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September 2008 CBA YLD e-Newsletter

 

 

Upcoming CBA/YLD Events… Mark Your Calendar Now and Get Involved!


ANNUAL CBA/YLD FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT FAMILY TREE

* When: Friday, October 17, 2008, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
* Where: Moye White LLP (16th Street Mall and Market in Downtown)
* Who: attorneys of all ages, along with their friends and family

You’re invited to our Colorado microbrew beer-tasting, local wine sampling and silent auction to help raise money for Family Tree.  Family Tree is a local non-profit organization providing a broad range of services and shelter to metro-Denver families and youth in crisis since 1976.  The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. and the silent auction closes at 7:45 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 for one and $15.00 for two pre-sale and $15.00 for one at the door.  Be sure you don’t miss this occasion to network with other attorneys while supporting a great cause.  For tickets and more information, contact Carla A. Scarpone at (303) 299-9484 or carla@harrisfamilylaw.com

ANNUAL YLD CLE – “PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF AN HONORABLE PROFESSION”

* When: Thursday, November 11, 2008 at 8:30 a.m.
* Where: University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Every year, the CBA/YLD puts on a CLE program tailored to the needs and interests of newly admitted and soon-to-be admitted Colorado attorneys.  This year’s program will include speakers on professionalism, trial advocacy, ethics and career services.  Specifically, the topics and speakers include the following:

*  “Professionalism/Rule of Law,” presented by the Honorable Judge David Prince of the El Paso County District Court, 4th Judicial District, Colorado Springs

*  “Lay Witness Interview and Trial Presentation” with audience participation, presented by the Honorable William R. Lucero, Presiding Disciplinary Judge, Colorado Supreme Court Denver

*  “Getting the Most Out of Your Expert,” presented by Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr. of Burns Figa & Will P.C., Greenwood Village

*  “Professionalism in Practice” with video vignettes and audience participation, presented by Julie Haines, trial lawyer, Kennedy Childs & Fogg, P.C., Denver

*  “Professionalism in Networking the Mechanics of Career Development” presented by Hannah Wanebo of University of Denver, Sturm College of Law - Career Services, Denver, and Eric Bono and Karen Trojanowski of University of Colorado Law School - Career Development, Boulder

This program is a great way to network and to earn those hard to obtain ethics credits.  Registration for the full-day program is $35.00, which includes written materials and lunch.  Please contact James Garts at Garts@PelegrinRadeff.com for registration and more information.

VOLUNTEER TO COACH MOCK TRIAL TEAMS

Interested in connecting with the community?  Want to inspire future attorneys?  Do you have fond memories of your own high school mock trial competitions?  If you answered "Yes" to one or more of these questions, sign up to coach a local Colorado high school mock trial team!  The mock trial season begins in late October and goes through February, March or May, depending on how well the team performs.  Too often schools are not able to compete because they lack attorney coaches so please take this opportunity to make a difference by volunteering to be a coach.  Do not let a lack of coaching experience discourage you, the CBA will offer free trial practice CLEs to the attorneys who sign up to coach a team  Also, please save the date for March 13-14, 2009 as scoring panelists will be needed as well!  For more information, go to http://www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/20283/DPWFP/For-Attorney-Coaches/ or contact Carolyn Gravit, Director of Public Legal Education, at (303) 824-5323 or cgravit@cobar.org.  Thank you for helping the future of our profession!

THE CBA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR YLD MEMBERS

Do you care about civil rights? Do you want to help influence our laws? If so, join the CBA Civil Rights Committee!! The Committee has approximately 100 members and its primary energy is focused on educating the community regarding important civil rights issues and helping the CBA to influence our lawmakers on legislative bills that implicate our civil rights. As a member, you will have opportunities to discuss positions on the various legislative issues in front of the State Legislature and to organize CLEs on interesting and important issues. Committee meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the CBA offices at 5:30 pm. Members interested in legislative activities are invited to participate in weekly conference calls during the legislative session. You do not need experience or expertise in civil rights law to join. For more information, please contact Althea S. Licht at asmileylicht@kln-law.com.

GET INVOLVED WITH THE SENIOR LAW HANDBOOK AND SENIOR LAW DAY

 The CBA's Civic and Community Affairs Subcommittee is looking for fresh faces! Join this group to help coordinate the 2009 Senior Law Handbook and plan Senior Law Day.  This is a valuable opportunity to collaborate with Trust and Estate and Elder Law practitioners from around the state, to build lasting relationships and to give back to the community.  This is a very rewarding opportunity for younger attorneys to get involved in the community.  Contact Heather Clark at hclark@cobar.org or 303-824-5350 for more information.

ELECTION PROTECTION NOW… GET INVOLVED WITH THE ABA

Election Protection (EP) is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. It guides voters through the voting process, helping to ensure all eligible American citizens have the opportunity to cast a meaningful ballot and have that vote counted. While Election Protection is a resource for all Americans, the program focuses on traditionally disenfranchised communities, including: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and other racially and ethnically diverse communities; seniors; young people; low-income voters; and individuals with disabilities.  The ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law and the Lawyers’ Committee is seeking pro bono assistance of lawyers, law firms, bar associations, and corporate legal departments with the many aspects of Election Protection 2008. Assistance is needed with local legal committees; staffing and hosting the national voter hotline; and preparing materials. Individual law firms and corporate legal departments may volunteer for one or all of the above. 

If you are interested in getting additional information regarding Election Protection 2008, please contact Rachel Patrick, Director of the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice at PatrickR@staff.abanet.org or (312) 988-5408.  Also, please visit the ABA website at http://www.abanet.org/2008election/ for more information.

MEET AND GREET OPPORTUNITY WITH CPA'S AND REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS

You are invited to join the Centennial NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors)/YAT (Young Advisors Team) for a Summer cool down/Fall HEAT UP networking and development event for CPAs, attorneys and real estate professionals!  A speaker from Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) will talk about political and legislative updates and practice growth.  Please RSVP to Amy Duncan at (303) 264-1202 or amy.duncan@woodburyfinancial.com.  Appetizers will be provided.

* When: Wednesday, October 8, 2008
* Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
* Where: LODOS Bar and Grill, Highlands Ranch (C-470 and Quebec)

***COMING SOON*** THE YLD EMAIL LISTSERV

In October, the CBA-YLD will unveil its brand new E-Mail Listserv!  The listserv will enable our members throughout Colorado to communicate with their colleagues and peers like never before.  Through this electronic bulletin board system, you will be able to post and read answers regarding practice questions, to contribute career development ideas and advice, and to learn helpful tips and tricks for all aspects of practice and professional like.  Look for the first emails in your inbox this October, which will include instructions regarding user options available to each member.

UPDATE: MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the members who volunteered their time and made the commitment to become a mentor for an incoming DU first-year law student.  We are confident that this program will make a substantial difference in the lives of the DU student population, which will be long-lasting into their practice after graduation.  If you are interested in learning about other opportunities to connect with and help out the DU students, please contact Becky Bye at beckybye@gmail.com.  For similar CU opportunities, contact Eric Bono at Eric.Bono@Colorado.EDU.  Thanks, again, for your support of this wonderful program.
 

NEED SOME PRO BONO HOURS? 

The CBA/YLD continues to assist the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center by providing much-needed assistance in screening potential cases and providing basic information to teens and young adults who need legal services.  Young lawyers will have an opportunity to earn pro bono hours while serving the community.  All volunteers receive training and are scheduled to work an approximate 3-hour shift.  If you are interested, please contact Tiffany Warner at twarneresq@gmail.com.

UNIQUE YLD DISCOUNTS

YLD Special Discounts Are Back!  As members of the CBA/YLD, you are entitled to special discounts and promotions from various Colorado businesses.  Please check out our website for more details.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PUBLISHED?

The Colorado Lawyer is looking to publish articles written by young lawyers or for young lawyers.  If you are interested in being published, please contact Chris Bryan at cbryan@garfieldhecht.com

VOLUNTEERS

We’re always happy to hear from members who want to volunteer for the many CBA/YLD programs and activities.  In fact, the CBA/YLD strongly encourages all young attorneys to become active in the many exciting projects and activities sponsored by the CBA/YLD.  For more information on volunteering, e-mail Melissa Ogburn at Melissa@lasaterandmartin.com.

GENERAL INFORMATION

For the most current information about the CBA/YLD, please visit our webpage on the Colorado Bar Association website (www.cobar.org) by clicking on the “Inside the Bar” option on the left and selecting the “Young Lawyers Division” section.