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Support Metro Volunteer Lawyers on Colorado Gives Day — Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Metro Volunteer Lawyers is participating in Colorado Gives Day, which aims to support nonprofits that protect and nurture quality of life in Colorado. For 24 hours, starting at midnight on TUESDAY, Dec. 10, donations will be taken online to local nonprofits including MVL. One hundred percent of your donation will go to MVL, supporting its mission  to provide free and low-cost legal services to people in need.

For more information or to donate, click the Donate Now Button.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ Mission is: “To bridge the gap in access to justice by coordinating the provision of pro bono legal services by volunteer lawyers within the Denver Metro Area to people who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues.”

Curing the Collywobbles — Part 6: Skin in the Game: The Surefire Cure

rhodesPeople in the investment world talk about having “skin in the game.” That means, “You want our money? Then put yours in first. We’re not taking a risk you won’t.”

Ultimately it’s not about money, it’s about commitment. Commitment requires confidence, which literally means “with faith.” The “fidence” part comes from the same root as “fidelity,” as in faith, loyalty, allegiance. Take the fidelity part out of confidence, and all you’ve got left is the “con” part, as in con man. Confidence is when we speak with actions. We don’t hope someone else will take the risk for us, we take it on ourselves, lay heart and soul on the line. We bet the farm. Our business clients do it all the time.

Trouble is, confidence is usually in short supply when we’re in the change game. Instead of confidence, we’ve got the collywobbles. Weak confidence make for weak commitment, and weak commitment makes for weak results. That’s not what we’re after. So what do we do?

We gulp and pony up, that’s what we do. It’s the only surefire cure for the collywobbles. It’s how we shift from a detached, dispassionate bet on an idea to a defining moment bet on ourselves. That kind of confidence doesn’t hire a lawyer to make sure the other guys get stuck with all the risk. Instead, it says give me that, it’s mine and I want it, because it’s how I’m going to get where I want to go.

Confidence and commitment are how we get started, and how we keep going. Big projects aren’t just hard to launch, they’re also constantly running into insurmountable barriers, getting bogged down. They keep raising the ante, and we keep having to meet it.

“What’s it gonna be?” our Big Ideas keep asking. “You in for more, or you out?” That’s a rhetorical question. Backing out isn’t an option. This is our shot, and we’re taking it, not faking it. So we take yet another deep breath and push the chips we’ve been withholding out onto the table. Money, energy, commitment… it doesn’t matter what it is; if we’ve been holding it back, we need to throw it in.

How do we find the confidence to do that? We make it up. We suspend our reason-based disbelief and go for it. It doesn’t matter where we get it; what matters is that we act as if we’ve got it, even if we don’t. We fake it till we make it. And guess what? More often than not, we do – make it, that is. It’s not smoke and mirrors, it’s how goals get achieved.

That’s how we get skin in the game, how we act boldly, brashly even – especially when we’re not feeling it.

It takes guts and feels nuts, but that’s how the change game is played.

Kevin Rhodes is a lawyer in private practice who coaches and mentors other lawyers to love their work and their lives. He leads workshops for a variety of audiences, including the CBA’s Solo and Small Firm Section and the Job Search and Career Transitions Support Group. You can email Kevin at

U.S. District Court of Colorado Local Rules Changed as of December 1

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado approved amendments to its Local Rules, effective December 1, 2013. The amended rules can be found on the court’s website. The changes are largely stylistic.

Among other changes, the local rules dealing with attorneys have been moved to a new “Attorney Rules” section and the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct that have not been adopted by the court have been listed in the new rules, rather than in an administrative order.

A new Rule 15.1, “Amended Pleadings,” requires parties to file a strike through and underlined copy of the amended pleading as an exhibit. Another non-stylistic change is that a subsection on confidentiality has been added to Rule 16.6, “Alternative Dispute Resolution.”

Colorado Court of Appeals: Announcement Sheet, 12/5/13

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued 12 published opinions and 26 unpublished opinions.

People v. Perez-Hernandez

People v. Tunis

People v. Clemens

Commercial Research, LLC v. Roup

Van Rees, Sr. v. Unleaded Software, Inc.

People v. Hargrove

In re Estate of Beren

Roaring Fork Club, LLC v. Pitkin County Board of Equalization

Regional Transportation District v. 750 West 48th Ave., LLC

McCarville v. City of Colorado Springs

In re Parental Responsibilities of A.R.L.

People in Interest of J.G.C.

Summaries for these cases are forthcoming, courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 12/4/13

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and six unpublished opinions.

United States v. $285,350.00 in United States Currency

Billey v. Jones

Onysko v. Administrative Review Board

United States v. Saavedra

Rubio-Montano v. Holder

Johnson v. Medina

Case summaries are provided for unpublished opinions. However, published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.