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Nathan Dunlap death sentence reprieve executive order

New (February 2013), and critical, evaluation of Coloraodo DOC's Sex Offencer Treatment Program (SOTP).

Video clip of Phil Cherner's comments on Holmes case for KDVR-TV, July 24, 2012.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this July 21, 2012 Denver Post article.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this June 16, 2012 Denver Post article.

Phil Cherner is mentioned in this May 9, 2012 Denver Post article.

DOC has released a new report on solitary confinement. DOC uses "ad seg" at nearly 7 times the national average, but to its credit has cut the population by nearly 300 over the last few months.

There's a new report from the SOMB evaluating the effictiveness of standards-based sex offender treatment. The report concludes the data does not support the conclusion that the treatment reduces recidivism. "The policies prescribed by the Adult Standards and Guidelines for the management and treatment of adult sex offenders appear to limit sexual recidivism post–release from supervision for adult sex offenders who successfully completed either probation or parole. Notwithstanding the literature, the data alone does not provide sufficient independent evidence to support this claim and is therefore less conclusive." See the report at: http://dcj.state.co.us/odvsom/sex_offender/SO_Pdfs/2011%20Adult%20Standards%20and%20Guidelines%20Outcome%20Evaluation.pdf

Phil Cherner published an article in the February 2010 The Colorado Lawyer, which described in detail why felons sentenced in Colorado serve, on average, 70% of their sentence.

A copy of the article is available here.

In November Phil Cherner completed hosting "CSI Colorado in 2011" for CLE, Inc. Over 100 lawyers attended.

Over the years, Phil has spoken on numerous aspects of criminal defense, the law, and society. He has spoken before many of the area's leading legal groups.

The Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and Colorado Women's Bar Association are among the groups that Phil Cherner has spoken before. Additional groups include the Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado State Public Defenders, and National Lawyer's Guild, among others.

In addition to being a highly-respected attorney in Denver, Phil Cherner is an avid photographer.

Photos by Phil Cherner have appeared in a variety of publications.

Some of Phil's photos were recently displayed at the Festimatge 2012 exhibition in Calella, Spain, in April.

Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra, Jordan.

Visit the photography section of the site to see many examples of Phil's photography.

Published Articles


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Your Law License and Marijuana

This article explores the interaction between jurisdictions that allow and prohibit marijuana, recreationally and as a medicine, and how it can impact a lawyer's license to practice law. Current through February, 2016.

How to Become a Colorado Lawyer

    A short essay on the ins and outs of respondinging to a character and fitness inquiry if you are a Colorado Bar applicant.  Click here.

The Colorado Lawyer Articles:

How successful are sex offenders on probation? What about other offenders? Data provided by the Colorado State Judicial Department shows that about 15% of Sex Offender Intensive Supervison Probation (SOISP) probationers are revoked within the first year and 25-30% are revoked within the first two years the individual is on probation (the data varies by the year probation began). Click here for the data for probationers starting in 2003 to 2009.

Other Legal Publications

Phil Cherner also wrote the following articles, which were published over the years in a variety of legal publications:

  • The Alibi Defense
    Trial Talk, Fall, 1987
  • Several articles
    for the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar newsletter (The Rap Sheet) over the years

Additionally, Phil Cherner has spoken and taught about many aspects of criminal defense and the law.

Contact Phil Cherner to benefit from his knowledgeable legal expertise.