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February 1, 2010

February 1, 2010 Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:  

- Haiti donations surpass $110K

- Discount at ABA Tech Show

- Résumé Workshop

- Discount Avalanche Tickets

- Pro bono recognition achievement

- Part-Time Partnership in U.S. Law Firms

- Legal Marketing Conference

- Help peers who are out of work

- Legal Workspace IT Service

- Book: Colorado Law of Insurance Bad Faith Law

- Tip of the Week

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"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
— James Thurber

*** Haiti donation from Colorado's legal community total surpasses $110K
Colorado's legal community put its money where its heart is — Haiti. More than 500 firms, legal professionals and organizations from all across Colorado raised $110,885 during the past couple weeks, in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti. Donors in Colorado's legal community gave approximately $42,000 to American Red Cross, approximately $30,000 to Doctors Without Borders and $38,000 to other organizations. Thank you for your generosity.

*** Psst…CBA members get a discount at ABA Tech Show
The CBA is once again proud to be an event promoter for the ABA TechShow 2010 Conference and Expo, March 25-27, in Chicago. We promote ABA TechShow because it is without question one of the best legal technology events of the year. Get a $350 early-bird discount for registering by Feb. 19, but even after Feb. 19 get a $150 discount as a CBA member. Questions? Go to www.cobar.org/lpm

*** Spring into Your Career: Résumé Workshop, Feb. 9
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 the limited, one-dimensional space of a résumé. Attend this focused workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m., led by veteran career consultant, Julie Carroll, who has spent years reviewing résumés and opening doors for job searchers. Bring your résumé. And a red pen.

*** Discount Avalanche Tickets
Watch the Colorado Avalanche push for the playoffs during CBA Member Appreciation Nights with discount rates for CBA members.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m., Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers
Upper-level seats are $26.75 (normally $40) and include a voucher for a free concession meal and beverage at the game)
Club-level corner and end seats are $50 (normally $115). 

Friday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Colorado Avalanche vs. Phoenix Coyotes
• Upper corner seats are $22 (normally $40)
• Lower corner and end seats are $50 (normally $102)
Click here for either type of ticket. 

*** 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 in 2009 to help people in need or a nonprofit agency? If so, e-mail Justice Greg Hobbs at gregory.hobbs@judicial.state.co.us by Monday, Feb. 15, to be recognized for your achievement.

*** “Reduced Hours, Full Success: Part-Time Partnership in U.S. Law Firms”
You’re invited to this program, presented by the Colorado Women's Bar Association, at noon on Thursday, Feb. 18 at the CBA-CLE large classroom, 1900 Grant St., third floor. Learn about the option of part-time practice of law at firms' partnership level. Lunch and one CLE credit is provided. No cost, but registration is required. RSVP to the CWBA at (303) 831-1040 or execdir@cwba.org.

*** 2010 Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference, March 10-12
Every spring, the Legal Marketing Association hosts the largest annual gathering of legal marketing professionals. This year, the LMA is partnering with the CBA to invite members toattend the conference at the discount rate. Meet with and learn from more than 1,000 experts and leaders in the industry and get the practical information needed to remain competitive. Reference “Colorado Bar Association Member Discount” when registering. This event has been approved for nine general CLE credits.

*** Help peers who are out of work
Sign up to help out-of-work peers in the legal community with résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, self-assessment or by becoming 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 can provide, whether you’re an individual willing to mentor a job-seeker or a company providing career services.

*** Optimize your CBA Membership with Legal Workspace
Legal Workspace’s hosted IT solution provides secure access to what you need to run your law firm – from anywhere, at anytime. Avoid the start-up costs and set-up hassle that often comes with setting up a practice. Legal software training available and experienced engineers ready to help 24-7. The first month is free. Call (877) 713-8302 or e-mail info@legal-workspace.com.

*** Book: Colorado Law of Insurance Bad Faith Law (Third Edition)
This is a comprehensive treatise that provides practitioners with the cutting-edge knowledge and concrete skills needed to gain a favorable outcome in bad faith cases. With increasing government regulations and a complicated insurance industry and claims process, this area of law requires constant examination. Find out more about this valuable resource

*** Tip of the Week: Easy way to convert MSOffice 2007 documents into 2003 versions
We all receive some documents in Word 2007. If you aren't able to open these files because you have an older version of the MS Office Suite, there is a coverter tool out there. Search Microsoft's website www.microsoft.com for "office 2007 file converter" and follow the instructions to download the converter. Or, you can contact the sender of the document and ask them to "save it down" to an earlier version.

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