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November 4, 2014
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Veterans Day Reception—Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
In honor of Veterans Day, the Colorado Bar Association's Military & Veterans Affairs Section invites veterans and non-veterans to a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Marg's Uptown (500 E 19th Ave.) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Guests welcome. Please RSVP to

GCs Speak Out: What Do They Really Think About Balanced Hours Programs?—Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 a.m.
The CBA Committee for Balanced Legal Careers is presenting a seminar focused on the attitudes and perceptions of general counsel regarding balanced hours programs and alternative work arrangements. Listen to panelists Shawn Cheadle of Lockheed Martin, Courtney Seely of Consumer Capital Partners, and Rob Simmons of Molson Coors at the CBA-CLE offices on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Click here to RSVP.

Welcome to My World: the Life Cycle of a Judge—Tuesday, Dec. 2
Join the DBA Bench and Bar Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the DBA offices for a CLE panel presentation on the life cycle of a judge. Topics include: ideal careers and experiences for those attorneys whose ambition is to possibly become a judge down the road; the judicial application process; judges speaking out about how and why they became a judge; how life changed when they did; and how they plan to transition to the afterlife. This event is free—plus, you get 3 CLE credits, complimentary food and drink, and invaluable time with judges! RSVP online, by emailing or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Support MVL for Colorado Gives Day—Tuesday, Dec. 9
For the fifth year in a row, DBA's Metro Volunteer Lawyers is participating in Colorado Gives Day. Presented by partners Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 Million Incentive Fund created by the partners, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Thank you for supporting MVL's mission to provide free and low-cost legal services to people in need. For more information or to donate, click here.


Nominate an Outstanding Lawyer, Judge or Educator
We need your nominations for the DBA awards! Nominate an attorney, judge or educator by submitting a statement of why the nominee deserves the honor here.

Award categories include: Award of Merit, Judicial Excellence, Young Lawyer of the Year, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, Education in the Legal System, and Oustanding Programs/Projects. Submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 30. Click here to learn more.

Join the Lawyers' Basketball League
The Lawyers' Basketball League is expected to start its 2015 season in January at the University of Denver Hamilton Gym. The expected team entry fee will range from $650 to $750. Sign-up information will be sent to last year's team captains in October; others who are interested in registering, forming, or joining a team should contact Todd Jansen at or Rob Hooke at

Call for Member Travel Photos
Where have you traveled to in the past year? The Docket would like to publish pictures of your interesting adventures and worldwide travels! Email photos, along with a location and (very) brief description, to Courtney at

How to Draft a Contract—Wednesday, Nov. 5, and Secrets to Bulletproof Contract Drafting—Thursday, Nov. 6
The "How To" drafting program is relevant to lawyers entering any area of transactional practice, including corporate, mergers and acquisitions, business law, and intellectual property. Click here for more information.

The Secrets to Bulletproof Contract Drafting focuses on identifying and eliminating common sources of ambiguity in legal documents. We'll condense hazy theories of drafting into concise, clear, practical techniques that can be applied immediately to improve clarity and overall quality of all legal documents. Click here for more information.

Real Estate Fall Update 2014: Mineral Interests—Nov. 13
As a real estate lawyer, whether you practice in the area of mineral interests or not, you need to know about this area of the law. Although the focus of this program is not fracking, the issue has brought mineral interests to the forefront of the Rocky Mountain legal landscape, and fracking will certainly be a part of the day's discussion. Register now.

From the Law Schools

Join NWLSO and NALSA for a Night of Hockey, Networking, and Fun—Friday, Nov. 7
The University of Denver's National Women's Law Student Organization and Native American Law Students Association would like to invite you to their first DU Hockey Night on Friday, Nov. 7. A reception will be held before at 6:15 p.m. in the Sturm College of Law, Lobby 201 (next to the Dean's Suite), followed by the hockey game at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price is $20 and includes the reception and game. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please contact Kaylea Waechter at or Tessa Gardner.

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Discounted Avs Tickets—Take Advantage of Your Member Benefits!
Don't forget that DBA members receive discounted tickets to Avs games throughout the 2014-15 season. Cheer on the Avs this week as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Nov. 6. Click here for information on these and other discounted events for DBA members.

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