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

General Bar Admission Information

The U.S. District Court has been notified by the Colo. Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel that it has become aware of an email phishing scam that has reemerged in several states, including Colorado. Emails are being sent to lawyers purporting to notify them of disciplinary action.

The email may contain the subject line "Bar Complaint" or similar language. The email instructs the lawyer to click on a link or attachment. DO NOT CLICK ON ANYTHING WITHIN THE EMAIL. The links and/or attachments contain Ransomware. Delete the email immediately from both your inbox and your deleted folder.

The Colo. Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel ("OARC") does not notify attorneys of disciplinary complaints via email. If the OARC office has received a complaint about an attorney, the OARC staff will notify the attorney by telephone or U.S. mail. If you have any questions about an email purporting to be from the OARC office, please call  (303) 457-5800.

A similar set of phishing scams were reported over the summer. For further information about how to deal with suspicious hyperlinks inside emails, read "Links That Lie" from the Colo. Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel's most recent OARC Update.

[Please also be aware that the U.S. District Court's disciplinary bodies - the Disciplinary Panel and the Committee on Conduct -- similarly do not send emails to notify counsel of disciplinary issues. A written notice sent by certified mail initiates the disciplinary process.  See D.C.COLO.L.AttyR 7(d)(1).]

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 (“Application”). 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. There are no yearly dues or continuing legal education requirements, and an attorney’s membership is valid unless and until terminated by the Court. An attorney need not be a member of the Colorado bar or associated with local counsel to practice here.

All applications for admission to the Court's Bar must be submitted by completion of an electronic form, through the Court’s Attorney Services Portal on the Court’s website. Registration for the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) can be completed simultaneously, allowing for speedy access to the Court’s filing system for new and existing attorneys. A link to the Portal is provided below and requires creation of an individual online account for all attorneys. You may also submit an online application through the Attorney Services Portal, by visiting the Clerk’s Office in the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th St., Denver Colorado, 80294.  Completion of the form must be accompanied by a $216.00 fee, paid online from a bank account or by credit/debit card through, a service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

The online application form ensures the accuracy of attorney contact information and also allows attorneys to perform a variety of functions – they may register for the Electronic Case Filing System, change their contact information, and order certificates of good standing or duplicate bar admission certificates.  The Court will issue a downloadable Certificate of Admission after successful completion of the online application form and review by Court staff of the online admission form, and the applicant will receive an e-mail confirmation.


Attorney Services Portal -- for Online Admission Form, ECF Registration, Certificates of Good Standing, and Submitting Change of Contact Information

Attorney Information:

Application for Readmission / Reinstatement to the Bar (PDF)  
Law Student Appearance Form (PDF)  
Plan for the Administration of Locally Held Attorney Admission Funds


Attorney Status

Attorney Change of Contact Information Form (Please visit Attorney Services Portal)

Courtroom Technology Manual for Attorneys