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March 5, 2015 "Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end."
~ Leonard Nimoy
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Purchase Your 2015 Colorado Legal Directory

The 2015 Colorado Legal Directory is here! A trusted source for key information, the Directory lists more than 20,000 attorneys, the majority with their firm name, address, phone number, and email address. CBA members can purchase the Directory for $46, including shipping. Order online at or complete and submit the order form. Questions? Call 303-860-1115.

Complimentary Casemaker Trainings

Monday, April 6, 10–11:30 a.m.
Monday, June 1, 10–11:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 3, 10–11:30 a.m.

To register, please RSVP to and confirm whether you plan to attend in person or via webcast. There is no charge for the Casemaker trainings. CLE credit is available and all seminars will be held at the CLE small classroom. Learn more about Casemaker, your free legal research.

The Colorado Lawyer Seeks Proposals for October 2016 Special Issue

Special issues comprise 5 to 8 substantive law articles on broad-based topics, including an ethics-related article. Emphasis is on the practical and procedural, rather than the theoretical or philosophical. For information about creating a special issue, click here. Submission drop-dead deadline is August 31, 2015.

Four Corners Young Lawyers Regional Summit of ABA YLD Affiliates—April 9–12

Join the CBA YLD on April 9–12, at the Limelight Hotel. This conference promises to provide quality continuing legal education, networking leadership skills, a service project, and skiing! RSVP online, at, or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727. Click here for more information.

Real Estate Spring Update 2015: Anatomy of a Commercial Real Estate Transaction—Thursday, March 26
Co-sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section

Program highlights include: The Contract for Commercial Real Estate: Key Provisions, Due Diligence and Common Issues; Leasing the Premises; Financing the Commercial Real Estate Transaction; Construction and Construction Defects Issues in Commercial Real Estate Contracting; Environmental Concerns in the Commercial Real Estate Transaction; The Entitlement Process: Zoning, Land Use, and Site Plan Approval. Register now!

Family Law Spring Update 2015—Friday, March 27
Co-sponsored by the Family Law Section of the CBA

Get updates on important case law and legislation, including late-breaking topics from the legislature. Complex financial issues are addressed, as well as the highly controversial and potentially groundbreaking manner in which ADR or non-legal paraprofessionals get involved to a greater degree in family law. Plus: “Lightning Round” topics of significant interest! Get the details here!

From the Courts

Mandatory E-Filing for Criminal Cases in the 17th J.D.

The Colorado Judicial Branch continues with its rollout of e-filing for criminal cases this year. Criminal e-filing is now live and mandatory in Adams and Broomfield counties as of March 2, 2015. Click here to access the 17th J.D.’s mandatory e-filing order and a flyer with frequently asked questions about criminal e-filing. Click here to follow the Judicial Branch’s criminal e-filing implementation schedule for 2015.

Volunteer Opportunities

Encourage Future Legal Minds: Judge a Mock Trial

Volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and community leaders are needed to judge the 2015 State High School Mock Trial Tournament March 20 and 21 in Colorado Springs. Several timeslots are available; breakfast or lunch provided. For more information, please email or click here for a volunteer form.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

What’s Missing? Part II: COLAP’s Tip for Work*Life*Balance

Busy schedules and the recent “uncooperative” weather have not been conducive to good health. Trying to plan around changing weather forecasts has been stressful. Click here to find out ways to help with the stress.

From Legal Connection

The Future of Law (Part Seven): The Law Gets Faster, Goes Micro, and Eats at a Communal Table

Until recently, the legal profession and the law remained mostly aloof from the impact of innovative disruption, moving instead at an analog pace of change driven by reasoned discourse and scholarly input. Think of the usual pace of legislation, appellate review, uniform laws, and legal restatements. But life in the slow lane is ending. Click here to read more.

Frederick Skillern: Real Estate Case Law—Judgments and Fraudulent Transfer

A creditor obtains a judgment against Hocker for $4.4 million, and seeks to levy and execute upon Hocker’s shares in the Highland Ditch Company. Hocker owns an undivided 50 percent interest in two and three-quarter shares of Highland stock. The Highland shares represent Hocker’s right to use water that runs through a mutually owned ditch, a branch of which leads to a pond on the 35-acre farm that Hocker owns with her husband. Hocker files a claim under the homestead exemption, asserting that the shares, which represent water rights appurtenant to her farm, could not be levied. Click here to read more.

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From the Lending Library: The Winning Brief, Third Edition

The Winning Brief, Third Edition. Covering everything from the rules for planning and organizing a brief to openers that can capture a judge’s attention from the first few words, these tips add up to the most compelling, orderly, and visually appealing brief that an advocate can present. This book is an invaluable resource for attorneys, law clerks, judges, paralegals, law students and their teachers. If you’re writing to win a case, this book shouldn’t merely be on your shelf—it should be open on your desk. 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

Apps to Notify People in an Emergency

There are apps that make it easy to notify groups of people in the event of a natural disaster, a snow day, or even the cancellation of soccer practice.

You could always send a message via email, but many firms don’t allow staff to have firm email accounts on their mobile devices. You could text, but then you can’t be sure your message was received. Some of the apps below allow you to use a specific sequence. For instance, your message can first go to their home phone, then to their cell phone, then to their home email address. Most of the apps confirm the receipt of your message.

VoiceShot Urgent Alert
CodeRED Mobile
One Call Now

Thanks to Grover Brittain, Legal Administrator for the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, for today’s tip.

Contact Reba Nance at if you have questions.

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