Denver Bar Association
November 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: Annual Trust and Estate Law Update

Highlights for this annual program on Nov. 5 include: an address by the Honorable C. Jean Stewart, Presiding Judge, Denver Probate Court; a Legislative Update and Case Law Update; Beyond the Boilerplate: Re-shaping Current Practice Using Advance Directives; Is Your Hand on the Chopping Block? Avoiding Malpractice and Ethics Rule Violations; The State of the Federal Estate Tax as of Nov. 5, 2010:  Planning in an Uncertain Estate Tax World; and more!


Drones and their Implication for International Law

This conference is designed for newcomers to the laws of armed conflict and international humanitarian law. It will raise some of the most provocative and headline-grabbing questions of our times, as well as feature nationally renowned experts on this cutting-edge issue. Please join us Saturday, Nov. 6, for this exciting event sponsored by the Nanda Center for International Law and the International Law Society at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Program will begin at 9 a.m. 

Cost for the Colloquium is $90 and an additional $10 for lunch. A continental breakfast and the reception following the event are included in the program fee.

For more information or to register, visit


Judicial Excellence Dinner

The 8th Annual Colorado Judicial Institute “Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner” is Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, 1701 California St. The 2010 CJI Judicial Excellence Awards recipients are District Court Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle, 5th Judicial District; County Court Judge Thomas J.B. Reed, Boulder County; and Magistrate Brian Bowen, 2nd Judicial District. The Distinguished Judicial Leadership Award will be given to Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey. Event entertainment includes a performance from The Law Club.

For more information and to purchase a sponsorship or tickets, visit or call (303) 766-7501.


Seniors Committee Holiday Party

The Seniors Committee invites friends and colleagues to a luncheon to share warm wishes and holiday cheer. The gathering will be held at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the DBA office, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. Cost to attend is $12. To RSVP, contact Alexa Drago at (303) 824-5313 or Please RSVP by Dec. 3.


Bench/Bar Lunch Series

The Denver Bench/Bar lunch series brings a popular ethics program from the classrooms of The National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Using short excerpts from a wide-ranging selection of movies and television programs, Denver District Court Judge Robert L. McGahey, Jr. and NITA’s Director of Specialty Programs, Mark S. Caldwell, compare the lawyer behavior to the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility. The result is a lively discussion of ethical and professional behavior. Join us for a view of how Hollywood treats lawyer ethics. The December program is free, and will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from noon to 1:40 p.m., in the Law Library at the Denver City & County Building.  Lunch may be purchased for $15 (please specify that you would like a lunch when you register for the program) or feel free to bring your own lunch. Due to limited space and the anticipated popularity of this event, we strongly request that you register early, and if you need to cancel your reservation, that you do so by Friday, Dec.10. To register for the program, please e-mail or call (303) 860-1115.


“My Sisters Made of Light” reception

Jacqueline St. Joan will discuss her book, “My Sisters Made of Light” at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the DBA, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900.

The novel follows three generations of a Pakistani family as they make their way through life in the political, social, and religious maze that is their motherland. St. Joan uses her extensive travels and research in Pakistan and her own experiences as a human rights activist, lawyer, judge, and law professor to share with readers a compelling, heartbreaking, and sometimes terrifying look into the lives of women and men in the social, political, and religious maze that is Pakistan. Prof. Tahira Khan will also be a part of the discussion and St. Joan will read from and sign her book.

St. Joan teaches at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Following her travels in Pakistan, she became the Public Education Chair of the Asian American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights, a U.S.-based NGO that works to support Pakistani efforts to end human rights violations. Half of the author’s proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to SOIL, a grassroots community organization in Pakistan, to pay for the construction of a safe shelter for abused women and children. 

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