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December 23, 2010

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December 23, 2010 “Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold

Annual CLE Conferences

The Learned Lawyer

 

Attend a CLE this Month

Dec. 28
Alternative Dispute Resolution: 2010 Annual Survey of Colorado Law
Denver Seminar

 


Dec. 30
Water Law: 2010 Annual Survey of Colorado Law
Denver Seminar


Jan. 5-9
National CLE Conference
Vail Seminar


Jan. 1 0
The Lawyer as Employer: Employment and Benefit Considerations for Small Firms
Denver Seminar


 


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In this issue…
  • U.S. President Signs Red Flag Rule Exemption into Law
  • CBA Holiday Hours
  • 17th JD Self-Help Resource Center Opens Jan. 5
  • CLE: 3rd Annual Private Equity Conference
  • CBA YLD Christmas in February
  • Sneak Preview of ABA Resolutions
  • Optimize Your CBA Membership: Ski and Stay at Crested Butte
  • Preventing Legal Malpractice
  • The Colorado Lawyer's Question of the Month
  • What's in the Lending Library?
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
U.S. President Signs Red Flag Rule Exemption into Law

Click here for background on the Rule, and read the ABA President's statement. The Red Flag Rule has been modified to not include attorneys. The rule was established by the Federal Trade Commission under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. It requires creditors to develop programs to identify, detect, and respond to warning signs of identity theft. Before the legislative amendment, lawyers were considered creditors and were subject to the rule. After lobbying by the ABA and state and local bar associations, including the Colorado Bar Association, Congress changed the rule to exempt lawyers.
CBA YLD Christmas in February
Don't forget that Christmas comes twice a year. This year the CBA Young Lawyers Division has partnered with Weecycle, a local nonprofit that helps low-income families with infants and toddlers in the Denver metro area by providing new and gently used baby gear and toys free of charge. CBA YLD will host a collection drive during the last weeks of February. This will help extend that season of giving, not to mention give an adoring home to that super doll or robot that never quite became your kid's favorite. This is also a great opportunity to pass down cribs or car seats you no longer use to those who need them. Collections will take place throughout the metro Denver area and can be dropped off at the CBA offices. If you would like to get involved or have an interest in hosting a collection location please contact Denise Lynch at dlynch@cobar.org or Carlos Migoya at carlos@ensuringjustice.com.
Optimize Your CBA Membership: Ski and Stay at Crested Butte
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is pleased to provide CBA members with extreme savings on lift ticket and lodging packages. For the 2010–11 ski season, you will receive 30 percent off lodging and 40 percent off lift tickets. Discounts are restricted to CBA members and their families. Discounts are not available from Dec. 26 to Jan. 3 or from March 12 to 26 and are based on availability.

How to Book a Reservation:
Online
: Simply log on to www.skicb.com/mygroup and type CBA into the booking code field. 
By Phone: Colorado Bar Association members simply call 1-888-443-6715 and reference CBA as your booking code.

For More Information
Contact Allison Grassetti at agrassetti@cbmr.com or 970-453-2605.
Further details about rates can be found here. View other member benefits by clicking here.

The Colorado Lawyer's
Question of the Month

Is social networking a good tool for the legal professional?
Do you use Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn professionally or personally? Are they good marketing tools for your practice? If you don’t use them, why not? Send your response to leonamartinez@cobar.org, using the subject line “Q of the Month.” All CBA members can respond—every month, if you’d like. Names are withheld from print. Qs and responses also can be found on The Learned Lawyer.
CBA Holiday Hours
The Colorado Bar Association offices will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Our normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and will resume Jan. 3. For information on available CLE programs, home studies, and on-demand click here.
17th JD Self-Help Resource Center Opens Jan. 5
Above, from left: Magistrate Brian Bowen, Metro Volunteer Lawyers Executive Director Dianne Van Voorhees, Magistrate Simon Mole, Judicial Assistant Kyla Stopperan, Deputy County Attorney Jen Wascak, and Project Safeguard D&N Legal Advocate Heidi Dobbins in front of the Self Help Resource Center at the Adams County Justice Center.
The ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Self-Help Resource Center at the Adams County Justice Center will be held at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 1100 Judicial Center Drive. The resource center will feature public access computers and resources. Staff will be available to answer non-legal questions. The resource center was spearheaded by the 17th JD Access to Justice Committee of the Adams Broomfield Bar Association. The 17th JD ATJ Committee has helped to raise funds to make the resource center possible by holding the Sean May Memorial Run/Walk each spring. The 3rd Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk will be held on May 14, 2011. If you would like to be a sponsor for the race to help contribute to this effort, please contact Colleen Kent at 303-654-3377 or colleen.kent@judicial.state.co.us or Mariana Vielma at 303-835-5430 or mvielma@da17.state.co.us.
Equity and debt markets that have been substantially frozen since the fall of 2008 have begun to thaw. Valuations across asset classes have stabilized and started to rise and new funds are being raised and financial and strategic buyers are becoming more active again. Private equity deals may have changed shape from earlier years, but they are helping to drive the investment markets again. Join your colleagues and the West's dealmakers—private equity executives, LPs, investment bankers, financial professionals, and corporate dealmakers—to hear a wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussion of these and other topics.
Sneak Preview of ABA Resolutions
The American Bar Association House of Delegates, the policy making body of the ABA, will be meeting in February in Atlanta. Click here for a list of issues that may be presented for consideration. Please contact any member of the Colorado delegation to the House of Delegates with any comments or questions regarding the agenda items. For a listing of Colorado delegates, click here.
Preventing Legal Malpractice — Two Tracks to Choose From!

Preventing Legal Malpractice—Transactional Practice
Jan. 27 in Colorado Springs (LIVE ONLY) & Jan. 28 in Denver (LIVE and WEBCAST)

Preventing Legal Malpractice—Litigation Practice
Feb. 4 in Denver (LIVE and WEBCAST)

Attendance will qualify attendees for a premium credit on renewal of this CBA-sponsored professional liability insurance. Your CBA-endorsed lawyers professional liability insurance program is underwritten by CNA Insurance Company and exclusively administered by Marsh Affinity Group Services. Find out more!
What's in the Lending Library?
We have a collection of materials, including ABA publications, ALA (Association of Legal Administrators) publications, and other practice management, finance, marketing, and technology-oriented publications, as well as some practice-specific topics. There are no substantive law materials in our Lending Library. Click here for a complete list of publications and videos available for check-out. The CBA Lending Library is an exclusive CBA member benefit.  Contact Lauren Eisenbach at 303-860-1115 or lauren@cobar.org to arrange to borrow materials.  We have limited copies of each title; if something isn't immediately available, simply request to put your name on a wait list. Then, download a Checkout Form and Agreement and bring it with you to the CBA offices to pick up your materials (or we can mail you the materials for a $5 fee).
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Word Tip—Remove Red and Green Lines Indicating a Spelling or Grammar Error
You’ve finish drafting a lease agreement and you’re ready to send it to the client for approval. You look at the document on the screen and there are green and red underlined words where Word thinks you’ve made mistakes. In its effort to be helpful, Word automatically alerts you with a red underlining on words it thinks you’ve misspelled and green underlining on words it thinks are grammar errors. Sometimes, they are not mistakes at all and you don’t want to have your client open the document and have their attention drawn to red and green lines. You can turn off these distracting squiggles by following these simple steps.
In Word 2003:
1. Open the document.
2. From the menu bar, Click on Tools. When the drop down menu appears, click on Options.
3. Now click on Spelling and Grammar in the upper right hand corner.
4. Click on the check box next to Check spelling as you type to remove the check.
5. Also click on the check box next to Check grammar as you type to remove the check mark. If you want to suppress it for a single document (which I highly recommend), right-click on the Spelling & Grammar Status icon on the status bar and click Hide Spelling Errors (or check the box for Hide Spelling Errors in this document on the Spelling & Grammar tab of Tools | Options). Do the same for Hide Grammar Errors in this document. Click OK.
In Word 2007:
1. Open the document.
2. On the top left-hand corner, click the Microsoft Office Button icon.
3. At the bottom right-hand corner of the menu, click Word Options.
4. On the left-hand side, click Proofing.
5. From the Exceptions for: menu at the bottom of the page, select the currently-open document name from the drop-down box.
6. Select the Hide Spelling Errors in this document only and Hide Grammar Errors in this document only check boxes.
7. Click OK.

 

Important: If you turn off automatic grammar and spell-checking for a file you share with other people, you may want to notify those people that you made this change. Spelling and grammar checking is a great feature and I would not recommend turning off spell- and grammar-check for all documents. I only turn it off in specific documents that I’m going to share with others but don’t want the red and green underlines to appear.

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

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