“For This We Stand” Enters Second Year
The orientation event will immerse first-year law students
from Colorado and Wyoming in the ideals of professionalism.
By LORENZO A. TRUJILLO
More than 450 first-year students from the Colorado
and Wyoming law schools will participate in a joint event in September aimed at
promoting professionalism in the legal community.
The second annual “For This We Stand”
orientation will engage students, practitioners, and judges in a courtroom
setting for small-group discussion.
The event was created by working group A
within the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession as a recognition
that the future of our way of life and the rule of law is exercised
through professionalism practiced by attorneys and judges.
In the morning, the group will hear about
the gravity of a lawyer’s role from Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice
Michael Bender and the deans of the University of Denver
Sturm College of Law, the University of Colorado Law School and the University
of Wyoming College of Law. In the afternoon, students will walk to
the Denver City and County Building, where they will meet in small groups of 20
to 25 and interact with a judge, a lawyer and a
client to continue the discussion.
Judges will begin breakout sessions by welcoming students,
giving a tour of the courtroom and touching on the importance of diversity, equal
justice and access to justice for all. Attorneys and former clients will
further address these themes based on experiences that focus on equality and
access to justice in our legal system.
At last year’s event, approximately 350
first-year law students and 75 members of the state and federal judiciary, the
state and federal bar, and the faculty of Colorado’s two law schools
participated. A similar level of participation is expected this year.
This We Stand” begins at 9 a.m., Sept. 21 at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center
in downtown Denver.
The event is sponsored by the law schools, the Colorado Bar
Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Colorado Office of Attorney
For further questions, contact Lorenzo A. Trujillo, Chair of
Working Group A at (303) 842-5773 or Sarah Clark, Counsel to the Chief Justice
at (720) 625-5406.
A complete agenda for this event will be posted in August here.
Lorenzo A. Trujillo is chair of Working Group A, which
created the “For This We Stand” event.