November 29, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from CLE in Colorado


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at CLE in Colorado. In honor of the holidays, we will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, all day. You can still order homestudies and books or register for programs online on our website,

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Congratulations to Justice Hobbs and Judge Davidson, Recipients of the 2015 Richard N. Doyle Award of Excellence

On Monday, November 16, 2015, CLE in Colorado hosted its annual Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence presentation at the Faculty and Author Thank You Reception. This year’s recipients of CLE’s Richard N. Doyle Award of Excellence were former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs and former Colorado Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janice Davidson. We at CLE in Colorado appreciate the contributions of all our volunteer faculty and authors. Thank you for graciously donating your time and energy to our programs and publications.

Justice Hobbs retired from the Colorado Supreme Court this past August. He was appointed to the Court in 1996, and authored over 250 majority opinions in his judicial career. He is an avid historian and proponent of water rights in Colorado. He has written and contributed to several books, including the Colorado Water Law Benchbook, two editions of the Public’s Water ResourceLiving the Four Corners: Colorado, Centennial State at the Headwaters, and Into the Grand. He is also a frequent speaker at CLE events, including water law and appellate practice events.

Judge Davidson was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 1988, where she served until January 2014. Judge Davidson is now at IAALS, where she is a Senior Advisor to the Honoring Families Initiative. For years, Judge Davidson was the managing editor of the Colorado Appellate Handbook, and she helped form the majority of the book’s content, making it into an extraordinarily helpful litigation resource. Judge Davidson is also a speaker for CLE, most recently appearing at the Appellate Practice Hot Topics seminar.

We are grateful to Justice Hobbs, Judge Davidson, and all our outstanding faculty and authors. We couldn’t do it without you.


Gary Abrams, Executive Director of CLE in Colorado, gave the introductions.


Marc Painter, Chair of the CLE Board of Directors, introduced Justice Gregory Hobbs.


Justice Hobbs accepting his award.


Dawn McKnight, CLE’s Assistant Executive Director and Publications Director, presented the award to Judge Davidson.


Judge Davidson accepting her award.


Attorney Kim Willoughby provided Vanjak Vodka for the reception, and Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada provided Lawyer’s Lager. Thank you both for the libations.


The food and camaraderie were terrific.


No CLE event would be complete without delicious desserts created by the masterful bakers on the CLE staff.

Donate to Paris Relief Efforts


We are heartbroken at the news of the Paris terrorist attacks, and extend our support and condolences to the victims and their families. Legal Newsance, a/k/a Similan Labs, has put together a list of organizations to which we can donate in order to help our Parisian brethren.

Many people around the world are looking for ways to help the victims of the tragic attacks that took place on Friday, November 13th.

While we at Similan Labs are powerless to provide direct aid or comfort to these victims and their families, we felt one small way we could help was to create a space that provides centralized info on organizations that can assist.

Please take a moment to visit the websites of these organizations. If you know of any others, please let us know and we’ll add them to this page!


About. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 189 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers.

Funding Allocation. The Federation spends 93.5% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes.


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About. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

Funding Allocation. MSF spends over 80% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes.


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About. Born in 1945, Secours populaire is a non-profit making association declared to be a great National cause. It is authorised to receive gifts, legacies and donations. The aim of the association is to fight against poverty and exclusion in France and throughout the World. It brings together people of all views, circumstances and origins who wish to live in solidarity.

Funding Allocation. Secours populaire spends 68% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes, but the donation page is in French.


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About. Au Secours Catholique-Caritas France, more than 67,000 volunteers and nearly 1,000 employees act against poverty and in favor of solidarity, in France and in the world. As a service of the Catholic Church whose mission is to support the most fragile, the organization – founded in 1946 – is mobilized on the French territory and overseas, through its 4000 local teams. Internationally, it supports in more than 70 countries and territories in line with the global network Caritas Internationalis.

Funding Allocation. Secours Catholique spends 74% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes, but the donation page is in French.


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About. For over 30 years, the humanitarian aid organization SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been committed to providing aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters. Our mission is to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs: drinking water, food and shelter.

After providing emergency aid, our humanitarian teams accompany the most vulnerable families and communities until they recover their livelihoods and self-sufficiency, to enable them to deal with the challenges of an uncertain future with dignity.

Funding Allocation. Solidarités International spends 93% of its resources on its humanitarian activities (source).

Can You Donate Online? Yes.


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Adoption Day Events Scheduled in Colorado Courts Throughout November

November is National Adoption Month, and to celebrate, Colorado’s courts are holding Adoption Day events throughout the month. This month, Colorado judges will finalize adoptions for 159 foster children. National Adoption Day is a national effort to raise awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families. It occurs on the Since its inception, nearly 54,500 children have been adopted as part of National Adoption Day. This year’s National Adoption Day will be November 21, 2015. The following events are occurring in Colorado’s courts throughout the month of November to celebrate National Adoption Day:

  • First Judicial District: 22 children will be adopted on Saturday, November 21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Second Judicial District: 50 children will be adopted on Friday, November 13, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Eighth Judicial District: 20 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the day.
  • Tenth Judicial District: 10 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the morning.
  • Eleventh Judicial District: 8 children will be adopted as part of the National Adoption Day celebration.
  • Twelfth Judicial District: All families who finalized an adoption in November are invited to a reception on Wednesday, November 18.
  • Sixteenth Judicial District: A celebration for the families of all 12 children adopted in 2015 will be held on Tuesday, November 17.
  • Seventeenth Judicial District: 13 children will be adopted on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Eighteenth Judicial District: 7 children will be adopted in Arapahoe County on Thursday, November 19, and in Douglas County, 4 adoptions were held on November 6 and 3 more will be held on November 20.
  • Nineteenth Judicial District: 13 children will be adopted throughout the day on Friday, November 20.
  • Twentieth Judicial District: 3 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, throughout the morning. A public celebration of Adoption Day will be held following the hearings.
  • Twenty-First Judicial District: 6 children will be adopted on Friday, November 20, from 1 to 2 p.m.

To find out more about National Adoption Day and Colorado’s court participation, and for information about whether media coverage is permitted at the various events, click here.

Finalists for Child Protection Ombudsman Announced

On Friday, November 6, 2015, the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Board announced five finalists to be considered for appointment as the Child Protection Ombudsman. The five finalists are William Betts, Dennis Goodwin, Amy Hendrickson, Claudia Ponce Joly, and Stephanie Villafuerte. Comments regarding the five finalists may be emailed to Terry Scanlon and must be received no later than close of business on November 19, 2015. The Child Protection Ombudsman Board will conduct interviews with the five finalists at a publicly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in the Ralph Carr Judicial Center. The Board will determine which finalist to appoint as Child Protection Ombudsman at another publicly scheduled meeting on Friday, November 20, 2015. The appointee must pass a criminal background check. For more information about the Child Protection Ombudsman program, click here.

Congratulations to Colorado’s Newest Attorneys

The Colorado Supreme Court just released the results of the July 2015 bar exam. Congratulations to all the people who passed the bar! Welcome to the Colorado legal community.

Of the 799 test takers, 576 or 72% passed. The University of Colorado had 143 test takers, of whom 126 or 88% passed, and the University of Denver had 225 test takers, of whom 168 or 75% passed. National law schools, including Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Duke, Michigan, Chicago, California Berkeley, Virginia, and Texas, were represented by 41 test takers, of whom 37 or 90% passed.

We at Colorado CLE wish you the best as you begin your careers. We invite you to check out our New Lawyer Edge program, where attorneys in their first five years of practice can get discounts on CLE programs and free attendance at all “Build Your Practice” programs. For lawyers who have been in practice five years or more, we have the CLE Pass, also providing discounts and free attendance on certain CLE programs.

Don’t forget: if you haven’t already, you are required to take our Practicing with Professionalism course. This is a mandatory program and is a condition of admission to the Colorado Bar. Click here to find a class.

Help Restore Flood-Damaged Areas Along Poudre River

The American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, and Boulder County Bar Association are joining Wildlands Restoration Volunteers on Sunday, October 25, 2015, to repair the Skin Gulch area along the Poudre River near Fort Collins. Skin Gulch was devastated by the High Park fire in 2012, and was again damaged by the massive floods of September 2013.

Attorneys and their friends and families aged 12 and older are welcome to join the restoration efforts for all or a part of the day on Sunday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please send an email with your name and cell phone number to Ann Rhodes at Directions will be provided upon RSVP.

Run the Red Rock Scramble 5.8K to Benefit the Colorado Indian Bar Association

RedRockScrambleThe Colorado Indian Bar Association is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Red Rock Scramble, on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 10 a.m. This 5.8K run on a hard-packed dirt road with beautiful views of the flatirons and surrounding mountains benefits the CIBA and raises money for scholarships to benefit one student each year in attendance at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado School of Law who will be practicing in the field of Federal Indian Law or who commits to working with American Indian communities. Registration for the run is only $30, and small prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners in each of several age categories. CIBA will also provide a $50 gift certificate to a running store to the overall top male and female runners. Click here to register and for more information about the race.

The Colorado Indian Bar Association is a local bar association consisting of American Indian lawyers, practitioners of American Indian law, and American Indian law students in Colorado. CIBA promotes the development of Indian Law for the maximum benefit of Indian people, strives toward justice and effective legal representation for all Indian people, provides a forum for Native Americans to become more involved in the local and national issues affecting Indian people, provides networking and support to encourage Native Americans to pursue careers in the law, and promotes the nomination of Native Americans for judicial appointments.

Register today for the Red Rock Scramble!

Attorney Volunteers Needed for “Ask an Attorney” Sessions at Legal Resource Day

The Colorado Judicial Branch is hosting Legal Resource Day on Friday, October 2, 2015 for people representing themselves in court. This event will allow pro se litigants to visit the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center (2 E. 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203) to learn more about court processes, legal information, and resources through a series of informational clinics, “Ask an Attorney” sessions, tours, and vendors. There is no cost to attend the event.

We are looking for attorneys who would be interested in volunteering at the “Ask an Attorney” sessions. The sessions are in two-hour blocks: 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. The pro se litigant would have a chance to sit with an attorney for up to 15 minutes in the areas of family law and general civil law, to include evictions, small claims, money cases, etc. Chief Justice Nancy Rice will kick off Legal Resource Day at 10 a.m. with opening remarks welcoming participants and providing an overview of the informational sessions being offered.

If you would be interested in volunteering for either of the “Ask an Attorney” slots, please contact Brigitte Smith, Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, at or call 720-772-2503.

Application Period Open for Vacancies on U.S. District Court Committee on Conduct

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado announced on Monday, July 13, 2015, that it is seeking applications for three vacancies on its Committee on Conduct. The Committee on Conduct investigates and acts upon complaints against members of the U.S. District Court bar, considers applications for reinstatement or readmission, and addresses matters concerning attorney disability.

Eligible applicants for the committee vacancies must have practiced law for ten years or more and have no disciplinary record; be licensed to practice by the Colorado Supreme Court; have been a member in good standing of the U.S. District Court bar for at least five years with no disciplinary record; and possess experience that makes the applicant especially qualified to investigate matters governed by the U.S. District Court’s disciplinary rules.

Applicants must submit the application packet in PDF format to

Happy Fourth of July!


In honor of Independence Day, the CBA, DBA, and CBA-CLE offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015. The CLE offices will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. You can still register for classes, order books and homestudies, and sign up for the CLE Pass online at

Happy Fourth of July!

February 2015 Bar Exam Results Released

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court released the results of the February 2015 Bar Exam. Congratulations to the people who passed the bar! Welcome to Colorado’s legal community.

A total of 359 people took the exam, and 222 (62%) passed. The University of Colorado Law School had 30 test takers, and 20 (67%) passed. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law had 73 test takers, and 57 (78%) passed. National law schools, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Michigan, Chicago, UC Berkeley, Virginia, and Texas, submitted 14 test takers, of whom 11 (79%) passed.

We at CBA-CLE wish all of you the best of luck on the beginnings of your careers. We hope to meet you in our classroom soon. You can also get the CLE Pass to gain access to our library of Video On-Demand and MP3 homestudies, as well as special pricing on live seminars.

Don’t forget: if you haven’t stopped by already, you are required to take our Practicing with Professionalism course. This is a mandatory program and is a condition of admission to the Colorado Bar. Click here to find a class.