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

    • Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Webinar
    Register

    DUE TO COVID CONCERNS, THIS PROGRAM WILL BE VIA WEBINAR

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

    2021 POWER ACT PRESENTATION:

    "ECONOMIC JUSTICE & INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE:
    PROVIDING REPRESENTATION IN REPLEVIN TO ADVANCE SAFETY"

    Welcome by:
    MAGISTRATE JUDGE GORDON P. GALLAGHER
    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

    JENNIFER EYL, Esq.
    Executive Director, Project Safeguard

    PROF. TAMARA KUENNEN
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law

    PAMELA MAASS, Esq.
    Law Mother, LLC


    12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR
    This CLE is being provided free of charge but
    registration is required


    The recovery of property and money are critical components of safety and liberty for people experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). Such recovery is essential to many survivors’ decisions to attain, and maintain, independence from an abusive partner. Colorado’s Civil Protection Order Act, one of the most widely used civil legal remedies to address IPV, recognizes the connection between the recovery of property – particularly pets - and safety. That Act stops short, however, of granting property and pet recovery as enumerated forms of relief, leaving a critical gap in access to justice for people experiencing abuse. An alternative county court remedy, though one that is not nearly as accessible to pro se litigants, is replevin. This cause of action is designed specifically for property recovery. It simultaneously provides the perfect opportunity for meaningful pro bono representation: it is a short in duration, legally discrete civil case that facilitates learning, or brushing up on, state court filing, pre-trial procedure, and trial practice. 

    This course outlines the nuts and bolts of litigating replevin in county court. It demonstrates the connection between replevin, economic justice, and safety. It then turns to the attorney’s role in safety planning for clients experiencing abuse, illustrating how safety planning is not merely a wise or helpful thing to do, but an ethical way to practice, drawing on Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 regarding competence; 1.2 regarding scope of representation and boundaries; 1.4 regarding communication and decision-making; 1.6 regarding confidentiality (and Colorado Rule of Evidence 502 regarding privilege); and Colo. RPC 2.1 regarding our role as counselor and advisor.

    In addition to providing instruction on both replevin and safety planning, the course is designed to inspire collaboration between Faculty of Federal Advocate attorneys, law students at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and legal advocates and attorneys at Project Safeguard.  The course will conclude with an example of a successful collaboration.

    This program is presented as part of the goal of the POWER Act of 2018.  The POWER Act is the acronym for "Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018" (P. L. 115-237) that Congress passed on September 4, 2018. The primary goal of the POWER Act is for the U.S. district courts to partner with a local, tribal, or territorial domestic abuse service provider and a local volunteer lawyer project to promote pro bono legal services as a way to empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to engage citizens in assisting those survivors. 

    2 general/.9 ethics CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, October 07, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver
    Register


    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021

    "TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: CONCERNING TRENDS IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW BEFORE THE U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGES"


    THE U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGES
    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
     
    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    Arraj Courthouse
    901 19th Street

    The Magistrate Judges will address the standards of practice in the United States Court, including increasingly inappropriate conduct and substandard practices. The Magistrate Judges' remarks will touch on many of the Rules of Professional Conduct, including competent representation of a client requiring the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation; acting with reasonable diligence and promptness in such representation; presenting theories supported by law and fact; engaging in reasonable efforts to expedite litigation; candor to the Court; obeying orders of the Court; and acting with diligence in responding to discovery. This will be an interactive session, with audience participation invited. 

    2 general/1.5 ethics CLE credits approved.

    • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver
    Register


    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2021

    "BEATING THE WRITTEN DISCOVERY BLUES"


    U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE KRISTEN L. MIX
    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
     
    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    Arraj Courthouse
    901 19th Street

    There are ways to avoid wasting resources on written discovery that turns out to be useless and/or generates endless battles.  Magistrate Judge Mix will discuss how to propound appropriate requests and objections (including Rule 30(b)(6) topics), properly confer, and avoid wasting time and money. She’ll also address how discovery disputes impact your professional responsibilities and reputation with the court, and why that matters. 

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Friday, November 12, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver
    Register

    The 2021 Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Roundtable

    Friday, November 12, 2021
    1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

    The Westin Denver Downtown
    1672 Lawrence Street, Denver

    Please join us for an afternoon of open discussion of bankruptcy law and practice in Colorado. This will be a discussion group format. As an attendee, YOU will participate in three successive discussion groups on wide-ranging issues relating to bankruptcy law and practice in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado. Topics will include: Chapter 11 Best Practices Prior to Filing the Case Through First Day Motions; Updates on Filing Statistics and CM/ECF NextGen; Best Practices and Hot Topics for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Cases; Improving on Legal Writing and Effective Communication with the Court; Effective Presentation of Evidence, and Practical Considerations, Procedures and Rules; Small Business Reorganization Act--Nearly Two Years In.

    Judicial Participants will Include:

    The Honorable Kimberley H. Tyson, Chief Judge
    The Honorable Elizabeth E. Brown
    The Honorable Michael E. Romero
    The Honorable Thomas B. McNamara
    The Honorable Joseph G. Rosania, Jr.

    Registration Fees:
    $100 for FFA Members
    $120 for Non-Members

    Registration begins at 1:00 p.m.; program starts at 1:30 p.m.
    Please join us for cocktail hour after the event.
    1 drink ticket included with registration.

    4 General CLE Credits have been requested.

    • Tuesday, December 07, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    • Virtual Event
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    FFA VIRTUAL RECEPTION AND RECOGNITION OF THE
    U.S. DISTRICT COURT CIVIL PRO BONO PANEL

    AND

    FFA ANNUAL MEETING

    Tuesday, December 7, 2021
    5:00-5:45 p.m.

    Please join the FFA at a virtual reception recognizing 2021 participants in the Civil Pro Bono Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. 

    The FFA will announce newly-elected Board members and acknowledge outgoing Board members at the FFA Annual Meeting to follow. 

    This is a free event but you do need to register in advance so you may be provided with the Zoom login link for December 7. 

    We hope you can join us for this annual event--again this year from the comfort of your office or home.

    • Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver Jury Assembly Room
    Register

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022

    "REMARKS FROM THE BENCH"

    JUDGE REGINA M. RODRIGUEZ 
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF COLORADO

    12 NOON - 1:15 P.M.

    ALFRED A. ARRAJ COURTHOUSE
    901 19TH STREET, DENVER
    JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM

    Judge Rodriguez will share remarks on effective advocacy in federal court. Her remarks will cover topics relevant to both civil and criminal cases, and the perspective of a new judge.

    2 General CLE credits approved.

Past events

Thursday, September 23, 2021 Bench & Bar Diversity Initiatives: Law Student Internships
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 FDA Approval, but Now What? Employer Vaccine Mandates and Legal Landmines
Thursday, August 19, 2021 WEBINAR: 2020 in Perspective: A Statistical Analysis of the (COVID Year) Business of the Federal District Court
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Much Ado About Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions - WEBINAR PRESENTATION
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 Creative Appellate Practice
Thursday, July 08, 2021 Knowing Your Case Inside Out: How to Make Litigating Easier Through Case Mapping
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Highlights from the 2021 Colorado General Assembly Legislative Session and Hot Topics in Constitutional Litigation
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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