Denver Bar Association
February 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 February

Preventing Legal Malpractice is Feb. 20, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This year’s theme will focus on planning for disasters, both the internal and external variety. The faculty will address how to handle a variety 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. Attendance qualifies those for a premium credit on renewal of CBA-sponsored professional liability insurance. Tuition is $159 for CBA members and $199 for nonmembers. Four general credits, including four ethics.

Estate Administration Basic Skills is March 6, 8:25 a.m.–4:25 p.m. This is a fundamental program designed for new attorneys, attorneys unfamiliar with the Colorado Probate process or trust and estate attorneys who want to brush up on their basic skills. The morning and early afternoon sessions will cover topics, including the basics of opening an estate, ethics, real estate and tax matters, and closing estates; and will provide time for you to direct specific questions to the faculty. The lunchtime session invites local probate registrars to participate in a roundtable discussion on common filing mistakes. It is co-sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate Section. Tuition is $209 for legal support staff; $209 for new attorneys (first two years of practice); $229 for YLD members; $229 for Trust & Estate Section members; $249 for CBA members; and $229 for nonmembers. Seven general credits, including 0.8 ethics.

Family Law Basic Skills is Feb. 12, 8:25 a.m.–5 p.m., and Feb. 13, 8:25–11:45 a.m. Back by popular demand, this program only happens once every two years. There is a large amount of information available to attorneys who practice family law. This day-and-a-half format is designed specifically for the new practitioner, the attorney wanting to brush up on the law, the attorney wanting to expand his or her practice and the attorney whose practice is focused in other areas. Recognized experts in the area of Colorado family law will share their knowledge to help you assess, prepare and try your divorce cases with confidence. This seminar will cover all major areas of dissolution of marriage action, including the initial client interview, jurisdiction, protective orders, custody and parenting time, separation agreements, trial preparation, and much more. In addition, a panel of distinguished judges will share insight and experience on courtroom "do’s" and "don’ts." It is co-sponsored by the CBA Family Law Section and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Tuition is $65 for those willing to take a pro bono case within one year; $209 for legal support staff; $209 for new attorneys (first two years of practice); $229 for Family Law Section members; $249 for CBA members; and $299 for nonmembers. Eleven general credits.


Interim Policy for Court of Appeals Records

To standardize the practice across the state, the Colorado Court of Appeals has developed an interim policy governing the format of electronic records, references to electronic records in briefs subject to C.A.R. 28, submission of briefs subject to C.A.R. 28 in electronic form, and submission of electronic appendices. Main components of the policy are the preparation of a bookmarked CD-ROM by the clerk of the court, to be made available to counsel in all cases in which the record is received in electronic form, and the requirement that counsel file all briefs on a CD-ROM accompanied by the signed original in paper form (additional copies of the brief as set forth in C.A.R. 31(c) will no longer be required). Hyperlinks in briefs to citations and the record will not be required, but are highly desirable and strongly encouraged. The full text of the interim policy is available online at the Court of Appeals website located at, and will become effective March 1.


Legal Support Staff

The Mile High Association of Legal Support Staff monthly dinner meeting is Feb. 16, 6 p.m., at Parkplace, 111 Emerson St. For more information, contact Teresa Stenwall at (303) 339-5835 or


NALS Meeting

NALS of Colorado ... the association for legal professionals will host its monthly dinner meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m., at Colorado Education Association, 1500 Grant St. One hour of CLE will be presented. For information or to make a reservation, contact Cheryle Burns at or Perri Morris at


Young Lawyers Division Attorneys’ Night Out

The Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is hosting an Attorneys’ Night Out fundraising event to benefit The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People on May 21, 5:30–8:30 p.m., at the Blake Street Tavern, 2401 Blake St. in Denver. Appetizers, beer and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided, as well as tours and tastings at Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery. For sponsorship, tickets or volunteer opportunities, please contact Sharon Riley at

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