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January 20, 2011 “Climb up on some hill at sunrise.
Everybody needs perspective once in a while,
and you'll find it there. ”
~ Robb Sagendorph
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In this issue…
  • How to Grow Your Practice in a Down Economy
  • Greatalk! with Jeff Vankooten
  • Preventing Legal Malpractice
  • “My Sisters Made of Light”Book Reception
  • Seeking Law Stars Nominations
  • Be Recognized for Your Pro Bono Achievement
  • CBA YLD Christmas in February
  • Optimize Your CBA Membership
  • New Member Mixer
  • Solo Small Firm Section Networking Events
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
How to Grow Your Practice in a Down Economy, Jan. 31
Most lawyers don’t think of themselves as businesspeople—and that’s the problem. To build a successful practice, you must be skilled in business, not just the law. This program will teach you what you weren't taught in law school. How to Grow Your Practice in a Down Economy is a free 60-minute seminar, developed specifically for the legal profession. It will introduce you to proven business solutions and tools. The program is presented by Pam and Scott Lippitt, Certified Business/Executive Coaches & Master Franchisees for Colorado Mars Venus Coaching. Click here for more information. To RSVP e-mail lunches@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115 ext. 727.
Preventing Legal Malpractice—Two Tracks Available!
 

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

Preventing Legal MalpracticeLitigation Practice Feb. 4 in Denver

Attendance will qualify attendees for a premium credit on renewal of the 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!

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is calling for 2011 DU Law Stars Nominations!
Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 28. The DU Law Stars dinner will be held in the fall. Click here for award criteria and guidelines.

Award Categories are the Alumni Professionalism Award, the Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award, the Outstanding Alumni Award, the Thompson Marsh Award and the Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

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. 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.
New Member Mixer—Free Networking and CLE, Jan. 28
Whether you’re a new or an established member, we encourage you to bring attorneys who are considering joining the CBA to this New Member Mixer. The event will be held at the Denver Athletic Club, starting at 4 p.m., with a one-hour ethics CLE presentation by CBA President Paul Chan, “The Ethical Geek.” Following the program, there will be CBA Section and Committee “Speed-Dating.” If you’re a section or committee leader who wishes to participate, please contact Heather Clark at 303-824-5350 or hclark@cobar.org. Enjoy CLE, food, and pool, and rub elbows with Bar leaders. RSVP to Heather Clark, 303-824-5350. Please indicate whether you plan to attend the CLE presentation. For more information, click here.
Greatalk! For Lawyers, Feb. 11With national speaker Jeff Vankooten
Learn to prepare powerfully focused, crystal-clear talks and then deliver them with confidence and power. Greatalk! is the only training of its kind to go beyond simply overcoming fear and age-old delivery techniques. With a unique, proven SCORRE™ system, this program drills down to the foundation of speaking—the preparation. The system is equally beneficial for all types of communication—from the boardroom to e-mails. Learn more about this CBA–CLE program.
Book Reception and Signing, Jan. 27
The CBA and Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s reception for Jacqueline St. Joan’s book, “My Sisters Made of Light,” is Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at the CBA offices. There will be a reading, slideshow, and discussion with Jacqueline St. Joan and Prof. Tahira Khan. To find out more and RSVP for this event, click here.
Be Recognized for Your Pro Bono Achievement
Be recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court for your firm or in-house counsel group’s pro bono achievement. Each year, the Supreme Court recognizes law firms and in-house counsel groups that commit to an annual goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services, averaged across the firm each year for its Colorado-licensed attorneys and pro-rated for part-time attorneys primarily assisting the indigent and/or nonprofit organizations that serve the indigent. It awards certificates signed by the justices to those firms and in-house counsel groups that achieved this goal in the prior calendar year and lists your firm or group on the judicial Web page.

If your firm or in-house counsel group met the goal in calendar year 2010 or if your firm or group would like to make the annual commitment starting this year, please notify Justice Greg Hobbs by Feb. 15 at gregory.hobbs@judicial.state.co.us
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Optimize Your CBA Membership
Brooks Brothers
All Colorado Bar Association members have the opportunity to enroll for the Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card. As a Brooks Brothers Corporate Member, you will receive 15 percent savings on regular price merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online at BrooksBrothers.com. Simply enroll online at Membership.BrooksBrothers.com. You will be prompted to enter the following information to validate your membership with the CBA: Organization ID #: 15201 Pin Code #: 47841.

Legal Community Credit Union
All members of the Colorado Bar and their families are eligible for membership at the credit union. Visit www.coloradolegal.org for details.

Solo and Small Firm Section Networking Events
Have you hung your own shingle? Well, come hang with your fellow solo and small firm practitioners.
  • Colorado Springs — Feb. 2 at 11:30 a.m.
    Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs
    Contact Jim Duve at 719-578-5800 or John Holcomb at 719-548-8968.
    CLE, Pitfalls of Practice presented by Chip Mortimer of Attorney Regulation, begins at 11:45 a.m. One ethics credit.
  • Downtown Denver — Feb. 3 at 7:30 a.m.
    Tavern Restaurant DAC, 1325 Glenarm Place
    Contact Frank Slaninger at 303-617-4446.
  • Downtown Denver — Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
    Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St.
    Contact Jennifer D. McGinn at 720-362-3000.
  • Denver Tech Center Area — Feb. 11 at noon
    Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Ste. 300, Centennial
    Contact Phil Shuey at 303-680-2595.

If you’re interested in starting a networking meeting in your area, contact Section Chair Jim Duve at 719-578-5800, or Reba Nance, Section Staff Liaison, at 303-824-5320.

Click here for complete information regarding the January and February networking meetings sponsored by the CBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section.

 
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance—Cheat Sheet For Finding Word 2003 Commands in Word 2007
Moving from Word 2003 to 2007 can be very frustrating because the interface for Word 2007 is very different from 2003. This can make it very difficult to find many of the commands in 2007.

Microsoft has developed an Excel workbook that details where to find the old Word 2003 commands in Word 2007. You can find the workbook here.

You’ll find a worksheet tab for each of the Word 2003 menus and toolbars, and each worksheet contains a list of the old commands from that menu or toolbar. To the right of these commands you’ll find the way to accomplish the same task in Word 2007.

The workbook can be opened either in Excel 2003 or Excel 2007.

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

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