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February 19, 2008

February 19, 2008 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- Pro Bono Spotlight

- DU Legal Diversity Summit

- Bench–Bar Committee Brown-Bag Lunch “Tips on Better Appellate Advocacy”

- Jazz@Jacks Comedy Show hosted by Frank Schuchat

- Run The Republic

- 3rd Annual Litigation Basics for Paralegals

- The Scrivener: A Primer on Legal Writing

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***Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers currently has a backlog of bankruptcy cases and desperately needs attorneys to help these clients. If you are interested in helping these clients, please contact Patricia Trujillo at (303) 477-7262 or

***DU Legal Diversity Summit
Register now for the 2008 Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit at DU Sturm College of Law on Wednesday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will learn from local and national experts about how to go beyond diversity initiatives to create cultures of inclusion. For more information, go to

***Bench–Bar Committee Brown-Bag Lunch “Tips on Better Appellate Advocacy”
Presented by a panel of four Colorado Court of Appeals Judges on Thursday, March 20, 2008 from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the City & County Building Law Library, 1435 Bannock St., Denver, CO. This program has been submitted for one general CLE credit. Cost: $15 for DBA members and $20 for nonmembers. Please RSVP to (303) 860-1115 x727 or e-mail RSVPs must be received by noon on March 18, 2008.

***TOMORROW — Jazz@Jacks Comedy Show hosted by Frank Schuchat
Please join Frank Schuchat (the intrepid Chair of the International Law Section) at the next “Not Your Children’s Comedy Tour” show at Jazz@Jacks this Wednesday February 20 from 6:30 to8:00 pm. The headliner this month is the ever popular Hippieman. In between, there will be several unique and funny local comics, including Woody Vincent, Andy Kaufman, and Andrew Smyscek, followed by a free blues show. Click here for complete information:

***Run (or Walk!) The Republic—This Sunday!
Join members of the Denver Bar Association staff at the “Run the Republic” fundraising event on Feb. 24. The 2008 stair-climbing regimen will be held in the largest building in Denver—soaring 53 stories. “Run the Republic” raises funds for lung health issues. Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Monies raised by this event can help stop this trend. Invite your colleagues, friends, and family to join you in this challenge. Get in shape and start off the new year right by supporting a worthy cause. Go to to register. The registration fee is $35, and you are encouraged to raise additional funds, but this is not required. For more information, contact Catherine McHughs at or (303) 860-1115.

***3rd Annual Litigation Basics for Paralegals
Litigation is the core of our legal system; everything lawyers do is to avoid it or prepare for it. The goal of this March 6 CBA–CLE program—9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.—is to provide you with the knowledge and strategies that will help you manage your job. Speakers include Sabra Millett, Clerk of the District Court and Rhonda McDonald, Supervisor of the Clerk's office. Register online:

***The Scrivener: A Primer on Legal Writing
This concise and handy volume serves as both an indispensable desktop reference for punctuation and grammar, and as a guide to brief writing and legal drafting of all kinds. Full of easy-to-follow examples and indexed for quick reference, this guidebook is a must for anyone who has to write for a living. Order online: For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit