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In this issue:   January 2016
Message from Your Chair

Happy New Year and welcome back! I’m excited to announce that the YLD is working on a number of networking, continuing education, and active lifestyle opportunities for its members in the New Year. Below is a preview of upcoming opportunities:

  • Organizing teams to compete in the Courage Classic, Cherry Creek Sneak, and Colfax Marathon
  • A CLE to hone your effectiveness in mediation and arbitration
  • Networking at the Nuggets
  • And a new series of events for young lawyers with families

Watch our monthly newsletter and website for further details in the months to come! The Young Lawyers Division Executive Council will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday February 3, 2016 from 6–7 PM at the Colorado Bar Association Offices. We look forward to seeing our members continue to get involved!

Nicole Marie Black
Chair, CBA YLD

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Join us for World Cancer Day with Wheels of Justice Cycling Team!

Please join us on World Cancer Day for a happy hour with the CBA and DBA Young Lawyers Divisions and learn about participation in the Wheels of Justice cycling team at the Courage Classic.

Thursday, February 4
5:30–7 pm
Onefold Restaurant
1420 E 18th Avenue, Denver

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and local beer and wine at one of Denver’s hottest new restaurants while you learn more about how to ride with Wheels of Justice at the Courage Classic.

The Courage Classic is an annual cycling tour to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado and will be held this year on July 23–24. Funds raised by Wheels of Justice benefit the Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Wheels of Justice is the largest team riding annually in the Courage Classic. The team’s riders and supporters are Colorado lawyers, doctors, cancer patients, cancer survivors, and numerous friends and families. In 2015, the team raised $345,583—taking first-place in the team competition and bringing their ten-year total team fundraising to more than $2.6 million.

This event is sponsored by CLE International, a Denver-based national provider of continuing legal and professional education, founded in 1983.

Please RSVP to Mary Lark, (303) 377-6600 or

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Events Around the Denver Bar Association

January Coffee Talk Thursday, January 28

We Hate to Break it to you but Bankruptcy Impacts Your Practice

Kate Sender, attorney at Sender Wasserman Wadsworth P.C., and Anne Zoltani, attorney with the Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, will discuss how bankruptcy law effects your non-bankruptcy practice. They will navigate through common issues that arise when bankruptcy intersects with real estate, tax, personal injury, family law, criminal, probate, employment law, and class action work. The presentation will highlight fundamentals for non-bankruptcy practitioners including assisting clients in recovering from an insurance company during a bankruptcy, treatment of domestic support obligations in bankruptcy and the impact on divorce separation agreements, discharging certain tax claims, disclaimer of inheritance in bankruptcy, treatment of wage claims, and using Chapter 11 as an alternative to defending a class action without insurance. One general CLE credit applied for. Cost is $5 for members and $20 for nonmembers and includes a continental breakfast. The program is from 8 to 9 a.m. at the DBA offices. RSVP online, by or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

February Coffee Talk: Thursday, February 25

The Clean Power Plan:Beyond the Rhetoric

Matt Larson, regulatory attorney at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, will provide an overview of the recently finalized Clean Power Plan. This EPA rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants has already proven controversial, resulting in litigation over its legality and a public and legal dispute between Colorado's Governor and Attorney General. Putting aside the politics, this presentation will address the structure of the Clean Power Plan, how EPA creates performance standards and CO2 emission goals, and the issues facing states, utilities, generators, and other stakeholders as the process of complying with this far-reaching rule moves forward. One general CLE credit available. Cost is $5 for members and $20 for nonmembers and includes a continental breakfast. The program is from 8 to 9 a.m. at the DBA offices. RSVP online, by or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

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Thank you to our Bullyproof Volunteers!

Thank you to our volunteers on the Western Slope who helped put on a Bullyproof project at Sopris Elementary School in Gleenwood Springs, Colorado! The event was held for over 220 fourth and fifth grade students.

Ben Johnston and Casey Kannenberg of the Young Lawyers Division.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The CBA’s Environmental Sustainability Program (ESP) Committee needs YOU! The ESP is a voluntary program where law firms incorporate sustainability principles into their firm management.

Our website contains lots of helpful sustainability tips and an application for the

We have an active committee, but we need more members! In 2016, we plan to host CLEs and create educational materials to help engage the legal community and encourage participation in the ESP. If you are committed to environmental sustainability, and you are interested in some great networking and outreach, join our committee!

We meet the third Wednesday of the month over the lunch hour. Please contact Barney White for more information: or 303-825-1980.

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Upcoming CLE

Family Law Basic Skills 2016, February 11–12

WHY should you attend Family Law Basic Skills? Because nowhere else will you get the comprehensive toolkit you need to take on family law cases. In two days, some of the most experienced and knowledgeable family law practitioners and experts in Colorado will gather to bring you every step you need to handle a family law case from start to finish. REGISTER TODAY!

DON’T MISS your chance to build a foundation upon which you will build your successful family law practice!

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Stay Active with CBA Young Lawyers Division

Monthly CBA YLD meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Ste 900, Denver. They are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Please RSVP to

Check us out on Facebook and the YLD website stay updated about our events.

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