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October 21, 2010

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Oct. 21, 2010
“Power is the ability to do good things for others.”
~ Brooke Astor
In this issue…
  • Interview with Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey
  • Seeking Nominations for the Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • Get to Know Your Judge before Election Day
  • Social Security and Medicare: Everything You Need to Know But Didn't Know to Ask, Nov. 9
  • The Colorado Lawyer's Question of the Month: Why did you become a lawyer?
  • Free Career Assistance and Job Search Support Group: Using Social Media to Find Your Next Job, Nov. 9
  • Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Oct. 24–30
  • Announcing the selection of the CBA’s 2011 COBALT class
  • CLE by the Sea! The Best Place to be in January!
  • CBA-CLE: Real Estate Defaults, Nov.17
  • Hora Social: CBA Spanish Language Lawyering Committee, Nov. 3
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • CBA-CLE Homestudy Catalog
  • Volunteers Needed for the Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado
Annual CLE Conferences
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Interview with Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey
The outgoing Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court recently took time to talk with The Learned Lawyer about life on the court, life after the court, the Colorado judicial system, and even some of her favorite historical figures. Check out the full interview here.
Get to Know Your Judge before Election Day was launched by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Judicial Institute, and the League of Women Voters of Colorado. It offers voters an unbiased, nonpartisan resource with the information they need to learn about judges prior to Election Day. In addition to the site, which shows users who their judges are, it connects users with performance evaluations for those judges, and links users to the Ballot Information Booklet; the effort includes a 30-second Public Service Announcement.

The Colorado Lawyer's Question of the Month: Why did you become a lawyer?

Send your response to, using the subject line “Q of the Month.” All CBA members can respond to these questions related to lawyers, the law, and the legal profession. Questions and responses also can be found on The Learned Lawyer.

Free Career Assistance and Job Search Support Group: Using Social Media to Find Your Next Job, Nov. 9
Attend this brown-bag group session to participate in a safe, confidential forum and share your experiences, network, and gather practical information to enhance your job search or career transition efforts. RSVP to or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

Announcing the selection of the CBA’s 2011 COBALT class

2011 will mark the fifth year of COBALT, the CBA's leadership training program. The class will meet monthly from January to June, with sessions focusing on enhancing, promoting and inspiring leadership in the legal profession and community. For more information go to or contact Dana Collier Smith at

Class members include:
Teddi Ann Barry, Avon
John D. Becker, Castle Rock
Gillian M. Bidgood, Denver
Becky Bye, Denver
Beth A. Faragher, Denver
Nike L. Fleming, Denver
Frances R. Johnson, Colorado Springs
Donald E. Lake III, Denver
Brian S. Mason, Wheat Ridge
Ian D. McCargar, Fort Collins
Carlos Migoya, Jr., Denver
Daniel C. Mong, Denver
Danielle L. Moore, Denver
Troy R. Rackham, Denver
M. Robin Repass, Denver
Jessica Schmidt, Denver
Shannon B. Sharrock, Fort Collins
Sarah Steinbeck, Denver
Sara Stieben, Fort Collins
Dianne A. Van Voorhees, Denver
CBA-CLE: Real Estate Defaults: Drafting and Litigation Issues for Defaults on Loans, Leases, and Purchase and Sale Contracts, Nov. 17

In this informative program you will learn about default clauses in real estate documents, the remedies available for each kind of default, and how these issues are playing out in lawsuits. You will learn real-life, practical tips for determining when a party really is in default and what to do about it! The faculty includes both experienced attorneys who handle these matters, ensuring that you get up-to-date guidance from the best experts available! The convenient half-day format helps you fit this important educational experience into your busy schedule.

CBA-CLE Homestudy Catalog: Watch for yours in the mail!

CBA-CLE offers thousands of homestudy CLE courses that you can take from your office, home, or even if you’re traveling.  The majority of our courses are offered in three formats:  CD-ROM, Audio File-on-Demand and Video-on-Demand. So you don’t have to wait, you can download a class right now that includes the course materials!  It’s a good time to be thinking of CLE programming as the year comes to a close and possibly your compliance period.  Whether it’s just one Ethics credit you need or mutliple credits, we offer a wide variety of quality programming to fit your practice area.  To browse our homestudy products go to our “CLE Anytime” section at

Seeking Nominations for the Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award—Due Friday
The CBA Young Lawyers Division is looking for nominations for the 2010 Gary McPherson Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. Each year the YLD selects one lawyer to receive special recognition and a small award at the YLD Executive Council's December holiday dinner. Eligible persons are those who are members in good standing of the CBA, and who are 37 years or younger or who have been practicing law fewer than three years. Nominees should have an outstanding record of professional success, community service achievements, and a strong commitment to civic participation and inspiring others, whether within the legal profession or elsewhere. Nominations should be e-mailed by Friday to Becky Bye.
Social Security and Medicare: What You Need to Know But Didn't Know to Ask, Nov. 9

Back by popular demand is C. Crispin Sargent of CS AdvoCare to regale us with strange and bizarre tales from
the Social Security and Medicare front. More seriously, Chris is a whiz at helping people understand the ins and outs
of these important Federal programs. With new rules in place, and probably some more on the way, don't miss this presentation coming up next month. CBA members $10, non-CBA members $20, lunch included. This program will be held at the CBA offices, third floor, starting at noon on Nov. 9. One CLE credit approved. To RSVP, call 303-860-1115, ext. 727 or e-mail

Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Oct. 24–30
The National Pro Bono Celebration, sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, is scheduled for the week of Oct. 24-30. It is a coordinated effort to showcase the work and impact of pro bono lawyers across the country. The week is also dedicated to encouraging pro bono service by lawyers to meet the increasing need for representation of low-income and vulnerable clients in civil legal matters. Please visit CBA's Facebook Page and tell us what you are doing for Pro Bono Week.
CLE by the Sea! The Best Place to be in January!

Come join us for the first “CLE by the SEA” that offers both a Litigation and a Transactional Track!  At the  remarkable Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort (near Cancun) you can attend quality CLE programs and enjoy the fabulous amenities including golf at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course, a relaxing spa, the beautiful beaches, amazing ruins, scuba diving, fishing, shopping, and more! In addition, every attendee will receive a certificate for a free one-day CBA-CLE class in 2011! For more information on the Transactional Track click here and for the Litigation Track click here.

Hora Social: CBA Spanish Language Lawyering Committee, Nov. 3
In the fall of 2009, the Spanish city of Barcelona declared war on happy hour, banning offers of alcohol promotions.  In contrast, please join the CBA Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee's  “hora social” on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Tavern, 538 E 17th Ave. in Denver, where we declare peace on happy hour, salsa, and guacamole! (Soft drinks are available and plentiful) Spend time with fellow colleagues speaking Spanish, networking, and learning more about the activities of the committee.  Please RSVP to Bryony Heise  at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

HopeLine® from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries, and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider for victims of domestic abuse. Refurbished phones, complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service, are provided to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients.

Volunteers Needed for the Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado
Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado is looking for volunteers to serve on the Credit Union's Board of Directors. Primary responsibilities include: set policy, plan the Credit Union's course, make sure the Credit Union maintains a sound financial condition, educate members and potential members on products and services, report to the members at the annual meeting, and ensure that all decisions are guided by the best interest of the membership. Members from around the state are encouraged to apply and can attend the monthly Board meeting via the Internet. If interested, or for additional information, please contact Sherry Espinoza at 303-860-1117.
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