LAWS Meeting 9/22/21

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, beginning at 4:00 p.m. It will be held at the law offices of Hoskin Farina & Kampf, Grand Junction, Colorado.

Our guest speaker will be Tammy Eret, who will give a presentation on special education and school law.

Please RSVP to Penny Landeis by e-mail at:, or by phone (970) 986-3400.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20, 2021, speaker TBA.

Next LAWS Meeting: August 18, 2021

The next meeting of the Legal Assistants of the Western Slope is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. at the offices of Hoskin, Farina & Kampf, 200 Grand Avenue, Suite 400, Grand Junction, Colorado.

Our guest speaker will be Brent Starnes who will speak on the topic of current eviction laws which have been ever-changing as of late due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Penny Landeis by phone (970-986-3400) or e-mail ( so we can have an accurate head count. Also, feel free to invite your friends! Let’s spread the word about our great organization!


Due to continuing restrictions caused by the COVID pandemic, NALA will once again host its annual conference virtually rather than in person.

There will be options to participate in the web presentations live, or via recordings at a later time (and at your convenience). The live/virtual sessions will occur from July 22-24, 2021. Several meetings and candidate forums will also be offered virtually.

Registration for the conference is now open. For more detailed information on sessions available, click on this link:

At this time, it appears NALA does intend to hold its 2022 annual conference in person in Phoenix, Arizona at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

Law Day is coming up on May 1, 2021.

What is Law Day?

According to the American Bar Association’s web site, Law Day is “a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice, and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share.”

Law Day was first envisioned by Charles Rhyne, the president of the ABA, in 1957. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. In 1961, Congress officially designated May 1 as Law Day, and many countries around the world now observe it.

A theme is selected each year to spotlight a particular aspect of the law or the legal process that impacts our daily lives. Programs are conducted by bar groups, courts, schools, youth groups and community organizations. Past recent themes have highlighted the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment (women’s suffrage), freedom of speech and the press, separation of powers, the 14th Amendment, 50th anniversary of the Miranda decision, and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The theme for 2021 is “Advancing the Rule of Law, Now.” This theme was selected to remind us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.

Due to ongoing COVID issues, the ABA will be hosting several virtual events this year.

I will share a couple of Law Day articles on this blog in the coming days and hope you’ll return to read them.

Angela Classen, LAWS Newsletter Editor/Webmaster

New Web Site Up & Running!

After lengthy delays due to the holidays, end-of-year matters, work, and general non-techiness (is that even a word?), our new web site is finally available (if you’re reading this, obviously you figured that one out!). I also created a new logo which is being used on both this site and our Facebook page.

I’ve never had to deal with getting a domain name attached to a different web site host, so it was a little challenging, but the fine folks at WordPress had the right answer for me. I was ecstatic when I saw the A Name records I added worked. Whoo hoo!!

I would love to hear your thoughts on the look of the new web site, including ease of navigation, usefulness, etc. I want it to be user friendly and useful. If you can think of anything I should add, or something I should not – let me know!

Now that the web site is functional, I’ll try to regularly update and provide content via blog posts, such as this. Again, if you have suggestions, contact me.

The latest on meetings for 2021 – we missed our March meeting window but are trying to put something together for May. I’ll keep you updated via posts here and on our Facebook page, which you can access by clicking the Facebook icon right here on this site.

See you soon!

Angela Classen, Newsletter Editor/Webmaster