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June 15, 2010


June 15, 2010 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association


- Attorneys' Night Out this Thursday 

- CLE: Conkright v. Frommert 

- Hyatt hotel discounts 

- CLE: Medical Marijuana Reform 

- School Supply Drive 

- Crisis communication plan

- Book: Colorado Employment Law 




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*** Food, Drink & Networking all for a good cause: Attorneys’ Night Out, Thursday, June 17
The DBA Young Lawyers Division is hosting the fifth annual Attorneys’ Night Out to benefit The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People on Thursday, June 17, 5:30 p.m., at The Blake Street Tavern, 2310 Blake St. Enjoy hot appetizers, a complimentary beer or glass of house wine, and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Purchase tickets by contacting Terry Galpin-Plattner at

*** CLE — Conkright v. Frommert: A Second Chance for Benefit Plan Administrators, Tuesday, June 22
Attorney H. William Mahaffey of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons will discuss why Conkright v. Frommert may be the all-time most oft-quoted and cited ERISA decision. He also will outline the path the U.S. Supreme Court has charted for judicial review of ERISA benefit claims. Learn about the implications of the Court's broad endorsement of deference principles in Conkright for ERISA plans and plans that are not subject to ERISA.

*** New Member Benefit!
AAA Four Diamond award-winning Hyatt Hotels of Downtown Denver are pleased to extend to DBA members a 20 percent room discount, plus free wired high-speed Internet. To book, call (800) 233-1234, or click on the link below each location and enter (or ask) for Corporate #65812. (Offer subject to availability. Restrictions may apply.)

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
(303) 295-1234

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 Fifteenth Street
(303) 436-1234

*** CLE — Medical Marijuana Reform: The Definitive Update on HB 1284, Wednesday, June 23
Learn about the comprehensive new medical marijuana law as passed by the Colorado Legislature. Representative Tom Massey, Colorado House District 60 and co-sponsor of HB 1284, will explain what it is intended to accomplish, its role in protecting the public, and how it was intended to impact clients, patients, caregivers, law enforcement, and the public. Attorney Warren Edson also will address how the new law impacts the medical cannabis storefronts, areas the new legislation overlooked and how these areas will be able to survive the new law.

*** Start children off on the right foot — sign up for the School Supply Drive
The Community Action Network Committee of the DBA is sponsoring its Annual School Supply Drive, July 19–30, to benefit Denver Public Schools and Children's Outreach Project. Fill out this form to sign up. For ease of participation, donations will be picked up by IKON the week of August 2. Contact Heather Clark at or (303) 824-5350 for more information.

*** A crisis can happen anytime — set up a communication plan for your firm now
In the June issue of The Docket, award winning public relations guru Paramjit Mahli gives a detailed look into how and why your firm should have a crisis communication plan in place today. Click here to read more.

*** Book — Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Employment Law, 2010 Supp.: Are you up-to-date with your Employment Law Library?
The 2010 Supplement includes many revised chapters and updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the U.S. Department of Labor's final Family and Medical Leave Act regulations. A checklist for drafting a workplace violence policy and coverage of statutory changes to the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act and the workers' compensation statute also is included. 


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