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3107 Iris Avenue, Suite 100
Boulder, CO  80301
phone: 303-443-8010
fax: 303-440-3967
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Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, National Council of School Attorneys, 2006
  • Blaurock Silver Piton Award, Colorado Mountain Club, 1993

Gerald A. Caplan

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Mr. Caplan, the founder of the firm, received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from Syracuse University and served three years as a first lieutenant in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps of the Army before starting his law practice in Boulder in 1961. He became general counsel for the Boulder Valley Schools in 1966 and went on to represent over sixty school districts in Colorado. He was founding president of the Colorado Council of School Attorneys and president of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

Gerald has served as Boulder County public trustee, assistant Boulder municipal judge, and as special assistant attorney general for Colorado. Originally a member of the board of trustees for the State Colleges of Colorado, he later became chairman of the board of trustees for the University of Northern Colorado. He was president of the Boulder County Bar Association, the Boulder County Bar Foundation and the Penfield Tate American Inn of Court. Gerald was selected by his peers as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and in 1996 received a Professionalism Award from the Colorado Bar Association.

Gerald edited the Colorado School Law Review and taught First Amendment law at the CU School of Journalism. He has been seminar presenter on many topics for national organizations and guest speaker at Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado and Regis University. He was lead attorney in the case of Lujan v. Colorado State Board of Education, a landmark school finance case that established the foundation for local control of schools in Colorado.

After forty years of practice, Gerald regularly consults with many of the firm’s attorneys and served as a member and chairman of the Boulder County Planning Commission. He is an active member and past president of the Colorado Mountain Club and past president of the Colorado Mountain Club Foundation.

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.
  • Syracuse University, B.A.

Published Works

“Student Activism.” In Colorado School Law Review (October 1969).

“Teacher Tenure Act: Interruption of Service.” In Colorado School Law Review (September 1971).

“The Anatomy of School Finance Litigation.” In Inquiry and Analysis, Vol. 4 No. 4 (February 1980).

“Defense of Public Employment Cases Under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983.” In NSBA Council of School Attorneys Law Seminar Proceedings. Edited by Sandra Githers. Published by National School Boards Association (1980).

“Employment Discrimination: A Survey.” In School Law for a New Decade. Edited by M. A. McGhehey. Published by The National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (1980).

“Evolution and the Biblical Account of Creation: Equal Time?” In School Law In Changing Times. Edited by M. A. McGhehey. Published by The National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (1982).

“Current Issues in Reductions-in-Force.” In School Law Update…Preventive School Law. Edited by Thomas N. Jones. Published by The National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (1984).

“First Amendment Claims of Public Employees.” In School Law Update…Preventive School Law. Edited by Thomas N. Jones. Published by The National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (1984).

“Freedom of Religion and Employee Leave.” In Inquiry and Analysis (November 1985).

“Local Control of Education: A Constitutional Perspective.” (Published by the Colorado Association of School Boards, 1996)

Representative Cases

Colorado High School Activities Association v. National Football League, 711 F.2d 943 (10th Cir. 1983)

National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Board of Regents, 468 U.S. 85 (Amicus, Sup. Ct. 1984)

Lujan v. Colorado State Bd. of Educ., 649 P.2d 1005 (Colo. 1982)

Weathers v. West Yuma County School Dist. R-J-1, 530 F.2d 1335 (C.A. 10 (Colo.) 1976)

Associations & Memberships

  • 20th Judicial District Nominating Commission, Member
  • University of Northern Colorado, Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • Boulder County Bar Association, President
  • Boulder County Bar Foundation, President
  • Penfield Tate American Inn of Court, President
  • National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys, President
  • Colorado Mountain Club, Past President
  • Colorado Mountain Club Foundation, Past President
  • American Alpine Club
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Associates, Director
  • Boulder County Planning Commission, Chairman