Shelly is passionate about helping support people in trauma, those experiencing domestic violence, as well as those individuals undergoing family transitions that happen during the course of life. She believes it is both and honor and privilege to walk beside someone seeking a change in their life. Her practice includes civil protection orders, dissolutions, custody disputes and other general civil legal matters.
Shelly Dill has been licensed to practice law in Colorado since 2006 and received her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. For 16 years Dill has practiced both litigation and mediation throughout Colorado.
Shelly is a trained mediator and has completed her mediation certification.
Prior to joining New Leaf Family, Shelly owned her own firm, Uhuru Law & Mediation. Uhuru means freedom in Swahili and it is her passion to see people walk in greater freedom, whatever that may mean for the individual or the family. She created and directed the Pro Bono Project at the Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Center and Project LIFT at Tessa, both aimed at serving victims of domestic violence. Early in her career Shelly clerked for Judge Margie Enquist in the 1st Judicial District, for Judge Jim Casebolt at the Colorado Court of Appeals, and for Justice Greg Hobbs Jr. at the Colorado Supreme Court. She also worked as a Staff Attorney at the Judicial Arbiter Group, the leading mediation and arbitration firm in Colorado, as well as the Colorado Department of Labor.
Shelly has served served on the Board of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association for five years, chairing the Publications, Policy, and Legal Services Committees. She also served two prior terms on the Board of Governors for the Colorado Bar Association. She was a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s COBALT Leadership Training Class in 2015 and Emerge Political Leadership Class in 2016. Over the years she has authored, coauthored, and edited multiple articles published in the Colorado Lawyer focusing on her two legal passions access to justice and women issues. For three years she chaired and co-chaired the Denver Bar Association Access to Justice Committee. She has also previously volunteered with the Colorado Lawyers Committee Legal Nights and Project Homeless Connect as well as the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMAIN). Additionally, she is a NITA Trial Training National Participant.
Shelly also holds an MA from American University’s School of International Service in Political Economy, an MA from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in Economic Development, and a BA from Baylor University in International Relations.
Shelly is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and in the 10th Circuit of Appeals. She is currently a member of the Arapahoe County Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Presently she serves on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association on behalf of the Denver Bar Association for the 2021 and 2022 terms. She also serves on the 2023 Leadership Nomination Committee for the Colorado Bar Association.