July 20, 2019

What to Do Now That You’ve Passed the Bar Exam

dba logoEditor’s note: There are several ways to become a licensed attorney in Colorado. This article is targeted to those Class C applicants who passed the Colorado bar examination.  If you are waived on a motion or have taken the Uniform Bar Exam and been cleared, click here for more information on your next steps.

Congratulations! You’ve passed the bar! Here are some next steps you should take while you wait to be admitted to practice law.

Complete your admission requirements and become familiar with helpful resources available to you

Even though you’ve passed the bar, you’re not quite a lawyer yet.  You still have a few more steps before you can become a full-fledged ESQ.

Visit the Employment Ads

You’re (almost) a lawyer! Time to find a job and start your legal career. New jobs from around the state are posted daily to the Colorado Bar Association’s employment webpage and via CBA’s twitter account. You can search for jobs and set up alerts so that new positions go straight to your inbox.

If you’re hoping to hang your own shingle, be sure to check out the CBA’s Law Practice Management Department’s resources and sign up for the Solo Small Firm Section.

Start Networking

Denver’s legal community is large, but there are many ways to network.  Check out the Denver Young Lawyers Division to join a smaller community of attorneys new to the practice of law, or attend DBA events to meet attorneys from different practice areas. DBA also offers 16 committees and myriad volunteer opportunities, which makes connecting with people in your practice area easy. Don’t forget to connect with DBA members and other new attorneys on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, too.

Write for The Docket and the DBA Young Lawyers blog

Be an active voice in the legal community! We know you have something to say, and we invite you to say it in The Docket and the Young Lawyers blog. Send an email to hclark@cobar.org with your ideas. Writing for The Docket or the blog is a great way to get your name out there and to show knowledge on your résumé and  LinkedIn.

Celebrate!

Now is the time to begin celebrating. Spend some time with your dog! Call your mom! Toast with some friends! Cheers to you—passing the bar exam is a huge accomplishment, and you did it!

Candidates who took the July 2014 bar exam will learn whether they passed the exam in early October via the Colorado Supreme Court’s website.

 

By Heather Clark, the communications and marketing director for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, and managing editor of The Docket. She can be reached at hclark@cobar.org.

Attorney General Candidates Debate at CBA-CLE Offices

AG DebateOn Monday, October 6, 2014, the Colorado Bar Association, along with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Colorado GLBT Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and Sam Cary Bar Association sponsored a debate of three candidates for Colorado Attorney General. The debate was moderated by Denver Post political columnist Fred Brown. The candidates included Republican Cynthia Coffman, Democrat Don Quick, and Libertarian David Williams. Each candidate was given an opportunity to introduce themselves and then respond to questions posed by each of the sponsoring bars, the audience, and each other. After two hours of lively discussion and debating, the debate ended, but the candidates and attendees stuck around for more talk with appetizers and sodas hosted by the CBA. More than 120 attendees enjoyed the free event held at the CBA-CLE offices.  A live webcast was also offered for those unable to attend in person.

Free Legal Assistance Available for Storm & Flood Survivors — Partnership between the Colorado Bar Association, ABA and FEMA

floodColorado lawyers are among those ready to lend a hand to the survivors of Colorado’s recent storms and flooding. The Colorado Bar Association Disaster Relief Program is gearing up to offer no-cost, disaster-related legal advice to those impacted in Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld Counties. The CBA and its Young Lawyers Division, Colorado Legal Services, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and several local bar associations are partnering in this effort with FEMA and the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

“I’m proud to see attorneys from across the state stepping up to lend a hand to their fellow Coloradans and hope we can offer some assistance during these tragic events,” said Colorado Bar Association President Terry Ruckriegle.

Victims seeking legal advice can visit www.ColoFloodLegalRelief.org to complete a legal assistance form or call the toll-free helpline at 855-424-5347 24 hours a day. Those seeking assistance are asked to provide as many details about their situations in the online form or message as possible.  Applications of victims seeking help will be reviewed to determine the areas in which they need assistance and then paired with a volunteer attorney who has experience in those areas of the law.  This free service begins immediately.

The type of legal assistance available includes:

  • Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster survivors
  • Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors
  • Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
  • Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
  • Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
  • Counseling on landlord/tenant problems

Attorneys wishing to help should complete the online form at ColoFloodLegalRelief.org/volunteer. Attorneys are needed to provide assistance in many areas of the law, and volunteer opportunities are available in person in several counties or by phone.

Dance Off Among Past Presidents Planned for 2012 Barristers Benefit Ball

The dance competition at this year’s “Dancing with the Bar Stars for MVL” Barristers Benefit Ball will feature three past presidents, but this year there’s a twist—in addition to those that you’ll see on the dance floor—the dancers will team up with their spouses for the competition.

So, which past presidents will be busting a move for your enjoyment (and to benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers)? Former Denver Bar President and Colorado Bar President-elect Mark Fogg and Pat Fogg, former Colorado and Denver Bar President Bill Walters and Christy Cutler, and former Denver Bar President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro and Steve Theis will compete.

In case you missed last year’s inaugural dance off, Cyndy Ciancio took the People’s Choice Award and the top fundraising award for her performance with professional dancer Tim Edgar to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.” She, Hubert Farbes, Vicki Johnson, and John Moye were paired with professional dancers and showed off their routines in a “Dancing with the Stars”-like competition. Click here to see their practice videos and video of the performances at the ball. Cyndy will also perform before the competition at this year’s ball.

There will be more on the dancers in the coming months in our Docket eFile, but to know who will wow the legal community with their moves, you’ll have to get a ticket to the ball. Tickets for the May 5 event at the Grand Hyatt in Denver are on sale now here.