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January 21, 2010

January 21, 2010 Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:  

- HELP HAITI

- Temporary Relocation of the Colorado Supreme Court Library

- Wheels of Justice Signup 

- Credit Union joins branch network

- State Mock Trial help needed 

- Asian Pacific American Bar Association

- Health Insurance Plan

- Join in Bench—Bar dialogue

- Christmas in February

- Résumé Workshop

- CLE: Preventing Legal Malpractice

- Book: Colorado Water Law Benchbook

- Tip of the Week

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"Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves."
— Joyce C. Lock

*** HELP HAITI: Colorado legal community is joining efforts
Millions are without food, water and basic needs for survival after the Jan. 12 earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti. Join members from the CBA, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Denver Bar Association and other professional legal associations across the state by writing a check right now to either the American Red Cross – Haiti or Doctors Without Borders – Haiti, or both. Then, send your check(s) to the Colorado Bar Association at 1900 Grant Street, Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203-4336.

We want to have all contributions in by Friday, Jan. 29 to present as a consolidated group to each nonprofit organization. If you elect to make an online donation directly to Doctors Without Borders or American Red Cross, please notify Janet Bauer at jmbauer@cobar.org with the contribution amount and charity. That information will be kept confidential and will be used only to tally the total contributions made by the Colorado legal community. For more information, click here.

*** Temporary Relocation of the Colorado Supreme Court Library
On Monday, April 19, the Colorado Supreme Court Library will makes its temporary move to the first floor of the Denver News Agency building, located at 101 West Colfax Avenue. The library will occupy that space for approximately three years, until the Ralph L. Carr Justice Complex opens in 2013 on the block between 13th and 14th Avenues, bounded by Lincoln and Broadway streets. For details, click here. The library will make every accommodation possible. As always, e-mail the library staff at library@judicial.state.co.us or call (303) 837-3720. The Colorado Supreme Court Library Staff is grateful for your patience during this time.

*** The Million Dollar Year: Wheels of Justice Sign-up is Feb. 23
Striving to hit the $1 million total mark in the team's fifth year, Wheels of Justice Team Captain Heather Purcell wants to get more riders than ever, and raise at least $245,000 to benefit The Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. From 2006-2009 the team raised $755,000; read a physician’s heartfelt thank you note. The Courage Classic registration will fill up quickly starting on Feb. 23, so look for training ride and season kickoff announcements here. The WoJ team is not just for lawyers — family, friends and other business professionals are joining the team. Rally your peers in the Denver business community — to ride or to sponsor. For more information, e-mail hpurcell@designonscreen.org.

*** Credit Union joins 3,900-branch network for convenience
The Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado is going national on Wednesday, February 10. Members will be able to conduct basic teller transactions at more than 3,900 Credit Union Service Network branch offices in the United States. Find a location by calling (800) 919-CUSC. The downtown Grant St. branch phone number is (303) 860-1117.

*** Encourage future legal minds — help judge mock trial state finals
Hundreds of volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals and community leaders are still needed to judge the 2010 CBA State High School Mock Trial Tournament March 12 and 13. Colorado’s best teams will compete at the El Paso County Courthouse. Several time-slots are available and breakfast and lunch provided. For more information, e-mail cgravit@cobar.org or click here for a volunteer sign-up form.

*** Save the Date: Asian Pacific American Bar Association — 20 years strong
The APABA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 8 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Contact the APABA for more information. 

*** Optimize your CBA Membership: Health Insurance Plan
In 2008, the CBA launched a group association health plan with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for CBA members and their firm’s employees who meet eligibility requirements. Click here for more information.

*** Safe forum for a Bench–Bar dialogue across Colorado
CBA President Dave Johnson is beginning a dialogue on Bench–Bar relations. The more he hears from the legal community, the better the potential results could be in the big picture. His December column, titled “Bench and Bar Relations: A Necessary Dialogue” is on page 5 in The Colorado Lawyer. The follow-up article will discuss feedback. Send your comments this month (anonymous, if you must) to dave.johnson@cobar.org, or to Johnson & Cord, P.C., 24 S. Weber, #300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

*** CBA Young Lawyers Division — Christmas in February
Donations of new and gently used toys are needed for neglected children. Toys can be dropped off at the CBA offices in Denver. To arrange for an alternative drop-off, if you have questions or want to participate, e-mail Leia Ursery at lursery@olsentraeger.com. If you wish to donate money, make a check payable to CBA YLD with “Christmas in February” in the memo line and mail to: CBA YLD, 1900 Grant St., ninth floor, Denver, Colo., 80203. The event benefits Realities for Children, a nonprofit in Fort Collins that serves abused and neglected children in Larimer County.

*** Spring into Your Career: Résumé Workshop, Feb. 9 – Webcast option!
We all know that a well-polished résumé is critical for getting your foot in the door, but often we struggle with how to frame our experience in this limited, one-dimensional space. This focused workshop is led by veteran career consultant Julie Carroll, who has spent years reviewing résumés and opening doors for job searchers. The program is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 8–9 a.m., at CLE in Colorado, 1900 Grant St., third floor, in Denver. A live program or a webcast are available. Cost is $10 for CBA Young Lawyers, $19 for CBA members and $29 for nonmembers.

*** CLE: Preventing Legal Malpractice (Colorado Springs — Jan. 29)
This year's program in Colorado Springs will focus not only on prevention and risk management, but also on how to resolve a situation. Learn to mitigate the damage when a client grieves you and hear the most recent and noteworthy malpractice case law updates. Attendees will learn when, how and why to spend money on personal counsel and how to make the mediation process work. Attendance qualifies attendees for a discount on renewal of their CBA-sponsored professional liability insurance. This program is offered live in Denver and via webcast on Thursday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Feb. 12.

*** Book: Colorado Water Law Benchbook: 2009 Supplement
Hot off the press, the 2009 supplement has new chapters, and the majority of chapters have been updated by the authors to note recent appellate court decisions or statutory changes by the General Assembly.

*** Tip of the Week
Microsoft Word Tip — Print a document in double spacing in just 3 clicks

Most of the documents we use are single-spaced, but it's nice to print a copy in double-spacing for easy reading, to make notes or corrections, etc. It's a hassle to change the spacing in the format just to print out one copy. Here's the answer:

1.  Have the document open.  Save it if you haven't already.
2.  Press [Ctrl] and [A] at the same time. This will highlight your entire document.
3.  Press [Ctrl] and [2] at the same time. This changes the document to double spacing.
4.  Press [Ctrl] and [P] at the same time to print your document.
5.  Close your document WITHOUT SAVING THE CHANGES. 

That's all there is to it! Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

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