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In this issue:   May 2016

Message from Your Chair

As the 2015-16 year draws to a close, and with it my term as Chair of the CBA-YLD, it is time to reflect on a few successes the Division has had along the way, behind the scenes. This year, the CBA-YLD Executive Council engaged in strategic planning to revise our mission, vision, values statements and programming to better reflect what young lawyers are looking to the Division to do and how the Division should support them in their practices. We also amended our Division bylaws to ensure that law student members of the CBA are members of the Division and can enjoy our activities and benefits to a greater degree. Both changes have been instrumental to defining the importance of young lawyers as the bar continues to grow in the future.

Below are a list and description of upcoming events and opportunities available through the Division. We encourage you to continue following our re-worked CBA-YLD Newsletter in the coming year for regular updates on networking events, CLEs for young lawyers, and other ways to volunteer with the bar association.

As of July 1, Jake Eisenstein (Fisher & Associates) will take over as Chair for 2016-17 and Casey Kannenberg (Fennemore Craig, P.C.) will be the Division’s Chair-Elect. The Division is happy to announce that Denver has been selected for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) Fall Conference, October 5-7, 2017. In the coming year, Jake and Casey will organize both fundraising efforts and event planning to support the Conference as the local bar affiliate.

It has been a pleasure serving as the CBA-YLD Executive Council Chair for the 2015-16. I look forward to the continued success of the Division under Jake Eisenstein’s guidance!

Happy summer!

Nicole Marie Black
Chair of the CBA-YLD Executive Council (2015-16)

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Next Executive Council Meeting Information

The CBA Executive Council will adjourn for the summer months (June and July). The next meeting of the CBA-YLD Executive Council is Wednesday, August 3 at 6:00 PM at the CBA Offices, 9th Floor, 1900 Grant Street, Denver, Colorado 80203. Members and guests are welcome to attend.

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A General Overview of Plaintiff's Personal Injury Claims by Ben Norton

This article is intended as a general overview of a typical personal injury claim, along with common pitfalls that frequently impact attorneys inexperienced in this practice area. Read full article.

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Outside with the CBA-YLD

The CBA-YLD is riding in the COURAGE CLASSIC!

The CBA-YLD is organizing a team to ride in the Courage Classic through the Wheels of Justice. The Classic is a road bike ride that takes place over two days on July 23 and July 24, 2016. The ride benefits Children’s Hospital Colorado and the fight against children’s cancer. The registration price is $120/person and there is a $300 minimum fundraising goal. We plan to do some training rides through the Wheels of Justice leading up to the event. You can register and find more information on the Courage Classic here, and information on the Wheels of Justice here. If you are interested or have questions, contact Kevin Burns at

DBA Golf Tournament--Friday, June 24

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 24! Please plan to join DBA members for a fun afternoon of golf at City Park Golf Course followed by a happy hour and silent auction fundraiser for Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Tickets include a round of golf, two drink tickets, and appetizers at the reception after the event. Pricing is $60 for young lawyers, $50 for law students and $75 for all others. Contact for more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to reserve your spot today!

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Upcoming Networking Events Statewide

Modest Means Taskforce is in Colorado Springs

When: May 17 at 12:00PM
Where: Jack Quinn's
21 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Have Questions about Limited Representation Rules and Ethical Considerations? Join us for a Q&A Session with Judge Daniel Taubman and Danae Woody to have your questions answered.

Networking Event with the CBA and El Paso County Bar Association YLDs

When: May 18th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Jack Quinn
21 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Please join us for cocktails and networking with the El Paso County Bar Association and Colorado Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division. All are encouraged to attend!!! Please RSVP to Joi G. Kush at by May 10th.

Barristers' After Hours at Ignite

When: Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Where: Ignite

Join your fellow DBA members and members of the CBA Solo/Small Firm Section for Barristers After Hours at Ignite. Free drinks and appetizers will be provided. Come mingle with your peers! RSVP online, email or call 303-860-1115 ext. 727.

Criminal Law Practice Area Preview

When: Thursday, May 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Where: Mockery Brewery
3501 Delgany Street

Join the CBA Criminal Law Section and the DBA Young Lawyers Division for a unique networking event.The Criminal Law Section will present a short panel of top criminal law practitioners discussing the ins and outs of the practice area, as well as, explaining how new attorneys can become actively involved in the Section. Craft beer and appetizers will be provided.
Click here to register for the event. Alternatively, RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

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Upcoming CLE for Young Lawyers

Quiet Title Actions: The Basics Plus Selected Advanced Topics

When: May 20
Where: CBA CLE

An action to quiet title is brought to establish a party’s title to real property, thereby “quieting” any challenges to the title. When the cloud on the title is removed, the plaintiff is free of claims against the property.

Experienced experts will walk you through the quiet title process. You will learn the mechanics of the quiet title lawsuit, and about the more advanced issues when handling a quiet title case. From service of process and identification of the parties, to the most successful strategies in defending a quiet title action, you will get what you need to best serve your clients. Each attendee receives a copy of the new Third Edition of Geoffrey Anderson’s book Colorado Quiet Title Actions!

Join the Honorable John Webb on--Better Appellate Writing, Briefing, and Oral Argument 2016

When: Wednesday, May 25 (all-day)
Where: Colorado CLE

Spend the morning with Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Webb, who will show you how to:

  • Write more persuasively by being clearer, shorter and livelier.
  • Give a powerful oral argument, including how to handle questions from the bench
  • Identify and avoid ethical problems unique to appellate practice
  • Your day also includes an interactive in-class writing exercise, so you can practice your new skills immediately.

A New Lawyer's Guide to Purchasing Lawyers' Malpractice Insurance

When: Thursday, May 26 from 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Where: Denver Bar Association
1900 Grant Street, 9th floor
Denver, CO 80203

Join Insurance Specialist, Kurt Whitmire, to explore what you need to know about lawyers’ malpractice insurance, including and most importantly why you should have it. This course will cover types of protection malpractice policies provide, when to purchase insurance, what you premium dollars should cover, and how to navigate the application process. One general CLE credit applied for. Cost is $5 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and includes a continental breakfast. RSVP online, by emailing or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Elder Law Basics--Counseling Our Seniors

When: June 22
Where: CBA CLE

Thanks to the baby boomer generation, the number of senior citizens is growing rapidly. As the boomer population reaches age 65, the senior population is projected to reach 83.7 million - almost double the estimated number in 2012, and approximately twenty percent of the total US population. Roughly 10,000 people will turn 65 every day for the next 20 years! This increasing elderly population has and will necessitate more senior legal representation. With a rapidly growing senior population, there is no better time to be a part of this practice area.

Private Placements, the Internet, and Securities Law for the General Practitioner

When: June 23
Where: CBA CLE

Topics to be discussed include:

- Overview and What is a Security?
- Conditions and Mechanics of a Private Placement
- Broker-Dealers and Finders
- Use of the Internet, Rule 506(c) and Crowdfunding
- State and Federal Enforcement
- Obligations of Counsel
- Securities Regulation and the Marijuana Business

Each attendee receives a copy of the new 2016 Edition of the Securities Law Deskbook by Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr.!

Practicing Civil Rights Law: Perspectives from Young Plaintiff and Defense Lawyers

When: Thursday June 23 from 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Where: Denver Bar Association Offices
1900 Grant Street, 9th floor
Denver, Colorado 80203

The Denver Bar Association invites you to a Coffee Talk CLE Program on civil rights law. The event will feature a panel discussion with Arash Jahanian (Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC), Amy Kapoor (Johnson, Brennan & Klein), Conor Farley (City and County of Denver) and DJ Goldfarb (Senter, Goldfarb & Rice LLC). One general CLE credit applied for. Cost is $5 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and includes a continental breakfast. The program is from 8 to 9 a.m. at the DBA offices. RSVP online, by emailing 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

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

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