Got Nexus? & Four Tips for Donating Artwork to Charity

For many years, business owners had to ask themselves one question when it came to facing taxation in another state: Do we have “nexus”? This term indicates a business presence in a given state that’s substantial enough to trigger the state’s tax rules and obligations. Well, the question still stands. And if you’re considering operating your business in multiple states, …

1st JD Problem Solving Court Annual Report Invitation

To Our Stakeholders; As you many know, the 1st Judicial District is home to six problem solving court programs. These programs apply effective evidenced-based interventions targeted at addressing the underlying issues that cause Court system involvement, and as a result, produce positive outcomes for both the program participants and their communities. Our Courts include: Recovery Court Family Integrated Treatment (FIT) …

Would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association?

Being involved in the bar association is a great way to meet other lawyers, expand your practice and your mind, and serve your local community. We are looking for interested people to get more involved in the organization! Please consider that serving on the board involves a small but very important time commitment which includes a monthly board meeting on …

Chief Judge Order Regarding Electronic Filing

The First Judicial District has updated the Chief Judge Order (2017-01) regarding Electronic filling. This new CJO provides District’s specific requirements for electronic filing via Colorado Courts E-filing (CCE) for all electronic case types. A copy of the CJO can be obtained from our home page at: https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Court_Probation/01st_Judicial_District/ CJOEfiling.pdf  

Highlight of March

Every fall, the 1st JD sponsors our Judges and Awards Banquet. This banquet is, in many ways, our “flagship” event of the year. The banquet is a unique opportunity to socialize with, and honor, our As- sociation members and judicial officers, and, in particular, an opportunity to recognize out-going and in-coming judicial officers. In addition, our Association honors several members …

Re-Discovering the Love of Being a Lawyer

I am frequently asked some version of the question, “why did you become a lawyer?” My stock answer to this question is, “because I ran out of viable options, and I knew my girlfriend (who I wanted to marry) wouldn’t tolerate my not having a life plan.” (Point of fact, said girlfriend is now my wife of over 10 years…). …

We Are All Civil Rights Attorneys

Recently, I had the privilege of presenting to a group of Jefferson County residents at Leadership Jefferson County Justice Day. I was a co-presenter with District Attorney Peter Weir. Pete presented regarding the role of the prosecution in the criminal justice system, and I presented on the role of the defense attorney.

When it was my turn, I asked the audience what they believed the most frequent question is that I receive from non-lawyers. Immediately, the audience responded with the correct answer of “how do you defend the guilty person?” My answer began with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”