FALL 2018

A quarterly newsletter of the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.

Former Director of Examinations Susan Gleeson receives the National Conference of Bar Examiners Administrator of the Year Award on August 11, 2018, at the annual meeting of NCBE and the Council of Bar Admission Administrators in Asheville, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.


Since C.R.C.P. 250 went into effect on July 1, our Office has received a number of inquiries regarding the new Rule Change and how it impacts Mandatory Continuing Legal and Judicial Education. 

Over the next few months, the CLJE Committee and the Office of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education will be providing additional guidance on the rules and regulations for lawyers and judges, as well as for sponsors of CLE activities on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions
In our Summer 2018 newsletter, we addressed some of the frequently asked questions that come up regarding the new CLE Rule 250, which can be found here: What You Need to Know About the New C.R.C.P. 250 Rule.

Here, we discuss questions that arise when taking courses that have not been accredited in Colorado, including claiming credit for taking courses not accredited in the state and completing CLE requirements in another jurisdiction. What You Need to Know About Doing CLE Out of State.

What would happen if a lawyer died without having any plans in place for dealing with ongoing client matters, client files or funds held in a trust account? What would happen if that lawyer was you, or someone you know?  What if nobody was willing or able to help?  What are the clients to do?

Many lawyers have done little or no succession planning, and have nobody lined up to wind up their practice if they die or become disabled.

Deputy Regulation Counsel Gregory Sapakoff outlines how volunteers can help a fellow lawyer, and his or her family and clients, in a time of need: A Call to Action: The Importance of Inventory Counsel.

The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel added a page to our website which allows attorneys and members of the public to view cases in which we are actively managing inventory counsel matters.

A link to that page is here: Current Active Inventory Counsel Matters. You can regularly consult this web page to find out if someone in your legal community has become disabled or deceased and that their practice closure is being handled by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.

As the end of the year approaches, keep in mind the following important dates for your attorney registration and CLE compliance.

November 1, 2018: Update your contact information, including your email address, with the Office of Attorney Registration by November 1, 2018, to ensure that information regarding the next registration cycle will be sent to the correct address. You can update your information here: Address Change Request form.

November 26, 2018: The last week of November, postcards will be sent to your registered business address with information for the 2018-2019 registration process.

December 1, 2018: The online registration system will be available starting on this date so that you can complete your registration statement and pay your annual fee.

December 31, 2018: The last day of the year is the deadline for completing CLEs for attorneys with a compliance period ending on December 31, 2018. CLE credits completed by December 31, 2018, can be entered into the online system until January 31, 2019.

With this year's attorney registration statement, you will find a link to an online demographic survey hosted by Survey Monkey. The purpose of this voluntary, anonymous survey is to better understand and monitor shifts in the demographics of the Colorado bar. This short survey will only take a few minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for participating!

Controlling stress is mostly a mind game, and who better to play cognitive games than attorneys?  This COLAP article describes how mindfulness is a tool that can greatly improve both our professional skills and our personal lives, and it can be surprisingly simple: Get Mindful in Under a Minute.

Each October Colorado welcomes hundreds of lawyers to the practice of law. For most, their entry to the legal profession represents their first encounter with a professional community. 

Entering the practice of law can be daunting, particularly for those who are from out of state and those who are still seeking their first legal job. Attorneys may question their career choices and feel overwhelmed when transitioning from school to the practice of law. This is why professional identity is of such crucial importance.

Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program's new Deputy Director Kelly Rosenberg goes in-depth about professional identity, and how CAMP helps new lawyers form their own: Professional Identity: A Standard of Professionalism that Defines Success.

The results from the July bar exam led to 529 new attorneys welcomed by the state of Colorado.

Seventy percent of applicants passed the February exam and will be honored alongside their family members at the Admissions Ceremony at Boettcher Concert Hall on November 5. A full breakdown of Colorado pass rates and bar exam results can be found on our website:
 July 2018 Bar Examination Results.

The next round of examinees will take the bar exam on February 26 and 27, 2019. The application deadline for the February 2019 bar exam is November 1, 2018. More information on the upcoming bar exam can be found here: Future Lawyers - Bar Examination.

Congratulations to those who passed the July Bar Exam, and good luck to those taking the exam in February 2019!

The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel's objectives in regulating the practice of law in Colorado include helping lawyers successfully navigate the practice of law and better serve their clients. The Colorado Lawyer Self-Assessment Program, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, and the Colorado Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, are two ways the office is continuing to prioritize proactive practices for the state's 41,000-plus attorneys.

The full article by Professional Development Counsel Jonathan White can be found here: Proactive Practices for Colorado Lawyers Continue to Be an Office Priority 

Late in September, the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program hired its first Deputy Director, Kelly Rosenberg. Rosenberg has spent the majority of her career as an Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Department of Law.

During her tenure there, from 2007 to 2016, she represented several state agencies, representing large clients such as the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (2007-2009) and the Marijuana Enforcement Division (2010-2016). Wanting to expand her skills and practice areas outside of government work, Rosenberg transitioned to private practice in 2016 where she represented cannabis clients.

Experience in both sectors drove her passion to help those in the legal profession through mentorship, thus leading to her application, and subsequent hiring, as CAMP's Deputy Director. Congratulations, Kelly!

Former Director of Examinations Susan Gleeson retired on August 31, 2018. Her career spanned more than 37 years, with over 74 bar exams administered since 1981. Sue has also participated in the admissions process of almost every lawyer since July 1981, or approximately 41,030 lawyers in the state of Colorado.

Sue shares some of her memorable bar exam moments, and what new adventures await her in retirement: Five Questions with Susan Gleeson.

Jessica E. Yates

Attorney Regulation Counsel

Nov. 6  Annual Ethics CLE for Government Lawyers, CBA Government Counsel Section, in Denver, CO (Jacob Vos)

Nov. 13  The Colorado Lawyer Self-Assessment Program: A Program Overview and Using the Program to Evaluate Client Communication Procedures, Douglas-Elbert Bar Association, location TBD (Jonathan White)

Nov. 14  Practicing with Professionalism, CBA-CLE in Denver, CO

Nov. 14  Ethics Revue, co-sponsored by the Law Club, Colorado Bar Ethics Committee, and CBA-CLE, in Boulder, CO (Jessica Yates)

Nov. 14  Introduction to OARC, Southwest Colorado Bar Association, in Durango, CO (Alan Obye)

Nov. 15  Court Orientation, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, in Denver, CO (Jessica Yates)

Nov. 29  Ethics Revue, co-sponsored by the Law Club, Colorado Bar Ethics Committee, and CBA-CLE, in Boulder, CO (Rhonda White-Mitchell)

Dec. 5  Proactive Practices: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest and Resources to Help You Successfully Navigate the Practice of Law, Women-Owned Law Firms (W.O.L.F. Pack), in Denver, CO (Jonathan White and Sara Van Deusen, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell)

Dec. 6  Proactive Practices: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest and Resources to Help You Successfully Navigate the Practice of Law, Women-Owned Law Firms (W.O.L.F. Pack), in Colorado Springs, CO (Jonathan White and Sara Van Deusen, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell)

Dec. 12  Practicing with Professionalism, CBA-CLE in Denver, CO

Dec. 14  Trust Account School taught by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel and open to all attorneys and legal staff.

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