May 2021
SNIPPETS is a mini-newsletter designed to bring COAFCC members streamlined, timely information and support

Summer Kickoff!

The Colorado Association of Family and Conciliation Courts wants to help you kick off summer with the newest edition of Snippets. Enjoy!

Kick Off Summer with a Great Hike!

Katie Hays, JD

If you are like me, you require time outdoors to re-set and refresh.  In our practices, this has become even more important during the pandemic.  Thankfully, summer is here to provide us with unlimited opportunities in this great state of ours.  Since I live pretty far removed from any metropolitan areas, I thought I would share my favorite local hike.  You can access the hike from Rifle Falls State Park. 
Here is a link to the details:

The hike is approximately 2 miles, running along Rifle Creek. The trail is pretty shady during the summer, and you get to see a very unique feature—a riparian zone. The trail ends at a beautiful setting--the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery. 

Dogs are allowed on the trail, but not at the Hatchery.  Bring quarters if you want to feed the fish at the hatchery.  There are pit toilets at Rifle Falls State Park, and flush toilets at the hatchery, during their normal operating hours.  Keep your eyes peeled for golden eagles, blue herons, and marmots.  You can also park at the Hatchery (no state park pass is required there). 

Camping spots at Rifle Falls State Park are hard to come by, but worth the pre-planning.  There are several other trails you can take around that park.  Bring headlamps to explore the caves.  You can also continue driving past the Hatchery to Rifle Mountain Park, which is world-renowned for rock climbing.  There are also trails, an ice cave, and camping in that park.  There is more hiking if you continue driving into the White River National Forest.

I also like to paddleboard at Rifle Gap State Park.  Camping spots are a little easier to come by in that park.

So make it a priority to go out and enjoy some nature, get a little exercise, and refresh yourself for the difficult and important work you do!

Upcoming Ethics CLE Opportunity

May 21, 2021

Colorado...We Have a Problem -
Where Has Professionalism Gone in Family Law?

Fran Fontana, Esq. & Dave Johnson, Esq.
Moderated by Jen Feingold, Esq.

The Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section is sponsoring a
free presentation on May 21, 2021 from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.  

 Click here to register:  

Other Upcoming Training Opportunities

June 1-3 & June 7-11, 2021

AFCC 58th Annual Conference
Live via Zoom

26 Breakout Sessions
34.5 hours of continuing education
APA approval for licensed psychologist requirements.
June 22, 2021
The Role of Family Law Professionals in Preventing Gun Violence
Judge Mark A. Juhas & Julia Weber, JD, MSW

1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time US/Canada
1 hour of continuing education credits for psychologists.
July 2-4, 2021
AFCC - Australia 2021 7th Annual Conference
Let's hear it for the kids: Challenges and the way forward in family law


Located at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Glenelg Street
South Brisbane, QLD 4101 
Registration, discounted accommodation and program can be found at

A Snippet of Self-Care

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Click on the link above for a few moments of guided relaxation that is scientifically proven to calm your body and mind.

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Katie Hays
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