Legal Connection Updates http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38847 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/-Gqgr4aB_OY/ Practice Management duty of candor ethics law practice management professional responsibility Prison for Breach of Duties of Candor?! The legal world is complicated. Our law practices vary greatly, as do our personalities and political interests. But many lawyers can agree on one goal — avoid prison. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:33:01 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/prison-for-breach-of-duties-of-candor/#respond Karen A. Hammer, Esq., LL.M. <div class="pf-content"><h3><em><strong><a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/02/proactively-manage-financial-risks-ethics-violations/hammer_head_300dpi/" rel="attachment wp-att-38528"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-38528" src="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Hammer_head_300dpi-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Hammer_head_300dpi-300x225.jpg 300w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Hammer_head_300dpi-150x113.jpg 150w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Hammer_head_300dpi-768x576.jpg 768w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Hammer_head_300dpi-1024x768.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>By Karen A. Hammer, Esq., LL.M.<br /> </strong></em><span class="CharAttribute3">Hammer-Law</span><a title="" href="applewebdata://F959A30C-FC7A-4A91-9642-68F92DDAAB98#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1">[1]</a></h3> <p>The legal world is complicated. Our law practices vary greatly, as do our personalities and political interests.</p> <p>But many lawyers can agree on one goal — avoid prison.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Alex Van Der Zwaan Gets Thirty Days</strong></span></p> <p>Dutch solicitor Alex R. van der Zwaan (English Solicitors Regulation Authority I.D. 433369) is the first person sentenced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation, receiving thirty days of incarceration. To be clear, Mr. van der Zwaan has not, at least as far as has been publicly disclosed, been disciplined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority that controls his license. <em>See</em> <a href="http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/person/7115/alex-rolf-van-der-zwaan">http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/person/7115/alex-rolf-van-der-zwaan</a>.</p> <p>The sentencing memorandum from the United States case brought against Mr. van der Zwaan (<em>United States v. van der Zwaan</em>, 1:18-cr-00031-ABJ (D. D.C. 2018)) is an interesting and quick read. If you’re curious, look here: <a href="https://bit.ly/2Hb5lQk">https://bit.ly/2Hb5lQk</a>. (Mr. van der Zwaan’s proposed Sentencing Memorandum can be found here: <a href="https://bit.ly/2q4recI">https://bit.ly/2q4recI</a>.)</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Aggravating and Mitigating Factors</strong></span></p> <p>The prosecution uses language that is similar to that used in disciplinary sanction proceedings, referring to “aggravating” and “mitigating” factors. If you’re not yet familiar with the factors that are used to determine the proper levels of discipline for lawyers’ violations of rules of professional conduct, you may be interested in the ABA Standards for Imposing Sanctions (<a href="https://bit.ly/2jCsuTR">https://bit.ly/2jCsuTR</a>). These Standards describe aggravating and mitigating factors.</p> <p>One interesting “aggravating” factor in Mr. van der Zwaan’s sentence to a 30-day term was that the “professional bar rightly expected candor” from him. Sentencing Memo at 5. This is a reminder of a frequently overlooked part of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that allows these Rules to be used as standards that can be applied outside of the context of attorney discipline. <em>See, e.g</em>., Colo. RPC Scope [20] (“a lawyer&#8217;s violation of a Rule may be evidence of breach of the applicable standard of conduct”), <em>available at</em> <a href="http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/Opinions-Rules-Statutes/Rules-of-Professional-Conduct/Preamble-and-Scope">http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/Opinions-Rules-Statutes/Rules-of-Professional-Conduct/Preamble-and-Scope</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>But Still, Prison for the Duty of Candor?</strong></span></p> <p>Some might ask how Special Counsel Mueller could reasonably expect Mr. van der Zwaan to have a duty of candor during the investigation that was being conducted. The formal charge made against Mr. van der Zwaan was a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2) — making a false statement in an investigation within the jurisdiction of the executive branch. <em>Van der Zwaan Doc. 1</em> (Feb. 16, 2018) at 1.</p> <p>Section 1001 explicitly excludes parties and their counsel from criminal prosecution thereunder. 18 U.S.C. § 1001(b). He was a solicitor in the London office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &amp; Flom, LLP. So, how did Mr. van der Zwaan get charged with a violation of § 1001?</p> <p>Mr. van der Zwaan was neither a party nor counsel to a party when he made his false statements to the Special Counsel’s Office. Mr. van der Zwaan’s false statements resulted in his becoming a party to a criminal case. <em>See</em> <a href="https://bit.ly/2JjYDrT">https://bit.ly/2JjYDrT</a>. He admitted that he received warning that “intentional false statements” by him during the investigation could lead to criminal charges. <em>Van der Zwaan Doc. 9</em>, ¶ 3 at 2, <a href="https://bit.ly/2GCETxM">https://bit.ly/2GCETxM</a>.</p> <p>To be clear, the Sentencing Memorandum did not refer to any of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which may not (or may) apply to Mr. van der Zwaan absent other facts not referred to here. Mr. van der Zwaan is licensed to practice in England, and the Sentencing Memorandum does not directly state whether the England’s Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct applies to false statements he made while being questioned in the District of Columbia by the Special Counsel’s Office.</p> <p>But this statement that the “bar” may expect “candor” from lawyers is an example of an important part of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that impose certain standards on lawyers even when they are not practicing law. <em>See, e.g</em>., Colo. RPC 8.4 (imposing a variety of standards, including the prohibition of dishonest conduct and of conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice), <em>available at</em> <a href="http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/Opinions-Rules-Statutes/Rules-of-Professional-Conduct/Rule-84-Misconduct">http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/Opinions-Rules-Statutes/Rules-of-Professional-Conduct/Rule-84-Misconduct</a>.</p> <p>If you haven’t reviewed Rule 8.4 in a while, Mr. van der Zwaan’s recent sentence of incarceration may pique your curiosity enough to take a look.  Our memory of the Rules and the fairly specific standards of conduct they impose on us as lawyers fades over time, yet our obligations do not.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Learn from Others</strong></span></p> <p>I’m a big believer in learning from the mistakes of others. Unfortunately for Mr. van der Zwaan, his misconduct provided the current lesson that inspired me to renew my own understanding of the duties of candor and how they apply in situations that some lawyers might not anticipate.</p> <p>Some lawyers incorrectly continue to believe that their only duties are to their clients.</p> <p>Be proactive — familiarize yourself with the rules and standards Mr. van der Zwaan has teed up for us all.</p> <hr align="left" size="1" width="100%" /> <div id="ftn1"> <p><a title="" href="applewebdata://F959A30C-FC7A-4A91-9642-68F92DDAAB98#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1">[1]</a> A version of this article was originally published in <em>Law Week Colorado</em> on April 9, 2018, primarily omitting citations and hyperlinks, <em>available at</em> <a href="http://lawweekcolorado.com/2018/04/prison-breach-duties-candor/">http://lawweekcolorado.com/2018/04/prison-breach-duties-candor/.</a></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/-Gqgr4aB_OY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/prison-for-breach-of-duties-of-candor/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/prison-for-breach-of-duties-of-candor/ 2018-04-24 13:33 +00:00 2018-04-24 07:33 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38851 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/rLR0JXQFeU8/ Case Law Colorado Governor Colorado Supreme Court election law Governor residence Colorado Supreme Court: Representative Lamborn was Not a Resident of Colorado when He Petitioned for Gubernatorial Ballot Position The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in <em>Kuhn v. Williams</em> on Monday, April 23, 2018. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:32:36 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-representative-lamborn-was-not-a-resident-of-colorado-when-he-petitioned-for-gubernatorial-ballot-position/#respond CBA-CLE Staff <div class="pf-content"><p>The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in <a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Court_Probation/Supreme_Court/Opinions/2018/18SA176.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Kuhn v. Williams</em></a> on Monday, April 23, 2018.</p> <blockquote><p><em>Election Law.</em></p> <p>In this expedited appeal under C.R.S. § 1-1-113(3), the supreme court addressed whether the Colorado Secretary of State (Secretary) could certify incumbent Representative Doug Lamborn to the 2018 Republican primary ballot for Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District. Relying solely on the Colorado Election Code, the court concluded he may not.</p> <p>The court held that although the Secretary properly relied on the circulator’s affidavit and information in the voter registration system in verifying the petition and issuing a statement of sufficiency, petitioners nonetheless had the statutory right to challenge the validity of the petition under C.R.S. §§ 1-4-909 and 1-1-113 before the Secretary certified Rep. Lamborn’s name to the ballot. Petitioners properly presented additional evidence to the district court in challenging the actual residence of the petition circulators.</p> <p>The court concluded that the district erred when it focused on the challenged circulator’s subjective intent to move back to Colorado, rather than the test set forth in C.R.S. § 1-2-102, when determining the challenged circulator’s residency. In applying the correct test to the essentially undisputed facts here, the court concluded that the challenged circulator was not a resident of Colorado when he served as a circulator for the Lamborn campaign. Accordingly, the court reversed the district court’s ruling to the contrary. Because the challenged circulator was statutorily ineligible to serve as a circulator, the signatures he collected are invalid and may not be considered. That caused the Lamborn campaign’s number of signatures to fall short of the 1,000 required to be on the Republican primary ballot.</p> <p>Therefore, the court held that the Secretary may not certify Rep. Lamborn to the 2018 primary ballot for Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District. The court did not address the Lamborn campaign’s arguments regarding the constitutionality of the circulator residency requirement in C.R.S. § 1-4-905(1) because the court lacks jurisdiction to address such claims in a proceeding under C.R.S. § 1-1-113.</p></blockquote> <p><em>Summary provided courtesy of </em><a href="http://www.cobar.org/-em-Colorado-Lawyer-em" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Colorado Lawyer</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/rLR0JXQFeU8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-representative-lamborn-was-not-a-resident-of-colorado-when-he-petitioned-for-gubernatorial-ballot-position/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-representative-lamborn-was-not-a-resident-of-colorado-when-he-petitioned-for-gubernatorial-ballot-position/ 2018-04-24 13:32 +00:00 2018-04-24 07:32 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38849 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/-DCk6orIldk/ Case Law Colorado Supreme Court TABOR tax law Colorado Supreme Court: Incidental or De Minimus Tax Revenue Increase Does Not Amount to “New Tax” for TABOR Purposes The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in <em>TABOR Foundation v. Regional Transportation District</em> on Monday, April 23, 2018. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:32:16 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-incidental-or-de-minimus-tax-revenue-increase-does-not-amount-to-new-tax-for-tabor-purposes/#respond CBA-CLE Staff <div class="pf-content"><p>The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in <a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Court_Probation/Supreme_Court/Opinions/2016/16SC639.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>TABOR Foundation v. Regional Transportation District</em></a> on Monday, April 23, 2018.</p> <blockquote><p>To simplify tax collection and ease administrative burdens, House Bill 13-1272 realigned the sales taxes for the Regional Transportation District and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District with the State’s sales tax. This involved removing some sales tax exemptions and adding others, resulting in a projected 0.6% net revenue increase for the Districts. The TABOR Foundation sued, arguing that H.B. 13-1272 violated theTaxpayer Bill of Rights, Colo. Const. art. X, § 20(4) (“TABOR”), by making this tax change without first obtaining voter approval.</p> <p>The supreme court held that legislation like H.B. 13-1272 that causes only an incidental and de minimis tax-revenue increase does not amount to a “new tax” or a “tax policy change” under TABOR section 4. Because the court of appeals correctly determined that H.B. 13-1272 was constitutional, the supreme court affirmed its judgment.</p></blockquote> <p><em>Summary provided courtesy of </em><a href="http://www.cobar.org/-em-Colorado-Lawyer-em" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Colorado Lawyer</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/-DCk6orIldk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-incidental-or-de-minimus-tax-revenue-increase-does-not-amount-to-new-tax-for-tabor-purposes/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-incidental-or-de-minimus-tax-revenue-increase-does-not-amount-to-new-tax-for-tabor-purposes/ 2018-04-24 13:32 +00:00 2018-04-24 07:32 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38845 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/UEXqwaJoVhc/ Case Law Colorado Supreme Court Colorado Supreme Court: Announcement Sheet, 4/23/2018 On Monday, April 23, 2018, the Colorado Supreme Court issued one published opinion. Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:44:05 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-announcement-sheet-4-23-2018/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Monday, April 23, 2018, the Colorado Supreme Court issued two published opinions.</p> <p><a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Court_Probation/Supreme_Court/Opinions/2016/16SC639.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>TABOR Foundation v. Regional Transportation District</em></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Court_Probation/Supreme_Court/Opinions/2018/18SA176.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Kuhn v. Williams</em></a></p> <p>The summaries of these cases are forthcoming.</p> <p>Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is <a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Supreme_Court/Case_Announcements/Files/2018/B53A9F4.23.18.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">available here</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/UEXqwaJoVhc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-announcement-sheet-4-23-2018/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-supreme-court-announcement-sheet-4-23-2018/ 2018-04-23 15:44 +00:00 2018-04-23 09:44 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38843 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/8jcT1m3Dido/ Case Law 10th Circuit Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 4/20/2018 On Friday, April 20, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and one unpublished opinion. Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:39:58 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-20-2018/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Friday, April 20, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and one unpublished opinion.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/17/17-1219.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>United States v. Victorio</em></a></p> <p>Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are <a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/tag/10th-circuit/">summarized and provided by Legal Connection</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/8jcT1m3Dido" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-20-2018/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-20-2018/ 2018-04-23 15:39 +00:00 2018-04-23 09:39 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38841 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/0pe3zLpyuYY/ Updates court appointments federal judiciary judge appointments U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Application Period Open for Magistrate Judge Vacancy on U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado On April 14, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado announced a vacancy for a Magistrate Judge. The position is part-time for a term of four years and is located in Durango, Colorado. The duties of the magistrate judge are outlined in 28 U.S.C. § 636. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:46:59 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/application-period-open-for-magistrate-judge-vacancy-on-u-s-district-court-for-the-district-of-colorado/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On April 14, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado announced a vacancy for a Magistrate Judge. The position is part-time for a term of four years and is located in Durango, Colorado. The duties of the magistrate judge are outlined in 28 U.S.C. § 636, as follows:</p> <blockquote><p>In criminal cases, the duties of the part-time Magistrate Judge in Durango are specified in the Western Slope protocol. They include: (1) issuance of search warrants; (2) conducting preliminary proceedings; (3) presiding over the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; and (4) upon reference, hearing and making recommendations on pretrial motions and, upon consent of the parties, conducting change of plea hearings and giving appropriate advisements in accordance with Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 in felony cases. In civil cases, the duties of a part-time magistrate judge include: (1) conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge, and (2) under certain specified conditions, trial and disposition of civil cases upon the consent of the parties.</p></blockquote> <p>Qualified applicants must:</p> <blockquote> <ol> <li>Be, and for the prior five years have been, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the  Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States;</li> <li>Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);</li> <li>Be competent to perform all the duties of the office. This includes, but is not limited to being of good moral character, being emotionally stable and mature, being committed to equal justice under the law, being in good health, being patient and courteous, and being capable of deliberation and decisiveness;</li> <li>Be less than seventy years old; and</li> <li>Not be related to a judge of the district court.</li> </ol> </blockquote> <p>Additionally, applicants must complete an FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check.</p> <p>Applications are available on the U.S. District Court&#8217;s <a href="https://www.cod.uscourts.gov/HR/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">website</a>, and must be submitted via email to <a href="mailto:cod_magistratejudge_durangosubmissions@cod.uscourts.gov">cod_magistratejudge_durangosubmissions@cod.uscourts.gov</a>. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on May 18, 2018, to be considered. Questions from applicants may be directed to Mrs. Louise Wilson, Human Resources Administrator, at (303) 335-2490.</p> <p>For more information about the position, <a href="https://www.cod.uscourts.gov/Documents/HR/Durango_MJ_Notice.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">click here</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/0pe3zLpyuYY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/application-period-open-for-magistrate-judge-vacancy-on-u-s-district-court-for-the-district-of-colorado/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/application-period-open-for-magistrate-judge-vacancy-on-u-s-district-court-for-the-district-of-colorado/ 2018-04-20 15:46 +00:00 2018-04-20 09:46 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38839 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/uG0w38ieIsQ/ Case Law 10th Circuit Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 4/19/2018 On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and four unpublished opinions. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:26:56 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-19-2018/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and four unpublished opinions.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/17/17-6151.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Le v. Aldridge</em></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-4143.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>United States v. Riddle</em></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-4146.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>United States v. Johnson</em></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/17/17-1267.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Stine v. Fox</em></a></p> <p>Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are <a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/tag/10th-circuit/">summarized and provided by Legal Connection</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/uG0w38ieIsQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-19-2018/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-19-2018/ 2018-04-20 15:26 +00:00 2018-04-20 09:26 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38832 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/XTLb5df4KTo/ Job Satisfaction career transition economics happiness inspiration job satisfaction job search mental health The Perils of Policy Economics articles, books, and speeches usually end with policy recommendations. You can predict them in advance if you know the ideological bias of the source. Let’s look at three, for comparison. First, this Brookings Institute piece— What happens if robots take the jobs? The impact of emerging technologies on employment and public policy — written a couple years back by Darrell M. West, vice president and director of Governance Studies and founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Institute. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:51:29 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/the-perils-of-policy/#respond Kevin Rhodes <div class="pf-content"><p>Economics articles, books, and speeches usually end with policy recommendations. You can predict them in advance if you know the ideological bias of the source. Let’s look at three, for comparison.</p> <p>First, this Brookings Institute piece— <em><a href="https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/robotwork.pdf">What happens if robots take the jobs? The impact of emerging technologies on employment and public policy</a></em> — written a couple years back by Darrell M. West, vice president and director of Governance Studies and founding director of the <a href="https://www.brookings.edu/about-the-center-for-technology-innovation/">Center for Technology Innovation</a> at the Institute.</p> <p>Second, this piece — <em><a href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/03/inequality-isn't-inevitable/">Inequality isn&#8217;t inevitable. Here&#8217;s what we can do differently</a></em> — published by the World Economic Forum and written last month by a seriously over-achieving 23-year old globe-trotting Italian named <a href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/authors/andrea-zorzetto">Andrea Zorzetto</a>.</p> <p>Third, this piece — <em><a href="http://americasjubilee.com/">Mark My Words: This Political Event Will be Unlike Anything We’ve Seen in 50 Years</a></em> — by Porter Stansberry, which showed up in my Facebook feed last month. Stansberry offers this bio: “You may not know me, but nearly 20 years ago, I started a financial research and education business called Stansberry Research. Today we have offices in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Singapore. We serve more than half a million paid customers in virtually every country (172 at last count). We have nearly 500 employees, including dozens of financial analysts, corporate attorneys, accountants, technology experts, former hedge fund managers, and even a medical doctor.”</p> <p>The Brookings article is what you would expect: long, careful, reasoned. Energetic Mr. Zorzetto’s article is bright, upbeat, and generally impressive. Porter Stansberry’s missive is … well, we’ll just let it speak for itself. I chose these three because they all cite the same economic data and developments, but reach for different policy ideals. There’s plenty more where these came from. Read enough of them, and they start to organize themselves into multiple opinion categories which after numerous iterations all mush together into vague uncertainty.</p> <p>There’s got to be a better way. Turns out there is: how about if we ask the economy itself what it’s up to? That’s what the emerging field of study called “complexity economics” does. <a href="https://www.exploring-economics.org/en/orientation/complexity-economics/">Here’s a short explanation of it</a>, published online by <em>Exploring Economics</em>, an “open source learning platform.” The word “complexity” in this context doesn’t mean “hard to figure out.” It’s a technical term borrowed from a systems theory approach that originated in science, mathematics, and statistics.</p> <p>Complexity economics bypasses ideological bias and lets the raw data speak for itself. It’s amazing what you hear when you give data a voice — for example, an answer to the question we heard the Queen of England ask a few posts back, which a group of Cambridge economists couldn’t answer (neither could anyone else, for that matter): Why didn’t we see the 2007-2008 Recession coming? The economy had and answer; you just need to know how to listen to it. (More on that coming up.)</p> <p>What gives data its voice? Ironically, the very job-threatening technological trends we’ve been talking about in the past couple months:</p> <p>Big Data + Artificial Intelligence + Brute Strength Computer Processing Power<br /> = Complexity Economics</p> <p>Which means — in a stroke of delicious irony — guess whose jobs are most threatened by this new approach to economics? You guessed it: the jobs currently held by ideologically-based economists making policy recommendations. For them, economics just became “<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/12/why-economics-is-really-called-the-dismal-science/282454/">the dismal science</a>” in a whole new way.</p> <p>Complex systems theory is as close to a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_everything">Theory of Everything</a> as I’ve seen. No kidding. We’ll be looking at it in more depth, but first… Explaining is one thing, but predicting is another. Policy-making invariably relies on the ability to predict outcomes, but predicting has its own perils. <em>We’ll look at those next time.</em> In the meantime, just for fun&#8230;</p> <p><a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/the-perils-of-policy/the-perils-of-pauline-1/" rel="attachment wp-att-38833"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-38833" src="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-perils-of-pauline-1.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" srcset="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-perils-of-pauline-1.jpg 200w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-perils-of-pauline-1-150x113.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" />                          </a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perils_of_Pauline_(1947_film)" target="_blank" rel="attachment noopener wp-att-38834"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-38834" src="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-perils-of-pauline.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="220" srcset="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-perils-of-pauline.jpg 150w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-perils-of-pauline-102x150.jpg 102w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /></a></p> <p>If you click on the first image, you’ll go to the original silent movie melodrama series. A click on the second image takes you to Wikipedia re: the 1947 Hollywood technicolor remake. The original is from a period of huge economic growth and quality of life advancements. The movie came out at the beginning of equally powerful post-WWII economic growth. Which leads to another economic history book I can’t recommend highly enough, shown in the image on the left below. Like <em>Americana</em>, which I recommended a couple weeks ago, it’s well researched and readable. They’re both big, thick books, but together they offer a fascinating course on all the American history we never knew. (Click the images for more.)</p> <p><a href="https://press.princeton.edu/titles/10544.html" rel="attachment wp-att-38835"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-38835" src="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-rise-and-fall-of-american-growth.png" alt="" width="150" height="220" srcset="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-rise-and-fall-of-american-growth.png 150w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/the-rise-and-fall-of-american-growth-102x150.png 102w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /></a>                    <a href="https://www.americana.tv/" rel="attachment wp-att-38836"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-38836" src="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Americana-1.jpg" alt="" width="110" height="165" srcset="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Americana-1.jpg 110w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Americana-1-100x150.jpg 100w" sizes="(max-width: 110px) 100vw, 110px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="border: 1px solid #999999; background-color: #dadada;"> <p><em><a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/07/can-money-buy-happiness/photo-kevin-head-shot-thumbnail/" rel="attachment wp-att-37377"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-37377" src="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Photo-Kevin-Head-Shot-thumbnail.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="187" srcset="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Photo-Kevin-Head-Shot-thumbnail.jpg 150w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Photo-Kevin-Head-Shot-thumbnail-120x150.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /></a></em></p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-rhodes-b171117/">Kevin Rhodes </a>writes about individual growth and cultural change, drawing on insights from science, technology, disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, neuroscience, psychology, and personal experience, including his own unique journey to wellness — dealing with primary progressive MS through an aggressive regime of exercise, diet, and mental conditioning.</p> <p>Check out Kevin’s latest LinkedIn Pulse article: <em>“</em><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-we-move-can-achieve-impossible-kevin-rhodes/">When We Move, We Can Achieve the Impossible</a>.”</p> </div> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/XTLb5df4KTo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/the-perils-of-policy/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/the-perils-of-policy/ 2018-04-19 15:51 +00:00 2018-04-19 09:51 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38830 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/hJmZMsInLU0/ Case Law Colorado Court of Appeals Colorado Court of Appeals: Announcement Sheet, 4/19/2018 On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued nine published opinions and 45 unpublished opinions. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:41:23 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-court-of-appeals-announcement-sheet-4-19-2018/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued nine published opinions and 45 unpublished opinions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/14CA1181-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>People v. Figueroa-Lemus</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/14CA1392-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>People v. Margerum</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/15CA0121-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>People v. Bryant</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/15CA1816-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>People v. Butcher</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/16CA1909-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Paradine v. Goei</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/17CA0098-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Pena v. American Family Mutual Ins. Co.</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/17CA0404-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>People in Interest of L.M.</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/17CA0460-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>People in Interest of E.R.</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2018/17CA0634-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Franklin Drilling &amp; Blasting, Inc. v. Lawrence Construction Co.</em></a></p> <p>Summaries of these cases are forthcoming.</p> <p>Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is <a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_Of_Appeals/Case_Announcements/Files/2018/7B2BB304-19-18%20.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">available here</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/hJmZMsInLU0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-court-of-appeals-announcement-sheet-4-19-2018/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/colorado-court-of-appeals-announcement-sheet-4-19-2018/ 2018-04-19 15:41 +00:00 2018-04-19 09:41 -06:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=38828 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/t9MFu2_C3Yw/ Case Law 10th Circuit Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 4/18/2018 On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and two unpublished opinions. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:36:13 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-18-2018/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and two unpublished opinions.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/17/17-7059.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Burney v. Aldridge</em></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/17/17-6181.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>United States v. Quevado-Valdez</em></a></p> <p>Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are <a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/tag/10th-circuit/">summarized and provided by Legal Connection</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/t9MFu2_C3Yw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-18-2018/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2018/04/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-4-18-2018/ 2018-04-19 15:36 +00:00 2018-04-19 09:36 -06:00