August 24, 2019

In Case You Missed It: Legal-Themed Ignite Videos Online

There’s a new way to network that’s igniting legal gatherings across Denver.

At recent Denver Bar Association events, presenters have offered information and entertainment with Ignite-style presentations. Haven’t heard of Ignite? It’s a fast-paced presentation meant to share ideas. The rules are simple: Five minutes to present. Twenty PowerPoint slides. Those slides must advance every 15 seconds.

Ignite started in Seattle as the brainchild of O’Reilly Media’s Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Today, there are Ignite events across the globe (including in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins).

Would you like to see what ideas your colleagues have? The DBA’s most recent event was held for its Pro Bono Week Kick Off Party. Naturally, the topic was pro bono, and the first video in the group is a welcome from DBA President Ilene Bloom and Chief Justice Michael Bender. A couple videos from the night are posted below, and click here to view them all.

The videos are short, entertaining, and just might change the way you think about the profession. Speaking of which, click here to view a previous event, where presentations discussed the future of the legal profession.

While you’re there, you’ll probably notice we have a few other videos up on the Colorado and Denver Bar Association Vimeo page. Click here to see all of our videos.

Celebrate Pro Bono with a Week of Events from the DBA

Pro Bono Week is October 24-28, 2011. To recognize and celebrate the commitment to pro bono client services, the Denver Bar Association has put together several days of events and parties. We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 24:

Collections Clinic

From Noon to 2:00 pm, Alison Daniels and Jennifer Levin will present a basic training for attorneys who are interested in teaching the pro se clinic and/or want a general understanding of the collection process.

To be held at the CBA-CLE Offices, 3rd floor—Available Live and Webcast. 2 General CLE credits.

$49 for members and $69 for non-members, or complimentary when you sign up for a clinic! Register online for the webcast or live version of this program. You also may e-mail, or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 and be sure to state if you are registering for the live or webcast.


Pro Bono Week Kick-Off Party

5:30–8:00 pm

From 5:30 to 8:00 pm, come celebrate and help kick off Pro Bono Week! The event will feature special guest speakers and Ignite presentations on pro bono. Interested in giving an Ignite presentation or would like more information? Contact Light appetizers, drinks and door prizes will be provided.

This free event will be held at Kutak Rock, 1801 California St. Suite 3100, in Denver.

RSVP online or to or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

Tuesday, October 25:

Small Claims Clinic Training

From noon to 2:00 pm, Kip Barrash will present a basic training for attorneys who are interested in teaching the small claims clinic or want a general understanding of the small claims process. Tips include gathering information; forms (where to get them, how to complete them); filing (how; where); defending your position (what to do and what not to do); and court procedure.

To be held at the CBA-CLE Offices, 3rd floor—Available Live and Webcast.

$49 for members and $69 for non-members, or complimentary when you sign up for a clinic! Register online for the webcast or live version of this program. You also may e-mail, or call (303) 824-5350 and be sure to state if you are registering for the live or webcast.

Wednesday, October 26:

Metro Volunteer Lawyers Family Law Training

Sponsored by Faegre & Benson LLP

From 1 to 5:00 pm, this will be a training session for attorneys volunteering with Metro Volunteer Lawyers on family law matters, or those interested in volunteering. Agenda topics will include the anatomy of a family law case, evidence in family law matters, working with family law clients, professionalism, and procedural considerations. Afternoon snacks and refreshments will be provided at no cost to attendees. RSVP to Melissa Fri at no later than Friday, Oct. 21.

This free event will be held at Faegre and Benson, 3200 Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln St., in Denver. 4 CLE credits applied for.

Ignite Presentations: Call for Presenters on the Topic of Pro Bono

Do you have a passion for pro bono work and its impact on society?

We are looking for speakers to talk for five minutes about their thoughts on pro bono. Ignite presentations are 5-minute presentations that feature 20 slides displayed for 15 seconds each. This is a fast-paced, fun, and thought-provoking way to get your point across. The Denver Bar Association held a similar event in June, which was a great success. Videos and more information about the previous presentations can be found here.

This round of presentations will be show-cased at the DBA Access to Justice Committee’s Pro Bono Week Kick-off event Monday, October 24, 2011 from 5:30 to 8 :00 pm at the law offices of Kutak Rock.

Interested in giving a presentation at this event? (You know you want to). Contact Heather Clark. This complimentary event will also feature guest speakers, light appetizers, and drinks.

Register Now: Announcing Speakers and Topics for Thursday’s Ignite Program

As we already reported, the Denver Bar Association is holding an Ignite event on the Future of the Legal Profession on June 9 at 5:30 pm, at 1900 Grant Street, Third Floor, Denver. There is no cost to attend, but we do ask that you RSVP to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. Food and drink will be served and the presentations will begin at 6pm.

We are pleased to announce the eight presenters and their five-minute topics!

  • Phil Shuey – The Future: All Bets Are Off!
  • The Honorable Russ Carparelli – Businesses, Crafts & Trades
  • Casey Cassinis – Microspecialization: Think Outside the Kennel
  • Phil Nugent – The Future of Law Firm Marketing & Business Development
  • Paul DeLauro – Integrated Wealth Planning
  • Becky Bye – Lawyer Mentoring Based on the Inns of Courts’ Model
  • Barbara Cashman Hahn – Letting Love out of the Closet
  • Brian Gryth – Creativity and the Future of Law

See you there!

Ignite the Legal Profession on June 9: What’s Your Big Idea?

Five minutes. Twenty slides. Fifteen seconds per slide.

There aren’t too many rules at Ignite events. Inspire your audience or scare it. Make ’em laugh or make ’em cry. If you find yourself presenting at an Ignite event, the approach you take is entirely up to you, as long as it can be captured in five minutes, 20 slides, with 15 seconds per slide.

Ignite events started in Seattle in December 2006, when two people from O’Reilly Media decided it would be fun to mix networking, beer, and big ideas. The result was the first of many Ignite events, not just in Seattle, but around the world. Colorado is home to at least three city-based Ignite events—in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins.

In 2010, several people attending the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW in Chicago organized an “Ignite Law” program for people interested in the future of law practice. Sixteen lawyers, legal editors, and practice management partners presented to a full room on topics like “What a Law Firm Can Learn from”; “The Big Law-Solo Partnership: Outsourcing Innovation and the Lessons of Tommy Supreme”; and “Agile Legal Management: What Law Firms Can Learn from the Software Industry.”

This year, I managed to get my hands on a ticket to the sold-out second year of Ignite Law in Chicago, which gave the stage to such legal tech leaders as Carolyn Elefant, Kevin O’Keefe, and Dennis Kennedy, and covered topics like “Apps for Justice: Code to the Rescue”; “(Lack of) Privacy 2.0: Law in the Age of Transparency”; and “Bespoke Legal Services in an Off-The-Rack Culture.” The overarching theme of the night was technology, which was fitting, given its connection to TECHSHOW.

Each presenter, in rapid succession, presented his or her idea. The presentations were illuminating, inspiring, and occasionally controversial, but the conversation they generated in the room and throughout the conference was even better.

Ignite Law was not my first Ignite event. I have been to events in both Boulder and Denver, and every time, I’ve walked out holding tight to a spark. Maybe it was the kind of spark that leads me to improved email inbox management, or maybe it was the kind of spark that changed the way I looked at a broader issue, like online privacy. But each time, it sparked some kind of change in my life, big or small. I guess that’s why they call it Ignite.

Ignite empowers ordinary people to put forth extraordinary ideas that, when shared with the right mix of people, can transform an industry. This is why we’re bringing an Ignite program to the Denver Bar Association for Member Appreciation Week. We know our engaged and diverse membership has no shortage of opinions on what the future of the legal profession will look like, so the DBA is giving members the opportunity to lead that conversation.

I guess that leaves only one question: What’s your big idea about the future of the legal profession?

You have five minutes. Go!

If You Go: Ignite Law “The Future of the Legal Profession,” June 9

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at CBA–CLE, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300.There is no cost to attend for DBA members. Food and beverages will be provided. RSVP to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. If you’re interested in presenting or want more information, please email Alli Gerkman at

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