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**Friday, April 21, 2017, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.**

Ethics Panel: How to Get Into (or Avoid) Ethics Trouble in Federal Court

  • Virginia Grady, Federal Public Defender 

  • Kevin Traskos, Civil Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office 

  • Deborah Cantrell, Professor, University of Colorado Law School 

  • Moderated by Bishop Grewell

Two former members of the District of Colorado’s Committee on Conduct and a professor of legal ethics will discuss how attorneys can get into trouble (and stay out of trouble) when it comes to federal practice. In addition to hot topics in legal ethics, the panel will discuss what the Committee on Conduct does for the District of Colorado, how the Committee works, and the types of issues that come before the Committee.


Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver

*Click here to register for the 4/21 Ethics Panel.*


**Thursday, May 11, 2017, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.**

Professor Bryan A. Garner

The Winning Oral Argument

The Faculty of Federal Advocates is excited to bring Bryan Garner to Denver to speak on oral advocacy.  The preeminent expert on legal writing, the editor of Black’s Law Dictionary, and author of the best-written (and most accessible) tome on modern American usage, Professor Garner will give a 90-minute presentation on mastering the spoken presentation in court. 

He has written on oral advocacy with the late Justice Scalia in Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.  And he is author of The Winning Oral Argument, a distilled compilation of collected wisdom on the topic, which will be provided free to each participant in this one-time program. The book retails for $69.00.

Pricing for this special event (including the CLE and Mr. Garner's Book):

  • $99.00 for members
  •  $135 for non-members (yearly membership in the FFA is $100)
  •  There will be 20 $55.00 registrations available for new lawyers (passed their first bar after January 2015), law students, legal staff, and law clerks. First come, first serve. ***These $55.00 registrations are sold-out. If you would like to be added for the wait-list for any $55.00 openings, please email Mandi Hoffman at
Seats are selling very quickly for this event.

Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver

*Click here to register for Professor Garner's 5/11 presentation.*


**Friday, September 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.**

The Faculty of Federal Advocates FORUM - a Discussion of Life and Law

Please join us for the FFA's signature non-traditional CLE. The forum has been crafted to foster dialogue among practitioners and the judiciary and explore the challenges of life in the legal field. Join the conversation about mindfulness, bias, ethics, and designing a meaningful, integrated, and authentic life in the law.


Hyatt Regency Denver

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