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David S. Kaplan
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EDUCATION

University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1982

University of Colorado, B.A., 1977

PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

Attorney Regulation Defense

Professional License Defense

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Super Lawyers 2011-present

Best Lawyers in America 2015 in area of Non-White Collar Criminal Defense

Gubernatorial appointment, Vice Chairman, Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 2007-2012

Governor Appointment, Colorado State Office of Judicial Performance, 2012-present

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 1983-present (Past President)

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Legislative Coordinator for Colorado, 1987-1997

Denver Drug Court Advisory Committee, Probation subcommittee, 1993-1996

American Civil Liberties Union – Colorado, Board of Directors, 1991-1995, Nominating Committee 1994, Legislative Lobbying Committee, 1991-1995

American Bar Association, Chair of the Denver Subcommittee of the Criminal Litigation Committee, 1996- 1997

Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, 1994- 1996

Lobbyist, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Legislature, 1990-1995

Chairman, Legislative Action Committee, 1990-1994 (President-elect, 1992)

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (President, 1993-1994)

Board of Directors, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 1990-1992

David Kaplan has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, including complex litigation and trial representation in state and federal courts on matters ranging from violent crime to white collar defense. Additionally, David frequently represents attorneys facing disciplinary consequences, other professionals dealing with regulatory licensing issues, and students confronting disciplinary sanctions.

David graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1982 and he subsequently served as a Deputy State Public Defender in the Denver trial office. From there he went on to practice criminal law in both state and federal courts as a partner in Pozner and Kaplan, and later with the firm of Holland, Kaplan and Pagliuca.

In 2000, David returned to public service when he was appointed Colorado State Public Defender. For more than six years, he oversaw 270 criminal defense attorneys in what is regarded as one of the top indigent defense services in the nation. David joined Haddon, Morgan and Foreman in 2006.

David is Past-President of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver College of Law, teaching criminal law, criminal procedure and trial tactics. He has lectured extensively in the areas of trial tactics, criminal defense and criminal justice issues. David served as Vice Chair of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Currently, David is Chairman of the CJA standing committee for the District of Colorado, Chairman of the Colorado State Public Defender Commission, and a member of the Colorado State Office of Judicial Performance.

BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:

Colorado State Office of Judicial Performance—Commissioner, 2012-present

CJA Standing Committee Member, District of Colorado (Current Chair), 2011-present

Colorado State Public Defender Commission (Current Chair), 2012-present

Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission, Vice-Chairman, 2007- 2012

Chair Post-Incarceration Supervision Task Force – CCCJJ, 2007-2012

Chair Sex Offender/Offense Task force, CCCJJ, 2010-2012

Federal Criminal Case Discovery Committee, 2007-2008

Governor's Task Force on DNA, 2007-2009

Colorado Innocence Project, 2002-present

Colorado Legislative Task Force for the Continuing Study of the Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness Involved in the Criminal Justice System, 2000- 2006

Colorado Judicial Drug Court Advisory Committee, 2003-2006

Colorado State Court Commission on Families in the Courts, 2001

Denver Community Courts Development Plan Committee, 2001

City and County of Denver; No-Knock Raid Review Committee, 2000

Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, 1994-1996

ACLU of Colorado Board Member, 1991 - 1995

Denver Drug Court Advisory Committee, 1993-1996

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar – President, 1993-1994

TEACHING POSITIONS

Adjunct Faculty. University of Denver College of Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Trial Tactics

University of Denver College of Law Evening Division Professor of the Year, 1993

Instructor, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and University of Colorado College of Law Annual Trial Practice Institute. 1989-1997

Internship Training Coordinator, Denver Public Defender, 1985-1987

AUTHOR/SPEAKER

Speaker: “Exposing the Eyewitness Who Really is a Snitch,” NACDL Annual Conference, Denver, CO, 2011

Instructor: "The Colorado Method; Juror Selection Technique in Death Penalty Cases," July 2008

Speaker: “Cross Examination: Advanced Impeachment Techniques,” Colorado State Public Defender Annual Conference 2007, September 2007

Speaker: “Effective Assistance of Counsel: Sentencing Issues,” Fall Federal Practice Series, September 2007

Speaker: “Ethics in Multi-Defendant Cases,” Federal Criminal Justice Act Program, March 2007

Speaker: “Privilege and Confidential Communications, Ethical Considerations,” Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Ethics Program, November 2006

Panelist: “Criminal Sentencing in Colorado,” Colorado Bar Association CLE, February 2006

Panelist: First Annual Government Symposium. University of Colorado Law School, October 2005

Key Note Speaker: Rocky Mountain Government/Public Interest Legal Career Symposium, University of Colorado School of Law, March 2005

Speaker: Denver Metro Chamber Foundation and Leadership Denver Crime & Justice Day, April, 2003, 2004

Speaker: Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel, “Practicing with Professionalism,” June 2003

Speaker: Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Ethics Program, December 2002

Panelist: “The Changing Face of the Death Penalty,” Hispanic National Bar Association Midwestern Regional Conference, September 2002

Panelist: Plenary Panel, Rocky Mountain Restorative Community Justice Conference, September 2001

Keynote Speaker: Larimer County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, May 2001

Speaker: Colorado Bar Association Annual Spring Criminal Law Program, April 2001

Speaker: University of Denver College of Law Equal Justice Colloquium, March 2001

Panelist: American Association of Law Schools Equal Justice Colloquium, February 2001

Keynote Speaker: Coloradans Against the Death Penalty Awards Ceremony, October 2000

Speaker: “Conducting An Effective Cross Examination in Colorado,” Lorman Education Services, July 2000

Keynote Speaker: Colorado Bar admission ceremony, May 2000

Speaker: “Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination,” Lorman Education Services, July 1999

Speaker: “Purpose of Cross Examination,” Colorado Bar Association Litigation Seminar, June 1999

Speaker: “Trial Strategies & Tactics” CLE, Colorado Bar Association, October 1997

Panelist: “Dealing with U.S. Probation Office,” Federal CJA Seminar, June 1997

Speaker: “Repercussions of a Sexual Assault Conviction,” Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, April 1997

Co-Author Denver University Law Review: "Coerced Waiver Coerced Consent," 1997

Speaker: Denver Law Review Coercion Symposium. University of Denver College of Law, March 1997

Speaker: “Criminality and the Constitution,” Metro State Political Science

Department symposium, December 1996

Speaker: “Violent Assault and the At-Risk Defendant,” 1996 COVA Conference. November 1996

Speaker: "Skill Building for Testimony in Court," Children's Advocacy and Family Resource Center: March 1995

Speaker: “Skill Building for Testimony in Court,” Children's Advocacy and Family Resource Center, December 1993

Speaker: “Prosecution, Defense and Appellate Perspectives of Victims and Defendant's Rights,” 1993 COVA Conference, October 1993

Speaker: Mid-year Commencement Address, University of Denver College of Law, January 1993

Speaker: Colorado Statutory and Case Law update. Presented to the First Judicial District Bar Association, March 1992

Speaker: CTLA Criminal Update, October 1991

Speaker: “Managing the Indigent Client,” Colorado Springs CCDB CLE, September 1991

Speaker: "Negotiating the Plea and Sentencing Hearing," CCDB Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Alternatives in Sentencing. December 1990

Author: “1990 Criminal Law Legislative Update,” Colorado Lawyer, October 1990

Lecture: “Basic Cross Examination Techniques,” Colorado Public Defenders, Training 1990

Speaker: Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Law Update: Criminal Law, Denver, Colorado, September 1990

Guest Speaker. "Violence Against Minorities," Symposium sponsored by the Asian American Law Society, University of Denver College of Law, January 1990

Lecture. "Investigating Allegations of Child Sexual Assault," Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Continuing Legal Education program: Sexual Assault on Children, 1989

Author: "Investigating Allegations of Child Sexual Assault," 1989

Legislative Update: 1989 Legislative session update. CTLA continuing legal education seminar

Speaker: “DUI Law in Colorado,” Colorado Public Defender Conference, 1985

Co-Author: "DUI Law in Colorado," Colorado Trial Lawyers Association annual convention 1985


EDUCATION

University of Denver College of Law, J.D., 1982

University of Colorado, B.A., 1977

PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

Attorney Regulation Defense

Professional License Defense

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Super Lawyers 2011-present

Best Lawyers in America 2015 in area of Non-White Collar Criminal Defense

Gubernatorial appointment, Vice Chairman, Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 2007-2012

Governor Appointment, Colorado State Office of Judicial Performance, 2012-present

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 1983-present (Past President)

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Legislative Coordinator for Colorado, 1987-1997

Denver Drug Court Advisory Committee, Probation subcommittee, 1993-1996

American Civil Liberties Union – Colorado, Board of Directors, 1991-1995, Nominating Committee 1994, Legislative Lobbying Committee, 1991-1995

American Bar Association, Chair of the Denver Subcommittee of the Criminal Litigation Committee, 1996- 1997

Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, 1994- 1996

Lobbyist, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Legislature, 1990-1995

Chairman, Legislative Action Committee, 1990-1994 (President-elect, 1992)

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (President, 1993-1994)

Board of Directors, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 1990-1992