Guests Party it Up at 26th Annual Barristers Benefit Ball
The Barristers Benefit Ball brought back the popular derby theme this year, titled “Talk Derby to Me.” Guests donned big hats and pastel cocktail dresses or seersucker suits and bow ties, while enjoying mint juleps and dancing the night away. The event attracted more than 600 members of the legal community. In the past 25 years of the ball, more than $2.5 million has been raised to support Metro Volunteer Lawyers.
Committee for Balanced Legal Careers: Work + Life = Balance?
The CBA Committee for Balanced Legal Careers held an event, “Work + Life = Balance? Advice on how to be an attorney…and also have a life,” on Tuesday, April 29, at Epic Brewing Company. The program was hosted by Jessica Brown, Jenna Sveen, Jesse Fishman, and Julie Gifford. Guest speakers included Ilene Lin Bloom, Sean Elliott, Jennifery Eyl, Lucia Padilla, Sarah Schreiber, and Ken Stern (Chair of the Committee for Balanced Legal Careers).
Thirty attendees enjoyed complimentary beer courtesy of the CBA and received tips from seasoned attorneys on how to find balance between career, family life and personal time, such as “Don’t be afraid to set boundaries around your personal life.” At the conclusion of the program, many of the attendees networked, shared time management successes, relaxed, laughed and enjoyed the wonderful ambiance of the Epic Brewing Company!
CBA & DBA YLD & the CBA Business Law Section Happy Hour
The Colorado and Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Divisions, along with the CBA Business Law Section, hosted a happy hour at Coohills on Thursday, March 20. The networking event included free drinks and appetizers as well as a presentation by Luke Ritchie from WeeCycle. WeeCycle’s mission is to help low income families with infants and toddlers in the Denver metro area by providing them with new and gently used baby gear free of charge. The CBA and DBA YLD hold a drive each year to collect items to be distributed via WeeCycle.
DBA Lunch & Discussion with Denver Law Students
The Denver Bar Association hosted an informational lunch at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on Thursday, April 17. Students heard from DBA President Dan McCune, DBA YLD Council members Chris Levkulich and Kevin McReynolds, DBA Board of Trustee member Barbara Mueller, and attorney Karen Steinhauser. The panel spoke about what bar association membership can do to help them in their future careers. Many panel members talked about specific examples they had seen where young lawyers got jobs through networking at bar association events. They also spoke on what it was like for them when they went to law school and the challenges they faced.
Thirty students attended the panel moderated by Gayle Keahey, DU’s Associate Director of Career Development & Opportunities. Attendees received handouts with information on the bar associations in addition to some delicious Chipotle burritos.
Colorado Poverty Law Project
Approximately forty attorneys met at Kutak Rock LLP for a happy hour and training on a new legal clinic organized by the Colorado Poverty Law Project and held at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). The training presenters discussed how the clinic is set up, the homeless population it serves, guidelines under the professional rules for pro bono work, and common topics that arise at the clinic. This free monthly clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys who provide a range of law-related services to attendees, including answering general on-the-spot questions and providing referrals. The clinic is co-sponsored by the DBA Denver Access to Justice Committee and is located at CCH’s Stout Street Clinic at 2100 Broadway on the third Wednesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. Contact Blair Kanis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Snyder (email@example.com) for information on how to get involved.