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Committees

Sign up for a Committee by clicking here.

 

For more information about a committee call Melissa Nicoletti at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736. Otherwise fill out, print and fax the committee preference sheet to (303) 894-0821.

Access to Justice

Chairpersons 2014–2015: Alison Daniels and Noah Patterson
Staff Liaison: Meghan Bush, (303) 824-5303

The Denver Access to Justice committee meets the first Tuesday at noon at the Denver Bar offices.  This committee works on monthly pro se clinics on Bankruptcy, Family, Collecting Child Support, Small Claims, Collections, Legal nights, Colorado Poverty Law Clinic, weekly lawline 9 program, promoting National Pro Bono celebration, coordinates the Denver Access to Justice Hearing, CLE trainings, a volunteer appreciation, updating the legal resource directory, Adult Self-Sufficiency Juvenile and Immigration legal clinics at College View Elementary.  This Committee also works closely with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Colorado Legal Services, Denver Wrap Around Project, Court Mediation Services, Denver Pro Se Center and Specialty Bar Associations. Please contact the Public Legal Education Department if interested in participating in this committee.

Awards

Chairperson 2014–2015: Mark Fogg
Staff Liaison: Heather Clark, (303) 824-5350 and Courtney Gibb, (303) 824-5336

Responsible for nominating the winners of the annual Award of Merit; also coordinates other awards given by the association: DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, Judicial Excellence, and Teacher of the Year.

Submit nominees for the 2015 DBA Awards here. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

Barristers Benefit Ball

Chairpersons 2014–2015: Aaron Bradford and Kristine Poston
Staff Liaison: Dana Collier Smith, (303) 824-5318

Plans and organizes this annual association fund-raising dinner/dance. The proceeds go towards the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Program, which provides legal services to indigent clients.

Bench Bar Committee

Chairperson 2013-2014:Gerry Pratt, and Doug Stevens
Staff Liaison: Jill Lafrenz

        December 2, 2014 Event: Welcome to My World, The Life Cycle of a Judge

Budget

Chairperson 2014–2015: Dan Sweetser
Staff Liaison: Greg Martin, (303) 824-5317

Community Action Network

Chairpersons 2013-2014: Arax Corn and Kasi Schuelke
Staff Liaisons: Alexa Drago, (303) 824-5313 and Kate Schuster, (303) 824-5312

Click here to sign up for a drive and learn more about the committee.

This committee provides an opportunity for members to reach beyond the legal community to the Denver community at large and provide valuable legal, educational, social and civic assistance to those in need. On-going programs include addressing the issues of the homeless, education, and encouraging attorneys to serve on boards of non-profit agencies. Please note the Community Action Network check-off on the committee preference sheet.

Court Mediation Service

Chairpersons 2014–2015: Jeanne Busacca and Lisa Hughes
Staff Liaison: Amy Sreenen, (303) 824-5371
Court Mediation Servies webpage and mediation sign up

CBA and DBA Diversity

Chairpersons 2014–2015: Catherine Chan
Staff Liaison: Andrea Mueller Arias, (303)824-5340

The Docket

Chairperson 2014–2015: Ryan Jardine
Managing Editor: Heather Clark, (303) 824-5350
Editor: Courtney Gibb, (303) 824-5336
Graphic Designer: Kate Schuster, (303) 824-5312
Advertising: Alexa Drago, (303)824-5313 Click here for our media kit.

The Docket is the newsletter for the Denver Bar Association. Each month, The Docket presents news of interest to the Association's members calendars of events and CLE classes; restaurant, movie and book reviews; practice tips, gossip and humorous articles of all kinds. The committee members write material and work with the DBA staff to publish The Docket. Written material is solicited from all members of the DBA, not just the committee members.

Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament

Chairpersons 2014–2015: Todd Jansen and Richard Strauss
Staff Liaisons: Alexa Drago, (303) 824-5313 and Courtney Gibb, (303) 824-5336

Coordinates the DBA Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament a full day golf tournament in June. The tournament includes a silent auction and is a fundraiser for Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

CBA and DBA Interprofessional

Chairpersons 2014–2015: Nick Ghiselli and Frank Cristiano
Staff Liaison: Andrea Mueller Arias, (303) 824-5340

A joint CBA/DBA committee. A committee consisting of attorneys and other professionals that seeks to promote better understanding among the professions; prepares statements of principles governing interprofessional relations; and assists in resolving disputes between professionals. Maintains the Interprofessional Code.

Joint Management

Chairperson 2014–2015: Richard Strauss
Staff Liaison: Greg Martin, (303) 824-5317

Lawyers and Schools

Chairpersons 2014–2015: Erich Bethke and Justice Alex Martinez
Staff Liaison: Meghan Bush, (303) 824-5303

The Democracy Education Committee meets the first Thursday of every month at the CBA offices. The committee recruits law professionals into Denver Public Schools. Projects include: Denver Regional Mock Trial Tournament, National Constitution Day, in-class mock trial scripts for elementary, middle and high schools, “We the People” volunteer training, K-5 Law Day Art Contest, DBA-DPS Guest Teaching Initiative, PALS (Partner Alliance of Lawyer and Schools) and speaker bureaus. Currently, we are working to get attorneys into the classroom to substitute teach.

Mentoring Planning

Chairperson 2014–2015: Craig Joyce and Melissa Ogburn
Staff Liaison: Melissa Nicoletti, (303) 824-5321

This committee puts together and runs the DBA's mentor program.  For information please go to: http://www.denbar.org/index.cfm/ID/21197/DBA/Mentoring-Program/

Nominating

Chairperson 2014–2015: Stacy Carpenter
Staff Liaison: Dana Collier Smith, (303) 824-5318

Professionalism Coordinating Councils

Chairperson 2014–2015: Peter Goldstein and John Tatlock
Staff Liaison: Chuck Turner

Principles of Professionalism

Seniors Committee

Chairperson 2014–2015: Leonard Plank
Staff Liaisons: Heather Clark, (303) 824-5350 and Alexa Drago, (303) 824-5313

This group of attorneys, chaired by Don McMichael, is for those members “65 or better.” The committee has four big events throughout the year. The biggest party of the year is the Senior Spring Banquet, which honors Denver lawyers who have been licensed for 50 years. The committee’s fall event, the “Seniors Roast,” honors an attorney or judge nominated by the most active senior members for his/her outstanding commitment to the legal community. December’s Holiday Party is the most casual of the events and includes connecting with familiar faces, spreading holiday cheer and enjoying tasty fare. July’s golf tournament is always a hit with the senior members and adds a little competition to the event calendar. New members are welcome.

Volunteer Opportunities

For any additional information, questions, or concerns, please contact Director of Public Legal Education, Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5323, cgravit@cobar.org, or Meghan Bush, Program Manager, (303) 824-5303, mbush@cobar.org

Many opportunities await the volunteer-spirited attorney.

Volunteers are needed monthly to provide information at free clinics in SMALL CLAIMS, COLLECTIONS, BANKRUPTCY, HOW TO COLLECT CHILD SUPPORT, DIVORCE WITH CHILDREN, and IMMIGRATION .

Call-a-Lawyer programs at Channel 9 need lawyers as often weekly to answer viewer/listener questions.

Attorneys are always needed to answer requests for Mock Trial support, career days, court tours, classroom presentations and public speaking.

A full list of programs and their descriptions is provided below for your convenience. Your unique and finely honed skills are always needed and gratefully appreciated by Public Legal Education. Volunteer early and volunteer often!  

Community Based Projects 

Program Name
Program Description
Time Commitment
Timing
Lawline 9
Staff a Lawline 9 call-in program. Answer general legal questions and provide legal information and referrals to other community legal resources. Weekly topics vary and can be found here. Legal resource information provided.

11/2 hour shift

Year-round every Wednesday

4:00-5:30pm

Veterans' Stand Down
Assist homeless vets by answering legal questions and offering legal information and referrals to other community legal resources. Legal resource information provided.

2 hour shifts

November
Pro Se Clinics
Conduct a pro se legal clinic for the community in a variety of areas, Family Law, Collections, Small Claims, Bankruptcy, Veterans. Contact the DBA Public Legal Education Department if you have a clinic you'd like to offer

2 hours + prep time

Ongoing during the year, Once a month
Mile High United Way Center for Family Opportunity Center

The Mile High United Way, Denver Public Schools and Denver Bar Associations are collaborating to implement adult self sufficiency service programs for the Denver Public School community. The Denver Bar Association will provide monthly legal clinics at College View Elementary located in South Denver at 2675 S. Decatur Street in a variety of areas such as family law, immigration, consumer rights, housing and tenant rights. We are looking for attorneys to volunteer to speak in a classroom setting in each topic area. Click here for the 2014-15 Legal Clinic Schedule.

1 hour and half + prep time Ongoing during the year, Once a month

 

School Based Projects

Program Name

Program Description

Grade Level

Time Commitment

Timing

Speakers Speak to a class on any one of a variety of topics. All Levels 1-3 hours Ongoing during the school year, depending on school requests
Court Tours Take classes on tour of the local City/County Courthouse; training/orientation provided. Non-litigators welcomed! All Levels 2-3 hours Ongoing during the school year, depending on school requests
Career Days Speak about the legal professions to a classroom, or at a CBA/DBA sponsered booth. All Levels 3 hours Ongoing during the school year, depending on school requests
Law Day Art Contest Volunteers go into classrooms and conduct a lesson plan based on the American Bar Association Annual Theme.  The students create art work based on the theme and are entered into the DBA contest for prizes. K-Middle School 2 hours January and February
Law Week Law Week Volunteers: Implement curricula and programs in classrooms during the first week of May; includes dialogue formats and in-class activities. Middle and High School 1-3 hours First week in May
In-Class Mock Trials Visit a classroom to help implement and explain what a mock trial is and how it works. Teachers work with students in advance. Mock trial scripts are available for elementary, middle, and high school classes. All Levels 1-3 hours Ongoing during the school year, depending upon school requests
In Class Law-Related Activities Implement miscellaneous law-related activities in the classroom. Materials are provided for use by attorney and teacher. All Levels 2-4 hours Ongoing during the school year, depending on school requests
Colorado Mock Trial Program

Attorney Coaches (A.C.): Partner with teachers to coach students about mock trial elements and prepare a case problem for regional/state mock trial competition.

Assistant Attorney Coaches (A.A.C): Assist pimary attorney coaches with preparation of mock trial teams.

Scoring Panelists (S.P.): Adjudicate mock trial rounds at the regional/state tournament. An orientation and Bench Brief provided in advance.

Courtroom Monitors (C.M.): Monitor courtroom(s) and rounds during mock trial tournament. An orientation and checklist provided.

Middle and High School

A.C.=Varies

A.A.C.= Varies

S.P.=3-4 hours

C.M.=6-8 hours

 

 

A.C.=Mid-December through mid-March (Can extent to mid-May if team advances to National)

A.A.C.=Varies for each school

S.P.=February and March; Friday afternoon or Saturday

C.M.=February and March; Friday afternoon or Saturday

PALS (Partner Alliance of Lawyers and Schools) Partner with a Denver School and volunteer 3-6 times a year. All Levels 2-4 hours Ongoing during the school year, depending on school requests

 

Young Lawyers Division

Chairperson 2014–2015: Matt Larson
Staff Liaison: Heather Clark, (303) 824-5350 hclark@cobar.org
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