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Archives for November 10, 2014

Tenth Circuit Announces Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy in District of Wyoming

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals announced a vacancy for a bankruptcy judge in the District of Wyoming. This position will open after February 28, 2015, and it will be officially located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Bankruptcy judges are appointed to 14-year terms. The District of Wyoming has a relatively low bankruptcy caseload, so the selected judge will be expected to carry a partial caseload in the District of Colorado as well.

To qualify for appointment, applicants must be a member in good standing of the highest court in at least one state or the District of Columbia, and be a member in good standing of every other bar in which the applicant is a member; possess and demonstrate various qualifications of fitness for duty, including outstanding legal ability and competence, a commitment to equal justice under the law, judicial temperament, and sound physical and mental health; not be related by blood or marriage to any other judge on the Tenth Circuit, a member of the Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit, or a judge of the District of Wyoming; and must have been engaged in the practice of law or similarly suitable occupation for five years.

Applications are available on the Tenth Circuit’s website, and may also be obtained by calling the Office of the Circuit Executive at (303) 844-2067 and requesting to speak to a member of the Judicial Resources team. Applications must be received on or before December 19, 2014, and should be submitted via email to or by mail to Office of the Circuit Executive, Byron White U.S. Courthouse, 1823 Stout St., Denver, CO 80257. For more information about the vacancy and required qualifications of applicants, click here.


Colorado Court of Appeals: Uniform Debt-Management Services Act Does Not Implicate Subject Matter Jurisdiction

The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in State of Colorado v. Johnson Law Group, PLLC on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Uniform Debt-Management Services Act—Subject Matter Jurisdiction—Affirmative Defense—Waiver.

Plaintiff, the State of Colorado, appealed the district court’s order dismissing its complaint against defendants, Johnson Law Group, PLLC, a Florida private limited liability company, and Clint L. Johnson. Johnson is an attorney who, in 2006, was licensed to practice law in Florida. In 2008, he added a debt-management services practice that extended to approximately forty-two states. In 2011, plaintiff filed a complaint against defendants, asserting violations of the Uniform Debt-Management Services Act (UDMSA) and the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. The court dismissed the complaint, concluding that the legal services exception defense was jurisdictional and, therefore, defendants were not subject to UDMSA regulation.

On appeal, plaintiff contended that the district court erred in dismissing its complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Because the legal services exception in the UDMSA does not implicate subject matter jurisdiction, it can be waived if not timely asserted as an affirmative defense. Defendant did not assert this affirmative defense until the eve of trial. Therefore, defendant waived any legal services exception defense by failing to assert it in their responsive pleading. The order dismissing the action was reversed and the case was remanded to the district court for a determination of penalties to be assessed against defendants.

Summary and full case available here, courtesy of  The Colorado Lawyer.

Colorado Court of Appeals: Jurors Should Have Been Polled Regarding Exposure to News Report Prejudicial to Defense

The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in People v. Jacobson on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Poll the Jury—Media—Prejudice.

A jury convicted Jacobson of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence (DUI), and other related charges, all arising from a collision between her truck and a taxi cab. Two passengers in the taxi were killed.

During trial, defense counsel told the court that a report about the case had appeared the preceding night on Channel 4 newscast and the local television station’s website. Defense counsel requested to poll the jury concerning exposure to mid-trial publicity that included inadmissible, prejudicial information. The court denied the request.

On appeal, Jacobson argued that the court abused its discretion when it declined to poll the jury. The news report referred to Jacobson’s prior DUI conviction and prior accidents involving injury, alleged that she was driving without a license, and included an interview with someone involved in her previous accident. Due to the nature of this content, the court abused its discretion in failing to determine whether this information was inherently prejudicial and thereafter declining to poll the jury. Because this error was not harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, Jacobson’s convictions were reversed and the case was remanded for a new trial on all charges.

Summary and full case available here, courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 11/7/2014

On Friday, November 7, 2014, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and no unpublished opinion.

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.