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November 25, 2008

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November 25, 2008 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- T.A.B. - "There Ought to Be A Law!" 

- Scam targets attorneys 

- Got a rock band? 

- Early-bird pricing now available for Barristers Ball 

- Bring civics into a classroom

- Mock trial coaches needed

- Seniors Holiday Party

- CLE: Commercial Damages

- Book: HIPPA Guide

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*** December Tuesdays at the Bar – “There Ought to Be A Law!”
In a special visit from the gold dome at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 9, Jeremiah Barry’s Lawmaking 101 session will explain the inner workings of the Colorado General Assembly and its Office of Legislative Legal Services. How can you propose a new statute or fix an old one? When is public testimony permitted? What legislative history is available? Barry is a Senior Staff Attorney of the Office of Legislative Services. Cost is $15 for DBA members, or $25 for non-members; lunch is included. One general credit. RSVP by Monday, Dec. 8 to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 or fill out form below and mail.

*** A concern: this type of fraud against attorneys lingers
A Denver attorney wrote a cautionary article for The Docket about how he inadvertently tripped down the rabbit hole of international fraud. Others have been caught up in it as recently as last week. Think it couldn’t happen to you? Would you be able to spot a fake money order? Do you believe your friendly bank teller really knows exactly when a check has cleared? Click here to answer these questions, and the most important one: why would scammers even think to target attorneys?

*** Got a rock band? 
If there are any attorney rock stars out there, we want to hear from you. The DBA is thinking about sponsoring a new event in the format of a battle of the bands in Sept. 2009, to benefit the Children's Outreach Project. So all aspiring musicians, there’s plenty of time to get your gig together! Send a note of expressed interest in participating in a legal community battle of the bands to Alexa Johnson at

***Early Bird pricing now available for the 2009 Barristers Benefit Ball
Get ready for the new and different Barristers Benefit Ball on Friday, April 24, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. This year we have a new location downtown and exciting changes you don’t want to miss! Don’t delay—early bird pricing lasts through Jan. 30. Contact Dana Collier Smith at or (303) 824-5318 to purchase your ticket. Click here for pricing information.

*** We need you to help bring civics into a school near you
Volunteers are needed to judge at George Washington High School, student presentations on the Constitution and civics. Little preparation is required. This is a great opportunity to inspire future citizens. Please tell coordinator Meghan Seck ( which slot fits your schedule: Wednesday, Dec. 3 1:30-3 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 9:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-1:25 p.m.

*** Teachers eagerly awaiting Mock Trial coaches in Lakewood, Westminister, Boulder, Denver
Imagine walking into a roomful of teenagers, ripe to learn about the courts and the important work we do as attorneys. You don’t have to imagine! Teachers are standing by, awaiting a community volunteer who values civics education as much as they do. Mountain Range High School in Westminster, Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Boulder High School and the Denver School of Science and Technology still need coaches for the Mock Trial program. Contact Carolyn Gravit at or call (303) 824-5323.

*** Seniors Holiday Party
The Seniors Committee invites friends and colleagues to a holiday luncheon full of warm food and plenty of holiday cheer. The gathering is Friday, Dec. 12, noon, at the DBA Offices, 1900 Grant St., ninth floor. To RSVP, call (303) 824-5312 and send a check for $12 to the DBA, Attn: Tara Miller, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203.

*** CLE: Soup to Nuts: Managing a Commercial Damages Matter from Engagement to Trial
A select group of attorneys and BVFLS experts will use a case study format utilizing a claim for commercial damages related to a medical equipment design and manufacturing entity. This CBA-CLE program, Thursday, Dec. 18, 8:25 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. will help you effectively prepare experts for depositions and trials. Register online: Soup to Nuts: Managing a Commercial Damages Matter from Engagement to Trial

*** HIPAA: A Practical Guide to the Privacy and Security of Health Data
This concise, practical guide helps the advocate understand the sometimes dense rules in advising patients, physicians and hospitals and in litigating HIPAA-related issues. Order online. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531.

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There is only one TAB program in December 2008.

Dec. 9, Noon-1:30 p.m., $15 ($25 for non-members)
"There Ought to Be A Law"

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