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014. Colorado Women’s Bar Association President 2020 Miranda Hawkins on Leadership
Lead Beyond is this year’s theme for Colorado Women’s Bar Association CWBA, the second largest women’s bar association in the nation. Listen in on this delightful and inspiring episode recorded September 2020 as Law Talk Global Network founder Krystyn Hartman visits with CWBA Board President 2020 Miranda Hawkins, an estate planning attorney with the law firm of Goddard & Hawkins in Cherry Creek, on the magic behind the ongoing success of the organization. “We added 71 new members just this summer,” Hawkins says of the 1500-member CWBA. “We’ve never been an organization that sits and waits; we get things done; we are on it.” Growing up in a small Texas town “with a Barbie doll in one hand and a BB gun in the other; and growing up there as a girl; it was not expected that I would be in the career I’m in today,” she says, adding, “although, my uncle still reminds me that I can always fall back on my 10 years as a classically trained pianist if it doesn’t work out.” After the discussion on CWBA as a leadership organization, Hawkins shares some of her valuable insights on estate planning and how she went from “litigator to estate planner.” Thank you for listening!
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013. Conversations: Trauma & The Law: "Policing" With Chief Doug Shoemaker
First in our Trauma & The Law Conversations series, Law Talk Colorado founder Krystyn Hartman sits down with Grand Junction Police Chief Doug Shoemaker in Western Colorado to learn about "Trauma In Policing," as a starting point, timely on the heels of passage of Colorado Senate Bill 20-217 to Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity. "I do bristle a little bit when they say that it is all a policing problem," Shoemaker explains. "No, I think there's a societal problem. And is that societal problem real? I think we need to have more conversations and get more comfortable with one another. I think we need to understand perspectives. I think we need to listen more than we talk -- on all sides," he says, adding that "not all police departments are the same." Chief Shoemaker was featured on Episode 004 where we learned of his background as Incident Commander of the peaceful protest march following the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, prior to joining Grand Junction Police Dept as Chief.
"Chief Shoemaker has a unique background as both a police officer and peace officer that I felt, editorially, presented us with an equally unique opportunity of perspective in today's climate," says Law Talk Colorado founder Krystyn Hartman, a career journalist and retired magazine publisher. "I was inspired to attempt this series after listening to attorney Hannah Proff's interview on protestor rights [Episode 010]. She said, 'I know it's hard, but try to manage your traumas,' when being approached or questioned by police during a protest, and that just stopped me in my tracks. She had nailed something that both citizen and police were experiencing in certain situations. I saw it as a vital editorial thread that could touch a lot of people -- and could be a key factor in bridge building. I had to know more. The more I heard the trauma word in news clips, the more we recognized the need to pursue it."
We appreciate Chief Shoemaker for his willingness to sit down at the table with us to openly share his perspectives on such a sensitive and timely topic, making it clear that "each agency is different; we're not all the same."
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011. Colorado Senate Bill 20-217 to Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity: A Closer Look with Denver Attorney Laura Wolf.010. Protesting In Colorado? Know Your Rights with Denver Attorney Hannah Proff.004. Public Safety & COVID19 with Police Chief Doug Shoemaker of Grand Junction002. How is COVID19 Impacting Divorce Filings, Child Custody, and Domestic Violence Cases in Colorado? with Lakewood Attorney Hannah Westmont.Support the show
012. Rural Colorado: ACTION 22 on the Gallagher Amendment & a National Popular Vote
Colorado is a dynamic state of unique communities from high-density metro to cozy mountain towns to remote rural areas across the state. In this episode, Law Talk Colorado news anchor Angeline Roles visits with Sara Blackhurst of ACTION 22, a coalition of 22 counties in Southeast Colorado comprised primarily of small rural communities. Blackhurst speaks openly about the financial crises facing rural communities "if something isn't done about Gallagher," referring to Colorado's Gallagher Amendment to the state's Constitution "that doesn't work with TABOR" the state's Tax Payer Bill Of Rights. "They're like two kids who are great by themselves, but when you put them together, they just get in trouble," Blackhurst says, with additional explanation from state Senator Bob Rankin of Carbondale in Western Colorado as featured in Law Talk Colorado Episode 008 Is REPEAL the solution to Colorado's Gallagher Amendment property tax problem?. Blackhurst also shares how a National Popular Vote could impact rural America based on discussions among ACTION 22 members. If you'd like to know more about ACTION 22, go to action22.org Thank you for listening!
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011. Colorado Senate Bill 20-217 to Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity: A Closer Look
Colorado Senate Bill 20-217, referred to as the "Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity" bill "concerning measures to enhance law enforcement integrity," passed with a 53-13 vote and was signed by Governor Jared Polis on June 19, 2020. Listen in on this special episode as Law Talk Colorado board director Adrian Romero interviews Denver Civil Rights attorney Laura Wolf, partner in Wolf Guevara LLP, who explains what this landmark bill means to both law enforcement and citizens. For example, requiring body cameras, "which is a really important piece with respect to transparency," she explains, adding that most police officers really are out there with the intention of "protecting our rights" and the increased levels of transparency protect them too. Wolf discusses many other key aspects of the bill, including the removal (or diminishing) of Qualified Immunity for law enforcement at the state level, even though it still exists in Federal law. "Qualified Immunity is out of control," she says. The full text of Colorado Senate Bill 20-217 is lengthy, but if you're interested, you can click here to read the full text of the bill. Thank you for listening!
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010. Protesting in Colorado? Know Your Rights
Check out this important and timely episode on protestor rights as Law Talk Colorado news anchor Angeline Roles interviews attorney Hannah Proff, who is founder of LYRIC (Learn Your Rights In the Community), a 501c3 organization purposed with educating youth on their basic Constitutional rights under the law. From what you do and do not have to provide if asked by police at a protest (whether a minor or adult), to possible impacts when "parents step in to help," to questions on filming and posting on social media, and more. Raised "in a small Alaskan prison town," and an experienced protestor for Indigenous Peoples' rights, Proff is committed to helping "close the gap between the law and education. Your armor is your knowledge of the law," she explains. We learn, for example, in addition to writing your one-call number on your arm "old school" with a Sharpie, if you are arrested for lawfully protesting and you don't have an attorney, you can contact the National Lawyers Guild of Colorado to request legal assistance. For more information on LYRIC or to request a LYRIC program in your school, go to LYRICommunity.org. Thank you for listening!
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009. Remembering the Golden Age of Baseball with attorney and son of The Natural Ted Waitkus
Get your baseball season opening fix with this delightful extended episode with Law Talk Colorado anchor Michael Moran who sits down with Boulder Attorney Ted Waitkus, son of Eddie Waitkus, the baseball player who the fictional character Roy Hobbs in the movie The Natural was based on, as portrayed by Robert Redford. Listen in as Waitkus discusses the real story behind the movie -- including clarifying that in the movie his dad's character was shot by his stalker with a pistol, while in real life "she shot him with a rifle;" and what it was like growing up meeting greats like Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth -- and how the game of professional baseball has changed over the decades. "There was no National Football League or National Basketball Association back in the 1940s; baseball was it; was everything," he explains in a colorful New York accent, which he still has even after 35 years practicing law in Colorado. If you're a baseball fan, true crime fan, or old movie fan, this is a fun extended episode. Thank you for listening!
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