Year: 2015

PODCAST: Which Practice Areas are Going to be the Most Lucrative in the Future?

The market for legal jobs may be getting better, but it’s still not great. That being said, are there specific practice areas that need more attorneys to serve current and future needs? In this month’s episode of Asked and Answered,

Advice from the bench – Credibility

By Richard Gama For about 30 years, my father was a personal injury trial attorney in Phoenix, AZ, and for the past 15 years he has served as a Superior Court Judge in Maricopa County, AZ. Over the years he

PEARLS OF WISDOM – Part One

October is Legal Professionalism Month in Colorado, as proclaimed by Chief Justice Nancy Rice, Colorado Bar Association President Loren Brown, and Deans Martin Katz and Phil Weiser. Each week this month, we will be sharing a professionalism pearl of wisdom from a

Colorado Attorneys for the Arts Provides Attorneys the Opportunity to Help Artists

By Dave Ratner Colorado’s creative economy is crucial to our state. Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) is a valuable new program connecting artists and arts organizations with volunteer lawyers providing pro bono services. CAFTA is recruiting attorneys!

Call for Applications: Judicial District and Supreme Court Nominating Commissions

Deadline: October 31, 2015 Commissioners are volunteers and serve six-year terms, interviewing and nominating applicants for judicial vacancies. Non-attorneys are appointed by the Governor; attorneys are appointed by the Governor, together with the Chief Justice and the Attorney General. More

How to Land Clients as a New Solo Attorney

by Melanie Fischer If you are a new solo attorney, or if you are thinking about hanging your shingle, you might be concerned about how and where you will find your initial clients. Just about every new solo attorney thinks

Nomination Period Opens for Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award

The nomination period for the CBA Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award is open. We invite you to nominate Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division members in good standing who have made outstanding contributions to the legal

West to the 32nd Meridian: Researching Administrative Law

By Dan Cordova and Chris Hudson All Americans are familiar with administrative law, whether they realize it or not. Agencies and their rulemaking and adjudication functions have formed an intrinsic part of our society since our nation’s founding. The first

The Docket Sits Down with Newly Appointed Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel

By Keith Lewis Justice Richard L. Gabriel was sworn in as the 104th Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court on September 1, 2015, marking a new chapter in the former Court of Appeals Judge’s prolific career. The Docket recently sat

First Year They Scare You, Second Year They Work You, Third Year…Can I Go Now?

By Deanna Alfred In 2013, President Obama expressed his stance on a widely debated issue in the legal community and made it clear that law schools would be wise to consider making the average legal education two years instead of

Make A Difference ~ Message from DBA President Janet Drake

By Janet Drake I’ve committed myself to a career in public service because I want to use my law degree to make a positive difference to individuals and the community. During the course of the next year, I encourage you

CBA President Loren Brown Talks About Suicide Prevention

By Loren M. Brown World Suicide Prevention Day is observed every September 10 to promote global action to prevent suicide. Various events and activities are held to raise awareness that suicide—a major cause of premature death—is preventable.

Message From Your Chair Maureen “Mo” Watson

Hello! It is hard to believe it is already September! Before fall gets away from you, please put a DBA YLD event on your calendar. Consider joining us at September’s BAH and Arts and Literature Reception on September 17th—the event

CBA YLD Chair Nicole Marie Black—Reestablishing the Bar as a Home for Young Lawyers

By Danaé D. Woody As the 2015–16 Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD or Division), Nicole Marie Black has lofty plans for the Division. Black comes to the leadership position at what she characterizes to be a unique

Volunteer for Pro Bono Week!

By Lauren Dickey “We often think and talk about pro bono work as a service to the greater good and to our community. But even the biggest public impact cases require us to advocate not for the public, but for

Productivity Tips for New Lawyers

By Allison C. Shields Project, task, and matter management are not skills taught in most law schools. As a result, many lawyers struggle with these essential job functions, and young or new lawyers especially may have difficulty learning how to

Things To Learn During Your First Year as a Solo Attorney

 By Melanie Fischer First it was elementary school, then middle school, then high school, then college, and finally law school. After almost two decades in school, you are probably pretty excited to stop all the learning and begin working and

Message From Your Chair Maureen “Mo” Watson

Welcome to our 2015–2016 term. If you are not already receiving the DBA YLD eNewsletter, email Heather Folker to get signed up. This is a monthly notification that you will receive from DBA YLD that will highlight upcoming events, ways

Practical Advice for New Law School Graduates

By William L. Pfeifer Jr. One of the first things that new graduates from law school realize as they start their legal careers is that law school did not teach them very much about how to practice law. Although each

I Got Your Back: Recognizing and Helping Addicted Colleagues

By Robin Belleau, Tony Pacione Attorneys, judges, and law students who suffer from addictive illnesses may look on the surface like you or me—or anyone we may work with. Even the most successful and accomplished attorneys can be active (or

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