CLS Overview

Colorado Legal Services (CLS) is a private, non-profit agency. We serve all Coloradans, and have 15 offices throughout Colorado, including Boulder, Buena Vista, Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, La Junta, Monte Vista, the Northwest Project (including offices in Frisco, Hayden, Gunnison, and Leadville), and Pueblo. Our mission is to provide meaningful access to high quality, civil legal services in the pursuit of justice for as many low income persons and members of vulnerable populations throughout Colorado as possible.

CLS has a long tradition of working actively with the community, law schools, bar associations, and clients to accomplish this mission as envisioned by our community Board of Directors.

At present, CLS mainly receives funding through the National Legal Services Corporation (funded by the U.S. Congress), United Way organizations across Colorado, Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Funds, and the Legal Aid Foundation (a community fund-raising organization). Additional funds come from other government-type organizations such as the Denver Regional Council of Governments, various counties or cities, other organizations and through private donations.

Financial eligibility, except senior citizen clients, is based on nationwide poverty guidelines set by the federal government, and approved by our CLS Board with local adjustments.

All CLS offices represent clients in civil, not criminal, areas.

How do the CLS offices work?

CLS offices statewide function with staff attorneys and paralegals who are available to help clients with legal problems in the substantive areas of family and children law, health and elder care law, housing, government benefits, consumer issues, unemployment law and more.

Although CLS cannot represent every client, we provide each client the opportunity to present his/her problems and obtain the most effective advice, referral or representation possible from CLS or other community agencies.