Law School for Journalists

The aim of the program is to provide meaningful information on legal topics to journalists. Law School for Journalists is sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Judicial Branch.

Check back here for updates on more programs. Is there a topic you're interested in hearing about? Please contact Heather Folker at or 303-824-5350.

Upcoming program:

Past programs:

April 14, 2015 — Issues that Arise In Death Penalty Cases. On the eve of the Holmes trial, this presentation will discuss some of the issues that are likely to arise in death penalty cases. RSVP to You may attend in person or participate via a webcast; please specify how you will attend in your RSVP. There is no charge to attend.

February 2, 2015 — The Jury Process in The Holmes Trial. The program will be from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

March 18, 2013 - The Insanity Defense, the Death Penalty and Media Law with Karen Steinhauser and Steve Zansberg

Program materials covering the insanity defense and the death penalty in Colorado are available here. Materials on media law issues that can arise in high-profile court cases are available here. To see the video of the full program, click here.

Aug. 7, 2012 - The Life of a Criminal Case with the Hon. Christina Habas and Insanity Defenses and the Death Penalty with Karen Steinhauser

Program materials for The Life of a Criminal Case, presented Judge Habas, as a representative of Our Courts Colorado, are available here. Program materials for insanity defenses and the death penalty, presented by Karen Steinhauser,  are available here. To see the video of the full program, click here.

July 20, 2011 - Redistricting and Reapportionment with Tom Downey and John Zakhem. Program materials on redistricting are available here and program materials on reapportionment are available here. View the video of the program here.

May 16, 2011 - Juveniles in the Legal System with the Hon. D. Brett Woods.
Program materials included the Denver Juvenile Court District Plan and a handout on the delinquency process. Click on the names of the handouts to view them. View the webinar of the program here.

March 29, 2011 - Open Meetings, Open Records and the Shield Law with medial attorney Christopher P. Beall.

To watch the video of the presentation, click here. For the PowerPoint presentation, click here. For the Executive Session Checklist, click here

Feb. 22, 2011 - The Colorado Courts, and copyright and intellectual property law with the Hon. Richard L. Gabriel.

You may view materials from the class here.

Jan. 26, 2011 - Immigration Law in Colorado with immigration attorney Nancy Elkind.

You may view materials from the class here.