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October 7, 2010

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Oct. 7, 2010
“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
In this issue…
  • Attorney General Debate, Oct. 14
  • Free Job Search and Transition Support Group, Oct. 12
  • DU Movie Night CLE
  • Transitions: Oh, the places you'll go
  • Donate your gently used work attire today
  • Save the Date – Team WoJ Night at Children’s Hospital, Oct. 21
  • CLE 2010 Annual Fall Workers' Compensation Update, Oct. 22
  • 2010 Mile High Educational Summmit, Oct. 8
  • Question of the Month: Why did you become a lawyer?
  • Solo/Small Firm Happy Hour, Oct. 12
  • Tip of the Week by Reba Nance
Annual CLE Conferences
The Learned Lawyer

Attend a CLE this Month

Attorney General Debate at the University of Denver, Oct. 14

The contest between Republican incumbent John Suthers and Democrat Stan Garnett for Colorado Attorney General is heating up. Join the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Colorado Women's Bar Association and the Sam Cary Bar Association on Thursday, Oct. 14, as they present the Attorney General Debate at the University of Denver, moderated by DU Sturm College of Law Dean Martin Katz. Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels blogged that this is the first real AG’s race since 1998, so don’t miss a chance to hear where they stand on the issues. Watch and listen to the candidates debate and decide for yourself. The event starts at 5:45 p.m., in Room 165 at the University of Denver. One general CLE credit has been applied for. For more information or to RSVP, contact 303-860-1115, ext. 727 or


Transitions Commitee Presentation: Oh, the places you’ll go

Volunteering is a daring way to savor the world. You are "transitioning", with a lifetime accumulation of useful experience and a well-honed brain. You know there’s a "dance in the old girl/boy yet." Volunteering provides you an extraordinarily exciting menu of possibilities. Take two weeks and go to Cote d’Ivoire to build a home with Habitat for Humanity. Spend two years with Peace Corps in Mongolia or Eastern Europe or Africa. Devote a day a week working in Denver. Join a Rotary Club or another service club and choose among the rich array of service opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more about these opportunities on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m., at the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. Brief reception to follow. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. To register, e-mail or call (303) 861-1115, ext. 727.


Donate your gently used workplace attire today

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s Legal Services Committee is collecting clean, gently used workplace attire for both women and men to benefit the Center for Workplace Employment and Education (CWEE). There will be a drop-off location at the Colorado Bar offices, 1900 Grant Street, Suite 900, from Oct. 4-18. CWEE provides programming geared toward three goals: preparing for employment, finding employment, and keeping employment. The clothes donated to the First Impression Boutique will help CWEE’s participants build a professional wardrobe.In addition to the CBA, there are several other drop locations around the metro area for your convenience. Please contact or for more details.

CLE: 2010 Annual Fall Workers' Compensation Update, Oct. 22

This comprehensive program will review: New Statutes and Administrative Rules: The Impact on the Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation and on Workers' Compensation Attorneys and their Clients; Industrial Claim Appeals Panel (ICAP) Case Law Updates; Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Case Law Updates; Spine and Disc Injuries: Anatomy, Diagnosis, and Treatments Available; Legal Ethics Rules that Apply to Rude and Unprofessional Behavior; and more!

Question of the Month: Why did you become a lawyer?

Send your response to, 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. Questions and responses also can be found on “The Learned Lawyer.”

Free Job Search and Career Support Group, Oct. 12
Attend this brown-bag group session to participate in a safe, confidential forum and share your experiences, network, and gather practical information to enhance your job search or career transition efforts. RSVP to or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.


Topic: Expert Witnessing: Ben Railsback of Knott Laboratory, LLC shares his experiences testifying as an expert witness. Also, see My Cousin Vinny with adult beverages and pizza. Where else can you get great networking, one full hour of CLE credit, pizza, and a great movie for free?

When: Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.
Where: University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Who: Students and lawyers of all experience levels are invited.
RSVP: or (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

Mr. Ben T. Railsback, M.S., P.E. is a manager of mechanical engineering at Knott Laboratory, LLC and works primarily in the field of forensic engineering and animation. He takes logged data from commercial carrier black box devices and reconstructs accidents where personal injury and property damage require such an investigation.


Save the Date – Team WoJ Night at Children’s Hospital, Oct. 21


This year, Wheels of Justice raised $250,196. These donations brought the team’s cumulative total raised to $1 million for Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders!  Please join us on Thursday, October 21 from 6-8 p.m. at The Children's Hospital as we recognize our wonderful sponsors and all of the dedicated people who helped make the Wheels of Justice Cycling Team a big success for the 5th year in a row. 2nd Floor Conference Center at The Children's Hospital, 13123 E. 16th Ave., Aurora. Special tours and beer, wine, sodas and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 19th to Rebecca Neelis, Self-parking available in the garage (please bring your parking stub inside).


2010 Mile High Educational Summit, Oct. 8

The Mile High Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law are co-presenting the 2010 Mile High Educational Summit: Pioneers in Education on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. This is a one-day educational expo for legal professionals aimed at promoting educational opportunities and community awareness in celebration of Professional Legal Management Week. This Summit has multiple sessions relating to law firm administration, including Branding, Finances, Human Resources, Management, and the latest in Trends affecting law firms. Advance registration is open through Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED. This program has been approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for six general credits. Please visit and click on the "Register Here" link for more information about program sessions.

Solo/Small Firm Happy Hour, Oct. 12

Have you hung your own shingle? Well, come hang with your fellow solo/small firm practitioners for the first monthly happy hour and networking at Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., in Denver. The happy hour will start at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. Future happy hours will be hosted at the same time and place on the second Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Jennifer D. McGinn at (720) 362-3000 or


Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Legal Mac Tip 2: Saving documents to .doc

The co-editor of our Mac Tips section, attorney Lenny Frieling, takes over the reins this week to address why Apple-based lawyers should still save documents as .doc files.

PDF is wonderful and does many magic things. Most attorneys work with either Word, Word Perfect, or Open Office (free and cool) on either Mac OSX or PCs. Theoretically, we are trying to communicate. Sadly, neither Word Perfect nor MAC has supported Word Perfect for a number of years. I’ve not been thrilled with the conversion programs (run on MAC to convert wpd to doc). The fact is that .doc is the current, easiest common language for most platforms, PC and MAC. Regardless of the word processor used, I suggest that the default file type for saving files is .doc Not .docx, not .wpd, and sadly not .pdf. The idea is that anyone on any computer can open your document, and have minimal risk of translation issues.

  1. To save a document from Word, for example, go to the top line of pull down options. Under FILE, you’ll see SAVE AS.
  2. After you choose the file name, use the pull-down menu next to “Format” to select “Word 97-2004 Document (doc).”

We’ve now let the software save a version of the document that can most likely be read without trouble from any computer. Keep in mind: none of the safeguards of .pdf are available. The document may be altered, and if done right, without footprints. (If you’re worried about that kind of behavior from a colleague, it is indeed a sad state of affairs.) The option of using the same procedure as above to SAVE AS .pdf remains or to PRINT to .pdf on MAC is always available. Note that the same procedure works permitting saving a document as a .rtf or as .txt.

Thank you to Boulder criminal defense attorney Leonard Frieling and Colorado Social Security attorney and technology consultant Tomasz Stasiuk for their tip. For more information and to see a visual step by step, please visit their website.

Feel free to email me at with questions.

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