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October 5, 2010

October 5, 2010 D-Brief Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association
  • CLE: Choosing and Evaluating State Court Judges Here and Elsewhere
  • The Seniors Committee Presents: Walter Gerash for Roasting
  • Colorado Attorney General Debate
  • Pro Bono Week
  • CLE: Natural Resources and Environmental Law Update 2010
  • District and County Court Orientation
  • Save the Date - 2011 Barristers Benefit Ball
  • Discounted Tickets for the Colorado Ballet
  • CLE: 2010 Annual Fall Real Estate Law Update

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***Bench and Bar Retreat CLE: “Choosing and Evaluating State Court Judges Here and Elsewhere,” Oct. 7
Come learn about how judges are selected, evaluated and retained in the Colorado state court system and how that system compares with the methods of selecting and evaluating judges in other states. The program is presented by former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Kourlis. This lunchtime CLE program, which is being submitted for one hour of general CLE credit, will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Jury Assembly Room on the 4th floor of the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St. To register e-mail or call 303-860-1115 ext. 727. Registration fee is $15 and includes a box lunch.

***The Seniors Committee Presents: Walter Gerash for Roasting, Oct. 19
Some people may get one day dedicated just to them. Walter Gerash had March 3, 2005, dedicated to him for his long-time advocacy and service as an attorney, but the DBA Seniors Committee is offering him another. Join us for some good-natured razzing, great food and to toast Gerash’s life and career. Roasters will be announced at a later date. The Seniors Committee Roast will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the University Club, 1673 Sherman St. Cost is $45 per person. Please RSVP by Oct. 13 to Sara Crocker at or 303-824-5347.

***The contest between Republican incumbent John Suthers and Democrat Stan Garnett for Colorado Attorney General is heating up, Oct. 14
Join the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Colorado Women's Bar Association and the Sam Carey Bar Association on Thursday, Oct. 14, as they present the Attorney General Debate at the University of Denver. Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartles blogged that this is the first real AG’s race since 1998, so don’t miss a chance to hear where they stand on the issues. Watch the candidates debate and decide for yourself on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 5:45 p.m., in Room 165 at the University of Denver. One general CLE credit has been applied for. For more information or to RSVP, contact 303-860-1115, Ext. 727 or

***Get Involved for National Pro Bono Week Oct. 25-30
The Denver Bar Association encourages each law professional to participate in Pro Bono Week. Want to get involved? Volunteer to staff a phone at 9News for Lawline 9 on Oct. 25 from 6-7:30 a.m., sponsored by the Denver Bar Access to Justice Committee. Or join the Asian Pacific American Bar Association in answering questions at the Burmese Refugee Legal Clinic on Oct. 30 from 10a.m.-2 p.m. Questions will include topics such as labor/employment, housing/landlord, criminal, immigration and worker’s compensation. If interested in either of these opportunities, please contact Meghan Bush at

***CLE: Natural Resources and Environmental Law Update 2010, Oct. 14
Hear Colorado's leading experts share their extensive experience and expertise in the most pressing natural resource and environmental issues of 2010. Critical issues will be covered including: NEPA and What's New in the World of the EIS; New (and Old) Energy Policies on Public Lands; Wilderness Issues—Litigation, Leasing, Management and Regulations; The Endangered Species Act and Wildlife Issues in the West; Climate Issues and Post-Climategate Perspectives; and Hazardous Chemical Litigation, Regulation, Management and Response.

***District and County Court Orientation, City and County of Denver, Nov. 18
This program is designed for newly admitted and new-to-the-area attorneys. Denver District and County Court Judges and Staff will be on hand to introduce you to the facilities and provide key information about procedures and resources. One hour of ethics from a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Ethics Committee is included. The program takes place on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Denver Justice Center, Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, 520 West Colfax Ave., Room 100. Cost is $45 for DBA Members and $55 for Non-DBA Members. RSVP to 303-860-1115, Ext. 727 or e-mail

***Save the Date - 2011 Barristers Benefit Ball, Apr. 30
Mark your calendars and get your dancing shoes ready! The 2011 Barristers Benefit Ball to support Metro Volunteer Lawyers will be held on April 30 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver. This year's ball will be themed "Dancing With the Bar Stars for MVL."

***Optimize Your DBA Membership With Discounted Tickets for the Colorado Ballet
This season, members of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations receive a 15 percent discount off tickets for the Colorado Ballet. Performances include "Dracula," from Oct 15-24, "The Nutcracker" from Nov. 27-Dec. 26, and "Romeo and Juliet" from Feb. 25-Mar. 6. Book tickets using the promo code COBAR online here or by calling the box office at 303-838-8888, Ext. 2.

***CLE: 2010 Annual Fall Real Estate Law Update, October 15
Leading real estate practitioners will review case law updates, legislative updates, title insurance reform (including important changes to Colorado's title insurance regulations), Real Estate Commission forms update, and legal ethics updates for real estate attorneys. The legislative update will include an overview of bills regarding: abandoned homes and expedited foreclosure sales; new requirements for mortgage companies, the Foreclosure Protection Act (changes on equity purchasers, short sales, definitions, and disclosures), and more!

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