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January 13, 2009

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January 13, 2009 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- What would really help your individual practice?

- Attention Sports Fans

- Pro Bono Spotlight

- Coffee Talk — Attorney Regulation

- Tuesdays at the Bar — What’s Missing?

- Bench-Bar Committee Brown Bag Lunch

- DBA Awards

- Sign up your firm now for the Toothbrush Drive

- CLE: Mastering Presentation Skills: Parts I & II

- Colorado Workers’ Compensation Law: The Fundamentals

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*** What would really help your individual practice?
The deadline is noon, Wednesday, Jan. 14 to advise CBA President Bill Walters in this short, four-question survey. Don't miss the chance to tell the president what you think about past and upcoming legislative sessions, programs, CLEs or whatever's on your mind. Your involvement makes the CBA and your bar membership stronger. Act now! The survey is a precursor to Walters’ visit with the DBA Board of Trustees later this month, so your input really does make a difference.

*** Attention Sports Fans
Join your colleagues on Wednesday, Feb. 25 for the second installment of DBA Member Appreciation Night. This time we will be cheering on the Denver Nuggets as they take on the Atlanta Hawks. Tickets are deeply discounted by almost 50 percent. Club level seats are only $40. Click here for more information and to order your tickets. 

*** Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs an attorney to assist a client who is being sued in Adams County. The client is 80 years old, lives with his daughter and was a victim of identity theft. He is being sued by Washington Mutual Bank for a debt he believes is not his, and he needs to file an answer by Friday, Jan. 23. If you can assist this client, contact Patricia Trujillo at (303) 866-9307 or

*** Coffee Talk — Attorney Regulation
No young lawyers should miss Coffee Talk at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Nancy Cohen, from the Office of Attorney Regulation, will speak on being a Colorado lawyer, offering specific information for Denver practitioners. One ethics credit. Cost is $5 for members. To register, call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 or e-mail

*** Tuesdays at the Bar — What’s Missing?
We want to stay relevant to you. Tell us what you want to learn about during upcoming Tuesday lunch sessions. For example, previous sessions — which are often CLE accredited — covered e-filing, new ethics rules, professionalism, conflict management, evidence update, civil procedure updates, contract lawyering and “The Top 10 Mistakes Young Lawyers Make.” These informative and engaging Tuesday sessions begin at noon at the DBA offices downtown on the third floor. Cost is $15 for DBA members and $25 for nonmembers. We also need Coffee Talk speakers for the last Wednesday morning of every month. Got ideas? Send a quick e-mail to

*** Bench-Bar Committee Brown Bag Lunch — Dealing with the Uncivil Lawyer and Dealing with the Pro Se Litigant
Learn from judges and seasoned litigators in a relaxed forum on tips and potential pitfalls of dealing with the uncivil lawyer and the unrepresented litigant. The event is on Thursday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1:45 p.m., at the Denver City & County Building Law Library, 1435 Bannock St. This program has been submitted for two ethics CLE credits. Cost is $15 for DBA members and $20 for nonmembers. RSVP by noon, Tuesday, Jan. 27 to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 or e-mail

*** DBA Awards
The DBA Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the following awards: DBA Award of Merit, DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, Judicial Excellence and Teacher of the Year. Please submit a brief statement (e-mail preferred) with the name, award and summary of why that person deserves the honor, to Christine McManus, Nominations are due Feb. 27. Click here for more details about all of the awards. 

*** Sign up your firm now for the Toothbrush Drive
The Annual Toothbrush Drive to benefit Kids In Need of Dentistry is Feb. 9-13. Sign up today and be part of the DBA’s Community Action Network event. Click here to get started.

*** CLE: Mastering Presentation Skills: Parts I & II
Join us Wednesday, Jan. 28 for an entertaining session, which will include movie clips and live demonstrations to illustrate effective presentation techniques. It’s a day you can't afford to miss! Part I, the morning program, is titled “Top 10 Skills of Great Presenters and How to Achieve Them.” Part II, that afternoon program, will cover “Structuring Your Argument for a Jury of Non-Lawyers” and “The Art & Science of Effective Witness Preparation.” Sign up for the morning program, the afternoon program or both! Also available via live Webcast — direct to your desktop. 

*** Colorado Workers’ Compensation Law: The Fundamentals
Are you new to the world of workers’ compensation law in Colorado? Need a refresher? If so, you owe it to yourself to attend “Colorado Workers’ Compensation Law: The Fundamentals” on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Also available via live Webcast. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531 or click here.


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