Denver Bar Association
January 2010
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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

Jan. 14: Building Business in the Post-Crash Economy — Crucial Marketing Skills for Success in the New Economic Reality. In this rapid-fire half-day program, nationally recognized Master Practice Advisor Dustin Cole draws from his more than 20 years of experience in legal marketing to pinpoint the new economic realities, identify what has changed, and offer both marketing fundamentals and new, more effective solutions. Attendees will leave with tools and specific action plans to increase revenues through more active, focused and effective marketing.

Jan. 21: DUI Update 2010. If you are handling alcohol/drug related driving cases, you know they are some of the most difficult and complex cases to handle. From the moment your client gets behind the wheel to the day his or her case ends, every step of the process involves challenging factual, legal, scientific, constitutional, administrative and practical issues, even for the most experienced attorney. This program makes sure you have a strong handle on this dynamic practice.

Jan. 22: Private Equity 2010. After the worst of the credit crisis and crisis in confidence have passed, funds are looking for deals again and not just in distressed areas. Financing is still tight and buyers are more demanding about valuation. Keeping entrepreneurs motivated and closing the deal may require substantial creativity. Still, there are substantial opportunities and growing activity in the industry. The name of the game may have changed, but deals are getting done. This annual conference brings together the different market actors—private equity executives, investment bankers, attorneys, and others—to review 2009 and provide outlook on 2010.

Jan. 28: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Legal Malpractice Triage — Why You Should Have Malpractice Insurance. This year’s program will focus not only on prevention and risk management, but will go beyond — to when a situation goes from prevention to resolving. Learn to mitigate the damage when a client grieves you and hear the most recent and noteworthy malpractice case law updates. Plus, attendees will determine when, how, and why to spend money on personal counsel and how to make the mediation process work

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, or real estate 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 include: 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 Jennifer Spitz Secretary/Treasurer of the Trust and Estate Section ( Deadline is April 30.

Barristers Benefit Ball— Early Bird Pricing!

Get ready for “The Citizen Lawyer” themed Barristers Benefit Ball on Saturday, May 1, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center to benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers. 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 non-lawyer 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.

Winter Festival

The DBA YLD is requesting donations for the annual Winter Festival, Jan. 23, at the Denver Department of Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd. Winter Festival provides holiday gifts to 1,200 Denver children currently living in foster homes. Please start collecting toys, books, stuffed animals and sporting goods and deliver them to the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., ninth floor, by Jan. 15. To make a monetary donation for the event, mail checks, payable to the DBA YLD with “Winter Festival” in the memo line, to the DBA offices. Anyone interested in helping plan or participating in Winter Festival should contact DBA YLD Executive Council members Gillian Bidgood at; Lucia Padilla at, (303) 383-6583; or Sarah Oviatt at

NALS Meeting

NALS of Colorado, the association for legal professionals, is hosting a Litigation Update on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. For information or to make a reservation, contact


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