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.
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2008
Cornell University, B.S., School of Industrial & Labor Relations, 2005, Dean's List
New Jersey, 2008
New York, 2009
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
Parocha v. Parocha, 2018 CO 41, 17SC406 (Colo. 2018)
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
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,
Joel R. Hayes, Jr., Staff Attorney, Healthcare and Food Assistance
· 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
· Tabor College, B.A., Hillsboro, KS, 1982
· University of Kansas, School of Law, J.D., 1985.
· State and Federal Courts of Colorado: July 1991 – present (Federal License Inactive)
· State and Federal Courts of Kansas: Inactive
· 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
· 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
· 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)
Molly N. Jickling, Staff Attorney
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.
University of Colorado, J.D., 2020
Ithaca College, B.A. Philosophy and Religious Studies/Counseling, 2012, summa cum laude
Practicing under supervision pursuant to Colo. R. Civ. P. 205.7(2)(a)(D) pending admission to the Colorado Bar
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. She is currently working on her master's degree at Georgetown University, and hopes to pursue law school in the near future. 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.
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.
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2006
University of Colorado B.S., Business, 2001
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
Boulder County Bar Association
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.
University of Colorado Law School, J.D., 2012
University of Maryland, College Park, B.S., Finance, 2003.
U.S. District Court, Colorado, 2014
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
Boulder Bar Association
Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee