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Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Managing Stress: How Not to Become Your Own Personal Injury Case—Monday, Nov. 23

The CBA, CWBA and COLAP are hosting a complimentary event, titled “Managing Stress: How Not to Become Your Own Personal Injury Case,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 in the CLE Large Classroom. The program will be led by Cynthia Lackner, who is an acclaimed expert specializing in emotional brain training. Her approach to instruction pairs neuroscience with skills and tools in a way that helps rewire the stress response toward self-regulation and, in turn, well-being. Many attorneys worry about working extremely long hours and not enjoying life. Worst of all, however, is getting sick from an overload of stress. Her goal is to help people before they have symptoms of physical and mental concern. Click here to RSVP for the event and please specify if you’ll be attending the program in-person or remotely via webcast.

Solo Small Firm Practice Section’s Holiday Networking Party — Thursday, Dec. 3

The CBA Solo Small Firm Section invites you to attend its holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Denver office of LAWGICAL, 3120 Blake Street. Registration is $20 for section members and $30 for guests, and includes drinks and appetizers. RSVP online, by emailing, or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727. Not an SSF Member, but interested in joining and attending the party? Contact Sue Bertram.

Complimentary Casemaker Training on Monday, Dec. 7

Join us for our upcoming complimentary Casemaker training on Monday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. To register, please RSVP to and confirm whether you plan to attend in person or via webcast. The seminar will be held at the CLE small classroom at 1900 Grant Street, 3rd floor. There is no charge for the Casemaker trainings and CLE credit is available. Click here to learn more about Casemaker, the CBA’s free legal research benefit.

Seeking ABA Delegate Representatives

The CBA will soon have a vacancy in its delegation to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Those interested in applying should submit a résumé and a brief letter expressing interest by December 15, to: ABA Delegate, Colorado Bar Association, c/o Dana Collier Smith, 1900 Grant Street, Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203. For more information, click here.

Medical Marijuana Impairment Legal Issues: In Criminal Law, Civil Regulations, and Forensic Science — Friday, Dec. 4

The legalization of both medical, and later recreational possession of marijuana, in Colorado has brought an abundance of new legal issues in criminal, civil and regulatory law. With a focus on the new book Medicolegal Aspects of Marijuana (Lawyers and Judges Publishing, 2015), the faculty explores both the forensic and legal issues of running a dispensary, drug testing for confirmation in narcotics cases and THC levels for DUI-D cases. Click here to register.

How to Become Your Own Cybersleuth:Conducting Effective Internet Investigative & Background Research—Tuesday, Dec. 8

In this fast-paced investigative research seminar, you will learn to create more effective Internet searches to locate information crucial to your matters, which you might otherwise miss. We will reveal hidden Google search features and shortcuts to speed up your research. You will also learn to use free public record sites and sites with free "publicly available" information (including social media sites), for discovery, trial preparation, background checks, and for locating missing persons. Discover the advantages (and limitations) of data broker databases. Click here to register.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: “How to Avoid Holiday Blues”

The holiday season can be hectic and stressful, but there are a few simple steps you can take to experience more peace and joy this time of year. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Connection and Solo in Colo

Nine Point One Shades of Grey — Are You In Compliance?

The Law Club is performing its annual Ethics Revue next week on Tuesday and Wednesday at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in Denver. This entertaining production features ethics vignettes in musical theater format. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have at an ethics CLE. To prove it, check out these photos from last year’s Ethics Revue. Click here to read more.

How Many Hours a Week Does a Solo Attorney Work?

There is no definitive answer to the question, “How many hours a week does a solo attorney work?” This is primarily due to the fact that a solo attorney can choose to work as many or as few hours as he or she desires in any given week. Just about any attorney who has worked for a law firm knows that young attorneys and attorneys new to a firm are typically required to work many more than 40 hours per week to meet billable hour requirements. Click here to read more.

Optimize Your Membership

ABA Retirement Funds

The ABA Retirement Funds Program (“the Program”) provides affordable 401(k) plans with no out-of-pocket expenses exclusively to law firms of all sizes, even solos. The Program offers plan design flexibility, a broad range of investment options, full-service administration, and professional fiduciary services. Call us at 866 812 3580 for a free consultation or visit for more information.

Lending Library Book of the Week: How Did She Do That

All lawyers face the challenges of incorporating marketing and business development into their practice, but women lawyers in particular may not know how best to identify and leverage their innate strengths that will lead to successful rainmaking. This book covers best practices in the legal industry through interviews with women rainmakers on how they succeeded using the most current approaches to marketing and business development. 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

Cell Phones For Soldiers

It’s Veteran’s Day, and so it’s appropriate to feature a tech tip that helps soldiers. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by a brother and sister aged 12 and 13, you can donate money, cell phones, smart phones or tablets. Military members receive free international calling cards to connect with loved ones when they’ve been deployed.

Contact Reba Nance at if you have questions.

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