Vol. 30, No. 12
The Colorado Lawyer Turned 30 in November 2001
The first issue of The Colorado Lawyer was published November 1971 in a 6" x 9" format, using the cover design shown below. After September 1978, the covers featured a series of Colorado courthouse photographs, eventually switching to photographs of Colorado buildings and landscapes submitted by lawyers. In August 1982, the journal’s format was changed to 8½" x 11" to allow for a more flexible design and less expensive mailing.
During the first few years of publication, the content included three or four short articles; information on legislation, CLE programs, and ethics; and the full-text appellate opinions. By 1978, additional substantive law articles were published, many submitted under the sponsorship of Colorado Bar Association sections and committees. After the format change in August 1982, each issue comprised as many as a dozen substantive law articles and several special features, averaging 200 pages or more.
The Colorado Lawyer has continued to provide Colorado attorneys with information to help them better practice law. Its mission has never changed: to educate Colorado lawyers so they may maintain the highest standards of practice and ethics.*
In November 1971, Hartley Murray was president of the Colorado Bar Association. He included the following letter to the readers of that first issue:
One of the outstanding accomplishments of the administration of the retiring president, William P. Cantwell, has been the establishment of The Colorado Lawyer. This publication has been carefully planned by the members of the Publications Committee, headed by L. Thomas Woodford, and I am sure it will prove to be a significant addition to the services rendered to its members by The Colorado Bar Association.
I am certain that The Colorado Lawyer will be of substantial value to every member of our Association. It is your publication and the editor, the Publications Committee and the officers of The Colorado Bar Association invite your constructive criticisms and suggestions to the end that our publication will become better and more useful in each succeeding month.
Hartley Murray, President
The Colorado Bar Association
*See also, "The Colorado Lawyer is Twenty Years Old: A Tribute and History," 20 The Colorado Lawyer 2243 (November 1991); "The Colorado Lawyer Celebrates its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary," 25 The Colorado Lawyer 27 (November 1996).
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