SJAG Current Projects
Community Action Work
- Human Trafficking Project The Human Trafficking Project is working with the Polaris Project’s Colorado and National offices researching state and federal statutes addressing Human Trafficking, answering specific legal questions relating to state and federal law, and putting together training manuals and resources for the Statewide and DU Taskforces on Human Trafficking. We currently have two teams working on different aspect of the project.
- Voting Rights Project SJAG has an ongoing relationship with Colorado Common Cause, an organization committed to honest, open and accountable government. SJAG has assisted Common Cause in its goals of legislative reform by researching such issues as voter identification requirements and the effects of the Help Americans Vote Act. Currently, a five person team is helping Common Cause with proposals for legislative reform intended to increase the accountability of election officials.
- Housing Project The housing group is currently researching housing and homeless issues in Colorado. The group has focused on two projects for this semester. The first is working with community agencies on “You Don’t Need A Home to Vote” project. The model is from the National Coalition for the Homeless. The second issue explores the revision of the current Colorado statute on address requirements for voter registration for homeless individuals. Other state statutes allow use of a P.O. Box or the address of the County Clerk. The group continues to gather information and resources concerning housing and homeless issues in Colorado. S-JAG intends to help get the proposal introduced to the legislature next year.
- The Environmental Justice Project The environmental group researched case law interpreting and defining environmentally harmed geographic areas and municipal boundaries for a non-profit organization in California. The lawsuit involved communities of color who were consistently targeted for port expansion projects in California. The group researched the information that needed to be submitted in an environmental impact report (EIR), including social statistics and data. The California organization needed to identify the impacted area, the harm and its potential consequences, and the appropriate reviewing agency. As a result, the organization needed S-JAG to research the most appropriate venue for this concern. This project entailed reviewing the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), CAL/EPA/USEPA guidelines, and relevant case law interpreting these statutes and regulations.
- § 1983 Project The 1983 Project was developed in cooperation with a Denver law firm who specializes in federal litigation. During the first semester students researched and wrote a memorandum for a potential § 1983 law suit under the supervision of the firm’s attorney. The project for second semester differed and progressed, students researched a current case, and assisted with trial preparation and briefing.