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Oct. 4

October 4, 2011
Monday, Oct. 24
Collections Clinic
Noon–2 p.m., CBA CLE Offices, 3rd floor
Two general CLE credits
$49 for members and $69 for non-members, or complimentary when you sign up to volunteer for a clinic. Registration includes lunch.
RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Alison Daniels and Jennifer Levin will present a basic training of the collection process for attorneys who want a general understanding of the process and for those who are interested in teaching the pro se clinic.

Pro Bono Week Kick Off Party
5:30–8 p.m., Kutak Rock, 1801 California St. Suite 3100, Denver
Complimentary event including appetizers and beverages.
RSVP to or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Come celebrate and help kick off Pro Bono Week! The event will feature a welcome by Chief Justice Michael Bender and Ignite presentations on the topic of pro bono.

Interested in giving an Ignite presentation or would like more information? Contact Heather Clark at or 303-824-5350.
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Small Claims Clinic Training
Noon–2 p.m., CBA CLE Offices, 3rd floor
$49 for members and $69 for non-members, or complimentary when you sign up to volunteer for a clinic. Registration includes lunch.
RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Kip Barrash will present a basic training for attorneys who are interested in teaching the small claims clinic or want a general understanding of the small claims process. Tips include gathering information; forms (where to get them, how to complete them); filing (how, where); defending your position (what to do, what not to do); and court procedure.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Metro Volunteer Lawyers Family Law Training
Sponsored by Faegre & Benson LLP

1–5 p.m., Faegre and Benson, 3200 Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln St., Denver
Complimentary program
Four CLE credits applied for.

This is a training session for attorneys volunteering with Metro Volunteer Lawyers on family law matters, or for those interested in volunteering. Agenda topics will include the anatomy of a family law case, evidence in family law matters, working with family law clients, professionalism, and procedural considerations. Free afternoon snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Melissa Fri at no later than Friday, Oct. 21.
From the Bar
DBA Bench/Bar Program Scheduled for Thursday Has Been Postponed
This brown bag program on Denver County Court Criminal and General Sessions is being rescheduled. We will promptly notify members when the new date is known.
Represent the First District of CBA
The DBA seeks nominees to serve as Colorado Bar Association Vice President representing the First District (Denver). This is a one-year term beginning July 2012, serving on the CBA Executive Council and Board of Governors. Nominations are due by Oct. 14. For more information or to send nominations, contact Dana Collier Smith at
Read the October Issue of The Docket
This issue’s cover story looks back at 45 years of Metro Volunteer Lawyers and how it all got started. Read it here. Also, learn about a new task force that’s working to protect a fair and impartial judiciary. Read more and find out how you can get involved here. Can’t get enough of The Docket? Read the full issue online here.
Long-Term Care Insurance Informational Presentation, Thursday, Oct. 6
This 20-minute program will provide the basics of what long-term care is; what health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid provide; and what long-term care insurance can cover and the costs. This includes information on the federal/state Partnership Program. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. The program also is available via webinar. To RSVP, e-mail or call 303-860-1115, ext. 272.
Working With Passion: Find Your Fire and Fuel It
Job Search and Career Transition Support Group, Tuesday, Oct. 11

Just starting your lawyering career? Disillusioned? Been displaced in a bad economy? Ready for a mid-career course adjustment? Thinking about using your legal training in a non-legal setting, or getting out of the law entirely? If so, then this workshop is a timely opportunity to discover (or rekindle) your passion for the kind of work you really want to do, identify what's interfering with doing it, and learn concrete first steps to take to make it happen. Presented by Kevin Rhodes, this is a fast-paced one-and-a-half hour interactive workshop. To RSVP, e-mail or call 303-860-1115, ext. 272.
Continuing Education
Being Prepared: How Lawyers Can Lay the Groundwork for Their Own Financial Future, Thursday, Oct. 6
The last decade of economic turmoil has forced attorneys and their clients to rethink retirement in an environment of volatile returns, low interest rates, and future inflation concerns. At midlife, the focus must be: “How do I build Lifelong Income Stream,” yet most individuals and their financial planners have not set this planning process in motion. Spend a morning with us on Oct. 6 at the "Being Prepared: How Lawyers Can Lay the Groundwork for their Own Financial Future" CLE and learn some of the critical decisions needing to be made. Regardless of your retirement plans and timelines, it is never too early to explore key principles that will allow you to enjoy the retirement you want by structuring your savings to minimize taxes and risk, get the most from Social Security, and protect yourself along the way. Pat Funk will lead the program from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $45 for members, $60 for non-members, and includes a copy of the speaker's book, "Lawyers at Midlife," and continental breakfast. No sales pitches, just straight information and three general CLE credits. You may attend in person or via webcast. To RSVP, e-mail, or call 303-860-1115, ext. 272.
Family Law Fall Update, Friday, Oct. 28
At this year's fall update, there will be a fascinating discussion of the Hague Convention and international child abduction, and a presentation by Court of Appeals Judge Roy about the most recent family law cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. A panel of judges also will share their expertise on evidentiary issues unique to family law cases, including the ever-challenging child hearsay question. Register now.
The Duty to Preserve Records: The Pension Committee Decision, Tuesday, Oct. 18
Over the last decade, courts have refined the obligations of parties to preserve and collect paper and electronic documents. The rapid changes in technology and the expansion of new media where information is stored has made these obligations important in civil litigation. Speaker Caleb Durling, of Reilly Pozner, will examine the Pension Committee v. Banc of America Securities decision, in which Judge Shire Scheindlin, of the Southern District of New York, set out significant new law concerning discovery obligations, focusing on those who are negligent or grossly negligent in failing to preserve electronic and paper documents. Find out more information.
Legal Community Event
Celebrate Judicial Excellence, Tuesday, Nov. 1
The Colorado Judicial Institute will present its 2011 Judicial Excellence Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 1 to: District Court Chief Judge O. John Kuenhold, of the 12th Judicial District; District Court Presiding Judge C. Jean Stewart, formerly of Denver Probate Court; County Court Judge Christine Carney, of Larimer County; and Magistrate Stephanie Rubinstein, of Mesa County. Jeffrey Toobin will serve as the keynote speaker. For more information, click here.

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