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July 24

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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Represent the First District of CBA
The Denver Bar Association seeks nominees to serve as Colorado Bar Association Vice President representing the First District (Denver). This is a one-year term beginning July 2013, serving on the CBA Executive Council and Board of Governors. Nominations are due by Sept. 14. For more information or to send nominations, contact Dana Collier Smith at
‘Miss Representation’ Screening—Thursday, Aug. 23
DBA-CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, in partnership with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, will host a screening of “Miss Representation,” the award-winning documentary and must-see for men and women. The film exposes mainstream media’s gender bias and influence on women’s ability to assume leadership positions. A moderated discussion will follow the screening. Submitted for one ethics and one general CLE credit. Click here for more information.
Difference Works—Wednesday, Aug. 29
DBA-CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, in partnership with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, will host “Difference Works: Attorney Leadership, Retention & Results.” Caroline Turner, gender and generational differences expert, will discuss ways to increase employee engagement, reduce turnover, and maximize the value of your diverse workforce. Submitted for one ethics and one general CLE credit. Click here for more information.
New Legal Clinic at the Denver Indian Center
Metro Volunteer Lawyers and the Denver Indian Center have started a monthly walk-in clinic for people with legal questions related to Native American issues. Clinic volunteers provide advice and referrals, as well as assist with criminal, family law, and landlord/tenant cases. If you would like to volunteer at these clinics, please contact MVL Executive Director Diane Van Voorhees, at 303-866-9378 or The clinics take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.
DBA’s Pro Bono Initiative
The DBA recently formed the DBA Pro Bono Initiative, which assists attorneys in finding a pro bono opportunity that is right for them. If you are interested in receiving assistance from the DBA Pro Bono Initiative, please complete this form and return it to Carolyn Gravit. After completing the form, you will be contacted by a DBA Pro Bono Initiative volunteer to discuss the next steps.
Continuing Legal Education
Ethics and Managing Business Risk in the Law Firm—Friday, Aug. 3
The ethical and successful practice of law faces more challenges than ever before. This half-day program presents, in a straightforward, digestible style, not just the risks and problems, but down-to-earth solutions to a host of common and uncommon risks, with a strong focus on risk management as a primary tool for maintaining the highest ethical standards. Click here for more information.
Savvy Social Security Planning—Tuesday, Aug. 7
This session will help participants understand the importance of Social Security planning—the options that individuals have in benefit selection and how essential it is to consider the lifetime implications for individuals, spouses, divorced spouses, survivors, and even dependent children or grandchildren in the planning process. Click here for more information.
Upcoming Legal Connection Lunch Programs
  • Opinion Abstracts from the CBA Ethics Committee: Paperless Office, Referral Services, and More—Monday, Aug. 6:
    The CBA Ethics Committee occasionally abstracts its private letter opinions for the general bar. Recent abstracts include the Ethics Committees discussion of firm names, client data, advertising and referrals, client conflicts, and client loyalty. Click here for more.
  • Hemp Law in Colorado: New Environmental Impacts, Agriculture, and Industry on the Horizon—Wednesday, Aug. 15:
    Our panel will discuss the history of hemp law and the recent and ongoing reform efforts. Colorado legislators will speak about the recent hemp legislation, HB 12-1099, and the future of hemp under Amendment 64. Additionally, environmental and agricultural experts will cover the green energy and environmental uses for hemp, the new agricultural opportunities, and the manufacturing, business, and industries of hemp. Click here for more.
Legal Community News
Chief Judge Robert Hyatt Receives 2012 Judicial Excellence Award
The Colorado Judicial institute is pleased to announce that the 2012 Judicial Excellence Awards District Court honoree is Chief Judge Robert Hyatt from the 2nd Judicial District. This year’s County Court honoree is Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler (Douglas County/18th Judicial District) and the Magistrate honoree is Magistrate Bonnie McLean (Arapahoe County/18th Judicial District). All three honorees will be recognized at the Tenth Annual Judicial Excellence Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Denver Marriott City Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here or call Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen at 303-766-7501.
Optimize Your Membership
Discounted Colorado Ballet Tickets
DBA members can save 15 percent on tickets to the Colorado Ballet. Enjoy classics such as “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker,” as well as “Ballet Masterworks” and “Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project.” Click here for details.

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