October 22, 2015 – The Casebolt/Goldberg Group presented “Hot Topics in Sports Law” for the October presentation. The speaker was Jack Mills, former assistant athletic director at the University of Colorado, and practitioner of sports law for more than 30 years. Jack’s practice primarily emphasizes football, but he has also represented clients in hockey, basketball, baseball, golf, skiing, and wrestling. Jack teaches a course in Sports Law at the University of Colorado Law School. In 1993, the National Sports Law Institute presented Jack with the Joseph E. O’Neill award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of sports law, ethics, and integrity.
Jack presented a step-by-step analysis of the process and legalities of the “Deflategate” controversy between the NFL and the Players Association, then addressed other current legal issues in the sports world that members raised. From the beginning of Jack’s talk, members asked countless questions and the Inn engaged in a lively discussion on this topic which has never been presented before at the Doyle Inn.
For the April Meeting, Judge Gorsuch’s Group presented the program “THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S DUTY TO DEFEND THE LAW” featuring guest speaker former Colorado Attorney General, John Suthers.
Mr. Suthers, currently a candidate for Mayor of Colorado Springs, interacted with Inn Members during the cocktail hour and talked about the transition from being the Attorney General of Colorado to a candidate in a mayoral election.
During his speech, Mr. Suthers explained to the Inn members his view of the office of Attorney General and what he believed were consitutional and appropriate actions to take. He emphasized that as Attorney General, his role was not to take positions based on his personal views or public policy, but was duty bound to defend state laws regardless. This included, for example, his defending Colorado’s gun control laws despite the fact that members of his own party greatly opposed them. Mr. Suthers also guided the members through his reasoning for his actions during the controversy over gay marriage laws in Colorado. Mr. Suthers opposed attorneys general from utilizing what he has coined a “litigation veto,” which is failing to defend a state law because that A.G. believes the law to be unjust or bad policy. When challenged by Inn Members, Mr. Suthers also defended his decision to join the states’ lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.
“THE (LEGAL) FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE – IT’S JUST NOT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED.”
February 25, 2015 – Despite a sudden and severe snow storm, Judge Wheeler’s Group came through with a fascinating presentation, which explored how Colorado can help bring together academia, the bench/bar, and clients to help law evolve in a time of rapid technological change. The Inn had a surprisingly good turnout considering the inclement weather conditions.
The world is changing and fast; can law adjust and evolve to keep up with it? Our guest speaker was Paul Lippe, who is the founder and CEO of the Legal OnRamp, www.legalonramp.com, spoke about this at the meeting. Legal OnRamp is a Silicon Valley-based initiative founded in cooperation with Cisco Systems to improve legal quality and efficiency through collaboration, automation and process re-engineering. Lippe formerly was an executive at the electronic design automation company Synopsys and later was CEO of Stanford SKOLAR, a medical digital library and e-learning company sponsored by Stanford Medical School. OnRamp Systems Inc., offers products and services to businesses to help their legal departments deliver results more efficiently with higher quality and lower cost. OnRamp Systems Inc. sponsors and hosts Legal OnRamp.
Mr. Lippe gave an overview of several concepts underpinning technological change and how it impacts industry and business practices. An analogy: while paper driving maps were necessary and used exclusively before, sociey has shifted to GPS and Google Maps, and the old maps are gone. With this revolutionary shift in mind, Paul asks “what if we had a Google Maps for law?” Navigating the intricacies of a complex legal undertaking is very complex. And though traditional legal project management methodologies offer some guidance, Paul aruges that the “map” they provide is quite analogous to the old Rand McNallys: “flat, broad, basic, and though helpful, only so in a rudimentary way.” Many issues were presented and discussed relating to how and if the law can adjust in the face of inevitable societal and technological change.
I would like to invite you to the fourth in a series of informal trainings focusing on basic practical skills in civil litigation sponsored by the Doyle Inn. We are applying for 2 CLE’s for each of our sessions. There is no charge for attendees.
This session will focus on the successful preparation of witnesses to testify at deposition and trial in civil cases. It is entitled “So You Are Going to Be Witness –Now What?”
It will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the downtown office of Holland & Hart LLP, 555 17th Street, Suite 3200 Denver, CO 80202.
Materials will be distributed ahead of time so participants will have examples for future use. I hope this will be an interactive process with participants feeling free to ask questions and contribute experiences. We also invite experienced practitioners to share experiences as well as sample pleadings and outlines.
Please let me know if any of your Inn members, young lawyers or law clerks may be interested in attending. Also please have them RSVP to email@example.com. I hope these talks will help further the Inns’ purpose of educating and mentoring young lawyers.
January 29, 2015 – Doyle Inn members were summoned for jury duty for the January 2015 Meeting. Judge Ann B. Frick’s group presented a jury trial in a sexual harrasment/hostile environment case, complete with testimony and witness examinations. Groups at the tables then engaged in spirited deliberations while trying to reach verdicts based on the instructions and verdict forms provided.
The Inn’s special guest was Lisa L. DeCaro. Lisa and her partner Leonard Matheo are the founders of Courtroom Performance, Inc., a trial consulting firm dedicated to improving oral advocacy, and authors of the book, The Lawyer’s Winning Edge: Exceptional Courtroom Performance http://goo.gl/JOo06P. Lisa and Courtroom Performance have helped thousands of attorneys and their witnesses prepare for deposition and trial, and provides jury consulting to attorneys across the country.
Lisa led the night’s very interesting discussion before and after the trial and deliberations. She then explained the mechanics of jury deliberations to the members, and shed light on what the research demonstrates about jury dynamics and how juries reach their conclusions.