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Events Calendar

    • Thursday, July 25, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Federal Courthouse 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
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    THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019

    "THE PRO BONO WORK TO EMPOWER ACT OF 2018 - with Ethics & pro Bono representation cle

    Chief Judge Philip A. Brimmer, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    James Wilder, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
    Representatives of Several Legal Services Organizations, including Project Safeguard, the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center,  Family Tree, Colorado Legal Services, The District of Colorado Civil Pro Bono Panel, and the Federal Pro Se Clinic
    Concluding remarks by Magistrate Judge S. Kato Crews

    12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
    This is a FREE CLE program.

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

    The POWER Act is the acronym for "Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018" (P. L. 115-237) that Congress passed on September 4, 2018. The primary goal of the POWER Act is for the U.S. district courts to partner with a local, tribal, or territorial domestic abuse service provider and a local volunteer lawyer project to promote pro bono legal services as a way to empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to engage citizens in assisting those survivors.

    The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the Faculty of Federal Advocates, and the Colorado Bar Association have partnered to offer this FREE program. Chief Judge Brimmer will speak about the POWER Act, its purpose and goals. OARC attorney James Wilder will present a one-hour ethics CLE with the title of "Ethics & Pro Bono Representation," discussing limited representation principles when volunteering through non-profit legal organizations. Representatives from several legal service providers will discuss pro bono volunteering opportunities Project Safeguard, the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center,  Family Tree, Colorado Legal Services, The District of Colorado Civil Pro Bono Panel, and the Federal Pro Se Clinic. Magistrate Judge S. Kato Crews will make concluding remarks.

    2 General/1.2 Ethics CLE Credits approved.

    • Friday, August 16, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Federal Courthouse 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
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    FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019

    "ONE LAWYER'S STORY OF MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES AND HOW HE DEALT WITH THEM"

    David P. Hersh, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine, PC
    Chip Glaze, COLAP (Colorado Lawyers Assistance Program)

    12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

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

    It isn’t often that a lawyer is willing to share a personal story of stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse, but one such lawyer has a powerful message for other lawyers. During this CLE, David Hersh will share his story of despair and the road he took to recovery. Attendees will not only hear about Mr. Hersh’s journey, but they will learn about the invaluable and life-saving resources available through COLAP (Colorado Lawyers Assistance Program) for lawyers who are facing similar challenges. Throughout the presentation, references will be made to ethics rules from the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct that address situations were lawyers are impaired by any type of mental health issues.

    This is a difficult subject to consider but the professional and personal consequences for lawyers with mental health issues are something that cannot be ignored.

    2 General/ 1.5 Ethics CLE Credits approved.

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

    "THE DISTRICT COURT, BY THE NUMBERS'"

    Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty
    United States District Court, District of Colorado

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



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