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January 25, 2008

January 25, 2008 

Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter



- Great Volunteer Opportunity!

- Health Benefit Plan for CBA Members 

- FREE MVL Family Law Court Program Training

- New Date for Civil Rights Program

- From Good to Great: Four Steps to Standout Legal Writing

- Mock Trial Attorney Coaches Needed!

- The Impact of Pro Bono

- Guide for Colorado Nonprofit Organizations

- New Immigration Committee

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An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.  - Martin Luther King, Jr.

*** Great Volunteer Opportunity!
The Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Bar Association need volunteer lawyers to help out at the educational event, “Take Charge! Violence Prevention, Conflict Resolution and the Law,” Saturday, Feb. 2, at the DoubleTree Hotel—Denver North (Hwy. 36 & Sheridan). Whether it is all day or just for a few hours, the volunteer lawyers can help with a mock trial and law discussions. For more information and to volunteer, contact Leslie Howard at or (303) 607-4883.

*** Health Benefit Plan for CBA Members
The CBA is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield they will be offering a health benefit plan for CBA Members. The program should start within the next week, and will provide a number of important benefits and options for our members. Specifically, the program will be available to solo practitioners and small firms as well as larger firms up to 50 employees. An Anthem agent in your geographical area might be contacting you to provide more details. More details about the plan will be avaliable soon! 

*** 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

*** New Date for Civil Rights Program
The CBA Civil Rights Committee presents “Free Speech Zones or Security Zones? Balancing First Amendment Rights and Security Concerns at the Democratic National Convention” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, noon–1:30 p.m., at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., third floor, in Denver. Moderator Mari Newman (Killmer, Lane & Newman) will facilitate the discussion regarding how organizers of the DNC can allow for citizens and protestors to have their voices heard while preserving security and order at the convention. Panelists will be Glenn Spagnuolo (“Recreate ’68”), Ed Ramey (Isaacson Rosenbaum) and Thomas J. Marrese (senior city attorney in Colorado Springs). One CLE credit approved. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. RSVP to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

*** From Good to Great: Four Steps to Standout Legal Writing
Featuring National Speaker Ross Guberman! The ability to write effectively is one of the most important skills an attorney can have. During this CBA–CLE program Feb. 22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Guberman will discuss his “Four Steps” approach to writing that will offer you proven tools for pleasing impatient and demanding readers. Register online: From Good to Great: Four Steps to Standout Legal Writing. 

*** Mock Trial Attorney Coaches Needed!
An attorney in Sterling is needed to help coach the Fleming High School mock trial team. The team is preparing for a regional tournament on Feb. 9 and 10. Time commitment is flexible. If you are interested, e-mail Stacey Aurzada at An attorney also is needed in Arvada to help coach the Arvada West High School mock trial team. Only a few hours are needed to give the students advice and tips. If you are interested, e-mail Bret Thayer at

*** The Impact of Pro Bono
Check out the story of Jonathan LeCount that was featured in the January issue of The Docket. This could be you! To become a volunteer with Metro Volunteer Lawyers, contact Dianne A. Van Voorhees at For other pro bono opportunities around the state, check here!

*** Guide for Colorado Nonprofit Organizations
This guide covers the legal aspects of forming nonprofit entities in Colorado. There are chapters on the federal and state tax treatment of such entities and avoiding the pitfalls of maintaining a nonprofit corporation's tax exempt status. The guide also includes sample forms, tables, and references to online resources to augment the text as well as a comprehensive subject index. Order online! For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit

*** New Immigration Committee
The newly formed Immigration Committee of the Colorado Bar Association will be holding a welcome/membership reception on Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m., at the CBA Offices, 1900 Grant St., 9th Floor. We would like for all members who have recently joined or anyone interested in joining this newly formed committee to attend the reception. You will have the opportunity to join the committee the night of the reception. If you know anyone interested in the committee, invite them to the reception. The reception is free. RSVP to with your name and number of attendees. For more information, contact Melissa Nicoletti at


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