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January 27, 2009

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January 27, 2009 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- February Tuesdays at the Bar — Survive the Crash! — CLE FREE for DBA members! 

- Bench-Bar Committee Brown Bag Lunch

- Sign up your firm for the fun and easy Toothbrush Drive

- Public Interest Law Group auction at DU

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*** February Tuesdays at the Bar — Survive the Crash! — CLE FREE for DBA members! 

(All programs in February are complimentary for DBA members. Free CLE program does not include lunch. If you wish to pre-order a lunch there will be a $10 charge. Nonmembers are $15, lunch not included. Programs are noon to 1 p.m., at 1900 Grant St., third floor, in Denver.)

Feb. 3: Capturing More Time — and Keeping Your Clients Happy While Doing It! 
You get to the office at 7 a.m. and don't leave until 8 p.m. You know you were busy all day, and you even ate lunch at your desk. So, where did the time go? For those who bill by the hour, meticulous timekeeping achieves multiple goals. The greater your capture rate, the more time you can spend with your loved ones and pursuing your outside interests — not to mention improving your bottom line! Attend this program, presented by DBA Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance, to learn how to accurately reflect the amount of time and effort you expended on your clients' behalf. When you accurately describe the quality of your billable time, you'll be rewarded with satisfied clients who pay their bills. One general credit.

Feb. 10: Getting Paid — How to Avoid “Inadvertent Pro Bono” Work
You work hard to build your practice. Long hours go into maintaining the high-level of service that clients expect. Often, this involves time-sensitive issues that require late evenings and long weekends. You send out the bills and expect that the client will pay them immediately. But what if they don’t? Join Rich Cavaliero of Kipling Associates for tips on collecting your fees, including sample letters to take back and use!

Feb. 17: Marketing in a Down Economy
During a down economy you may be tempted to cut back on the time and money you spend on marketing. However, a tough economy can be the perfect time to review your marketing strategy. Mark Maraia of Mark M. Maraia Associates will give you tips on marketing your practice in these tough economic times.

Feb. 24: Client Relations in a Tough Economic Climate
Nancy Cohen from the Office of Attorney Regulation will discuss ethical dos and don’ts when dealing with client issues during these trying economic times, such as: taking on difficult, or unfamiliar cases; managing client expectations; getting out of cases; collection no-nos and liens. These words of wisdom will help you sleep better and stay off the OAR radar. One ethics credit.

Coffee Talk: Wednesday, Feb. 25: Job Hunting – Tips for finding employment in these tight markets, including: networking skills; resume and interviewing tips; examining related or unrelated career options. Leslie Hilton, of Success Partners, will present valuable information for coping during the downturn.

 *** RSVP by tomorrow! Bench-Bar Committee Brown Bag Lunch — Dealing with the Uncivil Lawyer and Dealing with the Pro Se Litigant
Learn from judges and seasoned litigators in a relaxed forum on 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 CLE ethics credits. Cost: $15 for DBA members and $20 for nonmembers. RSVP by noon tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 28 to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, or e-mail

*** Sign up your firm for the fun and easy Toothbrush Drive
The Annual Toothbrush Drive to benefit Kids In Need of Dentistry is Feb. 9-13. Sign up your firm by Feb. 4 and be part of the DBA’s Community Action Network event. Click here to get started.

*** Public Interest Law Group auction at DU
Get behind this great student cause and support meaningful summer nonprofit internships. The 14th Annual Public Interest Law Group Auction is Saturday, Feb. 21 at the University of Denver in the Driscoll Ballroom. Mark your calendar for a semi-formal evening of auctions, dinner, live music and dancing. You also can support the group by donating an auction item from sports tickets to artwork; items large and small are appreciated. To donate an auction item, contact Kristine Walentik at Visit for more information about tickets or to bid on items.


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Please circle the programs you would like to attend.

Feb. 3, Noon-1 p.m., $15 ($25 for nonmembers)
Capturing More Time — and Keeping Your Clients Happy While Doing It!

Feb. 10, Noon-1 p.m., $15 ($25 for nonmembers)
Getting Paid — How to Avoid “Inadvertent Pro Bono” Work

Feb. 17, Noon-1 p.m., $15 ($25 for nonmembers)
Marketing in a Down Economy

Feb. 24, Noon-1 p.m., $15 ($25 for nonmembers)
Client Relations in a Tough Economic Climate

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8–9 a.m., $5 ($15 for nonmembers) 
DBA YLD Coffee Talk — Job Hunting — Tips for looking for a job in these tough economic times

*** Send to Denver Bar Association, Attn: Tuesdays at the Bar, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203.


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