About Claire Levy
I grew up in Indiana and, after college in Minnesota and law school in
Ohio, moved with my future husband to Colorado in 1982 to begin practicing
law. We lived in Denver for four years, first in the Capitol Hill
neighborhood and then in our first house in the Congress Park neighborhood
east of downtown. We immediately became involved in Denver politics and
made friends with whom we are still close to this day.
We moved to Boulder in 1986, and we have lived in south Boulder ever
since, first in Martin Acres, then in Table Mesa, and now on Shanahan
Ridge. I have two daughters, ages 12 and 17. They are both astute
observers of national and international affairs. We also have an English
Setter, Coco, who has loyally served as my office receptionist for the
past five years. My husband of 23 years, David Driscoll, and I enjoy
backpacking, cross country skiing, bike rides and reading. I addition, I
like to garden, cook and run.
I began my professional life began as a Public Defender in the Appellate
Division in Denver. I represented indigent people on appeal who had been
convicted of serious felonies. My job was to assure that anyone charged
with a crime for which they could be imprisoned received a fair trial,
regardless of their income. This work required me to hone my argument
skills, both written and oral.
I moved on to a brief stint as a civil trial lawyer in Boulder. I worked
with attorneys who were leaders in the field representing people who had
been injured in accidents, whether at work, in their cars, by dangerous
products, or by malpractice. Through this work I learned about our system
of tort claims and automobile insurance.
The public sector and public policy beckoned, and so when a position
working on land use and planning opened in the Jefferson County Attorneys
office, I jumped at it. I spent ten years driving Highway 93 between
Boulder and Golden to work on land use, solid waste, water quality, liquor
licensing, and subdivision regulation, among other things. Jefferson
County faced tremendous growth pressure. It faced problems with wildfire
hazard in the mountains and insufficient access. I helped draft and
enforce regulations regarding mountain subdivisions, rural cluster
subdivisions, location of cell towers and television towers, aggregate
mining, and erosion control, among others. I also worked with legislators
on bills related to local government land use authority. Our goal was to
retain flexibility for local governments to address their unique problems
during a time when the state legislature wanted to take tools away from
local government in favor of developers.
For the past six years, I have been in private practice in Boulder. I
have represented individual land owners, developers, neighborhood
organizations, public interest groups and local governments. I have also
had the privilege during this period of volunteering in my daughters'
classrooms, with the Boulder Arts Academy, and the Boulder Ballet. I have
served on the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee,
including three years as Chair; the board of PLAN Boulder County, as
co-chair for two years and vice-chair for one year; the Boulder County
Housing Authority; and the city of Boulder Planning Board.
|My husband, youngest daughter and me
||My increasingly independent 16 year old
Through these experiences I have gained the knowledge required to be an
effective legislator; the experience necessary to know when to fight and
when to collaborate; the depth to be able to reach out to many interests;
and the wisdom to know that I will always have more to learn.
Last update: Sunday, 17-Dec-2006 07:51:05 PST