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Archives for January 27, 2012

Judge Robert H. Russell, II to Retire from Eighteenth Judicial District Court Bench

The Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet March 26, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of District Judge for the Eighteenth Judicial District, which serves Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert H. Russell, II on May 31, 2012.

Judge Russell was appointed to the district court bench in 1998. Prior to that appointment, he served in the Arapahoe County Court beginning in 1989. His initial appointment to the bench was as an Arapahoe County Magistrate in 1985, after serving in the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s office and in private practice. His current caseload consists of criminal and civil adjudication, but he also serves in the Domestic Relations division.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of the Eighteenth Judicial District and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received by Wednesday, March 7. The appointed district court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. Retained judges serve six-year terms.

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

Diversity LSAT Scholarships Being Offered by the Center for Legal Inclusiveness

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness, the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group, and the Association of Corporate Counsel-Colorado Chapter are partnering with Kaplan Test Prep to offer multiple Diversity LSAT Exam Scholarships for 2012 test takers. Scholarships cover the cost of a review course, the exam fee, and application fees to both the University of Colorado Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2012.

Click here to view the application.

The scholarship is intended to help increase the number of diverse students in law school and practicing law in Colorado. Since one of the purposes of this scholarship is to increase representation among severely under-represented groups in the legal profession, preference may be given to applicants who are racial/ethnic minorities, GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender), and/or have disabilities. However, CLI, the Pledge Group, and ACC recognize there are many types of diversity, and welcome all applications accordingly, including applications by individuals who have demonstrated a history of furthering the goals of diversity and inclusiveness in their academic pursuits, careers, volunteer experience, or otherwise. Applicants must also be permanent residents of Colorado.

For questions, please contact Andrea Juarez at ajuarez@legalinclusiveness.org or call (303) 832-3503. 

HB 12-1029: Exempting Business Personal Property Purchased in 2013 from Property Taxes

On January 11, 2012, Rep. Holbert and Sen. Scheffel introduced HB 12-1029 – Concerning an economic stimulus through a property tax exemption for business personal property, and, in connection therewith, enacting the “Save Colorado Jobs Act.” This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill exempts business personal property that is purchased at any time during the 2013 calendar year from the levy and collection of property tax. Assigned to the Finance Committee.

Since this summary, the House Committee on Finance referred the bill unamended to the House Committee of the Whole. The House Second Reading was laid over to January 26.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

HB 12-1028: Continuing Energy-Related Assistance to Low-Income Households

On January 11, 2012, Rep. Gerou and Sen. Steadman introduced HB 12-1028 – Concerning the continuation of energy-related assistance to low-income households from the operational account of the severance tax trust fund. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill extends the funding from the operational account of the severance tax trust fund used for providing energy-related assistance to low-income households through direct bill payment assistance and home energy-efficiency improvements from only state fiscal year 2012-13 to state fiscal years 2012-13 through 2018-19. Assigned to the Finance Committee.

Since this summary, the House Committee on Finance referred the bill unamended to the House Committee of the Whole. The House Second Reading was laid over to January 26.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

HB 12-1026: Conferring Peace Officer Status on Certain Municipality Prosecuting Attorneys

On January 11, 2012, Rep. Coran and Sen. Roberts introduced HB 12-1026 – Concerning peace officer status for certain municipality prosecuting attorneys. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill confers peace officer status on a city attorney, town attorney, senior assistant city attorney, assistant city attorney, chief deputy city attorney, deputy city attorney, special deputy city attorney, prosecuting attorney, senior prosecuting attorney, senior prosecutor, or special prosecutor employed or contracted by a municipality, city, town, statutory city or town, or city and county. The attorney may be certified by the peace officers standards and training board. Assigned to the Judiciary Committee.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

HB 12-1025: Establishing Expert to Provide Public with Access to Information about Rules and Regulations

On January 11, 2012, Rep. Tyler introduced HB 12-1025 – Concerning the establishment of a regulator navigator. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill requires the director of research of legislative council to provide a regulator navigator to the public. The regulator navigator will provide the public with easy access to information about any state, local, or federal government rule or regulation, including the name and telephone number of the person to contact or the correct web site link regarding the rule or regulation at issue. The regulator navigator is not expected to be a problem solver, but is expected to be an expert in providing the public with quality contact information for the appropriate state, local, or federal government agency. Assigned to the State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

HB 12-1024: Requiring Ballot Title of Statewide Measure Be Written in Plain Language

On January 11, 2012, Rep. Szabo introduced HB 12-1024 – Concerning a requirement that the ballot title of a statewide measure be written in plain language. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill requires the title board, when setting a title for a proposed initiated law or constitutional amendment, to write the title, to the extent possible, in plain, nontechnical language and in a clear and coherent manner using words with common and everyday meaning that are understandable to the average reader. The bill also requires the same standard for the ballot title of a statewide referred measure. Assigned to the State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 1/26/12

On Thursday, January 26, 2012, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and two unpublished opinions.

Unpublished

United States v. Neighbors

Moore v. Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency

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