Continuing an annual tradition, local lawyers and other members of the Denver legal community took to the stage Nov. 12 and 13 at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, a venue better known for racy burlesque than law-themed musical theater. But while nobody showed too much skin, this year’s Ethics Revue didn’t shy away from risqué topics.
The annual three-hour show, starring members of The Law Club and co-sponsored by CBA-CLE and the Colorado Bar Ethics Committee, not only aims to entertain, but also lets attendees earn CLE credits, since the musical numbers are interspersed with explanations of the state’s legal ethics rules. This year’s performance follows three teams of lawyers and judges as they finish the last leg of an Amazing Race game show.
The first team, a group of coddled, suspender-wearing law partners, is tasked with getting from the airport to the Colorado Supreme Court without the help of any assistants, paralegals or associates. After brainstorming some ethically dubious ways to fund a cab ride downtown in numbers such as “COLTAF is Forever” (set to the tune of “Diamonds are Forever”), they settle on public transit. The partners also wrestle with the ethics of retirement and succession planning in the song “When You’re Sixty-Five” (borrowing from “When I’m Sixty-Four” by The Beatles) and learn about a recent rule change that upped the age limit for CLE requirements to 72.
The challenge given to the second team, a bunch of starry-eyed associates, is to escape their office full of demanding partners, who always have more work for them, so they can make it to the courthouse. While trying to create a diversion, the newbie lawyers navigate the perils of sex with clients in their own version of Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again” and sang about the responsibilities of third-party neutrals in “I Won’t Advise,” a take on Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”