Weld County

Bar Association​

September 2016

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2016-01
(issued by James F. Hartmann Chief Judge, 19th Judicial District)

The 19th Judicial District is scheduled to go live with our new electronic filing system for county and district court criminal, traffic, and juvenile delinquency  cases on March 7, 2016, thereby joining several other judicial districts in Colorado currently utilizing electronic filing through the Integrated Colorado Courts E-Filing System (ICCES) and Judicial Paper on Demand (JPOD).  Many of you may be familiar with ICCES, as this system has been used in the 19th Judicial District for civil, domestic relations, probate, and water cases for some time now. 

I issued Administrative Order 2016-01 today, which sets forth certain procedures for e-filing in criminal, traffic, and delinquency cases after we go live on ICCES. As part of the transition, members of the judicial IT team are in the process of converting millions of pages of documents currently electronically stored in the File Bound system, which we now employ, into ICCES/JPOD system. 

A training session will be scheduled on a later date, and we will provide an announcement of the date, time, and location of the training session when the date has been selected.

Looking for Wills and Documents (Melvin Dinner, Esq.)

In 2014 attorney Melvin Dinner retired from the practice of law.  At that time, he filed a number of original wills and documents that were in his possession with the Weld County District Court.  Presumably, the filed documents may include powers of attorney and trusts. If you believe that Mr. Dinner performed estate planning for a client or the deceased family member of a client you may inquire with the Weld County District Court to determine if documents were filed with the Court.  Additionally, if documents were filed by Mr. Dinner, please advise clients that if a testator presents photo identification to the Court they can obtain their original documents or, if a death certificate is presented to the Court, the Registrar will unseal the will or other documents and lodge the document, providing a copy to the person who presented the death certificate.

Family Court Changes  

The new Case Management Order for Family Court cases was implemented on January 6th.  In a nutshell, the changes are:  

  1. The Initial Status Conference in all new DR cases where an attorney represents at least one party will be held in Division C on Thursdays. The ISC will be set by the Clerk’s Office and will be included in the CMO when it is issued.   The District Court was allotted additional Magistrate time and Magistrate Mark Gonzales will handle these Status Conferences.  He will also have the ability to schedule and hear Temporary Orders hearings. After the Initial Status Conference, it will be the attorneys’ responsibility to schedule the next Status Conference in the Division to which the case is assigned.  
  2. Early Neutral Assessment has begun.  A description of this program is included in the Case Management Order.  It provides an opportunity for parties to receive information, feedback, and assistance in resolving issues concerning children from a neutral mental health professional/attorney team early in the process. This is a pilot program. We have two teams, Dr. Jack Gardner and Ashley Chase, and Dr. Barry Lindstrom and Diane Peterson. The cost is $400.00 per party.   Please contact Erin Clark, the Court Facilitator, at (970) 475-2596 to schedule an ENA session. These will take place on Friday mornings and Magistrate Ryan Kamada will be available to put any agreements reached on the record that day.  
  3. The video “Split” is now available for viewing at the Court Information Center. The judicial officers also have the ability to provide to parents in family law cases  an access code that will allow them to view it at home. This video is a compelling statement on how children view the divorce process.  Hopefully, it will impact how parents treat their children – and child-related issues – as they dissolve their relationships and move on with an altered family life.  
  4. All of the courtrooms now have “ACE” flyers – a report on Adverse Childhood Experience s and their impact on the health and mortality of children who experience them.  Being a child in a high conflict divorce case is one of ten identified experiences that have harmful effects on mental health – not just in the short-term, but throughout the child’s life.   The judicial officers are working to create an ACE training for attorneys and their support staff members later this year.  
  5. Needless to say, the standard Case Management Order has changed.  Please read it.

DR Attorney Brown Bag
The next Family Law Attorney Brown Bag lunch will be on Friday, June 17th at noon, in the Courthouse jury room on the ground floor of the courthouse. 

DR Brown Bag Lunch


Domestic Relations Brown Bag is scheduled for October 28 at noon in Courts West

Weld County Legal Service Update

Ask-An-Attorney Clinic  -- Volunteer Attorneys needed
Weld County Legal Services needs volunteer attorneys from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2016, for an Ask-An-Attorney clinic as part of United Way's Project Connect. All specialties are needed so please join us for all, part, or even just an hour help out. Email Vickie by Sept. 30th with your availability: vtaylor.wcls@gmail.com.


BLACK HAWK CASINO BUS
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Departs Greeley at Noon, returns about 9 p.m. Drop off at Mardi Gras in Blackhawk. $30 per person/ $50 couple; Reserve your spot by Aug. 31st Call or Email Vickie: 970-310-8367 ⎸vtaylor.wcls@gmail.com Bus will pick up at Habitat for Humanity ReStore (old Kmart parking lot), far northeast end of parking lot, 2400 29th Street, Greeley. Bus will also stop along the route at 120th and I-25, Cracker Barrel parking lot. Make sure to pay at the kiosk and park in the Park-N-Ride area closest to Cracker Barrel if catching the bus there.

WCBA Monthly Social Hours  

The Weld County Bar Association held its second monthly social hour on September 29, 2016 which was sponsored by the law firm of Jorgensen Brownell and Pepin, PC. The event was a HUGE success. The Board sees these events as an opportunity to unwind with fellow members of the bar, meet attorneys in practice areas other than your own and attorneys new to our community. It is our hope that these events can be organized by a board member but sponsored by local attorney’s and firms.  As the WCBA already sponsors CLE lunch events and the annual dinner, it is the WCBA’s hope that these more frequent social events will assist in building a stronger local bar association.   

Events are not meant to be exclusive to WCBA members, so invite all, the more the merrier.    

February 2016

October 2016

I.)    Introductions and Meeting Purpose
II.)   Ground Rules for the meeting
III.)  Current Program Overview
IV.)   Public input

Year 2016

To print the official flyer click here

July 2016

WCBA Monthly Social Hour

AND

“VOW AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE” for the benefit of A WOMAN’S PLACE 


(see separate news event posting for additional details)

Thursday, October 27th, 2016 from 5-6pm

Sponsored by the Weld County Chapter of the Colo. Women's Bar Assoc.

Come unwind with fellow community members over complementary appetizers (and a happy hour cash bar) at The Cranford Cove Tea Tavern (823 10th Street in Greeley – between 8th and 9th Ave)  
 

WCBA Monthly Social Hour

January 26, 2017

(Sponsor and location TBD)

Please Note: We will NOT be having a Monthly Social Hour in November or December due to the holidays

CAMP is Looking for Mentors

CAMP stands for Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program.

What is the CAMP Coffee List?
Sometimes our mentees aren’t looking for a formal or structured mentoring program and are instead seeking a “cup of coffee mentor” who is available for a short meeting to discuss career path questions, practice area issues, or to attend networking events.

How does it work?
By joining the CAMP Coffee List, you are agreeing to make yourself available to meet with mentees for a one time cup of coffee, meal, drinks, or to attend a bar association or legal organization together. Your role is simply to answer questions, provide insight, and make introductions. No commitment. No formality.

What is the benefit?
Mentoring comes in all different forms. Traditional, formal mentoring may not work for all mentors and mentees. The CAMP Coffee List is designed to give mentees more options when it comes to connecting with Colorado’s legal community and finding seasoned and knowledgeable attorneys to provide sage advice and guidance.

If you want to become a mentor please contact the Weld County CAMP contact person, Krea Sledge at krea_law01@yahoo.com.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2016-05 / NOTICE REGARDING LIMITED ENTRY OF APPEARANCE
(issued by James F. Hartmann Chief Judge, 19th Judicial District)

The Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure authorize attorneys to assist self-represented parties by assisting the party with the drafting of pleadings and papers, or completing pre-printed forms that are later filed by a party with the court. C.R.C.P. Rules 11(b) and 311(b). An attorney may also assist self-represented parties by entering a limited appearance on behalf of the party, pursuant to C.R.C.P. Rules 11(b), 311(b), and 121, sect. 1.1(5).  

If an attorney provides assistance to a party only with the drafting of pleadings or completing forms, and the attorney does not enter a general or limited appearance on behalf of the party, the attorney, by rule, is not required to file a notice of completion of limited representation with the court, C.R.C.P. Rules 11(b) and 311(b), or a withdrawal of counsel pursuant to C.R.C.P. 121, sect. 1.1.  

If, however, an attorney enters a limited appearance on behalf of a party involved in a court proceeding, that attorney must file with the court a notice that the limited representation has been completed, before the attorney’s limited appearance will be removed by the court from the case file. C.R.C.P. 121, sect. 1.1(5). The attorney making a limited appearance is not required to file a motion to withdraw and the attorney’s appearance will terminate upon the attorney filing notice of completion of limited representation with the court. Id. Failure to file written notice of completion of limited representation with the court may result in the attorney being served with future pleadings, court orders, etc., because the court was not informed that the limited representation has been completed.

State Commission on Judicial Performance to Hold Public Input Sessions

(This announcement is being distributed by Colorado Judicial as a courtesy to the Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation.All questions should be directed to Kent Wagner at 303-928-7777 or kent.wagner@judicial.state.co.us)


The State Commission on Judicial Performance seeks citizen input on Colorado’s Judicial Performance Evaluation. This input will help guide us as we pursue legislation to renew the program’s governing statute (CRS 13-5.5-101 et. seq.) which sunsets in 2019.


Currently, Colorado judges are subject to periodic retention elections.  Judicial Performance Commissions perform evaluations of judges to help inform the electorate about each judge’s integrity, legal knowledge, communications skills, temperament, administration, and service to the public. The evaluations are published in the Colorado State Ballot Information Booklet, the “Blue Book,” and online at www.ojpe.org.

The State Commission oversees the goals and objectives of the overall program and is charged with providing guidance to local district commissions on their evaluations.  State Commission members seek constructive feedback on the existing program and suggestions for program improvement.  Commissioners see the reauthorization of the program by the legislature as an opportunity to attain citizen input and make adjustments to improve the program. Commission members will be in the following locations throughout November 2016:

Denver (November 14 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center Room 1E)
Alamosa (November 15 - Noon to 2 PM Rio Grande Water Conservation District Office)
Pueblo (November 16 – Noon to 2 PM Jury Assembly Room Pueblo Combined Court)
Colorado Springs (November 16 – 4:00 PM Jury Assembly Room El Paso County Judicial Building)
Grand Junction (November 17 – Noon to 2 PM Jury Assembly Room Mesa County Justice Center)
Breckenridge (November 18 –Noon – 2 PM Jury Assembly Room Summit County Justice Center)
Durango (November 18 – Noon to 2 PM Jury Assembly Room La Plata County Courthouse)
Lamar (November 21 – Noon to 2 PM Large Courtroom Prowers County Combined Court)
Greeley (November 22 – Noon to 2 PM Jury Assembly Room Weld County Centennial Center)
Fort Collins (November 22- 4:00 PM Jury Assembly Room Larimer County Justice Center)
Denver (December 5 - 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center Room 1E)
  
The Commission seeks your input on these four questions:


1.)   Do you rely on Judicial Performance Evaluations when you vote for judges?  Why or why not?          
2.)   Are we collecting the right information about judges?
3.)   Are we evaluating and reporting the evaluations properly?
4.)   Does the quality and usefulness of the evaluation information meet your expectations?
5.)   What other attributes of judges should we be gathering feedback on?
6.)   What suggestions do you have to improve the system?
We are not seeking input about particular judges or a particular judge’s particular decisions at this meeting.  The focus will be on the evaluation process itself. 


Please attend a meeting that is convenient to you and help us improve this valuable Colorado program.  Each meeting will last approximately two hours, depending on attendance and be based on the following agenda:

It Benefits The Weld County Food Bank

1. Greeley Can End Hunger 2K//5K Walk or Race
    The Walk/Race will be held on March 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m., at the Weld Food Bank.
    Click here for more information

2. License Plates
    The Weld Food Bank is collecting signatures to persuade Colorado to adopt an Imagine license plate, proceeds from which will
    benefit all of the major food banks in the state, including the Weld Food Bank and Food Bank of the Rockies in Larimer County. 
    If you would be interested or supportive of such a license plate being offered, please take a moment to visit this website and 
    electronically sign your name.
    Click here for more information

WCBA Monthly Social Hours  

The Weld County Bar Association held its first monthly social hour on August 25, 2016. Considering it was out first event it was a huge success! It is our hope that as the event gets established, more and more people will attend. The Board sees these events as an opportunity to unwind with fellow members of the bar, meet attorneys in practice areas other than your own and attorneys new to our community. It is our hope that these events can be organized by a board member but sponsored by local attorney’s and firms.  As the WCBA already sponsors CLE lunch events and the annual dinner, it is the WCBA’s hope that these more frequent social events will assist in building a stronger local bar association.   Events are not meant to be exclusive to WCBA members, so invite all, the more the merrier.       

Next WCBA Monthly Social Hour
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 from 5-6pm
Sponsored by Jorgensen Brownell and Pepin, PC
Come unwind with fellow community members over complementary appetizers (and a happy hour cash bar) at The RIO (825 9th Street in Greeley – corner or 9th St. and 9th Ave) 

November 2016

March 2016

Change in Hours of Operation - Weld County Combined Courts Clerk’s Office

Currently, the Clerk’s Office business hours at the Weld County Combined Courts are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Effective October 31, 2016, the Clerk’s Office business hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed on Court Holidays.

A payment drop box is located in the lobby of the Centennial Building at the north end of the Clerk’s Office windows for deposit of payments, which will be processed the next business day.

Division dockets will continue to be run between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed on Court Holidays.

General information regarding online payments and CCE e-filing for attorneys is available on the Colorado Judicial website at www.courts.state.co.us.

If you have further questions or need additional information, please contact Clerk of Court Marci Hoffman (970) 475-2407.

Email Phishing Attack Targets Lawyers  

The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel has become aware of an email phishing scam targeting attorneys in many states including Colorado. Emails are being sent to lawyers purporting to notify them of disciplinary action. The email may contain the subject line “Bar Complaint” or similar language. The email instructs the lawyer to click on a link or attachment. DO NOT CLICK ON ANYTHING WITHIN THE EMAIL. The links and/or attachments contain Ransomware. Delete the email immediately from both your inbox and your deleted folder.  

The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel does not notify attorneys of disciplinary complaints via email. If this office has received a complaint about an attorney, our staff will notify the attorney by telephone or U.S. mail. If you have any questions about an email purporting to be from our office, please call us directly at (303) 457-5800.  

Thanks,
James C. Coyle
Attorney Regulation Counsel
COLORADO SUPREME COURT
1300 Broadway, Suite 500
Denver, CO  80203
303-928-7780 - Direct line
303-501-1141 - Fax
Email: j.coyle@csc.state.co.us

WCBA Monthly Social Hours

The Weld County Bar Association is pleased to announce that it will be starting to organize monthly events to promote and strengthen our legal community. The Board sees these events as an opportunity to unwind with fellow members of the bar, meet attorneys in practice areas other than your own and attorneys new to our community. It is our hope that these events can be organized by a board member but sponsored by local attorney’s and firms.  As the WCBA already sponsors CLE lunch events and the annual dinner, it is the WCBA’s hope that these more frequent social events will assist in building a stronger local bar association. 

Events are not meant to be exclusive to WCBA members, so invite all, the more the merrier.   

See the Event section for details on the upcoming August Social Hour sponsored by the Peek Law Firm. 

For a printable version please click here.

Find full order here.

June 2016

August 2016

If you cannot attend one of these meetings submit comments regarding the program at www.ojpe.org. Click on the “Citizens Feedback” button at the top of the page to begin the process. 

 Commissioners look forward to hearing from you! Please let us know how we are doing, what we can do better, and how to better serve you in being an informed voter when judges are on the ballot. For further information contact the Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, 303-928-7777 or email Kent Wagner, Executive Director at kent.wagner@judicial.state.co.us