Colorado Lawyers Committee

Founded in 1978, the Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC) is a nonpartisan consortium of around 80 Colorado law firms dedicated to creating and increasing opportunities for children, the poor and other disadvantaged communities through advocacy, negotiation and litigation. In 1993, the CLC founded the Hate Violence Task Force, created to educate the community about the prevalence of crimes based on race, ethnicity, gender, religious practice, and sexual orientation — one of the first task forces of its kind. The CLC was a critical voice supporting one of the lawsuits (McDaniel-Miccio v. Colorado) which successfully challenged Colorado’s constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2014. The CLC continues to work with school districts to assure their compliance with HB11-1254, which requires schools to adopt policies to prohibit bullying on the basis of a student’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. As of late 2019, all 64 school districts are in compliance with the state’s anti-bullying protections.