Denver Bar Association
November 2006
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DBA–CLE for November

Estate Planning Update with Jeff Pernell is Nov. 10, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Professor Pennell will discuss marital deduction planning in times of uncertainty, elective shares of the surviving spouse and recent wealth transfer tax developments. This program is a must for anyone who works in estate planning. Tuition is $149 for Trust and Estate Section members; $199 for CBA members; and $249 for non-members. Five general credits.

2006 Appellate Practice in Federal and State Court is Nov. 9, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sharpen your appellate skills with a fast-paced seminar given by a panel of 10th Circuit Judges. You also will receive advice from Colorado Supreme Court justices on persuading the court to hear your case. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve the odds in your next appeal. Tuition is $209 for Appellate Sub-section members; $229 for CBA members; and $269 for non-members. Eight general, including 1.2 ethics credits.

Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Presented by Alexander R. Rothrock is Nov. 17, 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Rothrock is the author of the book Essays on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct in Colorado; and is the immediate past chair of the CBA Ethics Committee. Essays on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct in Colorado examines and helps resolve the ethical and professional responsibility dilemmas that challenge you in day-to-day practice. This is the fundamental program and book on legal ethics and professional conduct in Colorado. Tuition is $179 for CBA members who don’t own the book, $149 for CBA members who own the book; $209 for non-members who don’t own the book, $179 for non-members who own the book. Four general, including 3.6 ethics credits.

CJI Award Dinner

The Colorado Judicial Institute will hold its Fourth Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on Nov. 16 at the Marriott Denver City Center, 1701 California St. Cocktail hour is 6–7 p.m.; dinner program begins at 7 p.m. Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, will be the keynote speaker at the dinner. Justice Phillips will discuss "Life Without Merit Selection: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." Tickets can be ordered at

Free File & Serve Training

Training classes for state district court e-filing will be Nov. 6, beginning class at 9 a.m. and advanced class at 10:30 a.m. The county court e-filing class will be 1–2:30 p.m. that same day. All File and Serve classes will be at the CBA, 1900 Grant St., 9th floor. To RSVP, contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or

Legal Night at Mi Casa

Legal Night at Mi Casa is Tuesday, Nov. 21, 5:30–8 p.m. at the Mi Casa Resource Center (Fourth and Acoma). Attorney volunteers are needed to provide free legal information regarding immigration, employment, housing and family law to indigent clients (largely Spanish speaking). Volunteers will not be expected to take cases, only to provide legal information that evening to walk-in clients. Legal Night has been a great success with approximately 100 clients served each month. To volunteer, e-mail Susan Cole at

Monthly Dinner Meeting

NALS of Colorado ... the association for legal professionals will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., at the DBA, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. Lila Harvey, Esq. of Robert Half Legal will speak on projected salary ranges for more than 25 positions in the legal field and will provide a free copy of the Salary Guide to all attending. For information or to make a reservation, contact Cheryle Burns, PLS at or Perri Morris, PLS at

Advanced Deposition: Financial Experts

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy is offering the program "Advanced Deposition: Financial Experts," Nov. 9–11. This program will hone seven key skills: deposing senior company executives, video depositions of experts, use of digitally displayed exhibits during deposition, digital recording of the deposition, use of video deposition during testimony, defending high-profile clients, and using deposition during trial to cross-examine and impeach witnesses. To register for this program, visit

CVP Fundraiser

Join the Central Visitation Program when it partners with Abend Art Gallery on Friday, Nov. 3, 6–8 p.m. at Gallery 1261 (owned by Abend Gallery Fine Art), 1261 Delaware St. CVP is raising funds for its work in providing supervised visitation to children of low-income families in Denver. This event will celebrate and support the ongoing mission of CVP to provide a safe, supervised, and comfortable setting for court-ordered visits between children and parents of low-income families involved in high conflict, divorce, and/or restraining order proceedings. For more information, call the CVP at (303) 839-8701 or visit

Control in the Courtroom

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy is offering "Control in the Courtroom: What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors?" Nov. 16–17. Learn how to develop your own natural style, rhythm and mannerisms, and how to use them to maximize expression — whether speaking with a client, a colleague, a judge or a jury. The emphasis is on learning by doing in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. The instructors will offer some lecture and demonstration and provide an opportunity for participants to rehearse the techniques. The goal is to offer skills that can be apprehended, used and applied to actual ongoing case work. To register for this program, visit

Ethics for Government Lawyers VI

The Colorado Bar Association Government Counsel Section and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office will present Ethics for Government Lawyers VI on Friday, Dec. 15, 8 a.m.–noon, at the Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant St. RSVP no later than noon on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to or by calling (303) 860-1115 ext. 727.

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