Dedicated to improving the quality of legal practice in Colorado's federal courts.

Current CLE pricing is:
FFA Members - $35
FFA Members Who Attest to NOT Claim CLE Credit - $10
Non-Members - $75
Judges/Judicial Law Clerks/Court Staff Attorneys - No Charge
Law Students - No Charge
Non-Lawyer Staff - No Charge

Most CLE Webinars are accredited for two general credits, and ethics credits are granted on those programs incorporating ethics into the presentation.

PAST EVENTS SINCE MARCH 30, 2019 ARE LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH PAST ANNOUNCEMENT, THERE IS A LINK TO THE WRITTEN MATERIALS FOR THAT EVENT.

Events Calendar

    • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021

    "OUT-OF-COURT RESOLUTIONS: BEST PRACTICES
    IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD"

    MAGISTRATE JUDGE NINA Y. WANG, Moderator
    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

    JUDGE ELIZABETH A. STARRS
    Judicial Arbiter Group, Inc.

    DOUGLAS B. TUMMINELLO, Esq.
    Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP

    WESLEY PARKS, Esq.
    Parks Mediation

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    This CLE will address issues such as:

    • Why out-of-court resolutions are more important than ever;
    • The ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of out-of-court resolutions;
    • How to prepare for, and conduct, successful remote mediations, arbitrations, and settlement conferences; and
    • Best practices for out-of-court resolutions going forward, including
      what lessons have been learned during COVID that we can apply post-pandemic.
    Join us for this program which will be looking ahead as we (hopefully) put the pandemic behind us.

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, April 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021

    "NEW TO FEDERAL PRACTICE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW"

    12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    This program is FREE but advanced registration is required.

    The FFA is pleased to offer a practical and informative program specifically designed for attorneys who have been admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado for less than five years and those attorneys who are adding a federal component to their legal practice. 

    The program will include a panel presentation by U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello and Magistrate Judges Kathleen Tafoya and Scott Varholak; presentations by Clerk of the Court Jeffrey Colwell and Legal Officer Ed Butler; an overview of practicing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado; and a panel presentation by experienced practitioners who will share tips and advice on practicing in the District of Colorado. 

    Please invite new attorneys in your firm or organization to attend this valuable program if they will be practicing in Colorado's Federal Courts!

    3 general CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, May 13, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021

    "STRESS HARDINESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES"
    presented by COLAP


    AMY KINGERY, Assistant Director
    Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP)
     
    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    Attorneys and legal professionals are at risk for compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and burnout under pandemic conditions due to exposure to the fear, grief, anger, and overwhelm of so many people, including clients, family, friends, and colleagues.  Many have felt the impact of these unforeseen periods of extreme change in our work and personal lives, coupled with often simultaneous feelings of isolation and feeling trapped regardless of one’s living situation.  This presentation will help you understand the neurobiology and neurophysiology of stress and provide tools for building resiliency and managing stress during these difficult and changing times.  You will also learn about free and confidential assistance available to you through the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) along with other resources that are available to support the emotional wellbeing of you, your colleagues and your organization as you adapt to the ever-changing work environment.

    2 CLE credits requested.

    • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021

    "TRIAL TECHNIQUES: STORYTELLING IN LITIGATION"


    MARCI G. LaBRANCHE, Esq.
    Stimson Stancil LaBranche Hubbard, LLC

    MARY V. BUTTERTON, Esq.
    Office of the Federal Public Defender,
    District of Colorado

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    Effective litigation of a case requires a mastery of the ability to tell the story of your client who may be an individual criminal defendant, a corporation in a civil action, or an individual plaintiff.  The role of storytelling begins early in motions practice and proceeds through sentencing or judgment.  This CLE will focus on how to best tell your client’s story to reach the most favorable outcome in your case.

    2 general CLE credits requested.

Past events

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 Best Deposition Practices from the Perspective of the Court Reporter
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Back to Basics: Ethical Questions Posed by Attorney Bills
Friday, March 19, 2021 COVID-19 in the Boardroom: Navigating Board Governance and Regulatory Issues Presented by COVID-19
Wednesday, March 03, 2021 Wage and Hour Law -- What's New for 2021?
Monday, March 01, 2021 ONLY AVAILABLE TO VIEW UNTIL MARCH 1 - Video On Demand - Jury Trials in the Time of COVID-19
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Election Law: Hindsight is 2020
Thursday, February 04, 2021 Observations from Litigating a COVID-19 Pilot Program Civil Trial
Thursday, January 28, 2021 In the Trenches with the Pro Bono Panel: How to Litigate a Pro Se Plaintiff’s Section 1983 Claim from Appointment to Verdict
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Learning on the Job—Magistrate Judges Crews and Neureiter Assess Their First Two Years on the Bench
Friday, December 11, 2020 Legal Writing: Striving for Clarity
Friday, December 04, 2020 The Augmented Lawyer: Technology Competence in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Thursday, December 03, 2020 FFA Virtual Reception Recognizing USDC Civil Pro Bono Panel and FFA Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2020 The Practitioner Perspective: Presentation of Evidence in a Virtual Environment
Thursday, November 12, 2020 2020 Ethics Update - The Ethics of Building a Practice
Thursday, October 29, 2020 COVID-19 Impacts on Federal Criminal Cases
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Colorado’s Judicial Merit Selection and Retention System
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 How 2020 Has Changed the Judiciary and the Legal Profession
Friday, October 09, 2020 Jury Trials in the Time of COVID-19
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Underappreciated Lawyering Skills: The Difference Between Good and Great Advocacy
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Qualified Immunity in a Post-George Floyd Era
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act - Focus on the Four Corners - with Ethics & Pro Bono Representation CLE
Thursday, August 20, 2020 2019 in Perspective: A Statistical Analysis of the Business of the Federal District Court
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 What are "Blockchain" & "Bitcoin," and What Do I Need to Know About Them?
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Introduction to Litigation Finance
Thursday, July 16, 2020 Your Microphone is Muted! Navigating Virtual Settlement Conferences
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 Ethics in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Labor & Employment Implications of Coronavirus
Thursday, June 11, 2020 Update on Court Operations During COVID-19 and on General Procedures and Practices on the Western Slope.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 The "New Normal": Adding Remote Depositions to Your Skill Set During COVID-19
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 Bills of Costs in Civil Cases - What to Expect, What Not to Do, and How to File an Appeal
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Viral Survival — Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19
Friday, April 24, 2020 CANCELLED - 2020 Federal Bench-Bar Roundtable
Thursday, April 16, 2020 PROGRAM POSTPONED: A Judge's Perspective: Q&A with Judge Allison H. Eid
Thursday, April 02, 2020 WEBINAR: Just Say "No:" Identifying High-Risk Clients and Navigating Ethical Issues
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession, the Workplace, and the Community: Interrupting it in Ourselves and Others
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Federal Court Practitioners
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Best Practices in Pro Se Party Litigation
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Remarks From the Bench with U.S. District Court Judge Domenico
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Working Cooperatively to Avoid the E-Discovery Sideshow
Thursday, December 12, 2019 A Fireside Chat with Colorado's U.S. Attorney and Federal Public Defender
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 2019 Annual Reception & Pro Bono Celebration
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 The Ethics of Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 Veteran's Day Presentation with USDC Clerk Jeffrey P. Colwell
Thursday, October 24, 2019 The ABCs of Courtroom Technology & Etiquette
Friday, October 18, 2019 2019 FFA Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Roundtable
Thursday, October 10, 2019 CANCELLED: Tips on Practicing in Grand Junction's Federal Courtroom
Thursday, October 03, 2019 Celebrating the Life and Legal Career of U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel
Thursday, September 26, 2019 United States Magistrate Judge Scott Varholak: Remarks from the Bench
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Evidentiary Lessons from the Bench: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 12, 2019 Denver Jury Improvement Lunch
Thursday, August 29, 2019 The District Court, By The Numbers
Friday, August 16, 2019 “One Lawyer’s Story of Mental Health Challenges and How He Dealt with Them”
Thursday, July 25, 2019 Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 - with Ethics & Pro Bono Representation CLE
Friday, July 19, 2019 "Top Ten Rules of Effective Legal Research and Writing"
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Practicing as a New Attorney in Federal Court
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Avoiding Trial: Techniques & Strategies for Resolving Disputes through Negotiation, Mediation and Settlement
Thursday, June 13, 2019 Social Media and Lawyer Ethics: More Than Just "Friends" and "Likes"
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Effective Trial Presentations


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