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February 14, 2008

February 14, 2008  Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


- Celebrating Former Lawyer and Colorado Gov. Carr

- Evidence – The Basics by the Experts

- Help Out with Mock Trials

- Christmas in March

- Safe2Tell Initiative

- National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers

- Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines

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I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. - Author Unknown
Happy Valentine’s Day!

*** 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 after the reception at 7:30 p.m. at the LoDo Tattered Cover. Reservations are necessary for the reception and space is limited. RSVP to (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, or

*** Evidence – The Basics by the Experts
Learn who can be witnesses, how to instruct the jury, what hearsay is, when character evidence becomes an issue, and how to win your Daubert⁄Shreck Motion. During this CBA–CLE program, March 7, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Professor Ed Imwinkelried will give you information that will help you to best serve your clients. Register online: Evidence – The Basics by the Experts.

*** Help Out with Mock Trials
Volunteer judges, attorneys and paralegals are needed to judge the 2008 Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament, March 14–15, in Ft. Collins. Training packets are mailed in advance and an orientation is provided the day of tournament. No experience necessary! You can help students gain beneficial life-skills, such as team work, collaboration, the importance and value of setting goals, and productive argument. If you are interested, contact Carolyn Gravit at or sign-up here!

*** Christmas in March
Christmas in March, March 8, noon–2 p.m., is an annual event that benefits underprivileged children who may have missed out on this year’s holiday festivities. The 2008 event will benefit Weld County Youth Alternatives—Mentors and Friends, and will be held at the Rodarte Center in Greeley. Festivities will include a visit from Santa, as well as gifts, food and games. The CBA Young Lawyers Division is seeking donations, including toys, books, stuffed animals, games, action figures, athletic equipment and clothing. Drop-off locations for donations are: Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203-4336; and Bell, Boge & Associates, 322 E. Oak St., Ft. Collins, CO 80524. For more information, contact Jed Scott at (970) 493-8999.

*** Safe2Tell Initiative
Because of the school shootings at Columbine and Platte Canyon High Schools, Colorado is focusing on improving school safety. Discussions continue about which strategies are the best to keep kids safe, however, there is one initiative that has been implemented in ninety-five communities across Colorado. That initiative is called Safe2Tell. To learn more about the Safe2Tell program read an article by Don Quick, 17th J.D. District Attorney, visit, or call (719) 520-7435.

*** National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers
SEAK, Inc. is sponsoring the nation’s 7th Annual Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers. The purpose of the competition is to encourage lawyers to become more interested in and adept at writing legal fiction. The format is a short story or novel excerpt in the legal fiction genre. The submission should be typed and not exceed 2,500 words. The deadline is March 31 and the submissions will be judged on originality, quality of writing and the potential of the author. The first place prize is $1,000 cash, second is a $1,000 SEAK gift certificate and third is a $500 SEAK gift certificate. Send submissions to SEAK, Inc.—Legal Fiction Competition, Attn: Steven Babitsky, P.O. Box 729, Falmouth, MA, 02541. For more guidelines or questions, visit or e-mail Steve at

*** Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines
In the 750-plus pages of this book, you'll learn the background and strategies behind effective e-discovery and find more than 70 forms and checklists you need. The authors supply helpful information and commentary to bring you up to speed in the electronic discovery field. Order online here! For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531, or visit


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