Commit and Be Recognized
The Colorado Supreme Court recognizes firms, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel groups who have committed to the annual goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services, averaged across the firm and pro-rated for part-time attorneys, primarily for the indigent or organizations that serve these populations.
Read the Chief Justice’s invitation to participate in Pro Bono Commitment and Annual Recognition of the Commitment’s Achievement.
Commitment includes valuing at least 50 pro bono hours per year per attorney for all purposes of attorney evaluation, advancement, and compensation as the firm would value compensated client representation. This does not mean that a pro bono hour must necessarily be counted as a billable hour; rather, that the firm embraces performance of pro bono legal services as a core value and provides for a realistic billable hour expectation that encourages the performance of pro bono legal services as well.
The recommended Model Pro Bono Policy the court has included in the Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Legal Service Commitment and Recognition Program RPC 6.1.
Annual Achievement of Commitment
The Colorado Supreme Court also recognizes annually those law firms, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel groups who inform the court by Feb. 15 that they achieved the Commitment’s goal during the previous calendar year averaged among the Colorado-licensed attorneys within the organization, prorated for part time attorneys.
For additional information and a list of organizations and individuals recognized for their pro bono achievement, click here.
Did you know?
The court will recognize on an annual basis, by reception and press release, those law firms and solo practitioners who voluntarily advise the court by Feb. 15 each year that their Colorado licensed attorneys, on average, during the previous calendar year, performed 50 hours of pro bono legal service, primarily for indigent persons or organizations serving indigent persons.