CDLA - New Lawyers Committee CLE and Social Hour

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Hall and Evans



Join us for a New Lawyers CLE:
Defending a Case Without a Client

Presented by
-The Honorable Robert L. McGahey, Jr.
2nd Judicial District Court Judge

-Jacob Vos
Counsel at the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

-John White
Counsel at the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

-Casey Quillen
Ruebel & Quillen

1 Ethics & 1 General CLE applied for

Hosted Social Hour Included

The presentation will discuss C.R.S. § 42-7-414 and how it effectively allows service of a complaint on an absent client. The speakers will address how to respond to a complaint served via this statute, what efforts constitute a good-faith search for a missing client, when a motion to quash service under this statute is appropriate, whether there is a duty to file a motion to quash even if it will likely be unsuccessful when you cannot find your client, interview techniques for a client who does not want to be involved in a case, and responsibilities for participating in litigation without a client.

For the ethics portion of this event, Assistant Regulation Counsel Jacob Vos and Staff Attorney Jonathan White of the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel will deliver a presentation titled “Uncooperative Clients and Self-Assessments for New Lawyers.”

Mr. Vos will discuss the lawyer’s duty of loyalty to a client and the obligations that flow from the lawyer-client relationship. He will explain the unique considerations that arise when a third party pays for the representation, such as an insurance carrier providing representation for its insured. Mr. Vos will discuss the impact of a client’s non-participation in the representation on the duty of loyalty and confidentiality. This will include whether a lawyer can opine that an insured party may jeopardize coverage. Other topics will include possible ways to handle initial discussions with a client who is the insured party so that the client understands the lawyer’s ethical duties as well as expectations of the client, along with limitations on the client’s ability to interfere with settlement.

Mr. White will discuss Colorado’s new lawyer self-assessment program. It is designed to help lawyers better serve clients and simplify their professional lives. The program arises out of a multi-year initiative of a subcommittee of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee. The subcommittee’s goal is to help lawyers engage in an honest and relevant assessment of their law practice and identify points of excellence and areas for improvement.


CDLA is a statewide organization that is nearly 800 members strong, is dedicated to the defense of civil actions and the promotion of fairness and integrity in the civil justice system.

The organization is comprised of attorneys who defend the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. CDLA members benefit from access to resources and tools for legal professionals who strive to provide superior and balanced service to their clients. CDLA is host to five substantive committees whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice.

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