Friday, November 13, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST
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Bo Donegan 
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 

Join us for the 2020 

Friday, November 13, 2020
8:30 am to 4:30 pm / All Virtual!

 Sponsored in part by:


JS Held

AB Litigation 

The program will be offered FREE
for those who have been members of CDLA for 3 years or less

Limited to 30 participants 

8 hours general + 1 hour Ethics CLE's applied for 

Managing partners: Be sure to sign up your new recruits
(p.s. Did we mention it's free?)

This is an intensive all-day class intended to impart excellence in practice skills to new defense lawyers - our target audience is attorneys who have been members of CDLA for 3 years or less. Topics range from time management and work life balance, proactive case management. taking and defending your depositions, time recording and billing, professionalism and collegiality, and more. There will also be a presentation from Judge James Miller, Ret.

The program will run from 8:30 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. 

  • Ellis Mayer (Nathan Dumm & Mayer) - Lead Instructor
  • Tom Rice (SGR, LLC)
  • April Connally (Hall & Evans)
  • Laura Martinez (Messner Reeves)
  • Billy George Hertzke (SGR, LLC)
  • The Honorable Judge James Miller, Ret. (Douglas County District Court)

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. 

Class Schedule:

8:30 a.m. - Introduction and the Tri-Partite Relationship, Ellis Mayer 

8:45 a.m. - Proactive Case Management, April Connally

9:30 a.m. - Time Managment and Work Life Balance, Laura Martinez

10:30 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - Taking and Defending Your First Deposition, Tom Rice

12:00 p.m. - Making a Good Deposition Record, Tom Rice

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Time Recording and Billing, Billy George Hertzke

2:00 p.m. - Presentation by Judge James Miller (Ret.) on ethical conduct in Court

3:00 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Professionalism and Collegiality, (ethics) Ellis Mayer

4:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks, Ellis Mayer


Ellis Mayer, CDLA Professionalism & Education Committee