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Archives for May 11, 2012

William Alexander Appointed to Tenth Judicial District Court Bench

On Friday, May 11, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of William Alexander to serve as a district court judge in the Tenth Judicial District, effective June 1. Alexander will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable C. Dennis Maes.

Alexander, of Pueblo, currently serves as the Presiding Municipal Court Judge for the City of Pueblo. Alexander has served as a Magistrate in the Tenth Judicial District Court since 1994. Prior to becoming a Magistrate Judge, he was a Deputy Public Defender. Alexander served as a security supervisor for the University of Denver before becoming an attorney.

Alexander earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbia College of Aurora and a his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Colorado Supreme Court Authorizes Transfer of Surplus Attorney Registration Funds to Colorado Legal Services

On Friday, May 11, 2012, the Colorado Supreme Court announced that it has voted unanimously to transfer $750,000 in 2012, and another $750,000 in 2013, from the Court’s attorney registration fund to Colorado Legal Services.

Colorado Legal Services will use the funds to further its mission of providing pro bono legal services in civil matters to Colorado’s indigent population.

“Our profession has an obligation to serve all of Colorado, including those who cannot afford to pay a lawyer for representation in civil matters,” Chief Justice Michael L. Bender said.

Chief Justice Bender also noted that none of the monies being transferred come from taxpayer dollars or will have any future impact on taxpayers.

“The funds being made available to Colorado Legal Services come solely from fees paid to the Court’s Office of Attorney Registration,” he said.  “I believe all Colorado attorneys should see this as a wise use of resources to ensure procedural fairness prevails for all who come to the courts seeking assistance.”

The Supreme Court took the transfer request under advisement earlier this year when approached by the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Access to Justice Commission.  The Court found the attorney registration fund had a surplus and concluded that using some of the money for this purpose would have no negative impact on the Office of Attorney Registration or Office of Attorney Regulation.

Colorado Legal Services is a flagship provider of civil legal services and in the past few saw a significant downturn in its funding sources.  Without the Court’s authorization to transfer the monies, Colorado Legal Services would have been forced to close some of its offices and lay off numerous staff members.

Wheels of Justice Leans into a New Season: June 6 Kick-Off Party at the Denver Athletic Club

It was just seven years ago that Wheels of Justice made its first appearance in the Courage Classic, a three-day bike tour that raises money for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Last year, it boasted 213 riders and raised $290,000, making it the ride’s top fundraising team for the second year in a row. In its first six years, the team has raised more than $1.3 million for Children’s Hospital Colorado.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Wheels of Justice will kick off its seventh season in style on the rooftop of the Denver Athletic Club (DAC) with free food and drinks. Hear from patient families and doctors about the impact the team’s fundraising has on the Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

And:

  • All attendees will receive a free two-week pass to the DAC.
  • The first 23 people to RSVP will be invited to join a special rooftop spin class at the DAC during the summer.

Whether you’re a veteran Wheels of Justice teammate or a first-year rider, come out on June 6 for the camaraderie and leave with the inspiration and determination to make a big difference while riding your best ride yet!

Details

Pre-Party Team Ride: June 6, 2012, 5:00-6:00 pm (meet at DAC)

Kick-off Party: June 6, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Denver Athletic Club Rooftop, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver CO

RSVP: Kate Schuster, kschuster@cobar.org

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 5/10/12

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and one unpublished opinion.

Unpublished

Romero v. Goodrich

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

HB 12-1358: Making Transfers from the Medical Marijuana Cash Fund to the Departments of Revenue and Public Health and Environment

On April 30, 2012, Rep. Tom Massey and Sen. Irene Aguilar introduced HB 12-1358 – Concerning Funding Issues Related to Medical Marijuana, and, In Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill transfers $7.7 million from the medical marijuana program cash fund to the department of revenue for use in the medical marijuana licensing program for fiscal years 2011-12 through 2014-15. Of the $7.7 million, $2 million will be held in a reserve account that cannot be accessed until the first $5.7 million is spent. If any portion of the $2 million is needed for medical marijuana enforcement or licensure, the director of the state licensing authority shall send notice to the state comptroller before spending any of the money in the reserve account. The bill transfers $2 million from the medical marijuana program cash fund to the department of public health and environment, division of prevention services, exclusively for prevention programs in the Tony Grampsas youth services program.

The state licensing authority shall collect both the application and licensing fee at the time of application and will refund the license fee if the applicant is denied a local license or withdraws the application.

The state licensing authority shall post a report on its web site by October 31, 2012, that shows the number of applications received, licenses granted, applications denied, applications withdrawn, and the results of enforcement efforts.

On May 3, the Appropriations Committee amended the bill and moved it to the full Senate for consideration on 2nd Reading. The Senate amended and adopted the bill on the bill on 2nd Reading on Friday, May 4. Today, the House adopted the bill on 3rd Reading on a vote of 43-21-1.

Since this summary, the bill moved through the Senate but the 3rd Reading was laid over until May 10.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

HB 12-1357: Providing for Use of Unspent Funds for Capital Construction Projects at State Sponsored Institutes of Higher Education

On April 30, 2012, Rep. J. Paul Brown and Sen. Scott Renfroe introduced HB 12-1357 – Concerning the Use of Unspent Moneys After Completion of Capital Construction Projects at State-Supported Institutions of Higher Education Authorized by a 2008 Federal Mineral Lease Revenues Lease-Purchase Agreement. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Capital Development Committee bill.

The bill specifies that the state treasurer shall ensure that each state-supported institution of higher education submits a certificate of completion no later than August 1, 2012, for each project funded by the lease-purchase agreement entered into by the state treasurer in 2008. The bill specifies that after such certificates of completion are received by the state treasurer, the state treasurer and the state controller shall calculate the unspent proceeds raised through the 2008 lease-purchase agreement. The bill requires the state treasurer and state controller to provide that calculation to the capital development committee in writing by a specified date and requires the capital development committee to hold a public meeting during the interim to decide what the unspent proceeds should be used to fund, limited to capital construction projects at state-supported institutions of higher education or, so long as such projects are identified as eligible by bond counsel, controlled maintenance projects at state-supported institutions of higher education.

The bill requires the capital development committee’s decision to be communicated to the state treasurer in writing and requires the state treasurer to ensure that the approved project or projects are funded from the unspent proceeds raised through the 2008 lease-purchase agreement as soon as possible.

The bill also makes transfers necessary to provide state-supported institutions of higher education a proportionate refund of their cash contributions toward the cost of the project.

On May 2, the Finance Committee referred the unamended bill to the full Senate for consideration it to the Committee on Appropriations. On May 4, the Senate approved the bill on 2nd Reading.

Since this summary, the bill passed a 3rd Reading in the Senate and is headed to the Governor’s desk.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.