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September 16, 2010

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Sept. 16, 2010
“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”
~ Albert Einstein
In this issue...
  • Bench and Bar Retreat CLE, Oct. 7
  • Advanced Domestic Violence CLE, Oct. 1
  • Tax-Exempt Status of Nonprofits at Risk
  • Ethics and Professionalism CLE, Oct. 21
  • TCL Question of the Month
  • September is Recovery Month
  • Pre-order the 2011 Colorado Legal Directory
  • Annual Torts Law Update CLE, Oct. 20
  • Tip of the Week by Reba Nance
Annual CLE Conferences
The Learned Lawyer

Attend a CLE this Month


Sept. 17
LIVE REPLAY: Ethics for Business Lawyers more here...
Denver
Live Seminar

Sept. 20
Family Responsibilities Discrimination: The New Tool in the Employment Litigator's Toolbox more here...
Denver
Live Seminar

Sept. 20
Family Responsibilities Discrimination:The New Tool in the Employment Litigator's Toolbox more here...
Denver
Webcast

Sept. 21
Joint Ventures in Real Estate: Structure and Finance AND Operation and Tax more here...
Denver
Live Seminar
Bench and Bar Retreat CLE: “Choosing and Evaluating State Court Judges Here and Elsewhere,” Oct. 7
Come learn about how judges are selected, evaluated and retained in the Colorado state court system and how that system compares with the methods of selecting and evaluating judges in other states. The program is presented by former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Kourlis, this lunchtime CLE is being submitted for one hour of general CLE credit. The program will take place from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Jury Assembly Room on the 4th floor of the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80202. To register, please send an email to lunches@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115 x727. Registration fee is $15, which includes a box lunch.
Tax-Exempt Status of Nonprofits at RiskAction Required by Oct. 15
A problem that has confounded the Internal Revenue Service for years is that it has had no way of knowing whether tax-exempt organizations that did not file annual returns failed to do so because (a) they had discontinued their activities or dissolved, (b) they had gross revenues that did not exceed $25,000 and therefore weren't required to file returns, or (c) they had gross revenues greater than $25,000 per year and were simply failing to comply with their filing requirements. In Section 1223 of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Congress chose to fix the problem. It did so by enacting two new rules. Read more…

Question of the Month: What has been your biggest personal or professional accomplishment in 2010?

Send your response to leonamartinez@cobar.org, using the subject line “Q of the Month.” All CBA members can respond to these questions related to lawyers, the law, and the legal profession. Previous questions and responses can be found on “The Learned Lawyer.”
Pre-order the 2011 Colorado Legal DirectoryAn Indispensable Tool for Colorado Attorneys
The 2011 Colorado Legal Directory will be released in November 2010, so if you have not taken the opportunity to order your 2011 Directory, go to www.coloradolegaldirectory.com. The Legal Directory includes detailed listings for every Colorado attorney and their fields of practice, up-to-date data on Courts and Judicial Districts and other legal organizations, and special listings of CPAs, Court Reporters, and Process Servers. Order your copy today!
Advanced Domestic Violence CLE: “The State of Civil Law and Best Practices in 2010,” Oct. 1
This seminar covers the following topics: treatment standards and assessment of domestic perpetrators for civil law lawyers, civil protection orders, differentiation of domestic violence in child custody decisions, and unbundling legal services to serve domestic violence victims. Seven general CLE credits, including one ethics applied for. Cost is $20 students, $20 advocates, and $60 attorneys, legal professionals, and judges. Questions? Contact Jill Lafrenz.
Ethics and Professionalism: Choosing the Path to a Quality Career, Oct. 21—Four Ethics Credits Offered
This annual ethics program offers a stimulating and thought-provoking morning of ethics programming. The distinguished panel will lead you through a carefully crafted series of interactive vignettes that encompass each of the ethical and professional dilemmas that you can face in your daily practice. The program is the culmination of several years of creative work undertaken by the Professionalism Coordinating Council of the CBA.
September is Recovery Month
In keeping with September's focus on "recovery" it is well to remind members that there are two confidential programs in Colorado to help those lawyers who are experiencing substance abuse, mental health or other troubling behaviors. Mines and Associates is the organization that is the one designated by the Colorado Attorney Assistance Program, supervised by the Colorado Supreme Court. Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers is the peer assistance program run with the aid of the Colorado Bar Association. Information about how to access the peer assistance group meetings, in addition to a "virtual" statewide meeting, can be obtained here. Additionally, CLHL now provides direct phone contacts with four attorneys who stand ready to offer personal guidance on how to handle a myriad of difficult situations attorneys often face, from substance abuse to stress management to mental health issues. Of course, any emergency should be handled by a call to 911.
2010 Annual Torts Law Update, Oct. 20
The faculty of expert tort law attorneys, including both plaintiff and defense counsel, will deliver critical updates in these important tort law practice areas: Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Cases, Premises Liability, and Subrogation Law in Colorado. The program will focus on: new case law, important pending and settled cases, recently enacted and pending legislation, new fact patterns, new legal theories, new defenses, and judicial and discovery trends.
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Using Multiple Outlook Windows?

Have you ever been looking at mail in your Inbox, then wanted to jump to your calendar without losing your place in the Inbox? Outlook makes it possible through the use of multiple windows.

To open multiple windows, right click on an icon in the Outlook bar (say the Calendar) and pick "Open in New Window". Now you can see your calendar and your inbox at the same time!

Feel free to email me at reban@cobar.org with questions.

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