|Mental Health Law|
PRO BONO AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AT REILLY POZNER
At Reilly Pozner, we recognize that we are part of the community in which we live and work. We are therefore actively involved in, and strongly encourage our lawyers and professional staff to participate in pro bono legal representation and community service activities.
Our lawyers and professional staff donate substantial time and resources to pro bono legal representation. Our pro bono work includes not only large, complex cases involving broad-based policy issues, but also the representation of individuals who could not otherwise afford legal representation.In 2011, we were named the “Law Firm of the Year” by the Colorado Lawyers Committee and received the organization’s award of special recognition for our work in the Legal Center v. Bicha, et al. matter.
Our high impact pro bono work has included:
- In conjunction with the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, we filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Colorado alleging that presumptively innocent men and women with serious mental illnesses languish in Colorado jails for months awaiting court-ordered mental health evaluations and mental health treatment that must take place before they can participate in their criminal proceedings. The lawsuit alleged that the excessive delays violate the United States Constitution. In some cases, pretrial detainees waited in jail for court-ordered mental health evaluations and treatment longer than they would have otherwise been confined for their alleged offense. The Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo were named as defendants in the suit. Legal Center v. Bicha, et al.
- Serving as the lead attorneys in the pro bono representation of nine same-sex couples who are challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples entered into in other states. McDaniel-Miccio, et al. v. State of Colorado.
- Serving as lead counsel, working with other local law firms, in suing the State Department of Motor Vehicles for erecting illegal barriers that precluded homeless individuals and others from obtaining identification cards necessary to obtain basic human services. The Chief Judge of the Denver District Court granted our request for preliminary injunctive after finding that the rules were causing irreparable harm and that plaintiffs were likely to prevail on the merits.
Reilly Pozner is also proud of the community service performed by our attorneys and staff outside of the legal community. In the past few years, Reilly Pozner attorneys and professionals have:
- Taught street law at North High School and Urban Peak’s Homeless Students High School in association with Goodwill Industries.
- Served on the Board of Advisors of former Denver Broncos captain Karl Mecklenburg’s REACH (Rewarding Experiences for All Children) Foundation. The organization provides Denver area children and youth with educational opportunities and resources needed to excel in the classroom and in life.
- Served as a foster coordinator with Colorado Greyhound Adoption.
- Participated in the “Race for the Cure” which raises awareness of breast cancer.
- Donated money to and participated in the Colorado Bike MS event which is a 150 mile bicycle ride that supports the National MS Society.
- Donated clothing and personal hygiene items to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless through LoDo Cares.