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Feb. 28

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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From the Bar
DBA and CBA Legal Fee Arbitration Committees Merge
The DBA Legal Fee Arbitration Committee recently merged with the CBA Legal Fee Arbitration Committee. This committee seeks to identify and resolve disputes among attorneys and their clients concerning legal fees through arbitration. Click here for a sample Legal Fee Arbitration provision that can be used in client engagement letters. For questions, please contact the committee chairs, Jennifer Holt or Glen Laird.
Complimentary Job Search and Career Transition Workshop: The Only Constant in Life is Change, Tuesday, March 13
On Tuesday, March 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Anne Angerman, founder and president of Career Matters, will lead a discussion on the tipping-point that makes people change and others get stuck. This session will look at why people fail. It will also discuss the holistic factors in making a career change and how to go forward in transition. Attend this group session to participate in a safe, confidential forum and share your experiences, network, and gather practical information to enhance your job search or career transition efforts. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Open House
Sections and Committees Open House, Friday, March 30
The DBA YLD and CBA YLD are hosting an open house on Friday, March 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Warwick Hotel. Various sections and committees of the DBA and other bar associations will be featured and highlighted so that members can become more familiar with the various benefits these organizations offer their members. Click here for more information and RSVP to lunches@cobar.org.
In the News
March Docket
Read the March Issue of The Docket Online
Construction of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center has been ongoing since the former judicial center was imploded in August 2010. Click here to see photos and read about what the judicial center, which is slated to open in spring 2013, will look like. Also in the March issue, “Road Worrier” Greg Rawlings discusses working with clients with mental health issues; Emma Garrison and Alli Gerkman introduce readers to the diverse collective of riders of the Wheels of Justice cycling team; and Zachary Willis helps you stay up-to-date with rule changes from the courts. Click here to read the March issue.
Legal Writing Pro: Are “Indemnify” and “Hold Harmless” the Same?
Drafting reformers hate couplets. For example, they say that “terms and conditions” means nothing more than “terms.” But can couplet aversion go too far? Take “indemnify” and “hold harmless.” Double trouble or a distinction with a difference? At least one authority claims that “hold harmless” protects against losses and liabilities, and “indemnify” protects against losses alone. Yet not all courts agree. Click here to read more.
Continuing Legal Education
Complimentary Job Search and Career Transition Workshop: The Only Constant in Life is Change, Tuesday, March 13
On Tuesday, March 13, from noon – 1:30 p.m., Anne Angerman, Founder and President of Career Matters will lead a discussion on the tipping point that makes people change and others get stuck. This session will discuss the holistic factors in making a career change and how to go forward in transition. Attend this group session to participate in a safe, confidential forum and share your experiences, network, and gather practical information to enhance your job search or career transition efforts. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Colorado Legal Legends: A Fireside Chat with Walter Gerash, Thursday, March 22
You are cordially invited to join us for a fireside chat and luncheon with Walter L. Gerash, a Colorado Legal Legend who will share with us his ethical and professional words of wisdom and his personal and practical advice, which have delivered him to his admired position as one of Colorado’s leading legal minds. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Walter Gerash speak from the heart and leave you with thoughts and ideas to enhance your professional and personal life. Click here for more information.

Regulatory Advocacy, Friday, April 6
Much of the regulation in the United States has been administered and enforced by regulatory agencies, which vary from industry to industry and at the federal and state level. Attend this program to learn how to successfully run the regulatory gauntlet by learning its framework, how to handle regulatory challenges, and how agencies set and assess their priorities at all levels. Click here for more information.
Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteer for the 2012 State Mock Trial Tournament in Boulder, March 9–10
Consider volunteering as a scoring panelist or courtroom monitor at the 2012 Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament. This is usually a three-hour commitment. Breakfast/lunch is provided and an orientation will be given to all volunteers before each round. Click here for volunteer sign-up forms and further details about this fun learning experience for our young people.
Law Day 2012
Law Day
“No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom”
Law Day is coming up on May 1, and this year’s theme, “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,” underscores the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans, and how we must fight spending cuts to our justice system. Learn more about the theme by watching a short video here.
Art Contest
Fifth Annual DBA K–5 Law Day Art Contest
The DBA is partnering with the Denver Art Museum to sponsor an art contest for children in grades K–5 centered on this year’s Law Day theme, “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” The Denver Art Museum will provide admission to the winning class in each division (K–2 and 3–5) and will display the winning art pieces in the museum. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 2. Please contact Carolyn Gravit at cgravit@cobar.org or 303-824-5323 with questions or click here for more information.
The DBA YLD Law Day 2012 Contest
Submissions may be in any medium (art work, essay, video, or other recording) and should pertain to the Law Day theme “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” The contest is open to all 9–12 graders in the Denver Public School District.Deadline for submission is Friday, April 13. Winners will receive cash prizes and an invitation to attend the 2012 Law Day Reception. Click here for more details.
Scholarship Opportunity
Center for Legal Inclusiveness Offering Diversity LSAT Scholarships
The Center for Legal Inclusiveness, the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group, and the Association of Corporate Counsel–Colorado Chapter are partnering with Kaplan Test Prep to offer multiple Diversity LSAT Exam Scholarships for 2012 test takers. Scholarships cover the cost of a review course, the exam fee, and application fees to both the University of Colorado Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The deadline to apply is March 1. Click here for more information.

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