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March 22

March 22, 2011
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In this issue...
  • Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony for Denver Attorneys
  • Buy Barristers Benefit Ball Raffle Tickets Online
  • Complimentary Casemaker Seminar
  • Drug, Sobriety, and Mental Health Courts—Colorado’s New Problem-Solving Court
  • Juvenile Law Update
  • Volunteer to Judge 1Ls on Appellate Advocacy
  • Bridges to Work Youth Internship Program Seeks Business Sponsors
  • Register Now and be a Part of the Bar's 2011 Wheels of Justice Cycling Team
  • Discounted Avs Tickets
From the Bar
Save the Date: Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony for Denver Attorneys, April 8
Colorado Supreme Court Justices will honor firms or in-house counsel groups for their commitment to pro bono legal services at the Colorado Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony on April 8.

This year’s ceremony will be in the Wittemeyer Courtroom at the University of Colorado Law School Wolf Law Building at 3:30 p.m. At the reception, honorees will be presented certificates signed by the Justices to recognize their achievement of the Colorado R.P.C. 6.1 pro bono goal in 2010. Firms or in-house counsel groups who are committed to the annual goal, but did not achieve it in the 2010 calendar year, also will be recognized with commitment certificates signed by the Justices.

Before the ceremony, participants may attend a CLE course on unbundling, which starts at 2:30 and will be presented by James C. Coyle, Chief Deputy Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. One ethics credit will be available for the program. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jill Lafrenz at or 303-824-5333.
Buy Barristers Benefit Ball Raffle Tickets Online
You can now purchase raffle tickets online at Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be bought with your ticket to attend Barristers Benefit Ball or alone. If purchasing with a ticket, select your ticket type and then add the number of raffle tickets you’d like to purchase on the second page of the online form. Just buying raffle tickets? Select “Raffle Only” from the ticket type and enter the number of raffle tickets on the next page. The raffle includes fabulous prizes such as a two-night stay at a Beaver Creek condo; an iPad; or Twist Express Giant’s Hybrid Cycling Technology (a battery-based energy bicycle). You do not have to be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle and the Ball, on April 30 at the Grand Hyatt Denver, benefit the DBA’s Metro Volunteer Lawyers. For more information about the Ball, please contact Dana Collier Smith at 303-824-5318.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Complimentary Casemaker Seminar, April 18
Reba Nance will offer a one-hour Casemaker seminar at 9 a.m. on April 18 in the Large Classroom at the CBA CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300. The training will include searching for cases, federal and state libraries, statutes, and more. One CLE credit is offered for those who attend. A webcast also is available. RSVP to Lauren Eisenbach. There is no cost, but please RSVP, because space is limited.
CLE Program: Drug, Sobriety, and Mental Health Courts – Colorado’s New Problem-Solving Courts, March 31
This program is your opportunity to learn how and when to 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. More than 50 operational problem solving courts in 16 Colorado jurisdictions consist of adult drug courts, juvenile drug courts, mental health courts, family/dependency and neglect courts, truancy courts, prostitution drug courts, and DWI courts. CLE’s Legal Connection blog has several posts on the courts; find out more here. Register now!


Juvenile Law Update, April 1
This update will focus on some of the most pressing issues in juvenile law, including the impact of medical marijuana use and prescription drug abuse in dependency, neglect and delinquency cases, the new standards for domestic violence treatment, and current research and legislative reform on the prosecution of children as adults. An overview of the past year's most pertinent cases and some of the pending bills of the current legislative session will help you remain updated on the law, and an ethics presentation will assist you in resolving some of the complicated ethical issues that arise in juvenile practice. Register now!
Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteer to Judge 1Ls on Appellate Advocacy
Every spring, first-year University of Colorado Law School students in the appellate advocacy course research and write an appellate brief and argue the case in front of three-person panels of judges and practitioners. It's the first time many law students put on a suit and act like "real lawyers," and they take the process very seriously. It's a great chance to meet and interact with the students and other volunteers.

CU Law School needs volunteers to serve as judges for these 1L students. The appellate advocacy oral arguments will take place from April 4–15, with sessions in both Denver and Boulder. The arguments last approximately one and a half hours each (click here for a detailed schedule and more information). Don’t be concerned about your constitutional law, criminal law, or appellate procedure knowledge – we provide judges with a bench memo and the students' briefs.

If you're interested, contact Kristen Vannoy at or 303-492-1057 with your available time(s). We hope you’ll be able to join us by volunteering your time. We greatly appreciate the involvement of the legal community in preparing the next generation of law practitioners.
Bridges to Work Youth Internship Program Seeks Business Sponsors
The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) invites businesses to participate as sponsorship mentors of the Bridges to Work summer youth internship program. The program provides skills training and career exploration for youth 16 to 21 years of age, while providing employers with staffing options for business success. A $3,000 pledge will connect participating businesses with a trained and pre-screened youth intern. All wages, employer taxes/fees, and workers’ compensation coverage for up to 160 hours of employment are paid and managed by OED. Prior to starting an internship, all youth complete three weeks of intensive soft-skill training, financial literacy education, and job readiness preparation. Employers make the final selection of interns.

Bridges to Work debuted last summer with 40 youth interns, all of whom continued their high school or college education following the program. For more information or to participate in the Bridges to Work program, please contact OED’s Division of Workforce Development, Youth Services, at 720-865-5549.
Networking Opportunities
Register Now and be a Part of the Bar's 2011 Wheels of Justice Cycling Team
The 2011 Children's Hospital Courage Classic is July 23–25, and comprises of three consecutive, fun-filled days up three mountain passes during the peak of summer. The 157-mile ride trek through the Colorado Rockies supports The Children's Hospital. Click here to register.
Optimize Your DBA Membership
Discounted Avs Tickets
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. If you have any questions, or to order by phone, please call your Avalanche ticket representative, Gretchen Dorfman, at 303-405-1154 or email her at


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