2016 Ethics Extravaganza
Fri, December 2, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MT
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel Presents
2016 Criminal Defense Ethics Extravaganza!
Friday, December 2nd | 8am - 5pm
Embassy Suites - Downtown Denver
1420 Stout St., 2nd Floor Ballroom
Come on Down! Come to our Criminal Defense Ethics Extravaganza and you will win 7 ethics credits just for participating in our full-day ethics course!
Start your morning by playing You Bet Your License! with criminal defense attorney extraordinaire, Fernando Freyre. Next, hear from Carrie Lynn Thompson and win a new perspective on how to manage difficult clients, difficult cases, and your own sanity while representing the accused.
Listen to Jay Tiftickjian speak about ethics in the business of law and hear Katrin Miller Rothgery from OARC speak about fee agreements and trust accounts, and win the confidence to know that you are building an ethical law practice that favors both you and your clients.
Learn about ethics of client representation in the courtroom from Judge Gary Jackson and Judge Dianne Briscoe of the Denver County Court and win the knowledge to build a strong reputation for professionalism.
Come ready to play and to learn... Prizes Will be Awarded!!
8:00 am - 8:25 am REGISTRATION | CHECK-IN
8:30 am - 10:10 am YOU BET YOUR LICENSE! - The Ethics Game Show
Presenter: Fernando Freyre
Fernando became a lawyer in January of 1983 because he lacked the size, speed, and talent to be an NFL quarterback.
He was born in Havana, Cuba in 1955, and raised in Laouisiana and Wyoming. In 1982, he graduated from the University of Denver School of Law. He was a trial lawyer in the Denver trial office of the Colorado State PUblic Defender for 25 years. He's tried over 130 jury trials, including morre than 25 homicide trials. He is now in private practice and teaches trial tactics around the US and in South America. Fernando is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
How well prepared are you to deal with very real situations taht involve conflicts in your ethical obligations between your client, the court, opposing counsel, and even unrepresented parties? Do you disclose information or not? If so, how much do you disclose? To whom? How do you do it?
Come and play "You Bet Your License!" the fun game that lets you win valuable prices (like keeping license). Say the secret word and win $2.00! Better to get the wrong answer here than when you are playing for real.
10:10 am - 10:20 am Quick coffee break
10:20 am - 12:00 pm THE ETHICS OF HOW TO HANDLE DIFFICULT CLIENTS
WITH THE WORST CASES
Presenter: Carrie Lynn Thomson
At the time she retired from the Colorado State Public Defender's Office, Carrie Lynn Thompson had served as the Managing Deputy State PUblic Defender for the Colorado Springs Office for over 8 years - March 2006 to December 2014. During that time she managed and trained a staff of 89 people. She began her public defender career in 1987 in the Arapahoe County Office where she practiced for almost 8 years. She was then assigned to the Denver County Office for 10 years where she served as Division Lead, supervising a divisionof felony laywers, handling a felony caseload and coordinating the in-house training. Over her career, Ms. Thompson has lectured and provided training extensively on numerous topics in the field of criminal defense in Colorado and nationally, including a series of lectures on representing clients in high profile cases, entitle "Representing the Monsters-Taking the Jurors from Fears to Tears." Ms. Thompson is currently working as a solo practitioner, and she serves as the legislative policy cooordinator for the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar.
Ms. Thompson recieved the David F. Vela Award in 1997 for her extraordinary dedication to the ideals of the Colorado Public Defender System, and she was named the Colorado State Public Defender Attorney of the Year in 2002. In 2012, Ms. Thompson was recognized by the Colorado Women's Bar Assocation Foundation, honoring the "Second Wave" - the second generation of female trailblazers. She has also served as a member of the Community Corrections Board for El Paso and Teller Counties from 2006 through 2014. Ms. Thompson served as the president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar in 2003-2004, and currently serves as a board member for the Colorado Criminal Defense Institute.
Ms. Thompson will discuss the top 10 issues that might arise when representing difficult clients facing criminal charges or difficult cases that draw media attention or public scrutiny and how to responsibly and ethically respond to these issues. her presentation will touch on competency and other mental health concerns athat might arise throughout representation in a criminal case, and how to respond ethically to these concerns.
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm Networking Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ETHICS IN THE BUSINESS OF LAW
Presenter: Jay Tiftickjian
Jay Tiftickjian is widely considered one of the best DUI attorneys in Colorado. He was named "Barrister's Best DUI Lawyer" by Colorado Law Week multiple times, include 2016, voted "People's Choice-Best DUI Lawyer" for the past four years, is Preeminent AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, aand has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2010. He is the elected Treasurer of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and in succession to be its President in 2018. Tiftickjian has been publised numerous times on the subject of DUI defense and drug law. Mr. Tiftickjian is the co-author of Colorado DUI Defense: The Law and Practice, and the editor of the Colorado Criminal Defense Manual as well as Medicolegal Aspects of Marijuana. He frequetnly lectures to attorneys, judges, and students about criminal law, law practice managment, and ethics, and provided legal expertise to The New York Times, The Denver Post, 9News, Colorado Public Radio, 850KOA, National Public Radio, and many other local and national media outlets. Mr. Tiftickjian is president of Tiftickjian Law Firm, PC, which represents clients out of the firm's offices in Denver and Aspen.
Mr. Tiftickjian will present on the ethics of business decision-making and planning. He will touch on his experience as a business owner and law firm president, and provide tips on how to ethically handle matters and conflicts that might arise when operating a business int he criminal defense context.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm LESSONS FROM OARC: THE ETHICS OF FEE AGREEMENTS, TRUST ACCOUNTS, AND RECOVERING FEES FROM NON-PAYING CLIENTS
Presenter: Kati Rothgery
Katrin Miller Rothgery is Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colroado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. In that apacity, she investigates and prosecutes lawyers in disciplinary, disability and contemp proceedings, and handles claims made to the Client Protection Fund. Prior to her work at OARC, Ms. Rothgery was in private practice with Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. where she practiced in employment law and commercial litigation. She earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her undergraduate degree fromthe University of Notre Dame. Ms. Rothgery is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the National Organization of Bar Counsel. She is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national levels on a varity of ethics-related topics.
Ms. Rothgery will present on a variety of topics related to fee agreements, fees, recovering unpaid fees, and the ethics of fee management afte withdrawing from a case prior to case resolution. She will address issues such as how to structure a fee agreement with benchmarks that set both the attorney and client up for success, and how to manage a trust account upon being asked to or deciding to withdraw from a client's case before all fees have been earned.
3:00 pm- 3:15 pm AFTERNOON BREAK
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm ETHICS OF CLIENT REPRESENTATION IN THE COURTROOM
Presented by: Judge Gary Jackson and Judge Dianne Briscoe of the Denver County Court
Judge Gary Jackson has been a county court judge in Denver County since 2012. Before his appointment, Judge Jackson practiced law in Colorado for 42 years. During his career, Judge Jackson served as Chief Trail Deputy District Attorney in Denver, and as a prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. In private practice, he represented clients in civil and criminal cases at all levels of Colorado courts. He also served as an arbitrator, mediator, and expert witness and consultant in legal disputes. Judge Jackson co-founded the Sam Cary Bar Association in 1971. He co-founded the Sam Cary Bar Association in 1971 and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar in 1976. (The Public Defenders in his Courtroom would dispute that historical fact). Judge Jackson is one of the few lawyers in Colorado who has both prosecuted and defended a First Degree Homicide case. He served as president or on the board of many institutions including History Colorado, U.S. District Court Federal Selection Committee, Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District, the American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, the National Bar Association, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Minoru Yasui Inn of Court, and other organizations. Judge Jackson earned his law degree in 1970 at the University of Colorado, where he also earned an undergraduate degree in 1967. During his distinguished career before appointment to the bench, Judge Jackson received awards and recognition from the University of Colorado School of Law, the Colorado Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Sam Cary Bar Association. Judge Jackson continues to be very active in the community and regularly speaks to high school students, encouraging them to seek opportunities in the legal profession.
Judge Dianne Briscoe was appointed to the Denver County Court in 2011. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Sturm College of Law (Denver University), a Master’s degree in Business Administration from East Texas State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Lincoln University (MO).
On the Denver County Court bench, Judge Briscoe has presided over cases in General Sessions, Juvenile, Criminal and Traffic. She currently presides over Sobriety Court and is the Roving Judge. Her legal practice in prior years included work as General Counsel for the Governor’s Job Training Office, Assistant City Attorney in Airport Legal Service and Senior Assistant City Attorney of the Denver Department of Human Services, where she prosecuted dependency and neglect cases and litigated employment cases for the City.
Judge Briscoe serves as a guest speaker and volunteer for numerous community based organizations and at various schools. She has served as an officer and member of various organizations, including the Sam Cary Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.
Our Judge-presenters will speak from their perspectives on the bench about commonplace ethical issues in the courtroom, such as courtroom demeanor, professionalism in plea negotiations and interactions with colleagues, and client confidentiality in the courtroom.
4:15 pm CLOSING REMARKS/ADJOURN
Embassy Suites have given us a rate of $169 if anyone wants to stay Thurs. night.
Embassy Suites - Downtown Denver
1420 Stout St., 2nd Floor
Valet Parking discounted - $20 per day
Several area parking lots all around
Fri, December 2, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MT