Friday, November 16, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST
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Holland & Hart 
555 17th St.
Suite 3200
Denver, CO 80202

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Bo Donegan 
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 

Join us for the 2018 


Friday November 16, 2018 

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Holland & Hart, 555 17th St, Suite 3200 

The program will be offered FREE to all CDLA members
on a first come, first served basis! 

Limited spaces due to classroom size.

8 hours general + 1 hour Ethics CLE's approved! 

This is an intensive all-day class intended to impart excellence in practice skills to new defense lawyers - our target audience is attorneys in their first or second years of practice. Topics range from time management, to taking and defending depositions, to time recording and billing, to handling written discovery, and more. There will also be a presentation from two experienced judges on the dos and don’ts of court appearances. 

The program will run from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm with 30 minutes for a lunch break and two fifteen minute coffee breaks. Total class time will be 450 minutes. All of the subject matter is directed toward developing excellence is practice skills for new litigation attorneys. The classes will be taught by three experienced litigators: Thomas Rice (Senter Goldfarb & Rice); Craig Sargent (Hall & Evans); and Brendan Powers (Spies Powers & Robinson). Subjects taught by the attorneys will be: time management; time recording and billing; taking and defending your first depositions; and professionalism and collegiality. There will also be a presentation on the “Dos and Don’ts of Court Appearances” by two seasoned judges, Judge John Leopold (Ret. Arapahoe County District Court) and Karen Brody (Denver District Court). The judges’ program will last 75 minutes, and will delve into the “Colorado Oath of Admission” and the ethical ramifications of that oath. Mr. Rice’s lecture on “Professionalism and Collegiality” will last 50 minutes, and will consider the “Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct” as they relate to dealing with opposing counsel, witnesses, and the courts in the setting of contested litigation. Therefore, nine hours of general credit and one hour of ethics credit are sought. 



  • Tom Rice (Senter Goldfarb & Rice) - Lead Instructor
  • Brendan Powers (Spies Powers & Robinson)
  • Craig Sargent (Hall & Evans)
  • The Honorable Judge John Leopold, Ret. (Arapahoe County District Court)
  • The Honorable Judge Karen Brody (Denver District Court)

Breakfast, lunch, and a post session social gathering are all included.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get a leg up on the competition and jump start you career by learning state-of-the-art practice skills from our first rate panel of teachers. 


The University of CDLA Regents:

Tom Rice, Dean

Brendan Powers, Emeritus of Time Management

Craig Sargent, Emeritus of Discovery / Depositions