Denver Bar Association
March 2009
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Juvenile Law Hot Topics is Thursday, March 12, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. This annual program focuses on some of the hottest issues facing juvenile law practitioners today. Expert presenters will explore difficult areas, such as developmental disabilities and juvenile competency. Appeals in both delinquency and dependency & neglect cases also will be presented. Linking animal cruelty and child abuse is one of the most cutting-edge topics that will be discussed. Then, attendees will learn about the challenges encountered by juveniles in emancipation after foster care, including an important case law summary and an invaluable resource list from the court. Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to network with the CBA Juvenile Law Section officers during the lunch break. The event is co-sponsored by the CBA Juvenile Law Section. Tuition is $209 for legal support staff, $209 for new attorneys (in practice two years or less), $229 for CBA Juvenile Law Section members, $229 for CBA Family Law Section members $249 for CBA members and $299 for nonmembers. Eight general credits.

2009 Annual Spring Workers’ Compensation Update is Friday, March 13, 8:30 a.m.–4:05 p.m. The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section and CBA–CLE welcome you to another session of the Annual Spring Workers’ Compensation Update. The day begins with a review of the most important case law decisions over the past year, including Colorado Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and ICAP decisions. The day continues with a primer and update on the thorniest course, and scope and coverage issues in workers’ compensation law cases. After lunch there will be a session on workers’ compensation cases, including very useful instruction on how to deal with "prior ratings" issues. The second topic of the afternoon is the legal ethics segment. Chip Mortimer, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, will lead you through the ethics problems that are typical for a workers’ compensation practitioner. The program concludes with a lecture by Administrative Law Judge Craig C. Eley, concerning the important immigration law issues that can arise in workers’ compensation matters when an employee is terminated. As always, the faculty includes distinguished workers’ compensation law judges, as well as experienced practitioners from both the claimant and respondent bars, ensuring that you receive a high-quality CLE. The event is co-sponsored by the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section. Tuition is $209 for legal support staff, $209 for new attorneys (in practice two years or less), $229 for CBA Workers’ Compensation Section members, $249 for CBA members and $299 for nonmembers. Six general credits, including one ethics.

Fuel the Sparks: 5 Guiding Values for Success in Law & Life is Thursday, March 19, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Sometimes, we all need to look at things from a different perspective. This applies to both our personal and professional lives and how they blend into a successful and fulfilling legal career. Join Kevin Houchin for this exciting new ethics program devoted to finding a more balanced perspective on the rules of professional responsibility and how we can put the rules into an easy system for finding more success in our practice and our lives. This intensive interactive workshop aims to be the best three hours you’ll invest in this year. As a bonus, each attendee will receive a free copy of Houchin’s new book from Morgan James Publishing, "Fuel the Spark: 5 Guiding Values for Success in Law and Life." Tuition is $209 for new attorneys (in practice two years or less), $249 for CBA members and $299 for nonmembers. Four general credits and 3.6 ethics.

YLD Attorneys’ Night Out

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

Judicial Independence Membership Breakfast

Please join the Colorado Judicial Institute at the Judicial Independence Membership Breakfast, a complimentary breakfast for the legal, civic and business communities, Thursday, April 16, 7:30 a.m., at The University Club, 1673 Sherman St. Members of the CJI board of directors will discuss the work of the organization and upcoming activities. Keynote speakers include, Hon. Rebecca Love Kourlis, former Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court and executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and Hon. William F. Dressel, former Colorado District Court Judge and president of the National Judicial College. To register or for more information, contact Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen at (303) 766-7501 or

NALS Meeting — CLE Credit Avaliable

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

Social Justice Conference

CU & DU Law Schools present the Legal System’s Response to Domestic Violence: Emerging Challenges, New Perspectives workshop, Friday, March 6, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Wolf Law Building. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Speakers include Anne Tapp, SPAN; Boulder County Judge David A. Archuleta; Tim Eirich, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center; Kathleen Schoen, DBA and Make It Your Business and many more. CLE credits applied for. Lunch included. General admission is $100. Colorado Bar, Denver Bar or Boulder County Bar Associations members pay $75, community organization staff/volunteers pay $50 and CU/DU faculty pay $50. CU/DU law student admission is free, but students still need to register and lunch is not included. For registration questions or more information, please contact Carol Thompson, SPAN Events Coordinator, at (303) 449-8623 or

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