Dedicated to improving the quality of legal practice in Colorado's federal courts.

Current CLE pricing is:
FFA Members - $35
FFA Members Who Attest to NOT Claim CLE Credit - $10
Non-Members - $75
Judges/Judicial Law Clerks/Court Staff Attorneys - No Charge
Law Students - No Charge
Non-Lawyer Staff - No Charge

Most CLE Webinars are accredited for two general credits, and ethics credits are granted on those programs incorporating ethics into the presentation.


Faculty of Federal Advocates Events Calendar

    • Thursday, December 07, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver




    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

    12:00-1:15 p.m.

    Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse
    901 19th Street, Denver

    Federal Magistrate Judges Scott Varholak and Reid Neureiter respond and react to comments from hundreds of questionnaires submitted by lawyers who have appeared before them. Judges Varholak and Neureiter recently received the compiled results of questionnaires sent to lawyers who have practiced before them. The evaluations included narrative sections allowing lawyers to give anonymous suggestions, comments, and complaints about how the judges do their jobs. This CLE will see the Judges respond to the comments and hopefully foster a dialog with members of the federal bar on how to make the practice in federal court more efficient and just.

    2 General CLE credits approved.   

    • Wednesday, December 13, 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    • Virtual Event


    Wednesday, December 13, 2023
    5:00-5:45 p.m. *

    Please join the FFA in recognizing the 2023 participants in the Civil Pro Bono Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. 

    The FFA will also announce newly-elected Board members and acknowledge outgoing Board members at the FFA Annual Meeting to follow. 

    This is a free event but you do need to register in advance so you can be provided with the Zoom login link for December 13. 

    We hope you can join us for this annual event from the comfort of your office or home.

    Happy Holidays from the Faculty of Federal Advocates.

    * The Colorado Women's Bar Association's in-person Holiday Celebration is the same evening starting at 6 p.m. We hope you will join the FFA virtually at 5 p.m. and then head to the CWBA's event.

    • Friday, December 15, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Webinar



    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2023

    Office of the Federal Public Defender

    U.S. Attorney's Office

    12 NOON-1:15 p.m.


    The United States Sentencing Commission has released amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines for the first time in five years. This has created new sentencing parameters in criminal cases, and will raise ex post facto issues in sentencing hearings for the foreseeable future. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss each specific proposed amendment, and provide strategies for framing and litigating these amendments for the most effective advocacy.

    2 General CLE credits requested.

    • Wednesday, December 20, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
    • Webinar




    Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

    Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

    Regis University

     J. CHRIS LARSON, Esq., Moderator
    U.S. Attorney's Office

    12 NOON-1:40 p.m.


    Experts from the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel and Regis University offer a "how-to-guide" in creating a professional, ethical, and inclusive environment for clients and colleagues with intellectual disabilities. They will discuss the best practices on the ethical representation of neurodiverse clients. The discussion will enable participants to foster an inclusive and neurodiverse workplace, while addressing the key challenges attorneys encounter when they open their doors to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

    This presentation will help participants recognize, mitigate and/or eliminate bias in the legal profession with regard to neurodiverse populations. Participants will also discuss how to provide competent and ethical representation of neurodiverse populations, and provide greater access to the legal system--both as colleagues and clients--for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The speakers will address the ethical considerations around the inclusion and representation of neurodiverse clients and inclusive approach to the practice of law. This includes an examination of the key considerations around the Colorado and ABA Model Ethical Rule 1.14 ("Client with Diminished Capacity").

    2 General/1 Ethics/1 EDI CLE credits requested.

Past events

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 How to Succeed in Federal Practice Without (Being) Really Trying: Perspectives From the Bench and Practitioners on Both Sides of the Aisle
Wednesday, November 08, 2023 Perspectives on Best Practices After Two Years on the Bench: Judge Regina Rodriguez
Wednesday, November 01, 2023 FFA Expert Series Part II: Working With Your Expert Through the Discovery Process
Friday, October 27, 2023 FFA's Forum: Fear, Failure, and Perseverance
Friday, October 20, 2023 2023 FFA Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Roundtable
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 Space Law: Colorado's Next Legal Frontier
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 CANCELLED: Cybersecurity and Data Breaches: Covering Your Legal Assets
Friday, September 15, 2023 Playing by the Rules: The Committee on Conduct's Role in Investigating and Presiding Over Attorney Disciplinary Matters
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 FFA End of Summer Reception
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 2022 in Perspective: Analysis of the Business of the Federal District Court
Thursday, August 24, 2023 Practical Tips and Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Serving as and Retaining Local Counsel
Thursday, August 10, 2023 Best Practices for Finding and Vetting Expert Witnesses in Civil Litigation
Thursday, July 27, 2023 Tips for Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judges in the District of Colorado
Thursday, June 29, 2023 Investigators in Criminal and Civil Litigation: Ethics and Best Practices
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 The Pitfalls of the Proffer: Sitting Down with the Government in Criminal and Civil Matters
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 Cryptocurrency: What Today's Lawyers Need to Know About Blockchain
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 How to Handle Judicial Misbehavior
Tuesday, May 09, 2023 Sentencing and Criminal Motions Practice Before Judge William J. Martinez
Wednesday, May 03, 2023 Shielding Your Firm: Identifying Threats & Protecting Your Sensitive Data
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 Who's Behind the Curtain? Insights from the Clerks Who Keep the District Court Running
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Objection! Foundation! The Nuts and Bolts of Introducing Your Exhibits and Demonstratives at Trial
Monday, April 03, 2023 Roadways to the Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge?
Thursday, March 30, 2023 How to Maximize Your Opportunity for Successful Settlement Conferences
Thursday, February 23, 2023 Effective Advocacy in Federal Court: Tips From the Law Clerk Perspective
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Improve Client Relationships with Motivational Interviewing
Monday, February 13, 2023 The New Uniform Practice Standards: How Four District Court Judges Came Together to Adopt Unified Standards
Thursday, January 19, 2023 Outsmart Your Unconscious Biases -- To Make Better Decisions in Client Matters and the Workplace
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 PROGRAM POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER: The New Uniform Practice Standards: How Four District Court Judges Came Together to Adopt Unified Standards
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 FFA Virtual Reception Recognizing USDC Civil Pro Bono Panel and FFA Annual Meeting
Friday, December 09, 2022 Representing Pro Bono Prisoner Clients in Federal Court (Part 2)
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 Changing Notions of Consent in Sexual Assault Cases
Thursday, November 17, 2022 Federal Arbitration: What You Need to Know
Thursday, November 10, 2022 Lawyers Who Think: Ethics and Conduct in Federal Practice
Thursday, October 20, 2022 The ABCs of Courtroom Technology & Etiquette
Friday, October 14, 2022 2022 Federal Bench-Bar Roundtable
Thursday, September 29, 2022 Trials Done Right: It's (Mostly) Not About the Judge
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 2021 in Perspective: Analysis of the Business of the Federal District Court
Thursday, September 15, 2022 WEBINAR: Legal Malpractice and Lawyer Discipline – How to Prevent Yourself from Being Before the Committee on Conduct or Being Sued
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act - The Denver Indian Center and Southwest Colorado Focus
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 The Perils & Pitfalls of Wearing Two Hats
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 The Psychology of Lawyering
Tuesday, August 02, 2022 NOW WEBINAR ONLY - Pathways to the Federal Bench: The View from the Senators’ Judicial Selection Advisory Committee
Friday, July 22, 2022 ONLINE ONLY - Representing Pro Bono Clients in Federal Court (Part 1)
Thursday, July 21, 2022 FFA Summer Reception
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 The Art of Trial Objections
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 Pathways to the Federal Bench: The Federal Magistrate Judge Appointment Process
Thursday, June 09, 2022 WEBINAR ONLY: Trial Techniques: The Art of Simplifying Complex Disputes for Juries
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (For Planning & Successfully Transitioning) To and From Government Service
Thursday, April 28, 2022 Remarks from Colorado's Federal Public Defender & U.S. Attorney
Thursday, April 14, 2022 WEBINAR ONLY "Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure: Avoiding Basic Pitfalls for the Federal Lawyer" (for the non-bankruptcy practitioner)
Thursday, April 07, 2022 IN PERSON & WEBINAR - From the Trial Trenches: The Art and Technique of Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Corporate Law: How DEI Initiatives Drive Legal Innovation and Effectiveness
Tuesday, March 01, 2022 How Can I Get Federal Court Experience AND Fulfill Pro Bono Obligations?
Friday, February 11, 2022 Rule 702 – The Agony and the Ecstasy
Friday, January 21, 2022 Getting Your Firm's Affairs in Order -- Succession Planning for Law Firms & Attorneys
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 WEBINAR - Remarks From the Bench with U.S. District Court Judge Rodriguez
Thursday, December 16, 2021 Legal Ethics in the News
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 FFA Virtual Reception Recognizing USDC Civil Pro Bono Panel and FFA Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 18, 2021 Double Down on EDI Strategies
Friday, November 12, 2021 2021 FFA Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Roundtable
Thursday, November 04, 2021 Encore Presentation: Beating the Written Discovery Blues
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Beating the Written Discovery Blues - WEBINAR
Thursday, October 07, 2021 WEBINAR: Truth or Consequences: Concerning Trends in the Practice of Law Before the U.S. Magistrate Judges
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Economic Justice & Intimate Partner Violence: POWER
Thursday, September 23, 2021 Bench & Bar Diversity Initiatives: Law Student Internships
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 FDA Approval, but Now What? Employer Vaccine Mandates and Legal Landmines
Thursday, August 19, 2021 WEBINAR: 2020 in Perspective: A Statistical Analysis of the (COVID Year) Business of the Federal District Court
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Much Ado About Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions - WEBINAR PRESENTATION
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 Creative Appellate Practice
Thursday, July 08, 2021 Knowing Your Case Inside Out: How to Make Litigating Easier Through Case Mapping
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Highlights from the 2021 Colorado General Assembly Legislative Session and Hot Topics in Constitutional Litigation
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Trial Techniques: Storytelling in Litigation
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Stress Hardiness in Uncertain Times - COLAP
Thursday, April 29, 2021 New to Federal Practice: What You Need to Know
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Out-of-Court Resolutions: Best Practices in a Post-Pandemic World
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 Best Deposition Practices from the Perspective of the Court Reporter
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Back to Basics: Ethical Questions Posed by Attorney Bills
Friday, March 19, 2021 COVID-19 in the Boardroom: Navigating Board Governance and Regulatory Issues Presented by COVID-19
Wednesday, March 03, 2021 Wage and Hour Law -- What's New for 2021?
Monday, March 01, 2021 ONLY AVAILABLE TO VIEW UNTIL MARCH 1 - Video On Demand - Jury Trials in the Time of COVID-19
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Election Law: Hindsight is 2020
Thursday, February 04, 2021 Observations from Litigating a COVID-19 Pilot Program Civil Trial
Thursday, January 28, 2021 In the Trenches with the Pro Bono Panel: How to Litigate a Pro Se Plaintiff’s Section 1983 Claim from Appointment to Verdict
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Learning on the Job—Magistrate Judges Crews and Neureiter Assess Their First Two Years on the Bench
Friday, December 11, 2020 Legal Writing: Striving for Clarity
Friday, December 04, 2020 The Augmented Lawyer: Technology Competence in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Thursday, December 03, 2020 FFA Virtual Reception Recognizing USDC Civil Pro Bono Panel and FFA Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2020 The Practitioner Perspective: Presentation of Evidence in a Virtual Environment
Thursday, November 12, 2020 2020 Ethics Update - The Ethics of Building a Practice
Thursday, October 29, 2020 COVID-19 Impacts on Federal Criminal Cases
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Colorado’s Judicial Merit Selection and Retention System
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 How 2020 Has Changed the Judiciary and the Legal Profession
Friday, October 09, 2020 Jury Trials in the Time of COVID-19
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Underappreciated Lawyering Skills: The Difference Between Good and Great Advocacy
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Qualified Immunity in a Post-George Floyd Era
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act - Focus on the Four Corners - with Ethics & Pro Bono Representation CLE
Thursday, August 20, 2020 2019 in Perspective: A Statistical Analysis of the Business of the Federal District Court
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 What are "Blockchain" & "Bitcoin," and What Do I Need to Know About Them?
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Introduction to Litigation Finance
Thursday, July 16, 2020 Your Microphone is Muted! Navigating Virtual Settlement Conferences
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 Ethics in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Labor & Employment Implications of Coronavirus
Thursday, June 11, 2020 Update on Court Operations During COVID-19 and on General Procedures and Practices on the Western Slope.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 The "New Normal": Adding Remote Depositions to Your Skill Set During COVID-19
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 Bills of Costs in Civil Cases - What to Expect, What Not to Do, and How to File an Appeal
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Viral Survival — Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19
Friday, April 24, 2020 CANCELLED - 2020 Federal Bench-Bar Roundtable
Thursday, April 16, 2020 PROGRAM POSTPONED: A Judge's Perspective: Q&A with Judge Allison H. Eid
Thursday, April 02, 2020 WEBINAR: Just Say "No:" Identifying High-Risk Clients and Navigating Ethical Issues
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession, the Workplace, and the Community: Interrupting it in Ourselves and Others
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Federal Court Practitioners
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Best Practices in Pro Se Party Litigation
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Remarks From the Bench with U.S. District Court Judge Domenico
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Working Cooperatively to Avoid the E-Discovery Sideshow
Thursday, December 12, 2019 A Fireside Chat with Colorado's U.S. Attorney and Federal Public Defender
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 2019 Annual Reception & Pro Bono Celebration
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 The Ethics of Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 Veteran's Day Presentation with USDC Clerk Jeffrey P. Colwell
Thursday, October 24, 2019 The ABCs of Courtroom Technology & Etiquette
Friday, October 18, 2019 2019 FFA Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Roundtable
Thursday, October 10, 2019 CANCELLED: Tips on Practicing in Grand Junction's Federal Courtroom
Thursday, October 03, 2019 Celebrating the Life and Legal Career of U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel
Thursday, September 26, 2019 United States Magistrate Judge Scott Varholak: Remarks from the Bench
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Evidentiary Lessons from the Bench: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 12, 2019 Denver Jury Improvement Lunch
Thursday, August 29, 2019 The District Court, By The Numbers
Friday, August 16, 2019 “One Lawyer’s Story of Mental Health Challenges and How He Dealt with Them”
Thursday, July 25, 2019 Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 - with Ethics & Pro Bono Representation CLE
Friday, July 19, 2019 "Top Ten Rules of Effective Legal Research and Writing"
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Practicing as a New Attorney in Federal Court
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Avoiding Trial: Techniques & Strategies for Resolving Disputes through Negotiation, Mediation and Settlement
Thursday, June 13, 2019 Social Media and Lawyer Ethics: More Than Just "Friends" and "Likes"
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Effective Trial Presentations

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