Denver Bar Association
July 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 July/August

4 Steps to Standout Legal Writing and Advanced Legal Editing is July 10, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. National speaker Ross Gubermam will show you that better writing makes better lawyers. When you write clearly, crisply, and persuasively, you are more likely to win for your clients and succeed in your career. The morning program, 4 Steps to Standout Legal Writing, is an interactive workshop that will apply the four steps editing techniques to excerpts from recent well-known cases, deals and disputes. In the afternoon, the Advanced Legal Editing program will focus on legal prose rather than on transactional drafting, and include a discussion on common usage disputes. Tuition is $229 for legal support staff; $229 for new attorneys (first two years of practice); $249 for CBA members; $299 for nonmembers. Seven general credits for both the morning and afternoon programs.

2009 Annual Family Law Institute is Aug. 7–9 at the Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center in Breckenridge, Colo. Don’t miss the Hot Topics Lightning Round and the Breakout Sessions of Juvenile Mental Health, Finance/Litigation, Paralegal, Collaborative Law and Judicial Panels. Program highlights: Representing a Client on a Budget, Tax Returns for Dummies, Who Holds the Privilege for Children’s Treatment Records, On the March: Military Issues Update, Understanding the Golden Parachute and Other Forms of Executive Compensation, Imputing Income in a Bad Economy and many more! Tuition before July 27 is $279 for CBA Juvenile Law and Family Law Section members; $299 for MDIC, CCMO or AFCC members; $299 for CBA members; $349 for nonmembers. Tuition after July 27 is $309 for CBA Juvenile Law and Family Law Section members; $339 for MDIC, CCMO or AFCC members; $339 for CBA members; $379 for nonmembers. Sixteen general credits, including 2.7 ethics.

Will Contests is Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m.–4:25 p.m. When a potential heir or other person with standing believes that a will admitted to probate in Colorado was improper in some fashion, he or she can "contest" the will under Colorado’s probate laws. Understanding when a will is or is not validly created often turns on key probate evidentiary doctrines, as well as important Colorado statutes and case law. The program’s expert faculty, including trust and estate law practitioners, will contest litigators, former Colorado judges and magistrates, and forensic, mediation and arbitration experts, will get you up to speed fast! This program is co-sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate Law, Elder Law, Solo/Small Firm and Litigation Sections. Tuition is $209 for legal support staff; $209 for new attorneys (first two years of practice); $209 for Young Lawyer Division members; $229 for CBA Litigation, Solo/Small Firm, Elder Law and Trust & Estate Section members; $249 for CBA members; $299 for nonmembers. Seven general credits.

Davis Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are invited for the 2008 Richard Marden Davis Award, to honor attorneys under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence as a lawyer and leadership in Denver’s civic, educational and charitable activities. The award was established in 1992 by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the family of Dick Davis, and the Denver Bar Foundation to recognize successful and community-minded young attorneys in private and public practice, and to inspire new members of the Denver legal community. The 2008 Davis Award recipient was Mari Newman of Killmer, Lane & Newman. Nominations are due Sept. 1. For a nomination form or questions, contact Margee Fawley at Davis Graham & Stubbs at (303) 892-7528 or or visit

File & Serve Training

The next File & Serve Trainings are July 6 and Aug. 3 at the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., ninth floor. County court training is 10–11:30 a.m., district court training is 1–2:30 p.m. and court of appeals training is 3–4:30 p.m. Two free CLE credits for each class are available. Support staff is always welcome. Registration is required. Contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or

Legal Support Staff

NALS of Colorado ... the association for legal professionals has a presentation on July 14, 6 p.m., at the Office of Special Counsel, 1660 Lincoln St., Suite 2505. One hour of continuing legal education for legal support staff professionals will be presented. August will be a "Fun and Games" event. More information will be available at the website, For questions or to make a reservation, contact Brooke Nicholson at

CASA Needs You!

Court Appointed Special Advocates is recruiting volunteers in the Denver Metro community to become trained court advocates for children involved in child abuse and neglect cases. Many volunteers have full-time jobs and/or families, yet they have made time to become a child’s voice in court. Your time of 10-15 hours a month will give the abused and neglected children in your community a more hopeful future. Right now there’s a child in your community who needs you. Call today to learn how you can become a CASA volunteer at (303) 752-CASA (2272).

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