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Bench Bar Courtroom Chat: Seamless Transitions

By Gwen Abler Courtroom Chats are a talk led by various judges once a month; we get their inside look at a courtroom. We met last week in a small and cozy setting (with food), and Judges Morris Hoffman and

Posted in Law Practice Management

Lawyer Well-Being: Creating A Movement To Improve The Legal Profession

Challenge, change and uncertainty are the new norm in today’s legal profession. Busy lawyers are maxed out as they deal with the stress and pressure of a demanding profession, and law firms and organizations are looking for new strategies to

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Rejection

It’s called rejection. So many of us live our whole lives trying to avoid it. But we don’t even really understand what it is. Did you know there’s an emotion so painful that taking Tylenol can actually help lessen the

Posted in Career Development

9 Things I Figured Out When I Was a Young Lawyer

By Cordell Parvin First year lawyers are starting in law firms this month. If you have any in your firm, you might share this with them. I am able to look back now and see how a few things I

Posted in Career Development

Reading Partners Needs Substitute Readers

School is back in session which means that the DBA’s Lawyers in Schools Committee has been busy recruiting participants for Reading Partners. Many matches have already been made for the school year, but there’s always a need for substitute readers.

Posted in Volunteering

Learn the Fundamentals of Writing First—Experiment Later

By Bryan Garner for the ABA Journal, It’s often said that you must know the rules before you break them. But why is that, exactly? It’s a question worth pondering. I recently flew coast to coast sitting beside a young

Posted in Communication

Solo Not Alone: Consulting Lawyers and Other Professionals When Starting Your Own Firm

By Damian J. Arguello There is an old adage that virtually every lawyer has heard: A lawyer who represents himself or herself has a fool for a client. This can be especially applicable when a lawyer decides to open up

Posted in Career Development, Solo Practice

5 Ways to De-stress Without Leaving Your Desk

We’ve all been there before. Sometimes you know that taking a step backand heading outside for a breath of fresh air would help you power through the day, but you’re stuck at your desk waiting for a call, or you have

Posted in Wellness

Why a Lawyer’s Reputation Is So Vital in the Internet Age

Want to understand the value of your online reputation? Imagine that you’re a legal consumer. You’re most likely over the age of 45 and you’re not in this situation by choice. You might be dealing with a legal issue for the first

Posted in Career Development, Law Practice Management, Professionalism

Millennials Are Changing The Legal Profession In An Unexpected Way

Millennials have made an impression on the modern workplace that will forever change how companies operate. Benefits, recruiting, and company culture often change because of expectations set by young employees. Some industries, however, are changing due to an indirect impact

Posted in Community, future of law

Mindfulness for Lawyers: Decrease Your Stress and Improve Your Performance

By Debra Austin, “Mindfulness” involves increased awareness of what is happening from moment to moment. It requires letting go of ruminating about the past and worrying about the future. It has been defined as being fully attuned to the moment

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Be the Director of Your Witness’s Direct Examination

  When we think of the most exciting moments in Hollywood’s version of a trial, direct examination isn’t among them. The act of putting on your own witness in order to establish the elements of your case has none of

Posted in Practice Management, Professionalism

July Barristers After Hours Recognizes Food Drive Winners

In July 2017, the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyer Division partnered with MetroCaring to bring the annual Roll Out the Barrels food drive to law firms and legal organizations across the metro area.  Twenty-eight firms participated, raising $17,714 in funds

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Three Tips to Overcome Impostor Syndrome as a Young Associate

Athletes often discuss the fact that each time they advance to the next level the game “speeds up.” The leap from high school to college ball is a significant one. Players are bigger, faster and stronger, and the game moves

Posted in Career Development

How Learning Improv Gives Lawyers an Edge

Paul Farahvar on stage at the Laugh Factory. (Photo courtesy of Paul Farahvar.) There are places where you can tell a joke and places where you definitely shouldn’t. Generally, the courtroom is not the first choice for stand-up comedy. Unless

Posted in Practice Management, Professionalism

How Lawyers Can Effectively Cross-Examine Psychiatrists and Psychologists

Illustration by David Owens Lawyers often find themselves facing off against psychiatrists or psychologists during litigation. Whether it’s a personal injury or medical malpractice case, a hearing to determine fitness to stand trial or part of a sentencing hearing, courts

Posted in Litigation

ANNOUNCING the winners of this year’s Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive!

Congratulations to all the firms who donated the most within their firm size categories!   McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling, LLC – firm size 1-21 Gordon & Rees LLC – firm size 22-60 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP – firm size 61-100

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Cross Examination and the Perfect Question

During cross-examination, asking perfect questions will force the witness to give only answers that help you persuade the jury and win the trial. To Lead Is Not Enough Cross-examination—when you ask questions of the opposing counsel’s witness—allows leading questions. A

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Re-post: 5 tips to achieve better work-life balance this summer

Summer is officially here, and while it is no shorter than other seasons, it seems to fly by much more quickly. As such, it is critical that we maximize the fun while still maintaining, and hopefully, growing our law practice.

Posted in Wellness

Your DBA Membership Is a Portal to Priceless Possibilities: Introducing 2017–18 DBA President Franz Hardy

By Jessica Volz In an era where even lawyers are reevaluating how they spend their money, the definition of value becomes the conundrum du jour. “I want to reinforce the value in being a member of the Denver Bar Association.

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