Gunnison County Inns of Court

Serving on the Professionalism Committee

I have been asked to serve on the Karl Ranous Professionalism Committee.  Each year, the Committee recognizes and honors a lawyer in Gunnison County, Colorado who exemplifies the values and practices of professionalism in the legal field.  I am happy to serve on the Committee and help promote professionalism in our community!

Karl Ranous Professionalism Award


On April 10, lawyers in Gunnison County met for the annual Karl Ranous Professionalism Award dinner.  Every year, the bar association gathers to honor a local lawyer who exemplifies the values and practices of professionalism.  This year, the Gunnison County Bar Association honored Hon. J. Steven Patrick, the Chief Judge of Colorado’s 7th Judicial District.  Judge Patrick sets the tone and a high standard for lawyers practicing in the 7th Judicial District.  This is a well-deserved recognition of the professionalism displayed in Colorado courts.

We also heard a presentation from Jim Coyle, head of Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel and Barbara Eyzk , Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyer's Assistance Program. 

Bob O’Hayre presented Judge Patrick with this year’s award.  

Bob O’Hayre presented Judge Patrick with this year’s award.  

Gunnison County Inns of Court Spring/Summer 2018 Schedule


Here are some upcoming events through the Gunnison County Inns of Court and the 7th Judicial District:

May 9, 2018, 5:30, Garlic Mike's in Gunnison: Colorado Supreme Court Welcome Reception with 7th Judicial District Bar Association

May 10, 2018, Gunnison High School, Gunnison: Colorado Supreme Court Oral Arguments

June 15, 2018, Montrose: All-day CLE symposium presented by 7th Judicial District Bar Association

June 28, 2018, Gunnison: CLE presentation on data privacy and cybersecurity with Phi-Hang Tran

Coleman Law--Reflections on 2017

As we are still early in the new year, I want to take a moment to reflect over the last year.

I started Coleman Law in late September 2017.  I formed Coleman Law to do what I love best—help lawyers with their legal research and writing needs.  I work with lawyers and clients across Colorado to provide alternative, low-cost representation on a freelance or contract basis. 

I chose this business model for several reasons.  First, I truly enjoy legal research and writing.  It is the part of the practice of law that I like best.  I want to invest my professional energy in continuing to develop these skills.  Second, I love supporting other lawyers and helping them sustain and grow their practices.  I often work with busy solo or small firm practitioners, especially in rural Colorado.  I understand the unique challenges of solo/small firm practice because I have been there myself.  I know that they're busy, they're really busy.  These lawyers do not have someone else in the office to help moderate their workflow.  I can add value by giving them the option to add capacity to their practice without the long-term commitment of adding another employee.  Finally, I chose to provide freelance legal research and writing services because it offers me the opportunity to balance my professional life and personal life.  I get to practice law from paradise, Crested Butte, and still be a stay-at-home mom (most days).  I feel very fortunate indeed.

In 2017, I exceed my goal for pro bono hours.  I volunteered with Colorado Legal Services San Luis Valley virtual legal aid clinic and worked with a public interest organization.  I look forward to continuing to provide pro bono representation in 2018.

I also assumed responsibility for coordinating the Gunnison County Inns of Court, our local bar association.  I took over from my mentor and former employer, Luke Danielson, who served as coordinator for many years.  I want to use this forum to highlight access to justice issues and resources for rural practitioners.

I gave a CLE presentation to my local bar association on the Ethical Considerations in the use of Freelance Legal Services.  I will be sharing this presentation with other bar associations and writing an article for the Colorado Lawyer on this topic.

As I look back over the last year and the formation of Coleman Law, I realize how privileged I am to practice law.  I am thankful for the incredibly decent and generous people in this profession.  I am excited about the prospects for “serving Colorado clients, supporting Colorado lawyers” in 2018.

Coordinating Gunnison County Inns of Court

I am so pleased to announce that Coleman Law will be coordinating the Gunnison County Inns of Court program moving forward.  I am taking over the Inns of Court program from Luke Danielson of the Law Offices of Luke Danielson.  Luke has coordinated this for many years, and I thank him for his work.

I aim to bring speakers to the Gunnison Valley 3-4 times a year.  Our local bar has a wide range of interests and is very collegial.  If you’re interested in giving a CLE presentation to us, please contact me.  Benefits include networking and getting to visit beautiful Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado.  Set aside some time to go skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, or hunting (there’s no end to recreational opportunities in Gunnison County) and fill both your personal and professional buckets.

If you’re a lawyer and you ever find yourself in Gunnison County, consider me the welcoming committee.  I would love to grab coffee or beer with you!