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Archives for April 24, 2012

Upcoming Solo/Small Firm Monthly Networking Meetings: May 2012

The Solo/Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just members of the Solo/Small Firm Section, the sponsoring entity. Some offer CLE credits, although sometimes there is no formal agenda, and no RSVP is required to attend any of the meetings.  You are encouraged to think about and prepare questions or ideas to present to the group.  Don’t hesitate to e-mail a meeting coordinator to suggest a CLE topic and/or speaker!

      • Colorado Springs
        • May 2 (First Wednesday of every month)
          • Luncheon at 11:30 am, CLE at 11:45
        • Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO, (719) 635-8484
        • Contact Jim Duve, (719) 578-5800,, or John Holcomb, (719) 548-8968,
      • Downtown Denver
        • May 8 (Second Tuesday of every month)
          • Happy Hour at 5:30 pm
        • Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., Denver, CO (303) 830-6839
        • Contact Jennifer D. McGinn, (720) 362-3000,
        • There is no parking at the bar but there is free 2-hour parking up one block on Sherman St. and there is a garage directly across the street from the bar on Lincoln St.  There is also plenty of metered parking on Lincoln.
      • Downtown Denver
        • May 3 (First Thursday of every month)
          • Breakfast at 7:30 am
        • Tavern Restaurant inside the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO (303) 534-1211 – Reservation under D.A. Bertram
        • Contact Frank P. Slaninger, (303) 617-4446,
      • Denver Tech Center Area
        • May 11 (Second Friday of every month)
          • Brown Bag Lunch at noon
        • Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Suite 300, Centennial, CO (303) 850-7080
        • Contact Phil Shuey, (303) 680-2595,
        • Exit I-25 and go west on Orchard and turn south on Quebec (or exit I-25 and go west on Arapahoe and turn north on Quebec).  From Quebec, turn east on E. Caley Ave.  The building is on the right, not far from Quebec.
        • West Denver Metro Area (Jefferson County)
          • May 9 (Second Wednesday in odd months)
            • Breakfast at 7:30 am
          • Mimi’s Café, 14265 West Colfax Ave., Golden, CO, 303-384-9350
          • Contact Dayle Anderson, (303) 980-7990,

        Dates are subject to change; however, they will occur as scheduled unless prior notice has been sent to the Section membership via e-mail.  Please check this website on a regular basis.

Governor Hickenlooper Announces More Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced several Board and Commission appointments, including a few more appointments to Judicial Nominating Commissions around the state:

The Third Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission selects nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. The commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission and consists of seven citizens residing in that judicial district. The members appointed for terms expiring December 31, 2017:

  • James S. Colt of Trinidad, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Republican member from Las Animas County.
  • Raymond M. McMillan of Trinidad, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat member from Las Animas County.
  • Sisto J. Mazza of Trinidad, to serve as an attorney and as a Democrat member from Las Animas County.

The Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission recommends candidates to serve as judges for the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. The chief justice of the Supreme Court chairs the commission and is a non-voting member. The member appointed for a term expiring December 31, 2017:

  • Scott C. Johnson of Greeley, to serve as an attorney and as an Unaffiliated member from the Fourth Congressional District.

Tenth Circuit: Federal Habeas Relief Denied Following Death Sentence for Murder Conviction

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in Thacker v. Workman on Monday, April 23, 2012.

The Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision. Petitioner pled guilty in Oklahoma state court to charges of first-degree malice aforethought murder, kidnapping, and first-degree rape. Following a sentencing hearing, the state trial court sentenced Petitioner to death for the murder conviction. Petitioner’s death sentence was affirmed on direct appeal, and his requests for state post-conviction relief were denied. Petitoiner petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, but was denied relief by the district court. Petitioner filed a notice of appeal and the district court granted him a certificate of appealability on four issues. Exercising jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291, the Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of federal habeas relief.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 4/23/12

On Monday, April 23, 2012, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and one unpublished opinion.


Ciempa v. Jones

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