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A Tribute to Jim Carrigan

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jimCarriganIf you ever had the chance to meet Jim Carrigan, consider yourself lucky to have been in the presence of such a humble, respected, kind, and educated man.  Jim was described as a remarkable human in all aspects of his life.  One of our founding friends and brilliant lawyer, judge, and leader, Jim Carrigan passed away at his Boulder home Friday afternoon.  Although the last years were difficult given his health, such a loss jars no matter how much anticipated.

His beloved wife Bev, family, and loved ones gathered in his remembrance over the weekend.  Those who gathered were sad to lose him and joyful to speak of his brilliance, humanity, compassion, humility, and faith. Beyond that, and uniquely Carrigan—at the funeral and in conversation—the thoughts honored his insight into justice, what justice requires, and how much injustice exists that is to be addressed and reversed.

Throughout his work in private practice, being a law professor, and becoming a U.S. district court judge, his professional accomplishments are highly known and respected.  He paired this with his love for education, love for Colorado, and most especially love for his family to leave a lasting mark on people’s lives and on the legal community.  We will have more to offer in memory of Jim, his force, and insights that NITA can draw from the examples and lessons he provided.  To carry his virtues forward is our task.

A continued posting will contain further details about contributing in his remembrance and shared thoughts from the NITA community about Judge Carrigan’s influence and impact.

For a more in-depth look at the celebration of his wonderful life, read further in the article from the Daily Camera and a detailed obituary.  A public memorial service will be held at the University of Colorado Wolf Law Building at a date and time to be determined.

About Karen M. Lockwood

Karen is the Executive Director at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Karen brings the insights and creativity rooted in serving corporate and business clients, first-chairing numerous jury and bench trials, and arguing appeals. Her specialty areas have included construction litigation, large disaster cases, multi-party commercial disputes involving all types of contracts, antitrust, trademark and copyright, and ADR.

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  • Train and mentor lawyers to be competent and ethical advocates in pursuit of justice.
  • Develop and teach trial advocacy skills to support and promote the effective and fair administration of justice.
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