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CURRICULUM VITAE

 

JAMES H. MOSS

CURRICULUM VITAE

720 334 8529

jim@rec-law.us

http://Recreation-Law.com/

HIGHLIGHTS. 1

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY.. 2

EDUCATION.. 4

POST COLLEGE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT.. 4

TRIAL EXPERIENCE.. 4

EXPERT WITNESS. 4

EDITORIAL BOARDS. 4

PUBLICATIONS – BOOKS. 4

PUBLICATIONS –NEWSLETTERS. 5

PUBLICATIONS. 5

VIDEOS AND FILMS. 8

PUBLIC SPEAKING.. 9

TEACHING EXPERIENCE.. 15

PODCASTS. 16

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES. 16

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS: 16

MEMBERSHIPS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: 17

HONORS: 17

HIGHLIGHTS

November 1985 – Present:

Private practice specializing in business law and litigation:  Represented clients in business law, contracts, business formation, real estate, landlord/tenant, and estate planning. Experienced trial attorney, from traffic to complex commercial litigation. Clients range from individuals to large corporations, located throughout Colorado and the United States. Worked with start-up companies and represented several high-risk recreational businesses, providing them with advice and research to prevent litigation. Worked for and have developed legal defense programs for several insurance companies.

Specialization in outdoor recreation law: Represented a wide variety of outdoor industry trade associations, organizations and companies including manufacturers and universities. Developed a national reputation for outdoor recreation litigation, contracts and defense programs. Trial assets are ability to communicate and relate to the jury and to cross-examine witness.

Author: Outdoor Recreation, Insurance, Risk Management, and Law, Sagamore Publishing, Inc. 2018

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

November 1985 – Present:

Private practice specializing in business law and litigation:  Represented clients in business law, contracts, business formation, real estate, landlord/tenant, and estate planning. Experienced trial attorney, from traffic to complex commercial litigation. Clients range from individuals to large corporations, located throughout Colorado and the United States. Worked with start-up companies and represented several high-risk recreational businesses, providing them with advice and research to prevent litigation. Worked for and have developed legal defense programs for several insurance companies.

Specialization in outdoor recreation law: Represented a wide variety of outdoor industry trade associations, organizations and companies including manufacturers and universities. Developed a national reputation for outdoor recreation litigation, contracts and defense programs. Trial assets are ability to communicate and relate to the jury and to cross-examine witness.

August 2002 – July 2012 & August 2015 – 2017

Instructor Ski Area Operations, Risk Management. Colorado Mountain College, Leadville, CO. Author SAO Risk Management on line curriculum. Colorado Mountain College, Leadville, CO. Author Ski Area Operations, Risk Management on line course (http://www.coloradomtn.edu/programs/sao/field.shtml)

February 2008 – Present

Author – www.recreation-law.com:      Author of a weekly blog on the issues in the outdoor recreation community.

February 2001 – Present

Consultant Risk Management and Disaster Planning. Work with business to identify source of lawsuits and eliminate those sources. Consult on all forms of litigation, risk management, disaster planning.

May 2004 – 2011

Editor the Outdoor Recreation & Fitness Law Review. The Law Review is an online publication informing lawyers and business of changes in the law of outdoor recreation, fitness and outdoor education. (www.snewsnet.com/lawreview)

August 2006 – December 2006

Developer the Parks Recreation and Tourism Program, University of Utah, PRT Risk Management Insurance & Law

January 2005 – August 2006

Park’s College (Everest) Adjunct Instructor in the paralegal program, teaching Contracts, Real Property, Estates, Administrative and Probate law.

1989 – 2002: Small Business Risk Management Seminars:

Conducted two- and three-day risk management seminars for outdoor recreation businesses. Seminars provide the participant with hands-on training in how to detect risks and handle problems when they occur to prevent litigation.

February 2001 – August 2002

Risk Manager, Copper Mountain Resort Claims Management, Worker’s Compensation, and Training program. Reduced General Liability Claims costs from the three-year average Ninety (90%) percent. Received thank you notes from injured guests and family members of fatalities. Eliminated all lawsuits by injured guests. Converted Risk Management into a customer service department. Empowered Ski Patrol and Guest Service employees to solve problems to reduce claims. Reduced Worker’s Compensation costs by 67% and reduced claims by 20%. Wrote the weekly newsletter for Intrawest (Parent Corporation) for risk management personnel.

1999 – 2001: Publisher, Outdoor Recreation Newsletter:  Created and publish a monthly electronic newsletter exploring various aspects of risk management, liability, and legal issues affecting the outdoor recreation, travel and hospitality industry.

1984 — 1985: Attorney, Nationwide Financial Services, Mutual Fund Co. Developed and managed the training 3,000 agents in securities, tax law, and sales. Developed a multi-media training program explaining IRS and SEC regulations on the sale of securities. This three-day seminar was culminated a two-year series of training programs tying the entire program together. Developed marketing and advertising plans for agent promotions. Coordinated sales, marketing, and legal functions with other departments within the company. Also coordinated mutual fund programs with other companies within Nationwide.

1983-1984:  Attorney, Nationwide Life Insurance Co. Wrote pension plans and trained agents and stockbrokers in pension law. Provided in-house and on-site sales support for mutual funds, tax-sheltered annuities, life insurance products, and other financial instruments. Assisted in the development of “BEST of AMERICA,” the first tax sheltered annuity to wrap public mutual funds. Trained the brokerage community in the sales of tax-sheltered annuities of Nationwide Life Insurance Company.

1983-1985:  Rock climbing instructor and Money Management Instructor, Ohio State University Creative Arts Program. Taught 2,000 students rock climbing skills. Courses ranged from a 10-week experience, to a one-day program for youth groups. Developed a new teaching technique for rock climbing teaching 25 students to climb at one time.

The Money Management program was directed at professional students entering the work force for the first time. The class concentrated on investments, but started with checking accounts and ended with retirement.

1980- 1982: Law Clerk, Sebastian and Marsh, commercial litigation firm.

Mediator, Columbus City Attorney’s office, night prosecutor’s program. Mediated disputes between citizens of Columbus, OH. The program was instituted to relieve the courts and police of handling domestic and non-arrest incidents and to provide a forum of civilian disputes.

1978 – 1980: Nationwide Insurance – Self-employed multi-line insurance agent. Held SEC series 6, life/health and property/casualty insurance license

1977 — 1978: Boy Scouts of America District Executive. Responsible for year-round program, adult and youth leader training, fund raising, and recruitment of youth and adults. Developed youth programs in character building, leadership and outdoor recreation. Provided training to adults working with youth and outdoor skills to youth.

EDUCATION

August 1980 — December 1982: J.D., Capital University Law

1972 — 1977: B.S., Ohio State University

POST COLLEGE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

  • National Executive Institute (BSA)
  • National Camping School (BSA)
  • National Exploring Law Enforcement Conference (BSA)
  • Exploring Leader Training (BSA)
  • Scoutmaster Leader Training
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Colorado Continuing Legal Education Classes (Participant & Instructor)

 

TRIAL EXPERIENCE

Developed a national expertise as a consultant and trial attorney specializing in recreational risk issues, encompassing several areas with primary emphases on litigation prevention. Litigated and consulted on a broad scope of issues including risk management as it relates to recreation and outdoor education, risk management and program exposure evaluation, equipment and product liability and insurance issues.

Currently represent a large segment of the whitewater rafting insurance industry, scuba insurance industry, canoe livery and outdoor recreation industry. Consulted on or successfully litigated rafting, backpacking, kayaking, snowmobiling, ropes course and rock-climbing cases.

EXPERT WITNESS

Expert witness in outdoor recreation, commercial guiding, and recreation education cases

EDITORIAL BOARDS

Sports Facilities and the Law review, Holt Hackney Publications, https://sportsfacilitieslaw.com/

Sport and Recreation Law Association Presentation Review Board, http://www.srlawebsite.com/

PUBLICATIONS – BOOKS

Outdoor Recreation, Insurance, Risk Management, and Law, Sagamore Publishing, Inc., 2015, 427 pages, Sagamore Publishing, Inc., Urbana, IL

Risk Management and Law for Outdoor Recreation Professionals: Compiled November 1995. 400-page compendium of articles issues and reference material for individuals and businesses.

The Lawyer’s Advisor: Published September 1996. 160-page book written to provide consumers and lawyers with maxims for dealing with each other. Published by ICS Books, Merrillville, IN.

Outdoor Recreation Forms, Published September 1999, 200-page book published by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, to provide members with risk management forms for their businesses.

Legal Liability and Risk Management in Adventure Tourism: Ross Cloutier with Daniel Garvey, Will Leverette, James Moss & Gilles Valade. I was responsible for Chapter Seven Canadian Businesses Carrying on Operations in the United States.

Boy Scout Fieldbook: Contributing Author for the Risk Management chapter, Boy Scouts of America

Outdoor Programmers Resource Guide, Risk Management, Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education, 2004

Boating the Grand Canyon: A “How To” for Private Boaters, Amazon Kindle, 2019

Management of Parks and Recreation Agencies, 4th Edition, Chapter 2: Law and Jurisdiction (5th Edition currently in the Editing process) NRPA and Sagamore Press

Mountain Medicine & Technical Rescue 2nd Edition Chapter 13: Legal Aspects of Mountain Medicine, Carreg Limited

PUBLICATIONS –NEWSLETTERS

Liability Corner, Paddle Dealer Magazine. Quarterly magazine for the paddlesport’s industry, Paddlesport Publishing, Inc., Steamboat, Colorado.

Outdoor Recreation, Travel and Hospitality Law Newsletter, monthly electronic newsletter detailing changes, actions, lawsuits and results for the Outdoor Recreation, Travel and Hospitality Community.

PUBLICATIONS

In the Who’s-To-Blame Game, Be Trained in Self-Defense. Outside Business, October 1989, Taking Cover –

The Ins and Outs of Outdoor Education Cases, The Outdoor Network, fall 1990, Vol. 1 No. 7, Lawsuits: (Reprinted, January 1991 in Christian Wilderness Leaders Coalition; 1991 Newsletter National Association of Canoe Liveries and Outfitters.)

Medical Release Forms, The Outdoor Network, winter 1990, Vol. 1 No. 8,

Liability and Outdoor Equipment, The Outdoor Network, spring 1991, Vol. 1 No. 9,

Avoiding a Lawsuit, The Outdoor Network, spring 1991, Vol. 1 No. 9,

Using Industry Knowledge to Your best Advantage., The Outdoor Network, fall 1991, Vol. 3 No. 3,

Outdoor Programmer’s Resource Guide, Liability Section Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America, 1991,

Outdoor Recreation Liability in the Future and How to Prepare for that Threat Today. Proceedings: Sixth International Conference on Outdoor Recreation:

Paperwork: It Destroys Trees, Takes up Space and Maybe Necessary to Prevent Lawsuits. Proceedings: Sixth International Conference on Outdoor Recreation:

Avoiding a Lawsuit Pathways to Outdoor Communication, a publication of the New York State Outdoor Education Association, Inc., spring 1992, (Reprint of The Outdoor Network, spring 1991, Vol. 1 No. 9, Avoiding a Lawsuit)

Liabilities of Endorsers, Trade Associations, or Similar Parties Who Approve a Product in the Outdoor Recreation Industry. The Outdoor Network, spring 19921, Vol. 4 No. 1,

Whitewater Rafting Liability. The Outdoor Network, spring 1992, Vol. 4 No. 2,

Current Trends in the Use of Waivers and Releases. The Outdoor Network, fall 1992, Vol. 4 No. 4,

Are “out-of-bounds” laws out of bounds? Le Chronicle du Couloir, November 1992

Liability for Sexual Contact between Guides and Guests Proceedings: Sixth International Conference on Outdoor Recreation.

Current Trends in Outdoor Recreation Liability. Proceedings: Sixth International Conference on Outdoor Recreation

The Legal Perspective for the Outdoor Recreation Community Proceedings: Sixth International Conference on Outdoor Recreation: Certification and Accreditation.

Y’know what we do to poachers…boy? Le Chronicle du Couloir, January 1995

Product Liability of Outdoor Recreation Equipment Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Sports Law, May 5, 1995.

Troubled Waters Outdoor Retailer, April 2000.

Outfitter Release Forms: How to Keep Them Meaningful Paddle Dealer, Liability Corner, spring 2000

A Few Words on “Standards” Paddle Dealer, Liability Corner, spring 2000

Pay Special Attention to Children Paddle Dealer, Liability Corner, summer 2000

Running a Retail Operation: Should you Rent Equipment Paddle Dealer Liability Corner, fall 2000

Special Attention Required When it comes to Children, Lawsuits, Releases and Assumption of Risk Scouter Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 1

The Basics of Negligence Paddle Dealer, Liability Corner, winter 2001

Renting Equipment Inside/Outside Magazine, spring 2003

It’s Not Money, CLE International, Recreation and Adventure Program law and Liability Conference,

A Good Contract Between Manufacturers and Independent Reps Makes for a Sound Business Marriage and a Smoother Divorce- If it comes to That. Gear Trends Magazine, summer 2004,

How to Reduce Injuries on the job; Put down the pencil, get off your chair, and get out of your office, Lorman Education Services, CLE Program, Worker’s Compensation:

Assumption of the Risk, Mountain Bulletin, a Publication of the American Mountain Guide Association, Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Summer 2004

Legal Watch: Prescriptions and the Law, Wilderness Medicine, the Journal of the Wilderness Medical Society, Fall 2007 (http://www.wms.org/pubs/WMSFall2007_MagazineFINAL_lowres.pdf)

Storm Over Everest, Frontline High-Altitude Ethics Roundtable, May, 2008, www.frontline.org/everest/etc/roundtable.html

California Supreme Court Limits Good Samaritan Protection, Wilderness Medicine, the Journal of the Wilderness Medical Society, Summer 2009

Lawsuits, Recreation Management, February, 2010

When we try to prevent accidents…are we creating them, Outward Bound International Journal, 2013, (Reprint https://recreation-law.com/2012/07/18/when-we-try-and-prevent-accidentsare-creating-them)

National Bicycle Dealers Association, Recalls Call for Retailer Action, http://rec-law.us/1FHAhA6

Protecting Your Bike Shop and Yourself When Hosting Events, Marsh & McLennan Agency, http://rec-law.us/1zAPdu5

Federal Court Dismisses Claims by BMX Rider for More Money from Sponsor, Sports Litigation Alert, Vol 12, Issue 17, http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/

Can You Buy a Season Pass at a Ski Area and Avoid Criminal Prosecution? Sports Litigation Alert, Vol 13, Issue 2, http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/

Judicial Ruling Creates Chaos in Oregon Where Volunteer Activities on Recreational Lands Have Come to a Halt, Sports Litigation Alert, March 17, 2017, Vol 14, Issue 5, http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/

Colorado Supreme Court Determines that a Piece of Playground Equipment on School Property Is Not Protected by the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, Sports Litigation Alert Vol. 14, Iss. 13, http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/

California Proposition 65 Affects Retailers and Dealers, Too, National Sporting Goods Association, February 8, 2018 https://www.nsga.org/prop65

Court: Plaintiff Cannot Assume a Risk Which Is Not Inherent in the Activity or Which He Does Not Know, Sports Litigation Alert, Volume 15, Issue 13, July 20, 2018, http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/

Court: Plaintiff Cannot Assume a Risk Which Is Not Inherent in the Activity or Which He Does Not Know, Sport Facilities and the Law, July-August 2018 l Volume 3, Issue 1, https://sportsfacilitieslaw.com/

Kentucky Appellate Court Holds That Exclusions in an Insurance Policy That Render the Policy Worthless to the Insured Are Valid, Sport Facilities and the Law, Volume 15, Issue 18      September 28, 2018, https://sportsfacilitieslaw.com/

Court Allows a Release to Stop a Gross Negligence Claim, Sport Facilities and the Law, March-April 2019 Volume 3, Issue 5, https://sportsfacilitieslaw.com/

VIDEOS AND FILMS

Consulted on or written the scripts and provided legal advice for the following Videos and Films.

National Livery Safety System, “Accepting the Responsibility… A Guide to Safe Paddling.”  1993. American Canoe Association

National Livery Safety System, “You’re in Control…A Guide to Safe Paddling.” 1993. American Canoe Association

National Livery Safety System, “So Take the Time…A Guide to Risk Management Training for Outfitters.” 1993. American Canoe Association

Scuba Schools International, Basic Scuba Training, 1993.

Jack’s Plastic Welding, “Operation of the Paddle Cat.” 1993.

National Livery Safety System, “Whitewater Rafting.” 2000. American Canoe Association

National Livery Safety System, “Whitewater Kayaking.” 2000. American Canoe Association

OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Videos, 2012, http://rec-law.us/NvHtqu

CONSULTATIONS FOR PUBLICATIONS: Quoted in or consulted by the following newspapers and magazines concerning risk management or outdoor recreation.

Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, Alaska

Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Bike Bix, UK

Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts

Camp Business

Club Industry, October 2011 Clubs, Manufactures Can Lessen Lawsuit Possibilities

Meetings & Conventions

Outdoor Hospitality Magazine

Outdoor Network, Boulder, Colorado

Outdoor Retailer, California

Outside Business, Chicago, Illinois

Outside Magazine, Santa Fe, NM

Rock & Ice, Letters to the Editor

Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado

Ski Area Management, Boulder, Colorado

Velo News, Boulder, Colorado

Wall Street Journal, New York, New York

Forbes.com

Colorado Sun

The Rōbert Report

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Western River Guides Association, Annual Meeting December 1988: Reducing Your Exposure to Lawsuits, Reno, Nevada.

Colorado River Outfitters Association Annual Meeting, February 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993: various recreational risk topics.

Western River Guides Association, Annual Meeting December 1988: Paperwork Necessary to Prevent Lawsuits.

Boy Scouts of America, National Search and Rescue Conference, July 1989, Reducing Your Risk of Being Sued, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Outside Business, Taking Cover in the who’s to blame game, be trained for self-defense, October 1989.

Boy Scouts of America, National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference, July 1990, Reducing Your Risk of Being Sued, Boulder, Colorado.

Boy Scouts of America, National Exploring Conference 1990, Working with Parents to Avoid Litigation, Boulder, Colorado.

The Outdoor Network, Avoiding a Lawsuit, Spring 1991

Boy Scouts of America, North Central Region Exploring Law Enforcement Conference 1991: BSA Programs and Their Effect in Reducing Your Lawsuit Risk, Denver, Colorado.

Coalition of Exclusive Agents, First Annual Conference, July 1991, Reducing Your Errors and Omission’s Exposure, Las Vegas, Nevada.

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation: Outdoor Recreation Liability in the Future and How to Prepare for that Threat Today, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation: Paperwork: It Destroys Trees, Takes up Space and Maybe Necessary to Prevent Lawsuits, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

America Outdoors, Confluence 91, Reducing Your Liability, Orlando, Florida.

America Outdoors, Confluence 91, Understanding Your Insurance, Orlando, Florida.

Wilderness Education Association, Post Incident Emergency Legal Response, February 1992, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, Colorado.

Sixth International Conference on Outdoor Recreation, Liability for Sexual Contact between Guests and Guides, November 1992, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

Sixth International Conference on Outdoor Recreation, Panel Discussion on: Liability for Certification, Accreditation and Endorsements in the Outdoor Recreation Industry, November 1992, Calgary, Canada.

Sixth International Conference on Outdoor Recreation, Panel Discussion of: Current trends in Outdoor Recreation Liability, November 1992, Calgary, Canada.

First Annual Challenge Course Symposium: Lawsuits: How to Handle them and How to Avoid Them, April, Boulder Colorado.

Exploring Search and Rescue Conference, Liability of Explorer Post Leaders. August 1993, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Seventh International Conference on Outdoor Recreation: Emerging Trends in Outdoor Recreation, November 1993, Corvallis, Oregon

Seventh International Conference on Outdoor Recreation: Legalese, understanding the language, November 1993, Corvallis, Oregon

Confluence 1993, National Association of Canoe Liveries and Outfitters: National Livery System Video used as a Trial Defense Exhibit, December, Florida.

Second Annual Challenge Course Symposium: Setting up Your Course and Your Business to Avoid Litigation Threats, April, Boulder, Colorado

Fifth International Symposium on Human and Resource Management: Legal liability in Resource Management, June 1994, Fort Collins, Colorado

Building Partnerships, Building Trails: Risk Management for Trail Maintenance and Design. June 23, 1994, Park City, Utah.

Alpha Phi Omega Regional Conference: Alcohol Liability, a New Risk Plan for APO, October 29, 1994, Boulder, Colorado.

The Challenge Course Manager, Rick Management, March 28, 1995, Golden, Colorado

The Challenge Course Manager, Paperwork, Liability Defense, March 29, 1995, Golden, Colorado

Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Sports Law, Product Liability of Outdoor Recreation Equipment, May 5, 1995.

Colorado Bar Association 1995 Convention, Sports Law, Outdoor Recreation in Colorado, September 8, 1995.

Seminar, Cornell University, Risk Management and Liability, Protecting you and your program from assault, October 24, 1995

Seminar, Cornell University, Paperwork, the Documents you need for Liability Protection, October 25, 1995.

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation, Risk Management in Outdoor Recreation Programs, October 24-25, 1995, Cornell University, New York.

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation, Risk Liability in University Outdoor Recreation Programs, October 24-25, 1995, Cornell University, New York.

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation, Update in Outdoor Recreation Law, October 24-25, 1995, Cornell University, New York.

National Association of Canoe Liveries and Outfitters, 1995 Convention, Risk Management in Outdoor Recreation Operations, November 26 – 27, 1995.

Wilderness Medicine Society, Liability Issues in Outdoor Recreation Law, February, 1996, Big Sky, Montana

Wilderness Education Association, Outdoor Recreation Liability Issues in College and University Outdoor Programs, February 23, 1996, Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee.

Wilderness Education Association, What’s New in University and College Outdoor Recreation, February 24, 1996, Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee

Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America Rendezvous and Conference, Liability Issues of College and University Programs, June 1, 1996, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Seventh International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Land Management Issues for Colleges and Universities, November 7, 1996, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Seventh International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Update in Risk Management and the Law for Colleges and Universities, November 7, 1996, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Professional Paddlesports Association National Waterways Conference, Asset Protection and Estate Planning for the Canoe Livery Owner, December 5, 1996, Destin Florida.

Challenge Course Mangers Symposium, Legal and Risk Management Issues for the Challenge Course Manager, December 15, 1996, Boulder, Colorado.

Non-Profits in Travel Conference, Risk Management for Adventure Travel Industry, March 3, 1997, Arlington, Virginia

American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Directors, Recreation Programs: Are You What You Think You Are, March 21, 1997, St. Louis, Missouri.

International Boating and Water Safety Summit, Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign, April 22, 1997, San Diego, California

International Boating and Water Safety Summit, Is Your Insurance Adjuster Prospecting You for a Lawsuit?  April 22, 1997, San Diego, California

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, How to Protect Your Mexican Assets from US Attorneys, November 7, 1997, Merida, Mexico.

Professional Paddlesports Association Conference, Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign, December 4, 1997, Clearwater, Florida.

Professional Paddlesports Association Conference, Update in Outdoor Recreation Law, December 4, 1997, Clearwater, Florida.

First World Conference on the Cold and 7th European Cold Conference, How to Protect Your Assets from US Lawsuits, January 15, 1998, Kiruna, Sweden

American Mountain Guides Annual Conference, Your Client Is Not Breathing, Not Bleeding and Maybe Dead, What Do You Do Next. October 17, 1997, Golden, Colorado.

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation & Education, The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education in the Year 2000. October 22, 1998, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Wilderness Medicine Society, Liability Issues for Physicians and Wilderness Medicine, August 1999, Whistler, Canada

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Update in Outdoor Recreation Law, Dealing with the Federal Land Managers and Access, November, 1999, Jackson, Wyoming

National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, Asset Protection Planning, Training Your Employees to Prevent Lawsuits, Employee/Employer Law, November 1999, San Antonio TX

Challenge Course Manager, Running your Program without attracting lawsuits, December 1999, Golden, CO

Maine Campground Owners Association 2000 Spring meeting and Trade Show, Asset Protection Planning and Risk Management, April 14, 2000, Portland, Maine.

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Stump the Lawyer, November 11, 2000, Miami University, Oxford Ohio.

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Update in OR Law, November 5-6, 2001, University of Idaho, Pocatello, ID

Inside Outside Magazine, Room for Rentals: Liability Concerns shouldn’t keep Retailers from renting equipment, March 2004

CLE International, Recreation and Adventure Program law and Liability Conference, April 10 & 11, 2003, Vail Colorado

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, How to Teach Risk Management, November 7, 2003, Utah Valley State College, Orem Utah

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Pre-Trip Risk management Planning, November 9, 2003, Utah Valley State College, Orem Utah

American Mountain Guides Association Annual Conference, Insurance, October 23, 2004, Moab Utah

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Product Liability, October 29, 2004, Nashville, TN

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Legal Terminology, October 29, 2004, Nashville, TN

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Legal Update, October 29, 2004, Nashville, TN

Lorman Education Services, CLE Program, Worker’s Compensation: How to Reduce Injuries on the job, October 17, 2004, Grand Junction, CO

CLE International, Recreation and Adventure Law CLE: Update in Outdoor Recreation Law, April 28 & 29, 2005, Denver, Colorado,

Wilderness Medical Society, Annual Conference, Legal issues for Physicians dealing with Outdoor Recreation Programs, July 23, 2005, Snowmass, Colorado

International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, Risk Management Update, October 2006, Buffalo, NY

International Technical Rescue Symposium, Standards, November 3, 2007, Golden Colorado. Standards, (Was voted “Most Thought Provoking Presentation” by the attendees.)

Lorman CLE Workers’ Compensation Update, November 27, 2007, Colorado Springs Colorado, “Keeping Your Worker’s Compensation Costs Low

Mountain Rescue Association Winter Meeting, January 12, 2008, Salt Lake City, UT, Standards

Sports and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference March 4, 2009, San Antonio, TX, Releases and Minors: An Update

Sports and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference March 4, 2009, San Antonio, TX, Releases and the Common Law

Rocky Mountain Lift Association Annual Conference, May 4, 2009, Grand Junction, CO, Risk Management: An Update

Rocky Mountain Lift Association Annual Conference, May 11, 2010, Grand Junction, CO, Customer Service from Lift Operations and Lift Maintenance

Rocky Mountain Lift Association Annual Conference, May 11, 2010, Grand Junction, CO, HR Paperwork

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, November 12, 2010, Keystone, CO, Major Legal Issues in Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Travel

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, November 12, 2010, Keystone, CO, First Aid Myths, Magic and Misconception from a Legal Standpoint

Association of Independent Camps Annual Conference, February 7, 2011, San Diego, CA, Kids Camps and Angry Parents who want to Sue.

Betty van der Smissen Memorial Lecture Risk Management and Legal Liability, Indiana University April 22, 2011, Bloomington, IN, Practical Procedures do not necessarily Prevent Punitive Proceedings or Sacred Cows in the Outdoor Recreation Industry

Rocky Mountain Lift Association Annual Conference, May 11, 2011, Grand Junction, CO, Creating a Workable, easy to write and use Risk Management Plan that won’t haunt you on the witness stand

Rocky Mountain Lift Association Annual Conference, May 11, 2011, Grand Junction, CO, Customer Service is Risk Management is Customer Service is Risk Management is Customer Service

Rocky Mountain Lift Association Annual Conference, May 11, 2011, Grand Junction, CO, Employee Discipline, Crap I have More Paperwork to Do.

Professional Paddlesports Association, November 8, 2011, Sandusky, Ohio, Ask the Attorney I.

Professional Paddlesports Association, November 8, 2011, Sandusky, Ohio, Ask the Attorney II.

Professional Paddlesports Association, November 8, 2011, Sandusky, Ohio, Wake Up and Smell the Liability.

Association of Independent Camps Annual Conference, February 20, 2012, Atlanta, GA, Update in the law

National Cave Association, September, 25, 2012, Deadwood, SD, Cave Risk Management and Liability

Outdoor Retailer, January 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT, How to Bring Scouts into Your Store: There’s Even an App for That!

Outdoor Retailer, January 23, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT, Outdoor Recreation Retail Store: Liability Issues

NHEIC Risk Management Conference, April 3, 2013, Nashville, TN Things You Don’t Know and Should.

National Bicycle Dealer Association, Interbike, September 17, 2013, Las Vegas, NV, Risk Management and Legal Issues for the NBDA

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference, 2014, Orlando, FL, Update on Release Law

Loveland Ski Area, September 24, 2013, Georgetown, CO Update on Risk Management Issues and Customer Service for Ski Areas.

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2016, New Orleans, LA, Standard of Care in Skier v. Skier Collisions.

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2016, New Orleans, LA, Releases for Gross, Intentional or Reckless Acts.

Colorado Alliance of Environmental Educators, March 19, 2016, 21st Century issues drug forward from the past: Claims and Lawsuits, but 21st Century ways to deal with them

Outdoor Recreation Managers Training, IMCOM G9, San Antonio, TX, Risk Management Update

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2017, Las Vegas, NV, The Evolution of the Public Policy Doctrine in Voiding Releases.

U.S. Army MWR Attorneys Association, June 13, 2017, Orlando, FL, Update on Recreation Legal Issues.

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2018, San Antonio, TX, Electronic Releases

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2018, San Antonio, TX. What Drives People: Extreme Sports.

Adaptive Outdoor Recreation Summit April 30 – May 2, 2018 (Skype) in Park City, UT, Update in the Legal issues facing Disabled Programs

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2019, Philadelphia, PA, Managing the Risk of Events Through Insurance – Exclusions Do Apply!

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2019, Philadelphia, PA, Legal Issues of Misrepresentation & Fraud in Outdoor Recreation.

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2020, Louisville, are waivers being replaced by statutes

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2020, Louisville, Recreation Case Law

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2020, Online Conference, Covid-19 and Cruises

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2020, Online Conference, Criminal Liability for Backcountry Skiing

Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference 2020, Online Conference, is a Fiduciary Duty Owed in Sport Recreation Settings

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona, Risk Management for Recreation Programs. Case Studies of Outdoor Recreation Accidents and Responses, April 1992,

Community College of Aurora, Business Law, April — May 1992, Substitute Instructor

Oregon State University, Outdoor Recreation Liability, 1993

Cornell University, Outdoor Recreation Liability, 1994

University of Utah, Outdoor Recreation Liability, 1996

Colorado State University, Adjunct Professor, Human Resources, Ph.D. program 1993-97

Pikes Peak Community College, Adjunct Professor, Risk Management and Insurance Law, 1998, 1999

University of Idaho, Outdoor Recreation Liability, 2001

Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Sports Law, Product Liability of Outdoor Recreation Equipment, May 5, 1995.

Colorado Mountain College, Leadville, CO Risk Management, Ski Area Operations. Live Class (Fall 2002 to 2017) and Online Class (2004 to 2017)

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Outdoor Recreation, Risk Management, Insurance and Law, Spring 2006 (online)

University of Arkansas, Update in Recreation Law, February 9, 2018

University of Arkansas, Update in Recreation Law, Sport and Recreation Risk Management, August 2, 2018

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Do Releases Work? Should I be using a Release in my Business? Will my customers be upset if I make them sign a release?

These and many other questions are answered in my book Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Insurance and Law.

Releases, (or as some people incorrectly call them waivers) are a legal agreement that in advance of any possible injury identifies who will pay for what. Releases can and to stop lawsuits.

This book will explain releases and other defenses you can use to put yourself in a position to stop lawsuits and claims.

This book can help you understand why people sue and how you can and should deal with injured, angry or upset guests of your business.

This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you keep your business afloat and moving forward.

You did not get into the outdoor recreation business to worry or spend nights staying awake. Get prepared and learn how and why so you can sleep and quit worrying.

                                              Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    Pre-injury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

         $99.00 plus shipping

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Don Long donaldoelong@earthlink.net

 


What is a Risk Management Plan and What do You Need in Yours?

Everyone has told you, you need a risk management plan. A plan to follow if you have a crisis. You‘ve seen several and they look burdensome and difficult to write. Need help writing a risk management plan? Need to know what should be in your risk management plan? Need Help?

This book can help you understand and write your plan. This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you plan is a workable plan, not one that will create liability for you.

 

                                             Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    PreInjury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

               $99.00 plus shipping


Can’t Sleep? Guest was injured, and you don’t know what to do? This book can answer those questions for you.

An injured guest is everyone’s business owner’s nightmare. What happened, how do you make sure it does not happen again, what can you do to help the guest, can you help the guests are just some of the questions that might be keeping you up at night.

This book can help you understand why people sue and how you can and should deal with injured, angry or upset guests of your business.

This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you keep your business afloat and moving forward.

You did not get into the outdoor recreation business to worry or spend nights staying awake. Get prepared and learn how and why so you can sleep and quit worrying.

                                      Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    Pre-injury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

             $99.00 plus shipping


Need a Handy Reference Guide to Understand your Insurance Policy?

This book should be on every outfitter and guide’s desk. It will answer your questions, help you sleep at night, help you answer your guests’ questions and allow you to run your business with less worry.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    PreInjury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

             $99.00 plus shipping


Do Releases Work? Should I be using a Release in my Business? Will my customers be upset if I make them sign a release?

These and many other questions are answered in my book Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Insurance and Law.

Releases, (or as some people incorrectly call them waivers) are a legal agreement that in advance of any possible injury identifies who will pay for what. Releases can and to stop lawsuits.

This book will explain releases and other defenses you can use to put yourself in a position to stop lawsuits and claims.

This book can help you understand why people sue and how you can and should deal with injured, angry or upset guests of your business.

This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you keep your business afloat and moving forward.

You did not get into the outdoor recreation business to worry or spend nights staying awake. Get prepared and learn how and why so you can sleep and quit worrying.

                                              Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    Pre-injury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

         $99.00 plus shipping

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Don Long donaldoelong@earthlink.net

 


Can’t Sleep? Guest was injured, and you don’t know what to do? This book can answer those questions for you.

An injured guest is everyone’s business owner’s nightmare. What happened, how do you make sure it does not happen again, what can you do to help the guest, can you help the guests are just some of the questions that might be keeping you up at night.

This book can help you understand why people sue and how you can and should deal with injured, angry or upset guests of your business.

This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you keep your business afloat and moving forward.

You did not get into the outdoor recreation business to worry or spend nights staying awake. Get prepared and learn how and why so you can sleep and quit worrying.

                                      Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    Pre-injury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

             $99.00 plus shipping


What is a Risk Management Plan and What do You Need in Yours?

Everyone has told you, you need a risk management plan. A plan to follow if you have a crisis. You‘ve seen several and they look burdensome and difficult to write. Need help writing a risk management plan? Need to know what should be in your risk management plan? Need Help?

This book can help you understand and write your plan. This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you plan is a workable plan, not one that will create liability for you.

 

                                             Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    PreInjury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

               $99.00 plus shipping


Need a Handy Reference Guide to Understand your Insurance Policy?

This book should be on every outfitter and guide’s desk. It will answer your questions, help you sleep at night, help you answer your guests’ questions and allow you to run your business with less worry.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    PreInjury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

             $99.00 plus shipping


Need a Handy Reference Guide to Understand your Insurance Policy?

This book should be on every outfitter and guide’s desk. It will answer your questions, help you sleep at night, help you answer your guests’ questions and allow you to run your business with less worry.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    PreInjury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

             $99.00 plus shipping


What is a Risk Management Plan and What do You Need in Yours?

Everyone has told you, you need a risk management plan. A plan to follow if you have a crisis. You‘ve seen several and they look burdensome and difficult to write. Need help writing a risk management plan? Need to know what should be in your risk management plan? Need Help?

This book can help you understand and write your plan. This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you plan is a workable plan, not one that will create liability for you.

 

                                             Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    PreInjury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

               $99.00 plus shipping


Can’t Sleep? Guest was injured, and you don’t know what to do? This book can answer those questions for you.

An injured guest is everyone’s business owner’s nightmare. What happened, how do you make sure it does not happen again, what can you do to help the guest, can you help the guests are just some of the questions that might be keeping you up at night.

This book can help you understand why people sue and how you can and should deal with injured, angry or upset guests of your business.

This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you keep your business afloat and moving forward.

You did not get into the outdoor recreation business to worry or spend nights staying awake. Get prepared and learn how and why so you can sleep and quit worrying.

                                      Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    Pre-injury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

             $99.00 plus shipping


Do Releases Work? Should I be using a Release in my Business? Will my customers be upset if I make them sign a release?

These and many other questions are answered in my book Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Insurance and Law.

Releases, (or as some people incorrectly call them waivers) are a legal agreement that in advance of any possible injury identifies who will pay for what. Releases can and to stop lawsuits.

This book will explain releases and other defenses you can use to put yourself in a position to stop lawsuits and claims.

This book can help you understand why people sue and how you can and should deal with injured, angry or upset guests of your business.

This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you keep your business afloat and moving forward.

You did not get into the outdoor recreation business to worry or spend nights staying awake. Get prepared and learn how and why so you can sleep and quit worrying.

                                              Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    Pre-injury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

         $99.00 plus shipping

 

 

 

 

Artwork by Don Long donaldoelong@earthlink.net

 


Sorry, been a really crazy couple of weeks

I have not missed posted a review of a case two weeks in a row ever. Sorry, it has been a great, insane, out of control, month.  August is always fun, but I moved, gone for two weeks (including this week), picked up a lot of legal work, got my textbook done it showed up. Lived for a week with no computer and still living without a phone.

I start teaching in the Ski Area Operations program at Colorado Mountain College again in 2 weeks also.  🙂

Life is great, just a little challenging and I’ll be back shall continue to post.

 

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http://summitmagicpublishing.com/outdoor-recreation-risk-management-insurance-law/

 


Based on the article yes there was going to be a lawsuit

You can’t make a customer happy when they hurt and you yell at them

Here are the facts as put forth in the article. A man riding a zip line hit a tree. The tree was padded. The man was supposedly stuck in a tree, injured while an employee yelled at him. The injured man supposedly tore a tendon in his right knee and required surgery.

The article says, the lawsuit says a “worker or manager accused [plaintiff] of not following park rules and injuring himself on purpose…”

I’ve torn tendons; they hurt. I would have gone for a sprained ankle if I needed an injury. But again, that is hard to do on a zip line.

“Said employee argued with Plaintiff and his wife over whose fault the accident was until several minutes had elapsed while Plaintiff was still in the tree in agony,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states that the Zoom Air Daytona employee argued about whether Farrell should call an ambulance. The lawsuit said the employee did not help obtain any medical treatment for Farrell. It was Farrell’s wife who got ice for her husband from their vehicle, he said.

Do Something

Or in this case don’t do something. If you believe you have a fraudulent accident occurring on your property your response is no different from any other injured person, legitimate or not. Your investigation should be immediate, thorough and include every witness statement or comment you can find.

The suit claims the man is suing because the defendant did not “”adequately” train its customers or “adequately” supervise its zip lines.”

Customer training is the nightmare of all outdoor companies. Are they listening to you? What do you have to get across to them? What do they need to know? What do you feel you legally need to tell them?

However, I have NEVER seen a claim that you were negligent in not training a customer properly.

See Man claims injury on Daytona Beach park zip line

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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Release saves riding school, even after defendant tried to show plaintiff how to win the case.

As an expert you just can’t state facts, you have to prove your facts.

Azad v. Mill Creek Equestrian Center, Inc., 2004 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 11218

Plaintiff: Nicole Azad

Defendant: Mill Creek Equestrian Center, Inc.

Plaintiff Claims: negligence and gross negligence

Defendant Defenses: Release

Holding: for the defendant

This is a horseback riding case. The plaintiff was a beginner rider taking lessons from the defendant. The defendant’s instructor placed her in the jumping ring for training. Another horse in the ring spooked, which spooked the horse the plaintiff was riding. The plaintiff’s horse jumped the ring fence. The plaintiff fell off breaking her leg.

The plaintiff had signed a release before starting the lessons. The release was well labeled stating on each page that it was a release. The release also had a notice right above the signature line indicating the signor was giving up their legal rights.

The release, however, specifically stated that it did not prevent claims for gross negligence.

The plaintiff sued for negligence and after getting educated by the defendant, for gross negligence. The trial court dismissed the case after the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff appealed.

Summary of the case

On appeal the plaintiff claimed:

…there are material issues of fact regarding whether the release was clear and whether it exempted the challenged conduct. She also argues MCEC increased the risk to Azad beyond that inherent in horseback riding.

The court first looked at the validity of the release against a case argued by the plaintiff that found a release was insufficient. The court then only compared the release in this case to the arguments made in the case raised by the plaintiff.

The release was a two-page document. On the first page, it contained a titled, “LIABILITY RELEASE AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.” On all other pages, it stated, “RIDING INSTRUCTION AGREEMENT AND LIABILITY RELEASE FORM.” Above the signature line, there was a statement that the signer was aware of the legal issues and acknowledgement of the legal issues.

The court found the release worked to stop claims of ordinary negligence but not gross negligence.

The court then reviewed California law on the duty owed by instructors in sports.

By consenting to participate in a sport that includes risks, a person consents to assume the risks inherent in the sport. A person does not consent to a breach of a duty by another that increases the risks inherent in the sport.  “‘[A] purveyor of recreational activities owes a duty to a patron to not increase the risks inherent in the activity in which the patron has paid to engage. . . .'”

A sports instructor must intentionally injury a student or engages in conduct that is totally outside the range of ordinary activity to be liable. Other than those two issues, the participant assumes the risk of the sport.

… a sports instructor breaches a duty of care only “‘if the instructor intentionally injures the student or engages in conduct that is reckless in the sense that it is ‘totally outside the range of the ordinary activity.’

In this case, the plaintiff had not raised any issues or facts, other than statements of the plaintiff’s expert witness who could support a claim of gross negligence. The plaintiff’s expert alleged the actions of the defendant were grossly negligent but did not demonstrate any facts showing an “extreme departure from the ordinary standard of conduct.” The court also pointed out the plaintiff stated the instructor was inadequately trained but not support her statement with proof.

The court in stating there was not proof of gross negligence stated:

Gross negligence is defined as “‘”the want of even scant care or an extreme departure from the ordinary standard of conduct.”‘” This definition is similar to the standard employed in Kahn – conduct totally outside the range of ordinary activity.

The court upheld the dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint.

So Now What?

This release had 2 great points. The title and the heading on each page said this is a release. I’ve continuously stated that you cannot hide your release in other documents. It must be presented as a release to the signor and must plainly set forth the signor is giving up their legal rights.

However, don’t help the plaintiff sue you? Here the release said this document is no good if you prove I was grossly negligent. So what did the plaintiff need to do, prove gross negligence to win.

The facts of the case were pretty tame, and the injury to the plaintiff was relatively minor.

The court did look at what it would take to prove gross negligence from reviewing other cases. One was having a manual and showing an extreme departure from the manual.

If you write it down as the “way,” you better follow it.

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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An example of adults and money getting in the way of kids has fun

If more playgrounds were like this, more kids would be outside and more adults would be happier.

What happens when adults tell kids how to have fun. You get structure, organization, injuries and lawsuits. You get budgets and planning and rules. What do

Two playground sets at Hudson Springs Park in ...

Two playground sets at Hudson Springs Park in Hudson, Ohio. \

kids get…..not much!

Read this article. Tear Down the Swing Sets

It looks at what happens when you allow kids to play with each other without structure, without rules, without “equipment.” Some of the studies looked at kids playing with sand or foam blocks and having more fun than any kids have with playground equipment.

When was the last time you looked at kids playing on a playground and came up with a thought like this? “These children are intent, they are cooperative, they are resourceful.”

However, with so much “adult,” community planning and legal involvement we ended up with this.

Then the grownups got skittish. Down came the merry-go-rounds and the jungle gyms, and in their place, a landscape of legally-insulated, brightly-colored, spongy-floored, hard-plastic structures took root. Today, walking onto a children’s playground is like exiting the interstate: Regardless of where you are, you see the exact same thing.

The article also looks at keeping kids safe and finds that does not work. 1. It is not possible and 2 it does not help kids to grow and mature. Kids need to know, experience and understand risk. The head of England’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said, “…children should be exposed to a certain degree of risk, not because an activity is risky per se but because it is fun, exciting, and challenging.”

This is awesome.” Kids who are bored stay inside and staying inside is ultimately far worse for your health than a broken arm.”

Kids need to be kids to learn about risks, to have fun and to grow. That does not require the intervention, direction or control of adults.

English: Kids playground

English: Kids playground (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article takes a real look at the risks parents allow their children to face http://rec-law.us/Zwk2yp

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Colorado Department of Transportation looking to hire a Bicycle/Pedestrian Specialized Analyst

You’ll be dodging big trucks but making a difference!

Colorado Department of Transportation

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Class Title: GENERAL PROFESSIONAL IV

Type of Announcement: This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

Closing Date/Time: Wed. 06/26/13 11:59 PM Mountain Time

Primary Physical Work Address: 4201 East Arkansas Ave., Denver, CO 80222

Salary: $4,733.00 – $6,828.00 Monthly

FLSA Status: Exempt; position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Denver Metro, Colorado

How To Apply: Thank you for your interest. Submit an on-line application by clicking the link below or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided below. Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed above.

If not applying on-line, submit application to: CDOT Workforce Staffing Attn: Erin Hardin, 4201 E. Arkansas Ave. Suite 290, Denver, CO 80222

Department Contact Information: Erin Hardin, 303.757.9797, erin.hardin@state.co.us

Methods of Appointment: Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.

Transcripts Required: An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and must be included as part of your application materials. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this announcement.

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News Week of June 3, 2013

Update on what is happening outside with a legal and risk management slant

Legal

Minors and Releases

PowerPoint presentation I gave on the legal issues of minor’s and releases. Where can a parent sign away a minor’s right to sue and where that will not work.

See http://rec-law.us/ZORtCW

 

Good News ASI was dismissed from the lawsuit

Bad news, the post-accident investigation proved the college was negligent according to the court.

This is a follow-up to the article, I wrote Bad luck or about time, however, you look at this decision, you will change the way you work in the Outdoor Recreation Industry. The original article was about a motion to dismiss which the defendant safety audit company lost.

This article is the result of a motion for summary judgment filed on behalf of the defendant auditor which the court granted.

See http://rec-law.us/131HKWH

 

Paddlesports

Chart if you don’t know.

Infographic: How to pick the perfect campsite on a paddling trip. Of course you missed dinner and got attached by bugs by the time you followed this. Memorize it and enjoy the trip.

See http://rec-law.us/18CDJxY

 

Cycling

Cycling v. Smoking

Cyclists don’t get sick, smokers cost employers $5.8 K a year $3K in lost time and $2K in health care costs.

See http://rec-law.us/11l0sHn

 

Infographic title is The complete guide to interval training. Graphic helps you choose which types of training and why.

See http://rec-law.us/ZOQq6f

 

Bike share programs work

Does bike share programs work. This infographic would seem to indicate it does. Although no city has the breath of Paris, it is amazing how successful the program is in many US cities.

See http://rec-law.us/16GCgqW

 

Bike commuting is growing in the US

Infographic of where bike commuting is growing. Portland of course is through the roof, 443%, San Fran at 258% is impressive. There are a lot of places with large growth that the whole concept would seem to be foreign. Looking good.

See http://rec-law.us/11AN80h

 

Whose city is it?

Video of a man who is determined to stop bike theft in NYC. How, he buys and installs his own bike rack on the sidewalk. This is awesome. He dresses up, puts out cones and everyone ignores him because he looks like a city worker.

But he got caught and had to remove it.  This is the stupid part. A perfectly good bike rack has to be removed because it probably is not on some city bureaucrat’s planning map.

See http://rec-law.us/19t3Ia7

 

Cycling saves money

Study out of the #UK shows that people who commute to work by bike have half the sick days. Cyclists have 2.4 sick days per year compared to the national average of 4.5 sick days.

See http://rec-law.us/11EI4rT

 

Bike shop owners are old white males

Bike shop owners are white males

NBDA (National Bicycle Dealers Association) report shows that “89% of bike shop owners are men, 96% are white, 66% are baby boomers (age 48 to 67) and 26% Gen X (age 26-47).”

See http://rec-law.us/131chny

 

Cycling is Growing

However growth is in the women and minorities community! “League of American Bicyclists and the Sierra Club also reports that people of color are playing a key role in shifting transportation demand toward safer, more equitable and more accessible bicycling in their communities.”

See http://rec-law.us/16vPmHn

 

Mountaineering

New National Alpine Club being formed in Kazakh

New Alpine club is being formed, the Kazakh Alpine Club. In most European countries alpine clubs hold a lot of power, some are supported by their governments.

See http://rec-law.us/11GVCZM

 

Environment

Beautiful surf shots….if you can ignore the ocean pollution.

See http://rec-law.us/11hSygR

 

Golf Courses going Green

Golf courses are recognizing they are green oasis and working to be better at protecting our world. They are saving money doing it also.

See http://rec-law.us/13jqqOr

 

Google Street View finds the Galapagos

#Google street view finds the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos are extremely fragile and over run. Will this help or hurt?

See http://rec-law.us/11pkPpV

 

Private effort to create massive park

Money raising is on-going to create the largest park in the US. The 500,000 acre American Prairie Reserve has raised 20% of the funding and received several gifts of land. The plan is to put a large segment of the US prairie back to what it was.

See http://rec-law.us/11mVv3I

 

This a very interesting article on many fronts

The main story is a woman fell hiking in the Pyrenees mountains of France. She fell over 1000’. When rescuers found her body it had been devoured by vultures, Bones, clothes and shoes were the only thing left.

Why is just as interesting. Because of mad cow disease, all dead livestock must be incinerated. Vultures are finding it difficult to feed with no livestock carcasses.

Another result is the vultures are attacking animals now and farmers are saying they should be killed for threatening livestock. As well as the vultures are spreading their range across Europe and being found in areas they did not formerly habitat.

See http://rec-law.us/18Gxycl

 

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Good News ASI was dismissed from the lawsuit

Bad news, the post-accident investigation proved the college was negligent according to the court.

Foster, et al., v. Alex Kosseff, et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40566 (E.D. Wash. 2013)

Plaintiff: Stephanie Foster, et al.

Defendant: Alex Kosseff, et al.

Plaintiff Claims: Negligence: Plaintiff was the intended beneficiary of the defendant’s work;

Defendant Defenses: No duty owed to the plaintiff

Holding: For the defendant

This is a follow-up to the article, I wrote Bad luck or about time, however, you look at this decision, you will change the way you work in the Outdoor Recreation Industry. The original article was about a motion to dismiss which the defendant safety audit company lost.

This article is the result of a motion for summary judgment filed on behalf of the defendant auditor which the court granted.

The plaintiff was a student at the defendant college, Whitman College and also worked in the Outdoor Program at the college. While working the plaintiff was asked to bring down the ropes still on the climbing wall. She climbed up to a platform next to the wall and removed the ropes. She then “hooked” into the remaining rope intending to rappel suffering severe and injuries to her spine.

The initial report prepared by the defendant auditors (meaning the individuals and the company the individual(s) worked for) was titled “Draft Risk Management Audit.” The report included extensive language about what the audit would and would not do and was quoted by the court.

The college hired the same auditor to investigate the accident. (Can you say conflict of interest?) The auditor submitted a report on his investigation into the accident. The report stated that the plaintiff had climbed above the Super Shut anchors which released the rope causing her to fall.

The court reviewed the accident report prepared by the defendant and made the following statement.

Thus, Kosseff concluded that both Whitman College and Ms. Foster were negligent in using the Super Shut anchors for a purpose for which they were not designed.

Summary of the case

The first argument the court reviewed was whether the plaintiff was an intended beneficiary of the work with the defendant auditor. The court quickly found that to be true. The Draft Audit stated the audit was being down for the college, employees and students. The college hired the audit for the benefit to the college, students and employees.

The second issue discussed was the scope of an audit. The court first went through the elements to prove negligence and what makes up the first part of the element’s duty, under Washington’s law.

There are four elements in a common law negligence claim in Washington: duty, breach, causation and damages. As to the first element, a duty of care is defined as “an obligation, to which the law will give recognition and effect, to conform to a particular standard of conduct toward another.” Whether a duty of care exists is a matter of law to be decided by the court rather than by a jury. This is a “threshold question” which involves three separate inquiries: “Does an obligation exist? What is the measure of care required? To whom and with respect to what risks is the obligation owed?”

Under Washington’s law, someone who inspects the premises of another does not become the insurer of anyone injured by the negligence of the inspection. In most states, an inspecting party is only “liable for undiscovered hazards which he or she undertook to discover in the first place.” Meaning, you are only liable for what you say you are going to discover and don’t.

Consequently, the defendant could not be liable, unless he had agreed to inspect the elements of the wall. The audit was directed at procedures and programs not equipment. On top of that, even if the audit looked at equipment, it did not look at how that equipment was used or in this case, misused.

Because the audit was not directed at the equipment which caused the accident, the defendant auditor was dismissed from the suit.

 

So Now What?

1.      If you are a college, with a climbing wall, it needs to be inspected by engineers.

2.    If you are a college, do not create a conflict of interest by hiring the company that gave you a review to investigate an accident which the review might have missed. Again, can you say Conflict of Interest?

3.    If you are any business do not have an accident investigated by anyone other than who your attorney or insurance company hires. Here, the defendant with the conflict of interest nailed the defendant college to the judgment wall with its report.

Because the report was not done by legal counsel, the report can be used by the plaintiff to prove the defendant negligent. That, however, will not be too difficult since the court in this decision already came to that conclusions based upon the accident report. However, a report that was protected by privilege would not have hung the defendant.

Although the plaintiff is probably upset that one defendant was dismissed, they have to be happy with the decision because of this issue.

The initial outcome of this case is good; the company being paid to review the college was dismissed from the case. However, the long-term effects are multiple.

·        Initially, the one defendant won, but only by sinking its co-defendants.

·        Long term, colleges are going to be hesitant to build climbing walls because this case is going to settle or go to trial for a large amount of money. Spinal cord injuries are multimillion dollar cases.

·        The entire industry has to wise up. Contracts that are created by legitimate risk management firms will be signed in advance and have tons of disclaimer and indemnification language. However, the issue is not who can sue or defend who, but what are you getting for your money?

As a side note, this part of the Draft Audit was quoted by the court.

If an accident does occur, participation in this voluntary program can protect the organization’s reputation and serve, if necessary, as part of a legal defense.

Instead of a defense, it created a legal claim and proof of negligence…….

 

 

Relevant Cases:

Bad luck or about time, however, you look at this decision, you will change the way you work in the Outdoor Recreation Industry                                                                                 http://rec-law.us/13L66Dn

 

Other Cases concerning Climbing Walls:

Gross Negligence beats a release…but after the trial                                       http://rec-law.us/K884tT

Michigan court upholds release in a climbing wall accident where injured climber sued his belayer for his injuries                                                                                                                http://rec-law.us/Lt1Z6T

Poorly written release gave the plaintiff’s the only chance they had to winhttp://rec-law.us/GVzUUV

 

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PowerPoint I gave at the NHEIC Risk Management Committee Meeting

Great group of people working to keep their campuses moving, vibrant and under control

I have a presentation in early April to a group of college administrators. The power point for that presentation is: Things You Don’t Know and Should.

The presentation is difficult to understand as a standalone web based PowerPoint. You always need my personality to interpret what I do. However there are some interesting issues I covered.

·         The different way college students view themselves versus how their parents view them, and the consequence to a college of that issue.

·         The value of a well-written release to college programs

·         Assumption of the risk is education at a college

·         How to deal with an outdoor recreation disaster

·         Why People Sue

·         Who should handle your claims

·         The legal issues that risk management plans create

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Keep Writing Your Own Release

I make more money after you get sued over a bad release.

I watched an attorney tell another shopper in an office-supply store to go ahead and buy the will making software the shopper was holding. I was, to say the least, confused. After the shopper left I asked the attorney why he had said that.

The attorney’s answer was simple. I can get $500 for writing a will. If that guy write’s his own, I or some attorney will get $5000 or more to fix his mistakes once he dies.

Yup, Keep writing your own releases.

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Training Peaks is leading the pack in creating a website that works for training

Don’t pay to just record what you have done, that you can do on a piece of paper

Until recently, all software and web based performance programs just recorded what you did. Although it supplies some ego gratification, it does nothing to provide information on how to get better. To do that you need to compare days, weeks and sometimes months of Training Peaks 1training.

Normally that required downloading the info to a spreadsheet and writing your own formula’s to figure out what you had been doing and needed to do. Most coaches worked that way. Once you downloaded your results from your bike or running computer (or phone now days) you sent it in a spreadsheet to your coach.

Training Peaks has been working that direction and announced the next stage in that evolution. Once you upload information to the Training Training Peaks 3Peaks site it will compare your heart rate and power readings to previous uploads and let you know if your training is working.

This is still not what is needed to effectively train; however there is at least one program that understands that graphics online do nothing to help you get better. At present, a spreadsheet can do more to increase your performance than any software or web program.

See Coming Soon: Threshold Improvement Notifications and More

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Want to know how far from normal outdoor recreation is?

Check out this picture and its caption

Do you think our world is not that far outside the norm? This dated picture of Beth Rodden and Tommy Caldwell on a ledge was on Reddit. Besides being old, Tommy and Beth have gone their separate ways, the editor describes their actions as “Even with climbing bolts it’s still hanging off of a m*th3rf*cking rock. My idea of excitement is occasionally taking my tea with sugar.”

Remember this when you are marketing your services. Most people think you are nuts, how is the jury going to look at what you do?

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The World’s Scariest Place to Read a Book [PIC]

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This couple is enjoying some down (or is it up?) time chillaxing on a portaledge attached to what looks to be a very steep cliff.

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UIAA Event Schedule

Here is the current UIAA Even Calendar

12 Jan 2013 to 13 Jan 2013

Ice climbing

Ice Climbing World Cup (Lead, Speed) & World Championship (Lead)
Cheongsong, Korea

12 Jan 2013 to 13 Jan 2013
Ice Climbing World Youth Championship
Saas-Grund, Switzerland (lead, speed)

18 Jan 2013 to 19 Jan 2013
Ice Climbing World Cup
Saas-Fee, Switzerland (lead, speed)

26 Jan 2013 to 27 Jan 2013
Ice Climbing World Cup
Rabenstein, Italy (lead, speed)

07 Feb 2013 to 09 Feb 2013
Ice Climbing World Cup
Busteni, Romania (lead, speed)

08 Mar 2013 to 10 Mar 2013
Ice Climbing World Cup (Lead, Speed) & World Championship (Speed)
Kirov, Rusia

The schedule is online at UIAA Calendar

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