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February 24, 2015
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From the Bar

Announcing the 2015 DBA Award Winners
The DBA Awards Committee has chosen winners for the following categories: Award of Merit, Young Lawyer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Judicial Excellence, Education in the Legal System and Outstanding Programs or Projects. Involvement with the DBA, community contributions outside the bar associations, career history, and accomplishments were all considered in the selection process. The winners listed below are outstanding individuals whom we would like to recognize publicly for their commitment to the legal field and our community at the DBA Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, July 9, at the Ralph Carr Justice Center. Thank you for inspiring us all!

  • Award of Merit: Charles C. Turner
  • Judicial Excellence: Ruben Hernandez
  • Young Lawyer of the Year: Gillian M. Bidgood
  • Volunteer of the Year: John M. McHugh
  • Education in the Legal System: Doug Wilhelm, Denver Public Schools Hamilton Middle School 8th Grade History Teacher
  • Projects and Programs: Denver Bar Association Court Mediation Services Program
Bankruptcy Basics—Thursday, Feb. 26
Consumer bankruptcy is a practice area that all new lawyers should have in their tool kits. Whether treated as a primary practice area or simply a way to help existing clients, everyone can benefit from knowing the basics. This CLE will give you an overview of how to handle a basic bankruptcy, and the tools to make informed decisions as to when you should take a case and when you should refer it out. The program will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the DBA offices, ninth floor. One general CLE credit available. RSVP online, by emailing lunches@cobar.org or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Limited Liability Companies in Colorado—Wednesday, March 4
Regardless of your practice, you need to know and understand limited liability companies. Issues involving this flexible and common form of business entity arise in litigation, transactions, estate, business and tax planning, real estate development and beyond. In one day, you can learn the ins and outs of LLC formation, best drafting practices, rights and obligations, duties, creditors’ rights, and more from seasoned professionals. Every attendee receives a copy of the new CBA-CLE book Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships in Colorado, First Edition, by Herrick K. Lidstone Jr. and Allen Sparkman! Register now for this outstanding program!
Oil and Gas Law Advanced Topics 2015—Thursday, March 12 Co-sponsored by the CBA Natural Resources & Energy Section
Program topics include: The Legal Framework for Oil and Gas in the Rocky Mountain West; Emerging Issues in Title and Curative; Midstream—What It is, How It Works, and What’s New; Ethics: Duties of Confidentiality, Landman Law Practice, Multijurisdictional Practice Issues; Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs): A New Wave; Federal Access: A Potpourri of Emerging Issues; and much more! Register now.
The Denver Lawyers’ Arts and Literature Contest
Got flair? The Denver Lawyers’ Arts and Literature Contest is accepting submissions through Wednesday, April 15. The contest includes both writing and visual categories. All DBA members are eligible, except for members of the Docket Committee (who are the judges). Artists may enter previously unpublished work in multiple categories. Learn more.

From the Legal Community

Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation—Work is Success
On Feb. 26, the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation will host its Work is Success Corporate Sponsorship Breakfast. This free event will provide an overview of the Work is Success Summer Internship Program for high school students. Guests will have an opportunity to meet dreamers who are interesting in pursuing law. We are encouraging you to bring guests in your network to the breakfast, so please feel free to forward the invitation. You and your guests can RSVP by clicking here.

From the Courts

Denver County Court Judicial Vacancy
The Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission is accepting applications from qualified attorneys to fill a vacancy on the Bench created by the retirement of Judge James Breese, effective April 30. Applications must be filed with the Denver County Court Presiding Judge’s office no later than Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m. Click here for information and an application.

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Discounted Avs Tickets—Take Advantage of Your Member Benefits!
Don’t forget that DBA members receive discounted tickets to Avs games throughout the 2014-15 season. Cheer on the Avs as they take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Feb. 28. Click here for more information this game and other discounted events for DBA members.

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