Homeless ID Task Force Wins Colorado Lawyers Committee 2009 Task Force of the Year

 

DENVER (May 4, 2010) – Attorney Lindsay Unruh and other Colorado attorneys have been awarded the Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC) 2009 Task Force of the Year award for their work with the Homeless ID Task Force.

The attorneys involved with the 2009 Homeless ID Task Force Steering Committee included: James W. Hubbell (Kelly Garnsey Hubbell & Lass LLC), Diego G. Hunt (Holland & Hart LLP), James Kilroy (Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.), Timothy R. Macdonald (Arnold & Porter LLP), Nan Morehead (Denver Department of Human Services), Linda J. Olson (Colorado Legal Services, Inc.), Julie Spence Prine (Denver Department of Human Services), Katrin Miller Rothgery (Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.), Thomas W. Snyder (Kutak Rock LLP) and Lindsay A. Unruh (Reilly Pozner LLP).

The Homeless ID Task Force was formed in 2006 to address systemic barriers facing homeless individuals in obtaining Colorado identification cards, without which they are unable to secure housing, employment and other services.

In 2008, in an effort to gather experience about the regulations and to determine systemic issues, the Task Force agreed to identify 25 lawyers who could represent individuals and assist them in obtaining ID’s.

During 2009, 32 volunteers donated an estimated 1,600 hours and obtained ID cards for at least 10 homeless individuals. The other task forces nominees included Legal Night, Nonprofit Working Group and Public Benefits Investigators.

Unruh is an associate at Reilly Pozner and focuses primarily on civil litigation.Prior to joining Reilly Pozner, Unruh served as an intern for Judge John L. Kane, Jr. and for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor for the Colorado Law Review and participated in the University’s Indian Law Clinic.

CLC BACKGROUND

The CLC was formally organized in 1978 and is affiliated with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington D.C. and similar organizations in seven other cities throughout the country. Today, the CLC consists of 56 Colorado law firms and almost 1,300 attorneys who volunteer their time to find solutions to significant problems that impact children and the underprivileged. In 2009, 600 volunteers donated more than $2.25 million worth of time to CLC projects.