December 18, 2018

Archives for May 16, 2018

Finalists Selected for Upcoming Colorado Supreme Court Vacancy

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the selection of three finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of Chief Justice Nancy Rice, effective July 1, 2018.

The three finalists are Maria Berkenkotter, former Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District Court; Karen Brody, District Court Judge in the 2nd Judicial District; and Carlos A. Samour, Jr., Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District Court. Judge Berkenkotter has been with the Judicial Arbiter Group (JAG) since January 2018, following her 2017 retirement from the 20th Judicial District Court. She was appointed to the 20th Judicial District Court in 2006 and became Chief Judge in 2013. Judge Brody was appointed to the 2nd Judicial District Court in March 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was a member and owner at Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC, where she practiced general commercial litigation with a subspecialty in the areas of real estate and eminent domain law. Judge Samour was appointed to the 18th Judicial District Court in January 2007 and became Chief Judge in 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was with Holland & Hart and also worked at the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Under the Colorado constitution, the governor has 15 days within which to appoint one of the nominees to the Colorado Supreme Court. Comments about any of the nominees may be submitted to the governor via email at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us. For more information about the nominees, click here.

Bill Signed Authorizing Court Appointees for Marijuana Businesses

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper signed one bill into law. To date, he has signed 226 bills and sent two to the Secretary of State without a signature. The bill signed Tuesday was HB 18-1280, “Concerning Regulatory Procedures Related to the Appointment of a Court Appointee for a Regulated Marijuana Business, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation,” by Rep. Jovan Melton and Sen. Don Coram. Under current law, there are no provisions that specifically address what happens to a regulated marijuana business when a representative is appointed for the business. The bill requires a potential appointee to certify to the court prior to the appointment that he or she is suitable to hold a marijuana business license.

For a complete list of Governor Hickenlooper’s 2018 legislative decisions, click here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 5/15/2018

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued four published opinions and four unpublished opinions.

United States v. Fykes

Stevenson v. KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

United States v. Wright

United States v. Alvarez

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