Section 1: Administrative Information
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees meets monthly throughout the year to set the overall policy and direction of the association and to address management issues. Contact the Assistant Executive Director at the bar office to submit an issue for board consideration. All persons submitting agenda items will be notified of the date and time of the scheduled board meeting in order to allow for presentations.
Office Hours. The DBA office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The DBA staff must be notified when meetings are scheduled at the DBA office at times other than normal working hours as notice must be given to the building security to arrange to be here or open the office.
Conference Rooms. The DBA has three conference rooms available by appointment on the 9th floor and two classrooms on the 3rd floor for meetings. The conference room capacities are: one conference room will accommodate 30 persons and two rooms will accommodate 20 each. The large classroom on the third floor will hold 105; the smaller classroom will seat 30.
Phones/Offices. Generally, there are phones and/or an office and computer available on a temporary basis for members to use. Please ask the staff to locate a vacant office/phone for you.
Parking Validation. When visiting the DBA office, the Denver Bar Association will validate members' parking coupon. Regretfully, we cannot validate for CLE programs.
Refreshments. The area outside of the conference rooms is equipped with a coffee maker, water, refrigerator and sink. Coffee is available to members and visitors at no cost. Soft drinks may be purchased from the machine in the kitchen.
Staff Assistance. The DBA staff is available to assist committees in the following ways:
The following awards are presented by the Denver Bar Association. Award nominations are routed through the Awards Committee.
Award of Merit. Recognizes outstanding leadership, competency, ethics, professionalism, community service and contributions to the DBA and the legal profession. Acknowledges outstanding service rendered in the interest of the improvement of the administration of justice. Criteria: A lawyer, judge or law professor who is a regular member of the DBA and whose distinguished career exemplifies these attributes.
Volunteer Lawyer of the Year. Honors a DBA member who in the last year has performed extraordinary pro bono legal representation or provided exceptional voluntary service to cultural, civic, educational or charitable causes. Criteria: A lawyer, judge or law professor who is a regular member of the DBA.
Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Recognizes outstanding service as defined by ethics, professionalism and contributions to the DBA, legal profession and community. Criteria: A lawyer who is a DBA member and is younger than 37 or been in practice less than five years.
Judicial Excellence Award. Honors a DBA member of the judiciary for extraordinary service as defined by outstanding contributions to the legal community and who reflects the highest ideals of the judiciary in ethics, professionalism and judicial temperament, and community service. Recognizes exceptional contributions to the improvement of the judicial system. Criteria: A judge or magistrate who is a regular member of the DBA and whose distinguished career demonstrates these attributes and service to the public and the practicing bar.
Award for Outstanding Programs/Projects. Acknowledges those programs or projects that uphold the highest traditions of the legal profession such as ethics, professionalism, education, access to justice, community service or promoting charitable causes. Recognizes exceptional collaboration between members of the bar. Criteria: A program or project affiliated with the DBA.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
The ABA is an enormous and diverse entity with dozens of departments, committees and divisions. It is also a wealth of information and a valuable resource for state and local bars on almost any issue or project that a bar association is confronting. The key is knowing who to contact at the ABA.
In almost all circumstances, your first point of contact at the ABA is the Division of Bar Services (312/988-5352). The division serves as the principle link between the ABA and state/local bar associations. This means that the division can not only provide you with information on ABA activities, but can direct you to a state or local association that can be of assistance. If the division cannot answer your inquiry directly, they can refer you to the appropriate ABA official, division, or committee. The director of the division is Roseanne Lucianek. Pamela Robinson and Elizabeth Derrico are the associate directors.
The ABA has numerous national conferences. The three that are budgeted annually are:
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BAR PRESIDENTS - Held the Friday and Saturday prior to the ABA Annual Meeting (early August) and the ABA Mid-Year Meeting (early February). The president is invited to attend the annual meeting; the president-elect is invited to attend the mid-year meeting.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BAR EXECUTIVES - A 2-day conference for bar executives held the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the National Conference of Bar Presidents.
BAR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE - An annual 2½ day intensive training program for bar presidents-elect held each March in Chicago.