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September 22, 2011 “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ”
~ Abraham Lincoln
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In this issue…
  • Nominations Sought for 2011 Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • Application Period Open to Fill Judicial Nominating Commission Vacancies
  • Real Estate Fall Update
  • Veterans’ Legal Clinics to Kick Off in November
  • Moot Court Judges Needed
  • Blogs and Beers
  • Long-Term Care Insurance Informational Presentation
  • From the CBA CLE Legal Connection
  • Book Signing with Rebecca Love Kourlis
  • CBA YLD To Kill a Mockingbird Event
  • Being Prepared: How Lawyers Can Lay the Groundwork for Their Own Financial Future
  • Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Western Conference of the Bench and Bar
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Nominations Sought for 2011 Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
The CBA Young Lawyers Division is seeking nominations for the Gary McPherson Award, which acknowledges and honors a young lawyer in the community who has demonstrated a commitment and dedication to community service. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 14. For more information and for the nominating form, click here.
Real Estate Fall Update, Friday, Oct. 14
Get in-depth interpretations of the latest cases and get answers to difficult questions about recent legislation related to real estate law, including transfer fees, public records vs. personal privacy, and mechanics’ liens. Don’t miss the point/counterpoint debate on mortgage modifications: what should be a simple modification can involve a dizzying number of federal and state issues and regulations that continues to be in flux. Also get a look ahead at the new and improved Colorado Real Estate Commission forms. Find out more.
Moot Court Judges Needed, Oct. 28
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association will host the Rocky Mountain Region Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition at the University of Denver on Oct. 28. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges. No experience, judicial or litigation, is necessary. All judges will receive a bench brief with all main issues and applicable case law, as well as suggested questions to ask competitors. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nicoal Miller or click here.
Long-Term Care Insurance Informational Presentation, Thursday, Oct. 6
This 20-minute program will provide the basics of what long-term care is; what health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid provide; and what long term care insurance can cover and the costs. This includes information on the federal/state Partnership Program. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. The program is also available via webinar. Click here for more information or to RSVP.
Book Signing with Rebecca Love Kourlis, Thursday, Nov. 17
Rebecca Love Kourlis, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and Executive Director of IAALS—Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, will be at the Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue Store at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 to sign and discuss, “Rebuilding Justice: Civil Courts in Jeopardy and Why You Should Care,” which she wrote with Dirk Olin. No need to RSVP. For more information about book, click here.
Being Prepared: How Lawyers Can Lay the Groundwork for Their Own Financial Future, Thursday, Oct. 6
This morning program will provide a framework to help you anticipate the critical financial life-planning decisions essential to living the life you choose. Be proactive, not reactive, by implementing smart strategies for your unique retirement. Pat Funk will lead the program from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $45 for members, $60 for nonmembers, and includes a copy of the speaker's book, “Lawyers at Midlife,” and continental breakfast. Three general CLE credits available. You may attend in person or via webcast. Click here to RSVP.
Optimize Your Membership: Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado
There currently are more than 4,000 locations nationwide that participate in the Shared Branching Service Center network. As a member of Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado you have access to use any one of those locations to make deposits, withdrawals, and loan payments. To find a branch near you visit and click on “Branch Locator.”
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Western Conference of the Bench and Bar
The court’s 24th Annual Judicial Conference, Western Conference of the Bench and Bar, will be held Oct. 18 and 19 in Berkeley, Calif. This year’s two-day program highlights many key areas of the court’s jurisdiction, including bid protests, government contracts, patents, Fifth Amendment takings, and Indian law. Click here for more information.
Application Period Open to Fill Judicial Nominating Commission Vacancies
There are 45 vacancies on judicial nominating commissions across the state of Colorado. Applications are due Oct. 14. Click here for more information.
Veterans’ Legal Clinics to Kick Off in November
The CBA is beginning a statewide effort to establish free legal clinics for veterans. The first clinics will be held in Denver and Colorado Springs on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and in Fort Collins on Nov. 10. Lawyers who are interested in volunteering to staff the “legal advice” clinics are needed for those locations, as well as others to be established in the future. Additionally, lawyers will be needed to take pro bono cases for those veterans needing representation. If you are interested in helping, please contact Carolyn Gravit at
Blogs and Beers, Wednesday, Sept. 28
SOLO in COLO, the CBA blog for solo and small firm practitioners, will host a happy hour for those interested in or already blogging. The meetup will be held at Blake Street Tavern at 5:30 p.m. Blogger and Leadership for Lawyers president Mark Beese will speak on blogging and marketing. Light appetizers will be provided. RSVP to Sara Crocker at or click here for more information.
From the CBA CLE Legal Connection
The Opposing Party Just Sued Me—Now What? Tuesday, Oct. 11
Nancy Cohen, with Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, will discuss the trend of the opposing party suing the lawyer when the transaction doesn’t work out, the opposing party believes you are his or her attorney, or an adverse ruling occurs in the litigation against your client and the opposing party wants you to be responsible. Cohen will discuss the types of claims that are typically filed and the recent Colorado Supreme Court case of Allen v. Steele. Register now for this one-hour Ethics CLE Program!

Four Key Provisions of Recent Patent Reform
Patent attorneys and industry insiders are abuzz with detailed analysis of the Senate’s overwhelming passage of the America Invents Act (AIA) this month, representing the biggest change in patent law in 50 years. Here are four key provisions of the AIA for patent litigators and litigants, and don’t miss the upcoming CLE, The America Invents Act—A Discussion of the Significant Changes in U.S. Patent Law, on Oct. 5. Co-sponsored by the CBA Intellectual Property Section. Click here for more information.

State Judicial Issues Two Revised Forms
The Colorado State Judicial Branch has issued a revised form for a legal service provider to certify that their client is indigent. Once certified as indigent, the client is eligible to have most court-related fees waived. Click here for more information. State Judicial also has issued a revised finding and order form to be used for granting eligibility to proceed without the payment of a filing fee, to have the filing fee paid in installments, or to deny eligibility to proceed without payment. Click here for more information. Practitioners should begin using the new forms immediately.

Criminal Procedure Rule 17(h) Revised for Failure to Obey Subpoena
The Colorado Supreme Court is requesting written public comments by any interested person on proposed changes to Crim. P. 17(h). The Honorable Judge Morris Hoffman of the Denver District Court has written a letter that summarizes the proposed revisions to the rule and outlines arguments for and against the change, which adopts the common understanding that judges have the power to issue bench warrants when witnesses fail to appear for a criminal trial. Click here for more information.

Legal Writing Pro: How to Get Memos that Help, Not Hurt
Young attorneys and their supervisors often have confusion and cross-purposes when it comes to writing memos. A partner asks for the memo to help make a decision, but the associate wants to avoid making any decision at all—particularly a wrong one—and thus hedges at every turn. To get around this impasse, try the following approach to encourage memo writers to produce more valuable material. Click here for more information.
CBA YLD ”To Kill a Mockingbird” Event, Oct. 26
The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts with an informative and engaging panel discussing ethics in and surrounding criminal defense trials and preparation. Following the panel there will be a light pre-show dinner and cocktail mixer beginning at 5:15 p.m., with the show beginning at 6:30 p.m., and a post-show “talk back” session. This event includes a wonderful afternoon and evening at the theater for $30 per ticket to CBA members and $20 to law students. Please contact Carlos Migoya or Ben Currier to reserve and purchase your tickets to what is sure to be a fantastic evening. Please purchase or RSVP for your tickets no later than Sept. 30.
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Outlook Tip—Permanently delete an e-mail rather than sending it to the Deleted Items folder

When you delete an e-mail in Outlook, it is not actually deleted. It is sent to the "Deleted Items" folder, and you have to go into that folder and delete it again for it to be gone. There are times, however, when you know you want to permanently delete an e-mail the first time. To do this, highlight the e-mail, hold down the Shift key and press the Delete key. You will get a message asking if you're sure you want to permanently delete the item. Click on Yes—and it's gone!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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