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December 28, 2010

December 28, 2010
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In this issue...
  • DBA Bankruptcy Pro Se Clinic Featured in The Denver Post
  • Early-Bird Pricing for Barristers Benefit Ball
  • The Wheels of Justice Rides Again in 2011
  • Help Us Pay Homage—DBA Awards
  • Nominations Sought for DBA 2011–12 Leadership
  • DBA Holiday Hours
  • Critical Water Law Changes in 2010: Current and Future Water Rights and Water Quality Issues
  • Employment and Benefit Considerations for Small Firms
  • CORRECTION: Free Training for People Serving Older Adults, Jan. 12
  • Free Job Search Session on Jan. 11—Résumés and Cover Letters
In the News
DBA Bankruptcy Pro Se Clinic Featured in The Denver Post
The Bankruptcy Clinic is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 721 19th St., Denver. Volunteers assist attendees in understanding the bankruptcy process and forms. Topics discussed include how bankruptcy can eliminate debts, the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, the effect on credit ratings, and which forms are required for filing. Issues of creditor harassment, what a collection agent cannot say to you and how to fight back if you are harassed are also addressed. This clinic does not provide direct legal advice nor directly assists in completing forms. To read the article in The Denver Post, click here. To learn more about this program and how you can get involved, e-mail ple@cobar.org.
Networking Opportunities
Early-Bird Pricing for Barristers Benefit Ball, April 30
Get your discounted tickets today for the “Dancing with the Bar Stars” 2011 Barristers Benefit Ball, April 30, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Don't delay—early bird pricing lasts through Feb. 1. Save money now while donating to an important cause—Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Contact Dana Collier Smith at 303-824-5318 to purchase tickets. Click here for pricing information.

The Wheels of Justice Rides Again in 2011
Registration is filling up quickly for the 2011 Children’s Hospital’s Courage Classic cycling fundraiser, July 23-25. Click here to join the CBA-sponsored team the Wheels of Justice. Sign up now and get free giveaways-the ride could sell out early again this year. To sponsor the team or for more information, visit www.wheelsofjusticecycling.org.

From the Bar
Help Us Pay Homage
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 with the name, award, and summary of why that person deserves the honor to Heather Clark or fill out an online nomination form by clicking here.

Nominations Sought for DBA 2011–12 Leadership, Deadline Jan. 15
The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2011-12 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 Dana Collier Smith.

DBA Holiday Hours
The Denver Bar Association offices will be closed on Dec. 31. Our normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and will resume Jan. 3. For information on available CLE programs, home studies, and on-demand click here.
CLE Programs
Critical Water Law Changes in 2010: Current and Future Water Rights & Water Quality Issues, Dec. 30
This one-hour breakfast Legal Connection CLE program, Water Law: 2010 Annual Survey of Colorado Law, is available either live or by live webcast! Presented by William H. Fronczak, Esq. of Perkins Coie, this presentation will provide an overview of water law changes from 2010 that addressed current and future water rights and water quality issues: Colorado appellate cases involving plans for augmentation, water taps, effluent, exchanges, and the ever-present issue of injury to vested water rights; Colorado Ground Water Commission decisions regarding large capacity wells pumping designated ground water (and subsequent CGWC rule amendments) and consideration of issues in creating a new designated basin and de-designation of portions of an existing basin; and Colorado legislation focusing on water conservation and enforcement. Sign up here!
The Lawyer as Employer: Employment and Benefit Considerations for Small Firms, Jan. 10
This is the first program of “Small Firms, Big Success: A Business-focused Series for Client-focused Lawyers.” In this program, Greg Peterson and Ned Frazier have distilled decades of experience working with employers and benefits into four key areas that will empower attorneys to be responsible employers. Including: (1) Oh, no! I've never hired anyone … What to do? (2) My new hire needs benefits and insurance … What should I offer? (3) Day One: New hire orientation … calm or chaos? (4) Outsourcing for the Soloprenuer … You just can’t do everything. Find out more.
Other Continuing Education Opportunities

CORRECTION: Free Training for People Serving Older Adults Provided by DRCOG and the GLBT Center of Colorado, Jan. 12
There is increasing evidence that GLBT elders in our community are uncertain where to turn and what to do if they need care or support services. They are concerned with the level of sensitivity and awareness on the part of staff at facilities, businesses, and agencies. The GLBT Center and DRCOG recognize that with a growing population of GLBT elders in the Denver area, steps need to be taken now to ensure a safe and healthy future for these older adults. Attend this free training on Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at 1290 Broadway. RSVP by contacting either Jennifer Solms at 303-480-6796 or jsolms@drcog.org, or Ken Helander at 303-733-7743, ext. 122 or khelander@glbtcolorado.org.

Every second Tuesday, We Offer Job Search Sessions
Our next free session will be on Jan. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Janet Wulf from Kennedy Childs and Fogg, and Sharon Davis of LAC Legal Staffing will discuss résumés and cover letters. 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 at the CBA-CLE offices at 1900 Grant St., 3rd Floor, Denver. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Volunteer Opportunities
Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center
The Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care is in need of cold-weather accessories for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. The Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center has been in operation since May 1999. Each year, the Center serves more than 1,700 children whose parents or guardians have business with the Denver County and District Courts. Many of the clients are those who have been called for jury duty and need child care assistance while they complete their civic duty. The Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center is operated by Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, a nonprofit child care agency in the Denver metro area. The Center is fully licensed as a small child care center by the state of Colorado. Please drop off your donations, either gently used or new, to the Center or to the Bar Association office, Attn: Heather Clark, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver.

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