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The Qualified Immunity Litigation Machine

We recently received the article "The Qualified Immunity Litigation Machine" by David Maxted and wanted to share it with you. In the article, Mr. Maxted argues that lawyers and judges should talk more about the anti-racist history of 1983 and how qualified immunity and other doctrines have been utilized to defeat democratic demands for racial justice. You can read the full article here.

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Statement Regarding George Floyd's Murder and the Derek Chauvin Verdict

We know that our criminal legal system is infused with racism. While last week’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin case was a relief, and hopefully brings some peace to George Floyd’s family and friends, it also highlights that there is much work to be done. We acknowledge that this verdict does not change the disproportionate, devastating impact of policing and police violence that continues to wreak havoc on communities of color.  This is nothing new and we have a long way to go. Racism is pervasive in American society and continues to be evident in many of our country’s systems, decisions, actions, or lack of action by those in positions of power. Overt and covert forms of racial injustice must continue to be exposed and addressed. We are hopeful that the impact of George Floyd’s murder will not fade so quickly this time, as compared to so many similar historical occurrences. 

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Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee releases annual update

The Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee has released its annual update to Colorado’s model jury instructions for use in criminal trials.

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OADC seeks two members for Commission

The OADC is looking for two new members for our commission!  Members cannot be current OADC contractors.

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OADC seeks attorney member for Commission

The OADC is looking for a new member for our commission!  This member must be an attorney from the 5th Congressional District (See this map for 5th CD boundaries). Members cannot be current OADC contractors.

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On this Juneteenth...

Juneteenth commemorates the final freeing of slaves in America in 1865.  Yet, 155 years later, African Americans are still not truly free.  Unequal treatment in education, employment, housing, access to capital, and mass incarceration hold people of color under a heavy weight of despair, poverty, illness, and death.  Systems that should support vulnerable communities, such as public assistance, seem perversely designed to perpetuate this long history of abuse.  Men and women of color are being murdered by law enforcement – in the streets, in their cars, and in their homes.

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OADC Statement Regarding Police Brutality

The OADC released the following statement on June 5, 2020:

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Examining the Effectiveness of Indigent Defense Team Services: A Multisite Evaluation of Holistic Defense in Practice, Project Summary

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OADC Is Here For You (Remotely)

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The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel Celebrates Public Defenders

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Program Ensures Competent Counsel in Colorado's Municipal Courts

The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel launches program to provide resources and assistance to municipal courts

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Check us out!

Big thanks to Kevin Bishop, OADC Social Worker Coordinator, for taking the new staff photos in our contact listings.  We look great!

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The Power of Perception: from the Change Agent

"If there was evidence that your communications were limiting your impact, undermining the case for equity, and possibly smearing those you seek to help, would you do something about it?"

From The "Racism Issue" of Change Agent 

Trabian Shorters believes too many of us are focusing on people's deficits — not their assets and strengths in our work. 

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OADC is in the Champion!

Check us out in the January/February issue of the NACDL's magazine, The Champion!  

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OADC Employees offer (sweet) thanks

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Getting On After Getting Out: A ReEntry Guide for Colorado

The GO Guide

The fourth edition of the Go Guide has been published and is now ready to order.  This 200-page book provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities. This publication is helpful for people involved in the criminal justice system, their families, community service providers and criminal justice professionals Our new book has expanded information on healthcare and treatment resources.  Also, we have included inspirational personal stories. If you would like to order a copy please click here to go to the CCJRC website.  If you would like to inquire about bulk orders please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Web Tip Wednesday - Forgotten Password or Username

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It happens to us all.  A computer crash or update happens and we find ourselves without our passwords and login information.  What to do?

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NYT: Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply if Bias Taints Deliberations, Justices Rule

Congratulations to Jonathan Rosen, the OADC's Coordinator of Legal Resources and Technology, on this important win.  

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Racial Bias Among Jurors at Heart of Supreme Court Case


Check out our own Jonathan Rosen, Legal Research and Technology Coordinator, in the NYT!

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Stacie Nelson Colling joins the Coalition for Juvenile Justice board


We are proud to announce that OADC's Juvenile Defense Coordinator, Stacie Nelson Colling, has joined the board of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice as the Western Region Chair.  Stacie hopes that her presence on this national board will help further the efforts of those in our state who are working so tirelessly to protect children involved in the criminal system.  Please feel free to contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have issues you would like brought in front of the board or to discuss the work of the CJJ.

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