OUR TEAM

Bruce Wiener, Executive Director

Bruce is the founder and Executive Director of Bridge to Justice. He is also an attorney who practices in the areas of family law and landlord-tenant. Prior to the formation of Bridge to Justice, Bruce practiced labor and employment law and general civil litigation at a corporate law firm in New York City. After relocating to Boulder in 2009, Bruce volunteered for Boulder County Legal Services and worked as a staff attorney for the Boulder Law Shop representing modest means clients in family law and landlord-tenant matters.

 

Bruce is a contract attorney for Boulder County Legal Services and Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN), taking dissolution of marriage, allocation of parental responsibilities, and civil protection order cases and is a court-appointed attorney representing the mentally ill in civil commitment and involuntary medication order hearings.

Recognized on several occasions by the Boulder County Bar Association for his pro bono work, he received the Boulder County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012.

Bruce founded Bridge to Justice after assisting many clients of modest means who had serious civil legal issues and were attempting unsuccessfully to represent themselves in court without a lawyer. Because many of these individuals did not qualify for legal aid, he recognized that without affordable legal representation they were unlikely to access justice in a meaningful way.

Education
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2008
Cornell University, B.S., School of Industrial & Labor Relations, 2005, Dean's List

Bar Admission

New Jersey, 2008

New York, 2009

Colorado, 2010

Professional Affiliations/Membership
Colorado Bar Association

Boulder County Bar Association
Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee, Board Member, 2015 - 2019

Office of Violence Against Women Safe Haven Grant, Consulting Team, 2014 - 2018 

Boulder Housing Coalition, Board Member, 2011-2013

Published Cases

Parocha v. Parocha, 2018 CO 41, 17SC406 (Colo. 2018)

Speaking Engagements
Boulder County Bar Association, Family Law Section, The Changing Landscape of Civil Protection Orders, November 27, 2018

Boulder County Bar Association, Family Law and Availability of Legal Services Sections, Expanding Access to Justice in Family Law Cases: A Practical and Ethical Guide to Unbundled Legal Services, March 16, 2016

Senior Law Day, Free or Low Cost Legal Services for Boulder County Seniors, August 22, 2015

University of Colorado Law School, Professor Melissa Hart's Seminar on "Access to Justice? The Provision of Legal Services for Middle - and Low-Income People," Presentation on Bridge to Justice, March 9, 2015

Colorado Bar Association Moderate Income Task Force, Presentation on Bridge to Justice, December 9, 2014

Boulder Bench Bar Retreat, Access to Justice, October 30, 2014
Colorado Legal Resource Day, Post-Decree Family Law Issues, September 20, 2014
Boulder County Bar Association, Business Law Section, Limited Service Fee Agreements, February 4, 2014
Boulder County Bar Association, Real Estate and Availability of Legal Services Sections, Colorado Warranty of Habitability, January 19, 2011

Honors/Publications

Boulder County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year, 2012

Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee President's Award, 2015

Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Legal Service Commitment and Recognition Program, 2013-2018

"The Access to Justice Problem And What Can Be Done About It," September 2014, Boulder County Bar Association Newsletter, http://www.boulder-bar.org/documents/BCBA-Newsletter-Sep-2014.pdf

Starla Doyal, Staff Attorney

Starla Doyal joined Bridge to Justice in August 2018, following completion of a two-year clerkship on a dedicated family law docket in Colorado district court. Her interest in family law and modest means practice dates back to law school, where she focused her studies on domestic relations law, juvenile law, and access to justice issues. Starla also participated in the University of Colorado Law School’s Juvenile Law Clinic, worked as a law clerk for Bridge to Justice, and served as a Marshal-Brennan Teaching Fellow. She was the production editor for Volume 87 of the University of Colorado Law Review, and she is a winner of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Writing Competition.

 

In her spare time, Starla performs with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Master of Music in flute performance from the University of Colorado, and she originally planned to pursue a career as a classical musician. The experience of radically altering the trajectory of her life has given her an understanding of the difficult decisions many of her clients face when confronted with the uncertainty of a divorce or custody dispute. 

 

Education

Texas Tech University, B.A. English and B.M. Flute Performance/Music Theory, 2009

University of Colorado, M.M. Flute Performance, 2013

University of Colorado, J.D., 2016

 

Bar Admission

Colorado, 2017

Professional Associations/Membership

Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section

Boulder Bar Association

Publications

“The Guardian ad Litem as the Child’s Privilege Holder,”Winter 2016, University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 87, no. 1.

Joel R. Hayes, Jr., Staff Attorney, Healthcare and Food Assistance

Employment

· Staff Attorney, Bridge to Justice, January 2019 to present

· Solo private practice: Primarily health, elder and domestic violence, May 2016 to present

· Senior Attorney and Managing Attorney, Colorado Legal Services, January 2001 to April 2016

· Senior Attorney, The Legal Center for People with Disabilities, January 1999-2001

· Managing Attorney, Colorado Rural Legal Services, March 1991 to January 1999

· Staff Attorney, Kansas Legal Services, June 1985 to March 1991

Education

· Tabor College, B.A., Hillsboro, KS, 1982

· University of Kansas, School of Law, J.D., 1985.

Bar Admission 

· State and Federal Courts of Colorado: July 1991 – present (Federal License Inactive)

· State and Federal Courts of Kansas: Inactive

Expertise

· Medicaid eligibility and scope of services

· Food stamp eligibility and scope of services

· Eviction defense and public housing advocacy

· Social Security, Old Age Pension, unemployment compensation and other public benefits 

· Domestic violence and general civil poverty litigation

Trainer

· Medicaid and other public benefits trainings for the Colorado Bar Association, the Boulder County Bar Association         and other bar associations, as well as Colorado Legal Services (CLS) staff and volunteers.

· Advocacy trainings annually for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy 2001 to present

· Adjunct faculty University of Colorado, School of Law

 

Publications

· CBA Colorado Lawyer and Boulder County Bar newsletter articles on Medicaid and public benefits

· CBA Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law, Chapter on Public Benefits

 

Published Cases Include

· Reiff v. Colo. Dept. Health Care Policy and Financing, 148 P.3d 355 (Colo. App. 2006)

· Rigmaiden v. Colo. Dept. Health Care Policy and Financing, 155 P.3d 498 (Colo. App. 2006)

· Monez v. Reinertson, 140 P.3d 242 (Colo. App. 2006) (for Amici Curiae)

· T.L. v. Colo. Dept. Health Care Policy and Financing, 42 P.3d 63 (Colo. App. 2001)

· Velo v. Employment Solutions, 988 P.2d 1139 (Colo. App. 1998) 

· Pettyjohn v. Shalala, 874 F. Supp. 305 (D. Colo. 1995); 888 F. Supp. 1065 (D. Colo.1995)  

· Visser v. Taylor, 756 F.Supp. 501 (D. Kan. 1990)

Lisa Cayton, Paralegal

Lisa Cayton has worked for a variety of law offices within the past six years, specializing in different areas of law. She joined Bridge to Justice part-time in 2013, and in 2019, was brought on as their full-time paralegal. Lisa has been with Bridge to Justice since its inception and is thrilled to be on board. A future law student herself, Lisa has a strong passion for public interest work that she plans to take with her to law school. Having experienced the pains of family law when her parents divorced as a teenager, Lisa understands and has lived through the heartbreak of the divorce process, and feels connected to every client who is coping with the same. 

Molly N. Jickling, Law Clerk 

Molly Jickling joined Bridge to Justice in May 2020, after graduating from the University of Colorado Law School. While in law school, Molly focused on family and juvenile law, access to justice, and public interest work. She participated in the Juvenile and Family Law Clinic and earned the Juvenile and Family Law Certificate. While in law school, Molly was the Public Service Pledge representative and Secretary of her graduating class, served on the school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program Committee, and worked as a law clerk for Bridge to Justice.

 

Before moving to Colorado, Molly ran the Family Services Department of a Head Start Program in Bloomington, IN. There, she saw first-hand how many families were navigating the court system without affordable legal assistance. She later worked with homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC who were struggling to advocate for themselves in the landlord-tenant context. These experiences inspired Molly to go to law school so she could be a compassionate advocate for others and bridge the access to justice gap.

 

Education

University of Colorado, J.D., 2020

Ithaca College, B.A. Philosophy and Religious Studies/Counseling, 2012, summa cum laude

 

Bar Admission 

Practicing under supervision pursuant to Colo. R. Civ. P. 205.7(2)(a)(D) pending admission to the Colorado Bar

Heather Kurland, Contract Attorney 

Heather (She/her/hers) is a contract attorney with Bridge to Justice. The majority of her practice is focused in the area of family law. Heather has previously worked with family law firms in the Colorado-area, as well as local non-profit, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), where she provided support to immigrants detained at the Aurora GEO facility. 

In addition to working with Bridge to Justice, Heather founded her own solo practice and has experience in immigration, civil rights, criminal and domestic relations law. She’s represented clients in asylum cases and unaccompanied minors in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status proceedings. She also has experience working with local law enforcement to ensure cases are prosecuted under the state’s hate-crime statute. 

Heather contracts with local organizations Boulder County Legal Services and Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley, to provide low-cost, legal services to clients in Boulder County. 

 

She believes that access to justice is critical and is a passionate advocate for her clients. Heather enjoys taking the time to understand her client’s needs and goals and designing a legal strategy that is tailored to each individual. Prior to practicing law, Heather worked in human rights grantmaking. 

Education
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2006
University of Colorado B.S., Business, 2001

Bar Admission
Colorado, 2014

Professional Affiliations/Membership
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section 
Boulder County Bar Association

Board Service 
Colorado Haiti Project, Board Member, 2019-Present

Thom Ward, Contract Attorney 

Thom Ward is a contract attorney for Bridge to Justice, practicing in the area of family law. Prior to his legal career, he worked at Deloitte Consulting, LLP and in corporate finance.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Boulder IDC (Interdisciplinary Committee), a community of professionals supporting families going through divorce. In 2019, Boulder County Legal Services recognized him for his pro-bono contributions.

Education

University of Colorado Law School, J.D., 2012

University of Maryland, College Park, B.S., Finance, 2003.

 

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2012

U.S. District Court, Colorado, 2014

 

Professional Affiliations/Membership

Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section

Boulder Bar Association

Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee