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November 2, 2010

November 2, 2010 D-Brief Member Newsletter from the Denver Bar Association
  • District and County Court Orientation for the City and County of Denver
  • Volunteer for the Denver Public Schools Attorney Programs
  • Criminal Law Fall Update 2010
  • Board of Trustees Plan to Survey Members on Denver Judicial Appointments
  • Nominations Sought for CBA President-Elect
  • Discounted Tickets for the Colorado Ballet
  • Advanced Elder Law Institute 2010
  • Privacy Foundation: Legal Implications of Internet Advertising

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District and County Court Orientation for the City and County of Denver, Nov. 18
Presented by the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, this program is designed for newly admitted and new-to-the-area attorneys. Denver District and County Court Judges and staff will be on hand to introduce you to the facilities and provide key information about procedures and resources. Seven CLE Credits, including one ethics are offered.This program will be held at the Denver Justice Center, Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, 520 W. Colfax Ave., Room 100, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $45 for DBA Members and $55 for non-DBA Members. RSVP by Nov. 15 to 303-860-1115, ext. 727, or

Opening Comments by Tony Ryan, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Chair of the Denver Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division
8:30–9 a.m. Criminal Case Jim Castle, Criminal Defense Attorney
9–9:30 a.m The County Clerk Matt McConville, Denver County Court Administrator
9:30–10 a.m. Dispute Resolution Susan Demidovich, Office of Dispute Resolution
10–10:45 a.m. Law Clerk Panel Colorado Court of Appeals and Denver District Court Law Clerks
10:45–11 a.m. Break
11–11:30 a.m. Appellate Court Advice Hon. John R. Webb, Colorado Court of Appeals
11:30–Noon Protective Orders Hon. Brian T. Campbell, Denver County Court
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch
1–1:30 p.m. Court Room Decorum Hon. William W. Hood, Denver District Court
1:30–2 p.m. Winning over a Jury Hon. John W. Madden, IV, Denver District Court
2–2:30 p.m. Volunteer Opportunities Dianne Van Voorhees, Metro Volunteer Lawyers
2:30–3 p.m. The Appellate Case Hon. John Daniel Dailey, Colorado Court of Appeals
3–3:30 p.m. Justice Center Tour Miles Flesche, Denver District Court
3:30–4:30 p.m. Ethical Considerations Jack Tanner, Fairfield and Woods, PC
*After the program joing the DBA YLD for “Barristers After Hours” at Prime Bar, 1515 Arapahoe St., Denver.

***Volunteer for the Denver Public Schools Attorney Programs
The Denver Bar Association Democracy Education Committee partners with Denver Public Schools to provide meaningful opportunities for our licensed attorneys to volunteer at local schools. If you are interested in opportunities such as substitute teaching, mock trial, CSAP tutoring, partnering with a school, court tours, or career days, then click here to take a quick, two-minute survey by this Friday, Nov. 5.

***CBA-CLE: Criminal Law Fall Update 2010, Nov. 11
This intensive, full-day program will review: New Drug Laws and What You Need to Know; Sentencing for Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions: Time Actually Served; Computer Forensics: Cybercrime, Forensic IT Investigations, Electronic Discovery, and Data Security; DUI/DMV Update; and Treatment Options in the Department of Corrections. In addition, “Current Topics in Child Abuse Cases” will be discussed plus there will be a panel discussion with Hon. Robert L. McGahey on “Sex Offender Sentencing: Perspectives and Issues.”

***Board of Trustees Plan to Survey Members on Denver Judicial Appointments
The Denver Bar Association has for several years been providing comments to the Governor’s office regarding the three final candidates whenever there is a vacancy on the Denver District Court. There is no ranking or ultimate selection, only a compilation of the comments received from the Trustees and former Bar Association presidents. Beginning with the next vacancy, which will occur at the end of November, a survey will be e-mailed to all DBA members requesting comments on the three finalists. Without individual attribution, the comments from the membership, the Board of Trustees, and the DBA representatives to the CBA Board of Governors will be summarized and provided to the Governor. The hope is that a broader survey of members will be more useful to the Governor when he makes the selection.

***Nominations Sought for CBA President-Elect
The CBA’s Nominating Committee is seeking qualified candidates for president-elect from the CBA’s first district, which is Denver. Candidates must be on “active status” with the CBA and DBA, and have shown participation and leadership in the bar associations and in their local community. The president-elect nominee will take office July 1, 2011 and become CBA president July 1. For more information or to submit a name for consideration, please contact Committee Chair, Liz Starrs, at or Dana Collier Smith at Deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

***Optimize Your DBA Membership With Discounted Tickets for the Colorado Ballet
This season, members of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations receive a 15 percent discount on tickets for the Colorado Ballet. Performances include “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 27– Dec. 26, and “Romeo and Juliet,” Feb. 25–March 6. Book tickets using the promo code “COBAR” online at or by calling the box office at 303-838-8888, ext. 2.

***CBA-CLE: Advanced Elder Law Institute 2010, Dec. 2–3
This two-day institute will review advanced issues in Elder law, a practice that blends aspects of family law, estate and trust planning, mental health, public benefits, and probate practice. Explore the development and ramifications of new rules and regulations, and how they will impact your clients for years to come. Topics include: Protecting Your Clients' Rights and Financial Interests: Science & Ethics in Capacity and Competency; Common Ethical Issues in Elder Law; and View from the Bench: How to Stay Out of Trouble in Probate Court, Get Paid and Avoid the Dreaded Order to “Show Cause” presented by Hon. James Hartmann, Magistrate Barbara Hughes, Hon. John Leopold, Hon. Stephen Munsinger, and Hon. C. Jean Stewart. In addition, there will be a legislative and case law update, a review of new health care reforms, and more!

***Legal Implications of Internet Advertising, Nov. 5
The Privacy Foundation, in conjunction with the International Technology Law Association, will have panel and round-table discussions on the following: Legal Internet Implications of Behavior Advertising; Future FTC, U.S. and E.U. Court Responses to Behavior Advertising; and What Will The Legal Behavioral Advertising Environment be in 2015? This seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Denver Sturm College of Law. Click here for more information.

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