June 25, 2017

CJD 16-02 Regarding Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel Amended by Colorado Supreme Court

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced amendments to CJD 16-02, “Court Appointments Through the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel.” The changes include minor additions and changes to various sections, as well as:

  • Giving ORPC the authority to select attorneys for specific cases upon notice to the court;
  • Prohibiting the same attorney from representing multiple parents in the same case;
  • Clarifying the appellate appointment policy;
  • Removing billing policies from the CJD that were contained in the ORPC billing policies;
  • Allowing Judges and Magistrates to appoint RPC prior to the filing of a petition for good cause; and
  • Clarifying appointment protocols.

The changes to CJD 16-02 were adopted June 13, 2017, and are effective July 1, 2017. For the full text of CJD 16-02, click here. For all of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Directives, click here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 6/13/2017

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and eight unpublished opinions.

Jones v. Price

Smith v. State of Oklahoma

United States v. Parker

Greene v. Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

United States v. Rogers

Greene v. Sprint Nextel Corp.

Herrera v. Las Cruces Public Schools

Lopez v. Berryhill

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 6/12/2017

On Monday, June 12, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and three unpublished opinions.

Anderson v. Seven Falls Co.

United States v. Gonzalez-Ramos

United States v. Tellez-Castrejon

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 6/9/2017

On Friday, June 9, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and no unpublished opinions.

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 6/8/2017

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and six unpublished opinions.

Burke v. State of New Mexico

Alford v. Cline

Pittman v. American Airlines, Inc.

Yinger v. Postal Presort, Inc.

United States v. Wooten

Brown v. McCollum

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 6/7/2017

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and five unpublished opinions.

Leek v. Miller

Sturgell v. Coffman

Mandeville v. Crowley

United States v. Gabourel

Nauman v. Utah Highway Patrol

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 6/6/2017

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and seven unpublished opinions.

Williams v. Miller

United States v. Embry

United States v. Webster

Niederquell v. Bank of America, N.A.

Hill v. Oliver

Bryant v. Stancil

Requena v. Roberts

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 6/5/2017

On Monday, June 5, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and four unpublished opinions.

Bird v. Wyoming Department of Corrections State Penitentiary Warden

United States v. Torres-Garcia

United States v. Alexander

Alerus Financial, N.A. v. Brewer

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

District Court Judge William Bain Appointed Chief Judge of 4th Judicial District

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that District Court Judge William Bain will become the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial District upon the retirement of the current chief judge, Judge Gilbert Martinez, who will retire effective August 1, 2017.

Judge Bain was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court bench in 2010. Prior to his appointment, he was at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley in Denver, served as a Fourth Judicial District deputy district attorney, and was a civil litigator for the City of Colorado Springs for three years. He received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his law degree from Cornell University.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Colorado Supreme Court: Announcement Sheet, 6/5/2017

On Monday, June 5, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court issued 12 published opinions.

People v. Rock

Carter v. People

People v. Corrales-Castro

Espino-Paez v. People

Zafiro-Guillen v. People

People v. Roman

Flores-Heredia v. People

People v. Shoen

Teague v. People

Rael v. People

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Johnson

Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Association, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc.

Summaries of these cases are forthcoming.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 6/2/2017

On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and three unpublished opinions.

United States v. Richardson

Greene v. Inglewood Housing Authority

United States v. Johnson

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.

Comment Period Open for Reappointment of Federal Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Romero

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals announced that Federal Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Romero’s 14-year term of office will expire on December 21, 2017. The court is considering whether to reappoint Judge Romero for a new 14-year term of office. Under a new appointment, Judge Romero would continue to exercise jurisdiction as a bankruptcy judge under Titles 11 and 28 of the United States Code.

Comments about Judge Romero’s reappointment are now being accepted by the Tenth Circuit. All comments will be kept confidential. Comments should be mailed to

David Tighe
Circuit Executive
Byron White United States Courthouse
1823 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80257

and must be received no later than July 21, 2017. For more information about the reappointment, click here.