Denver Bar Association
February 2004
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Local Mock Trials

The Denver County and Arapahoe County Regional Mock Trial Tournaments need volunteer judges to serve as presiding mock trial judges, and volunteer attorneys to serve as scoring panelists. This is approximately a four-hour commitment on Friday, Feb. 20 or Saturday, Feb. 21. Contact Kari Brandt, (800) 332-6736 or e-mail: for a volunteer sign-up form. Thanks for your support of the Denver Mock Trial Program!

CBA Transitions

When should you take Social Security? How should you take distributions? Find out at the CBA Transitions Committee meeting on Feb. 9, noon, in the large CBA-CLE classroom, 1900 Grant Street, third floor.

Amy Noel, MBA, CFP, who talked to the group last year on investing, will talk about "When and How to Take Distributions." There will also be a short presentation by Steve Potter who’s with the Social Security office.

To reserve a lunch, please e-mail: (giving your name and the program you’re reserving for) or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. Cost is $15.

Minoru Yasui Award

Save the date! The Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Foundation will hold its 2004 Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet on April 23 at the Palace Chinese Restaurant in Denver. Look in future Dockets for more information.

CLE News and Programs

DBA-CLE New Book Releases: Gretchen Aultman’s The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law has something to offer for those who practice family law or are new to the practice. DBA-CLE and LexisNexis published the Colorado Family Laws Annotated, a comprehensive and authoritative reference with state and federal statutes, rules, cases, and forms, including a CD-ROM. For more information on DBA-CLE books, check out our Web site at

HOAs (Home Owners Association): On Feb. 6, spend the day learning "Setting Up the HOA" and "Advanced HOA Issues." Tuition for the half-day program is $119 for CBA Real Estate or Construction Section members, $129 for CBA members and $149 for nonmembers. Each half-day program has been submitted for three general CLE credits, including .8 ethics, and will be held at 1900 Grant St., suite 300, Denver.

"Mediation: Avoiding the Ten Major Mistakes Lawyers Make:" is on Feb. 20, at 1900 Grant St., Suite 300. Learn about choosing the appropriate mediator and mediation style, providing necessary information to the mediator, preparing your client for mediation, understanding rules of confidentiality and disclosure, avoiding adversarial behavior, dealing with the ineffective mediator, knowing when the agreement is enforceable, and upholding your ethics duties. The cost is $169 for CBA ADR Section members, $179 for CBA members and $209 for nonmembers. Six general CLE credits, including one ethics, will be offered.

For more information, call (303) 860-0608, toll free (888) 860-2531; or visit

Colorado Lawyer Update

Effective with the April 2004 issue of The Colorado Lawyer, the version of the publication containing the summaries of the published opinions of the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court will be known as the "standard version." All CBA members and subscribers will receive this standard version of the publication, unless The Colorado Lawyer is notified by March 1, of a member’s desire to receive the version that includes the full text of the opinions. The standard version of the publication includes articles, features, departments, columns, court rules, and court summaries. An alternate version includes all of the above and the full text of the opinions of the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

For more information, go to

Tutors Needed

David Bost. is seeking tutors for Dora-Moore Elementary school’s Tuesday night tutoring program. It gives responsible adults the opportunity to provide mentoring and academic support to underprivileged school children. Each tutor is assigned one child for the school year, requiring only 1.5 hours of commitment each week, beginning at 6 p.m. Call either David or Jackie at (303) 399-4900 to apply.

Indian Oil and Gas

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Minerals Management Service are co-sponsoring a conference on Feb. 11-13 in Houston, Texas on "Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Royalty Valuation and Management." Download the brochure at, or call (303) 321-8100 for more information.

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