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Sept. 11

September 11, 2013
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In This Issue:
  • A Message From Your DBA YLD Chair
  • Please Complete Our Survey
  • DBA Young Lawyers Division Website and Blog
  • Barristers After Hours and Lawyer Artists
  • Transact with Confidence: Minimizing the Risk of Environmental Liabilities

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  • Law Suit Days
  • VIP Movie Tickets to The Fifth Estate
  • Friday Yoga @ the Bar
  • Represent the First District of the CBA
  • Get Involved with Legal Nights
  • Join Us to Help Denver Public Schools

A Message From Your DBA YLD Chair

On Saturday, Aug. 3, the DBA YLD Executive Council held its annual strategic planning retreat to plan out its activities for the coming year. The Council welcomed new members Chris Levkulich, Kevin McReynolds and Mo Weiland. This year will feature some exciting new program changes as well as continuation of popular DBA YLD programs like Coffee Talk and Barristers After Hours. The DBA YLD will continue to grow its partnership with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and expand its Court Orientation program to one and a half days, with the goal of providing more practical and hands-on advice and learning opportunities for new and new to the area attorneys. In addition, the Council is excited to continue implementation of its Practice Area Preview Program, which debuted last spring and was well received by members. The Council sees this as an opportunity to expose members to new practice areas that they may have an interest in and give young attorneys with relevant expertise opportunities to present on their respective practice areas. The Council hopes to receive suggestions from membership as to relevant Practice Area Preview programs; please email any ideas to

The Council also used the retreat to put the finishing touches on the first ever Bike Social, which was a rousing success on Thursday, Aug. 15. More than 40 DBA YLD members, DBA members and a large contingent of new law students met for an evening of biking on the Platte River Trail followed by a happy hour and networking at Denver Beer Company. The B-Cycle program partnered with the DBA on the Bike Social and provided free bike rentals for those without a bike. The Bike Social attracted the entire spectrum of cyclists from spandex clad regulars to those struggling not to get their suit pants caught in the bike chain.

The Bike Social provided a great start to the year, and the Council looks forward to continuing to bring members traditional, well-known programming as well as fresh ideas over the course of the 2013–14 year.

Best Regards,

Matt Larson
DBA YLD Council Chair

Please Complete Our Survey
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, two question survey.

DBA Young Lawyers Division Website and Blog
Check out our website 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, environmental attorney 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, before executing or relying on a purchase or lease agreement. Click here for more information.

DBA YLD Hosts Law Suit Days—Oct. 3 and 4
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3 and 4, the DBA YLD will accept donations of gently used professional clothing, shoes, and accessories on the steps of the Denver City and County Building. Clothing should be clean and on hangers. The DBA YLD will not be able to pick up donations and cannot accept donations on other dates. If the weather is bad, the donation site will be moved inside the city and county building. For more information please contact Heather Clark at

From the Bar

VIP Movie Tickets to The Fifth Estate—Wednesday, Sept. 18
Limited number of VIP tickets are available to the premiere of The Fifth Estate, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m., at the United Artists Denver Pavilions Theater. First come, first served! Tickets are for DBA members and their significant other. Comment on our facebook page or email Heather Clark at for tickets.

Friday Yoga @ the Bar!
Join us every week for Friday Yoga @ the Bar. Friday Yoga will take place on the 10th floor at 1900 Grant St. Times will vary, so please check our calendar each week. This week’s class is at 4:30 p.m. Why yoga? Read Friday Yoga instructor Lorraine DAversa’s article in the July/August Docket on how you can de-stress and find balance through regular yoga practice. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727 and tell us which Friday you will attend.

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:

  • September 17 (Mi Casa)
  • October 2 (El Centro de San Juan Diego)
  • October 15 (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.


Join Us to Help Denver Public Schools
Volunteers are needed for DPS Attendance Mediation Workshops, which target middle and high school students who have met the statutory definition for habitual truancy. The DBA and DPS are looking for attorneys who can commit an evening, three to five times per school year. If you are interested, RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727, for the Wednesday, Sept. 25 training from noon to 1:30 p.m. Please indicate you are RSVPing for Attendance Mediation Training.

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