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June 19, 2007

June 19, 2007 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association

IN THIS ISSUE:  

- Brown-bag for Lawyers and Judges

- Court Tour Volunteers Needed! 

- Internet Investigative Research

- Meet the U.S. Magistrate Judges

- Available from CLE Books: Discovery Deskbook for Construction Disputes


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*** Brown-bag for Lawyers and Judges
The DBA Bench/Bar Committee is revamping the Bench/Bar Retreat. Instead of the traditional lengthy Saturday retreat, there will be four brown-bag lunches throughout the year at the Denver City and County Building, and an abbreviated retreat (approximately 3 hours) every 18 months on a Saturday morning. The goal of the brown-bag lunches is to encourage discussion between lawyers and the judges of the Denver County Court, Denver District Court and the appellate courts, in a relaxed, collegial atmosphere. The retreat every 18 months will allow participants to explore topical subjects in more detail. Save the date for the first brown-bag lunch, "Professionalism in the Courtroom," tentatively scheduled for Sept. 20. CLE ethics credit will be requested. Watch this newsletter for details and registration information for the luncheon.

*** Court Tour Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed to guide middle school students around the Denver City & County Building on Wednesday, June 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. No experience is necessary. Judge McGahey will speak to the students for about 45 minutes, then the guides will take students to the various offices within the building, such as the Mayor's Office, Sheriff's Department and City Council Offices. Teacher and parent chaperones also will be with each group. To volunteer, contact Carolyn Gravit, cgravit@cobar.org or (303) 824-5323.

*** Internet Investigative Research
A lawyer's research involves much more than finding cases and statutes. Legal professionals also need to unearth background and investigative information. In a recent decision, a court was incredulous that the plaintiff failed to "Google®" the missing defendant as part of his due diligence process and upheld the defendant's claims of insufficient service of process. You can unearth information for free or at low cost by conducting your own fact-finding on the Internet. Learn how the Internet is changing the way you need to research in order to competently represent your clients - and how to avoid ethical or malpractice issues. This CBA-CLE program is June 29, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Register online: Internet Investigative Research

*** Meet the U.S. Magistrate Judges
Join the Young Lawyers Divisions of the Federal Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association for a free happy hour and CLE, "Meet the Magistrate Judges," on Thursday, June 21, 5-6:30 p.m. The event will be at the Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln St., in the Hershner Room located on the ground floor. Hear practical tips for ethical conduct in practice before the U.S. Magistrate Judges in Colorado. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks. RSVP not required. Submitted for 2 hours of CLE, including partial ethics credit. 

*** Available from CLE Books (order online!)
Discovery is critical to achieving litigation success. Discovery Deskbook for Construction Disputes outlines the discovery process from its inception, through the planning and conduct of discovery, to document production, interrogatories and depositions with emphasis on the growing need for skill in electronic discovery. Moreover, the book alerts the reader to intricacies of discovery objections, discovery sanctions and international discovery. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit www.cobar.org/cle

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