Paying Forward: CREECs Extern Program

“I have a strong interest in immigration law and policy and heard about the vital work CREEC’s Immigration Detention Accountability Project is doing.  Knowing that the attorneys at CREEC have a reputation for doing smart, high-stakes work that improves people’s lives, I applied for a CREEC externship as a way to challenge myself to grow in new areas while doing work I believe in.”  – Allison Crennen-Dunlap, J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019, University of Denver – Sturm College of Law. CREEC Extern Spring 2019 Since 2015, CREEC has offered first-hand experience in civil rights litigation, research and advocacy to area law students through its extern program. Co-Executive Director, Amy Robertson says, “it is always exciting to work with the next generation of civil rights lawyers and leaders, especially in collaboration with Denver Law given its robust commitment to experiential learning.” To date, CREEC has offered experience in civil rights law to 8 externs. This summer is no different, as CREEC welcomes externs Jordan Staley and Kiley Oblisk.  Jordan is a rising third year law student, who will be working with CREEC’s Accessibility Projects including communications access for Deaf and hard of hearing prisoners and hospital patients. During his 2L year, Jordan worked in Denver Law’s Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented a federal prisoner in a religious discrimination case. He’s excited to continue working in civil rights this summer and looks forward to the opportunity to learn more about disability law.  Kiley is a rising second year law student joining CREEC’s Immigration Detention Accountability Project. Prior to law school, she worked for the Colorado Public Defender in Durango, working especially...

CREEC is hiring a paralegal!

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), located in Denver, Berkeley, and Nashville, is hiring a paralegal to work in our Denver office. Do you want a job where you are encouraged to take ownership of projects and to find creative solutions, and where you receive frank but productive and encouraging feedback? Are you the most detail-oriented person you know? Can you find humor in even the busiest days and most aggravating situations? Can you multitask? And by multitask, we mean Multi. Task. Do lots of different things at the same time. Juggle chainsaws. You know, the usual. Do you want to learn a lot about litigation and civil rights law? If so, you just might be the paralegal CREEC is looking for. CREEC is a nonprofit membership organization whose goal is ensuring that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We are committed to this mission, and we promote it through education, outreach, and investigating and filing impact and class action lawsuits nationwide on a broad array of civil rights issues. We have three attorneys in Denver, one attorney in Berkeley, and one in Nashville. More information is available at www.creeclaw.org. We are looking for a smart, motivated college graduate who is extremely detail oriented, and who has strong writing, communication, and organizational skills to be our paralegal. You do not need prior paralegal experience. Proficiency or fluency in a second language is a plus. We request a commitment of at least two years. What we are looking...

Education Report:  Sign Language Interpreters in Medical Settings

Imagine getting sick in, say, rural China. You’ve studied a bit of Chinese and decided to travel there. Then your stomach starts to hurt. A lot. No one at the hospital — from doctors to receptionists — speaks English, so when you try to communicate your symptoms in English, no one understands. They talk to you in Chinese and you understand the basics:  lie down here; where does it hurt? But you need to tell them your medical history; they need to tell you their diagnosis and proposed treatment. Now imagine you’ve come to the hospital in extreme pain, or severely injured in a car accident, or in labor. This is the experience Deaf people encounter every day in their own country in hospitals and doctors’ offices:  they need to explain their symptoms and history and to understand their diagnosis and treatment options in their native language — American Sign Language (ASL) — while medical personnel attempt to communicate with them using written notes or lip reading.  Since ASL is a completely different language from English — and the latter generally a second language for most Deaf people — this puts the Deaf patient in the same situation as the traveler above.  And written notes? Even if you’re fluent in English, imagine conducting your next doctor’s appointment — or emergency room visit or childbirth — by writing notes back and forth with doctors, nurses, and technicians; now imagine (if you’re native English speaker) writing back and forth in French or Russian. Imagine being a doctor and trying to obtain informed consent under these circumstances. Medical personnel should be insisting...

Welcome Marième!

CREEC welcomes our winter extern Marième Diop to our Denver office! Marième is a junior at Swarthmore College — Amy’s alma mater — and is originally from Senegal!  She grew up in Dakar, and moved to the US in 2012.  She is interested in social justice, traveling, and languages.  At Swarthmore, she is double-majoring in psychology and Spanish and Latin American literature. Marième will be with us for a month, before taking off for a semester in Uruguay.  She’ll be attending client and counsel meetings, educational presentations, and court hearings, and generally getting to see our practice up close. We’re very excited to have her at CREEC.  Stop by and say hello!...

Welcome, Jean!

CREEC is very excited to introduce our new paralegal, Jean Peterson! Jean graduated from the American University with a B.A. in International Studies. Following her legal interests instead of her degree, Jean began working for the U.S. Department of Justice in D.C. in their Securities and Financial Fraud Unit. In her time with the Department, she worked on both large financial and government procurement fraud cases. Through her time there, she became interested in the aspects of discrimination on everyday life for individuals across the country and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a group focused on that. Jean can be caught riding her horse, hiking, or exploring farmers markets on the weekends. We’re very glad Jean has joined us and very proud of Team...

Site Surveys!

One of my favorite things to do is to get out of the office and do site surveys.  This week, I got to check out curb ramps with our terrific co-counsel, Maya Abela from the Arizona Center for Disability Law (who definitely had the cooler sunglasses)               and brilliant expert Eric McSwain from Access Compliance Consultants, Inc.                     We had a hot, sunny, successful survey day.  Looking forward to working with this team!...