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September 14, 2010

Sept. 14 DENBARlink Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association
  • Seniors Roast
  • Secrets of a Successful Practice
  • National Constitution Day
  • Represent the First District of CBA
  • Diversity Awards
  • CLE: Short, Timely CLE Programs on the Hot Topics of the Day
  • CLE: Contempt of Court: A Lesson in Legal History

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***The Seniors Committee Presents: Walter Gerash for Roasting Oct. 19
Some people only get one day dedicated just to them. Walter Gerash may have had March 3, 2005, dedicated to him for his long-time advocacy and service as an attorney, but the DBA Seniors Committee is offering him another. Join us for some good-natured razzing, great food and to toast Gerash’s life and career. Roasters will be announced at a later date. The Seniors Committee Roast will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the University Club, 1673 Sherman St. Cost is $45 per person. Please RSVP by Oct. 13 to Sara Crocker at or (303) 824-5347.

***Secrets of a Successful Practice, Sept. 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Most lawyers don’t think of themselves as businesspeople — and that’s the problem. In order to build a successful practice, you must be skilled in business, not just the law. We will teach you what they didn’t in law school. This free 60 minute seminar, developed specifically for the legal profession, will introduce you to proven business solution and tools. The program is presented by Pam and Scott Lippitt, Certified Business/Executive Coaches & Master Franchisees for Colorado Mars Venus Coaching. Click here for more information. To RSVP email or call 303-860-1115 ext. 727.

***Are you celebrating National Constitution Day on Friday? We want to hear from you!
Whether you’re teaching local students about the values of the Constitution or taking time to remind your friends and colleagues the importance of the Bill of Rights. Visit our Facebook page and tell us what you’re doing to celebrate the day or what the Constitution means to you. Don’t forget to post your pictures or video. If you’re helping at one of the 48 schools in the metro area to teach fifth graders about the importance of democracy and their role, let us know what the kids learned and how you fared as their teacher. For more on National Constitution Day or to challenge friends to see who remembers the most from Constitutional Law, visit

*** Represent the First District of CBA
The DBA seeks nominees to serve as Colorado Bar Association Vice President representing the First District (Denver). This is a one-year term beginning July 2011, serving on the CBA Executive Council and Board of Governors. Nominations are due by Oct. 10. For more information or to send nominations, contact Dana Collier Smith at

***Diversity Awards Go To…
The Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations (DILP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Qwest Diversity Trailblazer Award: Rich Baer, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Qwest, and Michael Connelly, Vice President and General Counsel of Xcel Energy. The winners of the Trailblazer Award are Colorado attorneys who have made meaningful and significant efforts to advance diversity within their organizations and/or the legal profession. Also, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck was named the winner of the Qwest Diversity Leadership award, which recognizes the Colorado law firm or corporate legal department that is a leader in diversity. For the full press release, click here.

***CLE: CBA Legal Connection Programs—Short, Timely CLE Programs on the Hot Topics of the Day:
Family Responsibilities Discrimination: The New Tool in the Employment Litigator's Toolbox, Sept 20; Ethics, The Media, and Practicing Law, Sept. 22; and Legal Trends and Best Practices in Class Arbitration, Sept. 27.

***CLE: Contempt of Court: A Lesson in Legal History, Sept. 23
Described as “a gut-check for lawyers” about why they entered the legal profession, this CLE demonstrates what it means to be a lawyer and the sacrifices and risks lawyers must make on behalf of their clients. Author Mark Curriden brings a 100-year -old case and story that involves the first African-American attorneys to take a case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the first time the court intervened in a state criminal matter, and its first stay of execution in a death penalty case.

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