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December 6, 2011
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In this issue...
  • Colorado Gives Day EXTENDED! You have until Noon, Tomorrow
  • Barristers Benefit Ball
  • Call for DBA Awards Nominees
  • Treece Alfrey gains Use Tax Victory in Court of Appeals
  • Legal Writing Pro: Judges Gone Wild
  • Appellate Practice Update 2011
  • Short, Hot-Topic CLE Programs to Fit Your Busy Schedule
  • Hot Wine/Cool Books Reception & Book Signing
  • Solo and Small Firm Denver Holiday Party
  • Seniors Committee Holiday Lunch
  • Support the DU student group, Public Interest Law Group
Support Your Legal Community for Colorado Gives Day-Colorado Gives Day EXTENDED! You have until Noon, Dec. 7
The Denver Bar's own Metro Volunteer Lawyers and the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado are participating in Colorado Gives Day, an initiative from Community First Foundation and FirstBank that increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Colorado Gives Day 2011 runs until Noon tomorrow.
  • Visit and select the charity you wish to donate to.
  • 100 percent of your donation goes to your charity of choice when you donate online until 11:59 a.m. on Dec. 7.
  • The First Bank Incentive Fund will increase the value of each donation. In other words, more donations will generate more Incentive Fund contributions to your charity of choice.
From the Bar
Barristers Benefit Ball-Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now
Get your discounted tickets today for "Dancing with the Bar Stars," the theme for this year's Barristers Benefit Ball, Saturday, May 5, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Click here to purchase your tickets online. Questions? Contact Dana Collier Smith at or 303-824-5318.

Barristers Benefit Ball Dancers Named
Two husband-and-wife teams will compete in the wildly popular dance competition at this year's "Dancing With the Bar Stars for MVL" Barristers Benefit Ball. Committed pairs include former Colorado and Denver Bar President Bill Walters and Christy Cutler and former Denver Bar President and Colorado Bar President-elect Mark Fogg and Pat Fogg. The third couple will be announced to readers once identified. The 2012 Barristers Benefit Ball to support Metro Volunteer Lawyers will be held on May 5 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver. Click here to purchase your tickets online.
Call for DBA Awards Nominees

The DBA Awards Committee needs you nomination for its annual awards: DBA Award of Merit, DBA Young Lawyer of the Year, DBA Volunteer of the Year, Judicial Excellence, and Teacher of the Year. You can submit a brief nominating statement online here or email Heather Clark. The committee will consider involvement with the DBA, community contributions outside the bar associations, and career history and accomplishments. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Jan. 31.
In the News
Treece Alfrey gains Use Tax Victory in Court of Appeals
In a decision that helps a number of law firms, the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that Denver's Use Tax cannot be levied on a law firm that purchases medical records from health care providers. The Court said that the purchase of such records is not a purchase of tangible personal property in a retail sale subject to the tax. Click here to read more.
From the CBA-CLE Legal Connection

Legal Writing Pro: Judges Gone Wild

Is the country's malaise affecting our judges as well? The Seventh Circuit just referred a lawyer to the state ethics board for possible suspension of his license for "rampant grammatical, syntactical, and typographical errors." Also in Texas, in a civil-rights case filed by the mother of a high-school cheerleader who didn't make the squad, the Fifth Circuit accused the firm representing the plaintiff of "miscues" that were "so egregious and obvious that an average fourth grader would have avoided most of them." Can you spot 15 writing issues in the highlighted parts of this passage? Click here to read more.
Continuing Education
Appellate Practice Update 2011, Friday, Dec. 16

This distinguished faculty of judges and clerks will participate in interactive sessions to discuss the issues of greatest importance in their courtrooms. The agenda includes: Clerks' Panel: The "Nuts and Bolts" of an Appeal, Ethical Issues for the Appellate Practitioner, Appellate Standards of Review, The Lighter Side of Appellate Practice, Quick Practical Tips for Handling Appeals, and a Judges' Roundtable. Click here to find out more and register.
Legal Connection Programs: Short, Hot-Topic CLE Programs to Fit Your Busy Schedule
On Monday, Dec. 12, Christopher P. Koupal will speak on "Recent Changes in Colorado Law Regarding Subrogation Claims in Personal Injury Cases: A Review and Analysis of CRS ยง 10-1-135." This relatively new statute has many procedural requirements and deadlines. Mr. Koupal will discuss practical problems to watch out for, as well as issues that are not addressed by the statute. Register now!
Hot Wine/Cool Books Reception & Book Signing, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
You are cordially invited to a book signing reception, hosted by CBA-CLE, featuring prominent members of the Colorado legal community who also are accomplished authors. Come meet the authors and get a personal, signed copy of their book, maybe for a great holiday gift. Find out what inspires them and how they find time for their passion for writing! Authors include: Rebecca Love Kourlis, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice; R.J. Jagger, attorney and fiction author; Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court Justice; Harry MacLean, attorney and true crime author; Jacqueline St. Joan, attorney, professor, author, and poet; and Frank Gibbard, attorney with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and author of The Colorado Lawyer's "Historical Perspectives" column. RSVP to Melissa Lucas at 303-824-5387 or
Networking Opportunities
Solo and Small Firm Denver Holiday Party, Monday, Dec. 12
The Solo and Small Firm Section is hosting its annual Networking and Holiday Party on Dec. 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the CBA-CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300. As in years past, wonderful door prizes will be given to attendees. Cost for section members is $5 for a holiday buffet luncheon and $10 for non-section members. If you are not a section member, you can join at the door for $10 and then pay an additional $5 for the party. Please RSVP by Dec. 8 to, call 303-860-1115, ext. 727, or click here.
Seniors Committee Holiday Lunch, Monday, Dec. 12

Join the Seniors Committee at noon on Monday, Dec. 12, to share holiday cheer. The luncheon will be held at the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. Cost to attend is $12. Please RSVP by Dec. 8 to, 303-824-5347, or by clicking here.
In the Legal Community
Support the DU student group, Public Interest Law Group
Get behind this great student cause and support meaningful summer nonprofit internships. The 17th Annual Public Interest Law Group Auction is Thursday, Feb. 23 at the University of Denver. You can support the group by donating an auction item or sponsoring the event.

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