July 16, 2019

Hon. Thomas B. McNamara Appointed to Bankruptcy Bench for U.S. District Court

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit appointed Thomas B. McNamara to the bankruptcy bench in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. McNamara was appointed to replace Hon. A. Bruce Campbell, who retired.

Prior to his appointment, McNamara was a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where he litigated international cases and advised clients on regulatory matters and compliance with foreign law. He received his law degree from Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Judge McNamara will take over all of Judge Campbell’s active cases. For more information about the appointment, click here.

 

Comment Period Open for Proposed Changes to U.S. District Court Local Rules

The comment period is now open for proposed amendments to the local rules for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The proposed revision affects D.C.Colo.L.Cr.R. 11.1(b) and is intended to facilitate implementation of the proposed Durango and Grand Junction protocol. The changes specifically reference Durango and Grand Junction cases:

(b) Pleas Before District Judgein a Felony Case. In a felony case, a plea of guilty or nolo contendere shall be made before the assigned district judge.; however, in a felony case designated as a Durango or Grand Junction case, with the express written consent of the government and defendant (using the form found HERE) and on referral for recommendation by the assigned district judge, the resident magistrate judge in Durango and Grand Junction, Colorado, may accept a plea of guilty or nolo contendere and conduct a corresponding advisement under Fed. R. Crim. P. 11.

Comments regarding the proposed changes may be emailed to the court clerk at LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov. Comments should be titled “Comment to Proposed Amendment to D.C.COLO.LCrR 11.1” and must be received no later than the close of business on Monday, April 6, 2015.

Informal Investiture of Nina Wang as U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge

WangNinaOn Monday, February 9, 2015, an informal investiture of Magistrate Judge Nina Wang was held at the Byron C. Rogers Courthouse. Magistrate Judge Wang is the newest magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. She replaces Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland, who retired effective February 8, 2015.

Prior to her nomination to the U.S. District Court, Wang was a partner in the Intellectual Property group at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where she focused on complex intellectual property litigation. Wang has served as the Chair of the Colorado IP Section of the Colorado Bar; as Co-Chair of the Judicial Committee for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association; and as past-President of the Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Washington University.

A formal investiture will be held at a later date.

Nina Wang Nominated for U.S. District Court for District of Colorado

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado announced the nomination of Nina Y. Wang to replace retiring Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland. Judge Boland will retire effective February 8, 2015.

Ms. Wang was selected from a pool of 60 applicants, from which 5 were selected for suggestion to the court. Ms. Wang was unanimously selected by the court to fill the vacancy created by Judge Boland’s retirement. Her appointment is subject to a required background investigation.

Ms. Wang is currently a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, where she focuses her practice on complex intellectual property litigation. She represents clients on representative technologies such as software, wireless routers, genetic assays, and semiconductor materials. Prior to working at Faegre, Ms. Wang served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Colorado in the civil division. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Washington University.

Local Rules for U.S. District Court Amended Effective December 1, 2014

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has made changes to its Local Rules, effective December 1, 2014. The Advisory Committee continues to revise the rules in its comprehensive review. The changes effective December 1 focus on stylistic changes to the criminal rules, converting pilot programs to local rules, and updating rules applicable to members of the bar.

The Advisory Committee will conduct a public forum in January 2015 in which to discuss these changes to the Local Rules and invite questions and comments from the bar. It will be held at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. District Courthouse at an as yet undetermined date.

For the complete Local Rules effective December 1, 2014, click here. For a redline showing the changes to the Local Rules, click here.

U.S. District Court of Colorado Local Rules Changed as of December 1

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado approved amendments to its Local Rules, effective December 1, 2013. The amended rules can be found on the court’s website. The changes are largely stylistic.

Among other changes, the local rules dealing with attorneys have been moved to a new “Attorney Rules” section and the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct that have not been adopted by the court have been listed in the new rules, rather than in an administrative order.

A new Rule 15.1, “Amended Pleadings,” requires parties to file a strike through and underlined copy of the amended pleading as an exhibit. Another non-stylistic change is that a subsection on confidentiality has been added to Rule 16.6, “Alternative Dispute Resolution.”

U.S. District Court of Colorado Seeks Comments on Proposed Local Rule Changes

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is seeking comments on proposed amendments to its Local Rules, which will go into effect on December 1, 2013. The proposed amendments can be found on the court’s website or can be obtained at the office of the Clerk of the Court at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse Annex located at 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294. Among other changes, the proposed amendments move local rules dealing with attorneys to a new Attorney Rules section.

Comments must be submitted no later than October 30, 2013 via e-mail to LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov or mailed to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Attn: Edward Butler, Legal Officer, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse Annex, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294. Commenters should identify the specific Local Rule to which your comment(s) relate.

Raymond P. Moore Confirmed by U.S. Senate as New U.S. District Court Judge

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Raymond P. Moore as the new district court judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Judge Moore will fill a vacancy created when Chief Judge Wiley Daniel became a Senior Judge on January 1, 2013.

Judge Moore graduated from Yale College in 1975, and from Yale Law School in 1978. He first practiced law with Davis, Graham, & Stubbs, then served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado for four years, returning to Davis, Graham, and Stubbs in 1986. He again left DGS in 1992 to work at the Office of the Federal Public Defender, and became a Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming in 2004.

Judge Moore’s appointment was celebrated by Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, who praised his initial nomination and urged the Senate to confirm him quickly.

Click here for the announcement from the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Practice Standards for U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Revised

The Honorable William J. Martinez, United States District Judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, has issued revised Practice Standards, effective December 1, 2012. The Practice Standards are for all civil and criminal matters before Judge Martinez.

The Practice Standards are intended to “secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.” They are intended to have the force and effect of orders of the court. The procedures outlined in the Practice Standards are in addition to obligations under the Local Rules for the District of Colorado.

For a PDF of the Practice Standards, click here.