Caplan, Gerald A.

Caplan, Gerald A.
Caplan, Gerald A., interviewee; Woolf, Marvin B., interviewer; McCutcheon, Liz,videographer;
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Gerry Caplan discusses his long career as an attorney in Colorado, including his development of the specialty of school law, his firm’s representation of dozens of school districts, his role in Lujan v. Colorado State Board of Education (which dealt with the principle of local control of public schools), his court-ordered defense of Joseph Morse in the Elaura Jaquette murder trial, and the strange case of the disappearance of Thomas Riha. He also mentions his involvement with the Colorado Mountain Club, his work to establish the American Mountaineering Center, and some of his many mountaineering partners from the Boulder area.


Anecdotes about Boulder and Colorado judges.
Attorney for Boulder Valley School District and other school districts (development of the specialty of school law, Lujan v. Colorado State Board of Education, local control of public schools).
Camaraderie among members of the Colorado Bar Association.
Caplan and Ernest (law firm).
Justices of the Peace in Boulder.
Mountaineering (Colorado Mountain Club, establishment of the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Boulder mountaineers with whom he has climbed).
Riha divorce case and disappearance of Thomas Riha.
Role of attorneys in society
Trial of Joseph D. Morse for the murder of Elaura Jaquette (obligations of criminal defense lawyers to their clients, Colorado Supreme Court case regarding payment of legal representation of the accused).


Buck, William E.
Bunzel, Paul M., 1884-1966.
Caplan, Betsy Bruning.
Caplan, Gerald A.,
Carpenter, Don.
Ernest, G. Lane.
Jaquette, Elaura.
Morse, Joseph D.
Powell, Lewis F.
Riha, Hana.
Riha, Thomas.
Scott, Rex Harold, 1921-1986.
Stimmel, Don.
Tannenbaum, Galya (Gloria Ann Forest).
Defense Criminal procedure Colorado Boulder.
Education law and legislation Colorado Cases.
Judges Colorado Boulder.
Judges Colorado.
Judicial process Colorado.
Lawyers Colorado Boulder Biography.
Boulder (Colo.) History Biography.
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Supplemental material available in the OH file includes a profile of Gerald Caplan, three articles about the Riha/Tannenbaum case, and nine Daily Camera newspaper articles by or about Gerald Caplan.
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