June 26, 2019

Rules Governing Admission to the Bar Amended by Colorado Supreme Court

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, the Colorado State Judicial Branch released Rule Change 2013(09), concerning Chapter 18 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules Governing Admission to the Bar. The rule change was approved on June 27 and is effective September 1, 2013.

The change to Rule 201.2, “Board of Law Examiners,” clarifies where fees collected under the rule will be held and for what purposes they will be used. The changes to Rule 221, “Out-of-State Attorney — Pro Hac Vice Admission,” increase the fee for pro hac vice admission from $250 to $300. The changes to Rule 222, “Single Client Counsel Certification,” increase the fee for single client counsel certification from $725 to $1,000.

Rule 227 was changed extensively. Some of the changes to Rule 227 involve increasing attorney registration fees. The fee for an active Colorado attorney who has been practicing more than three years will increase from $225 to $325. Fees for attorneys who are in their first three years of practice increased from $180 to $190. Fees for inactive attorneys also increased, from $95 to $130.

The changes to Rule 227 also include clarification about how the fees are used, what should be included on a statement, registration of non-attorney judges, and other minor changes.

For a copy of Rule Change 2013(09), click here. For all of the Colorado Supreme Court’s rule changes, click here.

Colorado Supreme Court Authorizes Transfer of Surplus Attorney Registration Funds to Colorado Legal Services

On Friday, May 11, 2012, the Colorado Supreme Court announced that it has voted unanimously to transfer $750,000 in 2012, and another $750,000 in 2013, from the Court’s attorney registration fund to Colorado Legal Services.

Colorado Legal Services will use the funds to further its mission of providing pro bono legal services in civil matters to Colorado’s indigent population.

“Our profession has an obligation to serve all of Colorado, including those who cannot afford to pay a lawyer for representation in civil matters,” Chief Justice Michael L. Bender said.

Chief Justice Bender also noted that none of the monies being transferred come from taxpayer dollars or will have any future impact on taxpayers.

“The funds being made available to Colorado Legal Services come solely from fees paid to the Court’s Office of Attorney Registration,” he said.  “I believe all Colorado attorneys should see this as a wise use of resources to ensure procedural fairness prevails for all who come to the courts seeking assistance.”

The Supreme Court took the transfer request under advisement earlier this year when approached by the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Access to Justice Commission.  The Court found the attorney registration fund had a surplus and concluded that using some of the money for this purpose would have no negative impact on the Office of Attorney Registration or Office of Attorney Regulation.

Colorado Legal Services is a flagship provider of civil legal services and in the past few saw a significant downturn in its funding sources.  Without the Court’s authorization to transfer the monies, Colorado Legal Services would have been forced to close some of its offices and lay off numerous staff members.

2012 Colorado Attorney Registration Is Now Available

As of December 1, the Colorado Supreme Court began accepting 2012 attorney registrations online. Last year the Court launched a new system, making the registration process faster and easier. But, in case you run into trouble, a handy Electronic Registration FAQ page should provide more guidance.

Click here to register for 2012.

If you have any comments or suggestions for the electronic system, you may submit them to attorney_registration@coloradosupremecourt.us.

Office of Attorney Regulation Warns of Canadian Trust Account Scam

The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation released the following information today about a trust account scam originating in Canada. The scam targets lawyers with a fake client seeking help to collect on a promissory note:

Important Information Regarding Trust Account Fraud:

The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation received specific information regarding a trust account scam operating out of Canada.  The fraud involves purported collection on a promissory note and involves both the lender and the debtor.  The “client” is seeking the assistance of the lawyer in collecting on the promissory note.  Shortly after making a demand for payment, the lawyer receives cashier’s checks drawn on an Ohio bank.  The checks total $80,000.  The “client” expects the lawyer to run the checks through the lawyer’s trust account and then forward the funds to the “client.”  The cashier’s checks pass the typical fraud detection safeguards and appear legitimate.  A slight spelling error is the only indication of fraud.  All Colorado lawyers should be wary of any similar scheme.  If you are the recipient of telephone calls or emails seeking legal assistance in matters similar to the above facts, you should take all necessary precautions to verify the negotiability of the checks.  Please contact this office and law enforcement with any information related to this scheme.

Office of Attorney Regulation
Colorado Supreme Court
1560 Broadway, Suite 1800
Denver Colorado 80202
United States
(303) 866-6400

Click here to read the original release from the Office of Attorney Regulation online.

2011 Colorado Attorney Registration Is Up and Running

The Colorado Supreme Court launched a whole new system for attorney registration today. According to the site, it was “re-designed from the ground up to be fast and easy and should only take a minute or two.” I just gave it a test run with my own registration, so I can vouch for it–quick and painless. Should you run into any questions, this handy FAQ page should have the answers.

If you have any comments or suggestions for the new system, you may submit them to attorney_registration@coloradosupremecourt.us.