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March 8, 2011
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In this issue...
  • Public Projects: Advanced Real Estate Issues
  • The First Amendment: Protest v. Privacy
  • Drug, Sobriety, and Mental Health Courts
  • Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit
  • Hubert Farbes Joins Bar Stars Dancers
  • Join Us for the Furry Scurry
  • Discounted Avs Tickets
  • Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center
  • Free Document Shredding March 10
Continuing Education Opportunities
Public Projects: Advanced Real Estate Issues, March 25
Public projects involve a complex combination of legal, financial, technical and operational considerations that must align to make the project successful. This program will review advanced issues including: Urban Renewal; Financing Public Infrastructure Projects; Affordable Housing; Risks and Rewards of Contracting with a Governmental Entity; RTD Public-Private Projects; and more! Find out more or register.

The First Amendment: Protest v. Privacy—The Case of Snyder v. Phelps
One of the Most Heated Debates on First Amendment Rights this Session! March 21

On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in this widely publicized case. Justice Alito was alone in his dissent in Snyder v. Phelps, in which the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 ruling voided a damage verdict against the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing a Maryland soldier’s funeral. The issue in general: whether the First Amendment protects protesters at a private military funeral from tort liability. Join us for a lively discussion with Professor Richard B. Collins, University of Colorado Law School, who will review the Court’s Opinion, including from Chief Justice Roberts, “Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and—as it did here—inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. As a Nation, we have chosen a different course – to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.” Find out more or register for this timely and important CLE program.

Drug, Sobriety, and Mental Health Courts
Do You Know the Options for Colorado’s New Problem-Solving Courts? March 31

Did you know that there are now more than 50 operational problem-solving courts in 16 Colorado jurisdictions consisting of adult drug courts, juvenile drug courts, mental health courts, family/dependency and neglect courts, truancy courts, prostitution drug courts, and DWI courts? This program is your opportunity to learn when and how you may use Colorado's problem-solving courts, rather than the traditional court setting on behalf of your clients, and it is taught by the experts and key players in the new systems. They stress a collaborative, multidisciplinary, problem-solving approach to address the underlying issues of the individuals appearing in court rather than just focusing on the immediate matter before the court. Find out the options for you and your clients.
2011 Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit, March 14–15
This year's summit, March 14–15 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, will feature five strands focused on leadership, inclusiveness, balanced hours, professional development, and diversity and inclusiveness research and training. Free manual with registration. Cost through March 10 is $69 for law students, $199 for government or nonprofit employees, and $279 for all other individuals. Twelve ethics or general CLE credits have been applied for. Click here to register.
From the Bar
Barristers Benefit Ball Update: Hubert Farbes Joins Bar Stars Dancers
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Shareholder and former DBA President Hubert Farbes, Jr. will round out the line-up of Bar Stars Dancers at Barristers Benefit Ball on April 30. Farbes will join Cyndy Ciancio, Vicki Johnson, and John Moye in a competition à la "Dancing with the Stars." Each will prepare a routine with a professional dancer and compete during the Ball. Unfortunately, former Gov. Bill Ritter will no longer be dancing at the Ball due to a scheduling conflict.
In the words of Bar Star Cyndy Ciancio, "How often do you get an opportunity to watch your fellow colleagues get up and compete in a physical way?" This is a night not to miss; tickets for the Ball are available here. Proceeds from the event benefit the DBA's Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Read more about Ciancio and Moye in the March issue of The Docket. Farbes and Johnson will be featured in the April issue.
Attention, Pet Lovers! Join Us for the Furry Scurry
The Denver and Colorado Bar Associations have set up a corporate team for the Denver Dumb Friends League’s annual Furry Scurry at Washington Park. The two-mile walk and fun run will take place on May 7 at 9:00 a.m. To sign up, visit; click on the Furry Scurry “register now” icon; select “join a team”; and then type the team name “CBA/DBA.” The cost is $50 per participant. For more information, contact Tracy Rackauskas at 303-824-5326 or Canines are welcome!
Optimize Your DBA Membership
Discounted Avs Tickets
Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks, Friday March 11 at 7 p.m.
Upper Level Corner & Ends: $22 (Face Value: $40)
Lower Level Corners & Ends: $50 (Face Value: $94)
To order tickets, click here.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Thursday March 24 at 7 p.m.
Upper Level Corner & Ends: $22 (Face Value: $40)
Lower Level Corners & Ends: $50 (Face Value: $94)
Lower Level Centers: $75 (Face Value: $122)
To order tickets, click here.
These discounted tickets are only available via phone or online, not at the box office. Discounted tickets are based on availability. Any questions, or to order by phone, please call your Avalanche ticket representative Gretchen Dorfman at 303-405-1154 or e-mail her at
Volunteer Opportunity
Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center
The Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center is in need of books for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. Books may be gently used or new. 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 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, at the Center or at the Bar Association, Attn: Heather Clark, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver.
Community Event

Free Document Shredding, March 10
In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is partnering with the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to provide free document shredding on March 10. Shredding will be provided by Shred It from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the KMGH-TV (7 News) visitor parking lot, at 123 Speer Blvd. Participants are asked to limit paper items to five bags or boxes. Each participant will receive a free tote. Click here for more information.

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