Law Week Colorado is all-digital, but you can still read the weekly newspaper. We’re updating our site every Monday with a weekly dispatch of news from the past week. In this issue, we give the rundown of the top Big Deals from Q1 2021, Colorado’s U.S. senators gave President Joe Biden a list of potential federal judge nominees and the Colorado Supreme Court gave a ruling in a significant TABOR case. Read these stories in this week’s issue.
IN LOCAL NEWS
Prairie Chicken Protections
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to add the lesser prairie chicken to the list of threatened and endangered species, setting up yet another fight between conservationists and the oil and gas industry over land in Colorado.
Youthful Offenders Hit Hard in Pandemic
The pandemic has made life more isolating for Colorado’s youthful offenders, who saw family and attorney visits cut off over the past year.
Startup Seeks ‘Responsibly Sourced’ Energy
A Colorado startup is looking to create a certification that could do for the oil and gas industry what the “organic” label did for the food industry. But some are skeptical about what the certification actually means.
Colorado Supreme Court Delivers Insurance Opinion
The Colorado Supreme Court last week ruled on an insurance case where an insured person had entered an agreement to assign its bad-faith claims to a third party.
Increase in ICE Detention
The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network is looking for volunteers to help with the growing number of credible fear proceedings for asylum seekers.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Hospital Workers Sue Over Vaccine Mandate
Staffers at a Houston hospital filed a lawsuit seeking to avoid the hospital’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, saying it’s unlawful for bosses to require the shots. (Washington Post)
Johnson & Johnson Seeks to Overturn Talc Verdict
Johnson & Johnson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a $2 billion verdict in favor of women who claim they developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc products.
Diversity in the Law
The number of Black partners in the law only slightly increased last year, and 16 BigLaw firms have no Black partners in their ranks.
Attorney Scales Everest
A retired attorney from Chicago became the oldest American to summit Mount Everest. Arthur Muir is 75.
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