October 24, 2017

Colorado Attorney General Debate to be Held at CBA-CLE Offices

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The Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and Sam Cary Bar Association will host a debate between the three Colorado Attorney General candidates on October 6, 2014, from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm at the CBA-CLE offices. Vying for the open seat are Republican Cynthia Coffman, Democrat Don Quick, and Libertarian David Williams.

One CLE credit has been applied for, and there will be a webcast of the debate. To RSVP for this event, email execdir@cwba.org. Be sure to specify if you will attend the live debate or the webcast.

Judith LaBuda Appointed as District Court Judge in Twentieth Judicial District

On Friday, May 18, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Judith LaBuda to serve as a district court judge in the Twentieth Judicial District, which serves Boulder County. LaBuda will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable James C. Klein on June 30.

LaBuda, of Niwot, currently serves as the Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she is general counsel to the Division of Insurance, Commissioner of Insurance, and the State Personnel Board. Previously, LaBuda spent 18 years practicing family law.

LaBuda earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

Advertising Law in 2011: Attending This Program Could Help Support Your Immune System!*

* Cannot be verified by any credible medical organization.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t see some real benefits from attending this excellent program on September 9, 2011. CBA-CLE is bringing in, just for you, legal professionals from the Federal Trade Commission and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, nationally known private practitioners, and national business experts who will join together in Denver for this informative workshop about complying with truth-in-advertising laws.

No other program in the state will offer you the in-depth, comprehensive approach that this seminar will with its distinguish faculty of experts!

Topics of the program will include:

  • Priorities from the Colorado Attorney’s General’s Office, Consumer Protection Section
  • Federal Trade Commission Updates from the Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Substantiating Advertising Claims, including Health Claims and Green Guides
  • The Use of Social Media in Advertising
  • Copyright and Trademark Primer for Non-Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • Competitive Issues, including the Lanham Act and National Advertising Division

Register today and mark your calendars for this great program. We look forward to seeing you there!

CLE Program: Advertising Law in 2011

This CLE presentation will take place on Friday, September 9. Participants may attend live in our classroom or watch the live webcast.

If you can’t make the live program or webcast, the program will also be available as a homestudy in three formats: video on-demand, mp3 download, and audio CD recordings. The course materials will also be available.

Former Colorado Secretary of State Buescher Joins AG’s Office

As reported by Law Week Colorado, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers appointed Bernie Buescher as the deputy attorney general overseeing the office’s State Services Section. Buescher was Colorado’s Secretary of State for two years but lost his reelection bid last year to Scott Gessler. Buescher’s last day as Secretary of State was January 11, 2011.

Governor Bill Ritter appointed Buescher as Secretary of State in 2008 after failing to be reelected as a state representative from Grand Junction. He has also held a number of public and private sector jobs, including president of West Star Aviation and executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance under Governor Roy Romer. Buescher graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1974 and has also practiced law in Grand Junction.

Buescher replaces Monica Marquez as head of the State Services Section. Marquez was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in December.

The State Services Section provides legal advice and representation for numerous Colorado state agencies, including the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general, and the judicial branch of Colorado government. The section handles complex constitutional litigation as well as the defense of voter-approved constitutional and statutory provisions. The State Services Section also represents the State Board of Education and the state’s public college and universities.

Tom Raynes Selected as New Executive Director of District Attorneys’ Council

As reported by Law Week Colorado, the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council has picked a new executive director to replace Ted Tow, who was recently appointed as a judge in Adams County and will take over a domestic relations docket there on November 29, 2010.

Tom Raynes was selected to take his place and will take over the position on November 22. Raynes is currently the head of the Criminal Justice section of the Colorado Attorney General’s office and was previously elected as DA in the Montrose-based 7th Judicial District. CDAC’s board of directors, which includes the elected DAs from 19 of the state’s 22 judicial districts as well as a half-dozen or so assistant DAs, selected Raynes for the position.

Raynes’ appointment will leave the Attorney General’s office with only four of six section heads; Monica Marquez, who leads the State Services section, is also leaving her position to replace Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey when she retires on November 30. The Attorney General’s office expects to fill both positions in the next two months.

Colorado AG’s Office, FTC Instruct Small Businesses in Safeguarding Personal Data

Data security breaches in the private sector have become so commonplace in the digital age that they scarcely shock or make headlines anymore — much to the chagrin and inconvenience of those whose sensitive data has been targeted. But there is much that businesses (including small law firms and solo practitioners) can do to protect their data from malicious or inadvertent loss, and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) want you to know about it. They’ve collaborated on a free pamphlet, “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business” (pdf), available for download.

The pamphlet summarizes five steps an entity should take to create and maintain a data-protection plan, each step with a wealth of details within.

Take stock. Know what personal information you have in your files and on your computers.
Scale down. Keep only what you need for your business.
Lock it. Protect the information that you keep.
Pitch it. Properly dispose of what you no longer need.
Plan ahead. Create a plan to respond to security incidents.

The FTC website features an interactive tutorial instructing on these measures.

Earlier this month, we reported on related news of interest to business owners: how to safeguard a business entity’s identity against out-of-state crooks hoping to capitalize on its good credit toward malicious ends.