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January 25, 2011
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In this issue...
  • DBA Award Nominations Due Jan. 31
  • Barristers Early Bird Pricing Ends Feb. 1
  • Solo and Small Firm Section Networking Events
  • The Wheels of Justice Team Rides Again
  • Quiet Title Actions: The Basics Plus Selected Advanced Topics
  • Hot Topics in E-Discovery
  • Processes & Procedures in Probate and Guardianship/Conservatorship Matters
  • Become a more Valuable Player–Never Lose your Job
  • Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center
  • Be Recognized for Your Pro Bono Achievement
  • Discounted Tickets for the Curious Theater Company
From the Bar
Help Us Pay Homage, DBA Awards Nominations Due Jan. 31
The DBA Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the following awards: DBA Award of Merit, DBA Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, Judicial Excellence, and Teacher of the Year. Please submit a brief statement with the person's name and award, along with a brief statement of why that person deserves the honor to Heather Clark or fill out an online nomination form by clicking here. The statement need not be a complete essay, just a few salient points, and the committee will follow up with the nominator and the nominee for complete details.
Networking Opportunities
Barristers Early Bird Pricing Ends Feb. 1
Get your discounted tickets today for the “Dancing with the Bar Stars ” 2011 Barristers Benefit Ball, April 30, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Don’t delay—early bird pricing only lasts through Feb. 1. Save money now while donating to an important cause—Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Contact Dana Collier Smith at 303-824-5318 to purchase tickets. Click here for pricing information or buy tickets now at
Solo and Small Firm Section Networking Events
Have you hung your own shingle? Well, come hang with your fellow solo and small firm practitioners.
  • Downtown Denver —Feb. 3 at 7:30 a.m. Tavern Restaurant DAC, 1325 Glenarm Place Contact Frank Slaninger at 303-617-4446.
  • Downtown Denver —Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. Contact Jennifer D. McGinn at 720-362-3000.
  • Denver Tech Center Area —Feb. 11 at noon Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Ste. 300, Centennial. Contact Phil Shuey at 303-680-2595.

If you’re interested in starting a networking meeting in your area, contact Section Chair Jim Duve at 719-578-5800, or Reba Nance, Section Staff Liaison, at 303-824-5320.

The Wheels of Justice Team Rides Again
Registration is filling up quickly for the Children’s Hospital’s Courage Classic cycling fundraiser, July 23–25. Click here to join the CBA-sponsored team, the Wheels of Justice. Sign up now and get giveaways—the ride could sell out early again this year. To sponsor the team or for more information, visit
Continuing Education Opportunities
Quiet Title Actions: The Basics Plus Selected Advanced Topics, Feb. 9
Business Law, Family Law, Real Estate, and Trust and Estate attorneys can benefit from this timely course. Experienced attorneys will walk you through the process where you will learn the mechanics of the quiet title lawsuit, and about the more advanced issues of handling a quiet title case. From service of process and identification of the parties, to the most successful strategies in defending a quiet title action, you can learn how to best serve your clients.
Hot Topics in E-Discovery: When Does Cost-Shifting Become an Issue? Jan. 26 at 8 a.m.
Sudee Mirsafian Wright is an associate at Husch Blackwell LLP, representing a variety of corporate clients in all areas of business litigation. Sudee's experience in the area of electronic discovery ranges from managing large-scale document review projects to coordinating the collection and production of client data in complex, business litigation cases. One CLE credit has been requested. Cost is $5 for members. This program will be held at the DBA Offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. To RSVP, call 303-860-1115, ext. 727 or e-mail
Processes & Procedures in Probate and Guardianship/Conservatorship Matters, Feb. 10
At Last! We are presenting a program that thoroughly discusses and demystifies all those thorny issues and questions you have about handling probate and guardianship / conservatorship cases in the Probate Court. This program is designed for attorneys and paralegals who deal with the day-to-day issues involving court procedures for protective proceedings, probate procedures in the various districts, efficient handling of matters efficiently with the probate clerks, the management of new procedures and forms, and the specific procedures for guardianships and conservatorships. Hear it all directly from the Probate registrars themselves, Colorado's Probate Coordinator, and Hon. Jean Stewart, Presiding Judge of the Denver Probate Court.
Complimentary program: Become a more Valuable Player–Never Lose your Job, Feb. 8
Every second Tuesday, we offer job search sessions from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jim Rohr from Loyalty Partners, Inc. will discuss ways in which employed people can help keep their jobs, and how solo and small firms can improve their business. Attend this brown-bag group session to participate in a safe, confidential forum and share your experiences, network, and gather practical information to enhance your job search or career transition efforts. The group will meet at the CBA–CLE offices at 1900 Grant St., 3rd Floor, Denver. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Volunteer Opportunities
Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center
The Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care is in need of cold-weather accessories for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. The Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center has been in operation since May 1999. Each year, the Center serves more than 1,700 children whose parents or guardians have business with the Denver County and District Courts. Many of the clients are those who have been called for jury duty and need child care assistance while they complete their civic duty. The Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center is operated by Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, a nonprofit child care agency in the Denver metro area. The Center is fully licensed as a small child care center by the state of Colorado. Please drop off your donations, either gently used or new, to the Center or to the Bar Association office, Attn: Heather Clark, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver.

From the Courts

Be Recognized for Your Pro Bono Achievement
Be recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court for your firm's or in-house counsel group’s pro bono achievement. Each year, the Supreme Court recognizes law firms and in-house counsel groups that commit to an annual goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services, averaged across the firm each year for its Colorado-licensed attorneys and pro-rated for part-time attorneys primarily assisting the indigent and/or nonprofit organizations that serve the indigent. It awards certificates signed by the justices to those firms and in-house counsel groups that achieved this goal in the prior calendar year and lists your firm or group on the judicial Web page. If your firm or in-house counsel group met the goal in calendar year 2010 or if your firm or group would like to make the annual commitment starting this year, please notify Justice Greg Hobbs by Feb. 15.
Optimize your DBA Membership
Discounted Tickets for the Curious Theater Company
Twenty percent off tickets, Jan. 22–Feb. 26. "Circle Mirror Transformation", a hilarious and touching story of a group of five misfit strangers taking an "adult Creative Drama" class in a small New England town. Tender human frailty underscores this witty and hysterical story of transformation, as hearts are quietly torn apart and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won over the six-week course. Click here for information on purchasing tickets, as well as information on other discounts offered to DBA members.

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