Today is Jan. 2. Everyone is back to work, hopefully refreshed, and around town, everyone is finishing up their best-ofs and look-backs for 2019 and now looking ahead. We have a new law going into effect, new legislators and lots of law firms have new partners to read about below.
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IN LOCAL NEWS
The New Class
We’re just two days away from the start of the next legislative session. The incoming class of lawmakers includes the state’s first transgender legislator, a new high for Hispanic representation and, as of right now, a majority of women in the House.
Will Blue Wave be a Green One?
And as Democrats take power in the state government, one big question is how far they will go to change the status quo on energy and environmental issues.
Colorado’s Economic Growth
And as Gov. John Hickenlooper prepares to leave office, here’s a look back at the changes in Colorado’s economy during his tenure and how much of those changes should be credited to him.
Alcohol at the Grocery Stores
Now that it’s January, you can officially say goodbye to the weak beer served at grocery stores. As of yesterday, they are allowed to sell full-strength beer and some liquor.
This op-ed calls out the lowlights of 2018 for court access and judicial secrecy.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Harassment in the Federal Judiciary
Chief Justice John Roberts said in his year-end report that he hopes the federal judiciary will continue to make progress in stamping out sexual harassment among and against court employees, but he made no mention of how judges get punished for such behavior.
Slow and Steady?
A report on gender diversity within the new partner classes at top revenue-generating law firms found an uptick in diversity — 39 percent of new partners were women — but the numbers across the AmLaw 100 haven’t seen much change.
Border Meeting Could Mean Shutdown’s End
President Donald Trump is expected to meet with congressional leaders today to discuss a potential end to the government shutdown.
Wells Fargo Settles
Wells Fargo on Friday agreed to pay $575 million to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to settle civil charges related to the bank’s fake-accounts scandals. Colorado is getting more than $21 million from the pot.
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