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Law Talk Colorado is a 501c3 nonprofit media network purposed with engaging public awareness of Colorado laws -- bringing together journalism and local legal experts (attorneys, law enforcement, judges, legislators, policy makers, et al) to cut through the noise and get to the laws that matter to Coloradans.


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Law Talk Colorado is a 501c3 nonprofit media network purposed with engaging public awareness of Colorado laws -- bringing together journalism and local legal experts (attorneys, law enforcement, judges, legislators, policy makers, et al) to cut through the noise and get to the laws that matter to Coloradans.






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! To know more about the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, go to Subscribe to Law Talk Colorado on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts, IHeartRadio, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and more! If you’re new to podcast listening and want to skip ahead in an episode, simply tap on the wave bars inside the podcast player where you want to skip to or select the Chapters tab for specific sections within the show. Law Talk Colorado, a Law Talk Global Network brand, is a 501c3 nonprofit media organization purposed with raising public awareness of the laws. Supporting donations are tax deductible. Again, thank you for listening! Credits: Piano clips by Kimiko Ishizaka Support the show


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." Follow us on your favorite podcast platform for immediate notification as we explore and release more Trauma & The Law Conversations. Related episodes (click to link to episode): 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 Thank you for listening! Support the show


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! Support the show


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 Thank you for listening! Support the show


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! Support the show


008. Is REPEAL the solution to Colorado's Gallagher Amendment property tax problem?

Second in our ongoing series about the Gallagher Amendment's property tax impact on Colorado communities, Law Talk Colorado News Anchor Angeline Roles interviews Colorado State Senator Bob Rankin of Carbondale who argues that repeal of Gallagher is the most practical next step in solving the problem. A complicated issue that bumps into TABOR, the Taxpayer Bill Of Rights, Senator Rankin explains that rural communities are going to be hit the hardest because the State can't continue to cover the growing property tax shortfalls to the districts. Colorado residents enjoy one of the lowest residential property tax rates in the nation, while Colorado commercial property tax rates are some of the highest in the nation, which presents particular challenges to rural areas with a higher residential to commercial ratio. The formula for determining these ratios is locked into the Gallagher Amendment. "The good news is, we can repeal Gallagher and freeze residential property tax rates at the current low rate," Rankin says. He supports proposed legislation that will put repeal of the Gallagher Amendment to Colorado voters on the 2020 ballot. "We hope people will educate themselves on this," he says. "Contact your Fire District, School District, ask them how the property tax shortfalls are impacting them and their communities; they'll tell you. This is a complicated issue and we have got to do something to solve it." For more, check out Episode #6 where Building A Better Colorado's Reeves Brown discusses the property tax impact research and collaborations among community leaders and agencies from across the state. Support the show


007. Back to work in the Age of COVID19: Changing rules & guidelines for Colorado employers and employees

Join us as Law Talk Colorado news anchor Angeline Roles interviews employment law attorney Dave Scanga, partner with Hoskin Farina & Kampf, about new rules, guidelines, and resources for Colorado employers and employees to consider as businesses reopen in the Age of COVID-19. Scanga shares, for example, that some businesses have designated COVID-19 mitigation teams comprised of several employees to monitor guidelines and distribute the updates and company policy guidelines throughout the organization as a way to manage the rapid changes while ensuring their employees are safe. Questions of concern include: Does your business require masks per the rules? Does your organization require temperature-taking? What does that mean? How do you do it? Who does that? What are the liabilities? Where does the information go? Does the temperature-taking device touch the forehead? Are there privacy concerns? What if someone tests positive for COVID-19? What about paper? How long does the virus stay on paper? Did someone bring in paper? Discussion continues on employer responsibilities and worker rights with examples that include working remotely, Family Medical Leave Act, Cares Act and OSHA considerations, and more. Episode recorded April 30, 2020. Hoskin Farina & Kampf is headquartered in Grand Junction and has attorneys in Denver and an office in Gunnison. Thank you for listening! Helpful websites with specific guidelines referenced in this episode: Support the show


006. Property tax impacts on local communities after 35 years of Gallagher Amendment policies

If you own or are planning to own property in Colorado, listen in on this extended episode of Law Talk Colorado as news anchor Angeline Roles interviews Reeves Brown of Building A Better Colorado who explains the 1982 Gallagher Amendment to Colorado's state Constitution and the unforeseen consequences of policies driven by the Amendment over the decades since. Brown, formerly with Club 20 (a coalition of western Colorado counties that, as a group, give voice to rural communities when it comes to legislative issues), presents specific examples of how the Amendment has, is, and will hit rural Colorado specifically. The good news is, there are groups such as Building A Better Colorado actively pursuing solutions. "We have to muster the courage to deal with Gallagher [Amendment] proactively," Brown insists, adding that the need to solve it reaches beyond partisan agendas, citing numerous examples of bi-partisan agreement. For more information, visit Thank you for listening! Support the show


004. Public safety & COVID19 with Police Chief Doug Shoemaker of Grand Junction

Join Law Talk Colorado news anchor Michael Moran as he visits with Grand Junction Police Chief Doug Shoemaker about the challenges and incident management approach taken by the Grand Junction Police Department dealing with the social and public impacts of COVID19. One of many advantages of podcasting is the ability to interview magazine style, which allows us the opportunity to get to know the legal experts as they share relevant aspects of their own stories. For example, we learn in this visit with the Chief that prior to joining the Grand Junction Police Department, he spent most of his life and career in Missouri, including as Incident Commander for the 2014 peaceful NAACP protest march in Ferguson following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. He and his wife spent many summers in Colorado and have family in the state, "so, when this opportunity came up," the Shoemakers decided they were ready. "This is our home now," he says. Thank you for listening! Support the show


003. Gender equity, the economy, and public policy: Discussion with Denver-based Pipeline Equity CEO Katica Roy

Welcome to episode #3 of Law Talk Colorado, a Law Talk Global Network brand. Listen in on the conversation between Law Talk Colorado news anchor Angeline Roles and gender economist Katica Roy, founder and CEO of Denver-based Pipeline Equity, as they discuss the relationship between gender, the economy, and public policy — with particular attention paid to the timing and impacts of COVID19. Pipeline Equity's AI platform was named one of Time Magazine's Most Innovative of 2019; and Fast Company's 2020 World's Most Innovative Company. Roy, the daughter of refugee/immigrant parents, takes a no-nonsense data-centric approach in nearly everything she does. “Gender equity is not a synonym for women’s rights,” Roy explains. “Women are only half the conversation.” Thank you for listening! Support the show


002. How is COVID19 impacting divorce filings, child custody, and domestic violence cases in Colorado?

Join Law Talk Colorado news anchor Michael Moran as he interviews Lakewood family law attorney Hannah Westmont in this special extended program about the spike in divorce filings and child custody cases, as well as domestic violence concerns, in Colorado since the onset of COVID19. Hannah Westmont is partner in the law firm of Polidori, Franklin, Monahan & Beattie LLC. She serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Women's Bar Association and was awarded First Judicial District Bar Association’s George Holley Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2019. Westmont began her law career at Colorado Legal Services where the many domestic violence cases she encountered inspired her to pursue a career in family law. Thank you for listening! Support the show


001. Power of Attorney basics: Medical & Financial + Law Talk Colorado founder explains the brand's purpose

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Law Talk Colorado, a Law Talk Global Network brand. For our first episode, news anchor Angeline Roles explores "Power of Attorney basics: Medical & Financial," with Western Colorado attorney Barbara Butler, partner in the law firm Dufford Waldeck in Grand Junction. In the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, what happens if you or a loved one suddenly takes ill? Butler discusses the basics of both Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney. The show closes with Law Talk Colorado founder and Executive Director Krystyn Hartman, who explains the "why" behind the brand. Law Talk Global Network is a nonprofit media network purposed with engaging public awareness of the laws -- by state -- starting with Law Talk Colorado. For links to resources and more information, as well as to support our mission to bring valuable information about laws that impact the lives of Coloradans, please visit our website at Thank you for listening and we hope you'll tune in to our next episode! Support the show