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Attend CBA, Local Bar Association, Section, or Committee meetings that interest you. You will be welcomed with open arms!
Attend a Bar Sponsored Function:
Open invitation to attend an Open House Reception where representatives from various local bars and specialty associations and committees will be present to provide information about their groups on Friday, March 20, 2009 at the CBA Offices. Reception is free (and discount Nuggets tickets are available for after the reception as well).
R.S.V.P. to Michael A. Paul at [email_address] if you plan to attend the reception (free) and/or want to reserve your Nuggets tickets.
Open invitation to the 2009 CBA DBA Annual Awards Party that is Tuesday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Colorado History Museum. There is no cost to attend!
R.S.V.P. to [email_address] or call 303-860-1115 x727 and note that you are law student.
Open invitation to the Community Action Network of the Denver Bar Association’s Battle of the Bands :
Participating as a band, purchase discounted admission tickets for $15, or volunteer with the Committee and get in free!
Sept. 23, 2009 at La Rhumba (9th and Acoma, Denver).
Take ownership of every assignment just as if the assignment was given to you directly by your own best client.
Spell check, proofread, and double-check your work product.
Treat every assignment as an opportunity to learn, to develop the breadth of your legal knowledge, and to build a good reputation with the assigning attorney and the firm in general.
Put yourself in the client’s position and assume it’s your money being spent or asset being sold, both in terms of your billing practices and in terms of the nature of the terms and conditions applicable to the transaction.
Consider the importance of, and effort invested in, the assigning attorney’s relationship with the client.
Display enthusiasm, a sense of urgency, and a willingness to participate and learn.
Anticipate the next stage of the overall project and volunteer to assist with those assignments.
Treat all work product given to the assigning attorney or client as the final project. Do you stake your job on your work product?
Ask for sample forms.
Take thorough notes during meetings.
Consider what law might apply to your assignment, including statutes applicable to corporate transactions, and review the law .
Enter your time daily and be concise, yet informative, in your billing entries. Be sure to include all of the time you spent on an assignment even if you believe there was inefficiency that, perhaps, should not be billed. Be sure to note and mention to the assigning attorney any concerns regarding perceived inefficiencies in your billing before the billing cycle is completed. Don’t over bill!!!
Be prepared when you attend a meeting and anticipate what may be useful in the meeting, including any client files.
Redline changes made to documents that you drafted by the assigning attorney and discuss any changes that you do not understand with the assigning attorney.
Meet with the assigning attorney in person, particularly when receiving the assignment, delivering the assignment, giving notice of any difficulty or potential delay in completing of the assignment. Make sure you understand what is expected of you and when!
Provide the assigning attorney with regular updates on the status of each assignment.
Always get permission from the assigning attorney before communicating with the relevant parties and before sending documents or other correspondence.
Never discuss confidential information with persons other than those directly involved in the project.
Calendar important dates and include the assigning attorney and paralegal, if applicable, then follow-up with regard to due dates.
Always copy the assigning attorney on correspondence, including e-mails.