Our firm is involved in and supports several local organizations:
Denver Juvenile Justice
Denver Juvenile Justice is a local group of passionate advocates and attorneys who support justice for juveniles throughout the State of Colorado. The group was founded with the premise that young people are different from adults and should be treated differently in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The team works collaboratively to ensure that every person receives holistic, expert, and effective advocacy when facing juvenile delinquency or criminal charges.
Colorado Juvenile Defender Center
The Colorado Juvenile Defender Center is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy and justice for all children and youth in Colorado. CJDC strives to elevate the practice of juvenile defense and advocacy, by holding up juvenile defense as a skilled specialty practice, presenting continuing legal education seminars, developing resources and materials for juvenile defenders and advocates, and by supporting indigent defense through ongoing litigation support and assistance.
CJDC seeks to protect the rights and improve the treatment of children and youth in the juvenile justice system through public advocacy, community organizing, non-partisan research, and policy development. Michael Juba sits on the Board of Directors of CJDC and supports its mission.
LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in the Community)
The purpose of LYRIC (Learn your Rights in the Community) is to teach youth about their Constitutional rights. Our programming aims to bring Constitutional law to life for juveniles in schools, juvenile justice facilities, and community settings.
Through our philosophy and curriculum LYRIC aims to enable young people to become active and knowledgeable citizens who feel empowered to exercise their rights if they are contacted by the police. LYRIC teaches a fifty-five minute “Know Your Rights” curriculum that is the perfect accompaniment to a high school civics curriculum. All LYRIC programming is taught by practicing attorneys or law students. Michael Juba co-founded LYRIC, along with fellow attorney Hannah Proff, and continues to sit on the Board of Directors.
Second Wind Fund
While other suicide prevention organizations offer broad suicide prevention education and awareness, Second Wind Fund offers actual treatment services to at-risk children and youth. Second Wind Fund has built an innovative program to match children and youth ages 19 and younger, who are at risk of suicide, with a licensed therapist in their local community.
Referrals are typically made by school mental health staff (School Counselors, Social Workers or Psychologists) and sometimes by other mental health professionals. Home schooled youth or those no longer attending school are also eligible. If the referred youth is at risk for suicide and does not have adequate insurance or the means to pay for the necessary mental health treatment, the cost of therapy is paid for by Second Wind Fund.
We believe that all communities and people are affected by suicide and that open, honest communication about the pervasiveness of suicide is critical to reducing its incidence. Mr. Juba currently holds a position on the Second Wind Fund’s non-profit board, and our law firm is a consistent donor to the mission of this non-profit.
“Chained Voices” is a collaborative effort on behalf of incarcerated juveniles, the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC), a Denver based non-profit, Denver based Forensic Social Workers, and Second Chance Center. This organization hosts annual art shows as a fundraiser to benefit incarcerated youth and to help inform the public about the plight of those involved. Our firm donates supplies and support to this organization to ensure that the art shows are successful.