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Paralegal Committee

Welcome to the Paralegal Committee page!

"Mission Statement"

The Paralegal Committee is a group of individuals working together for the betterment of the paralegal profession.  The mission of the Paralegal Committee is to support and assist the legal community in providing quality legal services to the community at large and support the continuing education and effective utilization of paralegals. 

In carrying out its mission, the committee is guided by the following goals:

  • Monitor issues relevant to the legal and paralegal professions.
  • Cooperate with other community, legal and paralegal organizations to achieve common goals in providing quality legal services to the community.
  • Develop a plan for long-term growth of the profession and its use by the legal community and community at large.
  • Provide leadership to the profession by maintaining the highest ethical standards.
  • Promote professional recognition of paralegals.

The Paralegal Committee completed the second revision of the Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegals which were formally approved at the Spring Meeting of the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors on May 17, 2008.  Click here to review the revised Guidelines.

Take a look at a Law Week Colorado article written by Debra Hindin-King, your new Paralegal Committee Co-Chair. Paralegals: Opportunities, Resources to Stay Connected Globally appeared in the July 16, 2012 edition of Law Week Colorado.

Click here to view the Paralegal Committee Mission Statement and a description of what the CBA Paralegal Committee brings to the Colorado Bar Association and its members published in the September 2012 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.


Membership in the Paralegal Committee is open to all individuals who are currently Members, Associate Members or Patrons of the Colorado Bar Association in good standing.

The 2012/2013 CBA Committee Chairs:  Debbie Hindin-King and Jody Hobbs

CBA Staff Liaison: Reba Nance reban@cobar.org

This Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm, except July and August.  The Committee will resume monthly meetings in September.

Calendar of Events

2012 - 2013 - 2014

  • October 4, 2012 - Chip Mortimer (Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel) – Unauthorized Practice of Law and legal ethics for the  non-lawyers. Click HERE for Chip's Outline or HERE for the Power-point slides.
  • November 1, 2012 - Wanda McDavid (Access Information) – Timesaving techniques and resources using both free and fee based databases to find public records, including court cases and documents, and company information.  Click HERE for Wanda's Power-point handout or click HERE for the Fact Finding Links.
  • December 6, 2012 (5:30) - Reba Nance (CBA) – Outlook Tips and Tricks.  Click HERE for Reba’s Outline.
  • December 6, 2012 (1:00 - 4:45) - FFA End-of-Year Extravaganza! C.L.E. Registration Form
  • January 3, 2013 - Standard Committee Meeting - Click HERE for information!
  • February 7, 2013 - Andrew Whitfeld (President, Colorado Notary Solutions) – New notary laws in 2012 and a primer on laws that took effect on August 2010.  Click HERE for Andrew's Presentation.
  • March 7, 2013 - Shari Bjorkquist-Rich (LSI) – Electronic discovery tips and tricks.  Click HERE to access Shari's presentation and additional documentation.
  • April 4, 2013 - Standard Committee Meeting "Click HERE for Minutes"
  • May 2, 2013 (5:30 - 8:00 pm)  - Paralegal Day Reception - Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant Street, Denver - RSVP to lunches@cobar.org (Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year)
  • June 6, 2013 (5:30) - Michael Canges (Senn Visciano Canges P.C.) - Changes in the Paralegal Profession (CLE credit pending) - Click HERE for materials.
  • July - August, 2013 - Paralegal Committee is on summer vacation
  • July 27, 2013 - Colorado Senior Law Day at the Denver Merchandise Mart (more information to follow)
  • September 5, 2013 (5:30) - MEETING CANCELLED
  • October 3, 2013 (5:30) - Standard Committee Meeting "Click HERE for Minutes"
  • November 7, 2013 (5:30) - Nancy L. Cohen, Esq. (MiletichCohen PC) – Legal ethics related to non-lawyers and UPL (CLE Ethics credit pending). Click HERE for Nancy's Presentation.
  • December 5, 2013 (5:30) - Cancelled
  • January 2, 2014 (5:30)Cancelled
  • February 6, 2014 (5:30) – Janet Price, CP (Paralegal at Litvak Litvak Mehrtens Epstein and Carlton, P.C.) – Dissolution of Marriage and Legal Separation Basics for Paralegals - Get the Facts.  Click HERE for Janet's Presentation
  • March 6, 2014 (5:30) – Carol Donahue (Paralegal at Fox Rothschild LLP) – Fundamentals of U.S. Patent Law.   Click HERE for Carol's Presentation and Bio.
  • April 3, 2014 (5:30) – Jennifer M. Hagen, Esq. (Hagen Law LLC) – Overview of general bankruptcy law and the utilization of paralegals (CLE credit pending) Click HERE for Documentation and Bio's.
  • April 4, 2014 (4:00) – Colorado Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony (Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, 2 East 14th Avenue, Denver).  Tours of the building will be offered from 3-4 pm and a reception will follow the ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm.  No RSVP is required.  Come and support the Colorado Supreme Court’s recognition of the winners of special pro bono awards including the recipient of the 2014 CBA/Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association’s Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award.
  • May 1, 2014 (5:30) – Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award Ceremony and the Celebration of Colorado Paralegal Day – location TBD
  • June 5, 2014 (5:30) – Theresa R. Wardon, Esq. and Debra Hindin-King (Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP) – Overview of general litigation practice area and the utilization of paralegals by associate attorneys (CLE credit pending)
  • July – August 2014 – Paralegal Committee is on summer vacation
  • September 4, 2014 (5:30) – Standard Committee Meeting and  Michelle M. Rose-Hughes, Esq. and Dianne Carns from Tuthill Hughes – Primer on Probate and Estate Law and the utilization of paralegals assisting within the practice area (CLE credit pending)
  • October 2, 2014 (5:30) – Jose Trujillo, CRP (Paralegal at John Sauer Legal Group, LLC) – Legal apps for the iPad – tips and tricks navigating with technology
  • November 6, 2014 (5:30) – Brian Medina and Jason Bergbower (Office of the Colorado State Court Administrator) – Overview and update on ICCES (Integrated Colorado Courts E-Filing System) and tips and tricks for searching court filings (CLE credit pending)
  • December 4, 2014 (5:30) – Dr. Kevin R. Boully (Litigation Consultant – Persuasion Strategies/Holland & Hart LLP) – Tips about conducting effective witness interviews, communicating with difficult clients and the benefit of creating focus groups to test drive your case at trial (CLE credit pending)