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April 8, 2010


April 8, 2010   Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


- Casemaker 2.2 launches Tuesday 

- Membership Survey 

- Transitions: Phasing Out of a Law Practice

- CLE: Estate Planning Basics 

The Colorado Lawyer Board Vacancies 

Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award  

- CLE: Real Estate & Construction programs

- Question of the Month

- Children's Law Center Celebration

- Book: Handbook for Civil Trials


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"We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective."
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

*** Casemaker 2.2 to Launch Next Tuesday
The CBA is pleased to announce the release of a new and improved Casemaker 2.2, going live on April 13. You will notice the advanced searching is much improved. Transitioning to 2.2 should be seamless for all users because the appearance and functionality are very similar to 2.1. Click here for more information.

*** Participate in our Brief Membership Survey
As we strive to keep our package of services and discounts current with the changing needs of today's lawyer, it’s critical to get timely input from our members. We need to understand what’s working well and whether we need to change or improve our benefits. Please take five minutes to complete a short survey by Monday, April 19.  

*** Transitions: Closing, Selling or Phasing Out of a Law Practice, Tuesday, April 27
Attorney Regulation Counsel John Gleason and CBA Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance team up at noon on Tuesday, April 27 for this Transitions Committee luncheon program. Discussion includes the ethical and practical/logistical/business aspects of either selling, closing or phasing out of a law practice. The CBA has been asked many times for information and guidance on this topic, so we are presenting this live program in Denver with the option to "tune in" via live webcast. The cost is $15 for CBA members and $25 for nonmembers. Lunch is included, except those on webcast. One CLE credit applied for. To register, e-mail or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

*** CLE Program: Estate Planning Basics, April 15-16
Are you an attorney who wants to develop an estate planning practice? Or are you a legal assistant working in the estate planning area? Do you just need to improve your skills in this important area of the law? You won't want to miss this valuable program.

*** The Colorado Lawyer Board Vacancies
To be 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

*** Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award - Deadline April 23
Do you know a paralegal committed to pro bono work? The CBA Paralegal Committee is accepting nominations through April 23 for its annual Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award. A $1,000 donation from Faegre & Benson will go to the award winner’s pro bono organization of choice. The award recognizes a paralegal’s dedication and motivation to pro bono work. Questions? Contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or

*** CLE: Two Essential Real Estate & Construction-related CLE Programs: Liens & Claims, April 21, and Energy Efficiency and Green Building Issues, April 27
In this evolving real estate and construction climate, CLE delivers two valuable programs that address important new liens and claims procedures and updated legal and regulatory issues in green building.

*** The Colorado Lawyer’s Question of the Month
What makes you a good attorney? Your responses will print in the June issue of The Colorado Lawyer. All CBA members are invited to respond to this and future questions related to lawyers, the law and the legal profession. Names or identities of people responding will not appear in print. Send your responses to, using the subject line “Q of the Month.” April’s Qs and As appear on page 12 of the April issue.

*** Help neglected children get legal representation
Hundreds of abused and neglected children in Colorado lack quality legal representation. Show your support of an organization that works to end this trend. Attend the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center’s Champions for Children Annual Dinner & Celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 at Infinity Park Event Center International Ballroom, 4400 E. Kentucky Ave. in Glendale. All proceeds benefit the center's efforts. Become a sponsor or purchase tickets here. Questions? Call (303) 692-1165.

*** Book: Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials, Includes New 2010 Supplement
Don’t go to court alone — take your trial guide. This book is a concise, quick-reference guide for use at counsel table in both state and federal courts.