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December 8, 2011 “People who live well are experts at giving. They give their money; they give their time. They share their wisdom and their skills. They quickly say yes when asked to help. For them … to give is to love and to love is to live. It’s a formula for a successful life.”
~ Steve Goodier, writer 

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In this issue…
  • Solo and Small Firm Denver Holiday Party, Monday, Dec. 12
  • 2011 Holiday Gifts for Lawyers
  • From the CBA CLE Legal Connection
  • Secrets to Solo/Small Firm Success
  • Holiday Gifts for Your Law Colleagues
  • Register and Pay Your Supreme Court Annual Attorney Fee Online
  • CFI Guidelines Amended Again by the Colorado Supreme Court
  • Optimize Your Membership with FedEx
  • Revised Local Rules Now Effective for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
  • Mac Tip of the Week from Tomasz Stasiuk
Solo and Small Firm Denver Holiday Party, Monday, Dec. 12
RSVP by Today, Dec. 8
The Solo and Small Firm Section is excited about its upcoming annual Networking and Holiday Party on Monday, Dec. 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the CBA CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300, in Denver. As in years past, wonderful door prizes will be given to attendees. Cost for section members is $5 for a holiday buffet luncheon and $10 for non-section members. If you are not a section member, you can join at the door for $10 and then pay an additional $5 for the party. Please RSVP by today to lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.
From the CBA CLE Legal Connection
Legal Connection Programs: Short, Hot-Topic CLE Programs to Fit Your Busy Schedule!
Two programs are offered next week dealing with critical, timely issues: Review and Analysis of CRS § 10-1-135 – Recent Changes in Colorado Law Regarding Subrogation Claims in Personal Injury Cases on Monday, Dec. 12 and Secret(s) – Confidentiality of Information: Colo. RPC 1.6 Communications on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The Importance of a Company Facebook Page for Small Firms
A Facebook page connects your firm to the outside world without too much effort. This easy, free tool will engage your audience and eventually convert some of them into clients. Being actively involved with a Facebook page (along with a Twitter feed, blogging, and a LinkedIn page), can set your firm apart as innovative in the legal industry. Click here to read more.
Holiday Gifts for Your Law Colleagues!
It can be difficult during the holidays to pick out the right gifts for colleagues. Books are a great idea—CBA CLE is hosting a book signing and author reception next Tuesday, Dec. 13, with a number of prominent attorneys signing their books. The titles range from Colorado legal history books to true crime and other works of fiction. Just some of the authors attending include: Rebecca Love Kourlis, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice; R.J. Jagger, Attorney and Fiction Author; Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court Justice; Harry MacLean, Attorney and True Crime Author; and Jacqueline St. Joan, Attorney and Professor. For more information and the complete list of authors, click here.
Optimize Your Membership
FedEx
Whatever your needs this holiday season, you can count on FedEx to deliver. Whether you have gifts to send, orders to fulfill, or materials to print, FedEx has the solutions to help you get it done on time. Plus, get CBA member discounts on select shipping and business services through the FedEx Advantage® Program. Click here for details.
2011 Holiday Gifts for Lawyers
Harvey Birdman, Red-Tape Cuff Links, Bobbleheads, and Tech Toys from the ABA Journal
As one of America's most beloved lawyers, Abraham Lincoln's bust appears in many law firms. You can get your own from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, which has a beautiful bronze sculpture of the Young Lincoln for $299.99. But if you're looking for a Lincoln bust with less dignity and a lower price, they also have the Lincoln Bobblehead, which comes in at $14.99. Looking for a Supreme Court bobblehead? Well, the Green Bag makes them, but they're not for sale. Check eBay!

Secrets to Solo/Small Firm Success: Getting Clients, Keeping Them, and Unique Ethical Issues, Monday, Dec. 19

Are you considering hanging your shingle but don't know where to start? Join Daniel Sweetser as he shares his secrets to success as a solo and small firm practitioner. He'll show you the inside track to getting clients–and keeping them, and he'll let you know how to handle the unique ethical challenges solo practitioners face. Find out more!
Register and Pay your Supreme Court Annual Attorney Registration Fee Online
Colorado licensed lawyers may now register and pay their Supreme Court annual attorney registration fee by going to www.coloradosupremecourt.us and following the prompts. Lawyers will receive a postcard reminding them of this annual obligation, and that they must register prior to the end of February.
CFI Guidelines Amended Again by the Colorado Supreme Court
The Colorado Supreme Court has amended the Chief Justice Directive “Concerning Court Appointments of Child and Family Investigators Pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-116.5.” These amendments reflect Chief Justice Michael L. Bender’s decisions based on the second phase of work by the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues. Additionally, JDF 1318 (“Order Appointing Child and Family Investigator”) was revised by State Judicial to reflect the changes. Click here to read more about the changes for CFIs.
Revised Local Rules Now Effective for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
The US District Court of the District of Colorado has reviewed and approved revisions to its Local Rules of Practice, which became effective Dec. 1. The rules are published online and available to view as an entire set, with a hyperlinked table of contents, index, and appendices. The Advisory Committee on the Local Rules of Practice also invites your participation in the 2012 Local Rules revision cycle. Click here for more information.
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance: Sending E-mails on the Fly–Pre-address Them!

If there are people to whom you often send e-mail, you can easily create desktop shortcuts that will start Outlook and automatically address messages to your frequent e-mail recipients with one click. Here's how:
1) Right-click on a blank area of the Windows desktop (the screen you get when you first start your computer) and select "New" from the pop-up menu
2) Select "Shortcut" from the fly-out menu
3) In the box underneath the line: “Type the location of the item:" type mailto: followed by an e-mail address (Example: mailto: reban@cobar.org)
4) Click "Next" and type a name for the shortcut–such as Reba's e-mail
5) Click "Finish" and your new shortcut will appear on your desktop

Now, click on that shortcut and an e-mail dialogue box will open with a pre-addressed e-mail message. Couldn’t be easier!

H
ere are two ways to easily get you to the Windows desktop screen (see #1 above):
1) Look at the toolbar at the bottom of your screen–on the far right-hand side of the tool bar is a blank space. Move your cursor over the space and “Show Desktop” will pop up. Click on it and the Windows desktop will automatically appear; or
2) Look at the toolbar at the bottom of your screen–put your cursor on a blank area (to the right of any icons) and right-click. Click on “Show the desktop” and the Windows desktop will automatically appear.

Use whichever shortcut is easier for you to remember. Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

Mac Tip of the Week from Tomasz Stasiuk: Built-in Magnifying Loupe in OSX Lion
If you need a quick call out, or you need to draw attention to part of an image in Preview, hit the tilde key (~) to open a magnification loupe. You can make the loupe larger or smaller by pinching and expanding on the trackpad or using the plus and minus (+ and -) keys. You may not be able to just tell your computer “ENHANCE!” However, you can quickly get a nice magnifier!

Check out the full article with screenshots here.
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