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397 ABA Journal Colorado articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Reform group backs cost metric in law school rankings; California suspends jury trials

US News’ ranking methodology is the cheese for law school rat race, report says

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings rely on categories including law school…

District attorney faces indictment over drug possession and misconduct
A district attorney in northeastern Colorado has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of controlled substance possession and conspiracy and one count of official misconduct.
This state appears likely to abolish the death penalty after Senate vote
The Colorado Senate on Friday passed a bill to repeal the death penalty, sending the measure to the House where it is expected to win approval.
SCOTUS adds cases on wayward presidential electors, contraceptive coverage exemptions
The U.S. Supreme Court added two high-profile cases on Friday to its docket concerning faithless presidential electors and expanded exemptions to mandated contraceptive coverage.
‘Gate money’ for released prisoners is usually chump change

Some formerly incarcerated people say it’s often not enough to meet their basic needs

Former BigLaw partner dies on Mount Everest; he was member of ‘seven summit club,’ brother says

A Colorado lawyer who was a former partner at Holland & Hart died Monday while descending the summit of Mount Everest.

Solo practitioner Christopher Kulish, 62, is the 11th person…

Number of prisoners hits 9-year low, but some states are resisting the trend
The number of people in U.S. prisons fell to a nine-year low of just under 1.5 million last year, a 1.3 percent decrease, according to a report released recently by the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice.
Top state court judge leaves bench to lead legal services think tank

Following 14 years on the Arizona Supreme Court, Chief Justice Scott Bales will be stepping down at the end of July. In September, he will take over leadership of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, an independent research center located at the University of Denver.

Appeals court overturns civil penalty against foreclosure law firm
The Colorado Court of Appeals has overturned a $119,500 civil penalty imposed against a foreclosure law firm accused of violating consumer fraud laws by failing to disclose an ownership interest in a side business.
Do frozen embryo rulings have implications in abortion debate? Supreme Court asked to weigh in

Two rulings about the fate of frozen embryos are raising questions over the rights of egg and sperm donors, the interpretation of unclear contracts and implications in the abortion debate. The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to consider one of the cases.

NYC judges have drastically cut back on bail and jail in criminal cases, study says
Like many states, New York has a bail law that is half a century old. The legal rules that in 2010 made it possible for 16-year-old Kalief Browder to be jailed on Rikers Island for three years for allegedly stealing a backpack—just because his family couldn’t pay $3,000 in bail to get him out—all remain on the books.
Judge’s demeaning email epithets weren’t protected by First Amendment, says top state court

A former Colorado appeals court judge wasn’t protected by the First Amendment when she used inappropriate racial epithets and revealed case information in emails to her former lover, the Colorado…

Some workplace humor can backfire for women, study finds

Women who use humor in some work-related situations may be perceived as disruptive or distracting, according to a study by researchers at the University of Arizona and University of Colorado…

Ban on baring of female breasts is likely unconstitutional, 10th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled a female-only topless ban in Fort Collins, Colorado, likely violates the equal protection clause.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Denver ruled…

Judge resigns after demeaning email reference to colleague leads to removal recommendation

A Colorado appeals court judge has submitted her resignation after a man claiming to be her former lover disclosed her emails with demeaning references.

Judge Laurie Booras announced her Jan.…

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