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August 14, 2013
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The DBA Young Lawyers Division Board is looking for practice areas that you would like to learn more about for upcoming Practice Area Previews. For more information about this new program, check out an article about the inaugural event in The Docket. Please help us out by taking our short, one question survey.

Denver Bike Social—Thursday, Aug. 15
Join us for the first ever DBA bike social on Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 6 p.m. Cyclists will meet up at B-Station located at 1601 Platte St. in Denver. B-Cycle is a sponsor of this event and has generously offered free bike passes to anyone without a bike that day. After approximately an hour of biking, the group will gather at the Denver Beer Company, 1695 Platte St. Denver, for drinks. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727. Please let us know whether you will need a bike!

DBA Young Lawyers Division Website and Blog
Check out our website Each Wednesday a new piece will be published. Below is the most recent blog contribution from your colleagues.


Tips From the Trenches: Reflections One Year After Going Solo
By Laura Liss
When I “went solo” last summer, straight out of law school, some of the immediate benefits included giving me an identity and a purpose. However, the hard work and the “what I wished I knew then” list has grown. I don’t regret my choice, and here are three of the kernels of truth from my experience I pass along every time when asked about what going solo entails. Read more…


Young Lawyers, Beachfront Property is Within Your Reach
By Kristi Dorr
National security crises, devastated global economies, disease proliferation, lack of potable water, massive forest fires, and the list goes on. No, this is not Armageddon, it is Climageddon and it is real. These issues are and will be increasingly affected by climate change. Read more…


Give Value to Your Services: Find the Right Client
By Lisa Hardin
As a new attorney who decided to open her own estate planning law firm, I am faced with the ongoing challenge of finding clients. More specifically: finding the right clients. I find it even more challenging as an attorney who is starting out in a time where potential clients are finding it easier to “do it themselves” with the assistance of online tools like Legal Zoom. Read more…

Are you interested in writing for the DBA YLD blog? We are looking for writers to submit articles for the blog portion of the new website. Please contact Joel Jacobson.

DBA YLD Upcoming Events and Programs

Barristers After Hours and Lawyer Artists—Thursday, Sept. 19
The DBA YLD Barristers After Hours is partnering with the Docket Lawyer Art Contest contest to bring you a picture perfect Barristers After Hours on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell. Artwork from the contest will be on display. Complimentary light appetizers, wine and beer will be served. Please RSVP to this event by calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727 or emailing Click here for more information.

Transact with Confidence: Minimizing the Risk of Environmental Liabilities—Thursday, Sept. 26
Rebecca L. Almon and Elizabeth Poole, environmental attorneys at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe PC, will help real estate, transactional and in-house attorneys account for and address environmental liabilities, including anticipated changes to environmental site assessment guidelines and new vapor intrusion guidelines, prior to executing or relying on a purchase or lease agreement. Coffee Talk programs are held every fourth Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the DBA offices. RSVP online or email

From the Bar

Spinning CLE at the Downtown YMCA with Chief Justice Michael Bender—Thursday, Aug. 29
Join the DBA Fit to Practice Task Force for the first ever Spinning CLE class at the downtown YMCA on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 7 to 8 a.m. Slip into your workout gear and get ready for Chief Justice Michael Bender to “school” you on the Rules of Professional Conduct. Justice Bender will delve into the importance of protecting confidential client information as you sweat away on your stationary bike. This is a members-only event, and the cost to attend is $15. One ethics credit has been applied for. Space is limited so RSVP early to secure your seat by clicking here, emailing, or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Introducing…Friday Nite Yoga @ the Bar!
Join us for Friday Nite Yoga @ the Bar every Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting Sept. 6. Friday Nite Yoga will take place on the 10th floor of our office building at 1900 Grant St. Some exceptions will apply, please check our calendar each week. Why yoga? Read Friday Nite Yoga instructor Lorraine D’Aversa’s article in the July/August Docket on how you can de-stress and find balance with a regular yoga practice.

Represent the First District of the CBA
The Denver Bar Association seeks nominees to serve as Colorado Bar Association Vice President representing the First District (Denver). This is a one-year term beginning July 2014, serving on the CBA Executive Council and Board of Governors. Nominations are due by Monday, Sept. 16. For more information or to send nominations, contact Dana Collier Smith at

Volunteer Opportunities

DBA YLD Members—Get Involved with Legal Nights
Denver Legal Night is an open house where volunteer attorneys provide free legal and referral information to people who cannot afford legal services. Areas of law addressed commonly include Immigration, Family, Criminal, Housing, Consumer and bankruptcy, and Employment.
Sign up for the upcoming clinic:

  • August 20 (Mi Casa)
  • September 4 (El Centro de San Juan Diego)
  • September 17 (Mi Casa)
Denver Legal Night is co-sponsored by the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Denver Access to Justice Committee.


Volunteer with the Children’s Law Center
The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center is seeking attorney volunteers for its Special Education Advocacy Program. A complimentary training for volunteers on Monday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is hosted and sponsored by Patton Boggs. Space is limited. Please RSVP to

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