Denver Bar Association
January 2009
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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 January

Preventing Legal Malpractice is Jan. 29 and Feb. 30 in Denver, and Jan. 30 in Colorado Springs. This year’s theme will focus on planning for disasters — both the internal and external kind. The faculty will address ways in which attorneys should be thinking about how to handle a kind of situations, from the loss of an entire office to loss of confidence in a partner. Additionally, popular topics such as legal updates and insurance issues will be addressed. Tuition is $159 for CBA members and $199 for nonmembers. Four general credits, including two ethics.

Fundamentals of Securities Law is Jan. 30, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. There is no better time than now to be introduced to the fascinating world of securities law. This program will discuss securities registration, exemptions from registration, reporting requirements, liability for securities law violations and the legal ethics issues that come up in the world of securities law. Our experts will demystify the concepts and terminology that sound like a foreign language to non-securities specialists. It is sponsored by the CBA Business Law Section. Tuition is $209 for legal support staff; $209 for new attorneys (first two years of practice); $229 for Business Law Section members; $249 for CBA members; $299 for nonmembers. Six general credits, including 1.2 ethics.

Colorado Workers’ Compensation Law: The Fundamentals is Jan. 21, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Program Highlights:

• When an Injury is Compensable Under the Workers’ Compensation Act
• Medical Benefits in Workers’ Compensation Cases
• Temporary Total Disability (TTD) and the Concept of Average Weekly Wage (AWW)
• Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) and Apportionment
• Evaluating a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Possible Settlement
• Process and Procedures Basics: Pre-hearing Matters and Office of Administrative Courts (OAC) Hearings.

This program is co-sponsored by the CBA Criminal Law Section. Tuition is $209 for legal support staff; $209 for new attorneys (first two years of practice); $229 for Workers’ Compensation Section members; $249 for CBA members; $299 for nonmembers. Seven general credits.

Sterling Ambler Award

The Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association is accepting nominations for the Sterling Ambler Award. The award is given to an individual who has contributed substantially to the trust and estate, elder law or real estate areas of law. It is not required that the recipient be a member of the Trust and Estate Section, the Elder Law Section or the Real Estate Section. Criteria includes: significant years of contribution to the legal profession; multiple areas of contribution (these may include legal expertise, providing assistance to other attorneys who may have less experience in the specialties of trust and estate, elder law or real estate and/or participation in professional organizations); and leadership within one or more of these areas. Send nominations to Andrea Mueller at the CBA offices ( or Constance Wood, chair of the Trust and Estate Section ( Deadline is April 1.

Judge-Lawyer Brown Bag

Dealing with the Uncivil Lawyer and Dealing with the Pro Se Litigant will be the topics of discussion. Mark your calendars for a great opportunity to learn from judges and seasoned litigators in a relaxed format about tips and potential pitfalls of dealing with the uncivil lawyer and the unrepresented litigant. The event is on Thursday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1:45 p.m., at the Denver City & County Building Law Library, 1435 Bannock St. This program has been submitted for two ethics CLE credits. Cost: $15 for DBA members and $20 for nonmembers. RSVP by noon, Tuesday, Jan. 27, to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 or e-mail

Barristers Benefit Ball— Early Bird Pricing!

Get ready for the new and different Barristers Benefit Ball on Friday, April 24, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Colorado Convention Center to benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers. This year we have a new location downtown and exciting changes you don’t want to miss! Don’t delay — early bird pricing lasts through Jan. 30. Early bird ticket prices are: $3,000 for patron tables (seats 10); $275 for patron tickets (includes two drinks and recognition in the dinner program); $145 for individual tickets; $100 for judicial tickets; $90 for young lawyer and nonlawyer tickets. If you purchase tickets after Jan. 30, prices are: $3,250 for patron tables; $300 for patron tickets; $165 for individual tickets; $120 for judicial tickets; and $100 for young lawyer and non-lawyer tickets. Contact Dana Collier Smith at or (303) 824-5318 for more information or to purchase tickets.

NALS Monthly Meeting

NALS of Colorado ... the association for legal professionals will host its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m., at Colorado Education Association, 1500 Grant St. One CLE credit for legal support staff professionals will be offered. For information or to make a reservation, contact Cheryle Burns at or Perri Morris at

Public Interest Law Group Auction

The DU Law Public Interest Law Group invites members of the legal community to participate in the 14th Annual PILG Auction on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Driscoll Ballroom on the DU campus. The event will include silent and live auctions, a semi-formal dinner, and live music and post-dinner dancing.

If you would like to donate an auction item or for more information about the event, contact Kristine Walentik at

YLD Winter Festival

The Winter Festival will be all day at the Denver Department of Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd., on Jan. 24. This event collects gifts for Denver-area foster children, giving them an opportunity to celebrate the holiday. Interested in donating? Please collect toys, stuffed animals, sporting goods and books at your firm or office for delivery to the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., ninth floor. Anyone interested in helping, planning or participating in this event should contact DBA-YLD Executive Council members Kelley Bergelt at or Gillian Bidgood at


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