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Archives for May 6, 2013

Ginny Lee, Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year, Honored at Pro Bono Paralegal Day Reception

GinnyLeeJudgeTaubmanOn Thursday, May 2, 2013, the CBA Paralegal Committee held its annual awards dinner, the Pro Bono Paralegal Day Reception, where the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year is honored. This year’s Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year is Ginny Lee, a paralegal at Kennedy Childs, P.C., who volunteers for CASA in Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Judge Daniel Taubman of the Colorado Court of Appeals delivered the award to Ms. Lee.

Ms. Lee has devoted more than 1,500 hours as a CASA volunteer since 2004. As a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, she appears in court and speaks on the behalf of abused and neglected children. She also assists with recruiting new volunteers for CASA. In 2010, Ms. Lee was named a 7Everyday Hero by 7News for her work with CASA.

The Paralegal of the Year Award honors the paralegal whose efforts best exhibit a commitment to pro bono activities, serving the indigent with legal assistance in times of need. In recognition of her award a $1,000 donation will be made to a pro bono organization of Ms. Lee’s choice in her name. The award was started by the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association in 2002.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 5/3/13

On Friday, May 3, 2013, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two published opinions and three unpublished opinions.

Hooten v. Ikard Servi Gas

O’Toole v. Northrop Grumman Corp.

Smallwood v. Martin

No case summaries are provided for unpublished opinions.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

SB 13-286: Extending the Time that Renewable Energy Companies May Carry Over Excess Enterprise Zone Investment Tax Credits

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Sen. Mary Hodge introduced SB 13-286 – Concerning an Extension of the Number of Years that a Renewable Energy Company May Claim Excess Enterprise Zone Investment Income Tax Credits as Credit Carryovers. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill gives renewable energy companies extended carryover periods for enterprise zone investment tax credits that such renewable energy companies have earned in the past and may earn in the future.

The bill was introduced on April 24 and has been assigned to the Finance Committee. The bill is on the Finance Committee schedule Tuesday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Since this summary, the bill was referred, unamended, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.

SB 13-285: Revising Certain Procedures for the Resolution of Workers’ Compensation Claim Disputes

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Sen. Lois Tochtrop introduced SB 13-285 – Concerning the Procedures in Workers’ Compensation Claims for the Resolution of Disputes. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill requires a claimant to be reimbursed by the employer or workers’ compensation carrier for medical treatment provided if the employer, after notice of the injury, fails to provide medical treatment.

After notice of termination of a fringe benefit or other advantage, the employer, carrier, or third-party administrator is required to recalculate the average weekly wage and begin payment of the wages based on the recalculated amount.

The bill requires temporary partial disability to be paid at least once every two weeks and requires an employer, carrier, or third-party administrator to provide a claimant a complete copy of the claim file within 15 days after the mailing of a written request.

In order to request attorney fees and costs when an opposing attorney requests a hearing for an unripe issue, the requesting party must prove that it attempted to have any unripe issues stricken by a prehearing administrative law judge. Fees and costs may only be awarded if they are directly caused by the listing of the unripe issue.

The bill extends the amount of time that must pass before an employer or insurer may request an independent medical examiner if the treating physician has not determined that an injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement from 18 to 24 months. If the independent medical examiner selected determines that the worker has reached maximum medical improvement, the independent medical examiner shall also determine the worker’s permanent medical impairment.

The bill was introduced on April 24 and has been assigned to the Business, Labor, & Technology Committee. The bill is on the Business, Labor & Technology Committee schedule for Monday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m.

Since this summary, the bill was referred, amended, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.

SB 13-284: Providing for Expedited Air Quality Permitting for Oil and Gas Operators that Certify that They Will Use Certain Pollution Control Technology

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Sen. Morgan Carroll introduced SB 13-284 – Concerning Streamlining the Environmental Permitting of Oil and Gas Development that Meets Enhanced Environmental Protection Standards. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill requires the division of administration in the department of public health and environment to provide for expedited air quality permitting for oil and gas operations for operators that certify that they will use pollution control technology that meets enhanced environmental and human health protection standards as established either by the division through guidance or by the air quality control commission by rule. The bill allows the division to provide an analogous permitting schedule and enhanced standards for water quality permitting either by the division through guidance or by the water quality control commission by rule.

The bill was introduced on April 23 and assigned to the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee. The bill is on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee schedule for Tuesday, April 30 at 8 a.m.

Since this summary, the bill was referred, amended, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.