Denver Bar Association
December 2005
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Give Back This Holiday Season

by Chris Little

Chris Little,
DBA president

I have decided to give our Bench a holiday break and write about the great ways you can give back this holiday season.

• Go pro bono: At the Denver Bar Association, you can volunteer to provide pro bono legal services to eligible Metro Volunteer Lawyer clients. This is an excellent opportunity for young lawyers to get into court and it is a great opportunity for all lawyers to do something helpful this holiday
season. To get involved, contact Debora Wagner at (303) 866-9378, or go to http://www.cobar.org/link/probono.cfm or http://www.metrovolunteerlawyers.org for more information on pro bono opportunities.

• Get out your checkbook: You can send a check to the Legal Aid Foundation, which is responsible for raising money to fund civil legal services for low-income individuals in Colorado. The sole beneficiary of the funds is Colorado Legal Services, which is a statewide program that provides legal assistance to individuals and families throughout Colorado. These clients live at no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. That means a family of four would have income of $24,188 or less in 2005. Sadly, these people need lawyers and can’t afford them. If you don’t take a Metro Volunteer Lawyers case, send your money here.

• Take a tour: Volunteer to take people on tours of the Denver City and County Courthouse. This is a two-to three-hour commitment, and training/orientation is provided. This is a great opportunity for non-litigators to see the courthouse. Contact Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5340 or cgravit@cobar.org for more information.

• Wrap presents: Contact Urban Peak and tell them you want to wrap Christmas presents. The Community Action Network spent a few nights wrapping presents a few years ago, and it was a great time. Urban Peak is a nonprofit organization at 1630 S. Acoma that serves runaway, homeless teenagers. The presents the kids receive are not glorious. They get socks and underwear. Occasionally, a generous donor gives a walkman or iPOD. Sadly, there aren’t enough of these gifts to go to all of the residents. I promise, you will smile a little longer after wrapping your 20th bunch of socks.

• Attend a soiree: Speaking of the CAN committee, please don’t forget them this Christmas. They are organizing their wonderful Winter Soirée in January. It’s a great party on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This year’s event, appropriately named "Through the Eyes of a Child," will feature a fun-filled evening of food, wine and artwork from local children, a photo contest, a silent auction, an IMAX film, and an after-hours viewing the Museum’s exhibits. Contact Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5340 for more information.

• Serve soup: Volunteer at the Denver Rescue Mission and serve a bowl of soup to someone who needs it. The Denver Rescue Mission is the downtown shelter that provides food, clothing and education to homeless. Or, send money. A donation of $27.60 will feed 15 homeless people.

Remember family: It isn’t all about service during the holiday season. Remember your family, your loved ones and yourself. Pamper these people with a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Each year, A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker productions are a hit. DCPA fare this holiday season includes:

“Volunteer at the Denver Rescue Mission … the downtown shelter that provides food, clothing, and education to homeless. … A donation of $27.60 will feed 15 homeless people.”

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A Christmas Carol:
Nov. 25–Dec. 24

- Phantom of the Opera:
Nov. 2–Dec. 4

- Little Shop of Horrors:
Dec. 20–Jan. 8

- September Shoes:
Oct. 20–Dec. 17

Visit the Botanic Gardens or the Denver Zoo at night for a light display your family won’t forget.

Last, don’t forget that CBA/CLE has last-minute classes in December. Catch up with your ethics or learn about many areas of practice.

Next month, I promise you will hear from another judge.

Happy Holidays!


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