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September 9, 2014
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Come One, Come All to the Denver Lawyers’ Arts and Literature Reception—Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m.
The winners and their works are featured in the September issue of The Docket. To thank all of the entrants and winners, a reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the DBA Offices on Wednesday, Sept. 10. All are invited to attend and enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers. See and hear the winning works, mingle with the artists, and pick up a copy of the September issue of The Docket. Please RSVP online or to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Denver County Court Judgeship Nominee Survey—Deadline Tomorrow at Noon
The Denver Bar Association wants to hear from you. Each time a judicial vacancy occurs in Denver County Court, the DBA surveys its members about the nominees to provide feedback to the mayor’s office. Please take a moment to complete our survey about the six nominees up for three vacancies on the bench. The survey closes at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Don’t Delay, Submit VA Form 21a Today to Practice Before the Veterans’ Administration
The Veterans’ Administration requires all attorneys who assist claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits to be accredited by the VA per 38 C.F.R. § 14.627(a). VA Form 21a is used to achieve accreditation, and it must be submitted prior to completing the second accreditation requirement, a three-hour CLE course regarding representation before the veterans’ administration, basic eligibility, claims and appeal procedures, and more. Click here to read more.

Courtroom Space for Your Use
The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations have secured space at the Denver City and County building in courtroom 117 for members’ use as a private space. To reserve time email Heather Clark. A 24 hour notice is recommended. The courtroom is available almost all weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 the Corner Office. Free drinks and appetizers will be provided. RSVP online, email or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727. Questions? Contact Heather Clark.

Colorado Legal Legends: A Fireside Chat Honoring Former DBA President Cathy Stricklin Krendl—Thursday, Sept. 18
The CBA Business Law Section and CBA-CLE invite you to the September Legal Legends program with Cathy Stricklin Krendl, Esq. Cathy is truly a “Legend” in the legal community. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, taught several business law classes at the University of Denver College of Law, and practiced business law in Denver for more than thirty years. Cathy has been chair of the CBA Business Law Section and president of the Denver Bar Association. She has been named a Key Author with platinum status at Thomson West and a Super Lawyer in Colorado in Business Law. Reserve your spot!

Don’t forget to verify your 2015 Colorado Legal Directory listing
Verification for the 2015 Colorado Legal Directory is open until Wednesday, Oct. 1. Don’t miss a referral because of a wrong number—ensure your directory listing is correct and verify your listing online. Upgrade your listing in the directory and make a big marketing impact at minimal costs. DBA members receive great pricing discounts in the Colorado Legal Directory:

  • Stand out by adding bold font to your listing for just $25.
  • Emphasize your specialty practice areas. Field of practice listings start at $35.
  • Why not list your practice? Firm listings are only $19!
Questions? Email or call 303-860-1115.



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. The program will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the DBA offices on Wednesday, Sept. 24. RSVP online, email or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Employment Law Fall Update: Whistleblower Litigation, Discrimination & the First Amendment—Thursday, Oct. 9
Co-sponsored by the CBA Labor & Employment Law Section

Sizzling hot topics are on the agenda including the question: Is sworn testimony outside of one’s ordinary job duties entitled to First Amendment protection? The US Supreme Court decided this and related issues in Lane v. Franks. Not only will a judge from the Merit Systems Protection Board be speaking on The Federal Whistleblower Protection Act, but a national panel will discuss what employment lawyers need to know about state law qui tam claims. Get the most up-to-date information on the ADEA, and hear a discussion on a changed discrimination doctrine for our changed social paradigm. Find out more!

Annual Tort Law Update 2014—Thursday, Oct. 16
Learn new case law, important pending and settled cases, recently enacted and pending legislation, new fact patterns, legal theories and defenses, judicial and discovery trends, recent developments in courtroom strategy and tactics, and other invaluable information. Some of Colorado's leading practitioners are presenting including: Kevin Amatuzio, Kyle Bachus, Scott Eldredge, Laura Hazen, LaMar Jost, Seth Katz, Bradley Levin, Jane Lucero, Chips Portales, Tony Viorst, and Toni Wehman. Register now!

Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Participate in Debate in High School or College?
The DBA Lawyers and Schools Committee and Bayer & Carey teamed up to begin a 5th grade debate club at DPS 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. We are searching for new volunteers for the winter session starting Jan. 27 to March 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. If interested in volunteering for this fun volunteer opportunity contact Carolyn Gravit.
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