49 Tips for the New Lawyer – Download

by the Editors of Attorney at Work

Who among us couldn’t use some good advice? An encouraging little nudge or two in the right direction, or a timely kick under the conference table? And who needs good advice more than a new lawyer? Read more ›

Posted in Marketing, Mentoring, Networking, Practice Management, Professionalism

10 Tips to Win at Life (in the Legal Profession)

By Courtney Gibb

“When one of my clerks leaves and goes into practice, I tell them what I think it takes to succeed—which is what I’m going to do for you,” Judge Richard Gabriel says to kick off his DBA YLD coffee talk program on career advancement. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Marketing, Mentoring, Networking, Professionalism

Do you have what it takes to be a rural lawyer?

Podcast from Legal Talk Network

Many young law grads are being urged to move out of large cities and into rural areas, where there aren’t as many attorneys competing for work. Read more ›

Posted in Uncategorized

Lawyers, Give Thanks: You Have It Better Than You Think!

Roy Ginsberg


Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to take a step back and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. For busy lawyers, taking the time to do this doesn’t come naturally. So I’m going to make it easy for you. I’m here to remind you of some things you should be grateful for. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Law Practice Management, Marketing, Practice Management

How to Network Without Feeling Slimy

Stephanie Francis Ward

Podcast from Legal Talk Network

Lawyers are often told how important professional networking is. But many find it so uncomfortable they feel physically dirty. Why is professional networking so distressing to so many? And how can you overcome it and be successful? Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Law Practice Management, Marketing, Networking, Practice Management

DBA Fosters Involvement Through Its 15 by 15 Initiative—One Young Lawyer’s Experience

by Andrew Herre

Several months ago, I received an email from the Denver Bar Association seeking volunteers to discuss retention rates for younger attorneys. This group, later named the 15×15 Task Force, was put together to John Vaught, the DBA President to increase young lawyer membership by 15% in 2015. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Community, DBA YLD News, future of law, Law Student, Networking, Professionalism, Uncategorized, Volunteering

As fewer law grads become lawyers, the profession shows its age

by Debra Cassens Weiss

The legal profession is aging as the percentage of younger lawyers continues to shrink in a decades-long trend. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, future of law, Law Student

4 Things I wish I knew Before Starting a Law Firm

by Paul Wallin

Over the past 35 years, I have been fortunate to be the senior partner of the law firm Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Law Practice Management, Practice Management, Solo Practice

RIDING THE BICYCLE: Advice to Help Young Lawyers Start Pedaling

By Judge Robert L. McGahey, Jr.

When I was teaching each of my kids to ride a bicycle, I had options. I could lecture them on riding a bicycle. I could read them a book about riding a bicycle. I could show them a video about riding a bicycle. I could even get on the bicycle myself and ride up and down the sidewalk in front of them to demonstrate how to ride a bicycle. But until my kids put their butt on the seat and started pedaling, they were never going to learn to ride a bicycle. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Mentoring, Professionalism, Uncategorized

The Nuts & Bolts of a Contingency Fee Agreement

by Richard Gama

Your Fee Agreement should be a comprehensive and unambiguous memorialization of your promises to your new client and your new client’s promises to you. If it’s not, it can lead to costly and uncomfortable disputes between you and your client. The pertinent rules here are Chapter 23.3 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure and Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5. Chapter 23.3 provides a sample Disclosure Statement and Contingency Fee Agreement but does not preclude the use of other forms, or additional terms, provided that they are not inconsistent with these Rules or the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. Some basic things to remember are that contingency fee arrangements cannot be used in criminal or divorce cases (see Rule 3, Chpt. 23.3); a contingency fee may be based on either net or gross recovery (see Form 2, Chpt. 23.3); and no part of the fee agreement can be unconscionable, unreasonable, or unfair (see Rule 3). Read more ›

Posted in Ethics, Law Practice Management, Practice Management

What to do now that you’ve passed THE BAR EXAM

by Heather Folker

There are several ways to become a licensed attorney in Colorado. This article is targeted to those Class C applicants who passed the Colorado bar examination.  If you are waived on a motion or have taken the Uniform Bar Exam and been cleared, click here for more information on your next steps. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Community, Law Student, Mentoring, Networking

Message From Your Chair Elisabeth Mankamyer

I cannot believe that it is already October! If you’re like me, you are wondering how fall snuck up on us so quickly and aren’t quite ready to pull out those winter clothes. You may also be thinking about your time commitments and refocusing your priorities. I think fall is a great time to evaluate where we are at and where we want to be going. I encourage you to make it a point in October to attend one more DBA YLD event than you normally would. For some of you, that may mean going to something other than an BAH, for others, it may mean attending your first event ever. Either way, we want all DBA YLD members to be getting the most out of their memberships. I am very excited about our upcoming programming, including the Coffee Talk and Practice Area Preview. Also, as you will see below, there is a new event taking place October 29th in which we, as bar members, will welcome the newest members—those that just passed the bar. This event will include networking with bar leaders and young lawyers, and is a great chance to get to know some other DBA members while also welcoming those just joining. I hope to see many of you there.

If there is more that we, the DBA YLD, can do for you, we want to hear from you. Feel free to call or email me to discuss concerns and ideas, or to just introduce yourself.


Beth Mankamyer



Your Help Needed: Phone Bank—Wednesday, Oct. 29
Join us at our inaugural phone bank event to make welcome calls to new attorneys who just passed the Colorado bar exam! The event will take place October 29 starting at 5:30pm at the bar offices on 1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor. This will be a fun-filled event that will allow you to get to know established members of the DBA and welcome our newest members to the Colorado legal community. We will provide pizza and beer, as well as a “tips and talking points” document to assist you when you make calls. Please bring your cell phone and charger. If you would prefer not to use your personal cell phone, a limited number of landlines will be available. The more the merrier, so please invite your friends and co-workers to help with this event! RSVP to Heather Clark by Oct. 27. (If you would like to use a landline to make calls, please note this in your RSVP.)
DBA Fall Kickoff Networking Event at Union Station—Thursday, Nov. 13
Please join us at the DBA Fall Kickoff event on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the newly renovated Union Station! Explore the beautiful space, get to know new and tenured bar members, and meet your DBA 15 by 15 Task Force to discover the benefits of the DBA. This is a complimentary social and networking event with amazing door prizes, free drinks and appetizer! Sign up today and bring a nonmember along to explore all the Bar has to offer! RSVP online, email lunches@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Posted in Community, Mentoring, Networking, Uncategorized

Lance Timbreza—New CBA YLD Chair Emphasizing Diversity, Outreach, and Service

by Alexa Drago

When you talk to Lance Timbreza, the new chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD), it is immediately apparent that he is a man of conviction and determination. “I always knew I wanted to go to law school,” said Timbreza, “and I knew I wanted to practice in the community where I was raised.” After graduating from the Gonzaga University School of Law, he practiced law for a brief time in Washington state, before finding his way home to Grand Junction, where he now practices in the areas of family law, real estate litigation, and civil litigation.
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Posted in Career Development, Member Profiles, Mentoring, Networking

Six Questions to Ask (Or Think About) at the First Meeting with a New Client

by Richard Gama

“What does my new client think of me?” Most people have a certain image of what an attorney looks like, and while you can’t control things like your age, gender, or race, you can control how you dress. Dress like the professional they expect to see. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Law Practice Management, Practice Management

Incoming DBA YLD Chair Elisabeth Mankamyer on the Value of the Bar

By Courtney Gibb

I don’t know how she does it.

Yes, that’s the title of a recently released blockbuster, but it’s also going to be what you’re thinking as you read about Elisabeth “Beth” Mankamyer.

Along with working as an Associate Attorney at Alderman Bernstein, Mankamyer is a wife and mother of two children under the age of 3. She has a cat, three dogs, and a horse. She’s active in several bar committees and sections, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. And now, she’s taking on the position of DBA YLD Chair. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Council Profiles, Member Profiles, Networking, Professionalism

How Does Legal Mentoring Fit Into Today’s Evolving Legal Profession?

By John Baker, CAMP Director

Young lawyers – you should seek out and “latch onto” as many professional legal mentors as you can! Mentors will not only act as a role model to help you develop your own “professional identity,” but can, also, act as sponsors or champions to build your own professional network. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Community, future of law, Mentoring, Networking

What advice would you give to a new lawyer in their first year of practice?

The transition from law student to full-fledged attorney isn’t exactly a piece of cake. In fact, it can sometimes feel like you have no idea what you’re doing – what happened to all of the knowledge gained during those three long years of school? Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, Law Practice Management, Law Student, Networking

A Roundtable Discussion: What Young Lawyers Need to Do Now

By Nicholas Gaffney

For young lawyers, today is the best of times. The legal industry is more exciting and dynamic than ever, with technology bringing about rapid change in the practice of law as well as new opportunities. In other ways, these are the worst of times, too. Attorneys face extraordinary competition for a shrinking number of positions, record levels of law school debt, and uncertainly about whether their ambitious career goals are realistic. Our roundtable discussion brings together three managing partners and two associates to explore the opportunities and challenges facing young lawyers, how they are being leveraged and addressed, and some practical advice for achieving success. Read more ›

Posted in Career Development, future of law, Law Practice Management, Networking

3 Ways To Fund Your Startup

By Catherine Compitello

Finding capital is no easy task. Lots of startups struggle early on with where to find the capital they need to bring a great product (or service) to market or to tend to a broken technology in need of some work. A good place to start is with an in-depth look at three ways one can raise capital: accelerators, crowdfunding, and angel investors. Read more ›

Posted in Business Law

Choosing Your Specialty: Areas of Law for the Successful Solo Practitioner

Podcast from Legal Talk Network

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Posted in Career Development, future of law, Law Practice Management, Solo Practice