Legal Lasso: Chambers USA

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CHAMBERS USA

This week’s edition covers Chambers USA, which released its 2021 ranking of law firms and attorneys, and tiered ranks recognize Colorado attorneys and their firms as they operate nationally and internationally.

LOCAL NEWS

Court of Appeals’ First In-Person Oral Args Covers For-Profit College Suit
Last week, the Colorado Court of Appeals held its first in-person oral arguments since the pandemic began, focusing on a state-backed suit involving $3 million in fines against a for-profit college that allegedly deceived students. In 2014, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office sued CollegeAmerica, a for-profit occupational school with three Colorado campuses, and two of its executives for violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and the Uniform Consumer Credit Code. Law Week’s own Jessica Folker digs into the arguments and the case background in her report.

Department of Education Forgives Over 1,800 Student Loans, Credits Colorado AG
The U.S. Department of Education announced recently that over 1,800 Westwood College students across the U.S., including 115 Colorado borrowers, were approved 100% borrower defense to repayment claims attending three institutions, including Westwood College, and cited work by the Colorado Attorney General in reaching that finding. Reporter Avery Martinez reviews the awards and the case history.

5Q
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NATIONAL NEWS

Capitol Rioter Who Breached Senate Faces First Felony at Hearing Today
A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag is scheduled to become the first Jan. 6 rioter sentenced for a felony, in a hearing today that will help set a benchmark for punishment in similar cases. Prosecutors want Paul Allard Hodgkins to serve 18 months behind bars, saying in a recent filing that he, “like each rioter, contributed to the collective threat to democracy” by forcing lawmakers to temporarily abandon their certification of Joe Biden’s election victory and to scramble for shelter from incoming mobs. (PBS NewsHour)

Transgender Individuals Sue Over Birth Certificate Law Challenges
Two transgender people have sued over a new Montana law making it difficult for transgender people to change the sex on their birth certificates. The law was signed this year by the Republican governor, and the suit alleges the law violates the right to privacy and equal protection under the law. The law requires transgender people to change their sex by surgical procedure, and receive a court order indicating the change, to be able to change the sex on their birth certificate. Many transgender people choose not to undergo surgical procedures to affirm their identity. (Associated Press)

Illinois First State to Stop Police from Lying to Minors in Interrogations
When Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a new bill into law late last week, it barred police from lying to underage kids during interrogations. According to NPR, promises of leniency or insinuating that incriminating evidence exists are commonly used interrogation tactics, but with the new law are banned when questioning any suspect under 18 starting next year. Some advocates claim that these interrogation methods have played a role in about 30% of all wrongful convictions overturned by DNA. (NPR)

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