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In this issue:   February 2016
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Message from Your Chair

As February begins, the CBA-YLD kicks off another year of exciting events, volunteer opportunities, and CLE tailored for new and upcoming attorneys. Below are the opportunities we’ve highlighted for our members for the next two months.

Our February Newsletter also marks a new effort to encourage young lawyers to publish short articles in their practice area. CBA-YLD Council member Joi Kush launches the effort with her article on grandparent rights, linked below.

If you are interested in getting involved with the CBA-YLD, we encourage you to attend our executive council meeting the first Wednesday of the month or one of our upcoming events highlighted below. Our next council meeting is:

Wednesday March 3, 2016
6:00-7:00 PM
CBA Offices
1900 Grant Street, 9th floor
Denver, CO 80203

We hope to see you there!

Nicole Marie Black
2015-16 Chair, CBA-YLD Executive Council

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Grandparent Rights: A Legal Primer 
by CBA YLD Council Member Joi Kush

According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Commerce in October 2014, approximately 2.7 million grandparents reported that they provided primary care for their minor grandchildren. Renee R. Ellis & Travia Simmons, Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012, U.S. Department of Commerce, Issued October 2014. As families continue to rely on their “elders” to provide care, more family law practitioners will be challenged by a grandparent’s request for visitation and/or custody of a minor child.

Read More...

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CBA YLD Is Seeking New Executive Council Members

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 26

Interested in serving on the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (CBA-YLD) Executive Council next year? The CBA-YLD serves lawyers and law students 37 years of age and younger or in the first five years of practice, statewide. Our Council is comprised of 15 young lawyers who plan, organize, and host networking opportunities, CLEs, and social events for young lawyers. Learn more about the CBA-YLD here.

If you are interested in becoming an Executive Council Member, please submit your resume and a statement of interest (no longer than 1000 words) outlining your relevant experience and characteristics, and why you would be a valuable addition to a dynamic and dedicated council. Topics for discussion can include projects taken on in other leadership roles, experience planning events, participation in other groups in the legal community or in law school, or any ideas about how the bar association might better serve Colorado’s young lawyers. Please submit your materials as an email attachment to Chair of the CBA YLD Executive Council, Nicole Black, at nicole.marie.black@gmail.com  no later than Friday March 26, 2016.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for the CBA-YLD Bridging the Gap Brunch

Saturday, March 5

The Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is seeking young lawyers to attend the Bridging the Gap Brunch on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  The brunch provides an opportunity for second and third year law students to discuss career choices, job search, networking tips, and more with young lawyers. It is also an excellent chance for young lawyers to network with each other. Please RSVP to Patrick Hickey at patrick.hickey@moyewhite.com by February 26, 2016.

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Upcoming Networking Events

Barristers After Hours at Wynkoop Brewery
Thursday, Feb. 18
Join your fellow DBA members for a jointly sponsored Barristers After Hours with the Young Brokers of the Denver Metro Commercial Association of REALTORS at the Wynkoop Brewery, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free drinks and appetizers will be provided. RSVP online, email lunches@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Calling All Spanish-Speaking Young Attorneys and Law Students!
Thursday, February 18 from 5-8 PM 
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 Feb. 11.

Run with the CBA-YLD in the Cherry Creek Sneak
Sunday, April 24

CBA-YLD is organizing a team to run the Cherry Creek Sneak 5K on Sunday, April 24, 2016 in furtherance of our wellness initiative. This is the first year that we will be running in this event. We want lawyers to be fit to practice. We will have some Executive Council members running, but would love for our members to sign up and join us for the run. We expect this to be a fun opportunity to exercise while socializing and networking. You can register for the run here. Cost to register is $35 up until March 24, 2016. We will also be ordering performance t-shirts with the CBA-YLD logo for our runners. Depending on how many we order, cost will range from $15 to $25 (plus tax). We will likely order by mid-March so we have the shirts well before the race and can get them distributed. If you are interested or have any questions, please e-mail Kevin Burns, atkburns@fortislawpartners.com

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Upcoming CLE

February Coffee Talk: The Clean Power Plan: Beyond the Rhetoric
Thursday, Feb. 25
8:00-9:00 AM
CBA/DBA Offices
1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor
Denver, CO 80203

Matt Larson, regulatory attorney at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, will provide an overview of the recently finalized Clean Power Plan. This EPA rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants has already proven controversial, resulting in litigation over its legality and a public and legal dispute between Colorado's Governor and Attorney General. Putting aside the politics, this presentation will address the structure of the Clean Power Plan, how EPA creates performance standards and CO2 emission goals, and the issues facing states, utilities, generators, and other stakeholders as the process of complying with this far-reaching rule moves forward. One general CLE credit available. Cost is $5 for members and $20 for nonmembers and includes a continental breakfast. RSVP online, by emailing lunches@cobar.org or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

In the Courtroom: What you need to Know Litigation Skills
Sponsored by the Family Law Section’s Young Lawyer Committee 
Thursday, February 25
5:30-8:00 PM
CBA/DBA Offices
1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor
Denver, CO 80203

This special event is designed to assist young litigators with essential courtroom presentation and evidence skills. It will feature seasoned trial attorneys and judicial officers presenting and answering questions on four critical trial topics: hearsay, impeachment, foundation, and presentation of experts/expert reports. While the discussions will revolve around domestic cases, the presentations are useful for all young civil litigators looking to polish their courtroom skills, especially those who regularly present and cross-examine testimony from financial experts and accountants. 

1 CLE Credit. $10 for Family Law Section members, $25 for non-Section members. Any non-Section member who attends will receive a membership into the Family Law Section for calendar year 2016. RSVP atlunches@cobar.org or register online at http://www.cobar.org/cle/item.cfm?eventid=FAMYLD022516 
For questions, please contact Zac Roeling of Willoughby & Associates: 303-839-1770, zac@willoughbylaw.com

Estate Planning Basic Skills 2016 
Friday and Saturday, February 26-27 
Colorado CLE
1900 Grant Street, 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80203

Experienced estate planning attorneys will show you the best tools to employ in common situations. Timely topics include ethical concerns, transfer tax issues, planning for smaller estates, estate planning with life insurance, the planning and drafting process, and more. The program concludes with a popular session in which concepts just taught are applied to typical client fact patterns. Also, a judicial panel will discuss important problems and pitfalls that estate planning attorneys face. The Colorado Estate Planning Forms (Orange Book) is also a valuable tool during the program and is available through our bookstore. 

How to Understand and Analyze Financial Statements: What Lawyers Need to Know 
Thursday, March 4 
Colorado CLE
1900 Grant Street, 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80203

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.

Advising Entrepreneurs
Co-sponsored by the CBA Business Law Section and its New Lawyers Subsection 
Wednesday, March 10
Colorado CLE
1900 Grant Street, 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80203

Boulder and Denver are recognized as some of the best places in the U.S. to start a business. Because of this, there are opportunities for attorneys to counsel clients on the unique needs of entrepreneurs. The experienced faculty will speak on issues that include: Social Enterprise, Structural Issues, Raising Money, Protecting IP, Contracts; and Ethics issues regarding Alternative Free Arrangements. Whether you are a new to this area, expanding your practice, or simply need a refresher, this program will provide expert guidance. The program is free for CLE Elite Pass Holders and attorneys in the CLE New Lawyer Edge program. Plus, members of the New Lawyer Subsection of the CBA Business Law Section receive a discount! For more info on the CLE Elite Pass, click here. For more info on the New Lawyer Edge program, click here. This program is offered for 6 General Credits, including 1 Ethics Credit. Sign up now for the program!

Ski and CLE at Arapahoe Basin—Saturday, March 19
Join the CBA YLD and the DBA YLD for our second annual Ski and CLE! This will be a fun day with your colleagues on the slopes, paired with a CLE program. On the bus ride up, enjoy a CLE presentation by Trenton Ongert on Colorado Ski Law. The rest of the day is about skiing and fun! We’ve chartered a bus from Ramblin Express that can hold 56 passengers that will take us to there and back. The bus will be departing from the Wooly Mammoth lot at 9 a.m. The cost to attend is $20. RSVP online, by emailing lunches@cobar.org or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

 

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Stay Active with CBA Young Lawyers Division

Monthly CBA YLD meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Ste 900, Denver. They are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Please RSVP to asreenen@cobar.org.

Check us out on Facebook and the YLD website stay updated about our events.

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