October 25, 2014

Public Domain Citation Format Proposed for Colorado Supreme and Appeals Court Published Opinions

The Colorado Supreme Court is requesting written public comments by any interested person on a Proposal to Adopt a Public Domain Citation Format For Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Published Opinions.

Given the increasing amount of legal research being conducted via the internet and other electronic resources and the desire to promote equal access to Colorado’s system of justice, the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals are proposing to adopt a public domain citation format that will support the use of Colorado case law in both book and electronic formats.

It is proposed that beginning January 1, 2012, the Clerk of the Colorado Supreme Court and the Clerk of the Colorado Court of Appeals shall assign to all opinions announced for publication a citation that shall include:

  1. The calendar year in which the opinion is announced;
  2. Followed by the Colorado U.S. Postal Code “CO” for opinions issued by the Colorado Supreme Court, or followed by the Colorado U.S. Postal Code “CO” and the abbreviation “App.” for published opinions announcedby the Court of Appeals; and
  3. Followed by a consecutive Arabic numeral, beginning in each new calendar year with the number “1”; for example: “2012 CO 1” for the first opinion announced by the Colorado Supreme Court in 2012, and “2012 CO App. 1” for the first published opinion announced by the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2012.

This public domain citation shall appear on the title page of each published opinion announced by the Court and by the Court of Appeals. All publishers of Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals materials are requested to include this public domain citation within the heading of each opinion they publish.

Opinions that are not designated for official publication by the Court of Appeals will  not be assigned a public domain citation.

Proper Bluebook public domain citations would appear as follows:

  • Colorado Supreme Court:
  • Primary citation:
    • Smith v. Jones, 2012 CO 22, 989 P.3d 1312.
  • Primary citation with pinpoint citation:
    • Smith v. Jones, 2012 CO 22, ¶¶ 13–14, 989 P.3d 1312, 1314.
  • Subsequent citation with pinpoint citation:
    • Smith, ¶¶ 13–14, 989 P.3d at 1314.
  • Id. citation with pinpoint citation:
    • Id. at ¶¶ 13–14,1314.
  • Colorado Court of Appeals:
  • Primary citation:
    • Jones v. Smith, 2012 CO App. 35, 634 P.3d 125.
  • Primary citation with pinpoint citation:
    • Jones v. Smith, 2012 CO App. 35, ¶¶ 44–45, 634 P.3d 125, 128.
  • Subsequent citation with pinpoint citation:
    • Jones, ¶¶44–45, 634 P.3d at 128.
  • Id. citation with pinpoint citation:
    • Id. at ¶¶44–45, 128.

Click here for further information about the new citation style, including how to cite modified opinions and withdrawn opinions.

An original plus eight copies of written comments concerning this proposal should be submitted to the Clerk of the Colorado Supreme Court, Christopher T. Ryan, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 800, Denver, Colorado 80202, no later than Monday, December 12, 2011, by 5:00 pm.

Janet Raasch: The Yin and Yang of Any Successful Law Firm Marketing Campaign (Part 1)

Editor’s Note: This is the first section of a two-part article. Click here to read part two.

Good content has always been one of the best ways for a lawyer to establish and maintain a professional reputation.  In the hands of potential clients, good content demonstrates your understanding of the law and your ability to do what you claim to do.

Let’s say you write an excellent article on the recently signed patent reform act.

Prior to the Internet, your options for distribution of that article would be limited.  You could submit it to print publishers who could decide whether or not to publish it and how to edit it.  By the time it appeared on a client’s desk, it might be three months out of date.

In addition, you could snail mail a copy of your article with a cover letter directly to your list of clients, potential clients and referral sources.  You could include it in the firm’s print newsletter. You could mail it to reporters covering the patent law beat and hope that they give you a call next time they are writing a story on that topic.

And that was about it.  You really had no way of knowing what happened to that hard copy – if the publication was read or if the envelope or newsletter was even opened.

Today, thanks to the Internet, the options for distributing a well-written and informative article (and all kinds of content) to a wide range of interested parties are vastly expanded.  So, too, are the options for finding out if the article was opened, was read and prompted further action on the part of the reader.

“In the Internet age, online content marketing is the best way for lawyers and law firms to establish their reputations and attract new business,” said Per Casey.  “And web traffic analysis is the best way for lawyers and law firms to measure the success of a content marketing campaign and move forward based on that information.  Content marketing and web analytics are inseparable parts of the same strategic process.”

Casey discussed strategic content marketing and web analytics at the monthly educational program of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association (www.legalmarketing.org/rockymountain), held Oct. 11 at Fogo de Chao Restaurant in Lower Downtown Denver.

Casey is founder of Tenrec (www.tenrec.com), a web technology consulting firm that focuses on the legal industry.  Over the years, he has collaborated with dozens of well-known law firms on successful web technology projects.  Casey also serves as member-at-large on the LMA International Board of Directors and as co-chair of the LMA Technology Committee.

Online content marketing for law firms

Online content marketing involves publishing content (like the article on patent law) on your law firm’s website (including mobile website version), client extranet sites or blogs.  It involves the e-mailing of your article (or newsletter) to clients, potential clients, referral sources and media sources.

“An integrated online marketing program is an essential part of a law firm’s marketing program,” said Casey.  “Content marketing involves distribution of your content using popular social media sites (like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) as well as successful content syndication sites (like JD Supra, LegalOnRamp and Scribd).”

Each time your keyword-rich patent law article is published on one of these sites, it is indexed by Google and other search engines – enhancing results for searches on terms like your name, your law firm’s name, your geographic area and the relevant subject area.

“The term ‘content’ applies to almost any kind of material your firm is publishing,” said Casey.  “It applies to documents like press releases, experience descriptions, attorney biographies (profiles), client alerts, blog post, white papers, email campaigns and e-books on legal subjects.

“Content also includes non-written files, like an online ad campaign, courtroom graphics, a PowerPoint deck, or photos of an open house or employee charity event,” said Casey.  “It includes online surveys along with survey results.  And it definitely includes audio or video recordings of a presentation, a seminar or a webinar.”

All types of reputation-demonstrating content can be posted not only on your own website, but also to a wide range of (mostly free) social media and content syndication sites.  Once posted, this informative content is available 24/7 and around the world.

Janet Ellen Raasch is a writer, ghostwriter, and blogger (www.constantcontentblog.com) who works closely with professional services providers – especially lawyers, law firms, legal consultants and legal organizations – to help them achieve name recognition and new business through publication of keyword-rich content for the web and social media sites as well as articles and books for print. She can be reached at (303) 399-5041 or jeraasch@msn.com.

Colorado Bankruptcy Court Launches New Online Creditor Entry System

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado has launched a new Online Creditor Entry page, which allows persons filing cases in the District to create and submit their creditor matrix online using any computer or web enabled device.

The interface enables users to create their creditor matrix in the online system, allowing the information to be quickly and easily accessed by the court when the case is filed, eliminating the need for floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, etc.

The creditor entry system will also format the creditors automatically to ensure compliance with Local Bankruptcy Rule 1007-2APP (Local Bankruptcy Rule 1007-2APP).

Click here for more information and click here to access the new system.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 11/14/11

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and one unpublished opinion.

Unpublished

Ensey v. Ozzie’s Pipeline Padder, Inc.

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