Web-Talk: Access to Justice – Reaching Communities in Need

Date: June 14, 2018


Gillyn Croog

Leveraging New Technologies for the Cost-Effective Delivery of Free Legal Assistance

Time: 2-3:30 PM EST

In this continuing legal education program, panelists will discuss three existing Colorado programs delivering free legal assistance to self-represented parties.   The panelists will examine strategies and opportunities afforded by emerging technologies, and discuss in detail three existing Colorado programs that leverage new technologies to deliver cost-effective legal assistance to rural and urban communities, as well as the process of creating partnerships to support those efforts, and the integration of new programs with existing resources.

This Web-Talk is CLE eligible for Live programs ONLY. Most states require applications be received well in advance of the programs; without notification of attorneys’ intentions, NCSEA cannot guarantee states’ timely approval of the Web-Talk. Send an email to Gillyn Croog at gillyn.croog@ncsea.org with any questions regarding CLE credit. Please note that to obtain CLE credits, the cost per attorney is $75.


Sharon Sturges,  J.D., M.P.A.
Sharon is the Director, Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution, Court Services Division, State Court Administrator’s Office.   Prior to joining the State Court Administrator’s Office in 2015, Ms. Sturges engaged in private practice for over fifteen years litigating and mediating domestic relations (family) issues.   Prior to private practice, she worked as a SB94 Director, Wraparound Coordinator, and Promoting Safe and Stable Families administrator for Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. in Grand Junction, Colorado.   She has served on both the Access to Justice Committees in rural Colorado as well as the Mesa County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board.  Prior to moving to Colorado from Alaska in 1998, Ms. Sturges served as the executive director for a community mediation center in Anchorage, Alaska where she mediated well over two hundred cases per year.   In 2014, Ms. Sturges completed her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.  Ms. Sturges has been very active in access to justice issues to increase options for self-represented litigants.  For more information contact her at sharon.sturges@judicial.state.co.us 720-625-5955.

Kennetha Julien, Child Support Services Coordinator
Kennetha Julien is the Child Support Services Coordinator for the State Court Administrator’s Office. She is the liaison between Child Support Services at Colorado department of Human Services, Colorado Judicial Department, the local child support services units and the federal office of child support.

She develops and implements the child support services Title IV-D initiatives within the Judicial Department ‘s representative on CDHS committees and work groups regarding IV-D program issues; represents the program to outside parties and other affected groups within the Department.  She coordinates training for the Judicial and Department staff in processing IV-D child and spousal support cases. Her role also resolves customer questions and issues as they arise including Family Law Software matters.

She is the former Program Director for the Colorado State Board of Nursing. She is a licensed Florida attorney practicing family and administrative law for over 17 years. She is a graduate of Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio and the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She has received several awards for her pro bono efforts in family law matters and her volunteer time is spent on child advocacy programs.

Ric Morgan
Ric Morgan founded the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) program in 2013, a small non-profit delivering free monthly legal clinics by computer link to public libraries in 30 Colorado counties.    In 2011, he co-founded and co-chaired the 18th Judicial District’s Access to Justice Committee, covering a four-county area with a population of nearly a million. In 2013, he spearheaded efforts to create a new Veterans Treatment Court in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District. He is vice-chair of the Board of Governors for Metro Volunteer Lawyers, which coordinates pro bono services in the six-county metropolitan area along Colorado’s Front Range.

He owns a solo law practice in rural Colorado since 2003, and has long been committed to Access to Justice initiatives. Before becoming an attorney, he served in the US Navy for 20 years in various overseas posts.

He received his BS (physical science/geology) from Colorado State University in 1978; MS in Space Systems Operations from Naval Postgraduate School in 1987; and JD from Denver University Law School in 2003.  He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Douglas-Elbert Bar Association, and the Bar for the Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims in Washington, DC.

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