Compiled by Ali McNally, Matt Masich and Don Knox, LAW WEEK COLORADO
THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS: Today is the first day of the two-day Colorado bar examination.
FAMILY LAW PRACTICE needs to change, and Alec Baldwin is bringing in the “brass balls.” He won’t yell profanities and fire everyone for not closing sales, but the star of hit TV series 30 Rock (and for film buffs, the orator of the famous corporate spanking in Glengarry Glen Ross) on Aug. 11 in Denver will give Colorado’s family law attorneys his two cents on his own experience on the domestic relations docket at the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section’s 2011 Family Law Institute. Baldwin kicks off this year’s Family Law Institute, themed “Revolution,” a weekend of CLEs aimed at new approaches to substantive law issues and family law practices. The institute will be held Aug. 12–14 at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. SEE THIS WEEK’S PRINT EDITION FOR THE FULL STORY.
MEANWHILE, HERE ARE EXCERPTS OF LAW WEEK’S INTERVIEW WITH BALDWIN:
On his Denver appearance: “I think it can potentially be a very candid conversation. I think that all businesses are the same — when you’re inside of it, you become kind of inured to the drama. If you’re a heart surgeon and you’re cracking somebody open at 7 o’clock in the morning, to you it’s just like popping up the hood of a car. In my business, people think it’s glamorous, but to me it’s just like a car, popping its hood. It’s the same for divorce litigation professionals. People who are in this profession lose sight of the human dynamic, which is a shame.”
One of the biggest problems with family court: “Judges get bounced around in the courtroom; they move around so one minute you’re in juvenile court, the next you’re in something else. Judges should be trained specifically for family law, and they should have longer terms where they’re committed to that.”
On what can family law attorneys do to make the process less traumatizing: “Mediation outside the court is vital. In my book (“A Promise To Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood And Divorce”), I say you evaluate yourself and if you determine very quickly your ex-spouse is not mediation material, then you should litigate because it’s going to be quick. In the courtroom it’s dirty and it’s public. Nothing that even resembles justice ever walks into or walks out of a courtroom.”
WHAT TO DO: With the NFL lockout over, the Denver Broncos are now faced with the decision of what to do with cornerback Perrish Cox.
MOFO ATTORNEY is new Universal Music Group ethics chief.
THE COLORADO SUPREME COURT ON MONDAY refused to hear the case of a convicted double murderer who claimed he was a serial killer — a claim his defense attorneys called a sign of his mental illness.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION’S TAKE on the Rick Strandlof-as-fake-lawyer story.
COLORADO LOST JOBS OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, but apparently fewer than 30 other states.
CRAIG NASSI AND BEAUVALLON CORP., original owners of the beleaguered Beauvallon building, won a round in the Colorado Court of Appeals – where, last week, a three-judge panel reversed the findings of Denver District Court Judge Norm Haglund and tossed a verdict worth more than a million to Matrix Fitness.
YESTERDAY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS from the Colorado Supreme Court.
NEXT WEEK IS DEADLINE to apply to succeed Lael Montgomery on the Boulder District Court bench.
There’s also a district judgeship open in Alamosa for which applications also are up next week.
COMMUNITY LEGAL EVENTS CALENDAR is here.
THIS WEEK’S FEDERAL COURT CALENDARS available here.
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