By Alex Ray
Recently the GLBT Community Center of Colorado’s (The Center) Legal Program hosted a one of a kind legal comedy themed ethics CLE. Confidential Comedy was part comedy show, part improv sketch, and all legal humor! Local attorney Maha Kamal hosted Legal Jeopardy which quizzed participants on specific Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The Final Jeopardy Question alluded to every attorney’s favorite section of the Colorado Lawyer…the disciplinary section!
After Jeopardy, nationally recognized comedian Eric Henderson got the crowd roaring with an honest bit about social commentary, the state of the country, and nut water. (Whose bright idea was it to name almond milk anyway?! Have YOU ever tried to milk an almond?)
Finally, former Denver District Judge Christina Habas presided over the audience donning her black judge robe and making a grand entrance to AC/DC’s popular hard rock tune “Back in Black.” She then assisted participants in determining the applicability of certain Model Rules to the judiciary. Have you ever thought about kidnapping a defendant or fibbing to the court about guilt or innocence? Judge Habas had you covered and was happy to answer all the audience’s pressing questions!
A huge thank you goes out to Maha Kamal, Eric Henderson, Christina Habas, and Klaralee Charlton. We couldn’t have made the event such a success without your participation and sponsorship! Together we raised just over $450 for the Legal Program.
The Center’s Legal Program is the only legal project in Colorado dedicated solely to the equality and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. We work to protect and further the legal rights of LGBT Coloradoans through strategic partnerships, educational initiatives, and legal referral services.
Community members in need of legal advice or resources can reach out via our online Legal Helpline to be personally matched with a referral attorney willing to provide a free 30-minute consultation. The Legal Helpline facilitates over 400 inquires each year and enables that our community members have a simple and effective pipeline to LGBT friendly attorneys in Colorado.
This Direct Referral Network is comprised of “member attorneys” who pay a small annual fee and receive several non-referral based benefits such as being included in the LGBT & Ally Attorney Directory, access to free CLE programs put on by The Center’s Legal Program (like Confidential Comedy!), and one “Attorney Spotlight” with a photo and bio posted on our website, social media, or in a newsletter. Additional information and membership applications can be found online.
Additionally, the Legal Program hosts a monthly free legal clinic where attorneys volunteer their time providing legal consultation on a variety of practice areas. Community members attend the event and are given access to a face-to-face meeting with one of the volunteer attorneys on a walk in basis. Legal Program Member Attorneys have first priority in registering for legal clinic attorney slots. If you are interested in volunteering for a future free legal clinic, please contact Alex Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.