Year: 2013

New Column: Law Student Chronicles

Last year, approximately 460 students in Colorado began law school. These students are facing a profession and education that some say is in the middle of a dramatic change.

Council Spotlight: Patrick Thiessen

Meet your Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Council Patrick Thiessen is an attorney at Poskus, Caton & Klein, P.C. where he practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, elder law, and probate litigation.  He graduated from

The Most Important Things Young Professionals Should Know About Personal Finance

By Mark F. Toledo Originally posted on Brazen Life If you’re part of GenY, you know debt is a big issue. Two-thirds of college seniors who graduated in 2011 had student loan debt, and once graduates get into the workforce,

25 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I was a First Year Lawyer

By Cordell Parvin Originally posted on Cordell Parvin Blog What do I wish someone had told me when I was a first year lawyer? What do you wish someone had told you?Here is my current thinking on what I wish

Council Spotlight: Mo Weiland

Meet your Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Council Mo Weiland is an associate with Fennemore Craig, P.C.  She joined the firm in 2012 after graduating from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and practices in Fennemore’s

Council Spotlight: Chris Levkulich

Meet your Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Council Chris Levkulich (Treasurer) is a Colorado native and is proud to be a part of Denver’s legal community. He is currently in private practice as a solo practitioner, focusing on criminal

Council Spotlight: Meredith Van Horn

Meet your Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Council Meredith Van Horn is an Assistant County Attorney at the Douglas County Attorney’s office where she does tax appeals, bankruptcy and general municipal law.  She is a 2010 graduate of

Release of Claims in Separation Agreements

Kate Beckman

by Kate W. Beckman Employee reductions in force and “downsizing” are an unfortunate part of the employment relationship.  An employer’s decision to retain certain employees, while terminating or laying off others, may lead the discharged worker(s) to feel that they

Four Tips for Meeting Two People in the Room

Roy Ginsberg

Lawyers typically dread attending events like annual bar association fundraisers, CLE conferences — or any gathering where there will be a large number of attendees. In short, they dread the type of event where their “working the room” skills are put to the test.

Council Spotlight: Kevin McReynolds

Meet your Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Council Kevin McReynolds is an Assistant Attorney General in Colorado’s criminal appellate division. Before this, he clerked for a federal trial judge and spent five years in private practice splitting his

Marijuana Testing in the Workplace

Kate Beckman

by Kate W. Beckman On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 which allows for the recreational use of marijuana, thereby expanding the state’s lax marijuana policies following the legalization of medical marijuana use in 2000.[1]  The newest Amendment,

Unemployment Benefits: A Recent Colorado Court of Appeals Case

Kate Beckman

by Kate W. Beckman The Colorado Court of Appeals in Yotes, Inc. v. Industrial Claim Appeals Office, 2013 COA 124 (Co.App.2013) recently heard an appeal from the Industrial Claims Appeals Office regarding unemployment benefits. While rare, unemployment cases do sometimes

How to Respond When You Disagree With Your Client’s Decisions

By Laura Liss For lawyers both new and experienced, there will come a time when a client wishes to pursue something you have advised against. This time came for me in late September.

Will the Toxic Tort Case Management Tool Known as a “Lone Pine Order” Remain Prohibited in Colorado?

by Kristi E. Dorr One of the first Colorado cases involving alleged personal injuries and property damage due to hydraulic fracturing, Strudley v. Antero Resources Corp., has made its way to the Colorado Supreme Court by writ of certiorari. At

15 fairly new legal industry jobs and 6 more you may see soon – ABA Journal

Stephanie Francis Ward

by Stephanie Francis Ward The profession has evolved since we named our first Legal Rebels in 2009—and there are now positions at law firms and elsewhere that didn’t exist when we first started this project. We asked well-known legal advisers,

SEC Issues Report on Social Media Disclosures

by Trevor A. Crow The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued a report of its investigation relating to a Facebook post by Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, which stated Netflix’s monthly online viewing had exceeded 1 billion hours. The SEC’s

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Tips From the Trenches: Reflections One Year After Going Solo

by Laura Liss When I “went solo” last summer, straight out of law school, some of the immediate benefits included giving me an identity and a purpose. However, the hard work and the “what I wished I knew then” list has

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Young Lawyers, Beachfront Property is Within Your Reach

by Kristi Dorr National security crises, devastated global economies, disease proliferation, lack of potable water, massive forest fires, and the list goes on. No, this is not Armageddon, it is Climageddon and it is real. These issues are and will be

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Give Value to Your Services: Find the Right Client

by Lisa Hardin As a new attorney who decided to open her own estate planning law firm, I am faced with the ongoing challenge of finding clients.  More specifically: finding the right clients. 

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Civility Counts: The Importance of Professionalism

by Ryan S. Hansen As young attorneys, we all in recent years had the distinct privilege of being sworn-in to practice law in the great State of Colorado. To obtain a license to practice law, we each recited and subscribed

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