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Legal Professionalism Month

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The Colorado Supreme Court, with the support of the Colorado Bar Association, has declared October as Legal Professionalism Month in Colorado. The aim of the month is to encourage members of the legal profession, professional entities, and judicial officers and staff to rededicate themselves to demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism and integrity and promote public confidence in the profession and the court system.

Click here to read the official Proclamation.

Professionalism (as defined by the CBA/DBA Professionalism Committee) is conduct reflecting the values embodied in the Colorado Attorney Oath of Admission, the Colorado Principles of Professionalism, and the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.  These values require attorneys always to act competently, civilly, and with integrity and to commit themselves to the public good and to furthering the interests of justice.

Professionalism — Insights and Ideas
Sponsored by the Larimer County Bar Association
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m. (catered lunch) – 2 p.m.
Larimer County Justice Center, Jury Room, Second Floor
Early Registration by Sept. 25: $15 for young lawyers, $20 LCBA members
Late Registration: $25
Contact Cameron Banninga at 970-224-5679.

The seminar will feature the following distinguished presenters: Hon. William W. Hood, III, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court; Hon. Stephen E. Howard, District Court Judge, 8th Judicial District; Hon. Julie Kunce Field, District Court Judge, 8th Judicial District; Ian D. McCargar, Esq. Town Attorney, Windsor; Donald E. Johnson, Jr.; and Hon. John A. Jostad, District Court Magistrate, 8th Judicial District, Moderator. This program has been accredited for two ethics credits.

Ethics and Professionalism in the Practice of Law 2015
Sponsored by CBA-CLE and CBA/DBA Peer Professional Assistance
Thursday, Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m.–Noon
Colorado Bar Association CLE, 1900 Grant St, Ste 300, Denver
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The Program that brings you interactive CLE legal theater. The Program that brings you a distinguished panel of experts and learning in an entertaining format. The Program that brings you a carefully crafted series of interactive vignettes and addresses ethical and professionalism dilemmas that you will no doubt face in your practice years. Four ethics credits available.

Professionalism in Transition: Executing a Successful Career Move at any Stage of Practice
Sponsored by the Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Thursday, Oct. 15, Noon—1:30 p.m.
Gibson Dunn, 1801 California Street, Suite 4200, Denver
$25 for non-members, $20 for members, and boxed lunches will be provided
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The program will offer practical tips to practitioners of all experience levels, from recently graduating students to advanced professionals, who may be looking for a career change—soon or someday. It will discuss transitioning from law school to a law firm, from a law firm to government, from government to in-house, etc. Anyone in the legal field who wants advice and inspiration on how to market herself or himself in the legal field, and to proceed and handle such transitions with professionalism, will benefit from this program. Panelists include Solicitor General Fred Yarger; Galvanize General Counsel and former Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Hickenlooper Stephanie Donner; and the managing partner of Lewis Brisbois and a professor at the University of Denver School of Law Todd Seelman.

Legal Professionalism Month Celebration and CLE
Sponsored by the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
Thursday, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m. CLE, 5 p.m. Reception
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver
$10 for CDLA and CTLA members
Click here or call 303-831-1192 to RSVP.

In honor of Legal Professionalism Month, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) will host a reception and special ethics CLE discussion on “Ethics and Professionalism in the Appellate and Amicus Process.” Panelists will include Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice, Justice Brian D. Boatright and Justice Richard L. Gabriel. CDLA and CTLA also will recognize a member from the other association for professionalism and ethics with the Professionalism Awards. Afterwards, enjoy a fun reception. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15 starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. Applied for 1 Ethics CLE.

Succeeding in the Practice of Law
Sponsored by the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8—9 a.m.
Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, 2 East 14th Avenue, Supreme Court Courtroom, Denver
$20 for non-members, $5 for members, and continental breakfast will be provide
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Our newest Supreme Court Justice, Rich Gabriel, will share his thoughts, based on more than two decades in private practice and seven years on the Court of Appeals, regarding what it takes to succeed in the practice of law. Topics will include how to navigate life in a law firm, tips for developing business, how to keep clients and supervising attorneys happy, how to deal with difficult clients and attorneys, and what judges expect from the attorneys who appear before them. One general CLE credit applied for.

Best Practice: Bridging Professionalism and Cultural Competency in the Legal Profession
Sponsored by the Sam Cary Bar Association and the Center for Legal Inclusiveness
Thursday, Oct. 22, time TBD
Location and pricing TBD

More details to come.

In Search of a Representative Bench: Courageous Conversations with the Judiciary
Sponsored by CBA-CLE and CBA/DBA Peer Professional Assistance
Thursday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m.
Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village
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An interactive panel discussion with Judge Christopher Cross, Justice Monica Marquez, Chief Judge Carlos Samour, Judge Addison (Spike) Adams, Jacki Cooper Melmed, Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor and Fay Matsukage, 18th JD Nominating Commission member.