Orientation includes a primer on best practices for new federal practitioners, tips for working with pro se parties, and Q&A with court staff and a federal judicial officer. CBA will provide the volunteer with form motions and proposed orders that comply with the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s rules for limited scope representation.
Edward Butler, Esq., is a Denver native and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He has practiced law in Denver and has served as a deputy court clerk in the federal judiciary in the Northern District of California and the District of Colorado. He currently serves as counsel to the clerk of the court and district court bench as a whole in his position as the District's Legal Officer.
Nicole C. Salamander Irby is a lawyer with the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. She previously practiced as an associate attorney at Gordon & Rees LLP in the Professional Liability Defense practice group. Before joining Gordon & Rees LLP, Ms. Irby served as a judicial clerk for two federal magistrate judges over four years at the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Ms. Irby has written articles for The Colorado Lawyer, The Docket, and Law Week Colorado. She is a member of the Standing Committee on Pro Se Litigation for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University and earned her J.D. at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Honorable Kato Crews is a Magistrate Judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, appointed by the District Judges in August 2018. He earned his law degree from the University of Arizona where he served on the Arizona Law Review. Judge Crews began his career as an attorney with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board. He then entered private practice as an associate with a large Denver law firm where he was one of the youngest associates to make partner in 2008. He later left that firm to become a founding partner of a small firm in the Denver Tech Center. When practicing law, Judge Crews was a trial lawyer who focused on traditional labor law and employment law matters, and general civil litigation. Throughout his career he has sought-out meaningful ways to impact the community. He has served on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations and regularly makes himself an available resource to students and young lawyers for mentoring and guidance.
Alan Schindler is a commercial litigation attorney at Timmins, LLC in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining Timmins, LLC, Alan was a litigation associate at a prominent litigation boutique also in Denver, Colorado. Originally from New York, Alan began his career as a public defender for the Legal Aid Society in Queens, New York. He then transitioned to civil practice at two international law firms in New York City before moving to Colorado in 2015. Alan is a member of the CBA YLD Executive Council and chair of the CBA YLD CLE subcommittee. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center. When he’s not litigating, Alan enjoys exploring beautiful Colorado with his wife, Nicole, and his two young daughters.
Philip Nickerson is a commercial litigation attorney in Denver, Colorado. He recently served as a law clerk for the Hon. S. Kato Crews at the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Prior to moving back to Colorado, Philip was an associate at a boutique commercial litigation and real estate firm in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to serving on the CBA YLD Executive Council, Philip is the Chair of Sam Cary Bar Association's Young Lawyer Committee, and a Mentor in the "Law School... Yes We Can!" legal pipeline program. Philip received his JD/MBA from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2017, and received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 2012. During his free time, Philip enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura, playing and watching sports, reading, and travelling.