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April 15, 2010


April 15, 2010   Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


- Immigration Law Essentials 

- Donate $1, Feed four people 

- Law Day video and coloring contest for young students 

- CLE: Litigation Doubleheader 

- Transitions: Phasing Out of Law Practice

- CLE: Specialized Trusts

- Free File & Serve Training in Co. Springs

- Question of the Month

- Sean May Run/Walk

- Book: Jury Instructions for Civil Trials

- Tip of the Week 

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[On filing for tax returns] "This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher."
- Albert Einstein

*** Be-in-the-know — Immigration Law Essentials
Learn how to deal with employing a foreign national and receive helpful tips to avoid troubling issues during the process at the CBA Immigration Law Section luncheon titled “Immigration Law Essentials for Employment Law Attorneys and New Immigration Lawyers” at noon on Tuesday, May 4 at the CBA offices. Cost is $15 for Immigration and Business Law Section members, $20 for nonmembers and $5 for call-ins. RSVP to or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

*** Donate $1 — Feed four people
With more people relying on food banks, the CBA members have a chance to be community leaders by contributing to the food drives, May 10-21. Last year, the food drive brought in approximately 10,700 pounds of food and $36,000 in cash donations. Every dollar donated online to Food Bank of the Rockies buys four meals. Find your local community food bank contacts, and join the DBA Community Action Network and the CBA Litigation Section in helping to feed the needy. Denver metro firms: To coordinate donations, look here.  

*** Get ready for Law Day, May 1 — Enter your children in contest
The CBA and many local Bars are sponsoring student contests throughout the state that reflect on the ABA's Law Day theme "Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges." See the other Law Day events across the state. Encourage your high school students to submit entries by April 17 for the first CBA YLD-sponsored video contest. Click here for more information.

*** CLE: A Spring CLE Litigation Double-header
E-Discovery and Evidence Best Practices is April 22 with national speaker Michael Arkfeld. The New Keys to Effective Trial Advocacy with Jim McElhaney is April 23.

*** 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 closing, selling 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 for those attending in person. One CLE credit applied for. To register, e-mail or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

*** CLE: Understanding and Using Specialized Trusts, Including GRATs, IDITs and More!, April 28
Faculty will review common errors that practitioners make when working with specialized trusts, as well as important issues that concern trusts, including taxation, ethics and liability.

*** Free File & Serve training coming to Colorado Springs, Friday, May 7
A LexisNexis File & Serve law firm training specialist is teaching a free, CLE-accredited File & Serve training in Colorado Springs for attorneys and their support staff on Tuesday, April 27. Click here for more information or to RSVP. LexisNexis will travel the state to conduct training sessions in any judicial district. To inquire about a session in your district, contact Michelle Gersic (303) 824-5342 or

*** 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.”

*** Sean May Memorial Run/Walk
On Saturday, May 15, the Access to Justice Committee for the 17th Judicial District/Adams Broomfield Bar Association will host a benefit 5K/15K race at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton. Proceeds will benefit ATJ projects and Sean May’s family. May was a prosecutor in Adams County who was murdered in August 2008. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.; the race starts at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $35 if purchased online.   

*** Book: Colorado Jury Instructions for Civil Trials (2010)
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

Free Full-text Online Law Review/Law Journal Search Engine

Check out the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center's (LTRC) free search engine for law review and law journals. This engine searches the full-text of 350+ online law reviews and law journals, as well as document repositories hosting academic papers and related publications such as Congressional Research Service reports. Several of the law reviews and legal journals (such as the Stanford Technology Law Review), working papers and reports are available online only. Thanks to Alli Gerkman at CBA CLE for the tip. Questions? Contact Reba Nance at