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April 23

April 23, 2014
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In This Issue:
  • Join the YLD Council
  • Website and Blog
  • DATE CHANGE: Bankruptcy Basics, Nuances, and Red Flags for Beginners
  • Attorney’s Night Out
  • Client Advocacy
  • Colfax Marathon

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  • Legal Nights
  • Arts and Literature Contest
  • Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive
  • STRATUM: A Place to Work, A Place to Connect, A Place to Grow
  • ABA YLD Spring Conference
Join the YLD Council—Applications Due Friday, April 25

The DBA YLD is currently seeking new board members for the Executive Council. The Council consists of 11 members who help serve the Denver legal community and its members.

Council members organize networking events, CLE's and other opportunities for young lawyers. This includes developing new ideas, marketing and communicating, coordinating with other bar sections, promoting the YLD and assisting other young attorneys in our community. Council members are required to attend monthly board meetings and commit to a three-year term.

Interested persons should submit their current resume and a letter of interest detailing their relevant experience and characteristics including why these qualities would make them a valuable addition to the Board.

Submit your resume and letter of interest to Matthew Larson and Heather Clark by Friday, April 25.

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.

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Law Student Chronicles: 1L Life—The Second Hardest Part of Law School
by Deanna Alfred
After finishing my first semester finals, I believed the hardest part of law school was behind me. I endured the fear and trepidation and emerged from it mentally unscathed, but with a possible case of scoliosis (seriously professors, make E-books a regular thing). Read more…

Law Student Chronicles: Shaquille Turner’s Community
by Shaquille Turner
Yesterday I submitted my trial brief, and what I learned from the experience was astounding: Two legal minds really are better than one. Read more…
DBA YLD Upcoming Events and Programs
DATE CHANGE: April Coffee Talk: Bankruptcy Basics, Nuances, and Red Flags for Beginners—Thursday, May 1
This one hour program covers bankruptcy fundamentals for practitioners representing either the debtor or creditors, including chapter choice and eligibility requirements, property of the estate, the role of the trustee, filing proofs of claim, the automatic stay, and the bankruptcy discharge. The program also describes red flags for the young practitioner and common issues resulting in litigation within a bankruptcy case such as non-dischargeable debt and avoidance actions. David M. Little of Onsager|Guyerson|Fletcher|Johnson will present the program. One general CLE credit available. RSVP online, email or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Young Lawyers Workshop: Persuasion Through Narrative—Monday, May 5
Professional actor, improviser, and storyteller Matthew Taylor will help you unleash the power of storytelling in this inovative workshop. Discover how you can:
  • Effectively communicate events from the past
  • Make your audience remember the facts YOU want them to remember
  • Help the audience easily recall facts
  • Build relationships, earn trust and empower selected individuals
  • Convey your honesty and passion
  • Control the delivery of the content and prioritize its importance
  • Create a memorable structure and theme
  • Sustain the attention of your audience
  • Move from being a presenter to being an educator
  • Master physical skills, including connecting through your eyes, mirroring, raising or lowering status, illustrating with movement, voice impact through volume, rate, pitch, tone and inflection.
Join us at the DBA CLE offices on Monday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. One general CLE credit available. Cost to attend is $10 and includes pizza, beer, and wine. RSVP online, email or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
9th Annual Attorneys’ Night Out—Thursday, May 15
Join the DBA YLD as it celebrates The Legal Center’s mission of protecting the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado. The event includes a silent auction, live auction and a drawing for an iPad. The event will be held at the Blake Street Tavern from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 prior to the event and $35 at the door. Go to to purchase tickets. Contact Julie Busby at or 303-722-0300, ext. 507 for more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities.
The Legal Center and DBA YLD Team Up for the Colfax Marathon
Join DBA YLD members in conjunction with The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People on Sunday, May 18 by joining or forming a marathon relay team. Click here to find out more about the event and register. Contact Heather Clark to find out more about joining an existing team.
May Coffee Talk: Client Advocacy—Thursday, May 22
Young lawyers, you’ve learned a lot of law and are settling into practice. But how adept are you at performing an attorney’s usual functions? On May 22, Jon Fero, Assistant Solicitor General in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office will help you become a better counselor and advocate in all aspects of your work. Whether you routinely sign documents or help the partner shine, Jon will share time-tested strategies honed from his extensive litigation, appellate, and general counsel experience that can be applied to a wide variety of tasks and help you maximize your clients’ interests. One general CLE credit applied for. RSVP online, email or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
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:

  • Wednesday, May 7 (El Centro de San Juan Diego)
  • Tuesday, May 13 (Mi Casa)
  • Wednesday, June 4 (El Centro de San Juan Diego)
Denver Legal Night is co-sponsored by the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Denver Access to Justice Committee.
From the Bar

The Denver Lawyers’ Arts and Literature Contest
Get ready to ignite your creative spark! The Denver Lawyers’ Arts and Literature Contest is accepting submissions through Wednesday, April 30. The contest includes both writing and visual categories. All DBA members are eligible, except for members of the Docket Committee (who are the judges). Artists may enter previously unpublished work in multiple categories. Learn more.

15th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive—April 21 to May 2
Sign up your office as a donation location by Friday, April 18, to continue to fight hunger and feed hope in 2014. The food drive runsfrom April 21 to May 2 and benefits Metro CareRing, a nonprofit hunger relief organization that operates one of the largest food pantries in Denver. Questions? Email Kate Schuster.
STRATUM: A Place to Work, A Place to Connect, A Place to Grow
We are excited to call your attention to STRATUM, a members-only, working space for lawyers at the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. STRATUM will give members a stronger sense of community and collegiality, as they share the space, as well as provide the business amenities they need to enhance their 21st century practices. Click here for more information.
From the ABA
YLD Spring Conference—May 15–17 in Pittsburgh
The ABA‘s YLD Conference is designed to help you grow your practice and make a difference in your community and the legal profession. This three-day event is filled with CLE sessions, topical discussions, and opportunities to network with and learn from lawyers in varying practice areas from the U.S. and around the world. Early bird prices in effect through Friday, April 11.

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