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Archives for September 14, 2011

UPDATED: Tenth Circuit Online Case Management and PACER Outages Scheduled for This Weekend

Both CM/ECF and PACER will be unavailable on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s e-filing system this weekend. There will be two outages: Friday, September 16, 2011, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm and Saturday, September 17, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The PACER Reporting Tools system enables users to obtain, view, and print case records from federal Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy courts via the Internet. The CM/ECF Online Case Management and Filing system is a comprehensive case management system that enables users to file electronically in cases pending before the Bankruptcy Court.

Colorado Legal Legends: A Fireside Chat with the Honorable Jim Carrigan

You are cordially invited to join us on Thursday, October 6, 2011, for a fireside chat and luncheon with the Honorable Jim Carrigan, who will share with us his ethical and professional words of wisdom and his personal and practical advice that have elevated him to his admired position as one of Colorado’s leading legal minds.  This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Judge Carrigan, a Colorado Legal Legend, speak from the heart and leave you with thoughts and words to live by to enhance your professional and personal life.

The Honorable Jim Carrigan was born in Mobridge, South Dakota, where his father owned and operated a bakery.  The Great Depression forced the family to move to Hallock, Minnesota, where he attended public school. His English teacher, to whom he says he owes his excellence in writing and love of poetry and drama and with whom he is still good friends, is Helny Ohnstad of Grand Forks. Upon graduating from high school, and with no funds for college, he hitchhiked to Los Angeles where he found work in a brass foundry.  Before long, work in the foundry solidified his ambition for higher education, and the very low tuition rate at the University of North Dakota made it his choice from 1948 until 1953. He was admitted to the University’s law school after three years as an undergraduate, and received both his Ph.B and Juris Doctor degrees simultaneously in 1953.

Upon graduation he practiced law in Williston, North Dakota and then taught for two years at New York University Law School while earning a master’s degree in tax law. In 1956, he and his bride, Bev, moved to Denver where he became a trial attorney until joining the faculty of the law school at the University of Denver.  He later taught in NYU Law School’s Master of Tax program, and was on the law faculties of the University of Washington and the University of Colorado, before returning to trial practice in Denver.

His full-time public service includes a combined twenty years as Colorado State Court Administrator, Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, and as United States District Judge.  During his legal practice and judicial tenure, he also taught law at the University of Colorado, frequently lectured at legal seminars around the country, and served on the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners, the original Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee, and the University of Colorado Board of Regents. He also served on Denver’s Metropolitan Stadium Commission. Additionally, with encouragement from Bev, who loves to travel, he taught for the U.S. Information Agency in Taiwan, Zambia, and Jamaica, and in an American Bar Association program for judges in Zagreb, Croatia, as well as in Budapest and Vezprem, Hungary.  He has taught for the National Law Societies of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and in programs at Oxford University in England, sponsored by the American Bar Association and the English Barristers Association.

Early in his career as a trial lawyer, he was inducted into the prestigious International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and remained active in both throughout his professional life. He was one of two trial lawyers on the original faculty of the National Judicial College for which he taught during its first fourteen years of existence.  Based on that experience, he helped create the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for which he has served on its Board of Trustees since its founding, has chaired the Board, and has taught extensively.

On the Federal District Court, Judge Carrigan handled over 6,000 civil cases and over 1,500 criminal cases.  He also sat on the Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. After retiring as a Federal District Judge in 1995, he became an arbitrator for the Judicial Arbiter Group, handling cases in ten states. He and Bev have six children and (at this writing) ten grandchildren.

Judge Carrigan will be joined by his long-time friend and colleague, John T. Baker. John graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1973. He concentrates his practice on complex litigation and public interest law. John has a special interest in professionalism and professional responsibility and has served or is serving in bar association leadership positions. These positions include: President Elect of the Denver Bar Association (2008-2009), Past Chair of the Denver Bar Association Professionalism Committee, current chair of the Metropolitan Conciliation Panel, chair of the Colorado Bar Association Attorney Admission and Law School Committee, member of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado Conduct Rules Committee, and current law school working group chair of the Colorado Bar Association Professional Reform Initiative Task Force. John’s legal teaching experience includes adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law, Program Director and Lead Faculty for the NITA Hanley Advanced Advocacy Program, and Program Director NITA in-house or pro bono programs for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. He is immediate past president of the board of directors of Denver Kids, Inc., a program to keep “at risk” Denver Public Schools students in school.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to hear from one of Colorado’s most distinguished and legendary legal professionals!

CLE Program: Colorado Legal Legends – A Fireside Chat with Honorable Jim Carrigan in 2011

This CLE presentation will take place on Thursday, October 6. 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.

Getting Paid: Using Credit Cards at Your Solo or Small Firm

Setting up and managing a credit card system at your firm is not as simple as it sounds. This week, I presented a one-hour program at CBA-CLE about everything you need to know to get started, from setting up the machine, managing acceptance of your clients’ cards, and getting paid, to the myriad of ethical implications involved when you accept credit cards in your practice. The program also looked at the fees and costs associated with using credit cards, how you should document the transactions, and how to contact merchant companies.

I invite you to check out the credit card information sheets that I use in my practice. They are provided below, and hopefully you will find them helpful in getting your own credit card system in place. And, in case you missed the presentation, you can also view my Five-Minute Mentor video below or you can access the homestudies here.

Solo/Small Firm Credit Card Documentation

Brian Popp has been in solo law practice since 2005. His practice is litigation based, and includes family law, real estate, collections, civil litigation, estate planning, and criminal defense. Brian is a former chair of the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, a former chair of the Solo Small Firm Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and was a member of the COBALT steering committee for its inaugural year in 2007.

Celebrate Pro Bono with a Week of Events from the DBA

Pro Bono Week is October 24-28, 2011. To recognize and celebrate the commitment to pro bono client services, the Denver Bar Association has put together several days of events and parties. We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 24:

Collections Clinic

From Noon to 2:00 pm, Alison Daniels and Jennifer Levin will present a basic training for attorneys who are interested in teaching the pro se clinic and/or want a general understanding of the collection process.

To be held at the CBA-CLE Offices, 3rd floor—Available Live and Webcast. 2 General CLE credits.

$49 for members and $69 for non-members, or complimentary when you sign up for a clinic! Register online for the webcast or live version of this program. You also may e-mail, or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 and be sure to state if you are registering for the live or webcast.


Pro Bono Week Kick-Off Party

5:30–8:00 pm

From 5:30 to 8:00 pm, come celebrate and help kick off Pro Bono Week! The event will feature special guest speakers and Ignite presentations on pro bono. Interested in giving an Ignite presentation or would like more information? Contact Light appetizers, drinks and door prizes will be provided.

This free event will be held at Kutak Rock, 1801 California St. Suite 3100, in Denver.

RSVP online or to or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

Tuesday, October 25:

Small Claims Clinic Training

From noon to 2:00 pm, Kip Barrash will present a basic training for attorneys who are interested in teaching the small claims clinic or want a general understanding of the small claims process. Tips include gathering information; forms (where to get them, how to complete them); filing (how; where); defending your position (what to do and what not to do); and court procedure.

To be held at the CBA-CLE Offices, 3rd floor—Available Live and Webcast.

$49 for members and $69 for non-members, or complimentary when you sign up for a clinic! Register online for the webcast or live version of this program. You also may e-mail, or call (303) 824-5350 and be sure to state if you are registering for the live or webcast.

Wednesday, October 26:

Metro Volunteer Lawyers Family Law Training

Sponsored by Faegre & Benson LLP

From 1 to 5:00 pm, this will be a training session for attorneys volunteering with Metro Volunteer Lawyers on family law matters, or those interested in volunteering. Agenda topics will include the anatomy of a family law case, evidence in family law matters, working with family law clients, professionalism, and procedural considerations. Afternoon snacks and refreshments will be provided at no cost to attendees. RSVP to Melissa Fri at no later than Friday, Oct. 21.

This free event will be held at Faegre and Benson, 3200 Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln St., in Denver. 4 CLE credits applied for.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 9/13/11

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and one unpublished opinion.


United States v. Chalan, Jr.

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