Crime

It is restorative justice in action, "for teens by teens." In 1994, Colorado Springs Teen Court was founded "to interrupt the cycle of juvenile crime" and the impact has been major, board chair Bill Walsh, CSPD school resource officer, told the almost 500 supporters at the group's annual fundraising luncheon.More than 8,000 first-time juvenile offenders have completed the program, with just 7 percent reoffending. The dollar figures are $58,000 annually to incarcerate a youth, but, Walsh pointed out, it's $683 to go through Teen Court.Syncere Hinton's experience with Teen Court changed her life after she was caught shoplifting. Kids often consider shoplifting a victimless crime, the adults had pointed out.

At twelve years old Catherine Hammond’s mother came to her with an article about Alzheimer’s Disease and said, “I think I have this.”  Ten years later, Hammond was forced to put her mother in an assisted living facility because of the effects of the disease.   Through her heartache, Hammond was pushed at just 22 years old to contend with resolving legal and financial aspects of her mom’s estate through the court system. By obtaining a law degree and devoting her practice to estate planning, Hammond determined to help other families avoid the turmoil of a complicated and expensive legal process.   Believe it or not, nearly everyone has an estate.

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Websites and apps offer information on virtually every topic to anyone with access to a computer, tablet, or smart phone. When it comes to legal matters, that information is not always accurate. William “Bill” Moller of The Moller Law Group, LLC, has seen firsthand how easy access to bad information can lead to bad outcomes for people seeking legal advice. “We live in the information age, and unfortunately many people tend to believe that if they read something on the internet it's got to be true,” said Moller, who has seen many clients get shortchanged due to misinformation, including a woman who did not get a lawyer during her divorce. “She got a horrible outcome,” he said, “and realized

For generations, law firms have been known for promoting office environments centered on productivity. In fact, many consider it the ambition of most law firms to emphasize billings, originations and results, seldom highlighting customer service.   However, at McDivitt Law Firm, the team uses a client-centric focus, in every aspect of the organization. Because of its commitment to providing the highest quality legal services, McDivitt Law Firm fosters an atmosphere that is positive, caring and constructive. “From the start, we have worked to put the client first. And the only way to achieve that is to ensure that we have an incredible team in place,” said attorney Mike McDivitt, who asked other people in

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Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote in 1961 of “the basic notion that the terrible engine of the criminal law is not to be used to overreach individuals who stand helpless against it.”  Nothing could better define the mission of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., where the firm’s lead attorney, Timothy R. Bussey, enters his twenty-fifth year of practice.  In a thousand ways, year after year, well-meaning prosecutors, legislators, law enforcement officers, technicians and psychologists literally conspire to fuel and quicken this engine of the criminal law.  Well-meaning or not, these people create a severe peril for those they attack.

If anyone knows a thing or two about successful relationships, it’s attorney Pat Marrison. After 46 years in a strong marriage and raising three children and two stepchildren, the family law attorney brings decades of experience and sincere empathy for each of her clients to the table. “I know what it’s like, the pain and the joy that families walk through,” she said. “People who come to me are at some of the lowest points of their lives; I see my role as trying to better the lives of people who are unhappy in their relationships, so they can move on and become productive citizens again.” Marrison Family Law is the largest local firm in Colorado Springs devoted exclusively to family law.

So what happens when a Colorado municipality passes a law (usually called an ordinance) in possible conflict with a law created by the state Legislature? The answer is - legal chaos. The Colorado Constitution grants to municipalities (such as Colorado Springs) adopting a "home rule" charter the right to govern their own affairs. Specifically, Section 6 of Article XX of the state constitution says that laws created by a home rule municipality "shall supersede within the territorial limits of said city or town any law of the state in conflict therewith." But that's not really how it works.

Legal updates from around the state

Construction and government contract law are constantly changing fields, and companies cannot rely on the same principles and practices without becoming susceptible to liability, lawsuits, and unwanted government involvement.  Staying well-informed of changes in construction and government contract law and adapting business methods to conform to new requirements are essential to continued success. Sherman and Howard’s Construction Industry Practice Group invites members of the Colorado Springs construction and government contract industries to their Annual Colorado Springs Construction Law Seminar on October 21, 2015.

It is a long drive, approximately five hours, following the mountains south, through Colorado Springs, and beyond the reaches of the sprawling Front Range suburbs. Blake Busse (’15), a third-year student at the University of Colorado Law School, has taken the 200-mile trek countless times. Busse and approximately 25 other law students made the trip to the San Luis Valley for the first time in April 2013 as part of the newly formed Colorado Acequia Assistance Project. “I remember receiving an email about the project from Professor Krakoff in January after my first semester and I knew it was for me,” Busse said. “I was interested in water rights and this was an area of my home state that I didn’t know much about.

So, you say you know a lawyer? And you joke that he is rich, lives in a large house, charges $400 an hour, cares only about his 401(k), and makes his living off of the misery of others? Well, lawyers – just like the public in general, even ask themselves if it is enough to be a “zealous advocate” for a client, or if being admitted to the profession carries with it the need to fight for what is right, without regard to the consequences.

The way clients access legal services is changing. In today’s world, there is a range of opportunities for professionals with legal training short of a JD to take on important responsibilities, from serving as patent agents or contract managers to working as compliance officers. Many large companies increasingly direct legal work to these professionals. Recognizing this emerging state of affairs, and seeking to train a new generation of professionals, the University of Colorado Law School is launching a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program this fall. “The demand for people with legal backgrounds is strong, but shifting,” said Colorado Law Professor Erik Gerding, director of the new program.

Learning the law can be an empowering and fulfilling exercise, and for some, obtaining a Juris Doctor (JD) is the answer. But for non-lawyers who wish to learn the law without practicing it, or who want to augment their current knowledge with legal skills such as analytical thinking, research and writing skills, a Master in Legal Studies may be the perfect fit. This past fall, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law launched its new Master of Legal Studies Program (MLS), designed for graduate students and professionals whose careers would be enriched by the study of law, the legal system and legal reasoning.