CASES & CAUSES IN THE NEWS
6/17/19: We are excited to announce Jessica's appointment to the new Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force, where she will advocate from her subcommittee post for improved individual outcomes and material changes to the way we deliver public and private mental health services to children across the state. In this capacity, we welcome you to share the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to your family's efforts to obtain timely access to youth residential mental health
treatment and/or critical out-patient services.
6/04/19: Where do kids go when they make credible threats to kill? Too often, they're returned home and sent back to school, without any warning as to their homicidal aspirations. As we explain here to NBC, current mechanisms to protect homicidal kids and those around them (such as the "safe to tell" reporting system or existing procedures for involuntary mental health holds) too often fail to protect those involved. The goal: to identify and treat homicidal kids, insisting that their families get the support they need to avoid the tragic loss of life, like what happened here in Colorado Springs in 2018 when a homicidal teen was released from treatment and ushered back to his family without proper safeguards in place.
5/22/19: It's hard to believe that more than a decade has passed since we first advocated (via The Denver Post editorial page here, and here) for the release of Colorado's Erik Jensen from a life sentence otherwise found unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court several years ago. At the conclusion of an emotional hearing before Douglas County District Court this month, Erik has finally been re-sentenced to 40-years-to-life. As legal advisor to Erik's parents, Curt and Pat Jensen, we are now exploring further legislative and administrative relief not only for Erik, but for all of Colorado's 40 + inmates serving life sentences for offenses committed before they were adults. Erik has his own terrific legal counsel, and we are honored to support their efforts by generating greater public awareness about this tireless campaign and its cautious optimism about prospects of Erik's future release.
5/4/19: We represent a coalition of Arapahoe High School parents, students and teachers, all seeking change of leadership after no less than eight student suicides since the on-campus murder of Claire Davis. Members also want answers after two teacher arrests in the last three months, where both face allegations of sex assault on AHS students. Click here for the latest from FOX 31 on AHSCC's call for resignation of the AHS's current principal. Here's an NBC report summarizing the coalition's core concerns and demands.
If you are an AHS stakeholder, you can visit here to complete the coalition's community survey. As Westword reports, more than 1,200 students, parents, and teachers have offered their input. This contrasts with a prior recent climate survey distributed directly by the school district, in which stakeholder responses, by contrast, were abysmal.
2/10/19: The New York Times tackles the controversies surrounding the national "Free The Nipple" litigation movement. After the New Hampshire Supreme Court recently struck a blow to the cause (to the ire of feminists and breast-feeding mothers across America), we're proud to be part of the legal team successfully championing the cause before a federal court closer to home. As also featured by the Times, you can read our case pleadings here. Legal commentators are now asking: with a conflict between district courts, could this battle head to the U.S. Supreme Court?
1/23/19: Westword features our fight to protect the parenting rights of a Denver client, a young mother of one, caught on the wrong side of a murder case with which she had nothing to do.
January, 2019: 5280 Magazine's Robert Sanchez tells the complex story of our young client, Jamel Myles, a nine-year-old Denver boy who took his life during the first week of his fourth grade school year. Included in this well sourced feature are critical questions raised by our firm and others as to the mistreatment of Jamel and his family by child protection agencies and administrators within the Denver Public Schools.
Given Jamel's young age, as CNN and USA Today report, this case and others like it should challenge our collective assumptions about youth suicide. Jamel's mother spoke to Yahoo News in December, 2018, about Jamel's legacy and his family's efforts to awaken our schools and social service agencies to the need for greater transparency between our schools and social service agencies. Other coverage can be found here: New York Times, People magazine, and the BBC.
12/05/17: Jessica K. Peck talks with Jon Caldara on Devil's Advocate concerning recent sexual harassment facing lawmakers under the Capitol dome in Denver.
3/30/17 Jessica K. Peck takes to the Turkish airwaves to explain and personalize the American healthcare reform debate.
8/1/16 Jessica K. Peck joins FOX's Shaul Turner to talk politics on Good Day Colorado.
2/18/16 Jessica K. Peck, for The Denver Post, outlines Colorado's political forecast as it relates to gay marriage and gay rights.
2/17/16 Jessica K. Peck appears on Channel News Asia of Singapore to discuss U.S. voters, including those in the Rocky Mountain West, and their perception of GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump.
12/21/15 Jessica K. Peck is featured on the nationally televised News Hour with Judy Woodruff to discuss the repercussions and realities surrounding the downfall of state-level health care cooperatives as a competitor to private insurance models.
10/31/15 Jessica K. Peck is interviewed for The Pueblo Chieftain to discuss marijuana revenue and opposition to a proposed taxing initiative.
10/30/15 Jessica K. Peck speaks to the Associated Press about the big money behind a statewide Marijuana initiative, and as profiled here for The Washington Times.
10/29/15 Jessica K. Peck's take, through this CBS News report, on money and marijuana politics in the context of the 2015 general election.
5/25/15 Jessica K. Peck joins Mike Litwin and other top media personalities for the Colorado Independent for a roundtable on Colorado's latest political debates.
2/23/15 Jessica K. Peck's opinion commentary is featured by The Denver Post, where she unravels Hollywood's arguments concerning the so-called gender wage gap.
5/1/13 Jessica K. Peck urges America to wake up to the realities of domestic violence in same sex relationships; "Domestic Violence isn't Just for Straight Couples," The Denver Post.
1/24/14 For The Denver Post editorial page, Jessica K. Peck explains how America's collective fear of school shootings is resulting in policies that hurt families and innocent kids ("Post-Columbine, We Risk Criminalizing Childhood").
4/13/13 Jessica K. Peck speaks to Denver's NBC affiliate (9News) about the changing face of Denver's workforce.
10/25/10 Jessica K. Peck for The Huffington Post through "Pro-Pot Conservatism Takes to National Stage".
10/23/09 American Bar Association's ABA Journal features Jessica K. Peck
in "Lawyer is 'High Times' 'Freedom Fighter of the Month.'"
10/21/09 The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker profiles Jessica K. Peck in a broader feature on the role of bold women in championing the anti-prohibition movement.