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Archives for October 21, 2011

Colorado Civil Procedure Rules Amended Regarding Limited Representation

The Colorado Supreme Court has amended the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure. The change was made to CRCP 121 Local Rules – Statewide Practice Standards Section 1-1: Entry of Appearance and Withdrawal. A new Section 5 was added; sections 1-4 remain unchanged. The rule change is effective immediately.

The new Section 5 is entitled Notice of Limited Representation Entry of Appearance and Withdrawal. The new rule outlines the procedures by which an attorney may make a limited appearance for a pro se party in specified proceedings. The attorney must file and serve with the court and the other parties a notice of the limited appearance prior to or simultaneous with such proceedings. At the conclusion of the proceedings, the attorney’s appearance terminates without the necessity of leave of court when the attorney simply files a notice of completion of limited appearance.

The rule change is accompanied by a Committee Comment providing further explanation and background for the rule.

Click here to read more about this amended civil procedure rule, outlined as Rule Change 2011(13).

Judge Max E. Carlson to Retire from Sedgwick County Court Bench

The Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Monday, November 28, 2011 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of County Court Judge for Sedgwick County. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Max E. Carlson on February 3, 2012.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of Sedgwick County and have graduated high school or attained the equivalent of a high school education as indicated by the Department of Education, based upon the record made on the General Education Development test. Applications must be received by Monday, November 14. The appointed county court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. Retained judges serve four-year terms.

Further information about applying for the vacancy is available from the Colorado Judicial Branch.

Governor Hickenlooper Makes Appointment to the Commission on Judicial Discipline

On Friday, October 21, 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper announced numerous appointments to several Boards and Commissions. Among them was an appointment made to the Commission on Judicial Discipline.

David Lee Dill was appointed to the Commission to serve as a non-attorney. Dill is from Pueblo and his appointment was occasioned by the resignation of Judy Weaver, also from Pueblo. His term will expire on June 30, 2015.

The Commission on Judicial Discipline monitors and disciplines misconduct of judges and justices of the state courts of Colorado and provides education programs to judges on their ethical obligations under the Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct. The appointment must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate.

The Best Technology for Your Law Practice: What Are You Using? Win a Kindle Fire!

There are a few exciting things happening with technology in November:

  • A CBA-CLE Law Practice Technology Program with national speaker Barron Henley will be held on November 8, in which he will discuss the use of technology, and tablets, in your law practice.
  • And the New Kindle Fire becomes available on November 15 (a new, lower cost tablet from Amazon).

These two events coinciding just seemed too fortuitous to pass up, and so CBA-CLE is offering you a chance to Win a Kindle Fire over the next two weeks!

Here’s the scoop:
  • Comment on the CBA-CLE Facebook page about your use of tablets (or non-use) to be entered into the drawing. All you have to do is make a thoughtful comment about tablets and the law. (One comment per person for the drawing.)  For example: “I don’t use them in my practice yet.” Or, “I use my iPad at the courthouse–it’s more convenient than a laptop!”   We’ve already started the tablet conversation over on our Facebook page – click here to comment!

We’ll do a random drawing at the end of the day on November 8 and the Kindle Fire will be delivered to the winner after November 15. (Need not be present to win, so don’t shy away from registering for the live webcast of the program if you can’t make it to our classroom!)

Don’t miss out on this great program and your chance to win one of the hottest new pieces of technology on the market! (We won’t tell if you choose not to use it for your practice.)

Click here for more information about the contest, and here’s a little more about the program and how you can register:

Let’s face it. The array of technology choices is overwhelming. How do you make the right choices?

This seminar will provide a wealth of legal technology tips in plain English, covering all areas of law office technology, from document and file management, legal-specific billing and accounting software, computer configurations, printers and scanners, to how to find the best deals on technology for your office and much, much more.

Barron Henley is an attorney and legal technologist, and he’ll show you ways to improve your practice while making it easier. He’ll review the best products on the market for law offices and give you tips that will enable you to work more efficiently, find things easier, create better documents, protect client data, and avoid committing malpractice with your computer.

So who should attend?
  • Anyone who needs to upgrade or overhaul his/her office technology
  • Anyone whose practice needs an efficiency boost, or anyone frustrated with their current technology
  • Those looking for smarter tech-spending strategies
  • Anyone interested in starting their own firm
  • Any lawyer who doesn’t have full-time, in-house IT staff
  • Support staff, office managers and anyone who provides IT for their firm
  • And anyone interested in learning about document assembly, legal accounting software, paper reduction and better file-management techniques

CLE Program: The Lawyer’s Ultimate Guide to the Best Technology for Your Practice

This CLE presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 8. 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 in hardy copy or as an electronic download.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 10/20/11

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and three unpublished opinions.

Unpublished

RoDa Drilling Co. v. Siegal

Kasonso v. Holder, Jr.

United States v. Kutz

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

Colorado Court of Appeals: Week of October 16, 2011 (No Published Opinions)

The Colorado Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and fifty-four unpublished opinions for the week of October 16, 2011.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. Case announcements are available here.