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April 6, 2006

TOPIC: What about the $2 million cup of McDonald’s coffee?

The Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Judicial Department have teamed up to create “Law School for Journalists,” a series of classes designed to provide reporters with basic information about the legal system and the judiciary. These free 1.5 hour sessions will take place one morning a month.

The April session is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2006, 8:30–10 a.m. April’s topic is tort law. Please note the location change for April’s program: The session will be held at the Colorado Supreme Court, 2 East 14th Ave., Fifth Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Two-hour metered parking is available on Lincoln and Broadway. The closest lots are located at 12th/Bannock and 13th/Logan. Street parking is scattered about as well.

For members of the media outside the Metro Denver area, the session will be accessible via phone. The call-in number is different this month so please note the change: The toll-free call-in number is 1-800-857-3796, and conference ID is 58833.

This month’s distinguished panel will be Senior Judge Frank Plaut, Richard Laugesen, solo practitioner, and William Keating of Fogel Keating Wagner Polidori & Shafner. Michael Valdez, CBA’s Director of Legislative Relations will discuss recent and upcoming legislative issues. Full details including the agenda and reference materials are available at http://www.courts.state.co.us/exec/media/lawforjournalists.htm

Tort cases often involve extreme or unusual circumstances and claims for large monetary damage awards, and, as a result, invite broad public interest. Even for seasoned reporters, understanding and reporting on the legal issues and rulings in these cases is a challenge. This session will include discussions regarding basic concepts of tort law, the economic realities of the law, landmark cases, the frequent debates regarding the need for tort law reform, past and present efforts at reform, and a legislative update.

Mark your calendars now. Please RSVP to schesney@cobar.org.

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