2nd Annual Colorado Litigators’ Summit

September 2019
2nd Annual Colorado Litigators' Summit  
Co-sponsored by the Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association
Highlights Include:   
- An Honest and Frank Discussion of Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession and Strategies for Recognizing and Overcoming Roadblocks Created by It
- A Fresh Lineup of Compelling Sessions and Leading Jurists and Lawyers
- Opportunities for You — Plaintiff and Defense Litigators — to Learn Alongside Each Other and from Some of Colorado’s Finest Justices, Judges and Attorneys
- Lunch, Reception and Refreshment Break Opportunities to Network with Your Colleagues and Distinguished Faculty  
Topics Include:
- What Juries Really Think
- Preserving Your Issues and Making Your Record for Appeal
- Use of Demonstrative Evidence at Trial
- Implicit Bias: Recognizing and Addressing It
- Know Your Audience: Trying Your Case Outside the Denver Metro Area
- Legal Writing: Opinions from the Judiciary
- Candor Toward the Tribunal and Fellow Members of the Bar
Conference Description:
The grand tradition started last year continues! Join us for the 2nd Summit featuring a fresh lineup of compelling sessions, and leading jurists and lawyers.
Don’t miss Colorado’s preeminent program for connecting you with your colleagues and the judiciary around the state, AND for exceptional CLE. Hear an honest and frank discussion of implicit bias in the legal profession, and strategies for recognizing and overcoming roadblocks created by it. Take one day to expand and brush up your know-how. PLUS, seize the opportunities to network with your litigators and speakers during lunch, refreshment breaks, and the reception.   
Reserve your place today (Seating is limited!) and be part of this new tradition for Colorado litigators.
Here is what some of your colleagues said about last year’s well-received and well-attended Summit presentations:
“… All presenters were clear, knowledgeable and well-prepared. Excellent content.”
“… Another excellent panel from diverse experience. Very good moderator.”
“… Great presentation — very practical and helpful materials.”
“… Overall, excellent program. Substantive. Well organized.”
“… One of the best presentations I have seen. Good “hook” for presentation, solid examples, well delivered. Well credentialed and qualified.”  



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8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcoming Remarks
Kayla D. Dreyer, Esq., Lucas T. Ritchie, Esq., and Nicoal C. Sperrazza, Esq., Colorado Litigators’ Summit Planning Committee
8:20 - 9:20am
What Juries Really Think — Judges Discuss What They Have Learned After Decades on the Bench  
- Honorable Christine Arguello, Judge, United States District Court (D – CO)
- Honorable Michael A. Martinez, Chief Judge, 2nd Judicial District
- Honorable Christopher C. Cross (Judge, ret. – 18th Judicial District and Arapahoe County Court), Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS
Moderator: Miko Ando Brown, Esq., Davis Graham & Stubbs
9:20 - 10:20am
Preserving Your Issues and Making Your Record for Appeal
- Honorable William W. Hood III, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
- Honorable Ted C. Tow III, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals
- Kendra N. Beckwith, Esq., Messner Reeves LLP
Moderater: Angela Vichick, Esq., Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie LLP
10:20 – 10:35am
Networking Break   
Please visit with your sponsors!
10:35 – 11:25am
Use of Demonstrative Evidence at Trial: Means and Methods    
Presented by:
Elizabeth S. Wylie, Esq., Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Kent C. Modesitt, Esq., Founder and Chief Designer, Persuasion by Design, Ltd. Moderator: Kayla D. Dreyer, Esq., Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
11:25am – 12:25pm
Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: Recognizing and Addressing  
Presented by Patrick T. O'Rourke, Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, and Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Regents, University of Colorado
12:25 pm
Transition to Luncheon Room
12:25 – 12:50pm                
Opportunity to network with your colleagues and distinguished faculty!
12:50 – 12:55pm
Brief Remarks
Lucas T. Ritchie, Esq., Moye White LLP, Chair, CBA Litigation Section      
12:55 – 1:00pm
Brief Remarks and Introduction of Colorado Bar Association President
Vince O’Brien, Executive Director, Colorado Bar Association CLE
1:00 – 1:15pm
Brief Remarks
Kathleen Hearn Croshal, Esq., President (effective July 1, 2019), Colorado Bar Association
1:15 – 1:20pm
Transition to Plenary Session Room
1:20 – 2:20 pm
Know Your Audience: Trying Your Case Outside the Denver Metro Area
- Honorable Thomas W. Ossola, Senior Judge, former Chief Judge, 9th Judicial District
- Phillip B. Chupik, Esq., Metier Law Firm, LLC  
- Kathleen Hearn Croshal, Former Judge, 10th Judicial District Court and President, Colorado Bar Association
- Honorable Lance Timbreza, Judge, 21st Judicial District Court
Moderator:  Lucas T. Ritchie, Esq., Moye White LLP
2:20-2:30 pm
Networking Break
Please visit with your sponsors!
Legal Writing: Opinions from the Judiciary (Pet Peeves and Kudos from the Judiciary!)
- Honorable Richard Gabriel, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
- Honorable Anthony J. Navarro, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals
- Honorable Susan Blanco, Judge, 8th Judicial District
Moderator: Audrey Bianco, Esq., Law Clerk and Judicial Assistant, Colorado Supreme Court
3:20 -4:20pm
Candor Toward the Tribunal and Fellow Members of the Bar (What crosses the line when negotiating with the court and opposing counsel?) [Submitted for 1.2 Ethics Credits]
- Honorable S. Kato Crews, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court (D-CO)
- Honorable Edward C. Moss, Judge, 17th Judicial District  
- Jason St. Julien, Esq., Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado  
- Byeongsook Seo, Esq., Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Moderator: Sarah J. Parady, Esq., Lowrey Parady, LLC, and President, Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Conclusion, Evaluations and Adjourn to Hosted Networking Happy Hour          
Location Information
Hilton Denver City Center

Denver, CO
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Registration Fees
CBA Member $369.00
New Lawyer Edge Partner $184.50
CBA Litigation Law Section Member $319.00
Non Member $469.00
  • General Credits: 8.00
  • Ethics Credits: 2.40
Start Date - End Date
September 27, 2019
Start Time - End Time
8:15 AM - 4:20 PM
Event Location
Hilton Denver City Center
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