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December 7, 2010

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December 7, 2010
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In this issue...
  • Support MVL on "Colorado Gives" Day
  • 2011 Courtroom Assignments
  • Online Registration is Up and Running
  • Legal Ethics, Dec. 9
  • Reel Ethics, Dec. 15
  • Bankruptcy Law, Dec. 17
  • Using Social Media to Find Your Next Job
  • Solo & Small Firm Annual Holiday Party
  • Volunteer to be a DPS Substitute Teacher
  • Score a High School Mock Trial Round
  • Discounted Tickets for Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Breaking News
Support MVL on “Colorado Gives” Day, Dec. 8
Metro Volunteer Lawyers is participating in Colorado Gives Day, a special day when the community will come together to support local charities. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day asks donors to give to their favorite charities online, with the goal of raising $1 million in one day. On Dec. 8 you can donate online from anywhere, any time during the 24-hour period that day; 100 percent of your donation will go to MVL. Click here to see MVL's Colorado Gives Day profile. Help support MVL and its mission to provide free and low-cost legal services to people in need.
From the Courts
Denver District Court Announces Courtroom Assignments and Numbers for 2011

Denver District Court today announced new numbers and courtroom assignments for courtrooms located only in the Denver City & County Building, 1437 Bannock St. The courtroom numbers will change Jan. 1 and the courtroom assignments Jan. 11. The criminal courtroom numbers and assignments in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, 520 W. Colfax Ave., will not change. Click here for more information.
2011 Colorado Attorney Online Registration is Up and Running
The Colorado Supreme Court launched a whole new system for attorney registration this month. According to the site, it was "re-designed from the ground up to be fast and easy and should only take a minute or two." Our test run found it to be quick and painless. Should you run into any questions, this handy FAQ page should have the answers. Read more on CBA CLE Legal Connection.
CLE Programs
Legal Ethics: Hypotheticals for the Real World, Dec. 9
Half-Day Program Offered for Four Ethics Credits

The popular legal ethics hypotheticals CLE program is back! Faculty members will present and discuss hypothetical fact patterns that represent legal ethics situations that Colorado attorneys face frequently in their practice. The hypotheticals will address ethics problems confronted by both litigators and non-litigators and giving critical guidance needed to make the right choice when facing common legal ethics problems. For more information, click here.
Bench and Bar Luncheon Series: Reel Ethics—Hollywood Looks at Lawyer Behavior, Dec. 15
Using short excerpts from a wide ranging selection of movies and television programs, Denver District Court Judge Robert L. McGahey, Jr. and NITA's Director of Specialty Programs, Mark S. Caldwell, compare the lawyer behavior to the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility. The result is a lively discussion of ethical and professional behavior. Join us for a view of how Hollywood treats lawyer ethics. Two ethics CLE credits have been applied for. The December program is free for members, and will take place from noon to 1:40 p.m. in the Law Library at the Denver City & County Building. Lunch may be purchased for $15 in advance (please indicate you would like a lunch when you register for the program), or you may bring your own lunch. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Bankruptcy Law Hot Topics, Dec. 17
The program will include Consumer Bankruptcy Updates; A Business Bankruptcy Updates; Troubling Tax Issues in Bankruptcy; Professional Firm Insolvencies and Bankruptcy; and the Clerks Corner: Updates on New Rules, Procedures, and Common Mistakes as Seen by the Clerk's Office! Faculty includes Judge Sidney B. Brooks and Chief Judge Howard R. Tallman from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado. For more information, click here.
Networking Events
Using Social Media to Find Your Next Job, Dec. 14
Attend this brown-bag group session to participate in a safe, confidential forum and share your experiences, network, and gather practical information to enhance your job search or career transition efforts. The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the CBA-CLE offices at 1900 Grant St., 3rd Floor. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Solo and Small Firm Annual Holiday Party, Dec. 13
The Solo and Small Firm Section is pleased to host its annual Networking and Holiday Party on Dec. 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the CBA-CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300. Free parking is available in the building. As in years past, wonderful door prizes will be given to attendees. Cost for section members is $5 for a holiday buffet luncheon and $10 for non-section members. If you are not a section member, you can join at the door for $10 and then pay an additional $5 for the party. Please RSVP by Dec. 9 to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Volunteer Opportunities
Start the New Year by Stepping into a DPS Classroom
Denver Public Schools needs 400 substitute teachers a day. The DBA partners with DPS to place attorneys in the classroom as guest teachers, mentors, and tutors. There are several guest teaching opportunities coming soon: Jan. 20 and 21, and April 26, 28, and 29. For more information, e-mail
Score a Mock Trial Round
The 2011 Mock Trial season is almost here. The DBA Regional Mock Trial Tournament is fast approaching and we need your expertise to score rounds. Teams are competing for a spot in the CBA High School State Championship Tournament. The Denver Regional Tournament is Feb. 11–12 at the Denver City and County Building. Please volunteer to score one or more rounds, as convenient for your schedule. Click here for the volunteer form.
Optimize Your DBA Membership
Discounted Tickets for Ballet Nouveau Colorado
All members of the Denver Bar Association receive 25 percent off tickets throughout the entire season. The 2010–11 season is going to be filled with exciting new collaborations, new works, and of course, fantastic dancing! Tickets on sale now for the following shows and dates: The Nutcracker, Dec 10–19; Carry On, Feb 4–13; and Rarities & Oddities, April 22–24. To redeem the discount, use promo code “BNCCBA” online at or call 303-466-5685.

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