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January 17, 2008

January 17, 2008 Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


- Celebrating Former Lawyer and Colorado Gov. Carr

- 2008 Colorado Employment Law Conference

- FREE MVL Family Law Court Program Training

- Troubled by Rude & Unprofessional Attorneys?

- Private Practice Symposium

- Model Jury Instructions: Employment Litigation, Second Edition

- Tip of the Week

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A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.
- Sir Walter Scott

*** Celebrating Former Lawyer and Colorado Gov. Carr
Celebrate a new book about former lawyer and Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr, who bravely condemned the internment of Japanese-American citizens during WWII. Author Adam Schrager is a political reporter at Channel 9. A reception for the legal community will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30–7 p.m., at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, 1550 17th St., fifth floor, Grand Conference Room. The event is sponsored by the CBA and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Refreshments will be served. Schrager will have a reading/signing at the LoDo Tattered Cover, 16th and Wynkoop, after the reception, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are necessary for the party and space is limited. RSVP to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, or

*** 2008 Colorado Employment Law Conference
Employment Law continues to be one of the fastest-changing areas of law in our state and nationwide. This CBA–CLE program, Feb. 21-22, 9–11:50 a.m., will keep you on top of the latest issues and important personnel and policy changes at the Colorado and Federal employment law regulatory agencies. Register online: 2008 Colorado Employment Law Conference

*** FREE MVL Family Law Court Program Training
The CBA Paralegal Committee assists Metro Volunteer Lawyers in coordinating training sessions for paralegals who want to volunteer for the Family Law Court Program. This pro bono opportunity is open to any paralegal who wishes to volunteer. CBA membership is not a requirement to attend the training session or to volunteer. The next training sessions will be Saturday, Feb. 2 for paralegals with no family law experience, and Wednesday, Feb. 6 for paralegals with family law experience. To register or for more information, contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or

*** Troubled by Rude & Unprofessional Attorneys?
The following lawyers are willing to take calls on a confidential basis for guidance, tips and strategies for dealing with opposing counsel: Dave Steefel (303) 861-7000; Pam Mackey (303) 831-7364; Steve Lass (303) 296-9412; Karen Pearson (720) 874-8536. The Metropolitan Conciliation Panel began as a DBA program in 1996, and has expanded to include attorneys from the bar associations from the First Judicial District, and Adams/Broomfield, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. The panel rotates taking calls. More details available here.

*** Private Practice Symposium
The Third Annual Private Practice Symposium at the University of Colorado Law School is Wednesday, Feb. 6, 3–4:30 p.m. in the Wolf Law building. A reception will follow. This event is for attorneys to share information with law students about what it's like to work in different areas of private practice. If you would like to participate in this event, contact Joelle Besnette at (303) 492-8651 or, and identify your primary practice area. Also indicate if you are interested in conducting interviews. Space is limited!
*** Model Jury Instructions: Employment Litigation, Second Edition
Model Jury Instructions: Employment Litigation, Second Edition provides clear and balanced instructions for presentation to juries in employment litigation with more than 200 models that present the critical elements and definitions in employment law. Order online. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit

*** Tip of the Week
We’ve all been there. You call a company with an issue that you know can only be handled by speaking with a human being. However, human beings don’t answer the phone anymore. Instead, you get put through an interminable phone tree before you get the option to speak with someone (and that’s if you’re lucky!). Check out Get Human at The site conveniently lists companies by category, and gives the exact buttons to push to avoid the phone tree and get to a real person. Not only does this save a ton of time, it also prevents unnecessary stress!  Contact Reba Nance at if you have any questions. 


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