OARC Update

A bimonthly newsletter of the
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel


Colo. RPC 5.5 and the Practice Pending Admission Rule
What do Colorado lawyers and their firms need to ensure when they are hiring out-of-state lawyers who want to start practicing in Colorado?  Check out September's What You Need to Know.  Colo. RPC 5.5 and the Practice Pending Admission Rule.


Tell us about your lawyer survival skills!
We want to know which resources you turn to when encountering bullying or unprofessional behavior in your practice, and what resources you would like to see. Click here to participate in this short, anonymous five-minute survey.
Do you have thoughts about the bar exam?
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Testing Task Force has issued a survey as part of a three-year study to consider the content for the bar exam to ensure it keeps pace with a changing legal profession. The results of the study will be used by NCBE to develop the next generation of the bar exam and will benefit the profession as a whole. The survey closes on September 30! We hope you’ll take a few minutes to share your input. To participate, visit


Recently, the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel has received calls alleging a lawyer has engaged in misconduct. Upon further investigation, we have determined the lawyer’s identity was used as part of a fraud, unbeknownst to the lawyer. Read up on this latest scam here.


Lawyers are part of a profession that holds a special role in society. As guardians of the Rule of Law, lawyers should embody professionalism in all they do. Not only do lawyers serve as representatives of their clients, they serve as officers of the legal system and citizens having special responsibility for the quality of justice.

With Legal Professionalism Month right around the corner, we revisit the principles of professionalism and the important elements of an ethical professional identity. Around the Clock Professionalism.


Previously, this succession planning series has addressed simple steps you can take now to organize your practice so that someone would be able to wind down your affairs. Part 4 of our guide explores in greater detail handling your clients’ funds and maintaining appropriate records so that those funds can be properly disbursed were something to happen to you. Record Keeping Duties and Succession Planning.


Sept. 1  Application filing period opens for February 2020 bar exam.

Sept. 9  Attorney Grievance Process and Ethical Issues, The Colorado District Attorneys' Council Fall Conference, Breckenridge, CO (Jessica Yates).

Sept. 9  Ethics and GALs: The Regulation Process and Trending Topics. Office of the Child's Representative Annual Conference, Estes Park, CO (April McMurrey).

Sept. 10  Social Networking: Ethical Tips for the Unwary, The Colorado State Public Defenders Annual Conference, Westminster, CO (James Wilder).

Sept. 10  Ethics Update: Flat Fees, Responding to Online Reviews, and Other New Developments, Douglas-Elbert Bar Association September Meeting, Castle Pines, CO (Jane Cox and Jonathan White).

Sept. 11  Update on Recent Immigration Discipline Cases, AILA Ethics Committee, teleconference, Denver, CO (Bryon Large).

Sept. 11  Social Networking: Ethical Tips for the Unwary, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association September Membership Meeting and CLE, Westminster, CO (James Wilder).

Sept. 17  Foundations of a Successful Practice: Competence, Client Communications, and Flat Fee Requirements, LawBank Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO (Jonathan White).

Sept. 23  Practicing with Professionalism, CBA-CLE in Denver, CO.

Sept. 24  Colorado’s New Rule 1.5(h), Boulder County Bar Association Criminal Law Section, Boulder, CO (Bryon Large and J.P. Moore).

Oct. 2  Lawyer Mentoring Ethics and Review of Trust Account Practices, Colorado Springs Personal Injury Lawyers, Colorado Springs, CO (Bryon Large and Jonathan White).

Oct. 3  Results announced for July 2019 bar exam.

Oct. 4  Ethics and Professionalism, CBA-CLE, Denver, CO (April McMurrey).

Oct. 8  Attorney Regulation in Colorado, Pueblo County Bar Association, Pueblo, CO (Jessica Yates).

Oct. 11  Trust Account School taught by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel and open to all attorneys and legal staff.

Oct. 15  The Value of Lawyer Mentoring, LawBank Central Business District, Denver, CO (Jonathan White and Ryann Peyton, Executive Director, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program).

Oct. 17  Professionalism Business Practice, 2019 Annual Ethics Seminar & Nominations for Professionalism Awards, Larimer County Young Lawyers Division, Fort Collins, CO (Jessica Yates).

Oct. 21  Practicing with Professionalism, CBA-CLE in Denver, CO.

Oct. 22  Practicing with Professionalism, CBA-CLE in Denver, CO.

Oct. 23  Practices that Promote Excellent Client Service and Access to Justice, Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice at Law Bank Colorado, Denver, CO (Jonathan White).

Nov. 1  Application filing deadline for February 2020 bar exam.

Nov. 1  Ethics of Pro Bono Representation, Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Denver, CO (April McMurrey).

Nov. 4  Admissions ceremony for those who passed July 2019 bar exam.

Nov. 5  Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel: Who We Are and What We Do, CBA-CLE, Denver, CO (April McMurrey).

Nov. 8  Ethics 7.0, CBA-CLE, Denver, CO (Catherine Shea).

Nov. 12  Ethics Revue at The Clocktower Cabaret, Co-sponsored by The Law Club, Colorado Bar Ethics Committee, and CBA-CLE, Denver, CO (Rhonda White-Mitchell).

Nov. 12  Management of Office Sharing Arrangements & Virtual Offices, LawBank Central Business District, Denver, CO (Jonathan White and Henry Reeve, Esq.).

Nov. 13  Ethics Revue at The Clocktower Cabaret, Co-sponsored by The Law Club, Colorado Bar Ethics Committee, and CBA-CLE, Denver, CO (Jessica Yates).

Nov. 15  Ethics and Attorney Regulation, Annual CBA-CLE Appellate Program, Denver, CO (Jessica Yates).

Nov. 20  Ethics and Attorney Regulation, co-sponsored by the Colorado Judicial Institute and Boulder County Bar Association, CU Law School, Boulder, CO (Jessica Yates).

Nov. 20  Ethics and Professionalism, Environmental Protection Agency, Denver, CO (April McMurrey).

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