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April 17

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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In this issue...
  • DBA YLD Law Day Program
  • Colorado’s Merit System: The Gold Standard
  • A Reflection on a Career in the Justice System with Alex Martinez
  • BBB Dancers Practicing Hard for Competition
  • DBA Member Appreciation Week
  • Come Hang Out With Us on LinkedIn
  • Better Appellate Writing, Briefing, and Oral Argument
  • Legal Connection Programs
  • Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado Annual Meeting
  • The Supreme Court Health Care Decision
Law Day Events
DBA YLD Law Day Program—Thursday, May 3
Join the DBA YLD and Rebecca Love Kourlis, from IAALS, for a cocktail reception at The Lobby starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. Kourlis will present briefly on “Protecting and Rebuilding the Courts.” Registration for this event is $10 and includes appetizers and two drink tickets. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Colorado’s Merit System: The Gold Standard—Wednesday, May 2
Presented by the Joint Judicial Task Force, IAALS, and the Colorado Judicial Institute.

Join panelists Gene A. Ciancio, Hon. Janice B. Davidson, Rebecca Love Kourlis, Malia Reddick, and Theresa Spahn, for a discussion on judicial selection that will include a history and overview of the Colorado merit selection system, how our system compares to others nationally, and ethical dilemmas and challenges when litigating in states with other judicial selection systems. The program is May 2, 9-11 a.m. in CBA CLE large classroom. Two ethics credits applied for; no cost to attend. You may attend in person or via webcast. RSVP here.
A Reflection on a Career in the Justice System with Alex Martinez—Wednesday, May 2
Alex Martinez has worked as a public defender, a trial judge, a Colorado Supreme Court justice, and currently as Denver's Manager of Safety. He will reflect on the practical aspects of the Law Day Theme, “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” One ethics credit applied for. Cost to attend is $20 and all proceeds go to the Legal Aid Foundation. You may attend in person or via webcast. Click here for more information. RSVP here.
From the Bar
BBB Dancers Practicing Hard for Competition
Three former DBA Presidents are training with a professional dancer to compete in a “Dancing with the Stars”-esque competition at the Barristers Benefit Ball on May 5, and their partners will be their spouses. Click the links to see how Mark and Pat Fogg, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and Steve Theis, and Bill Walters and Christy Cutler are doing. In addition to wowing guests at the ball, they’re raising money for Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Who will win? You’ll have to be there to find out! Visit to get your ticket.
DBA Member Appreciation Week—June 4-8
The DBA has a fun line-up of events to please every member:
Monday, June 4—Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament and Silent Auction at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen. Click here to sign up. Contact Alexa Drago with questions. This event benefits Metro Volunteer Lawyers.
Tuesday, June 5—DBA Annual Awards Party at the Sherman Street Event Center starting at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Wednesday, June 6—Annual Document Shredding and Electronics Recycling at the DBA. RSVP to or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Thursday, June 7—Two, one-hour back-to-back CLE programs starting at noon. The first program is “iPads for Attorneys,” presented by Verizon. The second program is “Hands-on Practice Management: From Intake to Invoicing,” presented by Clio CEO Jack Newton. These are complimentary programs for our members. RSVP for one or both programs. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Friday, June 8—Half-day practice management CLE program with CBA President David Masters. This is a complimentary program for our members. RSVP to or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Come Hang Out With Us on LinkedIn
An online meeting place for Denver’s legal community!
Keep up with what’s going on at the Denver Bar Association on LinkedIn! Get exclusive content and interact with the DBA, with Denver lawyers, and with the extended legal community for both professional and personal reasons. Not a LinkedIn user? You can still view the DBA’s page for up-to-date information.
Continuing Legal Education
Better Appellate Writing, Briefing, and Oral Argument—Thursday, May 24
Spend the day with Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Webb, who will show you how to express yourself clearly and effectively in your briefs; use well-built guideposts to make it easy for the appellate court judges to follow your position; give a powerful oral argument, including how to handle questions from the bench; and deal with ethical questions unique to appellate practice. Your day also includes an interactive in-class writing exercise, so you can practice your new skills immediately. Click here for more information.
Legal Connection Programs: Short, Timely CLE Programs on the Latest, Hottest Topics in Colorado Law
Check out the upcoming CBA-CLE Legal Connection programs, designed to fit your busy schedule!
Get Involved
Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado Annual Meeting—Wednesday, May 16
Please join the Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado for their Annual Membership Meeting and Elections. The meeting is on May 16 at 5:30 p.m., at 1900 Grant St., Suite 300. Anyone interested in running for a volunteer board position please contact Sherry Espinoza at 303-860-1117.
Continuing Education
The Supreme Court Health Care Decision—Thursday, April 19
A Special Denver Press Club Program

How will the U.S. Supreme Court decide the legal challenges to President Obama’s sweeping health care reform now that oral arguments are complete? On April 19 at 6:30 p.m., an expert panel will examine the constitutional law issues and lead a Q & A discussion. It’s free and open to the public. Click here more information on the event and the experts sitting on the panel.

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