Denver Bar Association
March 2010
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March 5: Commercial Real Estate Transactions: The Fundamentals. Although the numbers are down from the lofty heights of a few years ago, commercial real estate deals are still getting done. As we begin 2010, the commercial real estate market may be ready for a refreshing uptick in completed transactions. If you are an attorney or real estate professional new to the world of commercial real estate, or if you just need a refresher, this is an excellent course.

March 12: The Juvenile Law Update. Co-sponsored by the CBA Juvenile Law Section, this program includes a clear summary of the most important new legislation and case law in the area of juvenile law. Learn about the latest trends and initiatives that impact juvenile law, including alternatives to traditional child welfare service approaches; what to use, and when to use it, when psychological testing and/or mental health evaluations are needed for and a personality disorder is suspected; and how the effectiveness and efficiency of "treatment" courts can help you and your clients.

March 18: Criminal Law Update 2010. Join us for this comprehensive program with important 2010 Criminal Law updates. This is an opportunity to hear nationally renowned author and speaker, Anjali Nandi, present on Evidence-Based Sentencing. Among many other professional accomplishments, she is a consultant and trainer with the 20th Judicial District probation department and provides coaching and mentoring in evidence-based practices.

March 19: 2010 Annual Spring Workers’ Compensation Update. This program is co-sponsored by the CBA Workers’ Compensation section and the program 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 on evidence-based medicine and how that concept is implemented in the Division’s Medical Treatment Guidelines. Afternoon sessions include three presentations on how two recent Division rule changes, as well as a recent Colorado Supreme Court decision, are affecting workers’ compensation cases in the real world.

Golfers Get Ready

The Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament is June 7 at the Lakewood Country Club. Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Founded in 1908, this Tom Bendelow and Donald Ross design is one of Colorado’s oldest golf courses. True to Ross design characteristics, the course is playable yet challenging for all skill levels. The USGA Course and Slope Ratings are 71.9 and 136. Questions? Contact Alexa Drago at or (303) 824-5313.

Learn about protection orders, April 16

This day-long training program will cover what you need to know about the protection orders process. Take two pro bono cases and the cost is $35, otherwise cost is $75 (includes lunch). Presented by Denver Access to Justice Committee, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, CBA Family Violence Program, Project Safeguard, and Holland & Hart, on Friday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., 555 17th St., 32nd floor. Applied for 7 general and 2 ethics credits. To register, call (303) 831-1040 by April 9.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Anniversary

Save the Date for the APABA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 8, at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. To contact the APABA, visit

Wanted: Donations to Benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers

The Barristers Benefit Ball Committee is looking for donations such as airline tickets, vacation getaways, sporting event tickets, electronic equipment or anything else befitting a raffle prize. If you have direct access to such treasures or have a contact that can be approached about donations, contact Dana Collier Smith at The ball proceeds go to Metro Volunteer Lawyers pro bono programming.

Bench–Bar Retreat

As always, this will be a great opportunity to interact and get to know numerous judges throughout the metro-Denver area in a relaxed, casual setting on April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant Street in Denver. Applied for four hours of CLE credit, including ethics credits. Breakfast will be provided. Cost is $65 for nonmembers, $60 for members and $40 for support staff.

A Child Needs Your Help

Court-Appointed Special Advocates is recruiting volunteers in the Denver community to become trained court advocates for children involved in child abuse and neglect cases. 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 your help. To learn how you can become a CASA volunteer, call (303) 752-2272.

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