Denver Bar Association
February 2008
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Unless otherwise noted, all DBA–CLE programs are at 1900 Grant St., third floor, large classroom. For more information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or register online at

DBA–CLE February

From Good to Great: Four Steps to Standout Legal Writing is Feb. 22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. It will feature national speaker Ross Guberman. When you write clearly, crisply and persuasively, you are more likely to win for your clients and succeed in your career. Tuition is $199 for new lawyers (first two years); $239 for DBA members; $269 for non-members. Seven general credits.

Common Law Marriage is Feb. 27, 8:55 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Colorado is one of about a dozen states remaining that recognize a common law marriage, or a marriage without a formal ceremony. Learn from the experts about several different family law practice areas, as well as an update on the latest case law in the area of child support enforcement, including Contempt Rule 107. Tuition is $199 for new lawyers (first two years); $209 for Family Law section members; $209 for Sam Cary Bar members; $209 for Hispanic Bar Association members; $239 for DBA members; $279 for non-members. Six general credits.

Best & Worst Trial Tactics: Judges Tell All is Feb. 29, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. The two panels of judges will teach you intricacies of becoming the most effective advocate you can be, from the beginning of the pretrial stage through all aspects of the trial. You will learn the most effective tactics to use, as well as what pitfalls to avoid. Tuition is $139 for new lawyers (first two years); $159 for CBA Litigation section members; $159 for Colorado Judicial Institute members; $179 for DBA members; $209 for non-members. Four general credits.

CBA Paralegal Committee Meeting

The CBA Paralegal Committee meets the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m., at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., ninth floor. The next meeting is March 6, and will be a CLE program, "I Never Metadata I Didn’t Like." Conference call participation is available. Cost is $10 for CBA members and $15 for non-members. RSVP to For more information, contact Michelle Gersic, (303) 824-5342 or

Save the Date!

The CBA Civil Rights Committee presents, "Security Zones or Free Speech Zones? Balancing First Amendment Rights and Security Concerns at the Democratic National Convention," on Wednesday, Feb. 6, noon–1:30 p.m., at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., third floor, in Denver. Moderator Mari Newman, of Killmer Lane & Newman, will facilitate a lively discussion with panelists Glenn Spagnuolo, "Recreate ’68"; Ed Ramey, Isaacson Rosenbaum; and Thomas J. Marrese, senior city attorney in Colorado Springs. One CLE credit approved. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. RSVP to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

Free File & Serve Training

Training classes for state court e-filing will be March 3. District Court e-filing will be 10–11:30 a.m., and County Court e-filing will be 1–2:30 p.m. Support staff always are welcome! Two general CLE credits are available for each class. All classes are held at the CBA, 1900 Grant St., ninth floor. To RSVP, contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or

CAN Food Drive

The Community Action Network’s 11th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive is April 28–May 9 and will benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies. These barrels will be delivered and picked up. To secure your barrel, e-mail Heather Clark at or call (303) 824-5350. Cash donations are welcome; make your check payable to Food Bank of the Rockies.

Legal Support Staff

The Mile High Association of Legal Support Staff monthly dinner meeting will be Feb. 18, 6 p.m., at Parkplace, 111 Emerson St. For more information, contact Audrey Brekel (303) 417-8502 or

Monthly Dinner Meeting

NALS of Colorado ... the association for legal professionals, will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., at the Colorado Education Association, 1500 Grant St. The topic, "Legal Jeopardy," will be an update on legal secretarial skills. Cheryle Burns will be the presenter. For information or to make a reservation, contact Cheryle Burns at or Perri Morris at

Ralph Carr Book Release

The book release party for Principled Politician, by 9News political reporter Adam Schrager, will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30–7 p.m., at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, 1550 17th St., fifth floor, Grand Conference Room. The book is about former lawyer and Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr, who bravely condemned the internment of Japanese-American citizens during WWII. The event is sponsored by the CBA and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Refreshments will be served. Schrager will have a reading/signing at the LoDo Tattered Cover, 16th and Wynkoop, after the reception, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are necessary for the party and space is limited. RSVP to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, or

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