Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.
Pro Bono Counsel
Pro bono legal services provide an important role in access to justice in Colorado. The Colorado Supreme Court encourages all lawyers to commit to at least fifty hours of pro bono each year and recognizes the achievement of those who meet that goal with a reception and press release. For more information, visit the Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Legal Service Commitment and Recognition Program website.
For examples of pro bono opportunities, you may use the following links for Colorado Legal Services, Colorado Lawyers Committee, and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. You can also visit the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) and the Colorado Bar Association pro bono opportunities page for a list of “pro bono” opportunities available to you. .
A Colorado-licensed lawyer on inactive status or a lawyer licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction who is on active, inactive, or equivalent status may be authorized to practice law in Colorado to provide pro bono legal services under the auspices of an entity described in C.R.C.P. 250.9, in accordance with Colo. R.P.C. 6.1.
Pursuant to C.R.C.P. 250.9, a qualifying entity is one such as Legal Services Corporation, Metro Volunteer Lawyers, or Colorado Lawyers Committee, whose purpose is or includes the provision of pro bono representation to indigent or near-indigent persons. Prior to assigning the matter, the assigning court, program, law school, or entity will determine that the client is financially eligible for pro bono legal representation because (a) the client qualifies for participation in programs funded by the Legal Services Corporation, or (b) the client’s income and financial resources are slightly above the guidelines utilized by such programs, but the client nevertheless cannot afford counsel..