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Judge Eyler Named Chief Judge in Tenth Judicial District; Judge Schwartz Named as New Water Court Judge

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender appointed the Honorable Deborah Eyler as the new chief judge and the Honorable Larry Schwartz as the new water court judge in the Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County). Chief Justice Bender made the appointments to fill positions currently held by Chief Judge C. Dennis Maes, who will retire from the bench on May 31.

The appointment of Judge Eyler to chief judge is effective June 1, upon Chief Judge Maes’ retirement.  The appointment of Judge Schwartz to water judge is effective immediately. Chief Judge Maes will continue to serve as a water judge until his retirement.

Judge Eyler was appointed by Governor Ritter to the district court bench in August of 2008 and took the bench on December 1, 2008.  Before being appointed to the bench she was in private practice.  As a district court judge, Judge Eyler presides over a domestic relations, dependency and neglect and truancy docket.

Judge Schwartz was appointed to the bench by Governor Ritter in March of 2008, and began serving July 1, 2008. He began his law career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office in November of 1982. From 1985 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Schwartz was in private practice.

Colorado is divided into twenty-two judicial districts, each with a chief judge who serves as the administrative head. Chief judges’ responsibilities include appointing the district administrator, chief probation officer, and clerks of the court, assisting in the personnel, financial and case-management duties of the district, seeing that the business of the courts is conducted efficiently and effectively, and making judicial assignments within the district.

Water judges are district judges appointed by the Supreme Court and have jurisdiction in the determination of water rights, the use and administration of water, and all other water matters within the jurisdiction of the water divisions.

Tom Matte: A Twitter Chat Can Bring New Exposure to Your Law Firm

By scheduling regular tweet chats on topics of interest to your followers, your firm will be viewed as a go-to resource for the latest information

So, you’ve been on Twitter for a while now. You are building a nice number of followers and are conversing with them on a regular basis. Your posts are informative and interesting, and you are even retweeted on a fairly regular basis.

So what’s next? Why not hold a Twitter Chat? For the uninitiated, a Twitter Chat is when a group of people participates in a real time, online conversation around a particular topic, identified by a hashtag. Think about it as a conference call with people all over the world, where each participant can share their thoughts by typing 140-character tweets rather than talking over each other. It’s an easy way to get people who are interested in your topic to discuss concerns and share new ideas.

Sounds fun, right? While it is easy, there are some things to consider first. When setting one up, make sure you:

  • Choose a topic, time and a hashtag that makes sense
  • Choose a format and share that with your followers. It may be on a single topic (typically best), a forum for followers to ask you questions, or any number of other formats, but define it up front and stick to it.
  • Promote it in advance. Otherwise, you’ll be chatting by yourself.

So those are the basics. Scheduling and conducting a Twitter Chat is one thing, but doing it in such a way that followers will participate and want to come back for future ones is another. Here are some suggestions for doing it well.

  • Choose a topic people are interested in. What are your clients consistently asking you about? What do you see trending on Twitter lately? Put a bit of thought into your topic to ensure it’s one that will draw participants.
  • Be real. One of the beauties of social media is that it tends to break down barriers between people and allows them to show a bit of personality along with their expertise. So be authentic in your approach and don’t be afraid to show a bit of your fun side too.
  • Be consistent. If you plan to hold regular Twitter Chats, find a time that works for most of your followers and stick to it. That way people will add it to their schedule and be more likely to attend future ones.
  • Invite others to host. Just like in-person events, it’s good to mix it up a bit. Bring in other thought leaders and have them “guest host” by leading the conversation or answering questions. It will keep it more interesting and bring in entirely new participants since the guest host will promote it for you as well.

For example, Colorado Supreme Court initiated the new Civil Access Pilot Project this year, which makes significant changes to the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure for certain types of business cases in specified judicial districts. The new procedures dramatically affect the way certain civil cases are litigated, and attorneys are beginning to wade through the new restrictions right now. Here’s a great opportunity for a Colorado firm to hold a Twitter Chat to hear what others are thinking, share their own views, and even discuss what their experiences have been with the rule changes so far. Who’s first?

Hosting a Tweet Chat can be a great way for you to add followers and increase exposure for your firm and practice area. Attend a few first to see how it’s done and take notes on what works well and what doesn’t. You can find them directly in Twitter, or TweetChat is designed to help with the process.

To read more, check out Mashable articles, 7 Tips for Better Twitter Chats and How to Start and Run a Successful Twitter Chat.

Tom Matte is CEO of Max Advertising, and focuses his endless enthusiasm on crafting creative and lasting marketing and advertising for law firms, helping them to ultimately grow their practices. Whether a 10-person firm or one of the Am Law 100, he works with firms of all sizes. Tom blogs at the The Matte Pad, where this post originally appeared on June 30, 2011.

Finalists Selected to Fill Judgeship on Tenth Judicial District Court

The Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated two candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of Chief Judge C. Dennis Maes, effective June 1, 2012.

The nominees for the bench are William D. Alexander and Kimberly Jo Karn. Both candidates are from Pueblo and were selected by the commission on April 3.

Under the Colorado Constitution, Governor Hickenlooper has until April 19 to appoint one of the nominees to the position of District Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County).

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 4/3/12

On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and two unpublished opinions.


Dillard v. The Bank of New York

IRS v. Wankel

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