Carrie Clein received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Denver in 1981, and graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1984. Carrie is licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Federal District Court.
From 1984 to 1993, Carrie was a Deputy State Public Defender in the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, and practiced in Colorado’s First Judicial District (Jefferson County; 1984), Twenty-first Judicial District (Mesa County; 1985-1986) and Eighteenth Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties; 1987-1993). As a member of the public defender’s office, Carrie handled all types of criminal and juvenile proceedings on misdemeanor and felony cases, including numerous cases involving the charge of first-degree murder. In 1990, Carrie was asked by the State Public Defender to serve in his stead as a member of a committee dealing with issues involving the Colorado Mental Health Institute. In 1992, Carrie was appointed by to be a member to the Sex Offender Management Board, and, as such, was one of the Board’s original members. Carrie has lectured on numerous topics in both the criminal and juvenile law, and her audiences have included attorneys, probation officers, mental health professionals, social service workers, childcare workers and law enforcement officers.
Carrie has extensive experience working with children, particularly those children who are considered “at-risk youth”. Carrie was an intern with the Denver Juvenile Court Probation Department in 1979, and an intern in a locked, violent offender’s cottage at Lookout Mountain School, a state facility within the Colorado Department of Youth Corrections, in 1981. Carrie continued to work with violent juvenile offenders, as a teacher, throughout law school. From 1991-2002, Carrie helped develop and teach the law class at Arapahoe High School. She has also participated in the Colorado High School Mock Trial competition, as both a coordinator and a team coach. Carrie freely gives her time to speak to children about various aspects of criminal law, and has lectured to many different age groups. These experiences have contributed to Carrie’s creative perspective when representing children in all types of legal proceedings.
Carrie came to the law firm of Harrington, Brewster and Clein, P.C., as a partner, in 1993. Domestic law, collaborative law, mediation, dependency and neglect and criminal defense are her primary areas of practice. Carrie has also represented the interests of children as a Guardian ad Litem in delinquency and dependency and neglect cases, and as a Special Advocate in divorce cases. The Court has appointed her to act as Guardian ad Litem for an adult when the issue of competency to proceed has been raised in a Court action. Carrie has been retained as an expert witness on numerous post-conviction criminal cases, and has been qualified as an expert witness in Arapahoe and Denver counties.
Carrie has served as the head of the Arapahoe County chapter of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association in 1994 and 1995. She was elected to the Board of Directors and acted as secretary to the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association in 1995. Carrie is currently a member of the Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals and the Rocky Mountain Collaborative Law practice group as an attorney, mediator, a special advocate and a criminal defense attorney familiar with issues of domestic violence. Carrie is currently the acting secretary of the Rocky Mountain Collaborative Law practice group, and has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Collaborative Law Professionals for the year 2008. She is also a member of the Arapahoe County Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association. Since 2010 she has been Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice at Johnson and Wales Univeristy Teaching Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Criminal Procedure.