Dianne Van Voorhees

Dianne Van Voorhees

The Harris Law Firm
  • Family Law
  • Colorado
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Summary

I have practiced law for over sixteen years and have appeared in courts throughout the Denver Metro Area, La Plata County, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the federal Bankruptcy and Immigration Courts. I have practiced in the areas of family, juvenile, consumer, bankruptcy, immigration, landlord/tenant, and Federal Indian law, among others. In my work to improve the legal system, I helped to develop the Colorado Domestic Violence Benchbook. I have also taught other professionals about Colorado policies concerning unbundled legal services, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Law Student Practices Act, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Throughout my legal career, I have been committed to the improvement of the legal profession, the legal system, and the public perception and experience of both. I am the Chair of the 17th Judicial District's Access to Justice (ATJ) Committee. As part of my volunteer duties on the Sean May Memorial Run Walk Committee, I maintain and update the event's website and social media profiles. I am a recipient, along with other dedicated 17th Judicial District ATJ committee members, of the Adams Broomfield Bar Association's 2012 Citizen of the Year Award. In 2015, I was honored with the Denver Indian Center, Inc.'s Local Community Impact Award. And, in October 2015, I received the Denver American Indian Commission Mayor's Diversity Award. In addition to practicing law, I serve on the Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College and I am a past Chair of Colorado’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council. Regularly volunteering to provide legal assistance and procedural advice at legal clinics and through organizations such as Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Colorado Legal Services, Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network, and Project Safeguard reflects my commitment to always work for a better legal system.

Practice Area
  • Family Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
Professional Experience
Attorney and Counselor at Law
The Harris Law Firm
- Current
Relief Judge
Arvada Municipal Court
- Current
Executive Director
Metro Volunteer Lawyer
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Education
University of Colorado Law School
J.D. (2000) | Law
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Fort Lewis College
B.A. (1995) | Political Science
Awards
Denver American Indian Commission Mayor’s Diversity Award 2015
Denver American Indian Commission
Van Voorhees volunteered her time and resources to moderate the recent renewal of the American Indian Scholars License Plate program, which funds scholarships for American Indian students. She has also organized free legal clinics for American Indians for the past three years.
Local Community Impact Award
Denver Indian Center, Inc.
Liberty Bell (Citizen of the Year Award)
Adams Broomfield Bar Association
Honor shared with the other dedicated 17th Judicial District ATJ Committee members.
Professional Associations
Colorado Municipal Judges Association
Member
- Current
Access to Justice Resource Group
President
- Current
Colorado Supreme Court Pre-Approved Mentor
Mentor
- Current
Denver Bar Association
Member
- Current
Adams/Broomfield Bar Association
Member
- Current
Arapahoe County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Douglas/ Elbert Bar Association
Member
- Current
1st Judicial District Bar Association
Member
- Current
Colorado Women's Bar Association
Member
- Current
Colorado State Bar # 032753
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Indian Child Welfare Act: Who is an Indian Child?
The Colorado Lawyer
The Barristers Benefit Ball: What is it Funding?
The Docket
Support Metro Volunteer Lawyers on Colorado Gives Day
cbaclelegalconnection.com
Barristers Benefit Ball a Huge Support to MVL
The Docket
Post-Decree Clinics Continue to Serve Families
The Docket
Pro Bono and Solos: Why it pays to lend a hand
soloincolo.com
Speaking Engagements
“Issues and Perspectives on the Indian Child Welfare Act”, University of Denver College of Law Continuing Legal, Denver, CO
University of Denver College of Law
“Health Disparities in the Native American Community”, Coalition of Colorado Civil and Human Rights Leaders, Denver, CO
Coalition of Colorado Civil and Human Rights Leaders
“Voices of Resilience - American Indian Genocide”, Voices of Resilience, Denver, CO
Colo. Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action, Mizel Museum, and Colorado History Museum
“Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Racial and Political Distinctions at Play”, E-RACE Conference “Eradicating Racism and Colorism Everywhere!”, Ignacio, CO
EEOC
Overview of Contempt Prosecutions and Enforcing Orders and Judgments in Family Law,, Metro Volunteer Lawyers Post-Decree Clinic Training, Denver, CO
Faegre, Baker, Daniels
Native American Population in Colorado, The Tribal Wills Project at DU Law, Denver, CO
Sturm College of Law
Denver Access to Justice Hearing, The Justice Crisis in Colorado, Denver, CO
Colorado Access to Justice Commission
Access to Justice, Colorado Hearings on Access to Justice, Denver, CO
Colorado Access to Justice Commission
What Core Competencies Do Entry Level Lawyers Need?, Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, Denver, CO
Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
Update on Current Indian Affairs and Legal Resources in Denver, Native American Speaker Series, Littleton, CO
Arapahoe Community College Student Affairs Office
Pro Bono Opportunities for Students and New Lawyers, Public Interest Students Association Week, Boulder
University of Colorado School of Law
Pro Bono Opportunities, Here’s How to Pay It Forward, Denver
Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel
Current Indian Affairs and Legal Resources in Denver, Native American Speaker Series, Littleton, CO
Arapahoe Community College
Family Law and Bankruptcy: What Every Family Law Attorney Should Know, Family Law Basics CLE, Denver, CO
Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section, CLE
Pro Bono and Public Interest, Law Panel at DU Sturm College of Law, Denver
Denver Bar Association
In the Trenches, Hanging Your Shingle, CLE, Colorado
Indian Child Welfare Act, Family Law Institute, Colorado
Family Law Institute
Websites & Blogs
Website
Social Media
Contact & Map
The Harris Law Firm, P.C.
1125 Seventeenth Street
Suite 450
Denver, CO 80202
USA
Telephone: (303) 515-5000
Fax: (303) 299-9554