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NEW CHIEF IN 2012: The U.S. District Court for Colorado will soon be seeking a new chief judge, reports the Pueblo Chieftan. Wiley Daniel, chief judge of the U.S. District Court, will switch from full-time to senior status on Jan 1. Daniel will be giving up one of the seven full-time judgeships authorized by Congress for the court. Senior judges are not required to work full time and they typically reduce the number of cases they handle. The search for Daniel’s replacement likely won’t kick off until after the November election, when Colorado’s U.S. Senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennett, will submit their recommendations for a replacement to the President. Judge Marcia Krieger is next in line to become chief judge on Jan. 1. The position has administrative responsibilities that the other judges don’t have.The replacement must be approved by the U.S. Senate. The recent nomination of R. Brooke Jackson to the Colorado federal bench marked the first time in over three years that the bench has been at full strength.

A BANKING SHUFFLE: JPMorgan Chase & Co. plans to open a new Chase bank in Boulder after recently acquiring the former Pueblo Bank & Trust branch off 30th and Pearl streets, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. Chase acquired the branch site at 2950 Pearl St. for $3 million from Pueblo Bank & Trust Co., according to Boulder County property records.

FANCY DIGS: Western Development Group released details for an eight-story office and luxury condominium project at Denver’s Cherry Creek North neighborhood Thursday, reports the Denver Business Journal. The standing-room-only crowd at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek listed to traffic studies on the half-block development dubbed 250 Columbine at Cherry Creek North. It would include about 2,720 square feet of ground-floor retail, a restaurant with outdoor patio taking a corner, 80 multifamily units and 60,000 square feet of high-end office space.

TIME FOR A LITTLE OVERSIGHT? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Feb. 16 proposed rules to supervise large debt collectors and credit reporting agencies, the first time that the billion-dollar industries would be subject to federal oversight, reports the National Law Journal. The proposed rule covers consumer debt collectors — including law firms — earning more than $10 million from the activity. That works out to about 175 companies — 4% of consumer debt collectors, but about 63% of annual receipts from the debt collection market, according to the CFPB. The agency reports that about 30 million Americans have debts under collection, with an average amount owed of $1,400.

NEW PARTNERS? Next week we’ll be working on the new partners issue. We’ll include information about any new partners in your Colorado offices, but only if you send us a press release. Here’s a list of firms we’ve heard from: Baker Hostetler, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Burg Simpson, Burns Figa, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Dorsey & Whitney, Faegre Baker Daniels, Foster Graham, Gibson Dunn, Greenberg Traurig, Gutterman Griffiths, Holland & Hart, Ireland Stapleton, Kendall Koenig & Oelsner, Kilpatrick Townsend, Kutak Rock, Lathrop & Gage, McKenna Long, Merchant & Gould, Messner & Reeves, Metier Law Firm, Morrison Foerster, Moye White, Otten Johnson, Patton Boggs, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, Sherman & Howard, Welborn Sullivan, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell. Not on the list? Send a press release to newsroom@lawweekcolorado.com.

NO MORE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FORT FUN: On Valentine’s Day the last remaining medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations were told to pack up and leave Fort Collins, reports the Denver Post. A last ditch legal effort to enjoin the closures failed earlier this month. The shops were closed after a November vote which prohibited the shops from doing business in the town.

NOT IN OUR BACKYARD: A pair of environmental groups filed suit this week in federal court against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over a land deal involving the Jefferson Parkway, adding to the opposition that has formed against the proposed 10-mile tollway that would connect Broomfield with Golden, reports the Boulder Daily Camera.The lawsuit, filed by Santa Fe, N.M.-based WildEarth Guardians and Denver-based Rocky Mountain Wild, comes on the heels of legal challenges against the agency from both Superior and Golden.

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