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July 16, 2014
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In This Issue:
  • Welcome from DBA YLD Chair Elisabeth Mankamyer
  • Website and Blog
  • September Barristers After Hours
  • September Coffee Talk: Career Advancement
  • October Coffee Talk: Client Intake Basics
  • Legal Nights

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  • Read with Denver Students
  • Volunteers Needed at Hill Middle School
  • Diary of a Debate Kid
  • How to Achieve Success After the Bar Exam
  • STRATUM: A Place to Work, A Place to Connect, A Place to Grow

Welcome from DBA YLD Chair Elisabeth Mankamyer
Fellow Young Lawyer Members, I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the Young Lawyer Executive Council this year. With DBA President John Vaught’s focus being on young lawyer membership, you are definitely going to see some new programs focused in your direction. During my term, I plan to look at the great programs which were started by my predecessors and see what can be added or changed to enhance what is already a well-rounded slate of membership benefits.

I would also like to welcome our new council members Raul Chacon, Klaralee Charlton, and Lara Griffith. Raul Chacon, Jr. is an associate at Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. in Greenwood Village. His practice is devoted to commercial litigation. Raul is a graduate of Middlebury College and Emory University School of Law. During law school, Raul held externships with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit under the direction of the Honorable Frank Hull. Klaralee Charlton is an associate with Katz, Look & Onorato, P.C. where she practices in its tax and estate administration divisions. Originally from Montana, Klaralee earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Bryn Mawr College. She graduated from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law and received her Masters of Tax from the University of Denver. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, Lucy, creating healthy recipes, and watching classic “Frasier” episodes. Lara Griffith is an attorney and owner at Schroeder & Griffith, LLP. She practices business law, with special expertise areas in natural resources, intellectual property, and employment. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Denver Law School after receiving her Bachelors in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked as an associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs prior to starting her own practice. Lara was born in Colorado and raised in Denver, and is happy to serve the Denver legal community on the YLD Board. Look for great things to come from these future leaders!

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas regarding how the DBA YLD can better serve you, please contact me directly at If you are interested in seat on the DBA YLD Council be on the lookout for a call for applicants in March, or email Heather Clark at

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 .

Council Spotlight: Raul Chacon
Meet new DBA YLD Council Member Raul Chacon Jr., a commercial litigation associate at Burns, Figa & Will who says if he wasn’t a lawyer he’d be a mountain guide. Raul describes himself as adventurous, analytical, and stoic, and last movie he saw inevitably had a princess in it. Read more…

John Vaught, DBA‘s 2014–15 President: A Veteran, Lawyer, and Leader Focused on the Future of our Bar
by Courtney Gibb
“I can’t imagine being anything other than a trial lawyer.”
John Vaught isn’t just saying that because he’s the new President of the Denver Bar Association. He’s the real deal. And he truly believes in the legal profession. Read more…
DBA YLD Upcoming Events and Programs
September Barristers After Hours and the CBA Solo Small Firm Section—Thursday, Sept. 18
Join the DBA and CBA Solo Small Firm Section for Barristers After Hours on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at a location downtown yet to be determined. Free drinks and appetizers will be provided. Questions? Contact Heather Clark.
September Coffee Talk: Career Advancement—Wednesday, Sept. 24
Judge Rich Gabriel will share his thoughts, based on more than two decades in private practice and six years on the Court of Appeals, regarding what it takes to succeed in the practice of law. Topics will include how to navigate life in a law firm, tips for developing business, how to keep clients and supervising attorneys happy, how to deal with difficult clients and attorneys, and what judges expect from the attorneys who appear before them. One general CLE credit applied for. Coffee Talk programs are generally the fourth Thursday of the month (with a few execptions like this program) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the DBA offices. RSVP online, email or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
October Coffee Talk: Client Intake Basics—Thursday, Oct. 23
Solo practitioner Jennifer McGinn will discuss client intake basics. Coffee Talk programs are the fourth Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the DBA offices. 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, Aug. 6 (El Centro de San Juan Diego)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 19 (Mi Casa)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 (El Centro de San Juan Diego)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 (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.

Volunteers Needed to Read with Denver Students—Two Trainings on Wednesday, Aug. 20
The Denver Lawyers and Schools Committee is teaming up with Reading Partners, a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. Volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes twice a week. The committee will be hosting two, one-hour trainings on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Meghan Bush if interested in getting involved.

Volunteers Needed Year-Round at Hill Middle School
Volunteers needed at Hill Middle School through out the year for various activities. Volunteering includes, but not limited to, the following activities; Constitution Day presentations, Law Day art contest presentations and activities, and guest speaker appearances at clubs like student council, national honor society, etc. If interested please contact Meghan Bush.

Diary of a Debate Kid—Volunteers Needed
The Lawyers and Schools Committee and Bayer & Carey teamed up for a fourth grade debate club at College View Elementary. Volunteers meet with students on a weekly basis to discuss, debate and debate prep, to teach basic research skills to help support their positions, and to practice public speaking skills. Topics for the debate club meetings included whether cities should be allowed to ban pit bulls, if kids should be allowed to have cell phones in school, and whether kids should be required to have adult supervision at all times in public places. Volunteer got the fall session, which starts in October, by emailing Meghan Bush.

From the Bar
CBA’s Lending Library: How to Achieve Success After the Bar Exam (2014)
So you’ve taken the bar exam. Now what? How to Achieve Success After the Bar Exam will guide recent law-school graduates as they make the crucial transition from student to lawyer. Through week-by-week activities and practical advice, this book will help recent grads define their career vision, seek out networking opportunities, demonstrate their value to potential clients, develop accountability, and think like a businessperson. This book will help recent law school graduates make the crucial transition from student to lawyer.
For more information about this title and many others in the CBA’s Law Practice Management Library, visit the Lending Library page or contact Sue Bertram at 303-824-5372.
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.

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