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January 13, 2011 “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't
see the whole staircase. ”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jan. 20
Construction Insurance
Denver Seminar

Jan. 21
3rd Annual Private Equity Conference
Denver Seminar

Jan. 27
Transfer Tax Reform
Denver Seminar


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In this issue…
  • CBA Announces its Award of Merit Honoree
  • New Member Mixer
  • CBA YLD Christmas in February
  • CLE: Family Law Basics
  • Immigration Law Section Brown Bag Lunch
  • Be Recognized for Your Pro Bono Achievement
  • Civility in Leadership
  • Career Paths in Business and Law Symposium
  • Stay in the Loop with the Legislature
  • Solo Small Firm Section Networking Events
  • CLE: Limited Liability Companies in Colorado
CBA Announces its Award of Merit Honoree

Anthony van Westrum will be given the association’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, on Friday night. Since 1992, van Westrum has been an invaluable member of the bar association’s legislative policy committee. He has participated in more than a dozen of the bar association’s sections and committees, and also serves on the CBA’s governing body. Since 1994, van Westrum has had a solo practice, focusing on corporate and business law, arbitration and mediation in commercial transactions, and expert witness and consulting services in business matters and in ethics and professional misconduct matters. The CBA Award of Merit is given annually to a member of the association for outstanding service to the association, the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the community. Read the full press release here.

CBA YLD Christmas in February

Don't forget that Christmas comes twice a year. This year, the CBA Young Lawyers Division has partnered with Weecycle, a local nonprofit that helps low-income families with infants and toddlers in the Denver metro area by providing new and gently used baby gear and toys free of charge. CBA YLD will host a collection drive during the last weeks of February. Collections will take place throughout the metro Denver area and can be dropped off at the CBA offices. If you would like to get involved or have an interest in hosting a collection location, please contact Denise Lynch at or Carlos Migoya at

Immigration Law Section Brown Bag Discussion Series, Feb. 1

Please join two of Colorado’s expert immigration lawyers for an informal brown bag lunch discussion on Business Immigration and temporary work visas in the U.S.. The topic will follow the lead of the questions asked and the interests of those who attend, combined with a presentation on the basics of temporary non-immigrant visas for foreign nationals to work legally in the U.S. Be sure to bring your questions or e-mail them in advance to Amy Sreenen at

The program is free of charge and will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. RSVP to or call 303-860-1115 ext. 727 with your name and the title of the program. RSVP deadline is noon on, Jan. 31.

Civility in Leadership

The Colorado Bar Association has joined more than 50 business leaders, labor unions, non-profit organizations, and advocacy groups in promoting renewed civility in Colorado’s legislative process. Click here to learn more.

Stay in the Loop With the Legislature

The CBA’s “e-legislative report” is a weekly e-mail newsletter that tracks the action at the state legislature for CBA members. To start your free subscription, e-mail Michael Valdez at If you received the newsletter during the 2010 legislative session, you do not need to re-subscribe. For more information, click here.
The Definitive Seminar on LLCs in Colorado! Whether you need to learn the basic concepts or study the complexities, this program will provide a comprehensive view of limited liability companies in Colorado. From basic drafting and structure to economic rights and obligations — fiduciary duties to securities law — and single member LLCs to creditors' rights, speakers Herrick Lidstone and Allen Sparkman will give you the inside track on this flexible form of enterprise.



New Member Mixer—Free Networking and CLE, Jan. 28
Whether you’re a new or an established member, we encourage you to bring attorneys who are considering joining the CBA to this New Member Mixer. The event will be held at the Denver Athletic Club, starting at 4 p.m., with a one-hour ethics CLE presentation by CBA President Paul Chan, “The Ethical Geek.” Following the program, there will be CBA Section and Committee “Speed-Dating.” If you’re a section or committee leader who wishes to participate, please contact Heather Clark at 303-824-5350 or Enjoy CLE, food, and pool, and rub elbows with Bar leaders. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727. Please indicate if you plan to attend the CLE presentation. For more information, click here.

CLE: Family Law Basics, Feb. 3

Take a pro bono case and attend for only $65. This program happens only once every two years, so don't miss your chance to build a solid foundation on which you can build your successful family law practice. The program will review: Initial Client Information, Jurisdiction, Protective Orders, Custody/Parenting Time, Rule 16.2, Disclosures/Discovery, Mediation, Juvenile Issues in Domestic Cases, Child Support, Maintenance, Separation Agreements, Taxation, Trial Preparation, and Technology Tools for Case Analysis and Presentation.

Be Recognized for Your Pro Bono Achievement

Be recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court for your firm or in-house counsel group’s pro bono achievement. Each year, the Supreme Court recognizes law firms and in-house counsel groups that commit to an annual goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services, averaged across the firm each year for its Colorado-licensed attorneys and pro-rated for part-time attorneys, primarily for the indigent and/or nonprofit organizations that serve the indigent. It awards certificates signed by the justices to those firms and in-house counsel groups that achieved this goal in the prior calendar year and lists your firm or group on the judicial Web page.

If your firm or in-house counsel group met the goal in calendar year 2010 or if your firm or group would like to make the annual commitment starting this year, please notify Justice Greg Hobbs by Feb. 15 at


Career Paths in Business and Law Symposium, Jan. 25

The University of Colorado Law School is seeking volunteers for the second annual “Career Paths in Business and Law Symposium.” This educational program will be held in downtown Denver from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in the Lawrence Terrace Room, 1380 Lawrence St., 2nd Floor. This program gives students the opportunity to learn from professionals representing a variety of career paths, including private legal practice, in-house practice, business, nonprofits, and “alternative careers” outside the practice of law. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Eric Bono at 303-492-1488 or Please RSVP by Jan. 19.

Solo and Small Firm Section Networking Events

Have you hung your own shingle? Well, come hang with your fellow solo and small firm practitioners.
  • Colorado Springs — Feb. 2 at 11:30 a.m.
    Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs
    Contact Jim Duve at 719-578-5800
  • Downtown Denver — Feb. 3 at 7:30 a.m.
    Tavern Restaurant DAC, 1325 Glenarm Place
    Contact Frank Slaninger at 303-617-4446.
  • Downtown Denver — Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
    Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St.
    Contact Jennifer D. McGinn at 720-362-3000.
  • Denver Tech Center Area — Feb. 11 at noon
    Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Ste. 300, Centennial
    Contact Phil Shuey at 303-680-2595.

If you’re interested in starting a networking meeting in your area, contact Section Chair Jim Duve at 719-578-5800, or Reba Nance, Section Staff Liaison, at 303-824-5320.

Click here for complete information regarding the January and February networking meetings sponsored by the CBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section.

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