April 30, 2017

Top Ten Programs and Homestudies of 2016: Family Law

The year is drawing to a close, which means that the compliance period is ending for a third of Colorado’s attorneys. Still missing some credits? Don’t worry, CBA-CLE has got you covered.

Today on Legal Connection we are featuring the Top Ten Family Law Programs and Homestudies of 2016. In addition to the programs and homestudies listed below, CBA-CLE offers multiple great books for family law practitioners, and there are many other great programs and homestudies as well. Find out more here – cle.cobar.org/Practice-Area/Family. And now, for our Top Ten Family Law Programs and Homestudies.

10. Confluence of Family Law and Bankruptcy
It is not unusual for family law clients to also be going through bankruptcy. This program explores the intersection of family law and bankruptcy law. It explains bankruptcy law and the interplay with family law. Order the Video OnDemand here and the MP3 here. Available for 2 general credits.

9. The Difficult Client: Annual Advanced Family Law Institute 2014
The directive for the majority of the speakers on this program was to address the problems faced by a lawyer who is (by choice or by chance) representing a difficult client without falling back on the discussions of how to avoid such clients in the future or withdraw from their cases. Professionals who believe they have succeeded in eliminating difficult clients from their practice will also want to attend this program. For every lawyer representing a difficult client there is a lawyer on the other side of the case whose representation is also more challenging as a result and there are experts and judicial officers who are also impacted. Order the Video OnDemand here, the CD homestudy here, and the MP3 here. Available for 8 general credits, including 1.1 ethics credit.

8. Civility, Cultural Competence, and Controversy: Family Law Fall Update 2015
Cultural competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Get the LGBT and other perspectives and learn about effectively representing families from different cultures and nationalities. Have you ever handled a military divorce? Get an overview of how to handle a military divorce, as well as an update on recent changes in the law. Order the Video OnDemand here, the CD homestudy here, and the MP3 here. Available for 8 general credits, including 1 ethics credit.

7. Unbundled Representation in Family Law Cases
When an attorney provides unbundled legal services, he or she is providing the client only certain components of the full bundle of services during the course of the representation. In most traditional attorney-client relationships, the attorney and client contract for the full bundle of legal services. Unbundled legal services afford the attorney and client the flexibility of addressing the client’s legal needs and financial limitations by contracting for something less than the full bundle of legal services. Unbundled legal services provide another avenue for citizens to gain access to justice to resolve their disputes. Order the Video OnDemand here, the CD homestudy here, and the MP3 here. Available for 4 general credits, including 1 ethics credit.

6. Counselor’s Focus on the Child, Client, and the Court: Family Law Spring Update 2016
Your Program Co-Chairs, Steve Epstein and Bill King, have done it again: they have put together a Family Law Spring Update that you simply cannot miss! Whether you attend for the Case Law or Legislative Update, or whether you register to hear about fee collection or to get the many ethics credits offered, here is your chance to stay up to date on all the latest developments in Colorado family law matters. There will also be topics on special needs children, neurobiology, accounting and tax issues for the non-accountant, and an opportunity to ask Judges your most pressing questions. Order the Video OnDemand here, the CD homestudy here, and the MP3 here. Available for 8 general credits, including 2.6 ethics credits.

5. Continuing Issues in Family Law
Start your day with The Ethics Game Show! Test your knowledge of our Rules of Professional Conduct. Then get a refresher on the interplay of issues between criminal and family law Cases, including the 5th Amendment, among others. Next, we have all learned never to ask a question in trial to which we don’t know the answer. With all respect to Professor Younger, you’ll hear a different approach: how to ask cross examination questions you don’t know the answers to. Over lunch, learn the critical differences between a Title 14 paternity action, and a Title 19 allocation of parental responsibilities action. Order the Video OnDemand here, the CD homestudy here, and the MP3 here. Available for 7 general credits, including 1.6 ethics credits.

4. Evidence: Getting Beyond He Said/She Said
Evidence in family law and protection order cases is often reduced to “He said/She said.”  This seminar explores evidence, such as digital evidence, child hearsay, and evidence of power and control. But evidence is not helpful, if your client is unable to assist in the case because of trauma. A practicing lawyer explains how to deal with the client who is traumatized and how to keep that client engaged in their case. Order the Video OnDemand here, the CD homestudy here, and the MP3 here. Available for 3 general credits.

3. Annual Advanced Family Law Conference 2016
Each year, CBA-CLE presents an Advanced Family Law Conference. The 2016 conference contained interesting discussions regarding guardians ad litem and the intersection of Title 15 with family law cases, whether consideration of the best interest standard constitutes representation of children, defining competency from a psychologist’s point of view, the family law practitioner’s guide to social security benefits, and a tax law update for family law practitioners. Order the Video OnDemand here, the CD homestudy here, and the MP3 here. Available for 7 general credits, including 1 ethics credit.

2. Family Law Basic Skills 2016
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. Don’t miss your chance to build a foundation upon which you will build your successful family law practice! Order the Video OnDemand here, the CD homestudy here, and the MP3 here. Available for 17 general credits, including 2 ethics credits.

1. Annual Family Law Institute
Each year, CBA-CLE spends a weekend in the mountains with Colorado’s family law practitioners at the annual Family Law Institute. This live-only program provides comprehensive discussions of family law practice. The 2016 Institute offered such topics as Vicarious Trauma and Being Trauma-Resistant, Intake and Triage Assessment, CFI vs. PRE: What’s the Difference and What Do I Need – When Do I Need It?, the Indian Child Welfare Act, Income Issues on Support and Maintenance, and more. Save the date! The 2017 Annual Family Law Institute will take place August 18-20, 2016, at the Vail Marriott Resort & Spa. Find out more information at FamilyLawInstitute.org.

From Baldwin to Breckenridge: The Colorado Family Law Institute Is Over, But the Revolution Has Only Just Begun

On August 11, 2011, Alec Baldwin sparked the momentum needed for revolutionary change within the family court system. He spoke frankly, sometimes emotionally, and sometimes with his wicked sense of humor, about the current family law system and the damage that it can cause. He very pointedly stated that he holds judges responsible – for issuing timely orders that protect parent-child relationships, for enforcing those orders and conveying the absolute expectation of compliance, and for reigning in the lawyers who can add fuel to the already present fire of the litigants.

He challenged the room to respect the parties, the loss of a marriage, and the broken family they are experiencing. He endorsed collaborative law as one of the answers, if not the answer, for dissolving marital relationships respectfully and with dignity. The focus should always be on making a successful transition to the new form of family the parties assume after ending a marriage. He reminded all in attendance that families leave the system, attorneys, and judges behind, but continue to deal with the effects of the process long after, especially when attempting to raise children together.

Alec Baldwin with Brenda Storey, Chair of the Family Law Institute

As the event ended, members of the audience expressed utter enjoyment at being part of the event and the rejuvenation and hope they felt as a player within the divorce process. Several lingered after and shared their own similar experiences within the system. Even a judge in attendance chatted with Mr. Baldwin for a time about her observations on divorce law and her frustrations with what it has become.

The fundraiser component of the evening, a new component of the Institute, was also a huge success. Thousands of dollars were raised for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado.

As the lights went out on the event that night, the energy for change remained lit.

That momentum continued into the next day. As attendees arrived in Breckenridge, that same energy from the previous night was in the air. People talked excitedly about the successful kick-off and the message delivered by Mr. Baldwin. Attorneys shared stories of their brush with the celebrity, as well as continued their conversations about their own similar experiences within a flawed system that has left clients, and themselves to an extent, bruised and damaged.

The pre-conference, also new to the Institute, had close to 100 participants. The Institute itself welcomed 446 attendees. Mr. Baldwin truly delivered the catalyst effect desired! The “Revolution” theme was enhanced by the classic and iconic Beatles song playing at the start of sessions, and numerous social opportunities helped further open attendees’ minds to the idea of change. The sessions offered at the Institute delivered the promised education and entertainment, and challenged everyone there to join the revolution to reform the practice of family law.

Pam Gagel, with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, shared solutions from other states, and even other countries. She offered suggestions to streamline the process and requested forward-thinking involvement by the bench and bar.

The Plan B Committee had a captive audience who listened intently to and contributed additional ideas about a rather innovative alternative: taking divorce out of the court system and providing a team approach with triage treatment and education.

At the “Open Memo to the Bench” session, Jim Miller took to heart Mr. Baldwin’s criticisms of the judiciary and opened the topic to further discussion about early judicial intervention, enforcement of orders, and judicial education. Dr. Dana Cogan delivered an inspiring lunchtime presentation on “Change, Life’s One Constant,” and Gina Weitzenkorn, the 2011 Family Law Icon Award recipient, challenged the room to join the revolution by taking more pro bono cases. Eric Six and Bill Vincent, both CPAs, presented on avoiding the battle of the experts. Terri Harrington finished off Saturday with a presentation on “Lawyers as Peacemakers” that had attendees talking well into the following cocktail hour about what events changed them for the better along their careers in the divorce system.

The Institute had wonderful sessions on innovative ways of looking at substantive law and family law practice. Other topics included discussions of when 50-50 parenting time is not the best solution, how to get around the double-dip case law, and what HIPAA is not, among many others. Attendees were provided with written materials, expert referrals, and inspiration to approach their cases, arguments, practice, and careers in a different light.

I have to say, the Institute, from kick-off to conclusion, was everything I had hoped it would be and more.

On August 14, the slow, acoustic version of “Revolution” played and the Institute came to a close. But the revolution had only just begun. Plan B is becoming a reality, moving into the pilot project phase. Jim Miller is generating an actual “Open Memo to the Bench” to be disseminated to the judiciary, reflecting the input provided during his session. Providing more family-law-focused training for judicial officers is a priority, with State Judicial and CBA-CLE joining forces. The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System has been granted new access to court cases to conduct research and facilitate further change.

And lastly, the Family Law Section is rolling out a new webpage that links its members to all of the judicial districts and has started a two-year process of implementing statewide the family court “Best Practices,” as identified by the Family Law Task Force. The Section is focusing on being an even bigger resource for its members – we hope you join us in making our vision for the future a reality!

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Every generation needs a new revolution.” This revolution has truly only begun and I look forward to reporting on our progress and success!

Baldwin: Collaboration, Speed, Control of the Courtroom Key to Reforming Divorce

A divorce is like a funeral, and just as the dead should be treated with respect and mourned, so too should the death of a relationship, actor Alec Baldwin told 150 people, largely family law attorneys, at the Kickoff to the Family Law Institute on Thursday night.

“What has to start happening in divorce court is you have to have the same ethics that you have at a funeral,” Baldwin said. “It’s the death of something, and the death of something profound and meaningful and very significant in the lives of these people and we have to give it a proper burial.”

Gathered in a ballroom in the Denver Marriott City Center, the star recounted personal details about his own divorce and custody battle as the start to a larger conversation about the future of family law and how to prevent parties from feeling worse off than when they began.

Denver attorney Brenda Storey, who organized the kickoff and the 2011 Annual Family Law Institute, a two-day conference presented by the CBA Family Law Section in Breckenridge, found herself representing a man who was going through similar issues as Baldwin, but her client attempted suicide. At the same time, she was reading Balwin’s book, “A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce” about his odyssey through the family court system.

Brenda and Alec sit together on stage during the discussion

What he said struck a chord with her: “When someone is sick, our society usually offers some means of care,” he writes. “When illness afflicts a marriage however, the professionals who arrive on the scene often are there to prolong the bleeding, not stop it.”

In her time as a family law attorney, Storey had seen the ugliness of the proceedings. “We who are in this system have no idea what it’s like to be in the shoes of those parties,” she said Thursday. “We do in fact leave a lot of the parties that come into this system already broken; we leave some of them worse than when we found them.”

But, the evening was not about dwelling on the bad. As lyrics to the Beatles’ “Revolution” flashed across the projector screen on the stage and filled the room’s speakers, the goal of the kickoff and the institute is to entertain, educate and challenge family law attorneys to think about change.

Storey said she wants to change it, but acknowledged, “it’s going to take a revolutionary change.”

The kickoff with Baldwin is part of the discussion of that change. When he came to the stage, he shared his story of divorce and an event during it that caught the attention of the nation.

It was 2007, and Baldwin got word that a tape of a voicemail — in which he released a tirade on his then-11-year-old daughter, Ireland, and called her a little pig — the evening that he was to serve as an honoree at the Goodman Theatre School of DePaul University.

When he returned home and saw the news, he was blind-sided by what he called a booby trap, which happened at a time when he was utterly frustrated because although he had been prevailing in court the orders in court were being ignored.

“This became this kind of insanity-inducing experience where there was no enforcement of the court’s orders,” Baldwin said.

He felt the tape had portrayed him as the exact opposite of what he was — a caring parent. Meanwhile, the story swirled in the media and there were calls for him to lose all custody of his daughter. The ordeal made him suicidal, but soon he decided to stop with those feelings and take a different tack.

From there, he began working on his book. For Baldwin, it was a way to go on the record about his experience and to think about change, he said.

For Baldwin, that change means a few things:

  • First, it means to work on collaborative divorce clinics. Many in the crowd applauded when he brought up collaborative divorce. “I think people are really, really tired of this system and the way it exists now,” he said.
  • Second, it means speeding up the entire process. “You want to get everybody set and give them this kind of chiropractic adjustment quickly so that you’re all set and ready to go so you can move on with your lives,” he said.
  • Last, it means for family court judges to have more control of their courtrooms. His experience in California courts was that it felt that the attorney were more in control, and he did not see any enforcement of orders of the court. “You must punish people who violate orders of the court,” he said. “I think judges have to really understand that they are in charge of the courtroom.”

In his closing remarks, Baldwin said divorce is one of the most shattering experiences a person can have. “I felt like a failure. … It’s this extraordinarily painful thing,” he said.

But, if the professionals involved in divorce can bring more emotional engagement, and act as a “wise friend,” and work to make the process fast, Baldwin said, then the parties involved will be able to move on with their lives.

“Once they start living inside that new paradigm, everybody heals.”

Photos by Matt Meier, Law Week.

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Alec Baldwin Kicks Off the Family Law Revolution in Denver

Mr. Baldwin signed copies of his book, A Promise to Ourselves.

Last night, Alec Baldwin spoke to a packed room of legal professionals in downtown Denver. The topic of discussion wasn’t the usual press engagement concerning his job at NBC’s 30 Rock, hosting Saturday Night Live, or his political aspirations. Instead, Mr. Baldwin delved into a personal and sensitive topic that has a profound effect on a great many in our society: divorce.

Mr. Baldwin’s journey through fatherhood and divorce is chronicled in his book, A Promise to Ourselves. But his discussion last night was not simply a retelling of his own, highly publicized experience (which at one point led him to consider suicide). Mr. Baldwin brought the audience deeper, pointing to some of the root problems he saw and continues to see in the family law system itself. He spoke about the need for judicial accountability, sanctions against non-compliant parties, and selecting an appropriate attorney for your family law dispute. Mr. Baldwin was also an advocate for parental rights, including rights of the father, speeding up the long and drawn-out process of finalizing a divorce, and for ultimately reshaping the practice of family law into a less destructive force for families.

Mr. Baldwin with Lisa Cordova, CBA-CLE Program Coordinator

Mr. Baldwin acknowledged that divorce itself is something inherently destructive, whether it is accomplished through the courts or mediation. But, much of the alienation and pain that grips the parties during a divorce, and lingers long after, can be alleviated if we change the way we engage in the process and with each other. He suggests that we treat the situation as we would a funeral – a showing of respect for something special and sacred that has died: the family unit. But through the struggle, it can be a time to come together, setting aside differences out of respect for what once was, and moving forward with a new life and outlook. It may not be perfect, but the faster families can get to that point, the better off all involved will be.

Mr. Baldwin’s speech was engaging and insightful, humorous and sobering. He told it like it is, from his own experience – exactly what he was asked to do. Whether those in attendance agreed with all he had to say or not, he provided a legal-outsider’s perspective on the process, of which many judges and attorneys may not always be cognizant.

Me with Mr. Baldwin before dinner and his family law presentation

For myself, I found it quite enjoyable. Thanks to Brenda Storey, Chair of the Family Law Institute, for arranging this unique evening and to Mr. Baldwin for taking the time from his busy schedule to make the evening such a success for everyone involved and for the Legal Aid Foundation (it was Mr. Baldwin’s idea to make the event a fundraiser). We’ll have more for you on the event and the Institute (which starts today in Breckenridge!) in the coming weeks.

What were your thoughts on Mr. Baldwin’s family law presentation?

Huffington Post: Alec Baldwin Will Be The Keynote Speaker At Colorado’s Annual Family Law Institute Event

On the subject of divorce proceedings, Colorado’s Family Law Institute has gained its first keynote speaker: Alec Baldwin. On the subject in fact, the actor couldn’t be clearer. Baldwin’s only book, “A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce,” is a memoir about the costly process that he argues needs to change from the inside out.

Each year the Colorado Bar Association hosts an intimate gathering of lawyers who specialize in family and divorce law for a three-day seminar focused on improving the practice. This year family attorney Brenda L. Storey, a partner at McGuane and Hogan, LLP, nabbed Baldwin as the keynote speaker for the theme, “Say You Want A Revolution” (inspired by the Beatles song) and cites his book, A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce as the main reason why she selected him.

A selection that Storey admits, has raised some questions. In 2007 the Emmy-winner attracted worldwide media criticism when a message he left on his daughter’s voicemail was leaked to TMZ.com and cost him a suspension in his parental visitation rights, according to the Washington Post. Baldwin’s joint custody with Ex Kim Basinger was later reinstated however, and he made a public apology to his-then 11-year-old daughter on The View.

“I was getting a lot of, ‘Why would you get Alec Baldwin to speak?’ but a lot of lawyers even, didn’t understand that he wrote a book about the system and suggestions for fixing it. When they heard about the book, they understood,” Storey told The Huffington Post.

“I’m not saying every lawyer that practices family law, needs to listen to me or Alec Baldwin, but he does present some real insights from the other side. What our theme really means is a revolution of our system itself. That’s where Mr. Baldwin came in. He wrote a book about the ugly side of the system, he provides a voice about the system and gives suggestions for change.”

In his book, Baldwin writes that his own divorce and custody battle took more than six years and $3 million in legal fees. He further describes the emotional costs of the family litigation process as a cruel battle that promotes more irreparable damage for all parties involved than closure.

“To be pulled into the American family law system in most states,” Baldwin writes, “is like being tied to the back of a pickup truck and dragged down a gravel road late at night. No one can hear your cries and complaints, and it is not over until they say it is over.”

Part of the problem though, Storey says, is that law school doesn’t adequately prepare students for this specific area of law.

“We jump in and tear them apart, but they are the ones who have a kid to raise,” Storey said.

“Additionally, there are judges who push divorce cases through at their own pre-determined one-size-fits-all pace, without giving the parties and their case and their family the time truly needed for their particular circumstances. It is easier to get a one-week personal injury trial on some dockets than it is to get three days for a final hearing in a divorce case that impacts every aspect of a family’s future. Also a problem is that some judges do not enforce orders. They give second, third, fourth chances, that send a message that compliance is optional.”

The kickoff will cost lawyers between $115 and $1,150 to attend, with all proceeds going to Colorado’s Legal Aid Foundation–which provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals and was reportedly all Mr. Baldwin’s idea.

Below, Alec Baldwin explains his views on parenting through divorce and Parental Alienation Syndrome to Joy Behar, who was covering for Larry King on CNN.

[This article was reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner. It originally appeared in The Huffington Post on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Click here to view the article.]

If you go: Kickoff to the Institute with Alec Baldwin

August 11 at the Marriott City Center Hotel, 1701 California St., Denver, Colorado, beginning at 5:30 pm. Dinner and a conversation about the family law system with Baldwin. Pre-purchase of Baldwin’s book, “A Promise to Ourselves,” is available when registering. Guests who pre-purchase the book with be entered into a lottery for an intimate book signing. The twenty-five selected will get to spend an hour with the actor following the event. The twenty-five participants will be notified of their selection by August 4th. Register by August 1 by calling (303) 860-1115 or email melissan@cobar.org. A registration form, available here, must be completed to RSVP.

Family Law Institute – Pre-Conference Workshop: Helping Families when Children Resist Contact or Are Alienated During High Conflict Divorces

To jump-start the 2011 Annual Family Law Institute, Dr. Leslie Drozd will be presenting a pre-conference workshop entitled “Assessment and Treatment of Families When Children are Alienated, Estranged, and/or Resist Contact.”  Children may resist or refuse contact with a parent in high conflict divorcing families for a myriad of reasons, including parental alienation, estrangement, and/or other kinds of parenting problems. But, one thing is universal: a child’s resistance can be a tragedy for families and a dilemma for professionals working with the family.

Dr. Drozd will provide guidance for Courts, mental health professionals, and attorneys on how to assess and work with these families, and develop approaches that will help provide children with safe ways to connect or re-connect with their parents in this tumultuous time. Through an intensive focus on theory, assessment, diagnosis, and research on reasons why children resist contact with a parent, this workshop will lay the framework for working with these families and emphasizing treatment and guiding principles.

Dr. Leslie Drozd is a licensed psychologist who conducts post divorce work with families including reunification therapy when a child has rejected a parent. She works as a parenting coordinator and as a co-parenting therapist and serves as a consultant to attorneys. Dr. Drozd is also a clinician, forensic expert, professor, author, researcher, and editor of an international journal, the Journal of Child Custody. She has an independent practice in Newport Beach, California and has conducted child custody evaluations for over twenty years.

Family Law Institute – Pre-Conference Workshop: Assessment and Treatment of Families When Children are Alienated, Estranged, and/or Resist Contact

This workshop will take place on Friday, August 12, from 9 am to 12 pm at the Family Law Institute venue: Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, 620 Village Road, Breckenridge, Colorado.

The cost of attending the workshop is only $50 for those also attending the Institute; $100 for the workshop only. Submitted for 3 General CLE Credits. Click here to register.

A Seat at the Bar: Alec Baldwin Kicks Off Family Law Institute

Brenda Storey has been working since October to create a catalyst to start a discussion on the current practices in family law. This year, there will be a Kickoff to the Family Law Institute and the special guest, who has some tough words for family law lawyers, will be actor Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin, who wrote the book “A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce” following his public divorce from Kim Basinger and his custody fight for his daughter Ireland, describes today’s treatment of family issues in the courts as a cold and exploitative event: “To be pulled into the American family law system in most states is like being tied to the back of a pickup truck and dragged down a gravel road late at night. No one can hear your cries and complaints, and it is not over until they say it is over.”

The kickoff will be held Aug. 11, the day before the Family Law Institute convenes in Breckenridge Aug. 12 to 14. The event also will serve as a fundraiser for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, an idea Storey said Baldwin suggested. The theme of this year’s Institute is “Say You Want a Revolution,” so the kickoff event at the Marriot City Center Hotel in Denver will start the conversations early.

Though Storey knows not everyone will appreciate Baldwin’s take on family law, the Family Law Section Chair hopes the event will entertain, educate, and challenge people to change.

When Storey first started the process of inviting Baldwin, she was unsure of whether he would be interested. When she spoke with Baldwin from the set of the TV show “30 Rock,” she was caught off-guard by the personal call and the fact that he went through his calendar with her to find a date that would work for them both.

Baldwin had never been approached by a bar association to discuss his book, which he wrote with Mark Tabb.

“I asked him to look them [the lawyers at the event] in the eyes and tell them, me, us what we’re doing wrong,” Storey said of her approach in inviting Baldwin to speak.

Despite how people may feel about Baldwin personally, Storey said the same issues—personal attacks and being brought to one’s breaking point during a divorce or custody battle—are relatable to others. Throughout her planning process for the Institute, Storey has been surprised to find how few in the family law realm know that Baldwin wrote this book, which was published in 2008.

“What I appreciate about his book is that he doesn’t just complain; he actually makes some good suggestions,” Storey said.

Although Baldwin hopes the system will change, Storey said his book is not meant to be disrespectful of those who work within the legal system.

“He really respects good lawyers,” she said. “He respects the system; he just wants to change it.”

If you go: Kickoff to the Institute with Alec Baldwin

August 11 at the Marriott City Center Hotel, 1701 California St., Denver, Colorado, beginning at 5:30 pm. Dinner and a conversation about the family law system with Baldwin. Pre-purchase of Baldwin’s book, “A Promise to Ourselves,” is available when registering. Guests who pre-purchase the book with be entered into a lottery for an intimate book signing. The twenty-five selected will get to spend an hour with the actor following the event. The twenty-five participants will be notified of their selection by August 4th. Register by August 1 by calling (303) 860-1115 or email melissan@cobar.org. A registration form, available here, must be completed to RSVP.

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