Attorney Zachary (Zac) Roeling selected to serve as a Board Member for Metro Volunteer Lawyers
Wells Family Law is pleased to announce that Zachary (Zac) Roeling has been selected as a representative from the Denver Bar Association (DBA) to serve as as a Board Member for Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL).
MVL is Colorado’s premier legal organization for underserved communities in Colorado’s primary population center who cannot afford traditional legal representation. Its mission is “to bridge the gap in access to justice by coordinating the provision of pro bono legal services by volunteer lawyers within the Denver Metro Area to people who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues.”
Many MVL clients are experiencing difficult divorce, custody and other family law issues and simply cannot afford to hire their own attorney. MVL has been especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, with staff and volunteer attorneys providing virtual assistance where possible and doing their best to assist those in need who do not have appropriate devices or internet access due to the closure of public libraries. Given the unique limitations imposed by the pandemic, many Colorado court hearings and trials are also being conducted virtually, compounding existing disparities between Colorado’s vulnerable and more advantaged populations.
While Zac will serve on the Board on behalf of the DBA, Board Members come from the Adams/Broomfield County, Douglas/Elbert County and the 1st Judicial District (Jefferson & Gilpin) Bar Associations. Qualifying clients may be offered pro bono representation in civil cases related to Family Law, Elder Law, Probate, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Public Benefits, and Housing issues, as neither the U.S. nor Colorado Constitutions recognize a constitutional right to legal counsel in such cases. Generally speaking, MVL applicants must be living at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines to be considered.
Wells Family Law is committed to helping ensure increased access to justice for our state’s underserved populations. Our attorneys regularly provide pro bono or “slow bono”/reduced fee services for some clients who are unable to afford our full fees. Their commitment is echoed in parts of the Colorado Attorney Oath of Admission administered to all practicing attorneys in the state: “I will use my knowledge of the law for the betterment of society and the improvement of the legal system; I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed . . .”
We congratulate Zac on this honor and wish him the best of luck in helping the Board fulfill Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ critical mission.