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December 5, 2006

December 5, 2006 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- Nominations for DBA Leaders Needed 

- Bankruptcy Ethics 2006

- Constitutional Rights and the Judiciary in the Post-9/11 World

- Important New Case: Goodson v. Palmer Railroad

- Campaign for Justice

- Legal Merriment Association

- CBA–CLE Publications: The Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Immigration Law 

*** Nominations for DBA Leaders Needed
The DBA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2007–2008 DBA leadership positions, including president-elect, first and second vice presidents, DBA Board of Trustees and CBA Board of Governors. Nominations should be sent to Joe Dischinger at by Jan. 19. For more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at

*** Bankruptcy Ethics 2006
What are the new restrictions? How has BAPCPA changed the practice of bankruptcy and attorneys’ ethical obligations? What can attorneys say or not say? Retainers in bankruptcy — from whom do they come? What if the asset used to pay the retainer was pledged to a secured creditor? If you do not know the answers to these questions, this is a program for you. Register online: Bankruptcy Ethics 2006; Dec. 20, 9 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

*** Constitutional Rights and the Judiciary in the Post-9/11 World
The Faculty of Federal Advocates annual CLE is this Thursday, Dec. 7, 1:30–4:30 p.m., at the Adams Mark Hotel in Denver. Speakers include Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Hemingway; attorney Anne Castle; University of Denver Sturm College of Law professor Sam Kamin; Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Mydans; and Chief Judge Lewis Babcock, U.S. District Court of Colorado. A reception will follow; all district court, bankruptcy, magistrate and 10th Circuit judges have been invited. CBA members receive a discount on the program. For more information, go to or contact them at (303) 455-0927 or

*** Important New Case: Goodson v. Palmer Railroad
It’s a tale of tragedy: a 17-year-old died when a pickup truck and a train collided at a train crossing in rural Adams County. Want to get to the bottom of it? You can, by helping coach a team for the 2007 Colorado High School Mock Trial Program. The case is the fictional one of Pat Goodson and Chris Goodson v. General Palmer Railroad Company. Coaches are needed at schools in Colorado Springs, Arvada, Denver and Thornton. Time commitment is up to the volunteer. Contact Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5323 or for more details.

*** Campaign for Justice
The Legal Aid Foundation’s 2006–07 Campaign for Justice is now underway. LAF is grateful for the legal community's generous response to its annual Campaigns for Justice, which raise money to provide civil legal services for low-income people across the state. We can be proud to know that Colorado lawyers and law firms contribute more than the national average to support legal aid. To continue building on this tradition of commitment and leadership, visit to make a donation.

*** Legal Merriment Association
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association shifts its focus — for just one month — from education to merriment. The party will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Sage Room of The Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th St. Cost is $40 (with a $10 discount for LMA members). To register, visit

*** CBA–CLE Publications (order online!):
The Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Immigration Law
From an overview of immigration law to guidance for specific situations, this convenient reference addresses immigration court and procedures, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, extradition, and prisoner issues — a variety of real-life situations you face as a criminal lawyer with non-citizen clients or witnesses. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit


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