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December 9, 2008

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December 9, 2008 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- Pro Bono Spotlight

- Winter Festival – How your firm can help 

- Make your face familiar: Volunteer at the Denver District Court

- Request for Proposal 

- Bench-Bar Committee Brown Bag Lunch 

- Are you in a band?

- Commercial Damages: From Engagement to Trial

- Garner on Language and Writing

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*** Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs an attorney to assist a client with guardianship of her adult daughter. The daughter is developmentally disabled, currently lives with the client in Jefferson County and the client is her care provider. If you are interested in helping this client, contact Patricia Trujillo at (303) 866-9307 or

*** Winter Festival – How your firm can help
Celebrate the holidays in a meaningful way by giving gifts to Denver-area foster children. As you shop this holiday season, please help us collect toys, stuffed animals, sporting goods and books at your firm or office, for delivery to the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., ninth floor, by Jan. 20. The gifts will be distributed to children at the Winter Festival on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Denver Department of Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd. To participate or volunteer, contact DBA Young Lawyers Division Executive Council members Kelly Bergelt at or Gillian Bidgood at

*** Make your face familiar: Volunteer at the Denver District Court
There’s no time like the New Year to jump in and assist with the 2009 “Doing Your Own Divorce Pro Se” clinics. Every third Wednesday of the month at the Denver City & County Building from noon to 1:30 p.m., attorneys are needed to help provide the public with information on filing for a divorce without the assistance of an attorney. The clinic is informational only and will cover divorce procedures and forms, child custody, child support, maintenance and property division. This public-service program is presented by attorneys of the DBA, in partnership with the Denver District Court, the Pro Se Resource Center and by the Office of the Family Court Facilitator. E-mail Carolyn Gravit at to sign up now!

*** Request for Proposal
The Denver Housing Authority is looking for a single contractor for General Legal Services – Collective Bargaining. Call (720) 932-3070 first before picking up a copy of the RFP at DHA offices, 777 Grant St., fourth floor. Or click here to look at the RFP details online. The RFP is #08-012. Proposals are due at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19. Questions? Call (720) 932-3070.

*** Bench-Bar Committee Brown Bag Lunch — Dealing with the Uncivil Lawyer and Dealing with the Pro Se Litigant
Mark your calendars for a great opportunity to learn from judges and seasoned litigators in a relaxed format about tips and potential pitfalls of dealing with the uncivil lawyer and the unrepresented litigant. The event is on Thursday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the Denver City & County Building Law Library, 1435 Bannock St. This program has been submitted for two ethics CLE credits. Cost: $15 for DBA members and $20 for nonmembers. RSVP by noon, Tuesday, Jan. 27 to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 or e-mail

*** Are you in a band? 
If you are an attorney and a musician, we want to hear from you! The DBA is thinking about sponsoring a new, fun 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

*** Commercial Damages: From Engagement to Trial
This conference will use a case study format, which focuses on a claim for commercial damages related to a medical equipment design and manufacturing entity. A select group of attorneys and members of the Business Valuation and Forensic Litigaton Services will present this CBA-CLE program, Thursday, Dec. 18, 8:25 a.m.–4:45 p.m. everything from engagement consideration to discovery, deposition, and testimony related issues. Register online: Commercial Damages: From Engagement to Trial.

*** Garner on Language and Writing
Since the 1987 appearance of “A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage,” Bryan A. Garner has proved to be a versatile and prolific writer on legal-linguistic subjects. This collection of his essays reveals both profound scholarship and sharp wit. Order online here. For information, call (303) 860-0608 or toll-free (888) 860-2531.


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