The United States District Court
District of Colorado

Hon. Philip A. Brimmer, Chief Judge
Jeffrey P. Colwell Esq., Clerk of Court

Our mission is to serve the public by providing a fair and impartial forum that ensures equal access to justice in accordance with the rule of law, protects rights and liberties of all persons, and resolves cases in a timely and efficient manner.

General Attorney Information

Attorneys seeking to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado must become members of the bar by completing an Application for Admission to the Bar of the Court (see below). The Court does not accept pro hac vice applications. Eligibility is limited to persons licensed by the highest court of a state, federal territory or the District of Columbia, who are on active status, and in good standing in all courts and jurisdictions where admitted. See local rule LAttyR 3 for complete details. There are no continuing legal education requirements in the District of Colorado - other than what is required in your active licensing jurisdiction - but a biennial fee of $50 is assessed in the autumn every two years, and the failure to pay will result in administrative removal from the attorney roll. See PRESS RELEASE, August 16, 2018An attorney need not be a member of the Colorado bar or associated with local counsel to practice in the District of Colorado - though check the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local rules for its own policies that may differ from the District Court's.  

PLEASE NOTE -- THERE IS NO PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO – FULL ADMISSION TO THE DISTRICT COURT BAR IS REQUIRED.  SEE BELOW.

Admission to the Bar of U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 

Applications for admission to the Court’s Bar are submitted through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, after following the instructions provided on the Attorney Admissions Information page on this website and completing the required forms.  The combined District of Colorado Attorney Admissions Information page and online PACER application will also permit you to register for the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system.  Begin the admissions process by following the instructions on the Attorney Admissions Information page here:  http://www.cod.uscourts.gov/AttorneyInformation/AttorneyAdmissionInformation.aspx .

 

Administrative Removal

If you have been administratively removed from our Bar [to check your status, visit the Attorney Status page] and wish to reapply for admission, please review these detailed instructions:  New Attorney Admission Request Instructions on the Attorney Admissions Information page.  You will be completing a new attorney online bar application form because you are no longer considered an admitted attorney with the U.S. District Court.
 
For further details concerning our Bar’s admission process - including Federal Agency Attorney and other technical categories of bar admissions- visit our Attorney Admissions Information page. 

Other Attorney Information:

Application for Readmission / Reinstatement to the Bar
For Suspended, Disbarred, or Otherwise Disciplined Attorneys  (*Not for attorneys administratively removed from the Attorney Roll for nonpayment of biennial fees. Instead, see instructions on the Attorney Admissions Information page or contact cod_attorneyservices@cod.uscourts.gov). For more information on the U.S. District Court's Attorney Discipline rules and decisions, visit the Attorney Discipline page.
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Law Student Appearance Form
Students who are participating in an accredited law school program may request permission to practice before the Court.  Interested parties should complete the attached Law Student Appearance form, obtaining all necessary signatures and submitting in the case where the students will appear; the presiding or referral magistrate judge will complete the form with their signature.  Once entered by the Court, the law student may appear.
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Plan for the Administration of Locally Held Attorney Admission Funds
In April of 2014, the Court established a plan to govern the management and expenditure of attorney admission funds maintained locally. These funds are considered non-appropriated and are held in trust by the Court.
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Change of Contact Information Instructions
Beginning August 2, 2021, you will need to submit all changes of contact information through your PACER account. The court will no longer accept contact change requests by phone, e-mail, or via a filing of a Notice of Change of Contact Information in an active case. You still need to inform the court and other attorneys or litigants of the contact change by filing a Notice of Change of Contact Information in any active case you are attorney of record, pursuant to local rule D.C.COLO.LAttyR 5(c). Filing your contact change through PACER HERE is the only method to ensure your change in contact information applies to all CM/ECF NextGen courts, and more importantly, ensures your PACER account is updated with your new information.
PACER  
Attorney Status
Users of this locally-created service can enter an attorney's first, last, or portions of an attorney's name to determine law firm/organization mailing address, phone number, the attorney's current bar status - including Administrative Removal - and date of admission.
Attorney Status Page  
Courtroom Technology Manual for Attorneys
The Arraj and Rogers Courthouses are well-equipped with electronic evidence presentation systems. Attorneys who will require use of this equipment should familiarize themselves in advance of the scheduled hearing by reviewing our Courtroom Technology Manual and arranging an appointment with the courtroom deputy clerk assigned to the judicial officer presiding over the hearing.
Courtroom Technology Manual  
Attorney Lounge
The Attorney Lounge is located on the first floor of the Arraj Courthouse inside the Jury Assembly Room. The lounge offers workspace, internet access, and standalone printers. It is available to any attorney that practices in the district. The lounge is not accessible when the jury assembly room is being used to assemble jurors (normally on Monday mornings). Attorneys can access the secure lounge by stopping by the Clerk’s Office and requesting the door code.

The Attorney Lounge is available on a first come, first serve basis and is not eligible for reservation.
Attorney Lounge Page  
Attorney Oath of Admission or Ceremony
There is no attorney oath of admission or a formal swearing-in ceremony. Completion of the paper and online bar application, which includes a sworn declaration under 28 U.S.C. sec. 1746 that all the above is true and correct, precludes the need for a formal oath of admission or ceremony.

Regarding other federal courts’ requirement that District of Colorado attorneys undergo a swearing-in procedure in this court, in order to be admitted on a pro hac vice or other basis in the other federal court, please visit the Swearing-In for Admission in Other Federal Courts page on this court's website for the procedures required in this court.
Swearing-In for Admission in Other Federal Courts