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Thursday, September 18, 2014 “A wise man once said, ’Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.‘”
~ Michelangelo in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
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From the Bar

Complimentary Webinar: Cloud Options for Document Storing, Backup, Remote Access, and Collaboration—Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Noon

Join us for the next free 30-minute Tech Tuesday presentation on Sept. 23, at noon. More lawyers are using services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s OneDrive. How do they compare? Are they secure? How much do they cost? Join us as Phil Shuey discusses the pros and cons of the front runners and shows you how they can make you more efficient while maintaining client confidentiality. For more information, contact Sue Bertram. Click here to learn more about all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

Don’t Delay, Submit VA Form 21a Today to Practice Before the Veterans Administration

The Veterans Administration requires all attorneys who assist claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits to be accredited by the VA per 38 C.F.R. § 14.627(a). VA Form 21a is used to achieve accreditation, and it must be submitted prior to completing the second accreditation requirement, a three-hour CLE course regarding representation before the veterans administration, basic eligibility, claims and appeal procedures, and more. Click here to read more.

Introducing CBA’s New Legislative Relations Director Jeremy Schupbach

Jeremy Schupbach became the newest member of the CBA staff when he assumed the position of Director of Legislative Relations on September 1. His responsibilities include working with the sections and members of the bar to develop and promote the association’s legislative strategy and to direct the lobbying efforts of the CBA. Schupbach has more than nine years of lobbying experience working directly with the Colorado Legislature. His experience at the Capitol has given him expertise in coordinating and fostering communications between an organization, legislators on both sides of the aisle, state departments, and stakeholders, resulting in successful legislation and excellent opportunities for strategic partnerships. Feel free to contact him at jschupbach@cobar.org.

Your 2015 Colorado Legal Directory Listing

Verification for the 2015 Colorado Legal Directory is open until Wednesday, Oct. 1. Don’t miss a referral because of a wrong number—ensure your directory listing is correct and verify your listing online. Upgrade your listing in the directory and make a big marketing impact at minimal costs. CBA members receive great pricing discounts in the Colorado Legal Directory:

  • Stand out by adding bold font to your listing for just $25.
  • Emphasize your specialty practice areas. Field of practice listings start at $35.
  • Why not list your practice? Firm listings are only $19!

Questions? Email legaldirectory@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115.

Courtroom Space for Your Use

The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations have secured Courtroom 117 at the Denver City and County Building for members’ use as a practice space. To reserve time, email Heather Clark. A 24-hour notice is recommended. The courtroom is available almost all weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CBA, RMIAN, and AILA Seek Volunteers for Unaccompanied Minors

The CBA Immigration Law Section, the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Colorado Chapter Chair are seeking volunteers to assist with unaccompanied minors who will be appearing in the Denver Immigration Court. A broad range of efforts will be available for attorneys and legal support staff to participate and contribute. Training is available online or via a mentor. Click here to volunteer for a case. If you are interested in mentoring please contact Katie Glynn.

Mechanic's Liens: Getting Paid for Accomplished Work—Friday, Oct. 3

If your clients have worked at a construction job site, or have provided materials to a construction job site, they can place a lien on that property for any unpaid wages or for any unpaid materials. You also may represent a homeowner who has had a lien filed against his or her property. Although mechanics’ liens are effective tools there are numerous pitfalls in meeting the deadlines for recording a mechanic’s lien, for accurately drafting the lien, and for correctly serving the lien. This half-day program will help you to ensure your clients’ lien claims are timely and correct. Click here for more information.

Employment Law Fall Update: Whistleblower Litigation, Discrimination & the First Amendment—Thursday, Oct. 9

Co-sponsored by the CBA Labor & Employment Law Section

This year’s Update will include several “hot topics.” Is sworn testimony outside one’s ordinary job duties entitled to First Amendment protection? The U.S. Supreme Court decided this and related issues in Lane v. Franks, and the case will be discussed at length. Federal and state whistleblower litigation has been in the headlines. Not only will a judge from the Merit Systems Protection Board be speaking on The Federal Whistleblower Protection Act, but a national panel will be gathered to discuss what employment lawyers need to know about state law qui tam claims. Learn more.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Summer is ending? Say it ain’t so!

Mother Nature gave us an early preview of fall weather over the past few weeks. Now that we are closing in on a change in the season, it might be a good time to examine the physical, mental, and emotional changes that can take place within us. Click here to find out more.

From the Law Schools

Hiring Assistance from the University of Colorado

The University of Colorado Law School Career Development Office seeks to make connections for its graduates with employers that have full- or part-time opportunities. The law school staff will help you create an online job posting so all graduates can view a description of your opening and application instructions, or show you more informal ways of being introduced to candidates who meet your qualifications. For information, contact Assistant Dean Todd Rogers at todd.rogers@colorado.edu or 303-492-6392.

Need Short-Term Help? Try DU’s Contract Work Initiative

Need short-term help with legal research, writing, discovery, or other matters? The University of Denver Sturm College of Law can help through its Contract Work Initiative! We have identified recent graduates who are specifically available to do contract work. For more information on the Contract Work Initiative (or on hiring DU grads for permanent positions), please contact Eric Bono at ebono@law.du.edu or 303-871-6478.

22nd Annual Rothgerber Conference—Thursday, Oct. 2

The 22nd Annual Rothgerber Conference will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the University of Colorado Law School Wolf Law Building. This year’s conference presenters will discuss how litigation strategy has pushed and is continuing to push constitutional change. The conference is approved for five CLE credits. Click here for more information.

From the Legal Connection

Model Criminal Jury Instructions Released by Colorado Supreme Court

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Colorado Supreme Court announced the release of new Model Criminal Jury Instructions. The Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee has been working to develop the new model instructions since its official creation in October 2011, and intends to keep the instructions up-to-date by issuing periodic supplements or new editions. Interim updates will be published on a new website called the “Reporter’s Online Update.” Read more…

New Legal Technology: Reduced Risk, Increased Flexibility, Automated Systems—Better for Lawyers

It’s estimated that 90% of lawyers use mobile to check email; 34% of lawyers use tablets in the courtroom; 27% of law firms have legal blogs; 10% of individual lawyers have blogs; 48% use a tablet at work (and the tablet is capturing laptop share); 17% use litigation support software; 39% of blogs resulted in clients or referrals; 40% of solos and 30% of all lawyers use cloud services; and 58% use Dropbox to transfer and store files. Technology (including legal technology) moves fast, with new products and updates arriving at a dizzying pace. Read more…

From the Legal Community

2014 Sam Cary Gala and Silent Auction—Saturday, Oct. 18

The Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund Annual Gala and Silent Auction will be held at the History Colorado Center on Saturday, Oct. 18, with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. This year, the members of the Sam Cary Bar Association and the Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund are proud to honor Ben Aisenberg with the Warrior for Justice Award and Leslie Fields with the King Trimble Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

2015 CWBA Mary Lathrop Award—Call For Nominations

The CWBA is now accepting nominations for its prestigious Mary Lathrop Award, presented annually to an outstanding female attorney who has enriched the community through her legal and civic activities. Nominations due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. Click here for more information.

Optimize Your Membership

Lending Library Book of the Week: Internet Legal Research on a Budget

Internet Legal Research on a Budget provides readers with solutions for cost-conscious clients scrutinizing legal bills. Lawyers cannot afford to depend on expensive legal research databases, especially when reliable free resources are available. This book will help you quickly find the best free or low-cost resources online and use them for your research needs. For more information about this title and many others in the CBA’s Law Practice Management Library, visit the Lending Library page or contact Sue Bertram at 303-824-5372.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Microsoft Word—Change the Default Back to Single Spacing

I recently upgraded to Word 2010 and created my first document. The spacing was 1.5! I had forgotten that in versions 2007 and 2010, Microsoft decided for us that documents should no longer be single spaced by default. Maybe there’s someone out there who wants 1.5 spacing, but I’ve never met them. Here’s how to change the default spacing for Word documents back to single spacing:

  • Click on the Home tab on the ribbon.
  • Look for Change Styles in the Styles group (on the right-hand side).
  • Click on the small down arrow to the right of Change Styles.
  • Hold your cursor over Style Set.
  • Click on Word 2003 (which had single spacing as the default). This changes the spacing for the current document only.
  • To change the default for all documents going forward, click the small down arrow to the right of Change Styles again and click Set as Default.

Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org if you have questions.

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