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 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 furnishes pro bono legal services to qualified, indigent defendants in adversary proceedings.
The bankruptcy judges have identified a need to provide representation to pro se defendants in adversary proceedings involving discharge or dischargeability claims. These claims are not included as part of the original legal representation for the filing of the bankruptcy petition. However, the failure of the defendant to adequately respond in the adversary proceeding may effectively undermine the entire purpose of the bankruptcy filing.
The FFA has implemented the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program to address this situation. The Program services are limited to situations where a Debtor is sued in an adversary proceeding and the Debtor meets certain income and asset tests.
The Program provides an experienced attorney who is fully capable of assuming full responsibility for representing the defendant. Sometimes a less experienced attorney who is interested in learning about civil litigation is also involved in representing the defendant. Mentoring is a central part of the experience and adds to the quality of the legal services provided as well as the educational/training experience of both attorneys. Where helpful, paralegals may join the attorney team.
All out-of-pocket costs are borne either by the defendant, a volunteer provider, or the Faculty of Federal Advocates. The program maintains liability insurance for the protection of its volunteer attorneys.