February 9, 2016

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to Hold Ceremony Dedicating Oklahoma City Courthouse to Judge Holloway

holloway1On February 2, 2016, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it will hold a ceremony on February 12, 2016, to dedicate the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City to Judge William J. Holloway, Jr. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the ceremonial courtroom.

Judge Holloway was the longest sitting judge on the Tenth Circuit. He passed away in April 2014 at the age of 90. He was born in Oklahoma and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He worked both as an attorney in private practice and for the U.S. Department of Justice before his appointment to the Tenth Circuit in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He served on the Tenth Circuit for more than 45 years and was Chief Judge from 1984 to 1991.

In January 2015, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, introduced legislation proposing to change the name of the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City to honor Judge Holloway.  Senate Bill 261 was signed into law by President Obama on October 5, 2015.

For more information about the dedication ceremony, click here.

Qusair Mohamedbhai Recognized with 2015 Davis Award

Qusair Mohamedbhia Bio PicOn January 21, 2016, Davis Graham & Stubbs held its annual Richard Marden Davis Award Dinner. The guest of honor and recipient of the 2015 Davis Award was Qusair Mohamedbhai, founder of Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, a civil rights and plaintiff’s employment firm in Denver. Mohamedbhai is a member of the Board of Directors for CLE in Colorado, is a frequent speaker at our programs, and writes for The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law. In his practice, he advocates for the rights of employees in the workplace and for the civil rights of all people against governmental and institutional abuses of power. In addition to his law practice, Mohamedbhai is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he teaches constitutional litigation.

Mohamedbhai has received many other prestigious awards in his career. In addition to the 2015 Davis Award, Mohamedbhai received the 2015 Leonard Wein­glass in Defense of Civil Lib­er­ties Award from the American Association of Justice; received the 2013 and 2014 Case of the Year awards from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; and is a Legal Advisor to the Government of Mexico. He also received 5280 Magazine‘s “Top Lawyer” award for 2016 in the area of civil rights, Law Week Colorado‘s “Barrister’s Best” award in 2015 for Best Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer, a “Super Lawyer” designation for 2014 and 2015 in the area of plaintiff’s employment law, and was named in Best Lawyers in the 2016 edition for employment law.

The Richard Marden Davis Award is given annually to a lawyer under 40 years old who combines excellence as a lawyer with civic, cultural, educational, and charitable leadership. The award was created in honor of Richard Marden Davis, a founding partner of Davis Graham & Stubbs, who was a skilled attorney who also made time for community service. The Davis family, Davis Graham & Stubbs, and the Denver Bar Foundation established the award in memory of Richard Marden Davis in 1993 to honor his belief that great lawyers should also be professional and community leaders. Past recipients of the Davis Award include Justice Monica Marquez of the Colorado Supreme Court, Justice Richard Gabriel of the Colorado Supreme Court, Judge Gilbert Roman of the Colorado Court of Appeals, and former governor Bill Ritter.

For more information about the award, click here. Congratulations, Qusair!

Metro Volunteer Lawyers Announces Philip Lietaer as New Director

LietaerThe Denver Bar Association is pleased to announce Philip Lietaer as the new director of Metro Volunteer Lawyers. He assumed his new responsibilities upon outgoing Executive Director Dianne Van Voorhees’s departure from the organization on January 7, 2016, after an eight-year record of laudable leadership.

Lietaer, a native of Canada, holds a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. In 2013, he moved to Colorado with his wife, Jessica, who is a federal attorney, and their two dogs. They are now the proud parents of a baby girl, Adelaide Quinn Lietaer.

Prior to joining MVL in 2013, Lietaer worked at a number of other public interest organizations, including Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, South Brooklyn Legal Services, the Massachusetts Justice Project and the Vail Center for Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles. He also worked for the immigration law firm of Goldstein & Lee, P.C. in New York City. “Working at these organizations has, in part, given me an understanding of different strategies implemented at various legal services organizations and what it takes to successfully run and manage a program like MVL,” said Lieater.

Lietaer embarked on his career at Metro Volunteer Lawyers as a Rovira Scholar Fellow. In early 2014, he went on to become the Family Law Court Program Coordinator. For Lietaer, MVL is more than a job: It is a passion infused with responsibility. As he commented, “Seeing our clients treated in a professional manner by a compassionate and capable legal professional, often providing a moment of dignity, has been one of the most rewarding aspects of this type of work.”

Lietaer looks forward to building upon MVL’s ability to provide quality help to a large number of people in need. “Philip knows that he has big shoes to fill (at least figuratively), and he is definitely up to the task,” said MVL Board Chair Candace Whitaker.

Molly Kocialski Named Director of Rocky Mountain Region U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

KocialskiOn Thursday, January 14, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office named Molly Kocialski director of its Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, effective immediately. Kocialski has contributed extensively to the intellectual property community in Colorado, and has been a speaker at CLE’s Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute each year since 2007. Kocialski is a past chair of the CBA’s Intellectual Property Section. Prior to becoming Director of the USPTO, Kocialski was Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle, Inc., where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and for patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries, as well as providing IP support for mergers and acquisitions. She received her law degree from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers: MVL Honors Dianne Van Voorhees and Looks to the Future

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Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the MVL Blog on January 4, 2016. Reprinted with permission.

By Candace Whitaker, MVL Board Chair

After eight years as Executive Director, Dianne Van Voorhees leaves us on January 7 to serve the Arvada community as a part-time Municipal Court judge, and to start a private practice. Although we are all very happy for Dianne and this new phase of her legal career, she will be sorely missed at Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Dianne reflected recently on her tenure at MVL, stating “leading MVL has been one of my happiest experiences. Our clients get the assistance they need to prevent potentially devastating consequences. I am enormously proud of the staff, too. Our little team of 5 is responsible for ensuring that we could handle over 1400 cases this year. It is a pleasure to work with dedicated professionals, and we could not do it without our volunteers – our legal community is exceptional. I know that MVL will continue to thrive and grow, and I am excited to see what the future brings.”

How do you adequately thank someone who has given her heart and soul the past eight years for the betterment of Metro Volunteer Lawyers? “Thank you” doesn’t seem quite enough to recognize and honor the many contributions of Dianne Van Voorhees, but I’ll try to convey the debt of gratitude we owe her. In thanking her, let’s recall some of her many contributions and how they impacted MVL. From the outset, Dianne’s goal was to raise awareness of MVL within both the legal community and the community at-large. She was innovative on many fronts, including creating and maintaining MVL’s website and social media accounts, and involving MVL in the Colorado Gives Day from its inception and continuing participation, as well as using the Colorado Gives platform to allow individual fundraisers to solicit and collect donations for MVL electronically.

She also raised awareness of MVL by being acutely attuned to the legal community and attending every local meeting and event related to access to justice where she tirelessly advocated for MVL and its clients. Importantly, she achieved this not with an overbearing presence, but with a poise and warmth that reflects her personal and gracious nature. To refuse Dianne is unthinkable not for fear of repercussion, but because she is so highly respected. Having such a command of others based on integrity and mutual regard is a rare commodity these days, and one to be remembered and emulated.  Thank you for always being there for MVL and representing us well, Dianne!

While raising the profile of MVL, Dianne also expanded programming and created significant new programs. The Post-Decree Clinics, serving parents coping with parenting time, child support and maintenance issues, expanded beyond Denver and Jefferson Counties to include Adams and Arapahoe.  Dianne also added more law firm partners to the post-decree clinics, including the Attorney General’s Office, expanding the number of volunteers and the clients served. The Post-Decree Clinics are the only clinics of their type in Colorado and now accept approximately 260 clients annually. From the Post-Decree Clinic clients and volunteers, thank you, Dianne!

In 2012, Dianne, along with Danielle L. Demkowicz, MVL Board Member, also pioneered a monthly, walk-in clinic at the Denver Indian Center. As a descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, the project was near to Dianne’s heart. Her experience with a wide variety of legal areas and specific experience with Native issues added depth to this clinic, and addressed the needs of a chronically underserved community, which Colorado’s Access to Justice Commission has identified as having one of the biggest gaps in access to justice. The first legal clinic was held on April 4, 2012 and continues as a monthly event.  From the Denver Indian Center and clients, thank you, Dianne!

As Executive Director, Dianne also managed staff responsible for acceptance of approximately 1,800 cases annually on a wide range of civil legal issues for clients who could not otherwise afford representation. She also managed over 400 annual volunteers, and expanded staff and capacity for interns and externs to work with MVL. Such administration is a daunting task, and Dianne researched and advocated for a new, scalable, relational case management system for MVL that also enhances and improves direct intake communication with Colorado Legal Services. This is a technological improvement that will carry MVL well into the future.

Dianne provided oversight to two essential MVL programs: the Family Law Court Program (“FLCP”) and the Rovira Special Programs created by the Rovira Scholar Fellowship, which Dianne helped develop. The FLCP assists pro se clients with uncomplicated, uncontested divorce or custody matters, where the other party is also pro se. The Rovira Programs are special programs and include the Power of Attorney Clinic, which partners with community nonprofits and low-income senior housing facilities to assist seniors with completing powers of attorney and living wills, and the Fostering Success Legal Clinic, a quarterly clinic aimed at helping current and former foster kids navigate legal issues.

Dianne’s responsibilities also included working closely with students, interns, the MVL Governing Board, the CBA/DBA, Colorado Legal Services, and the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. Thank you, Dianne, for always making it look easy. You leave MVL a better organization for which we are forever grateful. Good luck and Godspeed, Judge Van Voorhees.

As for the future of MVL, we welcome Philip Lietaer as new Director.  Philip knows he has big shoes to fill (at least figuratively), and he is up to the task. Philip received a J.D. from the Western New England University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. His legal experience includes an impressive history of public service, including working with indigent clients at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, South Brooklyn Legal Services, and the Vail Center for Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, California.  Philip also worked for the law firm of Goldstein & Lee, P.C. in New York City.

Philip is intimately familiar with the inner workings of MVL, having served in multiple positions within the organization. He first began working at MVL in 2013 as a Rovira Scholar Fellow. In 2014, he became Family Law Court Program Coordinator, where he has done an outstanding job working with clients with sensitive issues. About the FLCP Philip states, “I have had the opportunity to help many people in need while getting to work closely with many exceptional attorneys, students, paralegals, as well as our outstanding staff. Seeing our clients treated in a professional manner by a compassionate and capable legal professional, often providing a moment of dignity, has been one of the most rewarding aspects of this type of work.”

Philip states, “It is an honor to be selected as MVL’s new Director. I have come to know the organization very well, and I look forward to the honor and challenge of continuing to improve our ability to provide quality help to a large number of people in need.” We look forward to working with you, too, Philip.

End of an Era: Willis Carpenter Retires from Teaching

carpenterSince 1977, Willis Carpenter’s 10-week course, Colorado Real Estate Practice, has been the go-to class for learning the basics of real estate law in Colorado. He has taught hundreds of students, many of whom have become the “Who’s Who” of Colorado real estate law. Willis recently decided that this year would be his last for teaching the class. We at Colorado CLE are immensely grateful to him for sharing his sharp legal mind and being a mentor in our classroom for so many years. As eloquently stated by Dan Sweetser, current chair of the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section, “Without Willis, there would not be a real estate section. All of us have learned from him and are still learning.” Will has also taught at the annual Colorado Real Estate Symposium almost every year since its inception in 1983, and taught at its precursor, the Annual Real Estate Institute, multiple times as well.

IMG_7118Will has had many co-speakers at his Colorado Real Estate Practice class through the years—Naomi Gonzales; Linnea Mitchell Simons, Esq.; Margie (Mary Margaret) Stroock Low, Esq.; Cynthia Hodge Shearer, Esq.; Holly Hoxeng; Blair Lichtenfels, Esq.; and Emma Keyser, Esq. Holly Hoxeng, Willis’s co-speaker for many years, shared a few thoughts about what makes Willis so special: “He is always glad to talk on the phone with another attorney. He says, ‘We are in this together and if talking a problem through will keep another attorney from committing malpractice, that’s what I am here for.’ All he asks is that you pass it on. Mr. Carpenter teaches by example, he doesn’t shy away from telling a story about himself to get the point across. He calls himself a ‘dirt lawyer’ – I guess that would make him the dean of dirt law!” Holly also reminded me of one important point Willis emphasizes in each of his classes: “Don’t forget to attach Exhibit A!”

Carpenter-GuitarI have had the pleasure of working with Will for the past several years as the editor of his treatises, Colorado Real Estate Practice and Colorado Title Insurance Practice. Will’s knowledge of the law is immense, yet his demeanor is understated and humble. He is kind above all. I feel truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Will. In addition to the two treatises, Will authors the “Easements” chapter in Cathy Krendl’s Colorado Methods of Practice series. He has also written numerous articles for The Colorado Lawyer, the Krendl books, the Denver Law Journal, and Colorado Farmer & Rancher. As Real Estate Section council member Geoffrey Anderson relates, “One of the things that makes Willis Willis is his great humility. Over the years, and especially the last few years, Willis has received many (well deserved) awards. With Willis, there’s no strutting or preening, just a graceful graciousness. He is a true role model.”

Willis has been a fixture in the Colorado real estate bar for many years. He is a member of the Colorado and Denver bar associations, and served as president of the DBA in 1978-1979. He received the annual Award of Merit from both the DBA (1993) and CBA (2004), and he served on the CBA Board of Governors from 1975 to 1980. He chaired the CBA Real Estate Section in 1976-1977, received the Section’s first Deserving Member Award in 1986, and received the Section’s first Hall of Fame award in 2004. He was a member of the Real Estate Section’s Title Standards Committee from 1980 to 2015. He was a Director for CLE in Colorado from 1967 through 1988. He also was the first recipient of the Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence in 2002, and the 2013 Colorado CLE Annual Real Estate Symposium was renamed the Willis Carpenter Real Estate Symposium in his honor.

Carpenter-symposiumWillis is a native of Colorado. He attended public schools in Hayden and Denver and graduated from East Denver High School. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University, cum laude, in 1951, and received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1954. He was also on active and reserve duty with the United States Naval Reserves from 1954 to 1977, where he retired with the rank of Captain. He has been in private practice in Denver since 1954, excluding service in the Navy from 1955 to 1958. His practice focuses on real estate and commercial transactions, farm and ranch sales, conservation easements, and title insurance issues. He is also a licensed title insurance agent; he has been a shareholder of Attorneys Title Guarantee Fund since 1968 and was a vice president and member of its Board of Directors in 1976-1977.

We at CLE are grateful to Willis for his tireless contributions to the bar. We appreciate all he has done for us, and admire his willingness to share his scholarship for so many years. Thank you, Will. We won’t forget to attach Exhibit A.

Happy Thanksgiving from CLE in Colorado

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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, http://cle.cobar.org.

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.

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

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

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Justice Hobbs accepting his award.

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

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Judge Davidson accepting her award.

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

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The food and camaraderie were terrific.

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

Donate to Paris Relief Efforts

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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!


INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES (IFRC)

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.

Link.http://www.ifrc.org/en/get-involved/donate/

Twitter Feed.https://twitter.com/federation


MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS)

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.

Link.http://www.msf.org/donate

Twitter Feed.https://twitter.com/MSF


SECOURS POPULAIRE FRANCAIS

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.

Link.https://www.secourspopulaire.fr/don#.VkbMBa6rRBy

Twitter Feed.https://twitter.com/secourspop


SECOURS CATHOLIQUE

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.

Link.https://don.secours-catholique.org/don_non_affecte/~mon-don/

Twitter Feed.https://twitter.com/caritasfrance


SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL

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.

Link.https://dons.solidarites.org/b/my-donation

Twitter Feed. https://twitter.com/solidarites_int

 

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.