Colorado attorney seeks reinstatement to provide pro bono services to veterans

By Karen Kidd | Oct 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) – Colorado attorney James Cotter Ruh, who resigned from the bar in California in 2015, may be reinstated following a recently announced California State Bar Court recommendation.

Ruh wants to be reinstated to the bar in California "primarily to represent United States veterans pro bono when he is staying in his Santa Barbara vacation home," the five-page order granting petition for reinstatement issued Sept. 20 by the state bar court said.

The state bar's recommendation that Ruh be reinstated is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the state bar's review department or expiration of time in which parties may request further review within the state bar court.

Ruh's recommended reinstatement was among the dispositions filed by the state bar court's hearing department for September.  

Ruh was admitted to the bar in California on June 13, 2006, according to his profile at the state bar website. He resigned from the practice of law in California effective July 10, 2015, with no disciplinary charges pending, according to his profile and the court's order.

Ruh, admitted to the bar in Colorado in 1973, also stopped practicing law in that state in 2015, according to the court's order.

"(Ruh) has continued to work in Colorado as a mediator and arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and he has remained on the panels of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals in both Colorado and California," the court's order said. "(Ruh) has no prior record of discipline in California or Colorado."

Ruh is past chairman of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's Hall of Life, the Colorado Ballet and Vail Symposium, according to the court's order.

In the lead up to his petition for reinstatement filed in March, Ruh in November passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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