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.

Faculty of Federal Advocates Events Calendar

    • Tuesday, May 24, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver
    Register


    TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2022

    "TRANSITIONING TO AND FROM GOVERNMENT SERVICE"

    CRISTAL DeHERRERA, Esq.
    Executive Vice President/Chief of Staff 
    Denver International Airport

    JASON DUNN, Esq.
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

    NATALIE HANLON LEH, Esq.
    Chief Deputy Colorado Attorney General

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
    901 19th Street, Denver

    Many attorneys will work in Government practice at some point in their careers. The transition into Government practice—or out of it—can involve large shifts in work culture, practice norms, and ethical obligations. A panel including former Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn, DIA Executive Vice President/Chief of Staff Cristal DeHerrera, and Chief Deputy Colorado Attorney General Natalie Hanlon Leh, will discuss their own transitions in and out of Government practice, and share the pros and cons of working in both private practice and public service.  

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Thursday, June 09, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver
    Register


    THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022

    "TRIAL TECHNIQUES: THE ART OF SIMPLIFYING COMPLEX DISPUTES FOR JURIES"

    MARY (MINDY) SOOTER, Esq.
    WilmerHale, LLP

    JOHN F. WALSH, Esq.
    WilmerHale, LLP

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
    901 19th Street, Denver

    Mindy Sooter and John Walsh provide practice pointers for explaining complex issues to juries.  Collectively, Mindy and John have tried dozens of cases to verdict.  Mindy brings experience in patent jury trials involving a range of technologies including electronic motors, software, telecommunications, and semiconductors.  John brings experience involving complex claims on topics ranging from antitrust conspiracy to bank fraud, employment compensation/trade secret theft, environmental claims, product liability and securities market manipulation.  John and Mindy will describe techniques and tactics for breaking down and teaching complex subjects such as these to juries in an effective manner, even under the hectic and compressed schedule of trial.  Topics will include identifying themes, focusing and refining the description of the subject matter, as well as using demonstrative exhibits to keep the jury engaged.

    2 general CLE credits approved.

    • Wednesday, June 29, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Alfred Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver
    Register


    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2022

    "PATHWAYS TO THE FEDERAL BENCH: THE VIEW FROM THE SENATORS' JUDICIAL SELECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE"

    FRANCES A. KONCILJA, Esq.
    Koncilja Energy Law and Policy

    RICHARD K. KORNFELD, Esq.
    Recht Kornfeld, PC

    12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
    901 19th Street, Denver

    The Constitution requires that United States District Court Judges be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate—but it doesn’t say how judicial nominees are picked in the first place. Members of the Judicial Selection Advisory Committee will shed light on how this process works in the District of Colorado.

    2 general CLE credits requested.

Past events

Thursday, April 28, 2022 Remarks from Colorado's Federal Public Defender & U.S. Attorney
Thursday, April 14, 2022 WEBINAR ONLY "Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure: Avoiding Basic Pitfalls for the Federal Lawyer" (for the non-bankruptcy practitioner)
Thursday, April 07, 2022 IN PERSON & WEBINAR - From the Trial Trenches: The Art and Technique of Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Corporate Law: How DEI Initiatives Drive Legal Innovation and Effectiveness
Tuesday, March 01, 2022 How Can I Get Federal Court Experience AND Fulfill Pro Bono Obligations?
Friday, February 11, 2022 Rule 702 – The Agony and the Ecstasy
Friday, January 21, 2022 Getting Your Firm's Affairs in Order -- Succession Planning for Law Firms & Attorneys
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 WEBINAR - Remarks From the Bench with U.S. District Court Judge Rodriguez
Thursday, December 16, 2021 Legal Ethics in the News
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 FFA Virtual Reception Recognizing USDC Civil Pro Bono Panel and FFA Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 18, 2021 Double Down on EDI Strategies
Friday, November 12, 2021 2021 FFA Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Roundtable
Thursday, November 04, 2021 Encore Presentation: Beating the Written Discovery Blues
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Beating the Written Discovery Blues - WEBINAR
Thursday, October 07, 2021 WEBINAR: Truth or Consequences: Concerning Trends in the Practice of Law Before the U.S. Magistrate Judges
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Economic Justice & Intimate Partner Violence: POWER
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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