December 19, 2014

Volunteers Needed to Help Hand Out School Supplies at DBA-CAN Event

Each year, the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network hosts a school supply drive to benefit the Educational Outreach Program through Denver Public Schools. The school supply drive helps underprivileged kids receive tools to ensure that they are ready for and excited about school.

Today, July 26, 2013, is the last day of the DBA-CAN school supply drive. Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at the CBA and CLE offices during business hours. All standard school supply items are needed, including backpacks, crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, glue, pocket folders, paper, notebooks, binders, geometry sets, and boxes of tissue. Click here for a complete list of needed supplies.

There are other volunteer opportunities related to the school supply drive. On August 1, volunteers are needed to sort through the donated supplies. On August 3, volunteers are needed to stuff backpacks for donation. Additionally, on Saturday, August 10, at Whittier Elementary School in Denver (25th & Downing), the DBA-CAN and community volunteers will hand out the donated school supplies. This will be a fun carnival-themed day and many volunteers are needed for the carnival booths.

If you can volunteer for any of the activities, click here. For more information, contact Heather Clark (hclark@cobar.org) or Kate Schuster (kschuster@cobar.org). Please feel free to forward this information—DBA-CAN needs many volunteers!

Daniel R. McCune to Serve as Next President of Denver Bar Association

Dan McCune headshots, CBA. Photo by Jamie CottenDaniel R. McCune will start his one-year term as president of the Denver Bar Association on July 1, representing the association’s 9,354 members.

McCune will focus on providing relevant services to members to help them in their day-to-day law practice and will emphasize health and wellness of attorneys, offering yoga and other health-related benefits to members. He will tweet under the handle @dbapresident.

“It’s important for our members to know that the bar association offers a number of resources that should make the bar association an integral part of their practice,” McCune said. “It’s important that we think outside the box and continue to provide services that will best equip lawyers for the future of legal practice.”

McCune is a shareholder with Kennedy Childs, focusing his practice on complex civil litigation, professional malpractice claims and contentious employment disputes. McCune has been involved with the Federation of Defense and Corporate Council, DRI and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, serving as its president from 2000 to 2001. He chaired the Colorado Bar Association’s Economic Task Force, which worked to alleviate the impact of the Great Recession on attorneys, and most recently chaired the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations’ Joint Judicial Task Force, which aims to protect and promote Colorado’s fair and impartial courts.

After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law, McCune joined the Judge Advocate General Corps, where he worked as a prosecutor. He lives in Golden with his partner Lorraine DAversa and has two daughters—Katie, 25, and Mollie, 18.

Bar Associations Offer Legal Assistance to Wildfire Victims

The Denver and El Paso County Bar Associations will offer three events where people affected by wildfires can ask attorneys legal questions at no cost. “We are saddened to see our community again face a devastating wildfire, but we hope to offer clarity and guidance for those who have been impacted by the Black Forest Fire,” said EPCBA Executive Director Claire Anderson.

Events include:

Ask-A-Lawyer—The El Paso County Bar Association will host Ask-A-Lawyer for victims of the Black Forest Fire from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the Disaster Assistance Center at the Citizens Service Center, located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road. No appointment is required.

Lawline 9—The Denver Bar Association will dedicate its Lawline 9, a call-in program at 9News, to answering legal questions related to the wildfires. The Lawline 9 will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Callers can reach attorneys at 303-698-0999.

Call-A-Lawyer—The EPCBA will also host a call-in program from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Callers can reach attorneys at 719-471-0380, and they will answer general legal questions and those related to the wildfire.

“I’m proud to see Colorado Bar Association members from across the state stepping up to lend a hand to their fellow Coloradans and hope we can offer some assistance during this tragic event,” said Colorado Bar Association President Mark A. Fogg.

 

Legal Community Donates More Than $54,000 in Food and Cash for Annual Drive

ROTB2-2Members of the legal community donated food and dollars totaling $54,145 to hunger relief organization Metro CareRing through the Denver Bar Association’s 14th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive, collecting 3,000 pounds more food than in the previous year.

Forty-eight law firms participated in the drive, collecting 10,093 pounds of food and $31,940 in cash donations. This year’s top donating firms are Berenbaum Weinshienk PC, the Castle Law Group, Faegre Baker Daniels, Katz, Look & Onorato PC, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Orten Cavanagh & Holmes LLC. The food drive was sponsored by the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network and ran April 15 to 26.

ROTB1-1“We’re thrilled that the legal community has stepped up this year to provide even more food to Metro CareRing,” said CAN Committee Chair Kris Reed, a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. “Summer months can hard on families because school is out and kids are home for most meals. We’re pleased the Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive can help close the hunger gap in the metro area.”

Metro CareRing operates one of the largest food pantries in Denver. The food and money donated will translate to approximately 15,600 people provided with a five-day supply of food, according to Metro CareRing.

The Community Action Network Committee offers DBA members year-round opportunities to connect with the community and provide valuable legal, social and civic assistance to those in need.

Get Down & Derby at the Barristers Benefit Ball This Saturday

web-BBBBy Jaci Casey and Michelle Ferguson

The Denver Bar Foundation invites you to join us at the 25th Annual Barristers Benefit Ball on Saturday, May 4, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver.

Attending the Barristers Benefit Ball is a tradition within the legal community. This year’s theme, “Down & Derby,” is sure to top the charts as one of the most fun-filled evenings among those we’ve held over the past several years. Please join us this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ball—derby style!

The Barristers Benefit Ball is the Denver Bar Association’s primary fundraiser to support its flagship program, Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL). Celebrating its 47th year of service, MVL has been operating continuously since 1966 and is the oldest pro bono legal services program of its kind in the United States. MVL is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bridge the gap in access to justice by coordinating the provision of pro bono legal services by volunteer lawyers within the Denver metro area to people who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues.

The staff at MVL includes one full-time Executive Director (attorney), a full-time Legal Services Coordinator, a full-time Family Law Court Program Coordinator (attorney), one full-time Program Coordinator, the part-time Rovira Scholar Fellow (attorney), and several invaluable volunteers and interns. Donating time as an MVL volunteer serves the needs of those less fortunate, advances the reputation of the legal community, and allows attorneys to fulfill the recommendations of Rule 6.1 of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, which seeks to have every attorney complete at least 50 hours of pro bono legal work annually. MVL has 450 volunteer attorneys who take approximately three cases each year.

Your attendance at the Barristers Benefit Ball helps MVL maintain its staff and pay its operating expenses, both of which are vital to sustaining and expanding its capacity to serve our community. By providing much needed pro bono legal services, MVL’s donors and volunteers provide access to justice and help stabilize families, save taxpayers money, reduce the number of cases clogging the courts, and help people move toward self-sufficiency and full participation in society.

Realizing the Dream: Equality for All — Law Day Celebrations Across the State

I Have A DreamOn Wednesday, May 1, 2013, pro se litigants in the First Judicial District will have an opportunity to meet with an attorney for 15 minutes to discuss their civil, criminal, domestic, juvenile, or small claims case. There is no cost for the meeting. The event is part of 2013 Law Day celebrations, and it will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Jefferson County Courts building (100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden).

Law Day is celebrated nationally each year on May 1. President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution (codified at 36 U.S.C. § 113) designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. The theme of this year’s Law Day is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen in the strides that have been made against discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

The Colorado and Denver bar associations are also sponsoring events to celebrate Law Day. On May 1, there will be a special showing of the movie “Lincoln” at the Mayan Theater in Denver, with a CLE program presented by Hon. John Madden prior to the movie. Tickets are available through the CBA. On May 2, the DBA Young Lawyers Division will host a Law Day Reception at The Lobby, where the winners of the Law Day Art Contest will be recognized. RSVP to both events or either event by emailing lunches@cobar.org or calling the CBA at (303) 860-1115.

Students who participated in the DBA’s Law Day Art Contest will have their work featured at the Denver Art Museum through May. The winners of the art contest are featured on the cover of the May edition of The Docket, and all of the artwork from participating students is shown in the May edition. It is amazing and inspiring to view the adorable and creative works of these talented kids.

The El Paso County Bar Association is also hosting many Law Day events beginning on April 27 with Ask-A-Lawyer for Senior Citizens at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. On Saturday, May 4, they are hosting a Waldo Canyon Fire Tree Planting Service Project; download the registration form here. On Thursday, May 16, KKTV Channel 11 will host a Call-A-Lawyer event. To volunteer, email Pikes Peak pro bono. There will be a Law Day Race on May 17 at Monument Valley Park; registration will be on www.active.com. Finally, on Tuesday, May 21, there will be a Law Day Luncheon and awards ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Mining Exchange Hotel. Click here to RSVP.

For more information on Colorado’s Law Day events, click here. To see the CBA press release regarding Law Day, click here. For the ABA page about Law Day 2013, click here.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers to Benefit from This Year’s Barrister’s Benefit Ball

Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) is a program of the Denver Bar Association committed to bridging the gap of access to justice by providing pro bono legal services to people who could not otherwise afford representation. Last year, MVL handled 1,448 cases, 416 of which were addressed through the family law and post-decree clinics and 953 cases were non-clinic matters. MVL estimates that the donated services received totaled more than $12.7 million in value.

Metro Volunteer Lawyers is somewhat supported by the Denver Bar Association, but they also receive funding from other groups and various activities throughout the year. The Barrister’s Benefit Ball; the Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament; Colorado Legal Services; COLTAF; the Fred & Jean Allegretti Foudnation; Lois Ann Rovira; the bar associations of the First Judicial District, Douglas/Elbert counties, Adams/Broomfield counties, and Arapahoe county; and private donations also help support MVL.

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, the Denver Bar Association will celebrate its 25th annual Barrister’s Benefit Ball. This year, in order to commemorate the ball’s anniversary, the Denver Bar Foundation Barrister’s Ball Committee is working to raise an additional $25,000 to benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers. To contribute to the $25K for 25 Years fundraising drive, click here. For more information about the charitable activities of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, click here. To volunteer for MVL, click here.

“Law Suit Days” Clothing Drive on October 10 and 11, 2012

The Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is holding its “Law Suit Days” clothing drive for new and gently used professional and business clothing, shoes, and accessories on October 10 and 11, 2012. The business clothing will be given to Bayaud Enterprises, Inc., a local nonprofit that provides vocational and job placement services for individuals with disabilities and to homeless or low-income individuals and families.

The clothing drive will take place on Wednesday, October 10, and Thursday, October 11, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the steps of the Denver City & County Building  at 1437 Bannock. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the City & County Building to the second floor of the rotunda.

Clothing should be clean and on hangers. Volunteers from the Young Lawyers Division will be available to collect the donations at the City & County Building. They will not be able to pick up clothing or accept donations on alternate dates.

Verification Deadline for Colorado Legal Directory is October 1, 2012

The 2013 Edition of the Colorado Legal Directory is nearing publication, and all attorneys in Colorado should verify their listing to ensure that the most up-to-date contact information is available. The verification deadline was extended to 5 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012.

A PDF of the verification form for an individual attorney is available here.

Law firms should also verify their listing. The verification form for a law firm can be found here.

All verification forms must be postmarked by October 1 to be included in the 2013 Edition.

New Colorado Principles of Professionalism Approved to Guide Attorney Conduct

The hallmark of a civilized society is its ability to maintain a legal system that is fair, effective and efficient. As lawyers, we have a predominant role in assuring that the legal system fulfills these goals. Toward that end, starting in 2009, the CBA-DBA Professionalism Coordinating Council undertook a project to meld existing principles of professionalism into a single unified document to create a guide for statewide use. This product of that consolidation of principles is not intended to supersede local Bar association rules of professionalism.

The wisdom and practicality of these combined Principles of Professionalism lie in two key features. First, highly experienced attorneys from many different practice areas and numerous judicial officers who are members of the Professionalism Coordinating Council reviewed, discussed, and developed the combined practice principles as “real-world” attainable goals for professional behavior to which the profession should aspire to apply every day in practice. Second, the principles have no coercive enforcement mechanism except those that have existed in our profession since the days of the quill pen and powdered wig: the fundamental commitment of attorneys to conduct themselves and their practices professionally and with integrity. Adherence to these principles brings its own rewards through the admiration of one’s colleagues, and falling short of these high standards brings the opprobrium and condemnation of those same colleagues. The mark of a professional calling is that it aspires first and foremost to police itself.

For the achievement of integrity throughout the legal profession, each lawyer should aspire to adopt the following Principles of Professionalism and to perform in accordance with the Practical Considerations outlined in the document below, approved in May 2012 by the Board of Governors.

New CBA Principles of Professionalism

Tap Your Creative Side: Participate in the Denver Lawyers’ Art and Literature Contest

The Docket and Colorado Lawyers for the Arts are launching an arts contest for members of the Denver Bar Association. Categories include Writing—Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Humor, and Visual Arts—Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, and Photography.

The submission period will run Monday, May 7, through Monday, July 23. Winners will be featured in the September issue of The Docket. All Denver Bar Association members are eligible, except staff of the DBA, members of The Docket Committee, members of Colorado Lawyers for the Arts who assist with judging (the judges), and any of these groups’ immediate family.

Artists may enter more than one work in each category, and may enter in multiple categories. The same work cannot be entered in multiple categories. The subject matter for the work is open and does not need to be legal-themed.

Download this entry form for further rules and guidelines. Entries must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, July 23. Contact Kate Schuster for more information.

Support The Legal Center at the 7th Annual Attorneys’ Night Out!

For the seventh year, The Young Lawyers Division of the Denver Bar Association is hosting Attorneys’ Night Out to raise funds for The Legal Center for People with Disabilities & Older People. Join us on June 20, 2012, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at The Blake Street Tavern and a enjoy great night out complete with appetizers and cocktails, a silent auction, scotch tasting, and much more.

Some of the items being auctioned at the event include: memberships to local cultural venues, custom artwork, restaurant and vacation excursions, one-night stay at the Magnolia Hotel, two-night stay at the M Resort in Las Vegas, Maruca designer handbags, Rockies tickets, and much, much more. For a full listing click here.

This event is open to everyone, even non-attorneys. If you are a member of the community who enjoys good networking and an opportunity to support the mission of The Legal Center, this event is for you! We strongly encourage your attendance at this year’s event to raise essential funding.

Purchase your $25 tickets today by clicking here or contact Joshua at (303) 722-0300 for more information about this fun-filled evening! A student discount of $5.00 off your ticket price is available with the promo code 2012ANO-STU. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $30.

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People is an independent non-profit organization specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues.  They protect the human, civil, and legal rights of children and adults with developmental disabilities, people with mental and physical disabilities, people with HIV, and older people throughout Colorado (in education, employment, public accommodations, and housing related issues).