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March 4, 2008

March 4, 2008 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- Pro Bono Spotlight

- Evidence – The Basics by the Experts

- New District Court Judgeship Created in the Second Judicial District

- Save The Date! Fun Fundraising Event!

- 2008 Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive: April 28–May 9

-  Colorado Civil Jury Instructions for Civil Trials, 2008 Edition

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*** Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs an attorney to help a disabled client probate her mother’s estate. The client is one of four heirs and the only property is a home in Sterling. The client lives in Section 8 housing and has some concerns about losing her benefits. Contact Patricia Trujillo at (303) 866-9307 or if you are interested in helping this client. A message from Executive Director of MVL Dianne Van Voorhees: MVL relies entirely on volunteers to provide pro bono services to needy metro area clients. This year, Steuben’s restaurant in Denver has donated $30 gift certificates to MVL so that we can use them to recruit new volunteers and also provide a few extraordinary volunteers with an extra “thank you.” In March, our first three volunteer attorneys to take a new MVL case will each receive a $30 gift certificate to Steuben’s, 523 East 17th Ave. If you would like to volunteer to take a case on a pro bono basis, contact Patricia Trujillo at Thank you to Steuben’s and to all of our volunteers!

*** Evidence – The Basics by the Experts
Join Professor Imwinkelried and our distinguished faculty as they bring you real-world, up-to-the-minute guidance on: The Procedures for Applying Evidence Law; Witnesses—Who Can They Be? How Do You Instruct the Jury; Hearsay—What is it? You Be the Judge; Character Evidence—Understanding the Issues and Getting it Right; Daubert⁄Shreck—From the Basics to Winning Your Motion. This DBA–CLE program, March 7, 9 a.m.–4:30 a.m. is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. Register online: Evidence – The Basics by the Experts

*** New District Court Judgeship Created in the Second Judicial District
The Second Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Wednesday, April 2, to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Second Judicial District. To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancy, an applicant must be a qualified elector of the Second Judicial District and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. Applications are available on the court’s home page. The original and seven copies of the application must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 12. Late applications will not be considered.

*** Save The Date! Fun Fundraising Event!
A few members of the legal community are going to be honored guest grillers at bd’s mongolian barbeque, 1620 Wazee, to help raise money for the Colorado Bar Foundation and the Mississippi Bar Foundation. The event will be Wednesday, May 14, and there will be 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. seatings. Space is limited. RSVP by May 12 to (303) 571-1824.

*** 2008 Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive: April 28–May 9
Over the last 11 years, this two-week drive has provided close to 100,000 meals and more than $30,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies. The DBA Community Action Network invites all Denver area firms to join the drive and help us flood the docks of the Food Bank again this year. Barrels will be delivered and picked up by IKON for ease of participation. Secure your barrel by April 21. E-mail Rebecca Franciscus at For a list of recommended donation items click here.

*** Available from CLE Books (order online!)
Colorado Civil Jury Instructions for Civil Trials, 2008 Edition
with CD-ROM contains the official uniform jury instructions for use in Colorado civil trials, as written by the Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531, or visit

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