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January 26, 2016
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Call for DBA Awards Nominees — Deadline for Submission is Friday, Jan. 29
The DBA Awards Committee needs your nomination for its annual awards: DBA Award of Merit, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, DBA Volunteer of the Year, Judicial Excellence, Education in the Legal System and Outstanding Programs or Projects. Please submit a brief statement online or email Jessica Volz on why the nominee deserves the honor. The committee will consider involvement with the DBA, community contributions outside the bar association, and career history and accomplishments. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29.
Call for Nominations for 2016–17 DBA Leadership Positions
The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2016–17 DBA leadership positions, including President–Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, three members of Board of Trustees and 11 members of the CBA Board of Governors. Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 30. For more information or to submit nominations, contact Dana Collier Smith.
2016 Barristers Benefit Ball Early–Bird Pricing — Ends Monday, Feb. 1
Support MVL and join us for this year’s Barristers Benefit Ball on Saturday, April 30 at the EXDO Events Center. Early Bird pricing ends Feb. 1. Price options for the following are available: full–table, half–table, four–packs, two–packs or individual tickets. Click here for more information.
DBA Bench Bar Judicial Reception — Wednesday, Feb. 3
All current and former sitting judges in Denver alongside members of the legal community are invited to attend this gathering of the bench and the bar, 4:30 to 7 p.m., February 3 at the Ralph Carr Building. This reception celebrates the 50–year anniversary of the judicial merit system with featured speaker, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs. Drinks and hors d’oeurves will be served. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Kent Denver Jazz Combo. DBA Members/ Students $20, Non–members, $30, Judges, Free. Please RSVP by emailing lunches@cobar.org or online.
Calling All Spanish–Speaking Young Attorneys and Law Students!
Are you interested in networking with Spanish–speaking Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals and federal judges, and accomplished attorneys while enjoying free food and drink? If so, then please RSVP to attend the Spanish–Speaking Lawyer Committee’s speed–mentoring event as a mentee! The event will be held on February 18 from 5 to 8 pm at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center. This will be a speed–networking event, so you will have the chance to talk to each of the accomplished mentors for several minutes each, with time for mingling both before and after the speed networking. Please RSVP to Courtney Butler, 303-297-9171 by February 11.
Encourage Future Legal Minds: Judge A Denver Regional Mock Trial — Feb. 12 & 13
Volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals and community leaders are needed to judge the 2016 Denver Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament February 12 and 13 at the Denver City and County Building. Several timeslots are available; breakfast or lunch provided. To sign up, visit coloradohighschoolmocktrial.com.
8th Annual Law Day Art Contest — Classroom Volunteers Needed
The Law Day 2016 Contest is co–sponsored by the Denver Public Schools and the DBA. K–8 Denver Public School classrooms will be visited by DBA volunteers to discuss and complete an activity regarding our theme, “Justice is Blind.” Each participating classroom will be entered in a drawing to win a free field trip to the Ralph Carr Center and a pizza party with a Judge. Complete details are located at coloradocivics.com/2016-law-day. Get your child’s classroom involved! Deadline for teachers to sign up for a volunteer attorney visit is February 29, 2016. Contact Meghan Bush for more information.
Second Judicial District Bench Vacancies
The Second Judicial District has announced two upcoming bench vacancies which will be created by the retirement of the Honorable R. Michael Mullins and the resignation of the Honorable Ann B. Frick. Deadline to apply is March 1. Click here for more information..
Residential Construction Defect Law Update 2016: Intermediate to Advanced Class — Friday, Feb. 5
The program will highlight significant construction defect liability, damages and insurance developments occurring over the past two years as described in the Fifth Edition of Residential Construction Law in Colorado (CLE Books 2015) written by Ronald M. Sandgrund, Scott F. Sullan and Leslie A. Tuft. A copy of the book is included as part of the course materials. This program is an advanced program and is not intended to provide a general overview of construction defect law or practice. Register now!
How to Understand and Analyze Financial Statements: What Lawyers Need to Know — Friday, March 4
Complex financial issues are involved in nearly every area of law, and it is your responsibility to master the skills and knowledge necessary to handle those issues effectively. This detailed program will provide you with the financial literacy required to protect yourself and your clients by guiding you through an understanding of accounting concepts, terminology and financial statements. Beginning with an examination of generally accepted accounting principles and continuing with an overview of an actual financial statement, you will gain hands–on–experience from Doug Smith, one of the nation’s leading experts in the field. Find out more.
News from The Docket
“Ten years ago, my cell phone rang, and on the other end, in a tinny voice reflective of international long distance calls back in those days, was the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).” And so begins Jim Castle’s article, titled “An American Lawyer in Holland,” for the January issue of The Docket. Click here to read the rest of the story.
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