LAW WEEK COLORADO
DENVER — While in court Friday for trial in his TABOR lawsuit against the state, anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce was served with a Colorado Supreme Court order to show cause why he shouldn’t be enjoined from practicing law without a license.
Bruce was notoriously difficult to serve in an administrative case last year, in which it took the attorney general’s office two months and more than 30 attempts to serve him with a subpoena. The state Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel was prepared for similar difficulty, but it was able to personally serve him with the show-cause order on its first attempt. Two female process servers handed Bruce the papers in the courtroom of Denver District Judge Ann Frick just minutes before the start of the unrelated civil trial.
The unauthorized practice of the law case stems from a series of lawsuits last year in Colorado Springs, in which Bruce was alleged to have represented other people, even though he’s not licensed to practice in Colorado. He is still allowed to represent himself pro se.