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Archives for July 8, 2011

Are You Ready For Some Football? The DBA Lawyers’ Touch Football League Starts Soon!

Team Collateral Attack

The Denver Bar Association Lawyers’ Touch Football League starts its 43rd season Sunday, Sept. 11. For the last several years, the games have been played at Eisenhower Park in southeast Denver. Each team consists of seven players (lawyers and law students). The league suggests that each team roster have at least 13 players. If you are interested in fielding a team or wish to place your name on the list of free agents that later will be assigned to teams that need additional players, please contact John Stevens at jhs@giffordstevens.com. Generally, the league limits the number of teams to the first 10 that apply; preference is given to past participants. The entry fee for each team is yet to be determined (last year’s fee was $400).

Last year’s championship was won by Collateral Attack, besting The Lambs 12-6. The championship was the fourth-straight for the Attack and the sixth in the last eight years. The league was the brainchild of John Madden III in 1968. The Madden trophy is awarded to the league champion by Madden at the commencement of each new season.

The Docket eFile brings features from your favorite Denver Bar Association publication to you digitally. When you see the logo, you’re reading an article from The Docket. You’ll also still be able to read the full issue online at denbar.org/docket.

The Tenth Circuit Bench & Bar Conference Cancelled for 2012

The United States Courts for the Tenth Circuit regretfully announced this week that the 2012 Tenth Circuit Bench & Bar Conference has been cancelled due to anticipated further reductions to the budget for the Judiciary.

We recognize that the biennial meetings of our circuit’s judges and attorneys provide valuable continuing legal education as well as an opportunity to interact socially. We hope to resume holding these meetings when the Judiciary’s funding situation improves.

The Tenth Circuit looks forward with hope of resuming the conferences again in Colorado Springs at The Broadmoor in 2014.

Click here to read more about the conference and cancellation from the Tenth Circuit.

United States District Court for Colorado Launches eJuror Online Qualification

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado has launched eJuror Online, allowing jurors to complete their qualification questionnaire or summons online instead of mailing in their responses. Jurors can access the system on the District Court’s website.

So, save a stamp and fulfill your civic duty online!

Upcoming Solo/Small Firm Monthly Networking Meetings

The Solo/Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum.  The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just Solo/Small Firm Section members, the sponsoring entity.  Colorado Springs routinely offers CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, and no RSVP is required to attend any of the meetings.  You are encouraged to think about and prepare questions or ideas to present to the group.  Don’t hesitate to e-mail a meeting coordinator to suggest a CLE topic and/or speaker!

  • Colorado Springs
    • August 3 (First Wednesday of every month)
    • Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO, (719) 635-8484
    • Contact Jim Duve, (719) 578-5800, JCD@DuveLaw.com, or John Holcomb, (719) 548-8968, jHolco@msn.com
  • Downtown Denver
    • July 12 (Second Tuesday of every month) – NEW GROUP!
      • Happy Hour at 5:30 pm
    • Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., Denver, CO (303) 830-6839
    • Contact Jennifer D. McGinn, (720) 362-3000, Jennifer@mcginnlawoffice.com.
    • There is no parking at the bar but there is free 2-hour parking up one block on Sherman St. and there is a garage directly across the street from the bar on Lincoln St.  There is also plenty of metered parking on Lincoln.
  • Denver Tech Center Area
    • July 8 (Second Friday of every month)
      • Brown Bag Lunch at noon
    • Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Suite 300, Centennial, CO (303) 850-7080
    • Contact Phil Shuey, (303) 680-2595, shuey_p@comcast.net
    • Exit I-25 and go west on Orchard and turn south on Quebec (or exit I-25 and go west on Arapahoe and turn north on Quebec).  From Quebec, turn east on E. Caley Ave.  The building is on the right, not far from Quebec.

Dates are subject to change; however, they will occur as scheduled unless prior notice has been sent to the Section membership via e-mail.  Please check this website on a regular basis.

Department of Public Health and Environment Replaces Rules Regarding Medical Waste

The Department of Public Health and Environment’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission has replaced the rules regarding medical waste. The existing Section 13 Regulations (Infectious Waste Disposal) are being deleted in their entirety and replaced with new Section 13 Regulations (Medical Waste).

A hearing on the new proposed rules will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr. S., Building A, Sabin Conference Room, Denver, Colorado 80246, beginning at 10:00 am.

Full text of the proposed rules that will replaced the existing rules can be found here. Further information about the rules and hearing can be found here.

Department of Natural Resources Amends Rule Regarding Drilling in the Greater Wattenberg, Colorado Area

The Department of Natural Resources’ Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has amended a rule regarding drilling in the Greater Wattenberg Area. On it’s own motion, the Commission will consider these proposed amendments designed to permit greater flexibility in the creation of wellbore spacing units for the purposes of drilling horizontal and infill wells in the area.

The proposed amendments are intended to reduce need for routine well location exception applications filed with and approved by the Commission. Such applications have increased significantly in recent months, due to ongoing oil and gas development activities in the Greater Wattenberg Area.  The proposed amendments are intended to establish rules of general application across the area that will facilitate responsible, balanced oil and gas development in the area, with appropriate protections for surface owners and the environment.

A hearing on the proposed rules will be held on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 801, The Chancery Building, Denver, Colorado 80203, beginning at 9:00 am.

Full text of the proposed rule and more details about the specific changes can be found here. Further information about the rule and hearing can be found here.

Tenth Circuit: Unlawful Search of Petitioner’s Vehicle Conducted in Good-Faith Reliance on Later-Overturned Circuit Precedent; Evidence Need Not Be Suppressed

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in United States v. Soza on Thursday, July 7, 2011.

The Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision. Petitioner was stopped by an officer for speeding. When the officer ran a check on Petitioner and the vehicle, a criminal database revealed that he had a revoked driver’s license and an outstanding felony warrant with an “arrest clause.” The officer arrested Petitioner and called for backup. When a second officer arrived, Petitioner was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car. After securing Petitioner, the officer conducted a search of his vehicle incident to arrest. On the driver’s side floorboard, he discovered a handgun and a plastic bag containing a “crystal-like” substance consistent with methamphetamine.

Petitioner was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He moved to suppress the evidence seized from his vehicle, relying on Arizona v. Gant, 129 S. Ct. 1710 (2009), which held that law enforcement may not search a vehicle “incident to a recent occupant’s arrest after the arrestee has been secured and cannot access the interior of the vehicle.” The government responded that the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule applied because Gant had not been decided at the time of the search. The district court concluded that the good-faith exception was applicable and denied the motion to suppress. Petitioner then entered into a conditional plea agreement, reserving his right to appeal the suppression determination, and he now appeals that issue. However, the Court agreed with the district court, finding that because the unlawful search of Petitioner’s vehicle was conducted in good-faith reliance on later-overturned circuit precedent, the evidence need not have been suppressed.