April 18, 2019

Congratulations to Colorado’s Newest Attorneys

The Colorado Supreme Court just released the results of the July 2015 bar exam. Congratulations to all the people who passed the bar! Welcome to the Colorado legal community.

Of the 799 test takers, 576 or 72% passed. The University of Colorado had 143 test takers, of whom 126 or 88% passed, and the University of Denver had 225 test takers, of whom 168 or 75% passed. National law schools, including Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Duke, Michigan, Chicago, California Berkeley, Virginia, and Texas, were represented by 41 test takers, of whom 37 or 90% passed.

We at Colorado CLE wish you the best as you begin your careers. We invite you to check out our New Lawyer Edge program, where attorneys in their first five years of practice can get discounts on CLE programs and free attendance at all “Build Your Practice” programs. For lawyers who have been in practice five years or more, we have the CLE Pass, also providing discounts and free attendance on certain CLE programs.

Don’t forget: if you haven’t already, you are required to take our Practicing with Professionalism course. This is a mandatory program and is a condition of admission to the Colorado Bar. Click here to find a class.

February 2015 Bar Exam Results Released

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court released the results of the February 2015 Bar Exam. Congratulations to the people who passed the bar! Welcome to Colorado’s legal community.

A total of 359 people took the exam, and 222 (62%) passed. The University of Colorado Law School had 30 test takers, and 20 (67%) passed. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law had 73 test takers, and 57 (78%) passed. National law schools, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Michigan, Chicago, UC Berkeley, Virginia, and Texas, submitted 14 test takers, of whom 11 (79%) passed.

We at CBA-CLE wish all of you the best of luck on the beginnings of your careers. We hope to meet you in our classroom soon. You can also get the CLE Pass to gain access to our library of Video On-Demand and MP3 homestudies, as well as special pricing on live seminars.

Don’t forget: if you haven’t stopped by already, you are required to take our Practicing with Professionalism course. This is a mandatory program and is a condition of admission to the Colorado Bar. Click here to find a class.

2014 Colorado Assembly of Lawyers and New Attorneys Sworn in at Fall Admissions Ceremony

groupoathMany of the 632 new attorneys who passed the Colorado bar exam in July of this year were admitted to practice law in Colorado on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. Preceding the admittance ceremony was the 2014 Colorado Assembly of Lawyers. The annual assembly culminates October’s Legal Professionalism Month, during which members of the Colorado legal profession rededicate themselves to the highest standard of professionalism and integrity. This year’s assembly featured a panel discussion about professionalism in the 21st century. Following the assembly, the new attorneys took the Oath of Admission, and were welcomed to practice by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Marcia Krieger, and CBA President Charley Garcia. The keynote address was given by former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender.

The University of Colorado, University of Denver, and the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division all held receptions immediately following the fall admission ceremony. CU’s reception for their alumni was held at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House and DU’s reception for their alumni was held at Rock Bottom Brewery. For the first time, CBA YLD held a reception for those just sworn into practice from out of state schools. The CBA YLD reception was held at Pizza Republica where more than 50 new attorneys and their family enjoyed drinks and appetizers.  

Congratulations to All Who Passed the Bar

On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the results of the July 2014 bar exam were posted. Congratulations to all who passed the bar! Welcome to Colorado’s legal community.

A total of 848 people took the bar this July, and 632 people passed, for a total pass rate of 75%. The University of Colorado had 134 test-takers and an 83% pass rate, while the University of Denver had 221 and a pass rate of 79%. Forty-two of the test-takers were from other national schools, and had an 88% pass rate. The rest of the bar examinees, 309 in number, had a pass rate of 69%.

We at CBA-CLE wish all of you the best of luck on the beginnings of your careers. We hope to meet you in our classroom soon. (Don’t forget: if you haven’t stopped by already, you are required to take our Practicing with Professionalism course. This is a mandatory program and is a condition of admission to the Colorado Bar. Click here to find a class.)

Congratulations to New Members of Colorado’s Bar!

BarAdmittees5-13Congratulations to all the new attorneys who were sworn in at the Spring Admission Ceremony on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at the Boettcher Concert Hall. Of the 400 people who took the bar exam in February, 275 or 69 percent passed. Approximately 175 of those people were in attendance at the admission ceremony.

JudgeKrieger5-13Chief Judge Marcia Krieger of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado delivered the welcoming remarks and introductions. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender also spoke, as did Dean Martin Katz of the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and CBA President Mark Fogg.

Click here to view photos from the event on the CBA Facebook page. For more information on the results of the February 2013 bar exam, click here.

Congratulations, and welcome to the bar!

February 2013 Bar Exam Results Released this Morning

The Colorado Supreme Court posted the results of the February 2013 bar exam this morning. Congratulations to the 275 people who passed the bar! Welcome to Colorado’s legal community.

Of the 275 people who passed February’s bar exam, 36 were from University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, and 12 were from CU Law School. There was a 65 percent pass rate from University of Denver and a 57 percent pass rate from CU.

There were 23 people who took the February bar from “national” schools (Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Duke, Michigan, Chicago, California  Berkeley, Virginia, and Texas). The pass rate for students from “national” schools  was 100 percent. The pass rate for all others was 68 percent, or 204 out of 301.

We at CBA-CLE wish all of you the best of luck on the beginnings of your careers. We hope to meet you in our classroom soon. (Don’t forget: if you haven’t stopped by already, you are required to take our Practicing with Professionalism course. This is a mandatory program and is a condition of admission to the Colorado Bar. Click here to find a class.)

Diversity Bar Exam Scholarship Opportunity

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness is offering two diversity scholarships for the 2013 bar exam. The scholarship includes enrollment in a Kaplan PMBR course and payment of the application fee for the bar exam.

The scholarship is designed to encourage diversity among Colorado attorneys. One of the purposes is to increase representation among underrepresented groups in the legal profession, and preference may be given to applicants who are racial or ethnic minorities, who are GLBT, or who have disabilities. However, all applications are welcomed. Applicants must be permanent residents of Colorado and must plan to practice law in Colorado.

To download the application form, click here.

July 2012 Bar Exam Results Posted

Congratulations to everyone who passed the bar exam! Results were posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012, and are available here. Over 800 attorneys passed the July bar exam, which equates to 80 percent of the test-takers. Congratulations to all of you!

Information about the mandatory Practicing with Professionalism class can be found here.

Good Luck to Everyone Taking the Colorado Bar Exam This Tuesday and Wednesday!

Many of us are thinking to ourselves, “where has the summer gone?” I imagine this is especially true for the hundreds of bar applicants who have spent the last couple months intently studying instead of enjoying one of the warmest Colorado summers on record.

However, that wonderful time is finally here again: the Colorado Bar Exam will be held this week on Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25. To all those who have spent countless hours in preparation, we at CBA-CLE would like to wish you the best of luck. All your hard work in law school and pouring over bar materials is about to pay off. The end is in sight!

Don’t forget your admission badges and a government I.D. No mechanical pencils or hiliters. Earplugs and a pillow might also be a good idea – from personal experience, those chairs aren’t the most comfortable – but no pillowcases.

Above all, now is the time to put down the flash cards and let your mind relax for a little while. Be confident, get some good rest, and show those bar examiners who’s boss!

Once everything is over and you’ve had a chance to decompress, don’t forget that between Thursday and when you’re sworn in you must stop by the CBA-CLE offices to take the Practicing with Professionalism class. There are several in the coming months – sign up now so you don’t forget: August 29, September 18, October 15, and October 17.

February 2012 Colorado Bar Exam Results Released This Morning

Bar exam results have been posted for the February 2012 exam. 309 applicants passed the most recent bar exam and, after months of anxious waiting (which I found to be much harder than actually studying), will finally join the ranks as Colorado attorneys. Take the day to revel in it, relax, and celebrate!

Click here for more info and stats from the February 2012 Colorado Bar Exam.

As agonizing as it is awaiting the results, can you imagine not even being able to learn your fate in the semi-comfort of your own home? Before bar exam results were posted online, anxious test-takers had to wait at the dreaded “wailing wall.” Results were posted on the doors of the Supreme Court building downtown – they may still be posted there, but at least the new system allows for a bit more privacy in what definitively seems like the most important morning of many of our lives.

We at CBA-CLE wish all of you the best of luck on the beginnings of your careers. We hope to meet you in our classroom soon. (Don’t forget: if you haven’t stopped by already, you are required to take our Practicing with Professionalism course. This is a mandatory program and is a condition of admission to the Colorado Bar. There are three offerings coming up before Swearing In on Tuesday, May 29: May 15May 17, and May 23)

Report from the ABA House of Delegates Meetings at the 2012 Midyear Meeting in New Orleans

I have the privilege of serving the Denver Bar Association as a delegate to the American Bar Association (“ABA”) House of Delegates.  The ABA House of Delegates met at the ABA’s midyear meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 6, 2012.  This Article summarizes the House of Delegates events at the midyear meeting and the action taken by the House.

The Midyear Meeting was very well-attended.  It had the best reported attendance on record.  The ABA sponsored numerous programs on issues such as the Ethics 20/20 commission, the state court funding crisis, and efforts to improve access to justice.  There were many important issues addressed by the House of Delegates at the midyear meeting.  This Article summarizes a few of them.

Ethics 20/20 Commission’s White Papers and Proposals Relating to the Ethics of Litigation Financing, Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms, Outsourcing, and the Use of Technology of Mobile Devices

Before the House of Delegates convened, the Ethics 20/20 Commission sent information around to the delegates regarding the work of the Commission and its proposals.  Specifically, the Commission informed the delegates of its plan to bifurcate its presentation of proposals to help facilitate the House of Delegates’ consideration of the Commission’s recommendations.  The decision to bifurcate the presentation of proposals foretells a concern that some of the Commission’s proposals will be controversial and will generate much discussion and debate.

Indeed, from the preview that the Commission has provided, some of the issues that the Commission will put before the House will generate much discussion.  The Commission has produced white papers that discuss many of the complex ethical issues that cannot effectively be addressed through changes to Model Rules.  Specifically, one of the Commission’s white papers discusses ethical issues involved with litigation financing, including issues regarding conflicts of interest, a lawyer’s duty of confidentiality, the attorney-client privilege, and rules regulating the exercise of the lawyer’s independent judgment.  The Commission’ white paper can be found by clicking here.

The Commission also is working on proposals relating to alternative business structures for law firms, outsourcing of legal services and confidentiality-related ethics issues arising from lawyers’ use of technology. Additionally, the Commission also is working on a model rule relating to lawyers’ obligations to retain client files.  An issues paper regarding alternative business structures for law firms – including non-lawyer ownership of law firms – has been distributed by the Commission.  It can be found by clicking here.

During the House of Delegates meeting, Former ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm addressed the House about the Commission’s progress.  President Lamm explained that numerous various roundtable sessions and meetings have been held around the country.  She explained that formal recommendations will be presented at the annual meeting in 2012 and at the midyear meeting in 2013.  President Lamm explained that one of the Commission’s more controversial issues is whether non-lawyers should be allowed under legal ethics rules to have a limited ownership interest in law firms in the United States.  This issue has been discussed extensively in Colorado previously.

President Lamm explained that the Commission is considering other issues relating to the need to balance the convenience and efficiencies inherent in a lawyer’s use of new technologies, while also preserving the lawyer-client relationship, confidentiality, competence and the values of the profession.  President Lamm explained that the Commission plans in presenting proposals on each of these issues for consideration by the House of Delegates.  All interested members of the Bar should get in touch with me or other Colorado delegates to discuss any concerns about any of the issues that are being considered by the Ethics 20/20 Commission, or the proposals that are likely coming from the Commission.

Summary of the House of Delegates

After the House of Delegates convened on February 6, 2012, the Delegates were greeted by Mitchell Landrieu, the Mayor of New Orleans, who also is a lawyer.  Mayor Landrieu talked about the challenges that the city has been through in recent years, with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the BP oil spill.  Mayor Landrieu quipped that the city is “waiting for locusts now.”  Mayor Landrieu’s speech was interesting and insightful, explaining that New Orleans is truly resilient and has become the “a laboratory for innovation and change,” because of the disasters it has suffered.  Mayor Landrieu’s speech was an excellent way to kick-off the work of the House.

After the Mayor’s speech and some other introductory actions, the House got to work debating and voting on resolutions before the House.  The House adopted a number of important resolutions, including:

  • Resolution 101A, which adopted the black letter ABA Criminal Justice Standards on Law Enforcement Access to Third Party which provide a framework through which legislatures, courts acting in their supervisory capacity and administrative agencies can balance the needs of law enforcement and the interests of privacy, freedom of expression and social participation.
  • Resolution 101B, which urged governments at various levels to require laboratories producing reports for use in criminal trials to adopt pretrial discovery procedures requiring comprehensive and comprehensible laboratory and forensic science reports, and listed relevant factors to be included in such reports.
  • Resolution 101C, which urged trial judges who have decided to admit expert testimony to consider a number of factors in determining the manner in which that evidence should be presented to the jury, and also provided guidance about how to instruct the jury in its evaluation of expert scientific testimony in criminal and delinquency proceedings.
  • Resolution 101F, which supported legislation, policies and practices that allow equal and uniform access to therapeutic courts and problem-solving sentencing alternatives, such as drug treatment and anger management counseling, regardless of the custody or detention status of the individual.
  • Resolution 113, which called for adoption as ABA policy uniform standards for language access in courts.  The policy provides clear guidance to courts in designing, implementing, and enforcing a comprehensive system of language access services that is suited to the need in the communities they serve.
  • Resolution 102B, which approved the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2011, as an appropriate Act for those states desiring to adopt the specific substantive law suggested therein.  The Uniform Act provides rules for the authentication and preservation of electronic legal material.
  • Resolution 108, which urged state and territorial bar admission authorities to adopt rules and procedures to accommodate the unique needs of military spouse attorneys who move frequently in support of the nation’s defenses.
  • Resolution 111, which urged entities that administer a law school admission test to provide appropriate accommodations for a test taker with a disability to best ensure the exam reflects what the test is designed to measure and not the test taker’s disability.
  • Resolution 302, which supported the principle that “private” lawyers representing governmental entities are entitled to claim the same qualified immunity provided “government” lawyers when they are acting “under color of state law.”  This issue is particularly important given that there is a pending case before the United States Supreme Court considering this question.  See Filarsky v. Delia, U.S. No. 10-1018, argued 1/17/2012.

A summary of the resolutions adopted by the House can be found by clicking here.  Additionally, I can provide a copy of the resolutions to any interested reader. Contact me if interested.

Statement from President Robinson

In addition to this important work, the House of Delegates heard from Bill Robinson, President of the ABA.  President Robinson explained that the most pressing issue facing the legal system today is under-funding of the courts, which is at a crisis level.  President Robinson urged all ABA members to consider the under-funding crisis to be a threat to our liberty and rule of law.  President Robinson explained the ABA’s efforts to combat this crisis, including its extensive education efforts and its efforts to increase public awareness about the crisis.  Additionally, the ABA has made the crisis the core of the law day events, which will focus on the theme: “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”

Nomination of James Silkenat as President-Elect

Additionally, the nominating committee announced that James Silkenat of New York was nominated to be President-Elect Designee of the ABA.  The House of Delegates will vote on his nomination at the Annual Meeting in Chicago this August.  If elected, Mr. Silkenat will serve a one-year term as President beginning in August, 2013.  All members of the Bar are urged to give any input on Mr. Silkenat to me or any of the other Colorado delegates.

Other Matters

Finally, the House of Delegates also considered other matters.  Those other matters included a report from the ABA’s Executive Director, Jack Rives, and a report from the ABA’s treasurer.  The House also heard from Chief Judge Washington, who is the President of the Conference of Chief Justices.  Chief Judge Washington spoke about language access to the courts.  He also discussed the core focuses of the Conference, which are judicial independence and civics education.

Conclusion

I hope this Article sufficiently highlighted many of the more interesting or important the agenda items considered by the House of Delegates at the midyear meeting in New Orleans.  I appreciate all input that any members of the Denver Bar Association have regarding any of the issues that have been considered, or will be considered, by the ABA House of Delegates.

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Colorado Adopts the Uniform Bar Examination

On Thursday, November 17, 2011, the Board of Law Examiners announced that the state has officially adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), effective immediately. As we reported last week, the Colorado Supreme Court recently amended C.R.C.P. Chapter 18, Rules Governing Admission to the Bar, to allow the transfer of a bar exam score achieved in a jurisdiction which has also adopted the UBE.

To be able to transfer a UBE score to Colorado without having to take the Colorado Bar Examination, the person wishing to transfer must have achieved a total score of at least 276 on the UBE taken in the other jurisdiction. Conversely, people obtaining a UBE score in Colorado may transfer that score to another UBE jurisdiction, provided their UBE score meets the minimum passing bar exam score in that other jurisdiction. Colorado will administer the UBE effective with the February 2012 bar examination.

Any questions about the change can be directed to the Board of Law Examiners at (303) 866-6626 or information@coexam.state.co.us.