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June 16, 2011
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In this issue…
  • CBA’s 2010 Economic Survey
  • Help Preserve Access to Justice
  • Colorado Notary Law 2011
  • CBA Awards Committee Welcomes Nominations for 2012 “Six of the Greatest”
  • Statistics in the Courtroom
  • ABA Annual Meeting Sneak Peek
  • ¿Habla español?
  • Handling Settlement Negotiations and Mediation
  • Legal Connection Program
  • CBA YLD Raises More Than $2,000 for The Third Way Center
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
  • App of the Week and Blog of the Week from Alli Gerkman
  • Mac Tip from Lenny Frieling
CBA’s 2010 Economic Survey
If you have not already taken the 2010 Economic Survey, please click here. Responses will be collected in a random manner so that they cannot be associated with individual respondents. The survey will remain open until 5 p.m. on Monday, June 20. Questions? Contact Heather Clark.
 
Colorado Notary Law 2011, Wednesday, July 6

This program is presented by Michael L. Shea, former director of the Division of Licensing and Enforcement with the Colorado Secretary of State, in coordination with the office of the Colorado Secretary of State. Find out more!

Statistics in the Courtroom, Thursday, June 30
—Presented by the Litigation Class Action Sub-Section
As the standards of proof for class certification have become more rigorous over the past few years, the use of statistical evidence in class certification proceedings has become a growing trend. For the practitioner, this means that knowing when and how to use statistics can be the difference between winning and losing a class certification motion. Click here to RSVP for this one-hour CLE luncheon program.
 
¿Habla español?
Regardless of your comfort level in the language, whether you are a practicing attorney, paralegal, or law student, please join the Spanish Language Lawyers Committee for an informal reception at the CBA offices on Thursday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. Appetizers and drinks will be served. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org.
 
Legal Connection Program, Tuesday, June 21

Safeguard Your Clients' Sensitive Information and Survive a Security Breach. Find out more!

Help Preserve Access to Justice

Every day, legal aid lawyers are helping low-income Coloradans who are confronting serious civil legal problems. Last year alone, more than 11,000 people in our state received the help they needed to escape domestic violence, avoid financial exploitation, access necessary medical care, and otherwise ensure their fair treatment under the law. Now significant funding cuts threaten these essential services. Please help ensure access to justice for those who need it most. Give generously to the Legal Aid Foundation.

CBA Awards Committee Welcomes Nominations for 2012 “Six of the Greatest”
Every July, The Colorado Lawyer honors as many as six outstanding lawyers by publishing a profile of their lives. The CBA Awards Committee is seeking nominations of outstanding lawyers to be profiled in the July 2012 issue. Among other things, nominees should be attorneys who exemplified the high ideals of the legal profession, made significant contributions to the CBA, were active in civic and community affairs, or were instrumental in accomplishing significant changes in the law. Nominees will have been deceased at least seven years as of July 2012. If you would like more information or would like to nominate someone, please contact the CBA Awards Committee, c/o Tracy Rackauskas. Letters may be mailed to: The Colorado Lawyer, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203-4336. Also, please specify whether you are interested in researching and writing a profile of a nominee.
 
ABA Annual Meeting Sneak Peek
A sneak preview of the agenda for the American Bar Association's House of Delegates at the ABA's Annual Meeting in Toronto is now available. Click here for the agenda. For more information or to comment on the ABA issues, please contact Ilene Bloom or Troy Rackham.
 
Handling Settlement Negotiations and Mediation, Thursday, July 7

This program will cover the intricacies of the mediation process and settlement negotiations from the defendants' and plaintiffs' perspectives. Register now!

 

CBA YLD Raises More Than $2,000 for The Third Way Center
On June 3, the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division held its 2011 Annual Charity Fundraiser. Those in attendance enjoyed a beer and wine tasting, and a great selection of silent auction items hosted at Moye White, LLP. YLD would like to thank all who attended the event, and the many generous donors who provided a fine assortment of items for our silent auction.
 
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Get Help Finding "Lost" Laptops and Wireless Devices , And Delete Data Remotely

Computrace's Lo Jack for Laptops (www.lojackforlaptops.com) is a theft protection service that tracks, locates, and recovers stolen laptop and desktop computers. The standard version is $39.99 for one year or $89.99 for three years. The premium version (which will also remotely delete data) is $59.99 for one year or $99.99 for three years. Click here to read a good review of six of the most well-known services. One service not reviewed in the article you might want to take a look at is Brigadoon’s PCPhoneHome and Mac PhoneHome. It costs $29.95 and is a one-time charge with no annual fees. PC Magazine has a good review of six neat apps here. (Hidden is just $15 and is Mac-specific.) Probably the best free service is called Prey. You can check out a review here.

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

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

Blog of the week: Longreads
Bullet points. Top 10 lists. Quick tips. Short-form writing, especially online, has made it easier for us to consume a large amount of information quickly. But what have we sacrificed by turning everything into CliffsNotes? Too much. You have to make a concerted effort to find long-form work online, but it’s there. And this site is curating it (and even including estimated reading times and integration with Instapaper). Longreads editor Mark Armstrong collects and posts links to a variety of in-depth articles and essays. You might not like every article he chooses, but you’ll definitely discover something new. And if you let yourself read the whole piece, you’ll emerge more refreshed, engaged, and enlightened than if you spent the time reading 100 top 10 lists.

App of the Week: Day One $1.99 for iPhone and iPad; $9.99 for Mac
I discovered Day One last week and its elegant and easy-to-use interface turned it into one of my most-used apps overnight. Think of it as a digital Moleskine. If an idea pops into your head, you can add it here and come back to it later. The app organizes your entries by date and time and even has plans to let you attach photos in future updates. Of course, you also can use it for longer entries, but unless you love drafting long-form work on your phone, it’s easier if you also have the application on iPad or Mac. And if you do, Day One gets even better because it syncs your entries across all devices using Dropbox.

If you have any questions contact Alli Gerkman at agerkman@cobar.org.

Mac Tip from Lenny Frieling

Macs can be deceptive. They generally work so well that we don’t concern ourselves with proper backup strategy. Although the future, in my opinion, will be solid state drives, with longer lives, the current reality is that hard drives crash. End of story. The only open question is “when?” Mac’s Time Machine, a built in feature, should be adequate protection, although not perfect.

Look for the counter-clockwise arrow/circle with the clock dials, on the top menu bar. That contains the default setup and options (I use the defaults for the frequency of backups), and permits you to designate the external hard drive to which it will back up. Personally, I change external hard drives about yearly, securely keeping the previous one. Select OPEN TIME MACHINE PREFERENCES and you’ll be prompted to select the connected external hard drive. Keeping another external hard drive with a full backup off-site, is, of course, essential.

A manual backup can be started anytime, say, before you do a major upgrade.

 
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