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****Friday, March 31, 2017, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.**

The Honorable Craig B. Shaffer

FREE CLE Discussion: Taking Rule 30(b)(6) Corporate Depositions: Should The 45-Year-Old Rule Be Changed?

The federal judiciary’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules is considering whether there are real or perceived problems with the current application of Rule 30(b)(6), which governs depositions of corporations, partnerships, associations, or governmental agencies -- and, if so, whether amendments to that Rule are warranted. This is not a conventional FFA brown-bag led by a speaker or panel; rather, the Honorable Craig Shaffer, a member of the Committee, is soliciting a true dialogue in which participants can offer their experiences, exchange their views, and provide meaningful input into the Civil Rules amendment process. Judge Shaffer hopes for attendees’ contribution to inform his participation in an upcoming Committee meeting on the subject of whether and how to consider amending Rule 30(b)(6).

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

*Click here to register for the 3/31 free discussion on 30(b)(6).*


**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.

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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