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June 2, 2011
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~ Nelson Mandela
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In this issue…
  • CBA's 2010 Economic Survey
  • E-Filing Changes—CJD 11-1
  • Complimentary Casemaker Elite Seminars
  • Legal Aid Needs You!
  • 29th Annual Real Estate Symposium
  • CBA Membership Forum
  • CBA YLD Annual Charity Fundraiser
  • Courtroom Performance and Courtroom Presentation Technology
  • Eminent Domain Basics
  • Seeking ABA Delegate Representatives
  • Meet Your New LCCUCO Board Members
  • Optimize Your CBA Membership: ABA Retirement Funds
  • Confidential Assistance Available for CBA Members
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
CBA’s 2010 Economic Survey
Earlier today you may have received an email requesting that you complete the 2010 Economic Survey. If you did not, please click here. The survey is part of the CBA’s ongoing efforts to provide members with practice information that will be beneficial to them. Responses will be collected in a random manner so that they cannot be associated with individual respondents. The survey will be open until 5 p.m. on June 20. A comprehensive and useful summary will be available online for members later this summer.

 
Complimentary Casemaker Elite Seminars, Wednesday, June 8

Casemaker's Steve Newsom will give two one-hour Casemaker seminars at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the CBA-CLE offices. A receptionl following the 4 p.m. training; will include pizza and beverages, and will give attendees a chance to meet and ask questions with the creator of Casemaker. A webcast also is available. One general CLE credit is anticipated. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

29th Annual Real Estate Symposium, July 14–16
—Sponsored by the CBA Real Estate Section

The Symposium has become the annual gathering place for the Colorado real estate community. You will learn from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced real estate professionals in the region, who will give you the strategies and information most relevant to your work. Earn 15 general CLE credits, including 2.2 ethics credits, all in the beautiful setting of Vail! Review the complete agenda and schedule!

CBA YLD Annual Charity Fundraiser, Friday, June 3
Please join us at 5:30 p.m. June 3 for an evening of fun and networking benefiting Third Way Center. The fundraiser will be held at Moye White LLP, 1400 16th St., 5th Floor, Denver. Cost to attend is $15 per person in advance; $20 at the door. DU/CU law students can attend for $10 per person. For more information, contact Leia Ursery at lursery@olsentraeger.com.
 
Eminent Domain Basics, Friday, June 3
Do you want to know the fundamentals of eminent domain law and don't know where to start? Begin by attending this program! Learn the basic principles and get practical information. Find out more.
 
Meet Your New LCCUCO Board Members
The Legal Community Credit Union is pleased to announce their following board members: Alli Gerkman, Erica Longnecker, Dawn McKnight, Linda Phillips, Jeremy Sitcoff, Kelley Southerland, and Elisa Willard. We are very grateful to have these volunteers serving as Board Members. Credit Unions were founded on volunteerism and could not be in existence without them. For more information contact Sherry at ceo@coloradolegal.org.
 
Confidential Assistance Available for CBA Members
Just a reminder that there is a lawyer-to-lawyer program supported by the Colorado Bar Association that is available to all lawyers, judges, law school students, and graduates. The focus of the Peer Assistance Program is on helping those who are experiencing alcohol, substance abuse, and mental health issues. This is achieved through confidential peer support, education, referral, and outreach. The peer support program offered through CLHL does not provide treatment or evaluation services; those services are available through the attorney’s health program (Mines & Associates, Inc.) CLHL has contracted with Peer Assistance Services, Inc., to provide peer support groups in Denver and a statewide "virtual" telephone support group. Both groups absolutely preserve the confidentiality of participants. For information about the weekly meetings in Denver, and the statewide support group, click here.
Plus, four attorneys are available for direct non-emergency phone contact to discuss personal issues and strategies for dealing with those problems. Emergency calls should be made to 911
E-Filing Changes—Chief Justice Directive Standardizes Reasons Statewide for Rejecting Filings
The lack of uniformity among courts in rejecting e-filed pleadings is a concern for many lawyers. CJD 11-1 was adopted May 17, 2011 (effective immediately) conforming the e-filing rejection procedure. Now filings will be only rejected with a specific reference to the CJD and its attached list of reasons for rejecting e-filings. This directive also gives guidance on file size, attachments, and titling. Click here for more information and a link to CJD 11-1.

 
Legal Aid Needs You!
The Legal Aid Foundation’s annual fund drive ends on June 30. The need for legal services among the poor has increased substantially over the last few years. Recent cuts in both federal and state funding, as well as smaller COLTAF grants (the result of continued very low interest rates) threaten to further limit service. Please join the many Colorado lawyers and law firms that give generously to ensure that the most critical legal needs of low-income Coloradans do not go unattended. Click here to give today.
 
CBA Membership Forum: Join the Discussion!
How can the bar association provide its members with more value? Come tell the committee established to assist in doing so and join the discussion on various ideas presented by your colleagues. The next conference call is Tuesday, June 7, at 7:30 a.m. The topic is Local Bar Outreach. Dial in is 866-200-5786; use conference code 3038245350. Contact Heather Clark for more information.
 
Courtroom Performance and Courtroom Presentation Technology, Wednesday, June 15
—Co-sponsored by the CBA Litigation Section

Nationally known speakers Lisa DeCaro and Leonard Matheo are consultants in a national trial consulting practice that specializes in the defense of civil cases. Edward Stewart is a partner at Wheeler, Trigg, O’Donnell, whose practice focuses on the defense of product liability and complex commercial cases for major manufacturers. These experienced practitioners will demonstrate how your presentation of the evidence means the difference between a persuasive story and a confusing list of facts. Register now!

Seeking ABA Delegate Representatives
The CBA will have three vacancies in its delegation to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Submit a résumé and a brief letter expressing interest by July 1 to: ABA Delegate, Colorado Bar Association, c/o Charles C. Turner, 1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. For more information, click here.

Optimize Your CBA Membership:
ABA Retirement Funds
The ABA Retirement Funds program ("Program") provides unique 401(k) plan services for law firms. The Program has helped more than 4,000 firms enhance their employee retirement packages while eliminating firm level administrative expenses. Call the Program at 800-826-8901 for a free cost comparison and plan evaluation or visit us online.
 
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Accessing a Recently Opened Document

We often work on a Word document over a period of several days or even weeks. There are a number of ways to make it easy to open a document you recently worked on. You could look through your directories to find it; you could create an icon and save it on your desktop; or you could activate your “recent” feature.

Here’s one of the easiest ways:
1. Open Word (either a new document or an existing one)
2. The Word icon will now show up in the tray on the bottom of your screen.
3. Right click on the Word icon and a list of the 15 most recent Word documents will appear
4. Click on the one you want, and it will automatically open!

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

 
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