Colorado Judicial Institute's Judicial Excellence for Colorado Award Dinner
The 17th Annual Colorado Judicial Institute's Judicial Excellence for Colorado Award Dinner, celebrating Colorado's judiciary will be held on October 17th at the History Colorado Center.
This year's honorees for their outstanding service on the bench:
District Court Judge Timothy J. Schutz, 4th Judicial District, El Paso County
County Court Judge Olympia Z. Fay, 2nd Judicial District, Denver County
Magistrate Matthew R. Zehe, 8th Judicial District, Larimer County
In addition, CJI will honor the late United States District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel and United States District Judge Marcia S. Krieger with Judicial Leadership Awards.
Weld County Judges Hartmann, Tuttle and Karowsky have been so honored by CJI in the past.
Proceeds from the dinner support the CJI Judicial Education Fund and the programs of CJI. Since 2003, dinner sponsorships have contributed more than $500,000 to judicial education in Colorado. The Judicial Education Fund is one of the few resources available to the judiciary to improve their skills for the benefit of the people of Colorado. Many of the judicial officers currently sitting in Weld County have attended educational programs with funding from CJI.
The event will be in a new cocktail buffet style format, which will facilitate networking among the 600 attending attorneys and judges. Individual tickets may be purchased at $200 per person, or $110.00 for attorneys practicing for 5 years or less at the following link: http://www.coloradojudicialinstitute.org/awards-reservation-information
History Colorado Center,
1200 Broadway, at 5:30 p.m. on October 17th.
Awards to be presented at 7:00 pm.
Looking for coachmen’s for the CBA Mock Trial program
The CBA has reached out to the WCBA in an effort to recruit a coachmen’s for the CBA Mock Trial program. Union Colony High School in Greeley is looking for a local coach.
The CBA High School Mock Trial Program is a positive academic program that gives students an opportunity to expand their speaking, writing, reading, and analytical skills while learning about the judicial system. The students play the role of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case. To play these roles, students are introduced to a number of life skills that will be helpful to them in their future, such as team work and collaboration; the importance and value of setting goals; the value of strategic planning and implementation; productive argumentative and persuasive skills; critical thinking skills; and the ability to face challenging obstacles with enthusiasm, professionalism and confidence.
Mock trial teams are composed of 6–12 students who perform a case for the Prosecution/Plaintiff and/or the Defense. In most cases, an actual Colorado judge or magistrate presides over the trial round while attorneys, paralegals and community members adjudicate the student performances. In any mock trial round, three students serve as attorneys to argue their side of the case, and three students serve as witnesses for direct and cross-examinations.
Each team must have at least one teacher/organizational sponsor and, ideally, one attorney coach. No verdicts are given; rather, students are awarded points for their performance. Their performances are scored based on predetermined criteria that reflect successful portrayals of attorneys and witnesses. Specifically, they are scored on knowledge and use of the Rules of Evidence, trial procedures, witness character portrayals, and the conviction of each side's argument.
Teams participate in their regional tournament, the first level of competition, which takes place February 21st & 22nd. Regional tournaments are coordinated by local bar associations and are held in courtrooms where teams argue both sides of a case during trial rounds. Top finishers of regional tournaments advance to compete in the State Championship Tournament held March 13th & 14th at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Most teams have already started to practice so the sooner we can get a coach, the sooner they begin to practice.
If you have any questions, please contact
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Art and Law Greeley - CLE Opportunity
In partnership with the Greeley Creative District and Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) is hosting a full day of legal workshops for artists, creative entities and lawyers. The morning workshop, “You Can Help Artists, Too! What You Need To Know About Counseling Creatives,” offers lawyers two CLE credits. There are so many areas of law that intersect and impact individuals working in creative fields, from business and employment law to intellectual property and real estate. This presentation will help you and your law practice counsel and support northern Colorado’s vibrant and growing arts sector.
Art + Law Greeley will be hosted at Mirage Productions, 924 8th Ave, Greeley. The morning CLE is from 10:00 – 11:30 am, led by Dave Ratner of the Creative Law Network, followed by a delicious lunch and live entertainment. You can register here.
Weld County Courts Legal Fair
The Weld County Combined Courts are excited to announce the 5th Annual Legal Fair is set for Aug 14th! Please see the attached flyer for all the details. Feel free to refer all self-represented litigants to this great event. If you have any questions about the fair please email Miriam Ceja or Shea Schneider.