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October 16, 2008

Oct. 16, 2008 

Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


- Early renewal of insurance plans might benefit your firm

- Predicting the Supreme Court in a McCain or Obama Administration

- Be among the first to test CASEMAKER 2.1

- Judges for CU competition needed

- Two Colorado Court Rule Changes

- Know an Outstanding Young Lawyer?

- CLE: Second Annual Statewide ADR Conference

- Family Lawyer's Guide to Bankruptcy

- Tip of the Week


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"The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides." - Henri-Frédéric Amiel

*** Early renewal of insurance plans might benefit your firm
Small group health insurance plan renewals are just around the corner for many Colorado firms. In May, the CBA launched a new small group association health plan with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for CBA members and their firm’s employees who meet eligibility requirements. This program offers a number of unique features. For more information click here! Changes in health insurance regulations mandated by House Bill 1355 go into effect Jan. 1; early renewal with your agent might benefit you or your firm.

*** Predicting the Supreme Court in a McCain or Obama Administration
Scott Moss, from University of Colorado Law School, offers us a lively discussion of what the Supreme Court could look like for the next four years. Lunch is provided during this Tuesdays at the Bar program from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Bar offices, 1900 Grant St., third floor. Co-sponsored by the Student Chapter of the Federalist Society at the DU Sturm College of Law, the cost is $15 for DBA members or $25 for nonmembers. RSVP to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727, by noon, Monday, Oct. 20 to guarantee a lunch.

*** Be among the first to test CASEMAKER 2.1
Before Casemaker 2.1 launches, we invite you to “test drive” it and submit feedback. New features include better searches, displays of 100 results at a time, printing in PDF format and saving your last search strategy. Keep in mind this is in the beta stage, with a couple issues such as lack of Casecheck in the Federal Circuits. Test Casemaker 2.1 here! You must be logged to the CBA Web site as a member to access the Casemaker link. Send your feedback to Thanks!

*** Judges for CU competition needed
The University of Colorado Law School is hosting the regional moot court competition on Nov. 14-15. Sign up to judge the competition. For more information or to sign up, contact Jes Spuhler, CU Rothgerber Moot Court Board, (303) 818-7481.

*** Two Colorado Court Rule Changes
Rule Change 2008 No. 14 affects attorney discipline and disability proceedings, Colorado attorneys' fund for client protection, and mandatory continuing legal education and judicial education. Rule Change 2008 No. 15 provides forms to replace current Appendix A, Chapter 27 to the Colorado Probate Code forms. Both rule changes were amended and adopted, En Banc, on Oct. 2, and are effective immediately. Click here to view documents and orders pertinent to the rule changes.   

*** Know an Outstanding Young Lawyer?
Nominations are due Nov. 3 for the 2008 Gary McPherson Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. Every year, the Young Lawyers Division selects one lawyer to receive special recognition at the YLD Executive Council’s December holiday dinner. Candidates must be CBA members, 37 years or younger, and must have practiced law for fewer than three years. Nominees should have an outstanding record of professional success, community service achievements, and a strong commitment to civic participation and inspiring others within the legal profession or elsewhere. Please include a cover letter and the nominee's contact information. Send nominations to Leia Ursery at Check out the YLD Web site! 

*** CLE: Second Annual Statewide ADR Conference
LIVE ONLY! This conference will exceed your expectations, offering opportunities to learn, to network, to challenge and to inspire. Join us for this CBA-CLE program, Oct. 24, 8:30 am – 4:45 pm and explore excellence in dispute resolution. Register online: Second Annual Statewide ADR Conference. 

*** Family Lawyer's Guide to Bankruptcy
“The Family Lawyer's Guide to Bankruptcy: Forms, Tips and Strategies (Second Edition)” is a valuable and concise resource for understanding the sweeping changes to the Bankruptcy Code as it affects divorce and divorcing parties. Appendices, which are contained on an accompanying CD-ROM, provide essential information for the family lawyer. Order online here! For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531 or visit

*** Tip of the Week
This week, we’re highlighting an article for solo firms in The Complete Lawyer online resource. “Location! Location! Location!” shows solos how it’s not about real estate, it’s about you! If you ever get a blank stare when you give someone directions, check out this other online article, “Master the Secret Language of Clear Directions.” 

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