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March 29

March 29, 2011
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In this issue...
  • Complimentary Program: Doing Contract Work While Searching for a Full-time Job
  • Buy Barristers Benefit Ball Raffle Tickets Online
  • Crafting a Winning Story for the Judge and Jury
  • 20th Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations
  • Pro Se Instructors Needed
  • Solo and Small Firm Networking Events
  • 2011 Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Discounted Membership Rates at Qi Athletic Clubs
From the Bar
Complimentary Program: Doing Contract Work While Searching for a Full-time Job, April 12
With the economic downturn and the increase in law firm layoffs and dissolutions coupled with the lack of new hiring over the last few years, more attention has been given to the use of contract attorneys by law firms and corporate legal departments alike. If you are considering contract legal work, this presentation by Marya Brancio, the Executive Director of the Denver office of Special Counsel, will provide insight into this type of employment, as well as discuss the current market, specific needs, challenges, and trends. The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the CBA–CLE offices at 1900 Grant St., 3rd Floor. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Buy Barristers Benefit Ball Raffle Tickets Online
You can now purchase raffle tickets online. 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 April 30 Ball 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
Crafting a Winning Story for the Judge and Jury— Program 1 of Trial Skills Training Series, April 13
Bill Keating will present “Theory of Your Case, Story Telling, and Use of the Facts,” and Lee A. Mickus will present “Jury Research and Psychology” in Part 1 of our Trial Skills Training Series. For this trial series, CBA–CLE has engaged experienced and successful Colorado and national litigators to teach the skills and share their expertise on how to achieve their level of success in the courtroom. Each half-day program is dedicated to a particular aspect of the trial to provide in-depth coverage on what it takes to win at every stage of the litigation process. Click here to find out more or to register.


20th Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations and a Primer on Advising Nonprofit Organizations—April 28 and 29
This year’s Institute includes a Thursday afternoon primer designed to introduce practitioners to more general aspects governing the formation and operation of nonprofit organizations, applying for and maintaining tax-exempt status, the distinctions between public charities and private foundations, and charitable giving rules and techniques. The morning of Friday's all-day Advanced Program will focus on four areas: an annual update of recent federal and state tax law developments; a survey of various outside pressures that seek to impose increasingly rigorous standards on the administrative and governance of nonprofit organizations; emerging issues of employment law that affect nonprofit organizations; and the availability of state and local tax exemptions in a time of governmental budget shortfalls. Friday afternoon’s program will be divided into two tracks, each focusing on specific industries within the nonprofit sector. One track will explore the current legal challenges faced by health care institution affordable housing providers and private foundations. The second track will concentrate on religious organizations and the unique issues they face. Find out more about this program and outstanding faculty here.
Volunteer Opportunity
Pro se Instructors Needed for Popular Small Claims and Collections Clinics
The DBA Public Legal Education Department needs instructors for both the Small Claims and the Collection pro se clinics. These popular clinics are offered once a month, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Denver City and County Building. Volunteer attorneys simply offer instruction on gathering information, filing forms, defending one’s position, and court procedures. These clinics are presented in cooperation with the Denver Courts Civil Division. For more info, email Meghan Bush at
Networking Opportunities

Solo and Small Firm Breakfast at the DAC, April 7
Join us at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast at the Tavern Restaurant inside the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place. The reservation is in the name of D.A. Bertram. Contact Frank P. Slaninger, 303-617-4446 or

Solo and Small Firm Happy Hour at Stoney’s Bar and Grill, April 12
Join us for this monthly happy hour at 5:30 p.m. at Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. There is no parking at the bar but there is free two-hour parking one block from Sherman Street. There also is a garage directly across the street from the bar and plenty of metered parking on Lincoln Street. Contact Jennifer D. McGinn, 720-362-3000 or

Golfers Get Ready! 2011 Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament, June 6
The Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament is June 6 at the Inverness Golf Club with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. One of the only semi-private golf courses in the Denver area, this Preston Maxwell championship course is beautiful, playable, and challenging. It requires strategy and a thoughtful approach, thanks to gentle but unforgiving slopes, rolling hills, and deep bunkers. Our golf course’s par-3 holes test the precision of even the best golfers. This superb par-70, that is 7,026-yard PGA championship golf course, has been ranked among Colorado's finest golf resorts. Questions? Contact Alexa Drago at or 303-824-5313.
Optimize Your DBA Membership

Discounted Membership Rates at Qi Athletic Clubs
Voted Best Health Club by 5280 Magazine in the 2009 “Top of the Town” issue, Qi’s approach of combining Indoor Cycling and Yoga, allows students to experience all the components of fitness in one class. Qi provides the ultimate wellness and fitness experience with its state-of-the-art gym, and by its full schedule of traditional yoga classes, along with unique combo classes.

With multiple locations around Denver, Qi makes it fun and convenient to stay healthy. Visit Qi’s website for more information and class schedules. Contact Alexa Drago at the DBA to set up your discounted membership.

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