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Modern Law Practice Initiative Book Club Meeting — Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
How do you get clients? And what do you do with them once you have them? This month the Modern Law Practice Initiative Book Club will be covering Chapter 2: Client Intake, Screening, and Engagements from the Successful Business Planning for the Modern Law Practice. The meeting is Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the CBA offices (Terrace Room). Questions? Email Erika Holmes at

Embargoes, Sanctions, Trade Restrictions, and Trade Agreements: Trending Items, Dynamic Change, and Rule of Law — Feb. 21 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Global trade systems are constantly changing and it is important to understand not only the laws that regulate trade, but also current geopolitical events that shape trade relations, and the role that trade agreements have on international commerce. Join us for a primer on U.S. trade regulations (including OFAC Sanctions Regulations), United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and trade agreements (including TPP and NAFTA), with a discussion of their impacts on international business and the importance of maintaining the rule of law.
The Do’s and Don’ts and Government Trends of Voluntary Self-Disclosures — Feb. 21 from 12 to 1 p.m.
In this presentation, we will review legal, financial and enforcement trends identified from recent CMS and OIG voluntary self-disclosure protocols, including CMS’s Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law violations, and OIG’s Self-Disclosure Protocol for federal Anti-Kickback Statute violations based on recent settlements. We will explore the U.S. Department of Justice’s key focal areas for healthcare fraud and abuse which can help providers in weighing the value in voluntarily self-disclosing noncompliance issues against the potential for enforcement. Finally, we will talk through the key considerations in deciding whether to self-disclose or not, things to consider prior to self-disclosing, and how to proceed with a voluntary self-disclosure under a government protocol.
Tech Tuesdays Webinar: MGMT HQ to the Rescue! Explore Your New Practice Management Webpages — Feb. 27 from 12 to 12:30 p.m.
The CBA partnered with Affinity Consulting Group to bring law practice management and technology-related resources to members. Learn how to navigate the new MGMT HQ webpages along with your free member benefit Affinity University. Affinity Consulting Group specializes in strategic technology and management solutions for law firms and legal departments of all sizes. Questions? Contact Sue Bertram.
Defending Federal Tax Offenders — Feb. 28 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Tax Section members and Tax Students are invited to a FREE CLE presentation at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law Room 499. Jessica Leto from the Office of the Federal Public Defender will describe the types of tax cases her office encounters and the process of resolving these cases. Among these cases are instances of tax fraud by both taxpayers and preparers and severe tax evasion. Jessica has years of experience assisting with the investigation of these offenses and will share her insight on how tax attorneys can protect themselves from potentially nefarious clients. Brown bag luncheon; cookies and beverages will be provided by the Taxation Law section.
Consumer Protection Committee Meeting — Feb. 28 from 12 to 1 p.m.
The next meeting will be Feb. 28 at 12 p.m. at the CBA. Pizza will be provided for those that attend in person. Questions or want to join the committee? Email Juliann.

Trust and Estate Spring Update — March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gain insights into areas of estate administration, as well as where estate administration crosses paths with other areas of the law: Bankruptcy; Digital Assets; Elective Share; Business Entities; and Tips When Advising the Philanthropic Client.
Free Casemaker Training Webinar — March 5 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Learn how to more efficiently use Casemaker. Approved for one CLE credit. Questions? Contact Sue Bertram at
Volunteers Needed for the Colorado State Mock Trial Tournament — March 9–10
The CBA High School Mock Trial Program can only happen with hundreds of attorney, judicial, paralegal and community volunteers assisting. The case this year is a criminal one, alleging First Degree Murder (After Deliberation), with many plot twists and 404(b) arguments. Consider being a part of this incredible educational experience and volunteer as a presiding judge, scoring panelist, or courtroom monitor.
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Interview with Eric Nesbitt: Real Estate Attorney, CBA-CLE Board Member, Basketball Aficionado
CBA-CLE is providing an interview series with several of our African-American faculty and authors. Our first interview is with Eric Nesbitt, an active member of the CBA, a CBA-CLE board member and a talented member of the CBA-CLE faculty, who has spoken at several CLE conferences including the annual Real Estate Symposium and Business Law Institute.
Colorado DUI Benchbook, 2017–18 Ed.
For every DUI practitioner in Colorado, this benchbook is an essential resource that every county judge in the state is provided. It addresses the substantive, procedural, and evidentiary issues raised in the adjudication of alcohol-related traffic offenses.
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From the Legal Connection and Solo in Colorado

Getting the Most out of Dragon
We are seeing more and more lawyers using Dragon NaturallySpeaking on their desktops to not only dictate documents and emails but also to dictate time entries, phone notes, and other common items. Learn how to maximize your use of this amazing software with these tips.
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From the Courts and Legal Community

Chief Justice Directive Concerning Assessment of Court Fees and Costs
CJD 06-01, Assessment of Court Fees and Costs, was amended, effective Feb. 6, 2018. Amendments to CJD 06-01 clarify the entities to whom waiver of docketing fees, additional fees of clerks of court and copying fees applies.
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Global Legal Hackathon — Feb. 23–25
The largest ever legal hackathon is happening this February. The goals are to create solutions that will advance the business of law and provide greater access to justice. Denver-area lawyers, law students, legal professionals, programmers, technologists, entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to make a difference in legal are invited to participate.
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From The Lending Library: The Millennial Lawyer
With Millennials set to become almost half of the U.S. workforce by 2020, those firms that understand how to connect with and motivate Millennials will benefit from an inspired and harmonious workforce. Author JP Box offers his experiences as a Millennial practicing law to help frame the generational divides that lead to misunderstandings between associates and partners, to illuminate the Millennial mindset, and help law firms understand how to connect with, motivate, and retain the very best millennial attorneys. Drawing from a reservoir of exhaustive research into the Millennial generation and relying upon his experiences as an attorney, the author identifies commonly held Millennial values and explores how law firms can incorporate those values into their culture to attract, motivate, and retain their top young lawyers.
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Tip of the Week: Using Citecheck in Casemaker
Citecheck saves you time by verifying all the citations in a document. Simply upload a document such as a brief, pleading or even just a list of citations, then in a few moments, Citecheck will return a report which indicates if there has been negative treatment on any of the citations in the document. Citecheck can be found under the Features tab (formerly Tools) on the main Casemaker page.

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