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December 2, 2010

 

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December 2, 2010
“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
~ Arnold Bennett
In this issue…
  • Emanuel Anton—2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year
  • Notice of Public Hearing and Request for Comments Regarding Proposed Civil Access Pilot Project—Affecting Business and Medical Negligence Cases
  • 2011 Colorado Attorney Registration is Up and Running
  • State Judicial Makes Plans to Take Over e-Filing from LEXIS-NEXIS® File & Serve
  • CBA Online Classifieds
  • Legal and Ethical Implications of Social Media
  • Legal Ethics: Hypotheticals for the Real World
  • Solo and Small Firm Section Networking and Holiday Party
  • “Hot Wine/Cool Books” Reception, Dec. 14
  • The Colorado Lawyer’s Questions of the Month
  • Cyclists: Join team Wheels of Justice Today
  • Help Peers Who Are Out of Work
  • Adopted Revisions to Local Rules of Practice from the U.S. District Court
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Emanuel Anton Receives the 2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award
Emanuel Anton was chosen because of his accomplishments in his career and in the community. At the age of 33, Emanuel developed his own successful legal practice. Additionally, he has been involved in many community service projects in the Denver area, including spending time with the Metropolitan ARC of Colorado in roles ranging from serving on the Board of Directors to being a member of the Endowment and Advisory Committee. Recently, Emanuel also helped organize the Ed McCaffrey “Dare to Play” Football Camp for children and young adults with Down syndrome. Emanuel is truly a great role model for all attorneys, and the CBA YLD acknowledges his many accomplishments with this award. The CBA YLD also thanks all nominators for their nominations.
2011 Colorado Attorney Registration is Up and Running

The Colorado Supreme Court launched a whole new system for attorney registration today. According to the site, it was “re-designed from the ground up to be fast and easy and should only take a minute or two.” Our test run found it to be quick and painless. Should you run into any questions, this handy FAQ page should have the answers. Read more on CBA CLE Legal Connection.

CBA Online Classifieds

Looking to rent some of your extra rental space? Need to hire another pair of hands? Want to market your services within the legal community? Place your own classified ad on our website. It’s easy, and as a member you get a 25 percent discount. Visit www.cobar.org/classifieds to place your ad today.

Solo and Small Firm Section Networking and Holiday Party
The Solo and Small Firm Section is pleased to host its annual Networking and Holiday Party on Dec. 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the CBA-CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300, in Denver. Free parking is available in the building. As in years past, wonderful door-prizes will be given away to attendees. Cost for Section members is $5 for a holiday buffet luncheon and $10 for non-Section members. If you are not a Section member, you can join at the door for $10 and then pay an additional $5 for the party. Please RSVP by Dec. 9 to lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
The Colorado Lawyer's Questions of the Month: How many hours do you work per week? How many hours would you like to work per week?
For many attorneys, quality of life may be dependent on the amount of time spent working. We’d like to know how well your work week suits you. On average, do you feel you’re working too much or too little, or are your hours just right? Please feel free to elaborate—if you have the time! 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. Questions and responses also can be found on The Learned Lawyer.
Cyclists: Join team Wheels of Justice Today

Registration is filling up quickly for the 2010 Children's Hospital's Courage Classic cycling fundraiser, July 23–25. Click here to join the CBA-sponsored team the Wheels of Justice. Sign up now and get free giveaways—the ride could sell out early again this year. To sponsor the team or for more information, visit www.wheelsofjusticecycling.org.

Adopted Revisions to Local Rules of Practice from the U.S. District Court

Please be advised that the District Court, as of Nov. 17, has adopted the proposed Amendments to the Local Rules of Practice (Civil and Criminal) of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The Amended Local Rules became effective Dec. 1. The Advisory Committee on the Local Rules of Practice invites your participation in the 2011 Local Rules revision cycle. The Advisory Committee welcomes comments from everyone working in and for the court, court users, members of the Bar, and the public at large. Comments and suggestions for rule revisions and additions should be e-mailed to LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov. Although comments may be sent at any time, those received by June 1 will be considered for the 2011 rules cycle.

Notice of Public Hearing and Request for Comments Regarding Proposed Civil Access Pilot Project—Affecting Business and Medical Negligence Cases

The Colorado Supreme Court will conduct a hearing on the proposed Civil Access Pilot Project on Jan. 19, at 1:30 p.m., in the Colorado Supreme Court. The Court requests written public comments by any interested person on the proposed Civil Access Pilot Project submitted no later than Jan. 14. Click here for information. The Notice and Rules will be published in the January issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

State Judicial Makes Plans to Take Over e-Filing from LEXIS-NEXIS® File & Serve

In 2009, the Colorado Legislature authorized the Colorado Judicial Department to build a new, in-house e-filing system to replace LexisNexis File & Serve. This summer the Department’s Judicial Business integrated with the Technology Services division began development of this new e-filing program—Integrated Colorado Courts E-Filing System (ICCE). Small claims cases will be available through the new ICCES system in early 2011. The Department will transition all other case types currently available through LexisNexis File & Serve to the new ICCES system by January 2013. Progress toward the completion of migrating to the new state e-filing system can be followed at the state court’s website. All questions and requests should be directed to Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org to be relayed to the ICCES team.

The Legal and Ethical Implications of Social Media, Morning Program, Dec. 9
With Optional Lunch Program
Recent statistics claim that “more than 90 percent of all corporate information is electronic and that less than 1 percent of all communication will ever appear in paper form.” To comply with state ethics rules on competence, attorneys must be technologically competent. CBA President Paul Chan will discuss the issues, case law, and ethics rules related to securing and safeguarding confidential client information, e-mails, metadata, and social networking; David K. Isom examines what a Colorado lawyer must find, and what a Colorado lawyer must ignore, to do electronic discovery competently and ethically; and Paul Karlsgodt will explore strategies for using social media in legal marketing while avoiding ethical problems, such as violations of restrictions on attorney advertising and trial publicity, conflicts of interest, and breaches of client confidentiality. For more information, click here.

Legal Ethics: Hypotheticals for the Real World, Afternoon Program, Dec. 9

The popular legal ethics hypotheticals CLE program is back! Faculty will present and discuss hypothetical fact patterns that represent legal ethics situations that Colorado attorneys face frequently in their practices. The hypotheticals will address ethics problems that face both litigators and non-litigators, giving critical guidance needed to make the right choice when facing one of these common legal ethics problems. The program's written materials will include a copy of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct as well as case decisions, legal ethics opinions, and other documents used by faculty in the discussion of each hypothetical situation. For more information, click here.
You are Cordially Invited to the Complimentary “Hot Wine/Cool Books” Reception, Dec. 14

Meet members of the Colorado legal community who also are accomplished authors, and purchase a signed copy of their book. Find out what inspires them and how they find time to indulge their passion for writing. Authors include David Erickson, Frank Gibbard, Hon. Gregory Hobbs, Andrew Low, and Manuel Ramos. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m at the CBA-CLE offices at 1900 Grant St., Suite 300, Denver. Hot wine, cider, and hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to Nicoll Stapleton at 303-824-5356 or nstapleton@cobar.org. For more information, click here.

Help Peers Who Are Out of Work

Sign up to help out-of-work peers in the legal community with résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, and self-assessment. The CBA is building a Career Assistance Referral List to help members who call for individual career assistance. To sign up, e-mail Heather Clark and indicate the services you provide, whether you’re an individual willing to mentor a job seeker or a company providing a full array of services.

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