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Events Calendar

    • Thursday, August 29, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Federal Courthouse 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    "THE District Court, By the numbers'"

    Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty
    United States District Court

    12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

    Alfred A. Arraj Federal Courthouse
    901 19th Street, Denver
    jury assembly room

    Judge Hegarty will present the latest installment of statistics about cases litigated in the District of Colorado. Judge Hegarty's analysis of court filings and trials in this District provides critical information for all attorneys who litigate in federal court in Colorado. He will touch on ethical issues as they relate to the cases litigated.

    2 General/.4 Ethics CLE Credits have been approved.

    • Thursday, September 12, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

    12:00 noon

    DENVER JURY IMPROVEMENT LUNCH

    Sponsored by the Faculty of Federal Advocates, Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division,
    and the Civil Jury Project

    Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse
    901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room

    The purpose of this lunch is to honor jurors and to learn from them about what can be done to improve civil trials. Anyone interested in improving their trial skills will not want to miss this lunch. It was the overwhelming consensus of those lawyers and judges who attended the previous lunch that it was informative and should be repeated at regular intervals.

    Because registrants will be assigned tables (to make sure lawyers from the same firms, the judges and the jurors are divided) and there is limited space, please make your reservation in advance by clicking HERE

    Practicing lawyers are asked to pay $10 for their own lunches.

    For more information, please contact the Civil Jury Project's Administrator, Kaitin Villaneuva, at KV20@nyu.edu.

    This lunch will be hosted by Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, LLP and Sherman and Howard, LLC.

    CLE credit has been requested for this program.

    • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

    "EVIDENTIARY LESSONS FROM THE BENCH:
    A PANEL DISCUSSION"

    Judge Christine M. Arguello and Judge R. Brooke Jackson,
    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

    and
    Judge Thomas B. McNamara,
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado

    12 NOON - 1:30 P.M.

    ALFRED A. ARRAJ COURTHOUSE
    901 19TH STREET, DENVER
    JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM

    Please join us for a panel discussion with United States District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello, United States Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson, and United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas B. McNamara about timely topics related to the presentation of evidence at hearings and trial. Subjects to be discussed include character evidence, expert witness issues, effective (and ineffective) objections, valuation evidence, and exhibit management. The panel discussion will conclude with a presentation from Judge McNamara on the upcoming change to Federal Rule of Evidence 807.

    2 CLE Credits requested.

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

    "REMARKS FROM THE BENCH"

    UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE SCOTT T. VARHOLAK
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF COLORADO

    12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

    Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse
    901 19th Street, Denver
    Jury Assembly Room

    Magistrate Judge Scott Varholak will share remarks on effective advocacy in federal court. His remarks will cover topics relevant to both civil and criminal cases.

    2 General CLE credits requested.

    • Thursday, October 10, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

    "TIPS ON PRACTICING IN GRAND JUNCTION'S FEDERAL COURTROOM"

    Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher
    U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

    12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

    Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse
    901 19th Street, Denver
    Jury Assembly Room

    Magistrate Judge Gallagher will provide tips on practicing in his Grand Junction courtroom, both regarding the criminal protocol and civil cases. Also learn the ins and outs of conducting a trial in Grand Junction and how it differs from a trial in Denver.

    2 general CLE credits requested.

    • Friday, October 18, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver

    HOLD THE DATE:

    The 2019 Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Roundtable

    Friday, October 18, 2019
    1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

    The Westin Denver Downtown
    1672 Lawrence Street, Denver

    Please join us for an afternoon of open discussion of bankruptcy law and practice in Colorado. This will be a discussion group format. As an attendee, YOU will participate in four successive discussion groups on wide-ranging issues relating to bankruptcy law and practice in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado. Each discussion group will include approximately ten practitioners, two moderators, and a current U.S. Bankruptcy Judge.

    More information and the registration form will be available soon.




    • Thursday, October 24, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Courtroom A201
    Register

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019

    "THE ABCS OF COURTROOM TECHNOLOGY & ETIQUETTE"

    Edward Butler, USDC Legal Officer

    12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

    Alfred A. Arraj Federal Courthouse
    901 19th Street, Denver
    Courtroom A201

    Since all the U.S. District Court's judicial officers require proficiency with courtroom technology equipment and protocol, here is your chance to get a hands-on familiarization with the equipment and procedure for courtroom presentation of evidence. This is also an opportunity to learn from a court staff member's perspective about courtroom etiquette, procedural practice tips, often misunderstood or ignored local rules, and the secret three-word mantra that all must know.


    • Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019

    A VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION

    "THE CLERK'S PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT FEDERAL PRACTITIONERS
    NEED TO KNOW"

    and

    "IS GUANTANAMO BAY STILL OPEN? HOW WE GOT THERE AND WHAT WE ARE DOING DOWN THERE -
    A MILITARY DEFENSE COUNSEL'S PERSPECTIVE"

    Jeffrey P. Colwell, Esq.
    Clerk of the Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

    12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

    ALFRED A. ARRAJ FEDERAL COURTHOUSE
    901 19TH STREET, DENVER
    Jury Assembly Room

    This presentation is brought to you by the Colorado Bar Association's Military & Veterans' Affairs Section and the Faculty of Federal Advocates.
    This program is being provided complimentarily, but you must register for lunch. 

    2 CLE credits requested by the CBA.

    • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019

    "THE ETHICS OF REPRESENTING CLIENTS WITH DIMINISHED CAPACITY"

    MICHAEL A. KIRTLAND, J.D., LL.M., CELA
    KIRTLAND & SEAL, LLC, COLORADO SPRINGS

    12 NOON - 1:15 P.M.

    ALFRED A. ARRAJ COURTHOUSE
    901 19TH STREET, DENVER
    JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM

    Mr. Kirtland will discuss the ethical issues in representing such clients where the recognition by the attorney of the diminished capacity is incidental to the purpose of the representation, such as may be present in representing criminal defendants.

    2 Ethics CLE Credits requested.

    • Wednesday, December 04, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street, Denver
    Register


    Please join us for conversation and camaraderie!

    FFA's Annual Reception

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019

    5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    The Clocktower Cabaret
    1601 Arapahoe Street, Lower Level, Denver

    Hors d'oeuvres and one complimentary beverage provided. 

    The event is free of charge, but RSVPs are required
    due to limited space.

    For more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at
    dana@facultyfederaladvocates.org or 720-667-6049.

    • Friday, April 24, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver

    HOLD THE DATE:

    2020 Federal District Court Bench-Bar Roundtable

    Friday, April 24, 2020
    1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    Westin Denver Downtown
    1672 Lawrence Street, Denver

    This program offers a unique opportunity to engage in a series of roundtable discussions between Federal District and Magistrate Judges, Deputy Clerks, and federal court practitioners. Attending participants and federal officers will be able to discuss relevant pre-trial and trial issues.

    More information and registration will be available in early 2020.


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