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TCL > August 2001 Issue > Saturday, September 22, 2001

August 2001       Vol. 30, No. 8       Page  29

Saturday, September 22, 2001



Alumni Breakfast
Harvard Law School


Golf Outing
The CBA Institutes Committee has arranged a golf outing for those who wish to partake of the scenic Vail Golf Club Course. The golf outing has been reserved for 40 golfers. The price is $125 for green fees, cart rental and gratuity, and range balls. This will not be a tournament; it's just an opportunity to play in a beautiful setting with your fellow lawyers. Spouses and guests are cordially invited to register. Although it is not a tournament, prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt. The outing will be set with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (subject to weather conditions). Vail's policy is that monies will not be refunded if someone cancels within 5 days of September 21. So, if you prepay but cannot play, you will personally need to find a substitute since the CBA will be unable to refund your money.


Coffee Break

Sponsored by Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.


Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee

8:30-10:15 "Career Transitions and Non-Traditional Career Choices for Lawyers"-Speakers to be announced

This panel is designed to help attorneys explore alternative careers and learn about ways to pursue them. Panelists will discuss the paths they took to obtain non-traditional jobs and how their law degree assisted them in getting those positions. They will also discuss how they handled the different factors they had to address in making the change, including financial considerations, family concerns, perceived loss of status/prestige, etc. This program is presented by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Sam Cary Bar Association

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Availability of Legal Services program

This program is presented by the Availability of Legal Services Committee.

Program will resume at 2:30 p.m. See afternoon listing for details.


Family Law Section
"The Best of Family Law 2001" - Speakers to be announced

This informative program will cover the best of the 2001 Family Law Topical Luncheons, including the latest and greatest in case law updates, and the most prominent legislative changes from the recent session. In the second portion of this program, a panel of judges will be given two case scenarios and asked how they would rule on spousal maintenance issues in those cases. To round out the program, there will be an overview of the various family law pilot projects in Colorado, and an introduction to the new idea of "Collaborative Divorce." This program will be of benefit to any attorney practicing in the family law arena.


Judiciary Section

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. "Effective County Court and Municipal Practice" - Raymond N. Satter, Denver; Claudia J. Jordan, Denver; Steven L. Fisher, Aurora

The judges will address effective litigation and practice strategies, jurisdictional limits, relevant procedural rules, protective orders, and small claims court procedures.

9:30 - 10:45 a.m. "Effective District Court Practice" - John N. McMullen, Denver; W. Terry Ruckriegle, Breckenridge; Jane Alison Tidball, Golden, Steve Loftis, Denver

The judges will address effective litigation of a district court case and electronic filings, which are here to stay. The first section of the presentation will address pleadings, including complaints, answers and dispositive motions. The second section will address discovery issues, including discovery disputes. The third section will address presentations both to the court and to a jury, including the preparation of jury instructions. Last, judicial department staff will address the status and implementation of the electronic filing of pleadings.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 "Effective Appellate Practice" - Nancy E. Rice, Denver; Robert J. Kapelke, Denver; JoAnn L. Vogt, Denver

These Court of Appeals judges will address effective appellate practice. The first section will address the characteristic of an effective brief. The second section will address the preparation and strategy of an effective oral argument. The third section will address the effective presentation of and response to a writ of certiorari to the Colorado Supreme Court.


Law Office Technology Committee
"Putting Technology to Work in Your Law Practice"

8:30 - 9:15 "Lawyers' Favorite PC Tips - Using What You Already Have" - Natalie Thornwell, Atlanta; Reba Nance, Denver

This session will cover simple tips for improving the efficiency of your computer hardware and software. We'll cover everything from how to print out a copy of what's on your screen (no matter what application you're using), to troubleshooting printing problems yourself, to Word Perfect and Word tricks to save you time.

9:30 - 10:30 "Mobile Lawyering - You CAN Take it With You!" - Ken Bennington, Denver; David Masters, Montrose

From notebook computers to handheld devices and mobile phones, lawyers are finding more ways to remain productive when away from the home office. Learn how to select and make the most of hardware and software to take your practice on the road

10:45 - 12:00 "Trial Technology for Litigators" - Todd Miller, Denver

From litigation support software to trial presentation and beyond, learn what tools and techniques lawyers are using in everyday practice and how best to implement those solutions in your practice.

Program will resume at 2:30 p.m. See afternoon listing for details.


Law Practice Management Committee
"Planning for Change - Is it Time?" - Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, Denver

Contemplating finally adding an associate to your solo practice? Thinking big firm merger? Packaging and branding your practice? Acquiring a branch office? Launching a new e-practice? Moving to the 'burbs? Change is a foreign and often uncomfortable proposition in the practice of law. And, in a business world that is changing at the speed of light. . .well. . .resisting it beams you back to the dark ages! Your success, today, depends on your ability to do things differently, to innovate, to CHANGE. Ms. Tarlton, law firm management consultant and Editor-in-Chief of the ABA's Law Practice Management Magazine, will explore the value of thinking differently when it comes to law practice management. Come prepared to learn: where the business of practicing law is going in the future; how law firms are tossing aside precedent-based thinking and creating new markets; where successful innovation comes from in a law firm; what your personal preferences are for change and how to use those preferences to launch successful business initiatives; and how to get creative in the face of trouble


Lawyers Professional Liability Committee (4 general/ethics credits)
"How to Get Paid and Not Get Sued (or Grieved)"

8:30 - 9:00 Craig Truman, a highly credentialed practitioner from Denver, will address fee engagements and charging and collecting fees in criminal law matters, traffic matters, and general claims litigation in both the field of criminal law and civil and administrative law.

9:00 - 9:30 Jerry McDermott will discuss contingent fees, plaintiff's representations, Chapter 23.3 R.C.P. and the general methods of working with convenient fee arrangements with clients in the area of civil litigation. Both Mr. Truman and Mr. McDermott will also address the Sather case and the Frickey case as it applies to their particular specialties.

9:30 - 10:00 Mary Jane Cox, a specialist in the field of family law, will discuss the various fee arrangements and the fee collection processes involved in family law, domestic relations, marriage dissolutions, and related fields.

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 10:45 Michael Ludwig of Wood, Ris & Hames, will address in detail the concepts of attorney's liens and charging liens as an aid for the securing and collection of legal fees. Mr. Ludwig's presentation will focus on the content of his article in the July, 1998 edition of Whoops.

10:45 - 11:15 Alex Rothrock of Burns, Figa & Will, will discuss fee sharing in keeping with recent articles he has published, and he will discuss some of the considerations and opinions of the Ethics Committee in connection with fees and fee sharing, including the development of the Sather decision rule.

11:15 - 11:45 Nancy Cohen, Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court, will address generally some of the concerns that her office has for problems lawyers are encountering in arranging for fees and in resolving fee disputes leading to disciplinary considerations.

11:45 - 12:00 Question and answer session with panelists.

Through Seabury & Smith and Westport Insurance (the CBA endorsed professional liability insurance program), receive a $100 premium credit, per attending attorney, at the renewal of the attorney's policy.


Professionalism Committee
"Truth or Consequences: A Proposal for the Legal Profession" - Thomas A. Zlaket, Tucson

The third branch of government relies almost entirely on public trust and confidence for its well-being. Numerous surveys have confirmed that the public considers lawyers to be "major players" in the third branch. Thus, declining public respect for the legal profession has an adverse impact on the way Americans view the justice system as a whole. Is the profession just misunderstood, as some lawyers argue, or are the public's criticisms of it valid? For example, why do people think lawyers frequently lie? Isn't truth a core value of the legal profession? These are some of the provocative subjects Chief Justice Zlaket of the Arizona Supreme Court will touch upon.

During the second portion of the program, the "DBA Professionalism Players" will perform skits based on what you may have seen unprofessional attorneys do in real life court. Discuss what goes wrong and how you can work to overcome unprofessionalism. If you have ever dealt with an unprofessional attorney and would like a chance to talk about this behavior with other attorneys, this interactive program is for you. Speakers will be announced.


Young Lawyers Division

8:30 - 10:30 "Courtroom Persuasion and Ethics" - Charles Feldmann, Steamboat Springs; George Brauchler, Golden

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:45 "Insight into Depositions" - Charles Welton, Denver

This session will address preparation of depositions, taking into account relevant processes and philosophies. Solid tips are included in preparation and execution of depositions. Mr. Welton, a sole practitioner in a small office setting for 27 years, represents plaintiffs in civil damage claims.

Program will resume at 2:15 p.m. See afternoon listing for details.


Business Law Institute, Co-Sponsored with CBA/CLE
See BLI brochure for details. Call CBA/CLE at 303-860-0608 or 888-860-2531 for a registration brochure.


Litigation Institute, Co-Sponsored with CBA/CLE
See LI brochure for details. Call CBA/CLE at 303-860-0608 or 888-860-2531 for a registration brochure.


Coffee Break

Sponsored by Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.


Pilates Class
A mat work-based class designed to strengthen the core and improve flexible strength. Avoid going to a comedy club after this class, your abs will thank you! Space is limited so be sure to sign up using the CBA Institute registration form.


Putting & Chipping Clinic
Vail Golf Club's golf professionals will conduct a putting and chipping clinic on Friday afternoon and again on Saturday morning. To provide personal instruction to the participants, registration is limited to 12 people. There is no charge for the clinics but pre-registration is required by signing up on the CBA Institute registration form.


Working with the Media
What do those people want, anyway? Find out the inner workings of the Journalist Mind, what you should and shouldn't say to them, and how to be a star -- if you want to. Come out of this workshop with your very own sound bite. Seating is limited; please reserve a spot by calling Diane Hartman, (303) 824-5312 or (800) 332-6736. Two hours and two CLEs.


Prof. Al Alschuler,
Saturday, Sept. 22,
luncheon speaker
Luncheon featuring Al Alschuler, Chicago
"Would You Have Wanted Justice Holmes as a Friend?"

Oliver Wendell Holmes has been praised as "the only great American legal thinker" and "the most illustrious figure in the history of American law." In his remarks, Prof. Alschuler will paint a darker picture of Justice Holmes as a distasteful man who espoused Social Darwinism, favored eugenics, and as Holmes himself acknowledged, came "devilish near to believing that might makes right."

Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentations


Young Lawyers Division (continued)

2:15 - 3:15 "Running a Law Practice: The Klauzer & Tremaine, LLC Business Side of Lawyering" - J. Richard Tremaine, Steamboat Springs

As practicing attorneys, most of us want to focus on client matters and legal issues, rather than dealing with the headaches of running our own businesses. Forces of change present a constant pressure on a law business - whether they are amendments to the rules of ethics, changes in technology, or changes in the demographics of the employee base. In this session, Mr. Tremaine will discuss his five guiding principles that he recommends you build into your practice, for the healthy survival of yourself and your business. In the context of a hypothetical fact pattern, he will discuss real life resources, systems and maybe even forms that have proved helpful in running a law office. Mr. Tremaine has been the manager of Klauzer & Tremaine, LLC since 1980.

3:15 - 3:25 Break

3:25 - 4:15 "ADR/Mediation/Arbitration" - Joan H. McWilliams, Denver

Attorneys who practice in our contemporary legal environment must be able to offer their clients numerous options of resolution of their problems, including representation in mediation and arbitration. This session will offer information on how to add these important skills to your practice. Ms. McWilliams is a shareholder and president of Mediation Group, Ltd., offering commercial and domestic dispute resolution services as a mediator, arbitrator, and neutral third party.

4:15 - 5:00 "DUI Defense: From Start to Finish (and Other Criminal Defense Matters)" - Erick W. Nordstrom, Steamboat Springs

Learn the ABCs of DUI law for the new practitioner. This session includes advising the client on Colorado's Express Consent Law, considerations in requesting a hearing within the 7-day statutory period, and the rules that govern the hearing. Also to be addressed will be the three best procedures to win a DMV hearing, advising clients on the effects of a DUI/DWAI driver's license record, an overview of suppression motions, and advising clients on multiple DUI/habitual offenses. Mr. Nordstrom practices primarily in the area of criminal defense at Erick Nordstrom, P.C.


Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee (continued)

2:30-3:45 CWBA program

This program is presented by the Colorado Women's Bar Association.

3:45-5:00 "How to Become a Jurist"-Speakers to be announced

Based on the extensive knowledge gained by the CHBA Judicial Appointments Committee and the success the organization has experienced in assisting a number of its members in their rise to the bench, this session will focus on the judicial appointment process in Colorado. Topics will include: how the Judicial Nomination Commission process works; what factors the commissions looks for; and how to prepare for judicial nominations. There will also be a discussion of what occurs when names of persons nominated by a judicial nomination commission get to the Governor, as well as what factors the Governor looks for in District Court judicial candidates. Finally, the process associated with selecting administrative law judges will be addressed. This program is presented by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association


International Law Forum Committee
"Plaintiff's Diplomacy, i.e., the Use of U.S. Courts by Individuals, Both U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Citizens, to Defend Their Rights Under International Law" - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Cambridge, MA; Ved P. Nanda, Denver; Tucker K. Trautman, Denver; Tom McNamara, Denver

Professor Slaughter is the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School and co-author, with David Bosco, of "Plaintiff's Diplomacy," an article in Foreign Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 5 (September/October 2000). Professor Nanda is Vice Provost, Evans University Professor, Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law, and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at the University of Denver. Mr. Trautman is with the Denver office of Dorsey & Whitney and Mr. McNamara is with Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP in Denver. The panelists will discuss the use of the courts of the United States by individuals, both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens, to defend their rights under international law. As described in Professor Slaughter's article, the plaintiffs range from Holocaust survivors to terrorist victims to the inhabitants of tropical rain forests; the defendants include multinational corporations, foreign officials, and even governments. On the one hand, the trend is bringing to justice many long thought unaccountable. On the other, it is making the tricky process of American diplomacy harder than ever.


Law Office Technology Committee
"Putting Technology to Work in Your Law Practice" (continued)

2:30 - 3:15 "Successful Law Firm Web Sites" - Todd Miller, Denver; Steve C. Posner, Denver

Your firm can take advantage of Internet technology to improve internal and external communications. Learn how practicing lawyers use their web presence to attract, retain, and collaborate with clients and others.

3:30 - 5:00 "Putting It All Together" - David Masters, Montrose, Steve C. Posner, Denver

One goal in using law office technology is for all your hardware and software to speak the same language. Learn how two small firms have successfully integrated the use of computers, scanners, CD drives and synchronized software to streamline the practice.


Coffee Break

Sponsored by Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.


"Cooking Healthy Without Losing Flavor"
The Vail Cascade's Chef will share his unique cooking techniques which bring unequivocal flavor to each creation. He will explain the philosophies behind his three course demonstration of how to cook healthy without losing flavor. In the lecture, Chef will talk about how one can bring out the natural flavors of each ingredient without creating unnecessary fats and calories. Space is limited so be sure to sign up using the CBA Institute registration form.


Fun Run/Walk
An informal afternoon run/walk, the length and vertical elevation gain of which will be determined by group consensus and the activities of the previous night. Runners should meet at the Hotel front entrance.


President's Reception
An opportunity for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves at this informal reception.

Sponsored by Seabury & Smith, Inc.


The Follies of Law: A Musical Comedy Revue
Oh, what a can of worms is opened when the Periaktos Players get the chance to poke a little fun at the legal profession! Wriggle out of this one, if you can, as the law and the legal beagles who practice it are exposed, prodded and sometimes embraced, in all of their follies and foibles. The Follies is a wild and wooly tour de juris…complete with song, dance and comic sketch to tickle the funny bone and maybe even warm a lawyer's heart or two.
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