Denver Bar Association
April 2010
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Annual Spring Family Law Update 2010 is April 9. The program will review: critical case law updates, medical marijuana and its effects on family law clients, disentangling finances and deciding parental responsibility issues for unmarried couples, ethics for the family law attorney and more. In addition there is a judicial panel on how family law, litigation, case management and orders have been affected by the economic downturn.

Estate Planning Basic Skills is April 15-16. Experienced estate planning attorneys will show the best tools to employ in common estate planning situations. The topics include ethical concerns, transfer tax issues, planning for smaller estates, estate planning with life insurance and the planning and drafting process. This year’s program has been expanded to two full days of instruction and now includes four new sessions in which the members of the faculty will apply the concepts just learned to "typical" client fact patterns.

E-Discovery and Evidence Best Practices is April 22. Electronic discovery is now a vital part of litigation and attorneys are faced with a changing format where evidence is created and stored electronically. E-mails, metadata, text messaging, word processing documents, spreadsheets and other electronic files are the "smoking guns" of evidence. The ability to request and/or produce electronic evidence, including issuing a legal hold, can mean the difference between winning and losing your next case, and avoiding court-imposed sanctions and disciplinary actions. At this presentation, you will learn about the nexus between the law and technology as well as review the substantive and procedural law of the discovery of ESI. Learn from one of the experts in the field, an author of the authoritative work in this area, and a renowned educator in e-discovery.

The New Keys to Effective Trial Advocacy with Jim McElhaney is April 23. A special Colorado appearance and presentation! This full-day program will cover all the major aspects of trial. It is a course that appeals to both novice lawyers and more experienced practitioners, through McElhaney’s presentation of a multitude of innovative and challenging techniques at every stage of the game. The comprehensive course includes jury selection, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, expert witnesses and final argument. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the a national leader in the trial practice field.

Summer Softball Returns

The DBA summer softball league — one of the most relaxed — returns June 5. Games are co-ed and your children (tweens and older) are welcome to play. Games are Saturday mornings through early August. Games are at Cranmer (Sundial) Park at First Avenue and Bellaire Street. Cost will depend on how many teams sign up. Interested team captains, contact Jack Tanner at

Attorneys’ Night Out

On Thursday, June 17, the DBA’s Young Lawyer Division is sponsoring its fifth annual Attorneys’ Night Out, for the benefit of The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, at the Blake Street Tavern, 2401 Blake St. from 5:30 to 9 p.m. There will be hot appetizers, a complimentary beer or glass of house wine and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Purchase tickets by contacting Terry Galpin-Plattner at For sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, contact Sharon Riley at

Which prize will you win at this year’s Barristers Ball raffle?

Purchase Barristers Ball raffle tickets today for a chance to win $2,000 in artwork, a trip to Vail, Nuggets tickets or professional cooking lessons. Cost is $10 per ticket and you need not be present at the ball to win. All proceeds go to benefit Metro Volunteers Lawyers. Contact Denise Richardson at (303) 824-5327 or e-mail to purchase raffle tickets or for more information. To purchase tickets to the ball, go to

Golfers Get Ready

The Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament is June 7 at the Lakewood Country Club. Shotgun start is 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. More details coming soon. Questions? Contact Alexa Drago at or (303) 824-5313.

A Child Needs You

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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