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Archives for September 16, 2011

Vacancy on the Alamosa County Court Following Judge Gonzales’ Appointment to the Twelfth Judicial District Bench

The Twelfth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the Alamosa Combined Court on Friday, October 21, 2011, to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of County Court Judge for Alamosa County.  The vacancy will be created by the appointment of the Honorable Michael A. Gonzales to the District Court bench for the Twelfth Judicial District, effective October 1, 2011.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of Alamosa County and have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education as indicated by the Department of Education, based upon the record made on the General Education Development test. Applications must be received by Wednesday, October 5. The appointed county court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. Retained judges serve four-year terms.

Further information about applying for the vacancy is available from the Colorado Judicial Branch.

Finalists Selected to Fill Judgeship in the First Judicial District

The First Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the resignation of the Honorable R. Brooke Jackson, effective August 31, 2011.

The nominees for the bench are Ann Meinster of Evergreen, KJ Moore of Littleton, and Jean Woodford of unincorporated Jefferson County. All were selected by the commission on September 15.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until October 1 to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the First Judicial District, which serves Gilpin and Jefferson counties.

Comments regarding any of the nominees can be emailed to the Governor’s Office.

Ted Brooks: iTestimony – iPad App for Witness Management

iTestimony is an app designed to help you keep your witness information handy and updated. It is developed by Scott Falbo of Front9 Technologies, developers of iJuror, the first app designed to assist with voir dire (see review).

If you’ve tried iJuror, the clean and simple interface will look familiar. Like the majority of apps available for lawyers, iTestimony serves a limited, but useful purporse — keeping track of all of the witnesses in your case.

While you’re not going to find a long list of things that this will do, it does a nice job at organizing information about your witnesses, and allows you to sort by a few basic parameters, including whose witness it is, how helpful they are to your case, and whether you still need to follow up on something with them. You can also add your own notes, as well as filling in fields such as name, occupation, and rating their importance to your case.

If you’re on a mission to save trees and/or stop carrying lots of books and legal pads, the iPad is probably something you’re using these days. iTestimony can help  in the reduction of legal pad use by keeping all of your witness info handy. This can be very helpful – especially in larger cases and long trials. And, you can email this info as a report.

Perhaps someday we’ll see apps that cover several related purposes in one app. But then, maybe that’s just part of the simplistic beauty of the iPad. In any event, iTestimony and iJuror would be a good set for a Trial Lawyer to have on their iPad.

iTestimony, $9.99 in the iTunes Store, available for iPad only.

Ted Brooks is one of the most widely-recognized figures in Trial Presentation and Legal Technology. He is a successful high-profile Trial Consultant, Founder of Litigation-Tech LLC, and winner of the Law Technology News Award for Most Innovative Use of Technology During a Trial. He is actively involved in developing and presenting Continuing Legal Education and Certification programs with the NCRA and OLP. He is the author of the Court and Trial Technology Blawg, where this post originally appeared on August 31, 2011.

Colorado GLBT Bar Association Presents Awards to Barton and Getches

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, the Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association held its Eighth Annual Awards Dinner. The evening drew allies from all across the Colorado legal community, including Senate President Brandon Shaffer and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Marquez, to celebrate diversity and the progress of civil rights recognitions both locally and nationally. Dinner was followed by the presentation of the association’s 2011 Attorney and Ally Awards, which went to Mindy Barton and David Getches, respectively.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Scott M. Malzahn, a former attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he was a member of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial team. With the team, he worked to repeal Proposition 8 in California, in which voters overturned the California Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. Scott discussed the case’s trajectory in the Ninth Circuit and possible future before the United States Supreme Court. He also shared insights from the trial, including details about expert witness testimony that lead to United States District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturning Proposition 8 on August 4, 2010.

2011 Outstanding GLBT AttorneyMindy Barton

Mindy serves as the Legal Director at The Center, the only statewide, nonprofit community center dedicated to providing support and advocacy for Colorado’s GLBT population. The Center serves as a catalyst for community organizing, support services, social activities, and cultural events. Mindy also serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors for Equal Rights Colorado doing legislative advocacy work. She holds an undergrad degree in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law. She has worked in this role at The Center for three years, managing the Legal Helpline, taking high-impact cases for pro bono direct representation, and presenting diversity trainings across the state.

While unable to attend personally, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock had a representative on hand to present Mindy with a City and County of Denver Proclamation in recognition of her work on behalf of the GLBT community. The Proclamation declared that September 15, 2011 shall be known as Mindy Barton Day. It also happens to be her birthday.

2011 Oustanding GLBT AllyDavid Getches

David became a member of the CU Law faculty in 1979, and became dean of the school in 2003. He resigned from the position at the end of June this year, and died of pancreatic cancer just a few days later. During his tenure at the school, he oversaw the opening of the Wolf Law Building and was dedicated to increase scholarship money for his students. And David’s legacy is not confined to the law school. He earned his undergraduate degree from Occidental College in California and his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law. In 1968, he was co-directing attorney for California Indian Legal Services and, in 1970, he moved to Colorado to become the founding executive director for the Boulder-based Native American Rights Fund, a national, nonprofit Indian-interest law firm.

Throughout his life, he was dedicated to protecting the rights of minorities and all groups that struggle for recognition in the legal system, including the GLBT community. His daughter was there to accept the award on behalf of him and his family. She reflected on her father’s life and mission, urging everyone in attendance to stand up for one another. Whether or not you belong to a particular minority or group, she reminded the audience that we are stronger together, diversity gives us strength, and that David’s legacy continues with us.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 9/15/11

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and two unpublished opinions.

Unpublished

Johnson-Stanton v. Management and Training Corp.

United States v. Olinger

No case summaries are available for unpublished opinions. However, published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

DORA Amends Rules Regarding Midwives Registration

DORA has proposed to amend the rules regarding midwives registration. The basis and purpose of the proposed rules is to implement the provisions of SB 11-088 and to make conforming amendments to existing rules pertaining to the regulation of direct-entry midwives.

A hearing on the proposed rules will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 110 D, Denver, Colorado 80202, beginning at 9:00 am.

Full text of the proposed rules including red line edits can be found here. Further information about the rules and hearing can be found here.