September 29, 2017

Colorado judges to speak on diversity at Young Lawyers’ fall conference

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2017 — Colorado Supreme Court Justice William W. Hood III along with a panel of judges from each level of the Colorado judicial branch – District Court Judge Lance Timbreza, Court of Appeals Judge Terry Fox and Supreme Court Justice Monica Marquez – will discuss diversity on the bench at a luncheon Oct. 6 during the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference at the Denver Marriott City Center.

What:   Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference

When:  Oct. 5-7

Where: Denver Marriott City Center
             1701 California Street
             Denver, Colo. 80202

During the 2017-19 bar years, the ABA YLD is committed to making home a safe place for everyone.  Through its national public service project, Home Safe Home, YLD will address four types of home violence – intimate partner abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and animal abuse – through education, outreach and advocacy.

The division will launch Home Safe Home with the Dandelion Project at Sprout City Farms in Mountair Park, 5620 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood, CO 80214, on Friday, Oct. 6, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The Dandelion Project is a therapeutic gardening opportunity to promote healing and health for children and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect or other traumatic experiences. The project is in partnership with Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, which has been devoted to providing legal and clinical services to families for 35 years. Its mission is to transform the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children through compassionate legal advocacy, clinical services, education and public policy reform.

Program highlights include:

Thursday, Oct. 5

Combatting Voter Suppression with Automatic Voter Registration: A Reflection on the Current Fight for Voting Rights” — Voting rights advocates and experts will discuss strategies on how to secure the fundamental right to vote in a tough political landscape. Panelists include Leslie Herod of the Colorado House of Representatives in Denver and Denise Maes of ACLU of Colorado.
2-3 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6

“Lessons from Harvey and Irma: How to Effectively Implement DLS when a Disaster Strikes” —  Panelists, including Andrew VanSingel, ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services Coordinator, Chicago; Jonathan D. Asher, executive director, Colorado Legal Services, Denver; and a representative from FEMA will discuss how to implement disaster legal services after a disaster.
9:45-10:45 a.m.

“An Integrative Approach to Aiding Domestic Violence Survivors” — Domestic violence survivors confront numerous problems when they emerge from a violent home situation, including finding housing, child care issues, managing their own trauma and that of their children, and worrying about their pets. A panel of experts, including Emily Tofte Nestaval, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, Denver, and Timothy L. Johnson, 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Boulder, will discuss what their individual agencies do, how they work with other agencies and entities, and why an integrative approach is the ideal model for addressing the unique problems presented by domestic violence. Noon-1 p.m. 

A complete agenda can be found online.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Priscilla Totten at 202-662-1094 or

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