Who We Are & What We Do

CPLP strives to increase access to justice for all under-resourced Coloradans through several initiatives. 

We believe that justice and equity must begin with access.

Vision

Our initiatives work to increase 

access to justice for under-resourced Coloradans facing civil legal issues.

Mission

  1. Provide access to legal representation for low-income individuals facing eviction.

  2. Serve low-income Coloradans by forming strategic partnerships with advocacy organizations in our community.

  3. Support and educate individuals about their rights.

  4. Provide pro bono opportunities for the legal community.

  5. Support and educate the legal community on poverty law-related issues.

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Meet The Team

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Tom Snyder

President

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Blair Kanis

Founder

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Caitlin Finn

Executive Director

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Shannon MacKenzie

Deputy Director

David Valleau

Legal Fellow

What We Value

Access to Justice

Equity

Education

Partnership

Community

Meet Our Board of Directors (FY 20-21)

  • Tom Syder

    Founder CPLP

    J.D., Loyola-Chicago School of Law

    Tom has more than 25 years of extensive commercial litigation experience in the telecommunications and energy industries. With significant experience in public finance litigation. Tom has tried more than 50 cases to decision and obtained several multimillion-dollar judgments and settlements. In 2013, Law Week Colorado named Tom a “Lawyer of the Year." 

    Active in his community, Tom co-founded the Colorado Poverty Law Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which, through its founders, has sponsored monthly legal clinics in Denver since 2005, and which has directly placed over 100 indigent individuals with attorneys. Tom has represented dozens of indigent and homeless individuals in district and county courts. He received Colorado Lawyers Committee awards for pro bono works in 2007 and 2010.

  • Blair Kanis

    Founder CPLP

    J.D., University of Denver - Sturm College

    Blair practiced as a civil litigator in Kutak Rock LLP's Denver office for ten years and is currently in-house counsel for Cocona, Inc., a textile technology company.  She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business litigation. Blair co-founded the Colorado Poverty Law Project; where every month, volunteer attorneys "significantly alter the lives" of individuals struggling to navigate a complex system by helping them gain a better understanding of their legal problems and connecting them to available legal resources.  For over a decade, she has collaborated to provide CLE seminars to educate attorneys in eviction defense and housing law. This year, she helped launch CPLP's new Mobile Home Park initiative; an education and advocacy pilot program with Adams County.

  • Lisa Scalpone

    Board Member CPLP

    J.D., Loyola-Chicago School of Law

    With more than twelve years as a corporate and legal executive in the technology and telecommunications industries, Lisa Scalpone has held positions including Vice President and General Manager with Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), as well as the role of Senior Vice President of Strategy for a Denver technology start-up.

    Beyond her work in the US, she has experience in Brazil, Latin America, and Europe. In 2014, she was appointed by Colorado’s governor to sit on the State’s Broadband Deployment Board. She is a former federal law clerk for the Hon. William T. Hart, Northern District of Illinois. Lisa earned a J.D. with honors from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two children. 

  • Kevin M. McGreevy

    Board Member CPLP

    J.D., Loyola-Chicago School of Law

    Kevin McGreevy is a criminal defense attorney practicing with Ridley, McGreevy & Winocur in Denver, Colorado. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in federal and state courts; was lead counsel in over 50 jury trials. Mr. McGreevy represents individuals and entities in a wide variety of matters, including white-collar criminal investigations and defense, general criminal defense, regulatory matters before state and federal agencies, civil litigation, and appeals.  He began his law career as a Deputy State Public Defender in Colorado, and frequently volunteers at the Colorado Poverty Law Project’s monthly (free) legal clinic.

  • Caitlinn Finn

    Director CPLP

    J.D., University of Denver - Sturm College

    Caitlin Finn is VP of Finance & Admin, General Counsel for Concept3D, inc. a computer software company creating powerful online experiences through interactive media, virtual reality, 3D modeling and maps. As Executive Director of the Colorado Poverty Law Project, she 

    “We seek to address many of the issues that are forcing people into poverty,” she said, “whether it is through addressing a landlord-tenant issue, a driver’s license revocation, restructuring a child-support agreement or dealing with one of the many civil legal issues that are unaddressed.”

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