Trainings: Since inception, J-SUP has partnered with experts to facilitate and provide trainings so that J-SUP volunteers are prepared to fulfill our mission: To provide the highest quality and compassionate pro bono legal services and advocacy to the unhoused to ensure they are treated fairly and receive available services and benefits to assist them in overcoming homelessness. Benefits from trainings include empowering volunteer attorneys to succeed in helping homeless and near-homeless members of our community and allows J-SUP to connect with other advocates, both existing experts and volunteers who are interested in participating in public interest advocacy. More details on our trainings:
Obtaining ID Cards Trainings
- Obtaining ID Cards Training 2: a Training for Advocates – September 27, 2016
J-SUP hosted its second training on Identification Cases at the Community Room at Alfalfa’s Market in Boulder. Susan Tattershall from Colorado Legal Services, provided a review and updated information about the intricacies of applying for birth certificates, seeking various records to provide evidence of identity, and knowing when it is appropriate to bring a lawyer into the process.
- Obtaining ID Cards: a Training for Attorneys – August 14, 2015 held at Colorado Legal Services, Denver, CO
Susan Tattershall, Paralegal at Colorado Legal Services, Colorado ID Project in Denver, CO discussed the ins and outs of obtaining ID cards. Emphasis was on “exceptions processing” which is necessary when someone has no documents to prove their identification – and the various methods to prove legal presence in the state of Colorado.
Municipal Court Representation
- Preparing for Representing Clients in Municipal Court – May 22, 2016
David M. Rosen, J-SUP Board Member and public defender since the late 1990s, provided J-SUP volunteer attorneys with an overview of a criminal case, with specific emphasis on meeting and interviewing clients, arguing pre-trial release, plea bargaining and arguing sentence and mitigation in Municipal Court.
Expungement & Sealing of Criminal Records
- Knowing the Difference Between Expungement & Sealing: a Training for Non-Lawyer Advocates – September 2, 2015 – held at Bridge House, Boulder, CO
Having a criminal record often prevents one from getting a job, and it can also impact housing options. Expungement and sealing of prior criminal records can therefore greatly improve one’s quality of life. In this training facilitated by J-SUP, Dafna Gonzani, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Colorado Juvenile Defense Center provided an overview of Expungement and Anna W. Adler, Executive Director of Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and Christopher Decker, President, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar reviewed the intricacies of Sealing for J-SUP volunteer attorneys and for Bridge House staff.
Sealing and Expungement Summary
In this Sealing and Expungement training, advocates learned to:
- Distinguish between a client who would benefit from expungement as compared with sealing;
- Determine client’s eligibility for expungement/sealing;
- Identify work a non-lawyer advocate may do, and
- Understand the extent to which a non-legal advocate may assist in preparing clients for a lawyer to handle a case.
Some offenses by juveniles are eligible to be expunged, meaning there is a legal process that can clear arrests, charges and minor convictions from someone’s record. Offenses made when one is already an adult are not eligible for expungement, but some offenses may be “sealed,” meaning they are no longer public record.