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, June 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021

    "HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2021 COLORADO GENERAL ASSEMBLY LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND
    HOT TOPICS IN CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION"


    DAVID BROADWELL, Esq.
    General Counsel, Colorado Municipal League

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    The 73rd Colorado General Assembly was one of the most eventful legislative sessions in Colorado history.  Join the Colorado Municipal League’s General Counsel David Broadwell and Associate Counsel Laurel Witt for legal highlights.  David and Laurel will also discuss hot topics in federal constitutional law from the local government perspective, including 

    • First Amendment--police response to protests; 
    • Second Amendment--state and local regulation of firearms;
    • Fourth Amendment--prospects for excessive force cases under SB 217 in lieu of Sec. 1983 claims;
    • Eighth Amendment--homeless camping laws; 
    • Commerce Clause--continuing fallout from Wayfair and taxation of remote commerce; and
    • Guarantee Clause--challenge to TABOR still pending in the Tenth Circuit.

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, July 08, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021

    "KNOWING YOUR CASE INSIDE OUT: HOW TO MAKE LITIGATING EASIER THROUGH CASE MAPPING"


    ANDREW C. LILLIE, Esq.
    Hogan Lovells US, LLP

    MARK D. GIBSON, Esq.
    Hogan Lovells US, LLP

    JESSICA BLACK LIVINGSTON, Esq.
    Hogan Lovells US, LLP

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    Few things are more gratifying to a litigator in a case than having a thoroughgoing command of both the facts and the law. But how do you achieve that level of mastery? This CLE will focus on tools you can use for both nailing the facts down cold and learning the corner of the law that your case involves backward and forward. The CLE will also highlight the benefits that flow from putting in this work to marry the facts and the law—such as better, more-precise discovery, easier motions practice, and crystal-clear thinking about witnesses and evidence needed for trial. Topics to be covered include:

    • How to develop a thoroughgoing command of both the facts and the law in your case early in the proceedings—which will become your faithful guide from discovery through trial.
      • Fact-gathering
      • Fact timelines
    • How to create and use the tools you need to achieve that level of mastery, to nail the facts down cold and learn the corner of the law that your case involves backward and forward.
      • Outline of case themes
      • Outlines of legal doctrine
      • Case maps
      • Proof charts
    • How to marry the facts and the law with precision and confidence—to unify your team around shared concepts, do better, more-focused discovery, make motions practice easier, and promote crystal-clear thinking about witnesses and evidence needed for trial.
      • Discovery
      • Motions practice
      • Evidentiary hearings
      • Trial

    2 general CLE credits approved.

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


    due to the DESIGNATION of juneteenth as A federal holiday, this program WAS rescheduled
    FROM JUNE 18, 2021



    THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2021

    "MUCH ADO ABOUT RULE 30(b)(6) DEPOSITIONS"


    MAGISTRATE JUDGE S. KATO CREWS
    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

    JESSAMYN L. JONES, Esq.
    3i Law

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    Arraj Courthouse
    901 19th Street

    Depositions under Rule 30(b)(6) offer plenty of fodder for discovery disputes and consternation between counsel. From describing the matters for examination with particularity, to adequately preparing one or more designees, to the conduct of the deposition itself, there is much ado with Rule 30(b)(6) depositions. This program will focus on best practices associated with these depositions to avoid discovery disputes and allow these depositions to run smoothly, and will highlight the December 2020 amendment to Rule 30(b)(6).

    2 general CLE credits approved.

Past events

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Trial Techniques: Storytelling in Litigation
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Stress Hardiness in Uncertain Times - COLAP
Thursday, April 29, 2021 New to Federal Practice: What You Need to Know
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Out-of-Court Resolutions: Best Practices in a Post-Pandemic World
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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