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December 11, 2007

December 11, 2007 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- Pro Bono Spotlight

- Teach a Small Claims or Collections Clinic

- DBA Awards 

- Winter Festival — Save the Date 

- 2007 Appellate Practice: Better Writing, Briefing and Argument

- Available from CLE Books: Colorado Appellate Handbook

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*** Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs attorneys to share their stories about their experiences serving pro bono clients. The stories will be publicized throughout the Bar. If you have a good story to share, contact Patricia Trujillo at (303) 866-9307 or MVL would like to thank all of the attorneys and paralegals who gave of their time and expertise to assist needy clients in 2007.

*** Teach a Small Claims or Collections Clinic
The DBA is seeking volunteers to teach lunch-time Small Claims and/or Collections Pro Se Clinics for the public at the Denver County Court. These clinics are designed to help people file small claims and collection actions in court. They discuss alternatives to filing, the process of filing a small claim and how to prepare and present a case to the judge. These clinics offer legal information, not legal advice to the individual clients. Outline and training provided. If interested, contact Carolyn at or call (303) 824-5323.

*** DBA Awards
The DBA Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the following awards: DBA Award of Merit, DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, and Judicial Excellence. Please submit a brief statement (e-mail preferred) with the name, award and summary of why that person deserves the honor to Stacy Chesney, Nominations are due Jan. 15. Click here for more details about all of the awards.

*** Winter Festival — Save the Date
Winter Festival will be Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m., at the Denver Department of Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd. This event provides gifts to Denver-area foster children, giving them an opportunity to celebrate the holidays. Please collect new sporting equipment, books, stuffed animals and toys at your firm or office for delivery to the DBA offices, 1900 Grant Street, ninth floor. If you have questions or would like to help with the event, contact Kelley Bergelt at or Libby DeBlasio at

*** 2007 Appellate Practice: Better Writing, Briefing and Argument
This program brings you real-world guidance on appeals from the distinguished Judge John R. Webb, of the Colorado Court of Appeals. This CBA–CLE program, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.–12:45 p.m., provides succinct and practical advice on how to be successful and persuasive in your next appeal. Register online: 2007 Appellate Practice: Better Writing, Briefing & Argument

*** Available from CLE Books (order online!)
Colorado Appellate Handbook is the ultimate resource for handling appeals in the Colorado courts with complete Colorado Appellate Rules, sample forms, tables of authorities and a comprehensive subject index. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit