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November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008  Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter



- U.S. Judicial Selection Wars

- Facilitating Your Witness's Best Communication

- Dolls for Girls in difficult situations

- A huge thanks ...

- Transitions Program — Update on Medicare, Social Security (call-in option avaliable!)

- CLE: Mental Health Law

- A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions

- Tip of the Week 

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"I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens." – Abraham Lincoln (a portion of the Thanksgiving proclamation issued by the President on Oct. 3, 1863. For the entire text, click here.)

*** U.S. Judicial Selection Wars
The heated debate over how America chooses its judges continues, as merit selection and partisan election advocates square off. Hear the latest from former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, who is now executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. The luncheon is at noon, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St. One CLE credit has been applied for. RSVP to Call-in option is available; RSVP for the call-in option to Michelle Gersic,, or (303) 824-5342. More information here.  
*** Facilitating Your Witness's Best Communication
Many good cases have been undone or severely damaged by the poor performance of a single witness. Ken Broda-Bahm, Ph.D., senior litigation consultant for Persuasion Strategies and Past President of the American Society of Trial Consultants, will present “Facilitating Your Witness's Best Communication: An Approach to Interviewing, Assessing, and Preparing Testimony” on Thursday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Denver. One CLE credit has been applied for. RSVP to RSVP for the call-in option to Michelle Gersic,, or (303) 824-5342. More information here.  

*** Dolls for Girls in difficult situations, by Dec. 3
For girls who otherwise would not receive any gifts during the holidays, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association aims to collect 250 new, unwrapped dolls by Wednesday, Dec. 3. Jessica Bachus, wife of CTLA member Kyle Bachus, started the Dolls for Daughters program in memory of their daughter Kenzi. Abused, homeless, neglected and impoverished girls receive the dolls through the Samaritan House, Denver Children’s Home, The Gathering Place and SafeHouse Denver. Contact Nick Jurjovec at CTLA (303) 831-1192, or 1888 Sherman St., Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203.

*** A huge thanks goes out all across the state to ...
the initial round of nearly 100 attorneys who responded to take a foreclosure case pro bono and attend “The Basics of Foreclosure Defense” Webinar yesterday, hosted by Colorado Legal Services and the CBA. The initial response was tremendous, including attorneys who have never practiced in this area of law. Other attorneys who want to be part of the economic solution and take a pro bono case, stay tuned! We are in the process of exploring options for future trainings, and posting the informative 2-hour audiocast in a few weeks. See the press release here.

*** Transitions Program — Update on Medicare, Social Security (call-in option avaliable!)
Back by popular demand, Chris Sargent will update us on Tuesday, Dec. 2, noon, at the Bar, 1900 Grant St. on recent changes to Medicare. She’ll discuss what to look for in supplemental medical policies and the latest in Social Security benefits timing. Given these uncertain financial times, the best advice about how to maximize all of one’s resources is doubly important. To attend the Transitions luncheon, for $15, RSVP to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. If applicable, note in your RSVP that you want to attend via call-in for $5 total.

*** CLE: Mental Health Law
CBA-CLE is proud to bring back, after a 17-year hiatus, Mental Health Law as a topic! This program, Nov. 21, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., will focus on the ins and outs of representing clients in mental health actions, often after they have been taken to a mental hospital and medicated against their will. Register online: Mental Health Law.

*** A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions
This practical introduction to transactional real estate law provides a bridge between theory and the reality of practice. Order online here. For information, call (303) 860-0608 or toll-free (888) 860-2531.

*** Tip of the Week
An article on how to “Move Beyond the Adversarial System of Law” is just one of many useful articles awaiting you online at The Complete Lawyer. Another article that could be useful to solo firms, is “Overcoming The Psychological Barriers To Building A Solo Practice.”

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