Faculty Led Projects

2014-2015 Faculty-Led Projects

The Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force - Professor William Boyd

GCF is a unique subnational collaboration between 19 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and the United States that is working to develop regulatory frameworks to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use change.  All students are invited to assist the GCF with a variety of projects and research efforts. 

The Acequia Project - Professor Sarah Krakoff

This is an environmental justice project of the Getches-Wilkinson Center that assists low-income farmers in the San Luis Valley with protecting their water rights and their long-standing sustainable farming practices.  Student volunteers will travel to the Valley, meet with irrigators whose families have lived there for centuries, and assist with drafting by-laws, articles of incorporation, and in some cases litigation concerning water rights establishment and protection.  

Consumer Empowerment Project – Professor Amy Schmitz

This is a non-profit consumer education and advocacy project that aims to provide helpful and independent information.  Volunteers will write short blogs on hot topics having to do with financial tips, being a smart consumer, student financial strategies, digital privacy, debt collection, credit card rules, and other consumer issues.  Students also will assist a "back-to-school" campaign to raise awareness regarding financial and consumer resources at CU.

Other helpful links:

Blogging Instructions | Fall 2014 Flyer

Colorado Innocence Project - Professor Ann England

The Colorado Innocence Project at CU is a student organization that works to free the wrongly convicted.  It is an entirely volunteer organization that is run and housed at CU Law.  On Public Service Day we will train students who are interested during the 2013-2014 school year. Students must be willing to commit 1 hour per week to the project. 

The Pro Bono Research and Writing Project - Professor Amy Griffin

This project seeks to help Colorado Legal Services attorneys provide high quality civil legal services in Colorado by matching law students with CLS attorneys who can benefit from students’ legal research and writing skills.  You can volunteer for a specific project when it meets your interests and fits your schedule.  Both Professor Amy Griffin, a legal writing professor, and Professor Robert Linz, a librarian, will be available to give advice as you work on these projects.

Record and Arrest Sealing – Professors Colene Robinson & Ann England

Be part of a volunteer core partnering with the Women’s Bean Project, a social enterprise that provides transitional employment for chronically unemployed and impoverished women.  Our goal is to help these women seal their arrest records that might be preventing them from getting full-time employment.  

Past Projects:

Access to Justice Commission Project: A Public Service Pledge project led by Professors Hart and Griffin   

Watch this video to learn more

Access to Justice Commission works to expand access to justice in civil legal matters.  The Access to Justice Commission is a group appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court, the Legislature, Colorado Legal Services, and the Governor.  The Commission will be holding seven hearings this fall throughout the state,  each designed to highlight access to justice needs in different communities.  The information gathered at the hearings will then be developed into a report, which the Commissioners would like to release in January 2014.

 Volunteers on this project will attend the hearings, take detailed notes, and work with both members of the Commission and the Bar Association on the report of the Commission's findings.  Students will not only have the opportunity to work with those improving access to justice in Colorado, but will also gain valuable writing experience.   Time commitment is approximately 10-15 hours in the fall semester.

For more information, please contact Professor Griffin at amy.griffin@colorado.edu.

The Colorado DACA Support Program. A  Public Service Pledge Project Led by Professor Hart and Professor Chapin  

Thousands of young students living in Colorado today were brought to the United States when they were minors and are living in the country without documentation.  The federal government has created a program --  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- that allows these young people to apply for documents in order to get work permits and other benefits that will enable them to participate more fully in society.  The Colorado DACA Support Program assists eligible students in understanding the legal concerns that surround DACA requests, and compiling and completing the requests.  Through generous private donations, the Colorado DACA Support Program covers most of the costs of the DACA request process, thus ensuring that economic need does not provide an insurmountable barrier for a young person seeking this path to participation.

All law students may participate. Spanish skills are helpful, but not necessary.  Students will spend an estimated 20 hours per semester on this project.

If you are interested in the DACA support program, please contact Professor Hart at melissa.hart@colorado.edu or Professor Chapin at violeta.chapin@colorado.edu