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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

Posted in Wellness

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

Posted in Professionalism

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.

Posted in DBA YLD News

Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ Power of Attorney Clinic

By Paul Miller Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ Power of Attorney Clinic is the brainchild of Joey Scott, who founded this award-winning program in 2015 during his tenure as an MVL Rovira Scholar. The Rovira Scholarship is given to a recent law

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How Implicit Bias Impacts Equality

This is a review of the June 27 CLE presentation, How Implicit Bias Impacts Decision Making In Our Legal Profession By Gwen Abler All attorneys are taught in law school to treat everyone respectfully, equally, and professionally. We are supposed

Posted in Professionalism

You Really Aren’t Alone: An Anonymous Testimonial

If wellness and professionalism go hand-in hand, then illness must be its antithesis. As an outwardly successful professional who struggled with alcohol abuse and the fear, shame, isolation, and loneliness that it engendered, I tell my story. If you get

Posted in Wellness

Fulfilling Ethical Obligations and Finding Happiness by Giving Back

By Amy DeVan When I first started working in the field of legal ethics, I was surprised to discover that the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct contain one aspirational rule — a rule that isn’t really a “Rule” but rather

Posted in Volunteering

Celebrate the DBA Young Lawyer of the Year (our very own council member, Robin Hoogerhyde!) — June 20

The DBA Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception is just around the corner — come help us honor our very own council member Robin Hoogerhyde who will be receiving the Young Lawyer of the Year Award on June 20!!!! The awards

Posted in DBA YLD News

“Communication Snacks: 52 Bite-Sized Communication Tips for the Busy Professional” — A Book Review

By Eric Jaworski Sometimes you do not know you are hungry until you see or smell a plate of food. I did not know I was in need of a “Communication Snack” until I started reading this book. Whether lawyers

Posted in Communication

Ethics in the Electronic Age: Social Media Guidance for Attorneys

Do you have a LinkedIn account? How about a Facebook page? Twitter handle? Instagram? Blog? All of the above? Have you ever considered the Rules of Professional Conduct when commenting on someone else’s Facebook post, or sharing a clever tweet,

Posted in Professionalism

Professionalism Matters CLE and Happy Hour — Tuesday, June 13

Join the Downtown Denver Solo Small Firm networking group on Tuesday, June 13, at 5:00 p.m., at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC (2701 Lawrence St. – plenty of free on street parking), for a free happy hour and CLE presentation on Professionalism. Approved

Posted in Networking

DBA Annual Golf Tournament — June 23

Join us for the DBA’s Annual Golf Tournament and fundraiser for MVL on Friday, June 23, at City Park Golf Course in Denver. We’ll kick things off with a shot gun start at 1 p.m. YLDers get a discounted rate

Posted in Networking