Denver Bar Association
October 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 October

Wade/Parks: Colorado Law of Wills, Trusts, and Fiduciary Administration is Oct. 21, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Author James Wade teaches this probate class, focusing on fee issues for fiduciaries and attorneys. It also will cover a range of new developments in probate law. The Wade/Parks book, a longtime favorite of probate practitioners, or its 2009 supplement, will be included in the price of tuition. Tuition ranges from $210 to $350, depending on membership status. Five general credits, including one ethics credit. Webcast also available.

10th Annual Colorado Business Law Institute is Nov. 5–6 at the Denver Marriott City Center. In its 10th year, this popular program is back with an update from Secretary of State Bernie Buescher, a corporate governance update, eight breakout sessions and more! Tuition ranges from $299 to $425, depending on membership status. Early bird discounts apply before Oct. 23. Fourteen general credits, including three ethics credits.

3rd Annual Colorado Statewide ADR Conference is Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. This year’s presentations will challenge your assumptions about appropriate settings for ADR. Experts from around the state and country will discuss mediation in domestic violence cases, criminal court referrals to restorative justice circles and mediation, internal workplace conflict resolution processes, personal BATNAs in civil disputes, multiparty elder cases, and other sometimes unexpected juxtapositions, and will encourage you to continue to expand and improve your skills and practices. Tuition ranges from $129 to $239. Early bird discounts apply before Oct. 9. Seven general credits, including 3.7 ethics credits.

Evidence for the Civil and Criminal Practitioner is Nov. 12, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Our faculty of seasoned litigators will cover hearsay, character evidence and scientific evidence. End the program with a panel — including a trial judge, an appellate judge, and a lawyer — on making and preserving the record. Lawyers interested in criminal litigation may sign up for the full-day program (from 9 a.m.– 4:20 p.m.), which includes Special Evidentiary Issues in Criminal Law in the afternoon.Tuition ranges from $129 to $199, depending on membership status. Four general credits.

Our Courts Speaker Training

Become a volunteer speaker for the popular Our Courts program, sponsored by the Colorado Judicial Institute and the CBA. More than 250 presentations have been done since September 2007. A speaker training, Friday, Oct. 16, 2–5 p.m., will be at the CBA offices. Please RSVP to Learn more at

We the People Congressional Hearing

Eighteen lawyers are needed to act as judges for this event, Thursday, Oct. 22, 8:30–11:45 a.m. The hearing will be at Kunsmiller Junior High School, 2250 S. Quitman Way. Judges will listen to student groups present on a Constitutional topic (judicial review, first amendment rights, civic engagement of citizens, etc.) and engage in a dialogue with them regarding the topics. Judges score the students on their ability to apply the constitutional concepts to real experiences. Each student group presentation, including the student presentation and the follow-up dialogue with the judges, is 10 minutes long. It is an opportunity to work with young students and help them understand basic constitutional principles. If you are interested, contact Meghan Bush at

DBJ Giving Guide

Now in its fourth year, the Denver Business Journal’s Giving Guide has been an overwhelming success for Denver’s philanthropic community, and is an opportunity for your law firm to assist the nonprofit or foundation of your choice. Help tell their story to nearly 15,000 weekly subscribers. Your underwriting support of $3,600 helps give a voice to the nonprofit community. The 2009–10 Giving Guide will be released Nov. 27. Additional information can be found at or by calling Denise Jendrusch at (303) 803-9250.

NALS Courthouse Tour

NALS of Colorado, the association for legal professionals, is hosting a tour Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m., of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse. Space is limited. For information or to make a reservation, contact

Bridging the Gap

The DBA Access to Justice Committee is starting a partnership with Bridging the Gap at Mile High United Way. This program assists youths who are aging out of foster care. Each month, BTG offers a program called Java & Juice. These meetings are held in a coffee shop or other gathering place. A guest speaker discusses a topic and has a conversation with the young attendees. A DBA volunteer (or two) is needed for each session. If you would be interested in any of these dates, please e-mail Location: Panera at 1330 Grant St., Denver. Time: 4-6 p.m. Next meetings: Nov. 10 – On the Road (topics include buying a car, car repair, insurance, registration, liens, accidents, DWI/DUI); Dec. 8 – Where You Live (topics include renting, leases, buying); Jan. 12 – Citizenship (topics include military service, voting, jury duty, taxation, immigration & the U.S.A. Patriot Act).

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