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July 17, 2008

July 17, 2008

Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


IN THIS ISSUE:  

- A “job fair” for retired and inactive attorneys with valuable experience

- COBALT Seeking 2009 Class Nominations

-  2008 Family Law Institute

- Support Wheels of Justice in the Courage Classic 

- Casemaker Update

- Tip of the Week: List-Making Made Easy on the Internet

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The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
- Frank Herbert (1920–1986)

*** A “job fair” for retired and inactive attorneys with valuable experience
Your experience matters, regardless of what area you practiced before. Under new Colorado Supreme Court rules, retired and inactive lawyers can provide pro bono legal services through qualified nonprofits without paying registration fees. In response, on Monday, July 28 at 9 a.m., the CBA is hosting a “job fair” for retired and inactive lawyers interested in volunteering to help low-income people who need legal representation. In cooperation with Colorado Legal Services, the Colorado Lawyers Committee and Access to Justice, the CBA also is waiving dues for such candidates. Contact John Gleason at john.gleason@csc.state.co.us.

*** COBALT Seeking 2009 Class Nominations
Nominations are due Thursday, July 31 for next year’s class of CBA’s Leadership Training Program. The class will include 20 lawyers of varying ages and experience levels from across the state. Each participant must make a commitment to the program of eight and a half days over six months. COBALT’s goals include: to nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service issues; to build relationships among legal leaders from across the state and from across experience levels; and to raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the legal profession. Anyone interested in nominating someone or themselves may find nomination forms online. For more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at dcolliersmith@cobar.org.

*** 2008 Family Law Institute
Join Colorado’s top presenters in the legal, financial and mental health professionals at Colorado’s premier family law conference in Breckenridge, Colo. This program, on Friday and Saturday, August 8-10, 2008, is challenging professionals to make the legal process better for families in transition. Register online: 2008 Family Law Institute.

*** Support Wheels of Justice in the Courage Classic July 26-28
CBA’s Wheels of Justice cycling team is riding for the kids, parents and medical staff at The Children's Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Our 197-person team will start the three-day trek over 157 miles of mountain passes with the goal of finishing the ride and blowing past our goal of raising $200,000. While we have raised $136,000, we need your help. Click here to find a lawyer, friend or perfect stranger to sponsor. Whether you donate $5 or $5,000, together we can make a critical difference.

*** Casemaker Update
Come hear the latest and greatest about Casemaker 2.0, the CBA's legal research tool, Tuesday, July 29, at noon, at the CBA offices. Reba Nance, Director of Law Practice Management, will show how to make Casemaker work for you. To register, e-mail your name, date and title of the program to lunches@cobar.org. The cost is $15 for CBA members with lunch, $25 for nonmembers with lunch and $10 with no lunch. Bring payment with you or send it to CBA TAB, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203.

*** Tip of the Week: List-Making Made Easy on the Internet
Several websites on the Internet can help you create lists and also keep track of projects. Some are free, while others offer "upgraded" versions with more bells and whistles for a nominal fee.
 
Ta-da Lists, for example, allows you to create lists, then save them to access in the future. The value of this is you only create a list once, such as items to pack for trips, restaurants to check out or books to read. You can also create one-time lists, such as points to discuss in a conference call. Lists can be printed with boxes to check when a task is completed. 
 
There are several other sites on the Internet for lists, as well as for project management. Check out: http://www.rememberthemilk.com; http://www.vitalist.com; http://www.toodledo.com; http://www.voo2do.com
 
If you are a fan of David Allen's Getting Things Done system, (if you're not, you should be!) you might want to specifically look at Vitalist and Toodledo. Both sites are specifically designed for the GTD system. If you want to borrow a copy of Gettings Things Done from the CBA free lending library, e-mail Michelle Gersic at mgersic@cobar.org.
 
Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

 

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