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March 3, 2011
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In this issue…
  • SOLOinCOLO Blog is Now Live
  • CaseCheck+: Now is the Time to Sign Up!
  • Ethics in a Wild Wired World
  • Complimentary Casemaker Seminar
  • Haven’t Found A Job Yet? Let Me Tell You Why
  • Sean May Memorial Run/Walk
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • March Issue of The Colorado Lawyer
  • Trial Skills Series with National Speaker Larry Cohen
  • Bankruptcy Court Judges will Move Last Week of April
  • Honor a Public Lawyer or Public Law Office
  • Submit Your Nomination for Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year
  • Optimize Your CBA Membership—Mozy Online Data Backup Service
  • Mac Tip of the Week from Tomasz Stasiuk
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
  • App of the Week and Blog of the Week from Alli Gerkman
SOLOinCOLO Blog is Now Live
SOLOinCOLO is a new blog published by the CBA. This blog is designed and intended to build an online community of Colorado solo and small firm attorneys. It includes posts by attorneys, along with information about practice management, office management, marketing, technology, and other resources. Our blog posts will be tagged according to general topic areas so that they're easy for you to find based on your interests. Check out the blog today! Interested in contributing? Contact Sara Crocker and Barb Hahn at scrocker@cobar.org and barb@HahnLawandMediation.com.
Ethics in a Wild Wired World, March 8
One-Hour Legal Connection Luncheon Program
Electronics have infiltrated nearly every aspect of the practice of law. This program will give practical advice on dealing with the everyday risks and ethical issues that lawyers face when using technology, including e-mails sent to the wrong people, metadata, cloud computing, and preservation of evidence. Speaker Susan Bernhardt is a member of Sherman & Howard L.L.C. Her practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, securities fraud, partnership and corporate governance disputes, business fraud and business torts, and attorney ethics litigation. Find out more or register here.
Complimentary Program: Haven’t Found A Job Yet? Let Me Tell You Why, March 8
Learn the “don’ts” people do when searching for a job, writing a résumé, and contacting prospective employers, as well as subtle behaviors that come across loud and clear well in advance of the interview. Participate in a safe, confidential forum and share your experiences, network, and gather practical information to enhance your job search or career transition efforts. The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the CBA–CLE offices at 1900 Grant St., 3rd Floor. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
“Healthy Decision Making”
This phrase can encompass different meanings to different people. Most view this phrase as a representation of their eating habits—making the healthy choice to skip the dessert after dinner or to make sure they eat a healthy breakfast every day. But have you ever thought of applying healthy decision making to other aspects of your life besides diet and exercise? More …

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Trial Skills Series with National Speaker Larry Cohen, March 23–24
Four Half-Day Programs to Choose From
Programs include: The Nuts and Bolts of Deposition Practice; Examining Experts at Deposition and Trial; Medical Evidence Made Simple: Finding It, Understanding It, Using It; and Examining Doctors at Deposition and Trial. Larry J. Cohen is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation who has focused more than 20 years of practice on serious medical injury and emotional damages cases, including brain injury claims. These programs are valuable for civil litigation. Click here for full program descriptions.
Honor a Public Lawyer or Public Law Office
The ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division invites you to submit a nomination for its 2011 National Awards. The 2011 Dorsey Award for an outstanding public defender or legal aid lawyer, Hodson Award for public service, and Nelson Award for outstanding service to the ABA will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto on Aug. 5. Questions? Visit the Division's Awards webpage or e-mail the Division at GPSLD@americanbar.org.
Submit Your Nomination for Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year
Do you know a paralegal who is committed to pro bono services in Colorado? The CBA Paralegal Committee wants to recognize these individuals for their pro bono service in the community. Complete information about the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award, including nomination criteria and forms, can be found on the CBA website at www.cobar.org/paralegal. For more information and to submit your nominations by April 22, contact Lauren Eisenbach. Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Heather Clark.
CaseCheck+: Now is the Time to Sign Up!
We are excited to announce that Casemaker has launched three new add-on products. Additionally, you can have BriefCheck at no additional cost for one year when you purchase CaseCheck+ before March 31 at $19.95 per month.

CasemakerDigest provides a first look into the most recent decisions published by state and federal circuit courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Cases are summarized in one convenient location within 48 hours of their publication and filtered into several categories for ease of searching. The CBA has made CasemakerDigest FREE for one year to all CBA members.

CaseCheck+ is an optional citator expansion of CaseCheck that immediately uses symbols to let you know whether your case is still good law. Icons indicate whether your case has been criticized, superseded, reversed, overruled, questioned, withdrawn, modified, or granted. Purchas by March 31 and get BriefCheck free for one year.

BriefCheck is an automatic personal cite checker that is available when you have CaseCheck+. You simply upload your pleading, brief or other document in MS Word, Textfile TXTm or searchable PDF and Casemaker computers will read it, automatically extract the case citations, and provide you with a list of the cases with subsequent treatment.

You can find out more, and sign up for CaseCheck+, BriefCheck, and CasemakerDigest by clicking here. Contact Reba Nance with questions.
Complimentary Casemaker Seminar, March 25
Due to the high demand for the February Casemaker training, Reba Nance will offer another one-hour, brown bag lunch seminar on March 25 from noon to 1 p.m. with one CLE credit. The training will include searching for cases, federal and state libraries, statutes, and more. Please come with specific questions. RSVP by March 23 to Lauren Eisenbach. There is no cost, but please RSVP as space is limited.
Save the Date: Sean May Memorial Run/Walk, May 14
The Third Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk will be held on May 14. The run was created to honor May, a chief deputy district attorney with the 17th JD Attorney's Office who was shot and killed in his backyard when he was returning home from work. Proceeds from the race will benefit Access to Justice programs and activities and Sean May's family. The Self-Help Resource Center at the Adams County Justice Center was made possible in part by the proceeds from this event. The center provides computers, information, and staff to help people with legal procedural questions. RunningGuru.org. 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 Mariana Vielma at 303-835-5430.

March Issue of The Colorado Lawyer—Online Now
For your reading pleasure, the March issue of The Colorado Lawyer is posted online at. The hard copy is lightweight (just 120 pages), but either in paper or online, it's packed with substance cover to cover. The CBA cuts no corners on this membership benefit!
Bankruptcy Court Judges will be Moved out of Custom House During the Last Week of April
Bankruptcy Court judges will move out of the Custom House during the last week of April. Hearings for Judges Brooks and Romero on May 2 and 4 will be held in the Rogers Courthouse (across Stout Street from the current location). Click here for a listing of courtroom numbers for the Rogers Courthouse location. Signs also may be posted at the Custom House. Be aware that other hearings after May 1, even though the notice may show the Custom House location, will be moved to the Rogers Courthouse. New hearing notices will not be issued.
Optimize Your CBA Membership
Mozy Online Data Backup Service
Mozy is offering members its online backup services at an exclusive discounted rate. Protect your most important business documents, home movies, photos, music, and other digital information stored on your computer. Mozy securely backs up all of your data off-site in case of hard drive crash, lost laptop, or virus. If you accidentally delete a file, or lose everything due to unforeseen circumstances, you can easily restore your data back to your computer. Every photo, document, or song is safe with Mozy. http://mozy.com/cobar.
MAC Tip of the Week from Tomasz Stasiuk
Online File Sync Services
Hazel, a $21 program from Noodlesoft is a housekeeping app for your Mac. You set Hazel to watch certain folders and take action on the files in them based on rules you set.
  • You can set Hazel to clean off your desktop by moving files into another folder;
  • move only those files you have not touched in a set period of time;
  • move the mp3 files into a “Music” folder, the html files into a “Web” folder, and the doc files into “Read Later” folder; or
  • change a file label color to red on files that have not been acted on in three weeks.
I use Hazel with my paperless system. My Fujitsu ScanSnap software places all scans into a temporary holding folder. I optimize and save the scans into client files. However, I prefer to keep a copy of the original scan for a set time just in case. Keeping track of the ages of files manually would be extremely tedious. Hazel makes this very easy.

I open Hazel in the “Preferences” window and create a new rule to watch my “Temp-Scans” folder for any files older than 15 weeks. Hazel then deletes those files. Check out planet10tech.com for screenshots.

Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Online File Sync Services
Dropbox, SugarSync, Wuala, and Spideroak are terms you might be hearing around the water cooler or in the court house halls. If you haven't a clue what these terms refer to, it is online data synchronization. Online data synchronization service provides access to your files whenever you need it, regardless of your location, if you have access to the Internet. You also can use these services to easily share documents and data with clients, co-counsel, family members, etc. If you are still at a loss, Dropbox has a three minute video clip that explains the service. Watch the clip here. Most of these services offer free storage for up to 2 GB of data. The cost of increasing storage GB varies with each service but is reasonable.

The four listed services protect data using encryption. Some encrypt at their server level, others encrypt at your desktop level. If you are going to use one of these applications for secure client data, be sure you understand who holds the encryption key. Spend some time exploring the options because to get started costs you nothing, and the potential for increased efficiency may be worth the effort! Today’s tip came from the State Bar of Michigan.

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

App of the Week and
Blog of the Week from Alli Gerkman

Pulse for iPhone, iPad and Android: Free!
This eye-pleasing news app has saved me from countless boring moments, like standing in line at the DMV or sitting in traffic on I-70 (as a passenger, of course!). Simply add your favorite news sources and, when you find yourself edging toward boredom, pull up Pulse to scan the latest updates in full color. Even better, when you read an article you like, you can share it on Facebook or Twitter, or via email. If the article is too long to finish, you can also send it to your Instapaper account for future use.

CBA-CLE Legal Connection: Connecting you to the latest in Colorado Law
I'm shameless. Full disclosure: CBA-CLE Legal Connection is published by CLE in Colorado (I work there!). What's more, it's my project. But I just had to highlight it because we have made some significant changes to the design of the blog, all of which make it easier for all of you-Colorado lawyers and legal staff-to access timely, practice-relevant information. For a year, we've been tracking the latest forms, rules, legislation, case law, and more. For example, in the last week or two, we highlighted the file retention rule change, new state judicial forms, and a host of legislative and case law updates. And now you can easily access and subscribe to those updates by practice area. This blog is always evolving and feedback, suggestions, and contributors drive what we do, so never hesitate to contact me: agerkman@cobar.org.


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