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December 22, 2011 “The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.”
~ Sydney Smith

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In this issue…
  • Holiday Hours for the CBA and Courts
  • Colorado Supreme Court Recent Rule Change to Computation of Time
  • From the CBA CLE Legal Connection
  • Pro Bono Opportunity With the Boulder County Conservation Easement Program
  • Civil Access Pilot Project Forms
  • Preventing Legal Malpractice
  • From MINES and Associates: Have a "Reasonably" Happy Holiday Season
  • Holiday Crime Prevention
  • Mock Interviewers Needed at DU Law
  • Legal-Specific Technology Programs for All Legal Professionals Including iPads
  • Optimize Your Membership With SurePayroll
  • Tip of the Week from Barron Henley
Holiday Hours for the CBA and Courts
The Colorado Bar Association, CBA CLE, and Colorado courts will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, in observance of Christmas Day. The CBA and courts also will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of New Year's Day.
From the CBA CLE Legal Connection
The Life and Times of Brian Boatright: An Interview with the Newest Colorado Supreme Court Justice
Justice Boatright would like the attorneys who will be appearing in front of him, as well as all of the citizens of Colorado, to know that he respects the separation of powers so fundamental to our system. He trusts the law, and he trusts in our system of justice. To the Colorado legal community, he will apply the law to the utmost of his ability, no matter the case or issue. He is honored to be appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court. Click here to read more.

Spark the Discussion: Broken Promises and Federal Threats—A Roller Coaster for the Medical Marijuana Industry
In a striking turn in December 2011, various news agencies have reported that a confidential federal official was claiming that the government was considering a “crackdown” in Colorado on any medical marijuana business located near a school, despite an express allowance in the Colorado Medical Marijuana Code permitting localities to allow such businesses within 1,000 feet of a school. Click here to read more.
Preventing Legal Malpractice: Two Great Programs Coming!
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 is only $159 per person.
Mock Interviewers Needed at DU Law
The Office of Career Development and Opportunities at The University of Denver Strum College of Law is hosting a mock interview day on Tuesday, Jan. 31, to provide students an opportunity to refine their interviewing skills by interacting with practicing attorneys. Volunteer interviewers may sign up for one of the following two-hour time slots: 8–10 a.m., Noon–2 p.m. or 4–6 p.m. Each volunteer interviewer will meet with four students at 30-minute intervals. 20 to 25 minutes will be spent on the mock interview, allowing 5 to 10 minutes for personal critique and discussion of the student’s performance. If you are available to volunteer, please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 13, to Gayle Keahey.
Optimize Your Membership
SurePayroll
SurePayroll offers CBA members access to an award-winning online payroll alternative that saves you time and money. This simple and convenient full-service solution—created to suit the needs of most small businesses—can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Click here for more information.
Colorado Supreme Court Recent Rule Changes to Computation of Time
The Supreme Court recently approved changes to the rules concerning computation of time. The changes are significant and impact virtually all rules of procedure, with the majority of the changes effective Jan. 1. Click here to read the changes.
Pro Bono Opportunity With the Boulder County Conservation Easement Program
Make a positive difference in your community! Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space Department is looking for attorneys and paralegals to volunteer with its Conservation Easement Stewardship Team during the summer of 2012. This position will familiarize volunteers with Boulder County’s Conservation Easement Program and give them fieldwork experience. Volunteers will schedule and conduct site visits using county files and personal digital cameras to conduct monitoring reports. For more information, contact Emily Greenwood.
Civil Access Pilot Project Forms
The Civil Access Pilot Project will launch in the First (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties), Second (Denver), Seventeenth (Adams County), and Eighteenth (Arapahoe County) Judicial Districts on Jan. 1 and will apply to all applicable cases filed in these pilot districts up to Dec. 31, 2013, or until further order of the court. You can find information and forms about the project here. Want to get a quick overview of the project? Click here to read more.
From MINES & Associates: Have A “Reasonably” Happy Holiday Season!
There is a lot of information or suggestions about ways to lessen the stress of the holidays. However, if you don’t take the time to examine your holiday expectations, it’s possible that there will be some frustrations, stressors, and disappointments that cast a wicked spell on your sense of holiday magic. Read more here. For further information about confidential assistance for lawyers, click here.
Holiday Crime Prevention
The Colorado Crime Prevention Association has produced a short (60 seconds) holiday crime prevention video. The information is extremely relevant. Please view the video and feel free to pass onthe link to other members of your community. The video is on the CCPA’s YouTube channel.
Legal–Specific Technology Programs for All Legal Professionals Including iPads
Paralegals, legal assistants, secretaries, and attorneys can benefit from upcoming technology programs. iPads for Legal Professionals on Jan. 13 will show you how an iPad can become an essential part of your daily law practice workflow. For these four half-day programs, Jan.18-19, you can take one or all (with discounts for multiple courses). Adobe Acrobat for Law Firms; I’m Buried in Paper–What Can I Do? Paper Reduction Strategies for Law Offices; Legal Drafting with Microsoft Word 2007/2010–The Basics; Microsoft Word 2007/2010 – Advanced Techniques.
Tip of the Week from Barron Henley: Microsoft Word's AutoCorrect Feature

Word's AutoCorrect feature automatically corrects commonly misspelled words on the fly, with no intervention on your part. Here are a couple tips that can save you time with your legal drafting:

Did you know that you can create an AutoCorrect entry for words you often misspell? Even though Word includes hundreds of commonly misspelled words in AutoCorrect, you might want to add a few of your own. To do this, follow these steps:

1. In Word 2007, click Office Button, Word Options, Proofing, AutoCorrect Options button. In Word 2010, click the File Menu, Options button, Proofing, AutoCorrect Options button.
2. In the Replace box, type the word as you commonly misspell it. In the With box, type the correct spelling of the word.
3. Click Add and then hit OK.
4. Test it by typing the keys, followed by a space. The keystrokes should be replaced by the AutoCorrect text.

To save even more time, you can use the same procedure to automatically insert words or phrases that you frequently type and/or that are annoying to type. For example, you can create an AutoCorrect entry that replaces "/irc" with "Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.” Using this technique has the potential to significantly increase your typing speed.


Barron Henley will be in Denver Jan. 18–19 to teach four half-day programs designed to increase your technological efficiency. The programs will cover a range of issues from Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, and Paper Reduction Strategies. Click here to read more about implementing these Word AutoCorrect features and to learn about the upcoming programs!

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