How has access to justice been affected by COVID-19 and the virtual world we find ourselves in? The inaugural episode of Stairway to ATJ focuses on virtual ATJ. Jenny Wherry is featured in the Pro Bono Corner and describes Alpine Legal Services’ success with their new ask-a-lawyer hotline. She also puts out the call for Spanish-speaking lawyers! Co-hosts Mia Kontnik and Anthony Pereira sit down with Jennifer Levin from Disability Law Colorado, and Sara Price with Frazer-Abel Law. Jennifer tells us about the confusion and difficulty families are facing in trying to obtain appropriate accommodations in this virtual world we are all trying to navigate. Jennifer also shares how Colorado is ahead of the curve in many ways when it comes to ensuring equity in voting. Sara walks us through the day to day realities of lawyering in a virtual world, and provides some perspective on new remote notarization laws.
The episode wraps up with Eyes on ATJ, where Mia and Anthony discuss important and enduring access to justice issues. They discuss the effect interest rates have on legal aid, the brewing evictions storm, and legal deserts across the country and right here in Colorado.
Please click here for the ABA Profile of the Legal Profession including a new chapter on legal deserts discussed in Eyes on ATJ. If you have a topic you would like to hear about or have a program or issue you want to discuss on Stairway to ATJ please email us at ATJPodcast@cobar.org.
How does race impact access to justice? In our second installment of Stairway to ATJ, we explore how race affects a person’s access to and experience with the legal system. Carey Degenaro kicks this episode off by introducing us to the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, an organization tackling the eviction crisis and in need of volunteers. Co-hosts, Mia Kontnik and Anthony Pereira, have a compelling conversation with Jes Jones, criminal defense attorney and core organizer for the Colorado chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and Allison Neswood, Deputy Director of Strategic Priorities for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Together, we break down how access to justice is connected with diversity, equity, and inclusivity, digging into the structural barriers facing communities in the realms of criminal justice, health care, and public benefits. Jes and Allison share heartfelt stories of perseverance and success.
In this week’s wrap, Eyes on ATJ, we discuss efforts to enhance diversity on the bench, the disproportionate impact of COVID on communities of color, and the ABA’s 21-day racial equity challenge.
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How can a person achieve access to justice when there is no attorney to be found? This episode of Stairway to ATJ focuses on the phenomenon of “Legal Deserts,” which exist when there are only a few attorneys to serve a great geographic expanse. Co-hosts Mia Kontnik and Anthony Pereira sit down with Jennifer (Jen) Cuesta from Colorado Legal Services and Julie Katz from Katz Law LLC in Salida to discuss the impact legal deserts have on access to justice. Julie and Jen describe the difficulties of practicing in greater and rural Colorado, as well as how they are working to overcome them.
If you or someone you know needs legal assistance, they can contact Colorado Legal Services by calling the intake number: (303) 837-1321 or visiting their website: coloradolegalservices.org.
This episode also features Ashley Staab of the CBA in the Pro Bono Corner to discuss the Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans clinic.
The episode wraps up with Eyes on ATJ, where Mia and Anthony discuss important and enduring access to justice issues. These include legal bots, justice busses, and more. It’s Our Turn asks attorneys to give back and an easy way to get involved is by completing a profile on Succession to Service.
If you have a topic you would like to hear about or have a program or issue you want to discuss on Stairway to ATJ please email us at ATJPodcast@cobar.org.