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Archives for August 29, 2016

Public Comment Period Open for Changes to 10th Circuit Local Rules

On Friday, August 26, 2016, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals released proposed changes to the Tenth Circuit Rules, effective January 1, 2017. These rule changes are in addition to the changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that take effect December 1, 2016. The changes include a reduction in word count for briefs; primary brief word limits have been reduced from 14,000 to 13,000 and reply brief word limits have been reduced from 7,000 to 6,500. The word limit changes are summarized in a new Appendix to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. The changes to the rules also address when filings are timely under F.R.A.P. 4, clarify service dates when filings are completed electronically, and require attorneys to explain the criminal process and right to object in a defendant’s native language.

Comments regarding any of the changes may be submitted via email to For a memo outlining the various amendments, click here. For a redline of the changes, click here.

Honorable David W. Crockenberg to Retire from Tenth Judicial District Court

Crockenberg (Formatted)On Friday, August 26, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. David W. Crockenberg from the Tenth Judicial District Court. Judge Crockenberg was appointed to the district court bench in December 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney in private practice in Pueblo, specializing in insurance defense, personal injury, employment law, and civil rights. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancy. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the Tenth Judicial District at the time of investiture, and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Richard Gabriel. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on October 3, 2016, and anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than September 28, 2016.

For more information about the vacancy, click here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 8/26/2016

On Friday, August 26, 2016, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued three published opinions and two unpublished opinions.

United States v. Shrader

Castillo v. Bobelu

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