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January 17, 2006

January 17, 2006 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- Get Your Discounted Barristers Benefit Ball Tickets!

- Don’t Miss a Festive Night at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

- Get “Just the Basics” to Mediation

- Volunteer and Receive CLE

- DBA YLD Coffee Talk: The Energy Policy Act of 2005

- Whose Records Are They, Anyway?

- CBA–CLE Publications

*** Get Your Discounted Barristers Benefit Ball Tickets!
Get hot deals on tickets for the “Here’s Looking at You” (Casablanca) Barristers Benefit Ball when purchasing by Feb. 1. The Ball is April 29 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. Tickets (prior to Feb. 1): Patron Table: $3,000; Patron: $250; Individual: $145; Judge: $100; Young Lawyer/Non-Lawyer: $90. Make checks payable to the Denver Bar Foundation and send to 1900 Grant St., 9th floor, Denver, CO 80203. Contact Dana Collier Smith, or (303) 824-5318 for more information.

*** Don’t Miss a Festive Night at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
You are invited to attend the DBA Community Action Network Winter Soiree and Silent Auction on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. It promises to be one of the most festive nights of the year, with IMAX movies, amazing silent auction items, museum tours, and great food and drinks. This event benefits Children's Outreach Project, a program providing children in the metro area with quality, affordable education. Tickets are only $25 in advance; children are welcome and admitted free. To RSVP, e-mail with your contact information and event name. Contact Mary Dilworth at (303) 824-5313 or with questions.

*** Get “Just the Basics” to Mediation
You will learn the fundamentals of mediation and gain a practical overview of the mediation process at this one-day program. Familiarize yourself with the underlying concepts involved in mediation, including a careful examination of the role of the attorney representing a party in a mediation. Register online: Intro to Mediation, Jan. 19, 2006. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit

*** Volunteer and Receive CLE
To kick off Legal Night at Mi Casa, the DBA is sponsoring “Great Opportunities for Pro Bono Work” on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2–5 p.m., at the DBA, 9th floor. This is a free CLE for lawyers who commit to participate in Legal Night at Mi Casa at least once. The program will feature Justice Gregory Hobbs, and include a discussion of specific immigration and family law issues, as well as general information on doing pro bono legal work. The CLE offers 2.5 credits. RSVP to For more information, contact Mathew Willis at

*** DBA YLD Coffee Talk: The Energy Policy Act of 2005
Learn about the impact of The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which repealed the Public Utility Holding Company Act, placing restrictions on acquisitions of utilities and energy companies. Join colleagues on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 8 to 9 a.m. at 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900. The cost is only $5 for DBA members and $15 for non-members. Continental breakfast included. RSVP to Mary at or (303) 824-5313. One general credit has been requested.

*** Whose Records Are They, Anyway?
The Colorado Freedom of Information Council (CFOIC) is sponsoring a public forum on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., at the Tattered Cover in LoDo. The subject will be access to government records. Panelists include: City Attorney Cole Finegan; Terrell Johnson, a citizen who successfully sued to open internal police records; Chuck Murphy, projects editor for The Denver Post; and Geoff Wilson, general counsel to the Colorado Municipal League. Tom Kelley will moderate the forum.

*** CBA–CLE Publications (order online!):
The Colorado Estate Planning Forms (The Orange Book Forms) 2005 supplement includes: a Non-Tax Planning Revocable Trust (Form 23); a Community Property Agreement (Form 24); Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations Sample Language (Tab F); language discussing HIPAA issues inserted into three current forms; and an update to reflect the changes to regulations affecting the ESBT Election and the QSST form. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit

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