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President's Page by Brett Landis

The December holiday season brings with it bright lights, rich foods, and (increasingly) requests for charitable donations. As we head into this holiday season, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the changes to the Boulder County Bar Foundation, the charitable branch of the BCBA.

Our Foundation was established in 1984 to “advance justice, increase the understanding of law and judicial system, provide access to legal services for the poor, homeless, and immigrant populations, support training for the next generation of attorneys, and assist those turning to the legal system for help.“ It has a long history of providing grants and financial support for activities, events, and organizations to help meet these goals. Some past grantees include: Safe Shelter of the St. Vrain, Boulder Voices for Children, High School Mock Trial, J-SUP, Bridge to Justice, Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County, YWCA Boulder County, SPAN, and (the organization I’m personally most involved with) Boulder County Legal Services. In this grant cycle, the Foundation awarded $40,000 worth of grants to local organizations. It is remarkable to think of how much good has been done in our local community with the Foundation’s resources. It’s the epitome of “think globally, act locally.”

As charitable giving models have changed, our Foundation went through a transition to better meet the current and future needs of our community. This fall, The Boulder County Bar Foundation and the Boulder County Bar Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding to merge our boards and provide more efficient support for the Foundation’s mission. Carrie Frank, as our President Elect of the BCBA graciously stepped into the role of the Foundation President, and Emily Ellison, the BCBA Secretary/Treasurer, stepped into the role of the Foundation Treasurer. We are very lucky to have people with Carrie’s and Emily’s talents leading us as we move into this new structure.

Additionally, the Foundation’s prior fundraising model was based on recruiting and retaining “fellows”. As we transition, we have replaced the “fellows” model with one based on fundraising campaigns and events! (Our first event is being held on December 9th! Please sign up for a Musical Bingo card at our holiday party to contribute!) We’re also optimistic that on March 5, 2022 Justice for All Ball (JFAB) (mark your calendars!) will be able to proceed in person as planned! We look forward to new ways to raise funds for these important causes that we all care about.

To contribute directly to the Boulder County Bar Foundation, please visit the website here

Finally, I want to applaud our board member Jodi Martin for her excellent Side Bar CLE presentation: “Getting Your Firm’s Affairs in Order: Succession Planning for Law Firms”. This is a CLE every lawyer should watch, but especially any lawyer who works in a solo practice or small firm. Jodi does an excellent job of walking you through everything you don’t know that you don’t know about what happens when you are unavailable either temporarily (illness or vacation) or permanently (death or disability). These are difficult, but important issues to consider. This CLE is available for Home Study: please click here to register.


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