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October 19, 2010

October 19, 2010 D-Brief Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association
  • Volunteer for the Denver Public Schools Attorney Programs

  • MVL Receives $7,500

  • Donate to Law Suit Days

  • Pro Bono Spotlight

  • District and County Court Orientation for the City and County of Denver

  • Hot Topics in Employment Law

  • CLE: Criminal Law Fall Update 2010

  • CLE: Winning Trial Tractics

  • Marketing: Local Search Engine Optimization Seminar

  • Nominations Sought for DBA 2011–12 Leadership

  • Nominations Sought for CBA President-Elect

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***Volunteer for the Denver Public Schools Attorney Programs
Denver Public Schools Attorney Programs The Denver Bar Association Democracy Education Committee partners with Denver Public Schools to provide meaningful opportunities for our licensed attorneys to volunteer with local schools. If you are interested in opportunities such as: substitute teaching, mock trial, CSAP tutoring, partnering with a school, court tours, or career days, then click here to take a quick, two-minute survey by Friday, Nov. 5.

***MVL Receives $7,500
Metro Volunteer Lawyers received a grant from the Fred and Jean Allegretti Foundation on Oct. 14. The $7,500 grant was presented by Kimberly Allegretti, of Wood Ris & Hames PC, to MVL Executive Director Dianne Van Voorhees and DBA President Stacy Carpenter. MVL provides pro bono and low-cost legal assistance to those who qualify based on income. Read more on DBA's Facebook Page.

***Donate to Law Suit Days, Oct. 21-22
The DBA Young Lawyers Division will accept donations on the steps of the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Donate gently used professional clothing, shoes, and accessories. Clothing should be clean and on hangers. Donations will be accepted at the Denver City and County Building only on the dates listed above. Donations will be given to Bayaud Enterprises. Bayaud Enterprises, Inc. is a local nonprofit that provides vocational training, job coaching, résumé building, and job placement services for individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, as well as to homeless or low-income individuals and families. Questions? E-mail Tony Ryan. If the weather is bad, the donation site will be moved to the second floor of the rotunda just inside the entrance to the Denver City & County Building. Your participation is appreciated.

***Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs an attorney to assist a client in Arapahoe County file for guardianship of her husband. Spouse had a stroke about a month ago is paralyzed and unable to communicate in any way. Client has been informed that he will need nursing home care when he is released from the hospital. If you are able to assist this client, please contact Patricia Trujillo at 303-866-9307 or

***District and County Court Orientation for the 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. 7 CLE Credits including one ethics. Presented by the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. This program will be held at the Denver Justice Center, Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, 520 W. Colfax Ave., Room 100, on Nov. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $45 for DBA Members and $55 for Non-DBA Members. RSVP by Nov. 15 to 303-860-1115, ext. 727 or

***Hot Topics in Employment Law: Determining Whether Workers are Employees or Independent Contractors and Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, Oct. 27
Gillian McKean Bidgood, an associate with Hensley Kim & Holzer, LLC with seven years of experience representing businesses of all sizes and four years of experience advising clients about and litigating employment issues, will explain why your clients care about these hot topics and give you the fundamentals you need to help your clients handle these issues. The program will include factors that courts and government agencies use to distinguish between independent contractors and employees, common traps for clients faced with a government audit or investigation, and answers to questions your clients may have about Colorado's medical marijuana amendment. One CLE credit has been requested. Cost is $5 for DBA members. This program will be held on the ninth floor of the DBA offices on Oct. 27 from 8 to 9 a.m. RSVP to 303-860-1115, ext. 727 or

***CLE: Criminal Law Fall Update 2010, Nov. 11
This intensive, full-day program will review: "New Drug Laws and What You Need to Know," "Sentencing for Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions: Time Actually Served," "Computer Forensics: Cybercrime, Forensic IT Investigations, Electronic Discovery and Data Security," "DUI/DMV Update," and "Treatment Options in the Department of Corrections." In addition, "Current Topics in Child Abuse Cases" will be discussed plus a panel discussion with Judge Robert L. McGahey on "Sex Offender Sentencing: Perspectives and Issues."

***CLE: Winning Trial Tractics, Nov. 12 — Presented by the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers
In this one-day trial advocacy program all presenters are ACTL Fellows and seasoned courtroom advocates. This superb program not only includes the fundamentals of a well-orchestrated trial, but is also full of tactics for the more experienced practitioner. Seasoned practitioners will demonstrate how you can successfully maximize your clients' chances of winning at trial, be it to a jury or to the court. In addition, an experienced jury lawyer will discuss the fundamentals of persuasion that can occur while eliciting information from, and educating potential jurors, about your case. A top criminal defense lawyer will provide the basics of a powerful opening statement, while another will outline an effective direct examination. Review the complete agenda here.

***Marketing: Local Search Engine Optimization Seminar, Oct. 21's "Local University" is coming to the Sheraton Denver Tech Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday. Local University is a seminar led by some of the country's top experts, experts including representatives from the Bing Local Listing Center, about Internet marketing for Colorado businesses. Topics include the ABCs of Local Search, Getting Social Online, and Internet Marketing for Do-It-Yourselfers. Members can register for the event for $89, a $40 discount. Just enter the code "COBAR" at checkout. For more information, or to register, visit

***Nominations Sought for DBA 2011–12 Leadership
The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2011–2012 DBA leadership positions, including President-Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, three for the Board of Trustees, and 11 for the CBA Board of Governors. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 15. For more information or to submit nominations, contact Committee Chair Elsa Martinez Tenreiro at or Dana Collier Smith at

***Nominations Sought for CBA President-Elect
The CBA's Nominating Committee is seeking qualified candidates for president-elect from the CBA's first district, which is Denver. Candidates must be on "active status" with the CBA and DBA, and have shown participation and leadership in the bar associations and in their local community. The president-elect nominee will take office July 1, 2011 and become CBA president July 1, 2012. For more information or to submit a name for consideration, please contact Committee Chair Liz Starrs at or Dana Collier Smith at Deadline for applications is December 1.

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