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February 17, 2011 “We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.”
~ Olin Miller
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In this issue…
  • Recent Developments in Mechanics' Liens
  • Are you Tech Savvy?
  • Online Chat Room Mentoring
  • Workers’ Compensation Spring Update
  • Highly Contested Issues in Wrongful Death Litigation
  • ¿Habla Español?
  • Optimize Your CBA Membership: Easy Soft Legal Software
  • The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction
  • Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit™
  • Sin, Liberty, and Law
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
  • App of the Week and Blog of the Week from Alli Gerkman
Recent Developments in Mechanics’ Liens, presented by Tim Gordon of Holland and Hart, Feb. 21
Mr. Gordon will provide a primer on mechanics' liens, and address recent developments in Colorado law with respect to mechanics' liens and related claims. Legal Connection programs are short, timely CLE programs to fit your schedule on the latest legal issues facing Colorado attorneys. Click here for more information.
Online Chat Room Mentoring—Volunteers Needed
The CBA is looking for volunteers to moderate an online chat room mentoring meeting. Each month, the topic will change based on the moderator. Subjects such as choosing a personal banker, setting up a virtual office, client screening, or courtroom decorum are examples of what we are looking for. If you are interested in moderating a group session, contact Heather Clark at 303-824-5350. Sessions would last approximately 30 minutes. The CBA is hoping to host them at least once per month.
Highly Contested Issues in Wrongful Death Litigation, March 10
Speakers: Gregory R. Giometti, Esq. and Franklin D. Patterson, Esq.
The program will review case law updates and statutory changes—standing, causation, and damages; and highly contested issues in wrongful death litigation. Specific topics include: limit on recovery of damages under the CGIA; statutory cap on noneconomic damages; nonadmissibility of decedent's future income tax liability in calculating net pecuniary loss; damages limitations for actions brought under the Ski Safety Act; child born alive is a "person" for purposes of the WDA; why wrongful death actions are not assignable; proximate causation in suicide case; prejudgment interest as an element of damages; and more! Each attendee will receive a copy of the CBA–CLE book Handbook of Colorado Wrongful Death Law, 2nd Ed. with this course! For more information about the book, click here. To register for the program, click here.
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Are you Tech Savvy?
The CBA is looking for volunteers to do technology reviews to post on a new blog that will be launched next month. If you are currently shopping for trust accounting software, a new laptop, a new insurance provider, or the like and would like to share your comparisons with your colleagues, contact Heather Clark at 303-824-5350.
Workers’ Compensation Spring Update, March 18
Get your questions answered in this powerful, one-day program. What new cases do you need to know about from the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court and ICAO? What are the medical issues you need to know regarding occupational exposures linked to reactive airways disease? Medical marijuana is in the news nearly every day, but what are the unique challenges of medical marijuana in the world of workers' compensation? Speakers include Judge Thomas J. DeMarino, ALJ, Colorado Division of Workers Compensation, and leading attorneys in the area of Workers' Compensation. Network with your colleagues to discuss these hot topics and more. Register now!
¿Habla Español?  
The CBA Spanish Language Lawyering Committee and DU's Spanish Speaking Law Student Association are co-hosting happy hour on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Tavern, 538 E. 17th Ave., Denver. Join your colleagues and future colleagues for a great opportunity to practice your Spanish—all levels welcome! Please RSVP to

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction
To honor the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, the University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association Journal have partnered to create “The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.” In the spirit of To Kill a Mockingbird, the prize will be given to the published book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to affect change. Deadline for entries is April 8. Click here for entry form and details.
Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit™, March 14–15
The Center for Legal Inclusiveness will hold its annual conference, the Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit, March 14–15 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The only inclusiveness and diversity conference for the legal profession is now one and a half days. The expanded Summit will feature more national and local experts in five strands of workshops, including sessions on leadership, inclusiveness, diversity and inclusiveness research and training, balanced hours, and professional development. For information and to register, visit or call 303-832-3503.

Sin, Liberty, and Law, March 1
Judge John L. Kane, Jr. will speak on “Sin, Liberty and Law” on March 1, from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the Wellshire Presbyterian Church located at 2999 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver. Judge Kane will speak on a subject about which he is passionate. He will consider: Why have societies in all periods of history banned or restricted works of the imagination? Are challenges to fiction, drama, and even school textbooks increasing in the U.S., or does it just feel that way? What is the legal justification for censorship? No RSVP is necessary for this event. Click here for more information.
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Google's TeachParentsTech.Org
The folks at Google have put together a set of videos to help those who may be technologically challenged. Videos cover topics such as how to cut and paste, how to make a bookmark, how to change your default homepage, and much more. They are short, to the point, and easy to understand.

What's unique about this site is the ability for you to quickly and easily use the website to send an e-mail to someone in a format they can easily access. The e-mail you send them will have the videos you've selected embedded in the e-mail. All the recipient has to do is click on the arrow to start each individual video. It couldn't be easier! If you are interested in watching the videos, you can simply click on the links to select the one(s) you want to view. Check it out at

Feel free to contact with questions.
App of the Week and Blog of the Week from Alli Gerkman
TeuxDeux for iPhone—$2.99
We all have our own complex systems for organizing our lives. Many swear by their calendars, others use some kind of project management software, and some get very creative with Post-it notes and whiteboards. But one thing just about anyone can benefit from is a lightweight to-do list that follows the user everywhere. If you're looking for an elegant solution that is accessible on your iPhone and on the Web, this is your app.

Law21: Dispatches from a legal profession on the brink
Some people talk about the way things have always been while others focus on the way things will be. Jordan Furlong, formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Bar Association's flagship magazine and currently a partner with Edge International, blogs at the intersection of the past and the future by focusing on the many changes the legal profession is living through today. From legal process outsourcing to alternative billing, if it's happening in the legal profession Furlong is covering it on his blog in eloquent fashion.
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