic Corridor in a challenge to plans to expand I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Through negotiations, a river sport advisory committee is established and environmental mitigation measures proceed concurrently with construction of the highway.

NONPROFIT AND SMALL BUSINESS

2006
The Nonprofit Working Group is created to provide legal support for the nonprofit community by identifying pro bono lawyers willing to represent small nonprofits on isolated transactional-type issues.

2006
CLC sponsors a nonprofit legal audit clinic (now offered twice annually) where teams of lawyers work with nonprofits representatives to assess the legal health of the organization.

2002
The CLC Business Task Force offers legal assistance to neighborhoods with high minority populations and collaborates with the Colorado Alliance for Microenterprise Initiatives to present seminars to help micro entrepreneurs identify and resolve their legal needs.

1993
The Nonprofit Task Force provides numerous Colorado nonprofits with transactional, corporate governance, tax, real estate and other legal advice necessary to help them better serve their communities.

1981
CLC volunteers provide incorporation and tax advice to 20 Colorado nonprofits.