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.

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Court News

Proposed Local Rule Revisions

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado announces proposed amendments to its local rules and invites public comment. The proposed amendments can be found by visiting the local rules page on the U.S. District Court website, under the "Local Rules of Practice Open for Comment" column HERE. All comments must be submitted no later than Friday, October 8, 2021. Please e-mail comments to LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov, or mail them to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Attn: Legal Officer, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294. Please identify the specific local rule to which your comment(s) relate.

Thank you in advance for your input.

 

The District of Colorado Welcomes United States District Judge Regina M. Rodriguez

United States District Judge Regina M. Rodriguez was sworn into office on the afternoon of July 1, 2021 by Chief Judge Philip A. Brimmer.  A formal investiture ceremony will be planned for a later date.  Judge Rodriguez's chambers are located in A-738 of the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse and she is assigned to courtroom A-702.  Chamber's telephone number is: 303-335-2170.   Cases assigned to Judge Rodriguez will be identified on the docket by her initials RMR.

 

 

Order Appointing Magistrate Judge Selection Panel

In accordance with Volume 3, Chap. 4, § 420 of the Judicial Conference Regulations governing the Selection, Appointment, and Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judges, the Court has appointed a Merit Selection Panel to consider whether Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty should be reappointed. A copy of the appointment order is available HERE.

 

New Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado

Pursuant to 28 USC 154(b), the judges of the U.S. District Court have designated U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kimberley H. Tyson as the next Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. Judge Tyson's seven-year term as Chief Judge will begin on July 1, 2021. The U.S District Court congratulates Judge Tyson and thanks outgoing Chief Judge Michael E. Romero for his service to the District over the past seven years.

 

Clerk's Office Front Counter Open

Beginning June 8, 2021 the Clerk's Office Intake Counter will reopen to public entry. The drop box established inside the front entry of the Arraj Courthouse during the COVID-19 will be discontinued immediately. The Clerk's Office will continue to accept filings from unrepresented parties via email in compliance with procedures published by the Clerk of Court. Available HERE.

 

Notice – U.S. District Court Civil Pro Bono Panel 2019-2020 Annual Report

Under D.C.COLO.LAttyR 15 - Civil Pro Bono Representation, the Standing Committee on Pro Se Litigation is responsible for implementing the Civil Pro Bono Panel Program and for reporting annually to the court on the status of the program. The 2019-2020 Annual Report of the Civil Pro Bono Panel is now available HERE for the court's, the bar's, and the public's review. Please also visit the Civil Pro Bono Panel page for more information about the Program.

 

General Order 2021-1: FILING OF HIGHLY SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS

In response to recent disclosures of widespread breaches of both private sector and government computer systems, federal courts are adding new security procedures to protect highly sensitive documents filed with the courts. General Order 2021-1 outlines the procedures this Court has adopted for the filing of certain highly sensitive documents. The full text of General Order 2021-1 is available here.

 

Notice – Federal Rule Changes in Effect

Under the Rules Enabling Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071-75, the following changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence, took effect December 1, 2020:
-Civil Rule 30;
-Evidence Rule 404;
-Appellate Rules 35 and 40; and
-Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 2004, 8012, 8013, 8015, and 8021.

For more details, see the official submissions to Congress by the Chief Justice of all the rule amendments, available HERE.

Additionally, please be aware that there are no District of Colorado local rule revisions in effect.

 

Upcoming Events

Faculty of Federal Advocates presents:

"Bench & Bar Diversity Initiatives: Law Student Internships"- U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix; Associate Dean Alexi Freeman, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
When: Thursday, September 23, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:15 p.m.
Where: WEBINAR
2 general/1.5 EDI CLE credits approved.

How small firm practitioners and law firms can support increasing diversity across the federal bar through paid and unpaid internships, externships and clerkships.
To register, visit the Faculty of Federal Advocates website here.

 

Faculty of Federal Advocates presents:

"Economic Justice & Intimate Partner Violence: POWER Act"- U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher (Intro); Jennifer Eyl, Esq., Executive Director, Project Safeguard; Prof. Tamara Kuennen, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Pamela Maass, Esq., Law Mother, LLC
When:
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:15 p.m.
Where:
WEBINAR - THIS CLE IS BEING PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
2 general CLE credits approved.

The recovery of property and money are critical components of safety and liberty for people experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). This course outlines the nuts and bolts of litigating replevin in county court. In addition to providing instruction on both replevin and safety planning, the course is designed to inspire collaboration between Faculty of Federal Advocate attorneys, law students at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and legal advocates and attorneys at Project Safeguard. This program is presented as part of the goal of the POWER Act of 2018.  The POWER Act is the acronym for "Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018" (P. L. 115-237) that Congress passed on September 4, 2018.

To register, visit the Faculty of Federal Advocates website here.

 

Faculty of Federal Advocates presents:

"Truth or Consequences: Concerning Trends in the Practice of Law Before the U.S. Magistrate Judges"- U.S. Magistrate Judges, District of Colorado
When: Thursday, October 07, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:15 p.m.
Where: IN-PERSON event, Arraj U.S. Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
2 general/1.5 ethics CLE credits approved.

The Magistrate Judges will address the standards of practice in the United States Court, including increasingly inappropriate conduct and substandard practices.
To register, visit the Faculty of Federal Advocates website here.

 

Faculty of Federal Advocates presents:

"Beating the Written Discovery Blues"- U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
When:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:15 p.m.
Where:
WEBINAR
2 general CLE credits approved.

There are ways to avoid wasting resources on written discovery that turns out to be useless and/or generates endless battles.

To register, visit the Faculty of Federal Advocates website here.

 

Faculty of Federal Advocates presents:

"FFA Virtual Reception Recognizing USDC Civil Pro Bono Panel and FFA Annual Meeting"
When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Where: 
VIRTUAL - This is a free event but you do need to register in advance.

Please join the FFA at a virtual reception recognizing 2021 participants in the Civil Pro Bono Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

To register, visit the Faculty of Federal Advocates website here.