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Legal Lasso: It’s One Busy Day At The Capitol, The 10th Circuit And The Larimer County Crime Lab

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LARIMER COUNTY CRIME LAB DESERVES PROPS: The lab, which opened just five years ago, has been able to connect 111 suspects to property crimes, reports the Coloradoan.  Before the Northern Colorado Regional Crime lab was created that evidence would be put in a months-long queue behind higher-profile homicide and sex-assault cases, along with others across the state. All of this means the Larimer County District Attorney’s office has been busy prosecuting. Good job to both!

10TH CIRCUIT IS BUSY: Today the federal appeals court is considering the Obama administration’s decision to cancel Bush-era oil and gas leases near national parks in Utah, reports the Associated Press. The case before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday involves leases near Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Dinosaur National Monument that were auctioned off in the final month of the President George W. Bush’s administration. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar later canceled the leases and energy companies challenged his decision in court.

ASPEN CITY ATTORNEY RETIRING: After 21 years in service to his community John Worcester is stepping down. Plans are already in place to name Special Counsel Jim True in his place.

ONE BUSY GUY: One week T. Marcus Funk, a partner at Perkins Coie, is debating changes to the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, the next he’s doing interviews on the new book he co-authored about child exploitation. Sounds like somebody needs a vacation.

HEADED TO FLORIDA IN AUGUST: The now complete Colorado Convention Committee for the Republican National Convention. Chair Melissa Kuipers, of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, is joined by Maria Garcia Berry, chief executive officer of CRL Associates; Loren Furman, senior vice president for State and Federal Government Relations, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry; and Marsha Ferm, chief executive officer of Marsha Ferm Consulting.

RUMOR HAS  IT that the much loved and much sought after Trader Joe’s will start work on opening a store in Boulder at some point this year, reports the Boulder Daily Camera. The news comes after the grocery chain filed paperwork with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

GOOD FOR YOU: Perkins Coie is the only law firm with a Denver office that made the list of 100 Best Companies to work for, though three other law firms were included on the list. Check out the other companies that made the list here.

ALSO GOOD FOR YOU: Phillip Seckman was named as partner with McKenna Long & Aldridge.

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BUSY DAY AT THE CAPITOL where the first of many education bills will reach committee. House Bill 1067 would limit contributions to school board candidates to $500 from individuals and $5,000 from small donor committees, reports Education News Colorado.

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