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February 7, 2008

February 7, 2008  Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:  

- Find-A-Lawyer

- New Colorado Court Rule Changes

- 2008 Colorado Employment Law Conference

- Independent Ethics Commission Position Available 

- Discovery from Current and Former Employees

- Tip of the Week

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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. - Sir Francis Bacon

*** Find-A-Lawyer
Is your information correct in the CBA’s Find-A-Lawyer directory? As a CBA member, you are automatically listed in the Find-A-Lawyer directory, unless you request not to be listed. The online directory is the CBA's top used website resource for those seeking information about Colorado attorneys. You can select up to five practice areas that will be referenced when users search the directory. To customize your areas of practice, login to the CBA website with your membership number and password. Once you're logged in click on the "My COBAR" button then the “Change your listing in the CBA Online Membership Directory” link. To check your listing, click here or more information, contact Mel Reveles at mreveles@cobar.org or (303) 860-1115.

*** New Colorado Court Rule Changes
Three new rule changes were released to the CBA this week and are effective Jan. 17. They include:

You can also access the documents by going to http://www.cobar.org and click on "From the Courts" in the left navigation pane. All Rules changes and new forms are in Casemaker.

*** 2008 Colorado Employment Law Conference
Employment Law continues to be one of the fastest-changing areas of law in our state and nationwide. This CBA–CLE program, Feb. 21-22, 9 a.m.–11:50 a.m., will keep you on top of the latest issues and important personnel and policy changes at the Colorado and Federal employment law regulatory agencies. Register online: 2008 Colorado Employment Law Conference.  

*** Independent Ethics Commission Position Available
The Independent Ethics Commission is looking for a fifth member to fill a vacant position. The purpose of the IEC is to hear complaints, issue findings and assess penalties in appropriate cases, and also to issue advisory opinions, on ethics issues arising under Article XXIX of the Colorado Constitution and any other standards of conduct and reporting requirements as provided by law. The four current members of the IEC must select an individual to be the fifth member. In accordance with Colorado law, the fifth member must meet the following qualifications: must be either a local government official or a local government employee; must not be a registered Republican or a Democrat; must be a registered Colorado voter and have been continuously registered with the same political party or continuously unaffiliated with any political party for at least two years prior to appointment to the IEC. Individuals wishing to be considered for the position can fill out an application form on the website for the Office of Administrative Courts or can be requested by contacting Todd S. Larson, todd.larson@state.co.us, at the office of the attorney general. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

*** Available from CLE Books (order online!)
Discovery from Current and Former Employees
provides a summary of relevant legal authorities, including case law and ethics rules, that support various positions and perspectives on recurring issues related to discovery of current or former employees. Order online here. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit www.cobar.org/cle.

*** Tip of the Week
Now you can actually listen and sometimes see what is going on in the House and Senate Chambers and the House and Senate Committee rooms during some legislative proceedings. Go to http://www.leg.state.co.us/ and at the top of the page click on video/audio broadcasts of current proceedings. Then, you will see a list of video and audio links for each room. For more information, contact Michael Valdez at mavaldez@cobar.org.

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