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September 18, 2008

Sept. 18, 2008 

Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


IN THIS ISSUE:  

- Get a Financial Road Map at Transitions Committee 

- Sam Cary Bar Association Annual Gala 

- In memory of Sean May

- Young Lawyers Annual CLE Conference 

- Election Day volunteer opportunities

- September is National Recovery Month

- National CLE in Vail, January

- Tip of the Week

 
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"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."  — Henry Ford

*** Get a financial road map at the Transitions Committee 
A financial planner with the ABACUS group, Sybil Praski, will present the program “Values Based Financial Planning” at noon, Wednesday Oct. 15. She uses the format of a financial road map to connect one’s life values to one’s financial goals and then map routes from where individuals are today. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. Lunch is included in the $15 cost.

*** Sam Cary Bar Association Annual Gala
Support diversity in law schools and the legal community, while having a great time at this year’s Annual Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund Gala, Saturday, Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, 1881 Curtis St., in Denver. To register go to www.samcarybar.org or contact Vance Knapp at (303) 628-9501 or vknapp@rothberger.com

*** In memory of Sean May
For those who will miss the impromptu fundraiser this weekend, set up for the family of Sean May, Chief Deputy District Attorney, 17th Judicial District, at the Colorado District Attorneys' Council Conference in Keystone this weekend, there is still an opportunity to donate. A May Memorial Fund has been established online at www.seanmaymemorial.com. Visit the memorial Web site for more information about Sean May’s life. Questions? Contact Ted Tow at ted@cdac.state.co.us.

*** 2008 Annual CLE Conference for Young Lawyers
Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for this year’s Young Lawyers’ conference, titled “Practical Aspects of an Honorable Profession.” Click here for the agenda and registration forms.  Earn five general credits, including two ethics credits. Cost is $35, which includes materials, lunch and refreshments. To register, or for more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at dcolliersmith@cobar.org or James Garts at james@pelegrinradeff.com.

*** Nonpartisan Election Day Volunteer Opportunities
Election judges, poll monitors and call center legal volunteers are needed on Election Day.
• Volunteers who want to serve as election judges will attend a two-to-three-hour training and must be registered to vote in the county in which they will serve; opportunities are available statewide, especially in Denver. Contact Linda Futrell at lfutrell@coloradolawyerscommittee.org.
 Lawyers and law students are needed to staff a toll-free call center in five-hour shifts on Election Day, to respond to voter inquiries. Call-center volunteers will be trained on Colorado Election Law to handle legal questions about voting, polling places, ballots, etc. Trainings are scheduled Oct. 22, 3-5 p.m., Oct. 28, 8-10 a.m. and Oct. 30, 3-5 p.m. at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, 1550 17th St., Suite 500. CLE credit available. Contact Donna Vetrano at dvetrano@pattonboggs.com to sign up and indicate a preferred volunteer shift.
• Poll monitors are needed statewide on Election Day, to observe and record the experience of voters at a specific polling place and to conduct exit interviews with voters. Volunteer shifts range from two hours to the full day. Training will be provided. Contact Elena Nunez at enunez@commoncause.org.

*** September is Recovery Month
In honor of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, here’s a little tidbit for professionals, families and employers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.
Misconception: Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a voluntary behavior and a character flaw.
Reality: No one chooses addiction, nor is it a character flaw. Because most people can use alcohol or drugs without becoming addicted, some may believe that it is simply a matter of choice. However, for some people, use is a biological predisposition that can spiral into addiction. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict who will become addicted. For those predisposed to addiction, continued use of addictive substances over time alters the brain in ways that result in uncontrollable use. Continued use, despite the consequences it brings to individuals and their families, is evidence of the power of addiction. At this point, an individual is no longer in control of his or her life — drugs are in control. Source USDHHS. For Confidential Assistance for Colorado lawyers, go to this site.

*** CLE Save the date: National CLE Conference in 2009
Attend the 26th Annual National CLE Conference Jan. 3-7 in Vail and receive a free lift ticket. Commended by several ABA Sections, sessions are planned for multiple areas of law including Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Tax Law, Health, Business Valuation, Employee Benefits, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Bankruptcy. 16-22 CLE credits. Special resort discounts available. Details and registration are online at www.lawedinstitute.com.

*** Tip of the Week
“The Complete Lawyer  is a new online magazine with special tips and tools for lawyers. Articles cover many topics, from law practice management to personal finance for lawyers. We encourage you to take a moment now to check out this month’s main story, The Brave New World of Associates” or another article such as, “Is it Time for My Parents to Relocate?”  or Explore Career Options Within LawWe hope you visit “The Complete Lawyer” in the future. Look for a button that links directly to "The Complete Lawyer" on www.cobar.org, in the left column.

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