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Social Work Contract Position

By | May 11th, 2017|News, Social Work|

Contract Position Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel Contract Social Worker- 1 position Job Location: 1 position for the 21st Judicial District (Mesa County) Hourly Salary: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)- $50/hr; Licensed Social Worker- $41/hr Release Date: June 12, 2017  Apply By: June 26, 2017 Employment Type: This is a contract position but it is [...]

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News from the ORPC – Contracting Update

By | April 19th, 2017|Application, News, Training|

Dear RPCS, As you are likely aware, our application period closed on March 31st.  We completed our review of applicants, and I want to let everyone know what to expect over the next few months.  Our agency was created to provide excellent advocates to parents, and contracting is one of the most important roles of [...]

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Case Law Summary from 4/13

By | April 18th, 2017|Case Law Summary|

Hello All, My apologies for the absolute radio silence over the past few days as our office works through the FY 17 contracting process.  Below are summaries of a few unpublished opinions that came out of the court of appeals last week, dealing with the court’s application of the Strickland standard to IAC claims in [...]

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ICWA case strategies roundtable, April 12, 2017, 8 am

By | April 7th, 2017|Case Strategy, News|

Our first topic specific case strategy roundtable is scheduled for April 12 at 8 am. You can participate in person at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center, via conference call, or via webinar.  We will discuss recent case law updates, provide resources, and discuss strategies for effective advocacy on cases where ICWA applies, or may apply. [...]

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News from the ORPC – 4/5/2017

By | April 5th, 2017|Billing, News|

Greetings RPCs, We are excited to announce that we have filled the Attorney Payment Specialist position.  On April 24th, Sheree Coates will be joining our team.  Sheree has been working in the judicial system in different capacities for 28 years.  Sheree was the Division Clerk for the Chief Judge Harlan R. Bockman for many years [...]

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News from the ORPC – 4/3/2017

By | April 3rd, 2017|Application, Billing, News|

Dears RPCs, Thank you to all of those who submitted an FY 17/18 RPC application.  We appreciate the time and thought that everyone put into the applications.  We are beginning our review process, and hope to let applicants know our decisions by late April.  As you know Carla’s last day was Friday.  In anticipation of [...]

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May 11-12, Working with Experts Training

By | March 24th, 2017|News, Training|

Hello, On May 11-12, 2017, Alternate Defense Counsel and Federal Public Defenders are hosting a Working with Experts training in the Ralph Carr Building at 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO. They have allowed us 10 spots for RPCs to attend the training.  Please email me directly at ssettle@coloradoorpc.org to reserve your spot, first come first serve [...]

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News from the ORPC – 3/20/17

By | March 20th, 2017|Application, Billing, News, Training|

Dear RPCs, Applications The Fiscal Year 17/18 application cycle is now open.  As a reminder, everyone must apply even if you have a fiscal year 16/17 contract.  Law partners and associates must apply as well.  The application is available at: https://fs7.formsite.com/ORPCColorado/form33/index.html To make sure that everyone knows, we will be sending a duplicate notice to [...]

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Case Strategy Roundtables

By | March 9th, 2017|Case Strategy, News, Training|

Hello RPC attorneys, ORPC is sponsoring several case strategy round tables each month.  One will be in person at the Ralph Carr building, one will be via teleconference, and the third will be via video conference.  Each of these will allow attorneys to bring a case or issue to the group to brainstorm, strategize, and [...]

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New Motions Bank

By | March 9th, 2017|Motions Bank, News|

Hello all, ORPC has been working over the past several weeks to expand the Motions Bank. The Motions Bank is on our website inside the attorney center. You will have to log into the website to access the Motions Bank. We created a short video to show how to use the Motions Bank, otherwise you [...]

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Training News

By | March 2nd, 2017|News, Training, Westlaw|

Greetings: You asked for it and we set it up! Westlaw training is coming on March 31, 2017, at 10:00am. Below is a general invitation to join the WebEx training with our Westlaw representative scheduled for March 31, 2017, at 10:00 am MST. We have also included instructions on how to join the WebEx. This [...]

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2017 ORPC Application due March 31

By | March 1st, 2017|Application, News|

Good morning, The 2017 Application Form for The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel is now open. To be awarded a new contract for the term of July 1, 2017, please submit this online, electronic form no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 31, 2017.  All applicants, including associate attorneys, are required to submit a substantive [...]

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News from the ORPC – 2/24/2017

By | February 24th, 2017|Application, Case Law Summary, Legislation, News, Training|

Dear RPCs, Happy Friday! We have a few training opportunities to tell you about this week!  Also, we have a caselaw update and some news from the capital! ORPC’s 2nd Annual Conference We are planning our second conference!  It’s likely to be September 10-12, but these dates ARE NOT final.  The conference will be at [...]

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ABA Parent Attorney Conf Scholarships – Apply by 2/26

By | February 21st, 2017|News|

Good Morning, The ORPC recently applied and was awarded grant funding to provide a limited number of scholarships for RPC attorneys to attend the ABA 5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families, on April 25-26, 2017 in Tyson’s Corner, VA.  To apply, complete the Scholarship Application Form Here by this [...]

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News from the ORPC – 2/1/17

By | February 1st, 2017|News, Training|

Dear RPCs, It’s an exciting day for the ORPC!  Please welcome our new staff attorneys Kris Ferrell and Carrie Ann Lucas.  Kris is our new training director and Carrie is our first case strategy director. You can email Carrie at clucas@coloradoorpc.org or call her at 303-731-8771.  Please call Carrie when you have case related questions! [...]

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VOLUNTEER JURORS FOR ADC TRIAL ADVOCACY TRAINING

By | January 24th, 2017|News|

The Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel’s Office (ADC) provides indigent criminal defense legal representation throughout the State of Colorado.  We have 600+ lawyers, investigators, and paralegals who contract with our office to advocate for our indigent community members.  The ADC holds an annual training conference each year and we need help to make this training a [...]

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News from the ORPC 1/19/17

By | January 19th, 2017|Application, Billing, Case Law Summary, News, Training, Westlaw|

Dear RPCs, Here’s the News! Survey: There’s still time to respond to our SURVEY!   Please respond by January 31, 2016.  https://fs7.formsite.com/ORPCColorado/form34/index.html Experts: Please don’t use an expert without first getting preapproval from our agency.  We are starting to receive bills from experts that were used in November and December without our agency’s knowledge or approval.  [...]

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Chief Justice Rice Appoints Becky Briggs to Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel Commission

By | January 17th, 2017|News|

DENVER, CO, Jan. 17, 2017 – Chief Justice Rice’s order from December 14, 2016 appoints Becky Briggs of Pueblo, Colorado, and of the 3rd Congressional District, pursuant to section 13-92-103(2)(a) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, to the Office of Respondent Parent Counsel Commission through June 30, 2019 to fulfill the unexpired term of Allison Ernst.  [...]

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Denver RPC Needed and OCR Staff Attorney Job Posting

By | January 11th, 2017|News|

Good Morning, ORPC is seeking a Denver RPC, please see the attached job description with directions how to apply. Also, the Office of the Child’s Representative is hiring a Staff Attorney, please see the attached job description and email from Melanie Jannicelli below. Thanks, Sara Settle | Executive Assistant, Marketing Specialist Office of Respondent Parents’ [...]

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News from the ORPC 1/10/2017

By | January 10th, 2017|Billing, News, Training, Westlaw|

Dear RPCs, Before I get into the News, there’s a 3 minute SURVEY that we’d love you to complete, so please read on and take a moment to fill out the survey.  We want to hear from you about what you think is important for our agency to do in the next year. The ORPC [...]

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News from the ORPC 12/21/2016

By | December 21st, 2016|News|

Dear RPCs, Happy Holidays from the ORPC!  We wish you all a safe and peaceful holiday season. We are excited to announce that the ORPC has hired Carrie Ann Lucas as our Staff Attorney – Case Strategy Director.  Starting on February 1, 2017 she will be available to all our contractors for case strategy and [...]

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ORPC Case Law Update

By | December 20th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Hello All, One published case from the Court of Appeals last week that might be important to your practice, which I think is a rather nice gift from the court to wrap up this year.  My summary is below, and the opinion is attached. Case Law Summary  People in the Interest of G.E.S., 2016COA183 (December [...]

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News from the ORPC 12/15/2016

By | December 15th, 2016|Billing, Legislation, News, Telelanguage, Training, Westlaw|

Dear RPCs, We hope that you are all doing well.  We have quite a few updates! Budget Hearing: The ORPC presented its first budget request to the Joint Budget Committee this week.   Our main budget request is to pay all RPCs hourly.  We are gearing up for the legislative session, and beyond our budget request, [...]

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VOLUNTEER JURORS FOR ADC TRIAL ADVOCACY TRAINING

By | December 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

HELP NEEDED!  VOLUNTEER JURORS FOR ADC TRIAL ADVOCACY TRAINING. The Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel’s Office provides indigent criminal defense legal representation throughout the State of Colorado.  We have 700+ lawyers, investigators and paralegals who contract with our office to advocate for our indigent community.  The ADC holds an annual training conference each year and we [...]

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News from the ORPC 12/7/2016

By | December 7th, 2016|News|

After a competitive application and interview process, the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel is pleased to announce the selection of Ashlee Jones as the new Deputy Director of the agency, effective immediately.  Jones served as the ORPC Staff Attorney – Training Director since March 2016.  Jones first became passionate about representing parents and families in [...]

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ADC’s Trial Advocacy Training now open to RPCs – Register Now

By | December 5th, 2016|News, Training|

Good Morning, ADC’s Trial Advocacy Training Event is now open to RPCs! The Office of Alternate Defense Counsel’s Annual Trial Advocacy Training will take place in Denver, CO on February 13-17, 2017. ADC’s annual trial ad training is one of the best in the country.  The program features local and nationally recognized faculty who devote [...]

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News from the ORPC & Case Law Summary 12/1/2016

By | December 1st, 2016|Appellate, Billing, Case Law Summary, News|

Dear RPCs, Application Deadline:  Today is the last day to apply for the Deputy and Staff Attorney positions at our agency.  The application closes at 5 pm and is available on our website.  Billing Deadline:  As we told you a few weeks ago we are reinstituting the 90 day billing deadline.  This means that on [...]

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Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel Announces New Executive Director

By | November 18th, 2016|News|

DENVER, CO, Nov. 15, 2016 – The Governing Commission of the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa A. Michaelis as the new Executive Director of the agency, effective immediately. Michaelis served as Acting Executive Director, since August 2016, and previously as Deputy Director, since February 2016. Michaelis [...]

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News from the ORPC and Case Law Summary – 11/15/16

By | November 15th, 2016|Appellate, Billing, Case Law Summary, News|

Dear RPCs, Thank you for all the emails of support as our agency continues to form.  Here’s our news and Ruchi’s case law update.  Updated Transcript Request Form: We’ve updated the transcript request form to add “date needed by” for expedited transcripts and a section to put the trial attorneys name.  Please use this form [...]

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News from the ORPC – 11/2/16

By | November 9th, 2016|Billing, News, Simplelists|

Dear RPCs, Not much to report this week!  But, we wanted to let you know how you can change your listserv options and about a server upgrade that will impact your ability to bill tomorrow.  Daily Digest for RPC Discussion Listserv If you would like to receive a daily digest format (instead of individual emails) [...]

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News from the ORPC – 10/21/2016

By | October 24th, 2016|Appellate, Billing, DANSR, News, Westlaw|

Dear RPCs, There’s a lot of news from the ORPC!  Mentoring Attorneys We are evaluating a mentoring program and want to know if any attorneys are interested in mentoring lawyers new to RPC work or would like a mentor.  Please email Melissa Michaelis if you are interested.  Requesting Investigators We have had a few requests [...]

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News from the ORPC – 10/7/16

By | October 7th, 2016|Billing, News|

Dear RPCs, Please read below for important announcements and reminders. As always, feel free to contact our staff with questions. ORPC Case Information Sheet  and ORPC TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM Rev 10-06-16  As requested, we created a Case Information Sheet that you are welcome to use in your practice. We attached a word doc version so you [...]

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News from the ORPC – 09/29/16

By | September 29th, 2016|Billing, News|

Dear RPCs, Attached please find an updated Transcript Request Form and a posting for an RPC contract in Denver for someone who is Spanish speaking.  Please read below for important announcements and reminders. As always, feel free to contact our staff with questions.  Ninety Day Billing Deadline Extension  We understand that the transition to the [...]

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News from the ORPC – 9/9/2016

By | September 9th, 2016|Billing, News, Training, Westlaw|

Dear RPCs, Happy Friday! Here’s the news from the ORPC! We’ve dug ourselves out of the payment approval backlog from July!  We hear your concerns.  Carla and Linda have been working hard to approve payments as fast as they can. Westlaw Update If you have Westlaw through ADC, you can link the ORPC account with [...]

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ICWA Training

By | September 6th, 2016|ICWA, Training|

The final ICWA rule was signed into law on June 14, 2016, and this training does not take the new rule into account. ICWA2015guidelines ICWAchecklist-fed ICWA Regulations https://vimeo.com/172228389

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News from the ORPC & Case Law Summary – 09/01/16

By | September 1st, 2016|Appellate, Case Law Summary, News, Training, Westlaw|

Good Afternoon RPCs, WESTLAW IS HERE! The ORPC is excited to provide Westlaw access to our current contractors.  To receive a password, you must sign and return the Schedule C form that is attached and email the form directly to Sara Settle at ssettle@coloradoORPC.org.   Access to Westlaw will take some processing time upon receipt of [...]

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Ethics Session & Info re ORPC Fall Conference

By | August 31st, 2016|News, Training|

Hello All, The ORPC Fall Conference will include an Ethics Presentation with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.  In preparation for this session, if you have any ethical or professionalism  questions for RPC attorneys that you would like addressed, please feel free to send them to me individually. We are looking forward to sending out [...]

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News from the ORPC – 8/25/16

By | August 25th, 2016|Billing, News, Simplelists, Training|

Dear RPCs, RPPS:  Our two billing trainings occurred on Monday, August 22, in person and via webinar.  We received a lot of questions and are implementing some changes based on feedback we’ve received.  We are continuing to work on updates to RPPS, and may, on occasion need to go off-line to perform more than routine [...]

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News from the ORPC – 8/18/2016

By | August 18th, 2016|Appellate, Billing, News, Simplelists|

Dear RPCs, I apologize for the length of this email, but there is much to convey to you regarding our efforts to streamline ORPC processes to benefit each of you.  Please read the entire email below and feel free to contact us with questions.  Approvals Process: Requests for experts, expenses, to exceed fees, and to [...]

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Case Law Summary 08-08-16

By | August 8th, 2016|Appellate, Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-08-08 Case Law Summary Attachment Tips for Preserving Issues for Appeal final for 8-3-16 CLE Case Law Summary – August 8, 2016 Friends, No new unpublished or published dependency cases out of the Colorado appellate courts this week.  I thought that I would use this chance to direct your attention to Judge [...]

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Case Law Summary 08-02-16

By | August 2nd, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-08-02 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – August 2, 2016 Friends, Only one unpublished opinion of note this week, with a reminder about the nausea-inducing hard line that our court of appeals has taken with regard to the constitutional rights of parents. As I talked about in my July 12 [...]

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Case Law Summary 07-26-16

By | July 26th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-07-26 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – July 26, 2016 Friends, There was a published opinion from the court of appeals on July 14, holding that a dependency court could not impose attorney’s fees as a discovery sanction against the government.  The court of appeals’ analysis of the doctrine of [...]

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Case Law Summary 07-19-16

By | July 19th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-07-19 Case Law Summary 2016-07-19 Case Law Summary Friends, One unpublished opinion of note from last week, involving the peculiar nuances between a respondent and a special respondent in a D&N case.  As the court of appeals has made clear, a person must have both a legal relationship with a child [...]

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Case Law Summary 07-12-16

By | July 12th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-07-12 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – July 12, 2016 Friends, The court of appeals did not release any unpublished or published dependency and neglect opinions last week.  So this week let’s turn our attention to constitutionalizing issues in a dependency and neglect case—a tall order, but not an impossible [...]

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Case Law Summary 07-05-16

By | July 5th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-07-05 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – July 5, 2016 Friends, One unpublished case of note last week, with a depressingly common reminder about how the court of appeals views parental unfitness: through the departments’ lens.  I think this is an issue that is fertile for some new thinking—my suggestions [...]

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Case Law Summary 06-24-16

By | June 24th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-06-24 Case Law Summary Case Law Summaries – June 24, 2016 Friends, There were no notable unpublished opinions issued from the court of appeals this week.  The two unpublished opinions that were issued focused on unpreserved arguments regarding the department’s reasonable efforts prior to the entry of the order terminating parental [...]

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Case Law Summary 06-17-16

By | June 17th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-06-17 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – June 17, 2016 Friends,          There was only one unpublished case of note this week.  The case was notable because the court of appeals chastised the respondent parent attorney filing the petition on appeal for not following the requirements of C.A.R. 3.4.  Ordinarily, the [...]

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Case Law Summary 06-10-16

By | June 10th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-06-10 Case Law Summary Case Law Summaries – June 10, 2016 Friends, There was one unpublished opinion of note this week, with a good reminder about how to make a good record for appeal by including a record of the prejudice to your client.  Remember: the best motions have a request [...]

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Case Law Summary 06-06-16

By | June 6th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-06-06 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – June 6, 2016 Friends, It looks like it’s been a busy couple of weeks with the appellate courts, which is always the case when I’m out of the office.  The Supreme Court announced two major holdings in J.G. and E.S.V. on May [...]

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Case Law Summary 05-13-16

By | May 13th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-05-13 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – May 13, 2016 Friends, There were a few unpublished opinions this week from the court of appeals.  One of the cases addressed the use of child hearsay hearings under section 13-29-125, which is always a thorny issue in a dependency case.  I’m of [...]

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Case Law Summary 05-06-16

By | May 6th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-05-06 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – Week of May 6, 2016 Friends, There was only one unpublished opinion from the court of appeals this week, with a reminder about preserving the record for appeal by objecting in front of the trial court so that issues are not lost on [...]

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Case Law Summary 04-29-16

By | April 29th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-04-29 Case Law Summary Case Law Summaries – April 29, 2016 Friends, There was one unpublished opinion of note from our Colorado court of appeals this week, with a depressing reminder about the danger of the prospective harm doctrine in D&Ns.  I included an idea on how to argue against prospective [...]

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Case Law Summary 04-22-16

By | April 22nd, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-04-22 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – April 22, 2016 Friends, No new dependency and neglect published or unpublished opinions from the appellate courts this week, so I just wanted to take a minute to remind everyone about the major provisions of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 [...]

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Case Law Summary 04-15-16

By | April 15th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-04-15 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – April 15, 2016 Friends, There were a few unpublished opinions worth mentioning this week, in addition to a number of new changes to the Colorado rules of professional conduct and appellate rules.  As far as news from the court of appeals goes, the [...]

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Case Law Summary 04-08-16

By | April 8th, 2016|Case Law Summary, Practice Tip|

Click to open a PDF 2016-04-08 Case Law Summary Case Law Summaries – April 8, 2016 Friends, There was no new case law released by the court of appeals this week in dependency and neglect cases.  Instead, I wanted to highlight a few major developments from published opinions from 2015, in case you missed them. Enjoy [...]

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Case Law Summary 04-01-16

By | April 1st, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 2016-04-01 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – April 1 Friends, Only one unpublished opinion from the court of appeals this week, but with the court’s subtle reminder that proceeding by an offer of proof during a termination hearing is an issue that could violate our parents’ due process rights.  This [...]

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03-24-2016 Case Law Summary

By | March 24th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 03-24-2016 Case Law Summary Case Law Summary – March 24, 2016 Friends, There were no pertinent unpublished opinions released this week, so I draw your attention to case that is currently pending before the Colorado Supreme Court—The People in the Interest of J.G., J.P., S.L., and C.L., Case No. 15SC57.  [...]

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03-18-2016 Case Law Summary

By | March 18th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 03-18-2016 Case Law Summary Case Law Summaries – March 18 Friends, Just a few unpublished opinions this week, but with a depressing asterisk from the court of appeals reminding us that what isn’t objected to in the court below cannot be raised for the first time on appeal.  The big takeaway [...]

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03-14-2016 Summary Update with IRAP

By | March 14th, 2016|Case Law Summary, Practice Tip|

Click to open a PDF 03-14-2016 Summary Update with IRAP People in the Interest of E.M., L.M., and E.J.M., 2016 COA 38 The court adopted a treatment plan for mother, and found no appropriate treatment plan could be devised for father because he did not agree with his proposed treatment plan and was incarcerated.  At the [...]

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03-11-2016 Case Law Summary

By | March 11th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 03-11-2016 Case Law Summary March 11 Case Law Summary SCOTUS V.L. vs. E.L., 577 U.S. --, No. 15-648 (March 7, 2016) V.L. and E.L. are two women who were in a relationship and, through assisted reproductive technology, had three children together.  E.L. (birth mom) eventually decided to give legal status to [...]

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FY17 ORPC Applications Webinar

By | March 7th, 2016|Application, Training|

https://vimeo.com/158201754

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03-4-2016 Case Law Summary

By | March 4th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 03-4-2016 Case Law Summary March 4 Case Law Update Friends, There were no unpublished or published opinions from either the court of appeals or supreme court in dependency and neglect cases this week. The Colorado Supreme Court, however, heard oral argument on Wednesday in E.S.V. v. The People of the State [...]

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2-26-16 Case Law Summary

By | February 26th, 2016|Case Law Summary|

Click to open a PDF 02/26/2016 - Case-Law-Summaries Case Law Summaries – February 2016 Published Opinions – Colorado Court of Appeals People ex. rel. Z.P.S., N.S., and M.J.S., 16COA20 (Feb. 11, 2016) The department assumed temporary custody of one-month-old twins (O.S. and M.J.S.) and their siblings, three-year-old Z.P.S. and one-year-old N.S., and filed a petition in [...]

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