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Events Calendar

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

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019

    "A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH COLORADO'S U.S. ATTORNEY
    AND FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER"

    FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER VIRGINIA GRADY
    U.S. ATTORNEY JASON DUNN

    12 NOON - 1:15 P.M.

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

    In this CLE, U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn and Federal Public Defender Virginia Grady will discuss a variety of issues relevant to both criminal and civil practitioners, including the priorities and challenges faced by their respective offices; their views on effective advocacy, given their unique vantage points supervising two of the most active groups of federal practitioners in Colorado; and their observations on practicing with professionalism and civility, given their offices’ roles as repeat adversaries in cases with unsurpassed consequences.

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020

    "WORKING COOPERATIVELY TO AVOID THE E-DISCOVERY SIDESHOW"

    Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix
    U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

    Nicole M. Quintana, Esq.
    Ogborn Mihm, LLP

    Kelly Twigger, Esq.
    ESI Attorneys, LLC

    Martine T. Wells, Esq.
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

    12 NOON - 1:15 P.M.

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

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix and a panel of experienced e-discovery practitioners will cover the latest and greatest e-discovery developments and best practices for civil practitioners in this district. Topics will include:

    * Threshold considerations across the "v" - Plaintiff and Defense perspectives regarding preservation notices, forensic captures, and scope.

    * Avoiding E-Discovery Disputes:

    * EDRM

    * Know your judge - e-discovery protocols in the District of Colorado

    * Robust conferral - early and often

    * ESI Plans - proactive use

    * IT expert or vendor - early and often

    * Leveraging sampling and technology (AI, TAR)

    * Motions Practices - if necessary

    * Key case law updates from SCOTUS and the District of Colorado

    * Ethics considerations throughout:

    * The Ethics E-Discovery Checklist

    * RPC 1.1, 3.3, 3.4 - obligations to clients, opposing parties, and the tribunal regarding technology

    * RPC 4.4, Colorado Ethics Opinion 108 - accounting for inadvertent disclosure

    * RPC 5.3 - responsibility for non-lawyer litigation support resources

    * And others.


    2 general/1 ethics CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020

    "REMARKS FROM THE BENCH"

    JUDGE DANIEL D. DOMENICO 
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF COLORADO

    12 NOON - 1:15 P.M.

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

    Judge Domenico will share remarks on effective advocacy in federal court. His remarks will cover topics relevant to both civil and criminal cases, and the perspective of a new judge.

    2 General CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020

    "BEST PRACTICES IN PRO SE PARTY LITIGATION"

    Magistrate Judge S. Kato Crews
    U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

    Caitlin McHugh, Esq.
    Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP

    Leslie Kelly, Esq.
    Federal Pro Se Clinic

    12 NOON - 1:15 PM

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

    Pro se litigation can be challenging for everyone involved.  Pro se litigants are to be held to the same standards as lawyers but may struggle with the complexities of federal court litigation.  Judges and opposing attorneys may struggle to find an appropriate balance between holding pro se parties accountable to applicable rules and procedure and affording them a measure of leeway since they are unrepresented. This panel will offer perspectives from all sides and insight into best practices for giving these cases their best opportunity to move forward as smoothly as possible.   

    2 General/.5 Ethics CLE Credits Requested.

    • Friday, April 24, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202
    Register

    HOLD THE DATE

    The Faculty of Federal Advocates
    presents
    the 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 and federal court practitioners. The discussions will be topics relevant to pre-trial and trial issues. 

    Registration will open in early 2020, but mark your calendars now for this event!

Past events

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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