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June 2007

LITIGATION SECTION NEWS
June 2007

 
IMPORTANT LEGISLATION

 
Bill to add Judges on its way to the governor for signature.
 
HB 1054 – Concerning an Increase in the Number of Judges was one of the first bills
introduced in the House of Representatives on the first day of the session. The long and
winding road for the bill settled on a version that calls for a total of 43 judges over a three
year period. Here is the breakdown.
 
County court judges: eight judges.
Jefferson. One county court judge on July 1, 2008 and one county court judge on July 1,
2009.
 
El Paso. One county court judge on July 1, 2008 and one county court judge on July 1,
2009.
 
Larimer. One county court judge on July 1, 2008.
 
Adams. One county court judge on July 1, 2008 and one county court judge on July 1,
2009.
 
Arapahoe. One county court judge on July 1, 2008.
 
District Court Judges: 32 judges.
District 1. One district court judge on July 1, 2008 and two district judges on July 1,
2009.
 
District 2. One district court judge on July 1, 2008 and two district judges on July 1,
2009.
 
District 4. One district court judge on July 1, 2008 and two district judges on July 1,
2009.
 
District 8. One district court judge on July 1, 2007, one district court judge on July 1,
2008 and one district court judge on July 1, 2009.
 
District 9. One district court judge on July 1, 2008.
 
District 10. One district court judge on July 1, 2008.
 
District 11. One district court judge on July 1, 2007.
 
District 12. One district court judge on July 1, 2007.
 
District 14. One district court judge on July 1, 2007.
 
District 17. One district court judge on July 1, 2007, two district court judges on July 1, 
2008, and two district court judges on July 1, 2009.
 
District 18. One district court judge on July 1, 2007, two district court judges on July 1,
2008, and one district court judge on July 1, 2009.
 
District 19. One district court judge on July 1, 2007, one district court judge on July 1,
2008, and one district court judge on July 1, 2009.
 
District 20. One district court judge on June 30, 2010.
 
District 21. One district court judge on July 1, 2007.
 
District 22. One district court judge on July 1, 2007.
 
Court of Appeals: three judges.
One panel on July 1, 2008.
 
The House and Senate gave final approval of the bill on Friday, April 27. In the Senate,
the bill needed 24 Yes votes to pass, it received 26 and over in the House, later on that
same morning when the time came to approve the Senate amendments, the bill needed 44
Yes votes and it received 52. There would have been more yes votes in the House but
eight members were excused for various reasons. Last stop for the bill is Governor
Ritter’s desk for signature.
 
 
PROFESSIONALISM PROJECT

 
 A committee of the Litigation Section Council has teamed up with the CBA
Professionalism Committee to work on a series of video vignettes dealing with various
professionalism issues. A total of ten vignettes are planned, four of which will have a
litigation context, and will focus on issues such as discovery disputes, trial practice, client
control (the “care and feeding of clients”) and mentoring.  The plan is for the vignettes to
be used as a tool for discussion of professionalism issues at CLE programs offered
throughout the state
 
 The project came about after discussions in a Litigation Section Council meeting
with John Gleason, Regulation Counsel for the Supreme Court Office of Attorney
Regulation, regarding increasing professionalism problems with attorneys new to the
litigation practice.  The Litigation Section has since contributed $5,000 in funding and a
great deal of effort on the part of its committee members to put this idea into action. 
Holland & Hart has also generously donated the use of its video production facilities for
the filming of the vignettes.
 
 Look for the vignettes to be playing at a CLE near you sometime in the future.  In
the meantime, contact Greg Martin at gmartin@cobar.org if you are interested in finding
out more about the project.  Additional funding and volunteers are still welcome.
 
 
 
MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
 
 The 22nd Annual CBA High School Mock Trial Competition just came to a close,
with Evergreen High School defeating George Washington High School of Denver in the
championship round.  The team will go on to represent Colorado at the national mock
trial championship starting May 10 in Dallas, Texas. 
 
 The Litigation Section once again donated $10,000 to support to this valuable
program.  Thank you to all of the Section members who dedicated their time and
expertise to make the program even more of a success this year – more than 100 teams
throughout the state participated.  As always, it was a great opportunity to promote the
virtues of the American justice system, teach critical thinking skills to young people and
show the good that attorneys do for their communities.  
 
 
CRCP RULE 26 DISCLOSURES SURVEY

 
 Thank you to those members of the Litigation Section who participated in the
survey regarding Rule 26 disclosures.  Based upon the results of the survey, it appears
that this is not a pressing issue to most Section members.  However, the results will be
shared with the Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee as well as with State Court
Administrator Gerald Marroney for consideration in future initiatives.
 
 
 
 COUNCIL/COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED
 
 The Litigation Section Council is looking for new Section members to serve on
the Council and/or other Section committees.  The Council reviews legislation of interest
to litigators and coordinates other programs for the benefit of Section members. The
Council generally meets for approximately two hours on the first Saturday of each month
at 9:00 a.m. at the CBA offices.  Members have the ability to attend by telephone if they
cannot be present in person.
 
 Please contact Greg Martin at gmartin@cobar.org if you are interested in finding
out more about getting involved in your Litigation Section.
 
 
 
UPCOMING LITIGATION CLE PROGRAMS/MATERIALS
 
 
*** CBA-CLE Publications for Litigators (order online!):
NEW!! Arbitration Law in Colorado 
Bob Benson attempts to cover the principal state and federal statutes governing the
arbitration process, and the principal Colorado state and Colorado federal judicial
decisions. http://www.cobar.org/cle/datadetail.cfm?ProductID=LIPARB06
 
Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials
The Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials is a concise, quick-reference guide
for use at counsel table in both state and federal courts.
http://www.cobar.org/cle/datadetail.cfm?ProductID=LIPCHB06
 
For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit
www.cobar.org/cle <http://www.cobar.org/cle>.