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CJI Welcomes Plaintiff in Caperton Vs. Massey
to 2014 Judicial Excellence Dinner

The case reads like a Grisham novel because it is a Grisham novel.  The facts behind Caperton vs. Massey are the basis for Grisham’s The Appeal.  But for Hugh Caperton it’s the 17-year drama that has taken over his life.  And for anyone watching the debate over the impact of big money on the U.S. legal system, it’s the cautionary tale that never ends. 

Hugh Caperton, former CEO of Dominion Energy Sales and the plaintiff in Caperton vs. A. T. Massey Coal Co., Inc., will be the key note speaker at the 2014 Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner.  He’ll discuss the case including the landmark 2009 Supreme Court ruling and then join Melissa Hart, Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School and Director of the Byron R. White Center, and Eli Wald, the Charles W. Delaney Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, for a panel discussion on the case’s impact on judicial selection.

“I think a case like ours raises awareness…and eye brows,” Caperton said.  “And maybe that’s what it takes to get the public’s attention.”

Click here for more on Caperton's appearance at the 2014 Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner.

CJI Announces 2014 Judicial Honorees

CJI has announced the 2014 Judicial Excellence Awards Honorees.  They are:

  • District Court Chief Judge Claude W. Appel—3rd Judicial District
  • County Court Judge Sabino E. Romano—Adams County, 17th Judicial District
  • Magistrate Marianne M. Tims—1st Judicial District

The honorees will be recognized at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on November 12.  For more information on the dinner, click here.

CJI Sponsors Colorado Legal Resource Day September 20

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Family Law Committee Report: Parent Perceptions

“Parents' Voices: The Other Side of the Bench”  was released in July 2011. The report, conducted over a two year period, uses surveys and interviews of parents who were involved in dependency and neglect proceedings in Colorado courts. The report is available for download below.

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