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April 14, 2009

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April 14, 2009 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- Coffee Talk: Expert Witnesses 

Pro Bono Spotlight 

- Attend Barristers Ball or Donate to MVL

- Be Kind to Lawyers Day is today

- Discount tickets to "Cosi Fan Tutte" opera 

- Food Drive starts April 26

- Senior Spring Banquet April 26

- CLE: Guardianships & Conservatorships

- Book: Guardianships & Conservatorships — A Handbook

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*** Coffee Talk: Wednesday, April 22, 8-9 a.m.
Expert Witnesses: Effective Preparation and Presentation
Mike Keating will share tips and insights on handling expert witnesses both before and during trial. Mr. Keating is a partner at Fogel, Keating, Wagner, Polidori & Shafner. He served as trial counsel that secured one of Colorado's largest personal injury verdicts in the case Andy Blood v. Qwest Communications International. One general CLE credit. Cost is $5 for DBA members and $15 for all others. To register, call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 or e-mail

*** Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs an attorney to assist a client who is being sued in Jefferson County. The client is being sued for non-payment of rent and damages, has filed an answer and there’s a notice to set scheduled on April 29. The client had received a demand for payment of rent or possession, vacated the apartment within the three days and did not receive her deposit. If you can assist this client, contact Patricia Trujillo at (303) 866-9307 or

*** 10 Days ‘Til "Evening on the Nile" Ball Downtown – Consider a Donation if Not Attending
If you are unable to attend the Barristers Benefit Ball “Evening on the Nile” this year, please consider making a donation. If we all pitch in, we can be sure to keep Metro Volunteer Lawyers alive and healthy during a time of economic need. MVL pairs volunteer attorneys with screened pro bono clients. Online registration and donation forms are available here. For more information contact Dana Collier Smith at or (303) 824-5318.

*** Happy Be Kind to Lawyers Day!
Lawyers in America get a lot of grief. Yet, when regular people need help writing a will, running a business or avoiding jail time, who do they flock to? Lawyers! Read about today’s holiday here, started by a mild-mannered nonlawyer from St. Louis who works with great attorneys. A kind-hearted member out there tipped us off today to this fun-spirited day. Let us know how you celebrate! E-mail

*** Discount on tickets to opera “Cosi Fan Tutte”
Attend the Colorado Opera performance of "Cosi Fan Tutte" at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are discounted 50 percent for DBA members! Click here to purchase your tickets. A block of seats are being held just for you until Thursday, April 30, in the side parterre and side mezzanine. For more information on the opera, visit

*** 10th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive two weeks away
The annual food drive to benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies kicks off soon. Sign up your office by Monday, April 20, to help fight hunger and feed hope again this year. Last year, about 100,000 meals and nearly $15,000 in donations were collected. The food drive runs from April 27 to May 8. Donation barrels will be delivered and picked up for ease of participation. To secure your donation barrel, sign up on Questions? E-mail Alexa Johnson at

*** Help honor 50-year members at the Seniors Spring Banquet
The 2009 Senior Spring Banquet is Thursday, May 14, 6–9 p.m., at The University Club. Entertainment will be provided by Bob Kapelke’s Burdon of Spoof Comedy Troupe. The DBA will honor the attorneys who became lawyers in 1959. See the list here. We hope we caught everyone — if your name should be on this list, or, to RSVP for this event, contact Tara Miller, or (303) 824-5312. Each honoree will have his or her meal on us! Otherwise, tickets are $45 per person.

*** CLE: Guardianships & Conservatorships - The Basics 2009
Learn what you need to know to handle your first case, from gathering information to expert highlights. This CBA-CLE program, April 23, 8:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., will arm you with the basics you need to serve your clients very well. Register online: Guardianships & Conservatorships - The Basics 2009

*** Book: Guardianship & Conservatorship: A Handbook for Lawyers
This comprehensive guide takes a step-by-step look at the guardianship process and examines the implications of guardianship, as well as its alternatives. Order here. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531 or visit

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