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August 11, 2011 “Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”
~ Langston Hughes
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In this issue…
  • Bar Association Staffer to Head National Association of Bar Executives
  • CBA Membership Forum: Join the Discussion on Mentoring
  • Highlight Yourself in the 2012 Colorado Legal Directory
  • Diversity Awards
  • Social Media in Law Firms
  • Hanging Your Shingle
  • Get Your Head in the Clouds: Cloud Computing
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Fundamentals of Securities Law
  • Business Development Building Blocks
  • Colorado Real Estate Practice Course
  • Nominations for 2012 Six of the Greatest”
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Bar Association Staffer to Head National Association of Bar Executives
Dana J. Collier Smith, the assistant executive director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, began her term in August as president of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. Founded in 1941, NABE is dedicated to serving professionals who work for bar associations and law-related organizations. It is an affiliate of the American Bar Association.
Highlight Yourself in the 2012 Colorado Legal Directory
Upgrade your listing in the Legal Directory by appearing in more than one field of practice, by putting your entry in bold type, or by being listed in the firms section. For a small additional fee for each, you will stand out in the crowd! Simply click here to get started. Click here for FAQs and answers. Other questions? Call 303-860-1115 or e-mail PR@cobar.org.
Social Media in Law Firms—Trust Your Young Associates?
Find an analysis of the generational divide that exists among attorneys and see how social media and technology is (and should be) perceived and used by lawyers in firms. Experienced attorneys may work differently than novice attorneys which is not necessarily a bad thing. Click here to read more, and click here to subscribe to Law Practice Management tips or other updates from Legal Connection.
Get Your Head in the Clouds: Cloud Computing for Solo Lawyers
Everyone at CBA-CLE is extremely excited that Larry Port is coming to Denver next week to present on cloud computing at our Hanging Your Shingle program. Larry is an expert in the field and co-founder of Rocket Matter. He will introduce you to the cloud, describe the benefits (and some concerns) of cloud computing, and look forward to the future of legal technology. Click here for more information.
Fundamentals of Securities Law, Thursday Sept. 8
Protect yourself and your clients with timely, comprehensive, and accurate information on SEC fundamentals including registration, exemptions, reporting requirements, liability, and much more. Interact and learn from the experienced faculty and leave with solid information critical to your success. Find out more.
Colorado Real Estate Practice Course with Willis Carpenter
Starts Tuesday, Sept. 13
Colorado Real Estate Practice has been offered annually since 1977, and is recognized as the best basic skills course in the Colorado real property law area. If you are a recent bar admittee, an experienced practitioner needing a refresher, a real estate professional, or a legal assistant working in real estate, this course is invaluable. Read the complete agenda.
CBA Membership Forum: Join the Discussion on Mentoring
How can the bar association provide its members with more value? Join the discussion with the committee established to assist in doing so, bringing your ideas to the table and listening to your colleagues’ ideas. The next conference call is Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 a.m. The topic is mentoring with emphasis on looking at other member service programs such as Match Program and Lend A Lawyer. The dial in is 866-200-5786; use conference code 3038245350. Contact Heather Clark for more information.
Diversity Awards
Nominations due Aug. 19
The Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee seeks nominations for its 2011 Diversity Awards, the Diversity Trailblazer Award and the Diversity Leadership Award. Read more about the awards here. Please send all nominations to Meshach Rhoades at Meshach.Rhoades@centurylink.com no later than Aug. 19.
Hanging Your Shingle, Aug. 18–20
The experienced faculty of attorneys and professionals either have been in your shoes or have helped attorneys just like you, and they will walk you through the process of opening your own law firm and offer best practices. Review the complete agenda here.
“Psychology of Performance—27 Managers’ Accountability for Systems” from Mines & Associates
Every day, we get to consult, weigh in, design, or support employees who work with incompatible systems: databases that do not talk to each other and require work arounds, work flows that bog down due to constraints that bottle-neck the work flow, and individuals who hoard information and dole it out sparingly. Read more... For further information about confidential assistance for lawyers, click here.
Business Development Building Blocks from Attorney at Work
Mom had it right: Brush your teeth. Wash your face. Comb your hair. Get to the gym. Make it routine and you won’t suffer the weight of getting things done—you’ll just do them. Read more...
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. If you would like more information or would like to nominate someone, click here.
 
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Using Google to See Real-Time Traffic Conditions

Google is a great way to find information, but it can do much more than just search for websites. Time is money, and there’s nothing more frustrating than getting caught in the middle of a traffic jam on the highway. Google Traffic allows you to view traffic conditions for free in real time. Since more and more of us have smart phones, you can easily check the traffic conditions while you’re driving (remember to do it safely!) Here’s how:

Go to http://maps.google.com/

In the upper right-hand of your screen – click on Traffic. A map will be displayed and you can click on the major city you want to check. You can zoom in by using the scroll button on your mouse, or using the zoom tool. The more you scroll in, the more detail you will see.


Red indicates speeds of less than 25 mph, yellow shows 25-50 mph and green means traffic is moving at more than 50 mph. Red circles show problems. Click on one and you will see what the problem is – an object in the road, a lane closure, a road closure, etc. – and exactly where the problem is.

Check out the eHow video for more information on using this feature. The video says it’s only available on major highways, but I did notice some secondary highways (in California) that also displayed live traffic conditions.


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

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