A Message From DBA President Maureen “Mo” Watson



ark your calendars! Save the date! Barristers Benefit Ball 2019 is just around the corner!
This year the DBA will be hosting the 31st annual Barristers Benefit Ball (BBB) on Friday, April 12. We are switching up the day (from our traditional Saturday evening soiree) to a fun Friday event and moving the location to an exciting new space! This year’s event will be hosted at Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave. , one of Denver’s premier event venues. In addition to the stunning space for the main event, we will be hosting the cocktail reception at Mile High Station’s new speakeasy-themed bar.
The BBB is one of the legal community’s longest standing traditions. Every year, we host the event to give peers and colleagues the opportunity to come together for a fun evening in celebration of Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL). Not only is BBB a great party, but it is a way to show support for an amazing organization that helps some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
The BBB is the only fundraiser for MVL, a program I have already talked about a lot in this column. As a quick reminder, however, MVL delivers services through the combined work of the DBA, the Adams County Bar Association, the Arapaho County Bar Association, the Douglas Elbert Bar Association, and the First Judicial District Bar Association. These entities all come together to provide key pro bono services to those in need in our community. MVL offers clinics, provides legal advice, and facilitates full-service representation for individuals who could not otherwise afford legal services for their civil legal issues. MVL is best known for its work helping families with divorce and allocation of parental responsibility cases. But it also provides full scope representation in nearly all areas of civil law, provides clinics and representation for post-decree matters, and has recently launched an incredibly successful power of attorney workshop that meets low-income seniors where they live to deliver services for critical end of life documentation. And MVL also works as the key legal partner with the Denver Indian Center to provide services to the Native American community.





As an MVL volunteer, I can tell you that MVL truly changes lives. I have been fortunate to work with MVL to help moms keep their kids safe, help families keep their homes, and guide overwhelmed individuals through the sometimes daunting legal world. It is undoubtedly the most rewarding work I do and the work I am most proud of. I hope you will join me at the 2019 BBB to celebrate MVL and help ensure it has a strong financial foundation. Each ticket sold supports MVL, and we will have some exciting ways to give, along with some amazing live auction items — (beach house in Mexico, anyone)?! Additionally, you can always sign on as an event sponsor to boost your firm or company’s profile at the event!
We are sure the 2019 BBB is going to be one to remember, so make sure you are there! Please reach out to Amy Sreenen at asreenen@cobar.org or 303-824-5371 to claim your sponsorship (opportunities are limited) or reserve your individual tickets. You can learn more at denbar.org. D