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Archives for December 8, 2015

End of an Era: Willis Carpenter Retires from Teaching

carpenterSince 1977, Willis Carpenter’s 10-week course, Colorado Real Estate Practice, has been the go-to class for learning the basics of real estate law in Colorado. He has taught hundreds of students, many of whom have become the “Who’s Who” of Colorado real estate law. Willis recently decided that this year would be his last for teaching the class. We at Colorado CLE are immensely grateful to him for sharing his sharp legal mind and being a mentor in our classroom for so many years. As eloquently stated by Dan Sweetser, current chair of the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section, “Without Willis, there would not be a real estate section. All of us have learned from him and are still learning.” Will has also taught at the annual Colorado Real Estate Symposium almost every year since its inception in 1983, and taught at its precursor, the Annual Real Estate Institute, multiple times as well.

IMG_7118Will has had many co-speakers at his Colorado Real Estate Practice class through the years—Naomi Gonzales; Linnea Mitchell Simons, Esq.; Margie (Mary Margaret) Stroock Low, Esq.; Cynthia Hodge Shearer, Esq.; Holly Hoxeng; Blair Lichtenfels, Esq.; and Emma Keyser, Esq. Holly Hoxeng, Willis’s co-speaker for many years, shared a few thoughts about what makes Willis so special: “He is always glad to talk on the phone with another attorney. He says, ‘We are in this together and if talking a problem through will keep another attorney from committing malpractice, that’s what I am here for.’ All he asks is that you pass it on. Mr. Carpenter teaches by example, he doesn’t shy away from telling a story about himself to get the point across. He calls himself a ‘dirt lawyer’ – I guess that would make him the dean of dirt law!” Holly also reminded me of one important point Willis emphasizes in each of his classes: “Don’t forget to attach Exhibit A!”

Carpenter-GuitarI have had the pleasure of working with Will for the past several years as the editor of his treatises, Colorado Real Estate Practice and Colorado Title Insurance Practice. Will’s knowledge of the law is immense, yet his demeanor is understated and humble. He is kind above all. I feel truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Will. In addition to the two treatises, Will authors the “Easements” chapter in Cathy Krendl’s Colorado Methods of Practice series. He has also written numerous articles for The Colorado Lawyer, the Krendl books, the Denver Law Journal, and Colorado Farmer & Rancher. As Real Estate Section council member Geoffrey Anderson relates, “One of the things that makes Willis Willis is his great humility. Over the years, and especially the last few years, Willis has received many (well deserved) awards. With Willis, there’s no strutting or preening, just a graceful graciousness. He is a true role model.”

Willis has been a fixture in the Colorado real estate bar for many years. He is a member of the Colorado and Denver bar associations, and served as president of the DBA in 1978-1979. He received the annual Award of Merit from both the DBA (1993) and CBA (2004), and he served on the CBA Board of Governors from 1975 to 1980. He chaired the CBA Real Estate Section in 1976-1977, received the Section’s first Deserving Member Award in 1986, and received the Section’s first Hall of Fame award in 2004. He was a member of the Real Estate Section’s Title Standards Committee from 1980 to 2015. He was a Director for CLE in Colorado from 1967 through 1988. He also was the first recipient of the Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence in 2002, and the 2013 Colorado CLE Annual Real Estate Symposium was renamed the Willis Carpenter Real Estate Symposium in his honor.

Carpenter-symposiumWillis is a native of Colorado. He attended public schools in Hayden and Denver and graduated from East Denver High School. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University, cum laude, in 1951, and received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1954. He was also on active and reserve duty with the United States Naval Reserves from 1954 to 1977, where he retired with the rank of Captain. He has been in private practice in Denver since 1954, excluding service in the Navy from 1955 to 1958. His practice focuses on real estate and commercial transactions, farm and ranch sales, conservation easements, and title insurance issues. He is also a licensed title insurance agent; he has been a shareholder of Attorneys Title Guarantee Fund since 1968 and was a vice president and member of its Board of Directors in 1976-1977.

We at CLE are grateful to Willis for his tireless contributions to the bar. We appreciate all he has done for us, and admire his willingness to share his scholarship for so many years. Thank you, Will. We won’t forget to attach Exhibit A.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 12/7/2015

On Monday, December 7, 2015, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and eight unpublished opinions.

United States v. Taylor

United States v. Mata-Rodriguez

Stengel v. New Mexico Corrections Department

Ortiz-Rodriguez v. Lynch

Webb v. Smith

United States v. State of New Mexico

United States v. Goodwin

Atkins v. Heavy Petroleum Partners LLC

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