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Jan. 17

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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 “Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.
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From the Bar

Complimentary Casemaker Training—Monday, Jan. 21

Back by popular demand, Reba Nance will host a series of free trainings on the latest version of Casemaker, the free legal research member benefit. Click here for a list of upcoming dates. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org with the date and whether you plan to attend in person or via webcast. These are free trainings with CLE credits available

The Colorado Lawyer Board Welcomes Applicants

The Colorado Lawyer is the official publication of the CBA and serves as an informational and educational resource to improve the practice of law. The Colorado Lawyer Board is an advisory committee that oversees publication policies. Members who are interested in participating on the board are welcome to submit résumés throughout the year to leonamartinez@cobar.org. An explanation of The Colorado Lawyer Board may be found online.

From the Courts

Sixth Judicial District Court Judicial Vacancy—Deadline to Apply is Wednesday, Feb. 6

The Sixth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, to interview and select nominees for appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the office of district judge for the Sixth Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Hon. David L. Dickinson. Applications also are available on the court’s home page. An electronic copy of the application in PDF format must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

From CBA-CLE

Dog Bites, Animal Cruelty, Service Animals, and More—Thursday, Jan 24
Live and Webcast Option Available

Animals are increasingly becoming the subject of legislation and litigation. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss the existing regulation of resident animals in Colorado, recent developments in animal welfare, enforcing Colorado’s neglect/cruelty provisions, laws regarding companion animals, procedural and substantive due process in animal regulation matters, and much more! Register now.

Understand the Fiscal Cliff and Its Impact on Your Clients—Tuesday, Feb. 12

Learn from top tax law practitioners what may (or may not) be around the corner regarding Washington, DC’s latest actions in the tax arena and the practical applications. Find out planning opportunities for your clients and predictions and recommendations for 2013. Review the complete agenda here.

Attend These Two Programs, Take a Pro Bono Case, and Earn CLE Credits—Two Upcoming Opportunities

Feb. 1: The Fundamentals of Practicing Before the Veterans Administration is only $39 if you take a pro bono case. To represent veterans with claims for benefits before the Veterans Administration, attorneys must be accredited by the VA. Start the process now; click here for more information.

Feb. 7–8: Family Law Basic Skills, co-sponsored by the CBA Family Law Section and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. This two-day seminar provides the tools to help you build a foundation for a successful family law practice and guide your family law clients. This CLE is only $65 if you take a pro bono case through Metro Volunteer Lawyers or another local bar pro bono program.

In the News

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Veterans’ Benefits Petition

On Monday, Jan. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for review of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding the processing of medical benefits for veterans. The denial in May by the court effectively affirms the Ninth Circuit’s decision that the Judicial Branch lacks authority to decide such appeals. Click here to read more.

Coworking: A New Means for Startup Real Estate

When deciding on commercial real estate, new entrepreneurs and solo attorneys should consider coworking as a viable real estate model. Coworking presents the opportunity for individuals from diverse fields to work daily or monthly in a shared, commercial environment at a reasonable price despite being employed by different industries or companies. Unlike some traditional commercial arrangements, one need not commit to a term of several years. Click here to read more.

FDIC Insurance Coverage for IOLTA and Other Accounts as of Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, FDIC insurance available to IOLTA accounts will be $250,000 per owner of the funds (client), per financial institution, assuming that the account is properly designated as a trust account and proper accounting of each client’s funds is maintained. Non-interest-bearing trust accounts will have this same level of coverage. Click here for information on FDIC insurance coverage for IOLTA and other accounts as of Jan. 1.

In the Legal Community

Colorado Legal Services’ Pro Bono Technology Tools Survey

Colorado Legal Services (CLS) has a small grant to develop a mobile app and “eCenter” (online library of resources and tools) to recruit new and support existing volunteer attorneys. To help CLS get started, please take five minutes and answer this short 10-question survey. Tell us what you need to make your pro bono time more productive and efficient.

Denver University Law Review Annual Symposium—Jan. 31–Feb. 2

The Denver University Law Review will host its 2013 annual symposium “40 Years Since Keyes v. School District No. 1: Equality of Educational Opportunity and the Legal Construction of Modern Metropolitan America.” Originating from Denver, Keyes was the first school-desegregation case from a major city outside of the South to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. By examining the 40 years since Keyes, the symposium will highlight how lawyers, judges, educators, policy makers, and citizens think about equality of educational opportunity in the 21st Century. Click here for more information or to register.

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Lending Library Book of the Week

Linda Pinson has produced an intuitive software application that does much of the work for lawyers and business managers trying to create successful business plans. “The Lawyer’s Guide to Creating a Business Plan” is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide toward growth using organizational, marketing, and financial strategies. The CBA Lending Library has the 2009, 2011, and 2012 versions of this software package. For more information visit the Lending Library page or contact Lauren Eisenbach at lauren@cobar.org or 303-824-5372.

Tip of the Week From Reba Nance

Website for Historical Stock Quotes

Maybe you’re gathering the information you need to file your tax return. Maybe you’re working on a divorce settlement that includes stocks. Perhaps you’re interested in following a stock you’re considering adding to your personal portfolio. In these scenarios, it is helpful to know what a stock was worth on a particular date. Most of us know where we can go to that information regarding the value as of today, but there are websites where you can also get historical stock quotes. One of my favorites is Big Charts.

Enter the symbol for the stock in the box that says Enter Symbol, and the date you want in the Enter Date field, and select Look Up. You’ll see a chart with the Opening and Closing Price, High, Low, and Volume values for that stock on that date. If you don’t know the symbol, click on Global Symbol Lookup near the top left-hand side.

Also, you may track a stock over a period of time. In the box to the right of the Global Symbol Lookup, enter the stock symbol. Now hit on the down arrow to the right of that box and you can choose to see how the stock has performed over various periods of time. Next, select email this chart or printer-friendly format and you have some very useful information!

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

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