May 25, 2019

Judge Robert Russel to Resign from the Colorado Court of Appeals

The Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission invites qualified attorneys to apply for a vacancy on the Colorado Court of Appeals that will be created by the resignation of the Honorable Robert M. Russel on November 3, 2012. The Commission will meet on September 24-25 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the Court of Appeals.

Judge Russel was appointed to the bench on January 30, 2004.

Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of the State of Colorado and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received by Tuesday, August 28, 2012. The appointed judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years and then until the second Tuesday in January following the next general election. If retained in the general election, judges serve eight-year terms.

Further information about applying for the vacancy is available here from the Colorado Judicial Branch.

United States District Court for Colorado Requests Quotes for Converting Thousands of Records into Electronic Formats

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is seeking price quotes to convert many types of printed records into electronic formats.

1. Naturalization Records

The clerk’s office currently maintains information on approximately 63,600 citizens who were naturalized from the late 1800s through 1991 on index cards and microfiche.

The index cards have three different formats that include similar information, such as name, previous name, address, certificate number, alien registration/INS number, birth date, country of birth, date/ port of arrival, and date of naturalization. Two formats have a front and a back. Information on the back typically includes the previous name, if any.

The clerk’s office also has one sheet of microfiche with records from 1989 – 1991. Data for each record consists of name, previous name, petition number, certificate number, admission date, registration number, petition date, date of birth, city, and state.

The Court would like a quote to convert the data into the formats listed below, with one format ultimately being selected for the project. Price quotes should be given for different levels of accuracy between 90-95%. The two electronic formats are:

  • Electronic Format
    • Convert the following information from each card and sheet of microfiche into an electronic format, such as Comma Delimited or Excel, with the following fields:
      • First name, last name, middle initial, previous name, street address, city, state, birth date, certificate number, petition number, alien registration/INS number, country of birth, date port of arrival, port of arrival and date of naturalization.
  • PDF Format with Index
    • Scan each index card into a PDF image (min. 300 dpi) and create an electronic index of each card by name (first, last) in a Comma Delimited or Excel format. A PDF image may consist of more than one index card. The quote should include two prices: one for imaging the front of the card only and one for imaging the front and back of the card for cards with informaiotn on both sides which is estimated to be 20% of the total.
2. Party Name Index Cards/Attorney Admission Cards

There are approximately 269,083 index cards from 1920-1987 that contain party name identification or attorney admission records. There are several types of cards; each is a different color and represents different party information. Each index card has the following information: last name, first name, case number, filing date, and name of opposing party. The cards may also include alias’ and AKAs. The attorney admission cards in this group include last name, first name, date admitted to practice, and the name of the sponsoring attorney.

The Court would like a quote to convert the data into an electronic format, such as Comma Delimited or Excel, with the following fields:

  • Card color (blue, yellow, pink, green, or brown), last name, first name, middle initial, alias’ and AKAs, company name, case number, filing date, name of opposing party, date admitted to practice (brown cards only), and the name of the sponsoring attorney (brown cards only).

Price quotes should be given for different levels of accuracy between 90-95%.

3. Attorney Admission Index Cards

There are approximately 12,300 index cards that contain attorney admission records. Each index card has the following information: last name, first name, middle name, business address, city, state, zip business phone, home address, city, state, zip home phone, admitted on the motion of, and admittance date.

The Court would like a quote to convert the data into an electronic format, such as Comma Delimited or Excel, with fields corresponding to the above information. Price quotes should be given for different levels of accuracy between 90-95%.

All quotes should be submitted by September 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

Click here for more information. And click here to read the Court’s Scope of Work document, which includes examples of what each type of card or record looks like.

Contact the following persons for more information about the project:

Vivian Manning: LinkedIn Jobs – If You Post It, They Will Come

I just hired a great new employee using LinkedIn Jobs. It turned out to be an incredibly easy and effective way to identify good candidates and fill the position with a minimum of effort. Deciding between candidates was the only tough part of the process! How did it work? Here are the basics of conducting a LinkedIn search for a new employee.

Searching for a New Hire

Not knowing what to expect, I headed straight to Post a Job in LinkedIn’s Jobs section, and found that the process couldn’t have been easier. I also found that the monthly price for posting a job was very reasonable at $195 for a month—less than the local newspaper want ads, and the reach was wider. Compared to other online services, the price was more reasonable and the reach more focused, too.

  • Build a firm profile. Since job postings are tied into LinkedIn company profiles, you will need to set up your firm profile right away if you don’t already have one. Go to the LinkedIn Learning Center’s Company Pages if you need assistance. It’s free and you’ll use it for other things in the future.
  • Post your opening. Actually, posting the job is simply a “follow the steps” routine, but if you want you can review the process at the LinkedIn Learning Center’s Post a Job link. It’s good to know, for example, that if you make an error in the posting, you can go back and edit it. When you’ve completed the job details and are ready to post, just whip out your credit card and pay online. Applicants reviewing the job posting will not see your email address, so you have no worries about being inundated with emails and phone calls. In fact, all of your personal information is hidden.
  • Watch the applications roll in. People applying for the job are asked to upload their resume, cover letter and references as part of their application. Once someone applies, LinkedIn Jobs will send you an email with a summary of the applicant’s LinkedIn Profile, along with all the documents the applicant submitted. You have the ability to click through to their full profile. Also, each email includes a link to view all of the candidates applying for the job to date. You’ll use that!
  • Schedule the interviews. That’s the end of the LinkedIn involvement. Once you receive the emails with profiles and resumes, you can proceed as usual to contact applicants and arrange interviews.

My recent LinkedIn job posting triggered 21 responses, every one qualified for the position. In a small city with a population of about 150,000 that’s an amazing response. Given the ease and low cost of the posting, and the high quality of the applications, I will use LinkedIn Jobs in the future, without hesitation.

Oh, and if you’re on the other end of the job search process, seeking that perfect job, I encourage you to set up a full LinkedIn profile and set about reviewing the Job postings regularly. LinkedIn’s Learning Center has a great help page to get you started at Job Seekers.

Vivian Manning is the IT Manager at Burgar Rowe PC in Barrie, Bracebridge and Cookstown, Ontario. Prior to moving into IT, Vivian practiced law at Burgar Rowe primarily in the area of Municipal Land Development, with a total of 17 years in private practice. She currently indulges her love of teaching tech through her blog Small City Law Firm Tech, where she provides “tips of the day.” She also contributes to the Attorney at Work blog, where this post originally appeared on August 29, 2011.

Tenth Circuit Posts Temporary Staff Attorney Positions

On Friday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals posted a temporary Staff Attorney job opening. According to the listing, more than one attorney applicant may be hired by the Court.

The Office of Staff Counsel for the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking highly qualified graduate of accredited law school to serve as temporary staff attorney to the full court. The office currently consists of twenty attorneys and four support staff. The duration of this temporary position will not exceed three months and is dependent upon funding.

The Office of Staff Counsel’s principal responsibility is to recommend to the court the disposition of substantive motions, appeals decided without oral argument, original proceedings, and emergency matters. Staff attorneys confer with the judges, conduct legal research, prepare legal memoranda, and draft proposed opinions. The office also drafts and maintains substantive legal reference works for the benefit of the judges and their clerks. The court is looking for individuals who are proficient at legal research, can analyze complex legal issues thoroughly and efficiently, express themselves clearly, both orally and in writing, and have strong editing skills.

According to the Tenth Circuit Blog, the Court is seeking applicants who can begin work by July 3, with their primary responsibilities being updates of the Deskbook and Immigration Manual. The position is expected to last two to three months.

Information about the how to apply for the job opportunity can be found at the Tenth Circuit website.

Office of Dispute Resolution Opens Statewide Application Period for Contract Mediators

The Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) in the State Court Administrator’s Office has opened a statewide application period for new and renewing contract mediators. Applications are available on the ODR website and will be accepted through April 25, 2011.

Previously, applications for contract mediators were accepted on an as-needed basis. The change to an application period instead is part of an ongoing reorganization and is necessary to help the office measure the effectiveness of its dispute resolution programs. It also brings the ODR’s contract process in line with similar contracting processes implemented by other agencies within the Colorado Judicial Department.

As part of the change, ODR is developing a central online database where contract mediators will enter demographic and outcome information for every case handled by the office.

ODR was created by the Colorado Dispute Resolution Act in 1983. The office’s mission is to establish or make available dispute resolution programs and related services throughout the state, as designated by the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

For more information, visit the ODR website or contact Bill Delisio, ODR Acting Director, or Holly Panetta, ODR Project Manager, at (303) 861-1111.

Want to Write for CBA-CLE Legal Connection?

Keeping Colorado lawyers up on the latest forms, rules, and more is important, but it doesn’t come easy. The content we cover is identified and written by a small team, and we’re looking to add a contract writer to make sure we can keep up.

Our contract writers handle assignment-based posts that often require same-day turnaround. We like to work with strong writers who have hustle and care about the Colorado legal community. If this sounds like you and you have a law degree or writing/editorial experience in the legal field, and you have a flexible schedule, please send me an email (agerkman@cobar.org) describing your experience, a resume or the link to your completed LinkedIn profile, and writing samples. If you already blog, even if it’s on a topic unrelated to law, you might want to share that, as well.