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September 28, 2010

September 28, 2010 D-Brief Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association
  • CLE: Choosing and Evaluating State Court Judges Here and Elsewhere

  • Pro Bono Spotlight

  • The Seniors Committee Presents: Walter Gerash for Roastingy

  • Donate to Law Suit Days, Oct. 21–22

  • DPS Guest Teacher Program

  • Discounted Tickets for the Colorado Opera

  • Represent the First District of CBA

  • CLE: 2010 Annual Torts Law Update

  • CLE: Ethics and Professionalism

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***Bench and Bar Retreat CLE: “Choosing and Evaluating State Court Judges Here and Elsewhere,” Oct. 7
Come learn about how judges are selected, evaluated and retained in the Colorado state court system and how that system compares with the methods of selecting and evaluating judges in other states. The program is presented by former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Kourlis. This lunchtime CLE program, which is being submitted for one hour of general CLE credit, will take place from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 in the Jury Assembly Room on the 4th floor of the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Denver. To register e-mail or call 303-860-1115 ext. 727. Registration fee is $15 and includes a box lunch.

***Pro Bono Spotlight
Metro Volunteer Lawyers needs an attorney to assist a client in Adams County file for guardianship of her husband. Client's spouse had a stroke that left him paralyzed and unable to speak or walk. If you are able to assist this client, please contact Patricia Trujillo at 303-866-9307 or

***The Seniors Committee Presents: Walter Gerash for Roasting, Oct. 19
Some people may get one day dedicated just to them. Walter Gerash 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.

***Donate to Law Suit Days, Oct. 21–22
The DBA Young Lawyers Division will accept donations on the steps of the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Donate gently used professional clothing, shoes, and accessories. Clothing should be clean and on hangers. Donations are only able to be accepted at the Denver City and County Building on the dates listed above. Donations will be given to Bayaud Enterprises. Bayaud Enterprises, Inc. is a local nonprofit that provides vocational training, job coaching, résumé building, and job placement services for individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, as well as to homeless or low-income individuals and families. Questions? E-mail Tony Ryan. If the weather is bad, the donation site will be moved to the second floor of the rotunda just inside the entrance to the Denver City & County Building. Thank you in advance for your participation!

***Did you know Denver Public Schools needs 400 substitute teachers a day?
Become a volunteer for the popular DPS Guest Teacher Program. Learn more at our upcoming training hosted by Denver Public Schools, on Friday, Oct. 22, 8–10 a.m. at Faegre & Benson LLP, 3200 Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln Street. Please RSVP for this training to A light breakfast will be served. For more information, please e-mail

***Optimize Your DBA Membership With Discounted Tickets for the Colorado Opera
Today through Nov. 16, DBA members can purchase tickets in the Price Class 3 seating area for $52.80. Normally these tickets are $87. This offer is good only for the 7:30 p.m. performances of La Boheme on the dates listed below:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 9
  • Friday, Nov. 12
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16
Click here to purchase tickets using the promotional code ARTSWEEK to receive the discount.

*** 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

***CLE: 2010 Annual Torts Law Update, Oct. 20
The faculty of expert tort law attorneys, including both plaintiff and defense counsel, will deliver timely updates in these important tort law practice areas: Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Cases, Premises Liability, and Subrogation Law in Colorado.

***CLE: Ethics and Professionalism: Choosing the Path to a Quality Career, Oct. 21
Co-Sponsored by Peer Professionalism Assistance (f/k/a Metropolitan Conciliation Panel), this annual Ethics program is presented by a distinguished panel through a carefully crafted series of interactive vignettes that cover a variety of ethical and professional dilemmas. The program is the culmination of several years of creative work, undertaken by the Professionalism Committee of the CBA.

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