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April 2006
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Colorado Institutes Cap on Attorneys

by Stacy Chesney

In an unprecedented move by the Colorado Supreme Court, the number of lawyers allowed to practice law in the state has been restricted to 21,000. Effective May 17, 2006 (the date of the next swearing-in ceremony), for every new attorney license granted, the oldest license will be cancelled.

"Something had to be done about the mounting number of lawyers in Colorado. A good number of those lawyers with low registration numbers are probably not actively practicing anyway," said a Justice who declined to let his name be used.

The reaction from the law schools was swift and pointed: "If they think this is constitutional and will hold up in federal court, they are completely out of touch with modern jurisprudential theory regarding the Commerce Clause," said Dean


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