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Nov. 13

November 13, 2013
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In This Issue:
  • Practice Area Preview: Real Estate Law
  • Chief Justice Bender—Free CLE Credit—Identifying and Protecting Client Confidential Information
  • Movie Night CLE: “Miracle on 34th Street”

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  • Bench-Bar Event: Learn the Nuts and Bolts of Protective Orders and Restraining Orders
  • Yoga @ the Bar
  • Spinning
  • Nutrition Lunch and Learn Series
  • Legal Nights
  • Flood Legal Relief

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.

New submissions are posted on Wednesdays. Below is a recent blog contribution from one of your colleagues.

Marijuana Testing in the Workplace
By Kate W. Beckman
On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 which allows for the recreational use of marijuana, thereby expanding the state’s lax marijuana policies following the legalization of medical marijuana use in 2000. The newest Amendment, which was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on January 6, 2013, allows for adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow as many as six plants in the privacy of their homes. Read more…

Unemployment Benefits: A Recent Colorado Court of Appeals Case
By Kate W. Beckman
The Colorado Court of Appeals in Yotes, Inc. v. Industrial Claim Appeals Office, 2013 COA 124 (Co.App.2013) recently heard an appeal from the Industrial Claims Appeals Office regarding unemployment benefits. While rare, unemployment cases do sometimes achieve this final level of review. Read more…
DBA YLD Upcoming Events and Programs
Practice Area Preview: Real Estate Law—Tuesday, Nov. 19
Join DBA Young Lawyers Division on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Blake Street Vault for an informal discussion and networking event for young lawyers led by young lawyers. Speakers will discuss how they got into the field of real estate law and what it is like to practice in that area. Come learn about a new field of law and bring your questions! Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Chief Justice Bender—Free Ethics Credit—Identifying and Protecting Client Confidential Information—Wednesday, Nov. 20
The DBA Young Lawyers Division Coffee Talk program will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the DBA offices. Chief Justice Michael Bender will present a one hour ethics program titled “Identifying and Protecting Client Confidential Information and Other Ethical Considerations.” Chief Justice Bender will lead an interactive discussion on the Rules of Professional Conduct, including the importance of protecting confidential client information. One ethics CLE credit is available. This event is free for members. RSVP to or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Movie Night CLE: “Miracle on 34th Street”— Tuesday, Dec. 3
James Garts and Becky Bye will be conducting a CLE related to the movie, “Miracle on 34th Street.” Similar to the legal themes of the movie, the CLE will focus on ethical issues associated with representing clients with competency issues. Additionally, there will also be some discussion on federal and state pre-emption issues (since this issue played a pivotal role in the movie). Join the DBA Young Lawyers Division for a fun and informative movie night at the DBA CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., third floor., starting at 5:30 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. One general CLE anticipated. Registration is $5 for members, free for students, and $20 for nonmembers. RSVP online, by emailing or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

From the Bar

Bench-Bar Event: Learn the Nuts and Bolts of Protective Orders and Restraining Orders—Thursday, Dec. 5
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to discuss all you have ever wanted to know about protective orders and restraining orders in Colorado. Denver District Court Judge Elizabeth Starrs, County Court Magistrate Beth Faragher, and attorney Karen Steinhauser will discuss and answer questions about their own experiences, discuss the fundamentals and latest issues and topics in these areas, and provide practice tips in Denver District Court and county courts. Join us on Thursday, Dec. 5 from noon until 1:30 p.m. in the Jury Assembly room on the fourth floor of the City and County Building. $15 for DBA Members, $25 for non-DBA Members, including lunch. Click here to register.

Yoga @ the Bar—Fridays at 7 a.m.
Join us on Fridays at the DBA offices from 7 to 8 a.m. for free yoga. The instructor will be there beginning at 6:45 a.m. for those that want to begin, or end, earlier. Below is a list of upcoming classes. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727 and tell us which Friday you will attend.
DBA Member Spinning Classes at the Downtown YMCA
Join us for weekly spinning classes at the downtown YMCA from 7 to 8 a.m. The cost to attend is $10 and includes full use of the facilities for the day. Space in the class is limited, so RSVP early to secure your seat by clicking on a link below.
Nutrition Lunch and Learn Series—Fridays at Noon
Join us one Friday a month at the DBA offices starting at noon for an hour of nutrition and health instruction. Below is a list of upcoming classes. RSVP by clicking on the links below. Registration is $10 and includes lunch.
  • Friday, Nov. 22—Is what I'm eating making me Uninspired, Lethargic and Sick?
  • Friday, Dec. 20—How to navigate the Holidays and Business Socials and end up Leaner, Healthier, and Fit to Practice
  • Click here for a list of all upcoming classes.
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:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19 (Mi Casa)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4 (El Centro de San Juan Diego)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 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.


Flood Legal Relief—Volunteers Needed
The Joint Disaster Legal Services Task Force comprises the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Legal Services, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and several local bar associations. Earlier this week, the Task Force, in conjunction with FEMA and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, launched a website and helpline for victims of the floods. If you are interested in helping out at a clinic or on the helpline, sign up online at Questions? Email

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