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Jan. 24

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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”
~Francis Bacon
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In this Issue:
From the Bar

Denver Cutthroats Hockey Game and Fundraising Event—Friday, March 1

The CBA Young Lawyers Division invites you to enjoy a hockey game for a good cause. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by clicking here. (The promo code is COLORADO.) A ticket includes a seat in the lower bowl, access to the “party deck” with free food, and two drink tickets for beer or soda. Best of all, the Cutthroats will donate $5 from every ticket sold to COLTAF.

February Solo–Small Firm Networking Meetings

The Solo–Small Firm Section networking meetings are great opportunities to connect with your peers, and are stimulating practice management and technology discussion forums. Solo–Small Firm Section members look forward to networking with their CBA colleagues far and near at these meetings. Click here to find a February meeting near you.

Stay in the Loop with the Colorado State Legislature

The CBA’s eLegislative Report is a weekly email newsletter that tracks the action at the state legislature for CBA members. To start your free subscription, email Michael Valdez. If you received the newsletter during the 2012 legislative session, you do not need to re-subscribe. Read Chief Justice Michael Bender’s State of the Judiciary address covered in the most recent issue. Also, check out Valdez’s weekly video recaps online.

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From the Courts

John S. Gleason Honored by National Organization of Bar Counsel, Announces Retirement

John S. Gleason, chief regulation counsel for the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation, will be honored by the National Organization of Bar Counsel in February. He is selected to receive the organization’s highest honor, the President’s Award, for his adroit dedication to the legal profession and his many years of contributions in the areas of legal ethics, professional responsibility, and disciplinary enforcement. Click here to read more.

On Monday, Law Week Colorado reported that Gleason will step down as chief regulation counsel in March and will take over as the Oregon State Bar’s director of regulatory services. The move comes after more than two decades in the Colorado office, the last 13 of which he spent in the top position as regulation counsel. In an email to Law Week announcing his retirement, Gleason said it was just “time I move on.” Read the full article from Law Week.

From CBA-CLE

Estate Administration Basic Skills—Friday, Feb. 22
Co-Sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate Section

Master the basics of estate administration, a process with many details and deadlines. At this program experts will provide an overview of the essential steps to take in areas including tax, creditors’ claims, and real estate matters. Did you know that CLE Elite Pass holders can attend this program for free? Find out more about the pass. Review the complete agenda here.

Advising Small Companies: Responding to Your Clients’ Needs with Practical Advice—Wednesday, Feb. 27

Learn the most common issues that arise for your small business clients: what business entity to choose upon formation of the business, how to negotiate contracts and real estate leases, current employment law concerns, and what intellectual property issues to watch out for. Also learn about what litigators wish transactional attorneys would know. Register now.

In the News

Spark the Discussion: The “Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force”

When Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Amendment 64 into law, proclaiming marijuana legal to use, possess, and purchase for those 21 years or older in Colorado, advocates barely paused to celebrate their victory and opponents barely recognized their defeat. Instead, all sides immediately began working on implementing this historic initiative through Hickenlooper’s “Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force.” Click here to read more.

New Tax Law for a New Year

On Jan. 2, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. ATRA extends much of the previous tax laws such as those acts passed in 2001 and 2010. ATRA also makes some changes to previous law. Much of ATRA is permanent, meaning it is not scheduled to expire. Select highlights of ATRA of particular interest to trust and estate attorneys, including changes to some key exemptions and rates, are summarized. Click here to read more.

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Lending Library Book of the Week

Are you considering starting your own IP law firm? “Starting an IP Law Practice: Critical Questions to Ask Yourself” by Ann M. Mueting will help you ask many of the not-so-obvious questions, evaluate your options, and decide what is best for you as you embark on the adventure of developing your own IP practice. 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

Keeping Up With Rule Changes

Many of us find out about a new rule (or a rule change) after it’s been in effect for awhile—sometimes with unfortunate consequences. Fortunately, CBA-CLE tracks new rules and proposed rules, and then publishes them in one place, complete with commentary. Here’s how to find out about proposed and adopted rules:

  1. Go to CBA CLE’s Legal Connection Blog.
  2. Hold your curser over Updates near the upper left-hand corner.
  3. A drop-down menu will give you a choice of Adopted Rule Changes or Proposed Rule Changes.

The information is in chronological order, with the most recent postings on top. Typically each post will include a rule change summary, a link to the text of the change, a red-lined copy (if available), the date it goes into effect, and comment periods or hearings on proposed rules.

Now you know where to go, but you still must check it regularly. Next week’s tip explain how to create a recurring calendar appointment or reminder to check for new rule updates!

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

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