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March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010  Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter



- Business Lawyer CLE Lunch 

- CLE: Criminal Law Update 

Citizens United v. FEC CLE luncheon 

- CLE: Consumer Bankruptcy Essentials

- Questions of the Month

- CBA is getting good press

- The Colorado Lawyer Board Vacancies

- Judicial Excellence Award nominations

- Join CBA Furry Scurry team

- ABA Retirement Funds 

- Book: Jury Instructions

- Tip of the Week

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"Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain."
— John F. Kennedy

*** Get up to speed on technology for your firm
See what new technology can help your firm grow. The CBA is an event promoter for the ABA TECHSHOW 2010 Conference and Expo, M arch 25-27 in Chicago. This is one of the best legal technology events of the year. Register now to receive a $150 discount.  

*** New Business Lawyer? Learn about “Securities Offerings Basics”
Expert attorney in security offerings, Rikard D. Lundberg of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, will discuss security and business basics at this New Business Lawyers Subsection luncheon at noon, Monday, March 15, at the CBA offices in Denver. Cost is $15 for Business Law Section and CBA members; $25 for nonmembers. Call-in option available for $5. One general CLE credit. RSVP by tomorrow to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

*** CLE: Criminal Law Update 2010, March 18
Don't get behind on new criminal law issues and procedures. Attend this update to hear about re-evaluating exceptions to the “arrant requirement” of the Fourth Amendment, ethical issues for the criminal law practitioner and evidence-based sentencing.

*** Update: Citizens United v. FEC
Don't miss this presentation by election law expert Scott Gessler of Hackstaff & Gessler on the recent blockbuster Supreme Court decision on campaign expenditures by corporations and unions and others. He will cover implications for other election laws, both state and federal. This Privately Held Business Section lunch is at noon, Monday, March 22, at the CBA offices in Denver. Cost is $15 for Business Law Section and CBA members; $25 for nonmembers. Call-in option available for $5. One general CLE credit. RSVP by Friday, March 19 to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

*** CLE: Consumer Bankruptcy Essentials, March 25
This program is for attorneys new to the world of bankruptcy law, for those who have a client with bankruptcy issues or for those who just need a bankruptcy refresher. We will review a number of topics including: client intake; pre-bankruptcy planning; e-filing with the bankruptcy court and more.

*** The Colorado Lawyer’s Questions of the Month — New Series
Did you enjoy law school? Why or why not? Do you enjoy practicing law? Why or why not? These are your Questions of the Month. Responses will print in the May issue of The Colorado Lawyer. CBA member responses to these and future questions related to the law and the legal profession will print annonymously. Write to, using the subject line “Q of the Month.” See the upcoming April issue for the first Qs and responses in this new series.

*** CBA is getting good press
The Colorado Bar Association periodically sends out press releases to promote great members doing great things. We realized we often neglect to let members know the good press we are receiving. So far in 2010, we’ve seen our releases in print and online statewide about the Our Courts program’s national award, the CBA Award of Merit winner Connie Talmage, mock trials and the $110,000 donation from the legal community to Haiti. To be included on our press release list, contact Christine McManus

*** The Colorado Lawyer Board Vacancies
If you are interested in being considered for a future seat on The Colorado Lawyer Board, please submit a letter of interest and current résumé to Managing Editor Leona Martínez at or c/o The Colorado Lawyer, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203. Submissions must be received by noon on Friday, April 16. The Board functions in an advisory capacity and may meet as many as four times per year. For a description, write to

*** 2010 Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open
The Colorado Judicial Institute opened nominations for the 2010 Judicial Excellence Awards. Help CJI recognize outstanding judges and magistrates across Colorado by nominating a judge or magistrate. The Judicial Excellence Awards nomination criteria and form are online. The three awards will be presented Nov. 18 at the Denver Marriott City Center. Questions? Contact Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen (303) 766-7501,

*** Raise Your Paws for a Good Cause
The 2010 Furry Scurry is right around the corner and we’d love to have you on our team. Join the CBA team and receive a professional portrait of you and your pet at the event, courtesy of the CBA. Let’s walk together on May 1 in Denver’s Washington Park to support animals in need. Details and sign up here. Questions? Contact team captain Jill Kessler at

*** Optimize your CBA Membership: ABA Retirement Funds
The ABA Retirement Funds program is designed to provide unique, full-service 401(k) plans to the legal community. It was created solely to benefit the legal community and is run by a not-for-profit organization within the ABA. The program is designed to help law firms reduce their expenses and enhance their retirement services package. CBA members do not necessarily have to be ABA members to participate. To learn more about the program, contact a representative at (877) 947-2272 or click here.

*** Book: Colorado Jury Instructions for Civil Trials (2010)  
Just released! Written by the Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, the uniform jury instructions for use in Colorado civil trials contain the full text of all the approved jury instructions, notes on use, and source & authority. Each jury instruction is followed by helpful research tips from the committee.

*** Tip of the Week
Changing Size of Font while viewing web pages

If your mouse has a wheel on top for scrolling, you can change the font size on the fly while viewing a web page

Here’s how:
Press and Hold the <Ctrl> button
While holding down the <Ctrl> button, use the mouse wheel to:
- Scroll down (or towards you) to make the font larger
- Scroll up (or away from you) to make the font smaller

Each click of the scroll button changes the font size slightly — so you have almost unlimited control over the font size

When you decide to change the font size back to the default, go up to the toolbar and:
- Choose View
- Choose Zoom
- Choose 100%

Another way to change the size of the font is to go up to the toolbar and:
- Choose View
- Choose Text Size
- Choose from among the choices of Smallest to Largest

The disadvantage to increasing the size of the font is you will see less text on your screen. But that may be made up by the fact that you can actually read what’s on the page.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at if you have any questions.

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