Denver Bar Association
December 2006
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 DBA–CLE for December

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are at 1900 Grant St., 3rd floor, large classroom. For more information, call (303) 860-0608.

Trials of the Century is Dec. 8, 2006, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Todd Winegar, one of America’s highest rated CLE speakers will teach from experience. He uses film footage, re-creations, and verbatim trial transcripts in this unique program. Learn from the master! Tuition is $169 for Litigation Section members; $209 for CBA members; and $249 for non-members. Seven general credits, including 1.5 ethics.

Litigation Conference for Attorneys & CPAs: Learn the current trends and latest issues is Dec. 14, 8:25 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Attorneys and CPAs will learn the current trends and latest issues. Several amazing speakers will cover lost profits damage measurements, case law update, hot topics/ask the experts panel, what attorneys and accountants should know about Generally Accepted Accounting Principles AAP in valuations service, cross examination-demonstrative evidence and goodwill hunting. Tuition is $199 for Litigation Section members; $199 for the CPA Society; $209 for CBA members; and $229 for non-members. Eight general credits.

2006 Annual Tort Law Update is Dec. 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Seven topics, experts in their specialties, a convenient morning-only program — all you need to update your knowledge about some of the latest issues in tort law. Learn about today’s issues in medical malpractice, construing the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, nursing home litigation, products liability, construction defects, premise risks and legal malpractice. Tuition is $109 for Litigation Section members; $129 for CBA members; and $149 for non-members. Four general credits; including .6 ethics credits.

DBA Nominating Committee

The DBA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for 2007–2008 DBA leadership positions, including president-elect, first and second vice presidents, three for the Board of Trustees, and 11 for the CBA Board of Governors. Nominations should be sent to Joe Dischinger at by Jan. 19. For more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at

Nominate an Outstanding Lawyer

The DBA Awards Committee, chaired by past-president Bill Walters, seeks nominations for four awards. The DBA Award of Merit recognizes outstanding contributions made by a DBA member to the DBA and the profession. Volunteer Lawyer of the Year honors a DBA member who has performed extraordinary voluntary legal or community service. Young Lawyer of the Year honors a member of the DBA who is under 37 or has been practicing law less than three years, and has made outstanding contributions to the community and the interests of young lawyers in the Denver metro area. Judicial Excellence honors a DBA member of the judiciary for extraordinary service or exceptional contributions to the improvement of the judicial system. Please submit a brief statement (e-mail preferred) with the name, award, and summary of why that person deserves the honor. Send nominations to Stacy Chesney,, or mail to Stacy at DBA, 1900 Grant Street, Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203.

Solo/Small Firm Breakfast

The downtown Denver Solo/Small Firm Networking meeting is Jan. 4, 7:30 a.m., at Racine’s Restaurant, 650 Sherman St. Questions? Contact Frank Slaninger at (303) 758-5200 or

Networking/Holiday Meeting

The CBA Solo/Small Firm Section will hold its annual networking and holiday meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5, noon, at the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., 9th floor. A hot buffet lunch will be served. Cost is $5 for Solo/Small Firm Section members, and $10 for non-members. RSVP by Friday, Dec. 1, to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. Questions? Contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or

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.

Brighten the Holidays for Orphans

Three downtown Denver law firms — Sherman and Howard, The Harris Law Firm, and Bachus and Schanker — have joined forces to sponsor a holiday party for The Adoption Exchange, a charitable organization in Denver that works to place foster children in permanent adoptive homes. To get the 187 children and their sponsors to the mansion, the three firms are sponsoring bus transportation and gift bags for the children. If you and/or your firm would like to participate in the sponsorship of this event, call Heidi Culbertson at (303) 299-9484.

Juvenile Justice and Mentoring Program

North American Indian Legal Services, Inc. is a nonprofit that offers attorney services and mentoring for youth involved in the juvenile justice system or who are at risk of becoming involved. Application forms for the Juvenile Justice and Mentoring Program are at The program offers services at no cost or on a sliding scale for families, depending on income level. For information, contact Brenda J. Bellonger at (720) 840-5438 or

Taking and Defending Depositions

The National Institute of Trial Advocacy is offering the program "Taking and Defending Depositions," Dec. 7–9. Learn how to create a clear record of the deposition, formulate concise questions, explore alternate case theories, defend the deposition and prepare your witness, object and protect you client’s interests, use simple language and listen carefully to answers. For more information, visit

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