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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

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

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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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

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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,

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Improve Your Communication Style for Greater Success

By Paul Miller A few weeks ago at a professional networking meeting, a question was asked; what is the best way to communicate with people who you interact with during the course of the day?  Most people chimed in with

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Beyond the Safety Pin: How To Be an Active Ally

By Jill Mullen In late November, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report called “Ten Days.” The document noted there were more than 900 reports of harassment or intimidation in the 10 days following Donald Trump’s election as the

Posted in Community, Professionalism

DBA Member Highlight ~ Megan Rose

Read more about the DBA’s new representative to the American Bar Association, Megan Rose.

Posted in Career Development, Community, Member Profiles, Professionalism

A Message from DBA President Nancy Cohen

“Lawyers have a license to practice law, a monopoly on certain services. But for that privilege and status, lawyers have an obligation to provide legal services to those without wherewithal to pay, to respond to needs outside themselves, to help

Posted in Career Development, Community, Professionalism

Nomination Period for the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award Closes Oct. 14

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

Posted in Career Development, Community, Marketing, Networking, Professionalism, Uncategorized, Volunteering

Raising the Bar: A Conversation with DBA YLD Chair Klaralee Charlton

By Jessica Volz For Klaralee Charlton, perhaps nothing could be more thrilling than becoming chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) during the Denver Bar Association’s 125th anniversary — a year made all the more significant by the fact that

Posted in Career Development, Community, Council Profiles, future of law, Professionalism, Volunteering

Coffee Talk Review: Lawyer’s Guide to Purchasing Malpractice Insurance

By Drew Hefflefinger, CFP® Business risk is a constant threat to entrepreneurs and if not managed properly can lead to disaster. By having a plan in place that addresses these risks the business owner can feel confident about the sustainability

Posted in Practice Management, Professionalism, Solo Practice

The CBA Ethics Committee is Here to Help

The CBA Ethics Committee is a standing committee comprised of about 90 attorneys, and meets throughout the year on the third Saturday of each month. Each year, the committee adds between 5-10 new members, while some older members have been

Posted in Ethics, Law Practice Management, Practice Management, Professionalism

The Legal Aid Foundation and the Associates Campaign

By Loren M. Brown There are many honors that come with being CBA president. One of the most special is getting the privilege to sit on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado throughout the term.

Posted in Community, Professionalism, Volunteering

Women Lawyers, Discipline and Leaving the Practice of Law

By Nancy Cohen In 2014, there were approximately 25,665 active Colorado attorneys. Of these lawyers, 9,317 were women and 16,348 were men. It may come as a surprise that unlike men, women do not remain in the legal profession. In

Posted in Career Development, Diversity, Professionalism

The Lawyer’s Guide To Facebook Etiquette

By Gary J. Ross I like Facebook. It’s been great getting back in touch with (some) people, seeing other sides to folks I know from work or the home life of friends I know from social events, finding out about

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Stressed? Make Time for Healthier Habits in the New Year

By Nancy E. Rice I stopped at a little greasy-spoon diner recently and saw these wise words on the wall: “Desserts is Stressed Spelled Backwards.” How very profound that statement is.

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Volunteer Corner: Colorado Attorneys for the Arts

By Meredith Badler and Dave Ratner Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) is a new program from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) that connects artists and creative businesses with volunteer lawyers providing pro bono services.

Posted in Art Law, Community, Practice Management, Professionalism, Volunteering

A Message from DBA President Janet Drake

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, so this seemed like the perfect month to highlight the progress that the anti-human trafficking movement is making in Colorado.

Posted in Community, Professionalism, Volunteering

Law Student Chronicles: D.C. Calling — My Rise to the Burger Prize

By Gurney Pearsall In late August, I saw that I had an incoming call from Washington, D.C. As someone who receives more than a fair share of spam calls, I let it ring a few times before deciding it was

Posted in Law Student, Professionalism