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December 15, 2011 “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.”
~ Saint Francis de Sales

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In this issue…
  • Majority of Colorado Procedure Rules Amended
  • Sign up for Veterans Referral List
  • From the CBA CLE Legal Connection
  • An iPod and 7 Ethics Credit–All in One Package!
  • Preventing Legal Malpractice
  • Practicing Before the Dept of Veterans Affairs CLE Program
  • Stay in the Loop With the Legislature
  • Register and Pay Your Supreme Court Annual Attorney Fee Online
  • Optimize Your Membership With the Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado
  • Tip of the Week from Reba Nance
Majority of Colorado Procedure Rules Amended to Adopt “Rule of 7“ Time Calculations
The Colorado Supreme Court has made significant changes across the board for procedural time calculations. The amendments were made to the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, Colorado Appellate Rules, Colorado Rules of Probate Procedure, and Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure, among others. The changes conform these rules to the “rule of 7” for procedural time periods, eliminate the 3-day mail rule, and add other requirements and clarifications. All of the changes become effective Jan. 1. Click here for more information. Read an article explaining the changes in the January 2012 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.
From the CBA CLE Legal Connection
Motion to Modify or Dismiss Protection Orders Amended by State Judicial
The Colorado State Judicial Branch has issued a revised protection order form. The form is used for filing a motion to modify or dismiss temporary or permanent protection orders. Practitioners should begin using the new form immediately. Click here for more information.

Rules Governing Judicial Performance Commissions Amended by the Colorado Supreme Court
The Colorado Supreme Court has amended Chapter 37 of the Colorado Court Rules Governing the Commissions on Judicial Performance. The rules outline the procedures for appointing persons to the commissions and their evaluation of judges. These amendments are effective Jan. 1. Click here for more information.
Preventing Legal Malpractice: Two Great Programs to Choose From!
Co-Sponsored by the Professional Liability Committee
A Transactional Practice Program on Jan. 26 in Colorado Springs and Jan. 27 in Denver, plus a Litigation Practice Program in Denver on Feb. 3. Attendance qualifies attendees for a premium credit on renewal of the CBA-sponsored professional liability insurance. Submitted for 4 General Credits, including 4 Ethics. Also, if two or more CBA members from your office attend the live or webcast program, the cost for each additional attendee is only $159 per person!
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Sign up for Veterans Referral List
As a follow-up to the veterans’ clinic the CBA Young Lawyers conducted on Veterans Day, the bar is compiling a referral list of lawyers who are willing to take cases for military personnel and veterans. The bar office gets frequent inquiries, directly from soldiers and veterans and their families, and from military bases around Colorado, for legal representation on family matters, benefits, consumer issues, housing, etc. We would like to be able to refer these cases to a variety of lawyers willing to take them on a regular, reduced, or pro bono basis. The fee arrangement will be worked out between the client and the lawyer based on resources of the client, and will not be dictated by the bar. To sign up for the referral list, please contact Carolyn Gravit at or 303-824-5323.
An iPod and 7 Ethics Credits
All in One Package!
Now you can take the valuable lessons from this popular ethics program wherever you go. We’ve preloaded the extremely popular CLE program: Ethics 7.0 in 2011, for a total of 7 Ethics credits, on an 8GB iPod Nano. You’ll get the audio homestudy, program materials, and the iPod for one great price. And, it makes for a great gift! Why get your partner or associate another pen set or desktop calendar when you can get them the latest iPod pre-loaded with the best ethics program out there for Colorado attorneys. Buy now!
Practicing Before the Department of Veterans Affairs CLE Program
CLE in Colorado is presenting a program on Jan. 26 for lawyers to become “accredited” to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs. The morning session of this program meets the VA's attorney accreditation requirements. If you would like the session to constitute your 3-hour accreditation, complete the Form 21a application before the seminar and receive notification from the VA that you are accredited. Attorneys must be accredited before completing the required CLE on Jan. 26. Bear in mind that the process takes up to 4 to 6 weeks so the clock is ticking. For more information, click here. A special price of $39 for the accreditation morning portion is available to those registrants who agree to take a pro bono veterans case in the future.
Stay in the Loop With the Legislature
The CBA’s “e-legislative report” is a weekly e-mail newsletter that tracks the action at the state legislature for CBA members. To start your free subscription, e-mail Michael Valdez at If you received the newsletter during the 2009 legislative session, you do not need to re-subscribe.
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 and following the prompts. Lawyers will receive a postcard reminding them of this annual obligation, and that they must register before the end of February.
Tip of the Week from Reba Nance: Change the Default Folder for Open and Save

By default, Word tries to save new documents in your “My Documents” folder on your C drive. Using the same logic, when you click on “Open” to open an existing document, it assumes the document is saved in the “My Documents” folder. Many of us (if not the majority) want to save documents somewhere other than the “My Documents” folder on your C drive. For example, if you save your documents to client folders in a drive other than C, here's how you can change the default location for documents to something such as G:\clients\documents. That way, the next time you click on “Save As” the location will default to G:\clients\documents and all you have to choose is the individual client folder (depending on how you’ve structured your directory.) Here's how to do that in both Word 2003 and Word 2007:

In Word 2003
1. Open a new Word document.
2. Choose Tools and then Options from the toolbar.
3. Click on the File Locations tab.
4. Click on Documents under File Types.
5. Click on the Modify button.
6. Use the Look in: box to browse to the folder you want to use from now on.
7. Click on the folder name, then click on OK to select that location.
8. Click on OK again, and that’s it!

In Word 2007
1. Open a new Word document.
2. Click on the Microsoft Office Button (the graphic on the top far left).
3. Click Word Options (near the bottom of the box).
4. Click Save (on the left).
5. Under Save Documents, next to Default File Location box, click Browse.
6. Select the new default folder and click OK–you’re done!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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