2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

Following are the meeting dates for the 2017-2018 season of the Rhone Brackett American Inn of Court (all meetings will be at the University Club, 1673 Sherman Street, with cocktails starting at 6:00 pm):

September 28, 2017

October 26, 2017

November 16, 2017

December TBA (Holiday Party)

January 25, 2018

February 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

April 19, 2018

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Deposition Course Announcement

Colleagues – I would like to invite you to the first in a series of informal trainings sponsored by the Doyle Inn focusing on basic practical skills in civil litigation.   We are applying for 2 CLE’s for each of our sessions.  There is no charge for attendees.

The first session will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on October 18, 2017 at the downtown office of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Republic Plaza, 370 17th Street, 45th Floor, Denver, CO 80203.  It is  titled Taking and Defending Depositions – What You Need to Know.  This session will offer practical advice and suggested models for taking and defending depositions.

Materials will be distributed ahead of time so participants will have examples for future use.  I hope this will be an interactive process with participants feeling free to ask questions and contribute experiences.  We also invite experienced practitioners to share experiences as well as sample pleadings and outlines.

Please let me know if any of your Inn members, young lawyers or law clerks may be interested in attending.  Also please have them RSVP to randy.bramer@ogc.usda.gov. I hope these talks will help further the Inns’ purpose of educating and mentoring young lawyers.

The remainder of the 2017-2018 sessions are set forth below.

Practical Skills Schedule

Negotiation, Settlement and Alternative Forums for Resolution: What You Never Learned in Law School, November 15, 2017. The session will help young attorneys learn more about early evaluation of a case and examine ways to resolve cases early in litigation and provide an overview of the various forums for resolution of cases.

So You Are Going to Be Witness –Now What? December 20, 2017.  This session will focus on the successful preparation of witnesses to testify at deposition and trial in civil cases.

Direct Examination – How Do You Do It?  January 30, 2018. This session will focus on the conducting direct examination of witnesses at deposition and trial in civil cases.

Cross Examination – What You Need to Know.  February 21, 2108. The will provide young lawyers with practical advice on cross examining a witness at trial.

How to Navigate Private Practice-What You Need to Know- A Panel Discussion. March 20, 2018. This session will focus on what lawyers need to know before entering into private practice.

Legal Writing –Process and Product. April 18, 2017.  This session will focus on effective legal writing and improving persuasion skills through writing.

A View from the Bench:  Practical Advice for Young Lawyers, May 16, 2017.  A panel of judges from state and federal courts will offer their perspective on what young lawyers need to know.

How to Take and Defend a Deposition: What You Need to Know (Doyle Inn Course Announcement)

Following is an invitation from the Doyle Inn of Court:

Colleagues, I would like to invite you to the second in a series of informal trainings sponsored by the Doyle Inn of Court focusing on basic practical skills in civil litigation.   We are applying for 2 CLE’s for each of our sessions.  There is no charge for attendees.

This session is titled How to Take and Defend a Deposition: What You Need to Know.   This session will offer practical advice and suggested models for taking and defending depositions.

Our instructor will be Randy Bramer.  Mr. Bramer is a Senior Counsel with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel for the Rocky Mountain Region. He previously served as a Special Counsel for the Department of Justice as well as spending several years as a trial attorney with Civil Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

This session will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the downtown office of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Republic Plaza, 370 17th Street, 45th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Materials will be distributed ahead of time so participants will have examples for future use.  I hope this will be an interactive process with participants feeling free to ask questions and contribute experiences.  We also invite experienced practitioners to share experiences as well as sample pleadings and outlines.

Please let me know if any of your Inn members, young lawyers or law clerks may be interested in attending.  Please have them RSVP to randy.bramer@ogc.usda.gov. I hope these talks will help further the Inn’s purpose of educating and mentoring young lawyers.

Randy Bramer (303-275-5537)

 

 

 

2016-2017 Meeting Dates and Topics

2016

September 15, 2016 – Introductory meeting and discussion of theme for year

October 18, 2016 – Presentation on The Future of Legal Education by Woods/Drake Pupilage

November 17, 2016 (Joint Meeting with Doyle and Marsh Inns) – Presentation on The 50th Anniversary of the Judicial Process in Colorado by McDermott/Kutcher Pupilage

December 2016 – Date TBA – Holiday Party

2017

January 19, 2017 – Presentation on The Ideal Lawyer by Bricmont/Caldwell Pupilage

February 16, 2017 – Presentation on The Ideal Lawyer by Cain/Alvarez Pupilage

March 16, 2017 – Presentation on The Ideal Lawyer by Harrell Pupilage

April 20, 2017 – Presentation on The Ideal Lawyer by Rodgers Pupilage

All-Inn Cocktails, May BBQ, Students, Mentoring Participants!

Hello RBIC Members!

This is an announcement blast with important information. Please read it and take action if it applies to you! See you on April 21 at our last regular meeting at the U Club for the 2015-2016 year!  (Look for the Pingg in the coming weeks.)

1) All-Inn Cocktail Event – Please sign up by April 18th!

The All-Inn Cocktail Event is May 12, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Supreme Court Rotunda.  If you would like to attend, you need to fill out the Google Form located here by APRIL 18:  http://goo.gl/forms/i3ZJ1DqJKJ

2) May End of Year BBQ!

The end of the year RBIC BBQ is going to be May 13th at Heidi’s house!  Spouses/Partners and children are welcome. Please save the date and an invite will be coming out closer to the event.

3) Student Applications are now open!

We are now accepting student applications for 2016-2017!  Interested law students (who are not graduating this year) should send their resume and cover letter to “rhonebrackett [at sign] gmail [dot] com” by April 18th.

If you recommend them, please have them reference you! If they attended a meeting with you, please have them tell us that, too!

4) Looking for Mentoring Program Testimonials!

In our ever-constant process of improving our Mentoring Program, I’m looking for testimonials – if an RBIC match-up touched your life in a particular way, please tell me about it by e-mailing “rhonebrackett [at sign] gmail [dot] com”!

Also, 2015-2016 year participants (one-time and full-program match-ups) will be receiving a survey later this month.

 

Cross Examination – What You Need to Know

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The Doyle Inn would like to invite you to a training focusing on the successful cross examination of witnesses at trial in civil cases. It is entitled “Cross Examination – What You Need to Know”.  This session is part of the basic practical skills in civil litigation sponsored by the Doyle Inn.   We are applying for 2 CLE’s for each of our sessions.  There is no charge for attendees.

The purpose of this session is to provide young lawyers with practical advice on cross examining a witness at trial.  It will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the downtown office of Wheeler, Trigg, O’Donnell at 370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500 Denver, Colorado 80202-5647.  Our instructors will include Kevin Traskos, Civil Chief, Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado and Craig May from Wheeler, Trigg and O’Donnell.

Materials will be distributed ahead of time so participants will have examples for future use.  We hope this will be an interactive process with participants feeling free to ask questions and contribute experiences.  We also invite experienced practitioners to share experiences as well as sample pleadings and outlines.

Please RSVP to randy.bramer@ogc.usda.gov. We hope these talks will help further the Inns’ purpose of educating and mentoring young lawyers.