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January 10, 2008

January 10, 2008 Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


- Stay in the Loop with the Legislature

- Second Season of Service

- New Date for Civil Rights Program

- Animal Issues and the Law

- Law Books for Sale

- Check out CLE Litigation and Civil Procedures Libraries

- Tip of the Week: A Helpful Resource from the Office of Legislative Legal Services

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We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
—Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

*** Stay in the Loop with the Legislature
The CBA’s “e-legislative report” is a weekly newsletter that tracks the action at the state legislature for CBA members. To start your free subscription, e-mail Michael Valdez at If you received the newsletter during the 2007 legislative session, you do not need to re-subscribe.

*** Second Season of Service
The Colorado Supreme Court adopted C.R.C.P. 223 to establish guidelines to allow pro bono legal service by retired or otherwise inactive lawyers under the auspices of qualified legal services programs. The Colorado Attorney Registration Office is providing information and forms for lawyers to register under this new rule in the attorney registration renewal packets. For more information about C.R.C.P. 223, see The Colorado Lawyer article, “New Rule Allows Retired and Inactive Lawyers to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services,” Sept. 2007, p. 75. (See p. 125 for the text of the new rule.) For a list of some pro bono opportunities, visit Contact Kathleen Schoen,, with any other questions.

*** New Date for Civil Rights Program
The CBA Civil Rights Committee presents “Free Speech Zones or Security Zones? Balancing First Amendment Rights and Security Concerns at the Democratic National Convention” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, noon–1:30 p.m., at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., third floor, in Denver. Moderator Mari Newman (Killmer, Lane & Newman) will facilitate a lively discussion regarding how organizers of the DNC can allow for citizens and protestors to have their voices heard while preserving security and order at the convention. Panelists will be Glenn Spagnuolo (“Recreate ’68”), Ed Ramey (Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy) and Thomas J. Marrese (senior city attorney in Colorado Springs). One CLE credit approved. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. RSVP to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

*** Animal Issues and the Law
Animals issues are part of an emerging area of law that touches on several practice areas, including family, estate planning, criminal law, litigation and torts. In this CBA–CLE program, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m., our experts will discuss the many different issues in animal law. Register online: Animal Issues and the Law

*** Law Books for Sale
The Larimer County Bar Association is interested in disposing of its law library. The LCBA's Library Committee is accepting proposals for the purchase of available books. Click here for the inventory of books. If you have any questions, contact Arthur A. Abplanalp Jr. at or (970) 476-6500.

*** Check out CLE Litigation and Civil Procedures Libraries (order online!)
Some of the books included are: Colorado Appellate Handbook; Colorado Civil Rules, Statutes & Forms, 2007 Edition; Colorado Jury Instructions for Civil Trials, 2007 Edition w/CD-ROM; and Arbitration Law in Colorado. For the entire library go online: and For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit

*** Tip of the Week: A Helpful Resource from the Office of Legislative Legal Services
The Office of Legislative Legal Services, legal counsel for the Colorado General Assembly maintains a website,, that offers a host of resources about legislation, members of the state legislature, links to audio broadcasting of legislative proceedings and short summaries (digests) of bills that have passed each year since 1994. In addition, the OLLS website provides several publications, including legal memoranda and law summaries on helpful topics.
Most recently, the "Colorado Revised Statutes" tab under the left-hand menu of options on the site has been enhanced with the addition of an index titled "Analyses of Acts with Multiple Articles," This resource provides the practitioner with a helpful listing of all the section numbers and headnotes comprising statutory acts spanning more than one article in a given title. If you have additional questions about legislation, legislative history or the General Assembly, contact the Office of Legislative Legal Services at (303) 866-2045.


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