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March 1, 2011
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In this issue...
  • 2011 Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit
  • Attorney Fee Collections
  • Highly Contested Issues in Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Litigating a Civil Case in Denver County Court
  • 12th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive
  • Bridges to Work Youth Seeks Business Sponsors
  • The Docket Has a New Look Online
  • How's Your Coffee?
  • State Judicial Issues Revised Forms and Lists
  • Colorado Supreme Court Amends Professional Conduct Rules, Including File Retention
  • Online Ticket Sales Open for Barristers Ball
  • Join the 2011 Wheels of Justice Cycling Team
Continuing Education Opportunities
2011 Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit, March 14–15
This year's summit, March 14–15 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, will feature five strands focused on leadership, inclusiveness, balanced hours, professional development, and diversity and inclusiveness research and training. Free manual with registration. Cost through March 10 is $69 for law students, $199 for government or nonprofit employees, and $279 for all other individuals. Twelve ethics or general CLE credits have been applied for. Click here to register.
Attorney Fee Collections: A CBA–CLE Legal Connection Program, March 7 Offered for One CLE Ethics Credit
Legal Connection programs are topical, short programs on pressing issues for attorneys! There are essential legal and ethical considerations regarding the fee agreement between a lawyer and a client, including hourly engagements and contingent fee engagements. Find out: how to obtain a judgment in a pending action, as well as in an independent action; factors as to whether the action should be pursued in the County Court or the District Court; issues concerning post-judgment execution; and more! Find out more or register.
Highly Contested Issues in Wrongful Death Litigation, March 10
Gregory R. Giometti and Franklin D. Patterson, two leading trial lawyers in Colorado, will speak on case law updates and statutory changes and other highly contested issues in wrongful death litigation including: lifting the statutory cap on non-economic damages; litigating claims of felonious killing; and resolving conflicting claims for the proceeds of a wrongful death action. Each attendee will receive a copy of the CBA-CLE book "Handbook of Colorado Wrongful Death Law," 2d Ed. Greg Giometti is one of Colorado's most experienced attorneys in handling insurance bad faith and wrongful death litigation, and Frank Patterson also is one of the premier trial lawyers in Colorado and who has tried more than 100 jury trials with great success. Find out more or register.

Bench and Bar Luncheon CLE—Litigating a Civil Case in Denver County Court, April 28
The Bench and Bar Committee is pleased to sponsor a luncheon CLE program from noon to 1 p.m. on April 28 on the nuts and bolts of litigating a civil case in the Denver County Court. Judges Bohning, Celeste and Hada will share their thoughts, answer your questions, and discuss your concerns. This one-hour program will take place in Courtroom 159 in the City and County Building. Registration is $10 for YLD members, $15 for other members, and $20 for non-Bar members. Lunch will be provided, and one general CLE credit has been applied for. RSVP no later than April 25 by e-mailing or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Volunteer Opportunities

12th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive
Sign up your office by April 11 to help fight hunger and feed hope again this year. Last year, this two-week drive provided $37,000 in donations and we hope to collect even more this year! The food drive runs from April 18 to 29. Donation barrels will be delivered and picked up for ease of participation. To secure your donation barrel, sign up here. Questions? E-mail Kate Mills at

Bridges to Work Youth Internship Program Seeks Business Sponsors
The Denver Office of Economic Development invites businesses to participate as sponsorship mentors of the Bridges to Work summer youth internship program. The program provides skills training and career exploration for youth 16 to 21 years of age, while providing employers with staffing options for business success.
A $3,000 pledge will connect participating businesses with a trained and pre-screened youth intern. All wages, employer taxes/fees, and workers’ compensation coverage for up to 160 hours of employment are paid and managed by OED. Prior to starting an internship, all youth complete three weeks of intensive soft skill training, financial literacy education, and job readiness preparation. Employers make the final selection of interns.
Bridges to Work debuted last summer with 40 youth interns, who all continued with their high school or college education following the program. For more information or to become a part of the Bridges to Work program, please contact OED’s Division of Workforce Development, Youth Services at 720-865-5549.

From The Docket

The Docket Has a New Look Online
The Docket has been online for years, but now you can read the March issue in full as a PDF. You'll still also be able to read individual articles. This month, you can travel to Canyon de Chelly with Justice Greg Hobbs; meet David Martínez, the first attorney in the state to get a posthumous pardon for a man wrongly accused of and convicted for murder in 1936; and take in the beautiful scenery and insight into a different culture with Marshall Snider, who shares his experiences from a trip to the Philippines.

How's Your Coffee?
The Docket Committee wants to find the best offices to get caffeinated, grab a bite, and start the work day. We’ll be reviewing local offices and courthouses to see how their morning drinks and eats measure up. Contact Editor Sara Crocker at or 303-824-5347 to include your office on our tour to see whose morning offerings take the coffee cake.
From CBA CLE Legal Connection
State Judicial Issues Revised Forms and Lists, Including Small Claims, Domestic/Family, and Probate
The Colorado State Judicial Branch has issued revised forms, instructions, and lists, including those concerning small claims and garnishments/money demands, probate, domestic and family law, and issuing a subpoena. The new forms were posted on Feb. 28, and practitioners should begin using them immediately. Read more.

Colorado Supreme Court Amends Professional Conduct Rules, Including New File Retention Requirements
In February, the Colorado Supreme Court approved four amendments to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. The rules changes concern client file retention and publicity statements by attorneys and are effective immediately. Read more.

Networking Opportunities
Online Ticket Sales Open for Barristers Ball
Get your tickets today online at for the “Dancing with the Bar Stars” 2011 Barristers Benefit Ball, April 30, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The ball is the DBA's Metro Volunteer Lawyers' No. 1 source of funds, which support access to justice for the indigent in Denver. Contact Dana Collier Smith at or 303-824-5318 with questions.

Register Now and be a Part of the Bar's 2011 Wheels of Justice Cycling Team
The 2011 Children's Hospital Courage Classic is July 23–25, and consists of three consecutive, fun-filled days up three mountain passes during the peak of summer. The 157-mile ride trek through the Colorado Rockies supports The Children's Hospital. Click here to register.

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