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

PAST EVENTS SINCE MARCH 30, 2019 ARE LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH PAST ANNOUNCEMENT, THERE IS A LINK TO THE WRITTEN MATERIALS FOR THAT EVENT.

Events Calendar

    • Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

    "UNDERAPPRECIATED LAWYERING SKILLS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND GREAT ADVOCACY"

    MAGISTRATE JUDGE MICHAEL E. HEGARTY
    United States District Court for the District of Colorado

    MAGISTRATE JUDGE KRISTEN L. MIX
    United States District Court for the District of Colorado

    MAURA R. GROSSMAN, ESQ., PH.D.
    University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada 

    REGINA "GINA" M. RODRIGUEZ, ESQ.
    WilmerHale, LLP, Denver


    12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
    (note SPECIAL TIME)

    WEBINAR

    This panel discussion will focus on those skills that distinguish good from great advocates, with a special emphasis on discussion of those skills in the context of discovery disputes, including e-discovery matters, as well as settlements and resolutions.

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Friday, October 09, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020

    "JURY TRIALS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19"

    JUDGE R. BROOKE JACKSON
    U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado

    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    Judge Jackson recently presided over a three-day civil jury trial and will share his perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted courtroom presentations.

    1 general CLE credit approved.

    • Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020

    "HOW 2020 HAS CHANGED THE JUDICIARY AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION"

    JUDGE JEREMY D. FOGEL (ret.)
    Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute
    Retired U.S. District Court Judge,
    Northern District of California

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    Please join us for an interactive discussion with Judge Jeremy Fogel, who currently serves as Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, a center at Berkeley Law School. During the discussion, Judge Fogel will address the short-term and long-term impacts of COVID and the Black Lives Matter Movement on judges, lawyers, as well as our shared professional values.

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020

    "COLORADO'S JUDICIAL MERIT SELECTION AND RETENTION SYSTEM"

    12 NOON - 1:15 P.M.

    JUSTICE RICHARD L. GABRIEL
    Colorado Supreme Court

    JUDGE LINO S. LIPINSKY DE ORLOV
    Colorado Court of Appeals

    This is a FREE CLE Webinar Co-Sponsored with the
    Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Judicial Institute.
    In this presentation, Justice Richard L. Gabriel of the Colorado Supreme Court and Judge Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov of the Colorado Court of Appeals, on behalf of the award-winning Our Courts Colorado program, will discuss Colorado’s merit selection system for the appointment of state court judges, the judicial retention process, and Coloradans’ indispensable roles in those processes.

    2 General CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020

    "COVID-19 IMPACTS ON FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASES"

    JD ROWELL
    U.S. Attorney's OfficE

    WILLIAM R. WILLIAMSON
    Office of the Federal Public Defender for Colorado
    and Wyoming

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    In the third installment of the Faculty of Federal Advocates’ series of CLEs on “Litigation in the Time of COVID-19,” a panel of experienced criminal law practitioners will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on federal criminal cases.  The panel will include JD Rowell, the Criminal Division Chief for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and Warren R. Williamson, the First Assistant at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for Colorado and Wyoming.  It will be moderated by Ryan Bergsieker, a Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; and Elisabeth Owen, an attorney at Franklin D. Azar & Associates.

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, December 03, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (MST)
    • Live or Virtual tbd

    HOLD THE DATE

    FFA ANNUAL RECEPTION & BUSINESS MEETING

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020
    5-6:30 P.M.


    WHETHER IN PERSON OR VIRTUAL IS YET TO BE DETERMINED


    Join FFA leadership in an annual celebration of the organization's members and programs. 

    More information will be provided in the near future.

Past events

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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