Faculty Led Projects

The Acequia Project:  A Public Service Pledge project directed by Professor Krakoff.

This is an environmental justice project of the Getches-Wilkinson Center, whose partners include the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association and Colorado Open Lands, 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.  

Important Dates: October 5, 2013:  Congreso (Meeting) for all acequias in Colorado, organized by the Sangro de Cristo Acequia Association.  Other meetings arranged throughout the semester, schedule TBA.  

All law students may join, including first years.  A minimum of 30 hours over the semester is required.  Spanish language skills a plus, but not necessary.

If you are interested in the Acequia Project, please contact Professor Krakoff at sarah.krakoff@colorado.edu

The Governors' Climate & Forests Task Force Led by Professor Boyd  

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A Public Service Pledge project directed by Professor William Boyd and Research Associate Amelia Peterson.   The Governors' Climate & Forests Task Force (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.  Colorado Law has served as the GCF's Secretariat and research base since its inception in 2009.  1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are invited to assist the GCF with a variety of projects, including the GCF Network (an online platform for identifying sources of local and regional support and facilitating effective and timely collaboration and problem-solving between GCF members and network partners), the GCF REDD+ Knowledge Database (which tracks Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) law and policy implementation), the GCF Training Program (which includes legal and institutional capacity-building workshops), and related research efforts.  Students are expected to commit 30 hours (minimum) over course of the semester. 

For more information, contact Professor Boyd at William.boyd@colorado.edu

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

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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

Record and Arrest Sealing: A Public Service Pledge Criminal Justice Project, led by Professors England and Robinson.  

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Thousands of Coloradans are released from the criminal justice system every year, but face significant hardships from their arrest and criminal records such as barriers to housing, education, and employment. Be part of a volunteer core seeking to help rehabilitate juveniles and adults by providing free legal help to seal arrest and conviction records. This training will give you the tools to staff record sealing clinics with Denver Bar Association lawyers and others.  Commitment during the semester is very flexible and there is no minimum. 

All law students may participate.  

If you are interested in the Record and Arrest Sealing Project, please contact Professor Robinson at colene.robinson@colorado.edu

Colorado Innocence Project : A Public Service Pledge Criminal Justice Project, led by Professor England.

The Colorado Innocence Project at CU is a student organization that works to free the wrongly convicted from prison.  It is an entirely volunteer organization that is run and housed here at CU Law.  On Public Service Day we will train students who are interested in volunteering their time during the 2013-2014 school year.  Students must be willing to commit 5 hours a week to the project (with flexibility for midterms, school breaks and finals). 

This project is open for all students, including first years. Students must be willing to commit 5 hours a week.

If you are interested in the Colorado Innocence Project, please contact Professor England at ann.england@colorado.edu