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Legal Lasso: It’s A Day Of Finalists

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THE BAD PRESS JUST KEEPS COMING for former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan.  An undercover surveillance video shows former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan Jr. delivering methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia to two men at an Aurora home on the day he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies, reports the Denver Post.The video capturing Sullivan’s activity was released to the public Wednesday, a day after he pleaded guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine and soliciting for prostitution. The video was taken Nov. 29, when Sullivan showed up at a home where two men, confidential police informants, were waiting for him to deliver drugs in exchange for sex.

CTLA NAMES ITS CASE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS: The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association has named the finalists for its annual “Case of the Year” award, which will be handed out on Thursday, May 3 at its annual spring dinner. The 2011 Case of the Year finalists are Baby Abigael v. “K,” a California HMO, David Woodruff of Hillyard Wahlberg Kudla Sloane & Woodruff; Nunn v. Mid-Century, Lefferts Mabie of the Law Firm of Lefferts Mabie; Thomas Neville and Murray Ogborn of Ogborn Summerlin & Ogborn; and Bradley Levin and Michael Rosenberg of Roberts Levin Rosenberg; and Radil v. National Union Fire Insurance Co., Bradley A. Levin, Daniel W. Patterson, Thomas L. Roberts, Michael J. Rosenberg, Jeremy A. Sitcoff and Zachary C. Warzel of Roberts Levin Rosenberg. This year’s awards dinner will feature keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Kennedy, a professor of environmental law at Pace University School of Law, was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate, lead the fight to restore the Hudson River.

IN JUDICIAL NEWS: The two finalists for the 10th Judicial District (Pueblo) are William Alexander and Kimberly Karn. Alexander currently serves as the presiding municipal judge for the City of Pueblo.  He has served as a magistrate in the 10th Judicial District Court since 1994.  Prior to becoming a Magistrate Judge, he was a Deputy Public Defender (1991-1994). Karn currently works at the State Public Defender’s Office where she has been employed since 2003.  In that role, she handles criminal defense matters.  From 1996-2003, Karn worked in private practice where she gained experience working in criminal, civil, and domestic law, as well as serving as a guardian ad litem. Gov. Hickenlooper has 14 days from today to name the new judge.

DAVITA CONTINUES EXPANDING: The company has made another move into an overseas market, announcing today it has acquired a controlling interest in Lehbi Care, a kidney care company in Saudi Arabia, reports the Denver Business Journal. Lehbi operates three clinics with 400 patients in Riyadh, the Saudi capital and largest city, and DaVita said it plans to expand home dialysis options and build a vascular access center in the area.

IN OTHER BUSINESS NEWS: A good word from Intuit, which says small business grew by 0.6% in the last month.

CRIME ISN’T FUNNY, but we couldn’t help laughing when we saw that U.S. Attorney John Walsh played a part in convicting John Walshe of tax evasion and theft charges. Walshe, 66, was sentenced yesterday  by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger to serve 46 months in federal prison for failure to pay taxes and theft from an employee benefit plan.

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OOPS! BAYLOR SCHOOL OF LAW MISSTEP means current students have a very clear picture of next year’s incoming class, including their LSAT scores and amount of scholarships awarded.

HOLLAND & HART CRAFTING STRATEGY: Colorado entertainment provider New Frontier Media Inc. announced that a special committee of its board has retained Avondale Partners LLE “to examine and consider” a broad range of strategic alternatives. The committee is being advised legally by Alston & Bird LLP. New Frontier Media is being advised by Denver-based law firm Holland & Hart LLP. Alan L. Isaacman, special committee chairman, said in a statement, “Our board of directors remains very enthusiastic about New Frontier Media’s future prospects and has made no decision to sell the company.”

GOOD FOR YOU: Stanton Rosenbaum, of former law firm Isaacson Rosenbaum, will receive the Mountain State Anti-Defamation League’s 2012 Torch of Liberty Award.

FAEGRE ADDS LATERAL: Blair Lockwood, who had been with the firm previously, returned to Faegre from Husch Blackwell.


THE BAD NEWS FOR DEWEY & LEBOEUF CONTINUES: News of partners fleeing have popped up on our radar so frequently, we feel like we should share.

AT LEAST HE TRIED: When Fort Collins College student Ted Nischan tried to pay a $160 speeding ticket with the contents of his change bucket, he was refused, reports 9News. Nischan, 25, tried to use his coins – which a bank counted for him – to pay the speeding ticket. But municipal court workers refused to take the coins. They said it would take them too long to count them and said he needed to figure out a different way to pay.


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