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Civil Pro Bono Panel Reimbursement Fund /Pro Bono Committee  
The Faculty of Federal Advocates manages the Civil Pro Bono Panel Reimbursement Fund.  The Fund provides limited reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses in cases handled by panel attorneys for the Civil Pro Bono Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.  Panel attorneys may download the reimbursement information here.

Civil Pro Bono Cost Form Information and Reimbursement Request

Civil Pro Bono Expert Pre Approval and Exceptional Cost Information and Reimbursement Request

FFA Clinical Program Grant Application

The CCRA Pro Bono Guidelines

 

Civil Pro Bono Panel 2017 Report 

Under D.C.COLO.L AttyR 15 - CIVIL PRO BONO REPRESENTATION, the Pro Se Standing Committee is responsible for implementing the Civil Pro Bono Panel Program and for reporting annually to the court on the status of the program.  

2017 Annual Report of the Civil Pro Bono Panel (Submitted by the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado's Standing Committee on Pro Se Litigation)

Civil Pro Bono Panel 2016 Report 

Under D.C.COLO.L AttyR 15 - CIVIL PRO BONO REPRESENTATION, the Pro Se Standing Committee is responsible for implementing the Civil Pro Bono Panel Program and for reporting annually to the court on the status of the program.  The Committee has chosen in 2016 to present its report graphically, rather than by a narrative, as a means to concisely and effectively enhance the Court’s and the public's understanding of the Program’s activities.

2016 Annual Report of the Civil Pro Bono Panel (Submitted by the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado's Standing Committee on Pro Se Litigation)

 

Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program

The Faculty of Federal Advocates Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program provides pro bono legal services to qualified, indigent debtor/defendants in adversary proceedings brought exclusively under 11 U.S.C. §§ 523 and 727 of the Bankruptcy Code.

The bankruptcy judges and bankruptcy bar have identified a need to provide representation to pro se defendants in adversary proceedings involving discharge or dischargeability claims.  These claims are not generally included as part of the original legal representation for the filing of the bankruptcy petition. However, the failure of the debtor/defendant to adequately and timely respond in an adversary proceeding may effectively undermine the entire purpose of the bankruptcy filing by determining certain debts to be nondischargeable or by an outright denial of a debtor's discharge.

The FFA has implemented the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program to help address this situation. The Program's services are limited to situations where a debtor is sued in an adversary proceeding under §§ 523 and/or 727 and the debtor meets certain income and asset tests.  

The Program provides an experienced attorney who will assume full responsibility for representing the debtor/defendant.  Sometimes a less experienced attorney who is interested in learning about civil litigation is also involved in representing the debtor/defendant.  Mentoring is a central part of the experience and adds to the quality of the legal services provided as well as to the educational and training experience of both attorneys. Where helpful, paralegals may join the attorney team.

Out-of-pocket costs are borne by the debtor/defendant, a volunteer provider, or the Faculty of Federal Advocates. The Program maintains malpractice liability insurance for the protection of its volunteer attorneys and professionals.