JULY 2018 AlpineLegalServices.org • 970.945.8858
From our director…

Being part of a team makes a difference.
Much of my free time these days has been spent preparing to run a triathlon. I got the crazy idea of doing a triathlon after my doctor told me that I needed to get more exercise. To do so, I joined the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team, which was training for the Diva Triathlon, taking place on July 29 th in Longmont, Colorado.

The lessons I learned from this training have far exceeded the benefits of “getting into shape.” As a part of a team, I value the camaraderie and support of the woman on the team. It is much easier for me to get up at 5:00 a.m. to run, bike or swim, before going to work, knowing that 50 other women are doing the same thing and will be there to motivate me in my efforts.
The strength of being a part of a team applies to my work at Alpine Legal Services as well. Recently, I met with Shannon Meyer, Executive Director of RESPONSE.

RESPONSE works to “support, educate and empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault” in Pitkin and western Eagle counties. Alpine partners with RESPONSE to ensure those domestic violence victims' civil legal needs are properly addressed. 

Alpine Legal Services is a member of the Domestic Violence Response Team that is coordinated by RESPONSE. In addition, members of the law enforcement agencies and victim advocates work together to stop intimate partner violence. Although we work independently, together we support each other to this end.

Protecting the rights of victims of intimate partner violence is a difficult job. Yet, as running a triathlon, having the team of government agencies and organizations to support Alpine Legal Services in this endeavor make the effort more effective, more enjoyable, and significantly increases the likelihood of getting across the finish line!

Kim Gent , Esq.
Executive Director, Alpine Legal Services
Good News! New location for our Aspen Office.

The Aspen off of Alpine Legal Services has MOVED from the Health and Human Services Building to the Lower Level of the Pitkin County Courthouse.  We are excited that it will be easier for our clients & potential clients to locate us and to be more accessible to the Court and Court Staff. Our Aspen phone number of 970-920-3032 will remain the same.
Sign Up for "Night At The Bar"

“Night at the Bar” is a FREE monthly opportunity for ALL members of the general public to meet with an attorney to obtain direction regarding legal issues. Attorneys Cassie Coleman & Diana Ray donated their time on July 11th to consult with individuals at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

 Do you have a legal question or issue that you would like to discuss with an attorney? "Night at the Bar" is held on the  first Wednesday of every month, in either Aspen and Glenwood Springs or on alternating months, Basalt and Rifle, at the local library from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. During this time, attorneys offer three, one-half hour (30 minutes) consultations. 
Watch for ads in your local paper to see what areas of law will be covered each month (and where); then call 945-8858 to pre-register to get your legal questions answered!
Upcoming Events
August 1st • 5:30 - 7pm
Rifle Branch Library • Rifle
Volunteer local attorneys will provide their time for a 30-minute private consultation on civil legal matters on Immigration, General Civil Litigation, Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Collections and Landlord/Tenant Law; bring documents related to your case. Pre-registration required.
Call 945-8858 to register.

August 7th & September 4th
Call 970-920-5432 to register

September 5th • 5:30 - 7pm
Glenwo od Springs Branch Library &
Pitkin County Library
Registration required: 970-945-8858

September 11th - CMC Glenwood
September 18th - CMC Rifle

October 13th

October 19th • 8:30-3pm
Basalt Middle School • Basalt
Registration for this FREE event will open in August.

October 2018 - Details Coming Soon!
Guardians of Justice
We would like to thank the following individuals who have kindly supported Alpine Legal Services in the past month:

  • Bobby Jones
  • Kensuke Suzuki
  • Claire Guidas
  • Laruen D’Are
  • Cassie Coleman
  • Diana Ray
  • Trent Palmer
  • Georgina Melbye
  • Tarn Udall
  • Mark Freirich

Thank you for generously donating your time, energy and expertise to help members of our community in their time of need.
Partner Highlights

RESPONSE, a non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 35 years, has a mission to support, educate and empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. RESPONSE advocates for victims/survivors and their family members, providing crisis intervention, a 24/7 crisis helpline, information, resources and referrals. RESPONSE's advocacy in legal matters includes civil and criminal assistance, Legal Aid referrals, court accompaniment, civil protection orders and navigating through the judicial system. RESPONSE also works with the community to end domestic and sexual violence through education programs in our schools and awareness-raising events and resources.

RESPONSE's services are crucial to the well-being and safety of individuals, as well as the community, and are free of charge, completely confidential and non-judgmental. Alpine Legal Services and it clients thank RESPONSE for their work.

If you need help, want to volunteer, would like to donate or want more information on RESPONSE, visit www.responsehelps.org or call their office at 970-920-5357.
RESPONSE's "Raising the Bar" Program Addresses Sexual Assault Prevention in Gathering Places

Research has shown that bartenders, bar & restaurant staff and young adult patrons can be highly effective at preventing sexual violence. Bystander intervention programs are an important part of good customer service. When a bar is seen as safe, comfortable, and enjoyable, with friendly and helpful staff, it leads to repeat customers. Sexual violence prevention is not just laudable; it’s good business.

Why Bars? Though many people are able to safely enjoy themselves at a local bar, sexual aggressors may use these types of environments as a “staging ground” for selecting, isolating, and even incapacitating their targets. Nearly 1 in 5 women will be raped in their lifetimes. Approximately half of all sexual assault perpetrators are under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault.

Why Bystanders? Bystander intervention is a key approach to preventing sexual violence. Bar owners, managers, security personnel, and other staff are in a unique position to observe and intervene to prevent sexual assault by creating a safe space for patrons by :

  1. Identifying high-risk behaviors of potential perpetrators;
  2. Intervening either proactively or reactively;
  3. Overcoming barriers to taking action

For more information on constructing these types of prevention programs in your local drinking establishment, contact RESPONSE at 970-920-5357 or email Executive Director, Shannon Meyer at shannon@responsehelps.org.
About Alpine Legal Services

Alpine Legal Services is a private, non-profit legal assistance agency dedicated to providing legal services in Garfield, Pitkin and Western Eagle Counties for more than a quarter century. To ensure access to justice by providing and coordinating quality legal services that protect and advance fundamental legal rights, we rely on your donations.

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