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September 1, 2009

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September 1, 2009 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association



- Security Policy for Denver Courts

- Battle of the Attorney Bands

- Bench/Bar Planning Meeting

- DBA Lawyer’s Football League 

- Pro Bono Spotlight

- Document Shredding Party

- Colorado Rockies tickets

- Two Economic Task Force programs

- CLE – Distressed Residential Real Estate Projects

- Book – Colorado Liens and Claims Handbook

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*** Security Policy for Denver Courts
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for a copy of a draft policy regarding security matters in both the Denver City and County Building and the Denver Justice Center. The Security Committee is very much interested in comments from you related to this policy. Direct all comments to Judge Mary Celeste on behalf of this committee at by Tuesday, Sept. 22. These comments will then be reviewed by the entire committee on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Thank you and if you have any questions, please forward them along with your comments. 

*** The votes have been counted! Five bands to play in the Battle of the Attorney Bands!
Denver has spoken — the votes have been tallied and the winners are: The Hip Replacements, The Propane Daisies, Togad, Not Mona Lisa and The Downtown Girls. Buy your tickets now and on Wednesday, Sept. 23 come support a great cause and help us decide who is the best attorney band in Denver! All proceeds go to Children's Outreach Project, a certified nonprofit and vital community resource organization that provides early childhood education to developmentally delayed and disadvantaged children in the Denver Metro area. Raffle tickets are now available! Visit our events page to preview the bands or donate to the cause

*** Bench/Bar Planning Meeting
The Bench/Bar Committee is hosting a meeting at the bar offices on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at noon to discuss potential brown bag lunches, coffee talks and other programs with judges and lawyers. The Bench/Bar Retreat scheduled for the spring of 2010 also will be discussed. Pizza will be provided. RSVP to Amy Sreenen at

*** Are you ready for some football?
The Denver Bar Association Lawyer’s Football League begins Sept. 13. Individuals or teams interested in playing need to e-mail Space is limited. The season typically consists of 7-8 games with playoffs after the regular season. Games are played on Sundays at Eisenhower Park.

*** Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs an attorney to assist an elderly client with a roofing problem. In May 2009, a roofing company replaced the client’s roof and an improper placement of the water heater flue caused a fire. The client is having problems getting the company to correct it. If you can assist this client, contact Patricia Trujillo at (303) 866-9307 or

*** RSVP for the DBA's first Document Shredding Party on Sept. 17
The Economic Task Force is planning a series of shredding parties across the state. Cintas is providing shredding services for these events free of charge for up to 10 boxes per person. You are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or $2 donation per box; all proceeds will benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. For information on what files can be shredded, click here. The first date is set for Thursday, Sept. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Denver at the surface parking lot on 1951 Logan St., near the Bar Association offices. Please RSVP to the Denver Shredding Party by e-mailing or calling (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. Free sliders, fries and one beverage will be provided to all attendees across the street at Jonesy's Eatbar.

*** Member Appreciation Night with the Colorado Rockies
Join your peers for the Rockies vs. Cardinals game on Friday, Sept. 25 at 6:10 p.m. This game also is a fireworks show! Tickets are discounted 20 percent for DBA members. Tickets are first-come, first-serve. Outfield box seats are $28 per person and bleacher seats are $21. For tickets, visit (ID: cobar; password: gorockies)

*** Two Economic Task Force programs presented by nationally known speaker Roy Ginsburg on Sept. 3

— Client Development Strategies to Weather a Stormy Economy: Find New Clients within Professional and Ethical Guidelines
Attracting new clients and producing additional revenue is more important — and more difficult — than ever. The economy is unstable and competition is intense. That's why it's essential to ramp up your business development efforts to gain every possible advantage. This practical multi-media seminar delivers proven methods to build your practice within professional and ethical parameters while you earn ethics credits. Available live and webcast.

— Keeping Good Clients in a Bad Economy: How to Provide Effective, Ethical Client Service
Many lawyers forget that law is a service profession. Studies show that the most frequent reason for losing clients is poor service. Especially in a volatile economy, retaining clients is critical to the continued success of your practice. So, how do you make sure you’re providing the best service? This seminar will provide you with the tools you’ll need to consistently deliver exceptional service, retain and develop more business from current clients, and increase referrals. You’ll also earn ethics credit while you learn to apply best practices that will exceed client expectations. Available live and webcast

Register for the full-day program here: live and webcast. Six general, including six ethics credits are offered (three general/ethics per program). To apply for tuition assistance, please fill out this form and e-mail it to Gary Abrams Tuition assistance will be granted at the discretion of CBA-CLE.

*** CLE – Distressed Residential Real Estate Projects: Oct. 1
Many residential real estate projects planned and financed before the onset of the current recession are now beset with difficult and unique financial and operational issues. How are these problems being resolved in and out of court? What do these projects' three major parties — lenders, developers and homeowners—see as the most important problems they face? What are the members of these three groups doing to make sure they get the benefit of their bargains? As a litigator or transactional attorney, what do you need to know to assist a client in one of these groups? Attend this informative program and find out! Available live or webcast

*** Book – Colorado Liens and Claims Handbook
This is the fourth edition of this popular publication, which covers topics such as: liens on private construction projects; special rules for one- and two-family homes; surety bonds; notices by the claimant and disburser; lien foreclosure lawsuit; sheriff's sales; arbitration and bankruptcy; and public construction projects. The Handbook also includes over 40 sample forms, a handy checklist, and excerpts from relevant statutes. Get more information or purchase now!

*** Economic Task Force's Career Assistance Center
Check out  ETF's Career Assistance Center for tools, tips and news about assisting members during the economic slump. Come back often for updates on free and discounted CLE programs.


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