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June 16, 2015
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New Rules of Civil Procedure—Substantial Changes Take Effect July 1
On Monday, June 1, the Colorado State Judicial Branch released Rule Change 2015(05). Rule Change 2015(05) amends the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure. The changes are extensive and mirror the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The changes were adopted by the Colorado Supreme Court on May 28, and are effective July 1 for cases filed on or after July 1. CBA-CLE is holding a program on June 25 to review the new rules. Participants of this program will receive the redline version of the newly amended rules as well as a clean version. This program will most likely fill up, so please register now if you plan to attend. Read the article in the upcoming July issue of The Colorado Lawyer explaining the rule changes.

June Coffee Talk: Basics of Title and Survey Review—Thursday, June 25
Join the DBA Young Lawyers Division at the DBA offices from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, as real estate attorney Joey Lubinski discusses the basics of title and survey review. Attendees will learn the critical components of title review and best practices for documenting title issues. One general CLE credit applied for, and a continental breakfast included. RSVP online, by emailing lunches@cobar.org or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

June Rooftop Barristers After Hours—Thursday, June 25
The Colorado and Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Divisions invite all lawyers and law students for a special summertime Barristers After Hours on the rooftop deck at Dorchester Social Eatery, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. We encourage you to invite law students interning in your office this summer to join us and experience a fun aspect of bar association membership. Free drinks and appetizers will be provided. RSVP online, email lunches@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness—Wednesday, July 1
Co-sponsored by the CBA, COLAP, and the Colorado Women’s Bar
In a world where distractions abound but productivity must remain at an all-time high, it’s imperative that lawyers stay focused, calm, and controlled. In this workshop, you’ll learn: tools for stress and anxiety management; how to work with difficulties; tips for increasing focus and productivity, and more. Join us at noon on Wednesday, July 1, in the CBA-CLE large classroom. Click here for more information and to register.
DBA Annual Awards Party!—Thursday, July 9
The 2015 honorees are: Charles C. Turner, Award of Merit; Ruben Hernandez, Judicial Excellence; John M. McHugh, Volunteer of the Year; Gillian M. Bidgood, Young Lawyer of the Year; Doug Wilhelm, Education in the Legal System; and DBA Court Mediation Services, Projects and Programs. Everyone is invited to celebrate with the honorees at the DBA Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, July 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. RSVP online, email lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Annual Seniors Golf Tournament—Thursday, July 16
This year’s tournament will be held at Homestead Golf Course in Lakewood. A box lunch will be served at noon, with golf to follow. Cost is $50 per player; DBA members and their family and friends of any age are welcome (participants 65 and older are eligible to win prizes). Click here for more information and a registration form. Questions? Email Alexa Drago.
Sign Up Your Firm for the DBA CAN School Supply Drive—July 20–31
The DBA Community Action Network Committee is sponsoring its Annual School Supply Drive to benefit Denver Public Schools. To sign up, go to dbacan.com and click on “School Supply Drive Sign-up” at the top of the page. One change this year is that donations will not be picked up by the DBA. All donations will need to be dropped off at Wyman Elementary School, 1690 Williams St., Denver by the collecting firms the week of Aug. 3. Email Alexa Drago or Kate Schuster for more information.
Elder Law Basics: Shifting Our Perspectives to Our Elders—Friday, July 24
This program will provide: an overview of the ever-evolving area of elder law and how it intersects with other practice areas; understanding powers of attorney and other advance directives; what to expect on guardianships /conservatorships: appointment is only the beginning; estate planning and administration; Medicare/SSDI; Medicaid/SSI/Special need trusts and disability trusts; and Ethics: the big 4: client, competence, communication and conflicts. Find out more.
40-Hour Mediation Training—Begins Monday, Aug. 3
Co-sponsored by the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Our 40-hour Mediation Training Course will provide the basic skills and knowledge base for beginning a career as a mediator or learning new tools to enhance your mediation skills. Co-sponsored by the CBA Dispute Resolution Section, the program has been designed to meet the 40-hour training standards approved by the CBA and the Mediation Association of Colorado. The teacher for the training, Judy Mares-Dixon, M.A., is considered one of the top mediation trainers in the country. Register now for this fantastic training!

From the Legal Community

You Can Make Difference in Someone’s Life—Contribute Today to the Legal Aid Foundation
The Legal Aid Foundation provides access to legal help for people who are trying to protect themselves and their families. It ensures fairness for all in our civil justice system, regardless of individual economic circumstances. You can help provide timely access to legal aid for those who need it. The 2015 Legal Aid Foundation’s Campaign For Justice ends Tuesday, June 30. Please make your gift today.

Watergate: Today’s Lessons from a White House Scandal—Thursday, June 18
Incompetence, loyalty to the client, confusion about the client, arrogance toward the law, and the psychology of cover-up: these are all ethical considerations for today’s practicing attorneys and these are lessons learned from the Watergate scandal. Join John Dean, White House Counsel for President Nixon, for a fascinating discussion of how he and other Watergate attorneys grappled with these ethical considerations while representing their clients to the best of their abilities. Click here to register.

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