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First Class Set to Graduate from the Eighteenth Judicial District Mental Health Court

According to Colorado State Judicial, the two-and-a-half-year-old Eighteenth Judicial District Mental Health Court will mark a milestone on Friday, April 13, when four participants are scheduled to graduate from the program.

There are currently more than forty participants in the Eighteenth Judicial District Mental Health Court. This is the first class of participants to graduate since the Court’s inception. The graduating participants have been in the program for 20 to 24 months. Magistrate Laura Findorff presides over the Court’s docket.

In addition to the Eighteenth Judicial District, the Mental Health Court is supported by the district attorney’s office, public defender’s office, probation department, and Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN).

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender, who is slated to attend the graduation ceremony, lauded the Court for its progress.

“In just a very short amount of time this Court has made great strides in offering a comprehensive and collaborative treatment approach,” Chief Justice Bender said. “I am hopeful we will see more courts of this nature take form throughout Colorado.”

The graduation celebration is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am, following the Court’s regular 9:00 am docket in Courthouse One, Courtroom 201 of the Arapahoe County Justice Center (7325 S. Potomac Street, Centennial, CO 80112). The Court’s docket and graduation celebration are open to the public. Following the graduation, refreshments will be served in the jury assembly room.

The mission of the Mental Health Court is to reduce recidivism of offenders with mental illness in the criminal justice system, promote public safety, and improve quality of life for participants and their families with a cost effective, integrated continuum of care through community resources. The Mental Health Court holds defendants accountable and assists offenders to achieve long-term stability to become law-abiding citizens, and successful family and community members.

The Eighteenth Judicial District Mental Health Court is one of more than 60 problem-solving courts operating in 17 of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts.  Colorado’s problem-solving courts include adult and juvenile drug courts, family/dependency and neglect drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, a veteran trauma court, and truancy courts.

Help Plant Trees for Earth Day Celebration

In honor of Earth Day 2012, lawyers will plant trees on April 21 in the hundreds of acres burned by the Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder County. To help purchase trees, individuals are asked to donate $100 and law firms to donate $500.

To make your tax-deductable donation online go to boulder-bar.org, click on the calendar, and go to April 1. If you would like to volunteer to plant trees on April 21, please contact David Perlick.

Colorado State Judicial Revises Many JDF Instructions and Forms in March

As part of its continuing efforts to keep JDF forms up-to-date, the Colorado State Judicial Branch revised several instructions and a few forms in March. Practitioners should begin using the new forms and instructions immediately.

All forms are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and Microsoft Word formats. Download the new forms from State Judicial’s individual forms pages or below.


  • JDF 495 – “Instructions for Second Parent Adoption” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 497 – “Instructions for Validation of Foreign Adoption” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 498 – “Instructions for Kinship Adoption” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 499 – “Instructions for Custodial Adoption” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 500 – “Instructions for Stepparent Adoption” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 506 – “Notice of Adoption Proceeding and Summons to Respond” (revised 3/12)


  • JDF 126 – “Instructions to File a County Court Civil or Small Claims Appeal” (revised 3/12)

County Civil / District Civil

  • JDF 86  – “Instructions for Issuing a Subpoena in Support of an Action Outside the State of Colorado” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 96 – “Instructions for Filing an Answer and/or Counterclaim in County Court” (Money Demand) (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 100 – “Instructions for Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED) / Evictions” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 110 – “Instructions for County Court Civil Cases (Money Demand)” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 112 – “Instructions for Reviving a Judgment” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 115 – “Instructions for Replevin” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 122 – “Instructions for Issuance of Contempt Citation” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 137 – “Instructions for Filing a Foreign Judgment” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 385  – “Instructions for Filing a Change of Name to Obtain Identity-Related Documents” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 420 – “Instructions for Filing for a Change of Name (Minor)” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 432 – “Instructions for Filing a Change of Name (Adult)” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 605 – “Instructions for Appealing Property Tax Assessments with the District Court” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 611 – “Instructions to Seal Criminal Conviction Records” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 620 – “Instructions for Filing a Response to a Rule 120 Notice” (revised 3/12)


  • JDF 323 – “Instructions to File a Petition to Seal Underage Alcohol Conviction” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 385 – “Instructions for Filing a Change of Name to Obtain Identity-Related Documents” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 416 – “Instructions to File a Petition to Seal Arrest and Criminal Records” (revised 3/12)


  • JDF 1215 – “Evaluation of a Foreign Decree, Foreign Custody-Determination, and Foreign Support Order” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 1220 – “Instructions to Register a Foreign Decree” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 1800 – “Instructions/Options to Enforce Orders” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 1801 – “Instructions for Completing an Income Assignment Based on Child Support and/or Maintenance Orders” (revised 3/12)


  • JDF 323 – “Instructions to File a Petition to Seal Underage Alcohol Conviction” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 385 – “Instructions for Filing a Change of Name to Obtain Identity-Related Documents” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 476 – “Instructions to Discontinue Sex Offender Registration for a Colorado and Non-Colorado Juvenile Adjudication or Disposition” (revised 3/12)


  • JDF 1500  – “Instructions to Establish Paternity” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 1502 – “Summons in Paternity” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 1513 – “Instructions to Disclaim Paternity” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 1515 – “Summons to Disclaim Paternity” (revised 3/12)


  • JDF 782 – “Instructions to File Petition to Accept Adult Guardianship and/or Conservatorship in Colorado From Sending State” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 786 – “Instructions to File Petition to Transfer Adult Guardianship and/or Conservatorship From Colorado to Receiving State” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 820 – “Instructions for Appointment of Guardian for Minor by Will or Other Signed Writing” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 823 – “Instructions for Appointment of a Guardian – Minor” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 840 – “Instructions for Appointment of a Guardian – Adult” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 860 – “Instructions for Appointment of a Conservator – Minor” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 875 – “Instructions for Appointment of a Conservator – Adult” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 887 – “Instructions to File a Petition to Terminate Conservatorship” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 906 – “Instructions for Probate With a Will” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 907 – “Instructions for Probate Without a Will” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 957 – “Instructions for Closing an Estate Formally” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 958 – “Instructions for Closing a Small Estate Informally” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 959 – “Instructions for Closing an Estate Informally” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 989 – “Instructions for Re-Opening an Estate” (revised 3/12)

Protection Orders

  • JDF 395 – “Instructions for Restrained Person – Motion to Modify/Dismiss Protection Order” (revised 3/12)
  • JDF 400 – “Instructions for Obtaining a Civil Protection Order” (revised 3/12)

Small Claims

  • JDF 248 – “Instructions for Filing a Small Claims Case” (revised 3/12)

Legal Writing Pro: Five Secret Typography Tips for Lawyers

By Matthew Butterick

Writing a book about typography for lawyers is a little like running a karate dojo — as the master, I have to keep a few secrets for myself. But for Ross, I’ll bend the rules. Here are five of my favorite typography tips that I don’t usually share with people:

1) Extra characters on the iPhone & iPad

Press a key on the iPhone (or iPad) keyboard and hold it down. For many keys, a key palette will appear with alternate characters. Alphabetic characters reveal accented versions. Under punctuation, you’ll find the ellipsis, the em dash, the bullet, the section mark, curly quotes, and other little conveniences.

2) Footnote references in bold

By default, your word processor will set your footnote-reference marks in the same font as your text. But at their reduced point size, those marks can look a bit pale and fragile. Instead, set those marks using a bold font. That way, when the marks get shrunk, they’ll hold up better on the page.

3) ALL-CAPS on stationery and business cards

I advise lawyers not to use CAPS for more than one line at a time, to prevent anyone from setting whole paragraphs in caps. But multiple lines of caps on stationery or business cards can look quite sharp. In fact, at those small sizes, caps are often more legible than standard upper & lower case. My own stationery and business cards are entirely set in caps.

4) Basic Commercial — a great substitute for Arial or Helvetica

Basic Commercial is a sans serif font from the early 1900s that was a precursor to Helvetica (and later, Arial). It has a similar informational look but with more historical flavor. (It was also the original font used for New York City subway signage in the ’70s.) A terrific and underused font. (See http://typo.la/bc)

5) PDF exhibit letters

If you litigate in a district that requires electronic filing, you may have wondered how to put exhibit letters in your PDFs. I’ve gotten documents from lawyers that look like they jammed the plastic exhibit tab through a scanner — not such a great idea. In addition to endangering your scanner, the exhibit letter will be barely visible to someone flipping through the PDF. So I made a special set of extra-large exhibit letters that I can drag & drop into exhibit PDFs. You can download them at http://typo.la/exhib.

Ross Guberman is the founder and president of Legal Writing Pro, an advanced legal-writing training and consulting firm. He has conducted more than a thousand programs on three continents for many of the largest and most prestigious law firms and for dozens of state and federal agencies and bar associations. Ross is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches an advanced seminar on drafting and writing strategy. When you see the logo, you’re reading an article from Legal Writing Pro, where the article originally appeared.

e-Legislative Report: Week Thirteen, April 9, 2012

In this week’s Legislative Video Update, it still seems relatively quiet around the Capitol. There were a few exceptions, including the Senate sending the Juvenile Direct File Limitations bill to the Governor for signing, and an update on the CBA LPC-opposed fetal-homicide measure. As expected, the Budget Bill was introduced and is moving to the House this week.

From the CBA Legislative Policy Committee

The Legislative Policy Committee did not meet on Friday, April 6.

From the Capitol

The week that was April 2 was relatively quiet but for a few exceptions.

On Monday, April 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee took three hours of testimony on HB 12-1130 – Concerning offenses against an unborn child. Then, the bill’s sponsor requested that the bill be taken off the table in order for the sponsor to find language that can satisfy the concerns raised by a majority of the Judiciary Committee members. The CBA LPC voted to oppose the legislation at the request of the Civil Rights committee. A quick check of the Senate Judiciary calendar does not have the bill scheduled in the coming week.

As expected, the Long Bill or Budget Bill (HB 12–1335) was introduced on Wednesday, April 4. The Appropriations Committee, the bill’s committee of reference, approved the bill on Thursday, April 5 and sent the bill to the floor of the House for consideration on 2nd Reading. The routine schedule for the Long Bill was altered somewhat when both the House and the Senate took a long weekend by recessing early on Thursday afternoon. The next step in the life of the Long Bill is two days of separated “caucusing” by both sides of the House on the numerous bill sections separated by the various departments of state government. The caucus process allows the 62 House members who did not participate in the preparation of the Long Bill an opportunity to learn about the budget, ask questions, and propose amendments to the bill. Second reading on the Long Bill is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11.

On Thursday, before a three-day weekend break, the Senate gave final approval to HB 12-1271 – Concerning charging of juveniles by direct file of information or indictment in district court. The final tally in the Senate was 22-13 to move the bill to the Governor for signature. The bill proceeds directly to the Governor’s desk since no amendments were added to the bill in the Senate. Amendments were the subject of great debate on 2nd Reading and a rare substantive amendment offered on 3rd Reading on Thursday. In the end, all amendments to the bill were rejected by the proponents of the bill and the Senate. The CBA LPC authorized the Juvenile Law Section to support the bill in the name of the section alone.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 4/10/12

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and three unpublished opinions.


Warrener v. Medina

United States v. Johnson

Peterson v. Exide Technologies

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