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March 24, 2011
”It is very strange that the years teach us patience—that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. ”
~ Elizabeth Taylor
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In this issue…
  • Colorado Supreme Court Amends Professional Conduct Rule
  • Retaining Women in the Practice of Law
  • Local Attorneys Donate to Japan Relief
  • Malpractice Insurance Coverage: What’s In Your Policy?
  • Lawyers at Midlife: Planning For and Living the Rest of Your Life
  • Solo Small Firm Section Networking Events
  • Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Open
  • Marital Agreements as an Estate Planning Tool
  • A Primer on Advising Nonprofit Organizations and the 20th Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
  • App of the Week and Blog of the Week from Alli Gerkman
Colorado Supreme Court Amends Professional Conduct Rule Regarding Required Fee Change Communications
The Colorado Supreme Court has approved a new amendment to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. The rule change concerns required communications with clients regarding changes to the basis or rate of fees or expenses. Rules 1.5, which deals with fees, was amended in section (b) to require that any changes in the basis or rate of the fee or expenses be promptly communicated to the client, in writing. Click here to read more.
Local Attorneys Donate to Japan Relief
Two Denver attorneys, Dick Clark, a partner at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, and Kim Chandler, founder of Chandler Law Firm LLC, are helping with fundraising for Japan following the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, according to Law Week Colorado. Are you helping organize fundraising for relief in Japan? If so, email Sara Crocker at and we will share your efforts with members. Clark and Chandler are involved with the Japan American Society of Colorado, to donate to JASC click here.
Lawyers at Midlife: Planning for and Living the Rest of Your Life, May 5—SAVE THE DATE
Lawyers at midlife, as young as 50, should begin planning for the time when they no longer practice law. Financial planning and the need for economic independence are a huge part of this, but not the only aspects to be considered. Join the CBA Transitions Committee and Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers at 8:30 a.m. in the CLE Classroom, 3rd Floor, 1900 Grant St., on May 5, as Oregon Attorney Assistance Program Counselor Mike Long looks at the emotional aspects and the need for meaningful engagement after transitioning from practice. This program will assist lawyers who are at all stages of retirement planning consider the full range of issues, including financial planning. Cost to attend is $20 for CBA members, $30 for nonmembers. Please RSVP by emailing or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Open
The Colorado Judicial Institute has opened nominations for the 2011 Judicial Excellence Awards. Please help CJI celebrate jurists across Colorado by nominating a district or county judge or magistrate. Nomination criteria and the nomination form are available here. Nominations may be submitted online and will be accepted until May 12. Selected jurists will be honored Nov. 1 at the 9th Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner at the Denver Marriott City Center.
A Primer on Advising Nonprofit Organizations and the 20th Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations—April 28 and April 29
Co-sponsored by the CBA Business Law and Taxation Law Sections
The program is presented in two parts and you are welcome to take either one or both courses. It begins on Thursday afternoon with a Primer that presents lectures on forming nonprofit entities, obtaining and retaining tax-exempt status, differentiating between public charities and private foundations, and planning for charitable contributions by donors. Friday’s advanced program will examine six areas of particular interest in this year of financial hardship. The annual tax update will be followed by a discussion of issues that arise due to the increased use of the Internet by charities; then an examination of problems with respect to “underwater” endowments (i.e., endowments whose values have decreased below the original gift amount due to the recession); followed by a keynote luncheon talk on IRS enforcement activities. The program also includes a panel discussion on recent Colorado enforcement activities and a panel addressing many of the issues facing nonprofit entities in difficult economic times. For more on both programs, click here.
A Leak in the Pipeline: Retaining Women in the Practice of Law, April 5
For years women have represented more than 40 percent of law school graduates—the pipeline of legal talent for law firms. You’d expect to find similar percentages at the associate and partner levels of law firms, but that’s not the case. Where are the women going, and why? Why should law firms care? What can they do to stop the sluggish advancement and increase the engagement and retention of women? Co-sponsored by the Diversity in the Legal Profession and Balanced Legal Careers Committees of the CBA, panelists Caroline Turner, Principal, DifferenceWORKS, LLC; David Crandall, Partner, Holland & Hart; and Anika Warren, Senior Director of Research, Catalyst, will address these questions. The program will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the 32nd Floor Lounge at Holland & Hart LLP, 555 17th St. CLE credits have been applied for. There is no charge to attend, but please register by April 1, because space is limited! Click here for more information.
A CBA-CLE Books in Action CLE Program: Malpractice Insurance Coverage: What’s In Your Policy? April 15
CBA-CLE brings our quality CLE Books to a live program format! Program description: You advise clients almost every day to read the contract, read the policy, read before you sign. When was the last time you read your professional liability policy? Few insureds read their insurance policy until the day they need it. Don’t wait until you face a legal malpractice problem to learn what your policy covers. Faculty includes Carolyn Fairless, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell; Bradley A. Levin, Roberts Levin & Rosenberg; and Christopher Little and David Little, Montgomery Little & Soran. Each attendee will receive a copy of Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado: Preventing Legal Malpractice—that includes the recent 2010 Supplement! This program has been submitted for 3 General Credits, Including 3 Ethics. Click here to find out more or to register.
Solo Small Firm Section Networking Events
Have you hung your own shingle? Well, come hang with your fellow solo and small firm practitioners.

Colorado Springs - April 6, Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., CLE at 11:45 a.m.
CLE is on Metadata—Ethics Option 119 Requries You to Know What it is, and How to Get Rid of It, presented by Reba Nance. One Ethics CLE credit.
Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon, 719-635-8484
Contact Jim Duve, 719-578-5800 or John Holcomb, 719-548-8968.

Downtown Denver - April 7, Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (reservation in the name of D.A. Bertram)
Tavern Restaurant inside the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, 303-534-1211
Contact Frank P. Slaninger, 303-617-4446.

April 12, 2011, Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m.
Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., 303-830-6839
Contact Jennifer D. McGinn, (720) 362-3000.

Denver Tech Center Area - April 8, Brown Bag Lunch at noon
Law Offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Suite 300, Centennial, 303-850-7080
Contact Phil Shuey, (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, staff liaison, at 303-824-5320.

Click here for complete information regarding the April networking meetings sponsored by the CBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section.
Marital Agreements as an Estate Planning Tool, April 5—Part of the Trust & Estate Section CLE Luncheon Series
Co-sponsored by the CBA Trust & Estate Section
Marital agreements have become a standard tool in the estate planner’s box. The marital agreement planning process helps couples clarify and articulate their financial expectations for marriage. Marital agreements assist families to plan confidently for the passage of wealth. Stephanie Tuthill will speak about marital agreements under Colorado law, including their drafting, validity, and enforceability. Her presentation will focus particularly on how marital agreements promote spouses’ joint planning. Click here to register now or for more information.
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Word TipUse “Collect and Paste” to Copy and Paste More Than One Snippet of Text at a Time
You probably already know that you can use the “cut and paste” feature in Word to copy one set of text to another place. Here’s how:
1) highlight the text you want to copy. Press <Ctrl> and c together (think of the c as “copy”)
2) move your cursor to where you want the copied text to appear, and press <Ctrl> and v together (think of the v as “view”).

That’s it! Another way to do this is to highlight the text and then go up to the toolbar at the top of the page and click on Edit and then Copy; Move your cursor to where you want the text to appear, click on Edit again, and then Paste. Same thing!

If you want to select several different pieces of text to cut and paste, it’s much easier to copy each snippet of text at once first and have Word save all the selections. Then you can choose which snippet you want to paste first. Here’s how:

In Word 2007
3) Follow number 1 above.
4) Do the same thing for each snippet of text you want to copy (Don’t worry
Word won’t show you the text you’ve copied yet).
5) Once you’ve copied all the snippets, go up to the tool bar and click on Home and then the small X to the right of Clipboard. Word will pull up a pane on the left with all the snippets of text you’ve saved.
6) Move your cursor to the place in the document where you want to copy one of the snippets of text.
7) Click on the text in the pane you want to copy. Word will paste it into your document. That’s all you need to do!

Once you’re finished with a snippet of saved text, place your cursor over the text, right-click and choose Delete. Or you can click on “Clear All."

In Word 2003
8) Follow number 1 and then 4 above.
9) Word should automatically open a pane on the right and show you the snippets of text you’ve saved.
10) Follow 6 and 7 above.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance with questions.
App of the Week and
Blog of the Week from Alli Gerkman
App of the week: The Economist (Free, but the key features require subscription)
Several years ago, I cancelled my print subscriptions to every news publication but one: The Economist. I couldn’t let go of the news routine I had created around a publication that could make or break my weekend with its cover art, which reliably portends gloom or gaiety depending on the week’s events. So I was delighted when, last year, it announced a mobile app with key subscriber benefits: 1) access to the issue on Thursday at 9 p.m. UK time (it usually arrives in Saturday’s mail), and 2) audio recordings of all articles. Don’t expect me to recommend many newspaper apps—most are pretty weak—but this is a stand-out.

Blog of the Week: Virtual Law Practice
You don’t have to run or even aspire to run a virtual firm to enjoy this blog. The topics covered by Stephanie Kimbro, a lawyer who has operated her own virtual firm since 2006, have broad appeal to lawyers who are interested in the role technology will play in the future of law. In recent posts, Stephanie has covered choice of law issues in cross-border practices, cloud computing, and even online bidding for clients.

If you have any questions, contact Alli Gerkman at

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