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2017 Economic Survey
The Colorado Bar Association’s 2017 Economic Survey which collected updated information on professional demographics, income, billing rates, billing practices, and paralegal/legal assistant salaries and billing rates in the legal community, has been completed and the results are available for your review.
The Annual Ethics Revue Starring the Law Club – Nov. 14 or 15 in Denver and Nov. 30 in Boulder
Learn ethical conduct in an engaging and memorable way, with a unique combination of wit, song, and commentary from the cast of multi-talented attorneys. Offered for 3 Ethics credits.
Winter Park and Steamboat Secret Sale – Nov. 15 and 16
The snow is falling and the mountains are opening soon! INTRAWEST is extending their secret sale to all CBA members to receive discounted tickets and passes to Winter Park and Steamboat. The sale runs Nov. 15 and 16 starting at 8 a.m. and ending at midnight. Check out our Facebook page next week for purchasing details.

Free CLE: Court Orientation – Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Court Orientation program introduces new attorneys and attorneys new to the area to the nuts and bolts of practicing law in Denver and around Colorado. Presentations will highlight key ethical considerations for practitioners, strategies for negotiation and litigation, practical legal writing tips, common substantive issues new attorneys face, and much more. The program will feature presentations from local judges, practitioners, and legal professionals. Applied for eight CLE credits, including two ethics.
Barristers Bash – Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Come network and party with new and long-time members of the DBA and CBA at the swanky EDGE Four Seasons. This annual kickoff event is THE season’s event to introduce yourself to the legal community, network over complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres and start forming those business connections.
Liability to Non-Clients: How to Mitigate Risk – Nov. 28
Claims by non-clients represent a growing area of potential liability with a number of reasons why a non-client might file a claim against an attorney. Some claims result from a party seeking revenge against their opposing party’s lawyer for an unfavorable outcome in a case. Other claims are filed because lawyers are perceived as “easy targets.” Learn how to mitigate your risk. Offered for 1 Ethics credit.
Bury the Hatchet Reception – Dec. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Join the CBA’s Workers Compensation Section for food, fun and libations at their annual Bury the Hatchet Reception on Dec. the Dominion Towers from 4 to 6 p.m.
ABA Delegate Vacancies
The CBA will have two vacancies on its delegation to the American Bar Association House of Delegates beginning in January. The control and administration of the ABA is vested in the House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the association. Delegates are to keep the CBA informed of House actions and, to the extent possible, of matters pending before the House. If interested, apply by Dec. 1.

From the Legal Connection and Solo in Colorado

Good Advice, Better Advice: Rethink How You Use Authority
Briefs are too long. Some cases warrant lengthy briefing. Most do not. Shorter briefs are more than judicial preference. Brevity strengthens your writing, clarifies your points, and pleases your audience. A rarely addressed problem is citing too much authority. When proofreading, many attorneys check a citation’s format and confirm it supports a proposition. But few assess whether to cut the citation or replace it with a better one.
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November Solo Small Firm Networking Events
Solo Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, and are held across the state.
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From the Courts and Legal Community

John Sadwith’s Retirement Party and Roast – Nov. 30
The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association invites you to have some laughs as CTLA members and friends roast John Sadwith, the association’s retiring executive director.
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Amendments and Rule Changes
CJD 05-03, Management Plan for Court Reporting and Recording Services, has been amended effective Nov. 1. Also on Nov. 1, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced Rule Change 2017(10), amending the Colorado Appellate Rules.

Your Input Needed – Leadership Credibility Survey
This short survey seeks data about organizational leadership criteria that influence the decisions of lawyers about whether a leader is credible and whether to stay or leave their firms. The survey is designed to explore whether problems that many firms are facing, such as high associate attrition rates, may be linked to using the wrong selection criteria. Your answers will help lawyers and law firm leaders make business decisions for their firms.

Optimize Your Membership

The CBA has partnered with Credible to bring simplicity, transparency, and choice to your financial decisions. You may already know about Credible’s partnership with CBA, which provides a student loan refinancing program to help members save thousands on their student loans. Credible has recently launched a credit card marketplace that members can now access here. Let Credible do the work for you to calculate rewards and find the optimal card based on your estimated monthly spend.
From The Lending Library: Solo Lawyer by Design, A Plan for Success in Any Practice
This recently published book written to help prelaws, law students, and recent graduates, as well as seasoned practitioners, understand where they best fit into the legal practice environment. It provides the tools to help weather the rapidly changing marketing developments that present new and difficult obstacles to successful practice. It also opens doors to new opportunities to expand the reader’s area of influence in new and efficient ways. Throughout the book, the author incorporates true stories to help demonstrate certain concepts.
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Tip of the Week: Casemaker – Finding a Case by Docket

Sometimes a case is so new you may not have a citation. If you have the docket number you can still find the case. Under the search bar on the homepage, you will see words with circles next to them. These circles are called radio buttons. The options you will see are Keyword, Citation, Party, Section, and finally Docket No.

Make sure you have selected the correct jurisdiction from the jurisdiction menu drop down to the right of the search bar (it is the box with the downward pointing blue arrow); then select the radio button next to Docket No. Enter the docket number of your case and hit the blue search button. You should be able to pull up the case you are looking for.

Feel free to contact Sue Bertram with questions.

Holiday Game Plan

With the holidays approaching, stress levels and even tempers can rise. Many of us feel added pressure this time of year, and when we don’t cope well, we take it out on the people around us. If you find yourself overwhelmed this holiday season, remind yourself that the holidays are a time for sharing, reflection, gratitude and connection.

Before things get too hectic, create a “game plan” for yourself. What do you want to experience and accomplish this holiday season?  Plan for extra preparation time (shopping and traveling can take longer than anticipated) and be sure to carve out time to spend with loved ones, without using your work related technology. Don’t overbook or overextend yourself. The most important part of creating a plan is being flexible with it. Repeat the mantra that many attorneys in Colorado use to cope with unpredictability: “It’s not all going to get done, it’s not going to get done perfectly, and I am okay with that.” Oh, and don’t forget to have some fun!

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