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October 30, 2014

“The three types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there.”
~ Stephen King
In this Issue:
From the Bar

Patrick Flaherty, CBA’s New Executive Director

The CBA is pleased to announce that Patrick Flaherty will become its new Executive Director on January 1, 2015. Flaherty most recently served as Director of Policy Advocacy Programs at the Gill Foundation for nine years. Before that, he led the nonprofit Project Angel Heart which he helped grow to the highly impactful service organization it is today. Flaherty is a graduate of DU Law School, and began his legal career at Lewis Roca Rothgerber in 1986, where he later was named a partner. Click here to read more about our new executive director.

Chuck is About to Begin his Next Rodeo!
Join us on Monday, Dec. 8, to wish him happy trails

The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations will honor Chuck Turner for his 34 years of service as their Executive Director by holding a reception at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center on Monday, Dec. 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium. Everyone is welcome to attend! RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Parking at the CBA

Please note the large surface parking lot to east of the CBA offices (between 19th and 20th Avenues on Logan) will be permanently closed, effective Nov. 1. Also, the attached parking garage may be closed for monthly parking. Two hour street parking is available on the streets surrounding the bar offices, or click here for a map of alternate parking options.

GCs Speak Out: What Do They Really Think About Balanced Hours Programs? —Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30–9 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.

The Colorado Lawyer Welcomes Your Best Winter Photos!

Surely you’ve taken one wintertime photo(even without snow) in Colorado you think would be perfect on the cover of CBA’s official publication. Click here for information, then send your photo(s) to

COBALT Announces Its Class of 2015

Congratulations to the newest class of Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT). The attorneys selected for the 2015 COBALT program are Jason Bailey, Leslie Balten, David Beller, Corina Gerety, A. Tyrone Glover, Amy Gray, Claire Kauffman, Porya Mansorian, Patrick McKinstry, Kevin McReynolds, Stacie Nelson Colling, Brandi Lynn Nieto, Trenton Ongert, Catherine S. Shea, Rachel B. Sheikh, Sam D. Starritt, Michelle Sylvain, Kyle Velte, Clayton E. Wire, and Danielle Young. COBALT is a training program designed to enhance, inspire, and promote leadership in the legal profession.

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, to name just a few. 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

The 8th Annual Colorado Statewide ADR Conference—Friday, Nov. 7, at the Westin Westminster Hotel

With opening remarks by Colorado Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice, the ADR Conference offers sessions on a number of topics, including: case law update; mediating elder disputes; collaborative labor–management relations; mediating across cultures; dealing with difficult people; client competency; arbitration tips; confidentiality; mediating insurance claims; and much more! So come challenge your thinking, expand and improve your skills, and connect with colleagues. Click here to register.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Professionalism is about Relationships

October is Legal Professionalism Month. Are you feeling professional these days? How are your professional relationships? Click here for ideas on how to improve your skills in these areas.

Confidential Survey to Hit Mailboxes Nov. 3

Be on the lookout for a survey arriving in your inbox soon that will help us better understand attorney wellness. Click here for more information.

From the Courts
Assembly of Lawyers—Monday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.

The Assembly of Lawyers culminates Legal Professionalism Month, during which members of the legal profession in Colorado rededicate themselves to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, and to promoting public confidence in the rule of law. Panelists include the Honorable Robert D. Hawthorne and attorneys Charles F. Garcia, Yolanda M. Fennick, Emma Garrison, Margrit Lent Parker, David W. Stark, and Kyle C. Velte. Attendance is free. Attendees will receive one hour of ethics credit. RSVPs not requested.

Application Period Open for Judicial Nominating Commission Positions

Applications are now being accepted for five upcoming vacancies on the various Judicial District Nominating Commissions and on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission. Positions are open in the following the 11th, 14th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd Judicial Districts. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission, which nominates candidates for the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals, will also have one vacancy, but applicants must be attorneys who reside in the Second Congressional District. More information on nominating commissions may be found on the Judicial Branch website. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31. Applications may be made online only at the State of Colorado Boards and Commissions Application page.

From the Legal Community

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network—Thursday, Nov. 20

RMIAN, the Colorado Lawyers Committee, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Faegre Baker Daniels, and Ogletree Deakins will be hosting a free training on Children’s Asylum Law Thursday, Nov. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The training is designed to recruit and train pro bono attorneys for the exponentially increasing numbers of children’s cases before the Denver Immigration Court. The training will feature Lisa Frydman, the Associate Director and Managing Attorney for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and Lisa Green from RMIAN. Additional information is available here.

Growing Your Business with Intellectual Property—Wednesday, Nov. 5

Join the Tony Knight, Acting Associate Commissioner of Innovation and Development, for a noon panel discussion on growing your business with intellectual property. Panelists include Shadana Sultan, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce; Maranda S. Compton, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP; David Petite, Chairman, Native American Intellectual Property Enterprise Council; Susan Anthony, Acting Director, Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO. Click here to register.

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.

From the Legal Connection

Colorado Appellate Rules Amended by Colorado Supreme Court

On Oct. 17, the Colorado Supreme Court issued Rule Change 2014(13), amending the Colorado Appellate Rules. Four rules were amended: C.A.R. 3, “Appeal as of Right—How Taken”; C.A.R. 25, “Filing and Service”; C.A.R. 32, “Form of Briefs and Appellate Documents”; and C.A.R. 57, “Briefs—In General.” Click here to read more.

Killing Them Softly (Part Six): Bouncing Back

The reason not all law students and lawyers are paralyzed with stress-induced brain damage is because our brains are resilient. They bounce back. They successfully resist or unlearn stress conditioning. Click here to read more.

Optimize Your Membership

Discounts on Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The CBA has a new Workers’ Compensation Member Benefit Plan to replace the previous program with Pinnacol Assurance. The new program has a portfolio of underwriters to provide the most competitive premiums and proper coverages for your firm. The old workers’ compensation program with Pinnacol has a December 1st renewal date, so now is the perfect time to review your firm’s current policy with the quotes from the New CBA Member Benefit Workers’ Compensation Plan, which may result in significant premium savings. For more information click here.

Lending Library Book of the Week: Succeeding as Outside Counsel

This book provides outside counsel practical guidance on how to improve the level of service they offer and how to deepen their relationships with their clients—all from a client’s perspective. This essential guide will discuss how outside counsel have excelled, where they have fallen short, and what they need to do to serve the comprehensive needs of the client by adding value that goes far beyond any individual matter. 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.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Earn Free CLE Credits By Reading October Issues of The Colorado Lawyer!

Credit for reading articles is granted for two years only (the October 2012 issue will expire on December 31). Click here to access pertinent past issues.

Contact Reba Nance at if you have questions.

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