05 April 2022

Bringing back the blog

So my venerable old website finally crashed, but between a couple of backup files and the resources at archive.org, I was able to salvage my old resources and upload them here. I don't post very often anymore, but I figured I might as well put these back online in case they are useful to anyone. I think I fixed the broken links, but no promises. Enjoy!

28 February 2022

Federal appeals court grants relief to refugee fleeing torture in Cameroon

Last month, the Tenth Circuit in Denver issued a key opinion granting my client's petition for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals order in Takwi v. Garland, 22 F.4th 1180 (10th Cir. 2022).

The Petitioner is a member of the Anglophone community in Cameroon, which faces violent repression and persecution by the Francophone government. He was arrested and tortured by the Cameroonian military on two occasions, after being targeted based on his family's association with the Southern Cameroon National Council, a group that advocates against marginalization by the government. He fled for his life in 2018 and sought asylum in the United States. Although he gave credible and consistent testimony through his proceedings, an Immigration Judge (IJ) rejected his application based on perceived inconsistencies between his testimony and a supporting affidavit written by his brother.

03 November 2021

CREJ publishes new article on retainage limits

Today, the Colorado Real Estate Journal published an article I wrote with Lauren Taylor summarizing a new law limiting retainage to 5% on many private construction contracts in Colorado. Click here to read the full text.

The new law follows an unsuccessful effort in 2014 to pass similar legislation. I testified at a hearing back then and blogged about it at the time. I was not involved in the recent legislation.

13 December 2018

Court of appeals rules that HOA lien is not spurious, despite claim that annexation was invalid

Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a order that had deemed a homeowner association’s lien to be spurious.

The case arose after a developer approved a property owner’s application to annex additional real estate to a community in 1999. Several years later, the developer repurchased the property through a foreclosure sale. Despite its prior approval of the annexation, the developer refused to pay community maintenance assessments, which prompted the association to record a lien under its covenants and a statutory provision of the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA).

The parties remained in a standoff until 2016, when the Colorado Supreme Court announced two decisions that adopted a stricter standard for annexing property into communities subject to CCIOA.