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January 14, 2010

January 14, 2010 Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:  

- Private Equity 2010

- Support Sam Cary Bar 

- Student Debt Relief Seminar

- International Law Weekend 

- Pro bono recognition 

- Help peers who are out of work

- Mergers and Acquisitions breakfast

- Respond and win a $50 gift certificate

- Colorado Legal Directory

- Tip of the Week

 

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"The time is always right to do what is right."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

*** Private Equity 2010, Jan. 22
 Private equity deals are back! Now that the worst of the credit crisis has passed, investors are looking for deals again and not just in distressed areas. Financing is still tight and buyers are more demanding about valuation. Find out in this full-day program how the rules have changed, but deals are getting done.

*** DeGette speaks on "Women of Wisdom" at Sam Cary Bar fundraising dinner, Feb. 5
U.S. Congresswoman Diana DeGette will speak at the Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund’s Seventh Annual Fundraising Dinner, “Women of Wisdom” on Friday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m., at the Westin Hotel at the Tabor Center, 1672 Lawrence St., in Denver. The honorees are Leslie A. Fields, Barbara J. Kelly and Stephanie O’Malley. Tickets are $90; RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 28. Contact Dianne Briscoe at dianne.briscoe@denvergov.org or (720) 944-2409.

*** Student Debt Relief Seminar, Feb. 8
Learn about the most significant law affecting public service in a generation — the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Whether you are interested in lowering your monthly student loan payments or learning how you can afford a career in public service, this presentation shows you how to do it. The program is Monday, Feb. 8, from 8:30–10 a.m., at CLE in Colorado, 1900 Grant St., third floor, in Denver. A live program or a webcast are available. Cost is $12 for CBA members and is sponsored by the CBA's Economic Task Force.

*** International Law Weekend in Denver
The American Branch of the International Law Association is hosting a regional International Law Weekend at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13. The theme of the weekend is "Sustainable Development, Corporate Governance and International Law." The conference is co-sponsored by the CBA’s International Law Section, the International Legal Studies Program at the Ved Nanda Center for International Law, DU’s International Law Society and DU's International Law Journal. For more information, contact Keri Grundstein kgrundstein@law.du.edu.

*** Colorado Supreme Court pro bono recognition achievement for 2009
Did your law firm or in-house counsel group achieve an average of 50 hours per person of pro bono service to help people in need or a nonprofit agency in 2009? If so, e-mail Justice Greg Hobbs at gregory.hobbs@judicial.state.co.us by Monday, Feb. 15, to be recognized for your achievement. 

*** Help peers who are out of work
Sign up to help out-of-work peers in the legal community with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, self-assessment or become a mentor. The CBA is building a Career Assistance Referral List to help members who call asking for individual career assistance. To sign up, e-mail Heather Clark at hclark@cobar.org and indicate the services you provide, whether you’re an individual willing to mentor a job seeker or a company providing a full array of services.

 *** Mergers and Acquisitions Breakfast CLE Series, Feb. 16 (MP3 downloads, too)
Have you missed any of the M&A Breakfast Series programs? You can still catch up before the next breakfast. “M&A in 2010” and “A General Counsel’s Perspective on M&A Transactions” are both available now for MP3 download. Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16 to hear Mark Morton, a partner with Potter Anderson & Corroon in Wilmington, Del., discuss how several recent Delaware decisions are affecting the M&A sales process for boards of directors. He also will discuss how these cases and related authority are likely to guide deal practice in coming years.

*** How do you maximize your CBA membership? Spread the word for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!
Tell other attorneys and legal professionals how your career is enhanced by your CBA membership. Just by responding, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift certificate. More importantly, you’ll help other members learn ways to maximize their membership. For example, share how you saved money with a specific member benefit, landed your dream job because of the connections you made, or are surviving the economic slump because of the efforts of the Economic Task Force. E-mail responses to hclark@cobar.org. All entries must be received by Jan. 15. We will compile responses to share with the legal community. Let us know if your name can be used in CBA marketing materials.

*** Order Copies of the 2010 Colorado Legal Directory
Legal professionals receive a 40 percent discount. Order your copies here or call (866) 877-6308.

*** Tip of the Week
Keep Track of Your Books – in your firm and your home

Have you ever wracked your brain trying to remember whether you own a certain book, turned your office or house upside down looking for a book you know you own, or lost a book because you forgot to whom you loaned it? Book collector software could be the answer.

With book collector software, you can enter information about a particular book such as title, author, and/or ISBN and the software automatically downloads more information such as publication date, cover art, plot synopsis and much more.

Once the entry is created, you can add additional data about your personal copy such as condition, physical location, notes and whether it is a printed or electronic copy (e-book). There are even additional fields you can customize to keep track of whatever information you wish. Then you can browse your collection by title, author genre, cover image or other category. It gives you the ability to keep track of books you’ve shared. Additionally, some inexpensive software that works with scanners can be purchased on the Internet. This will allow you to automate the process of loaning the books out.

Among the front runners are BookCat and BookCollector. Check out BookCat and BookCollector. They both allow you to download a demo version to try before you buy and each sells for $40. There is a standard edition of BookCollector that is currently free, but it does not have the functionality of the full version. The $40 price tag can be recouped the first time you have to replace a book because you can’t remember to whom you loaned it! The Collectorz.com website also sells separate software to keep track of music, movies, mp3s, games and photos.

Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

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