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Jan. 31

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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
~Vince Lombardi
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From the Bar

COBALT Class of 2013 Begins the Year at a Retreat

The 2013 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training class held its first session, a weekend retreat, at the Cliff House in Manitou Springs. Featured speakers included Chief Justice Michael Bender and CBA President Mark Fogg, as well as Sam Addoms, former CEO of Frontier Airlines. View photos from the event or learn more about COBALT.

eLegislative Report: Senate Judiciary Gives SB–11, Civil Unions Initial OK

The CBA went on record for the second year to support SB–11, Civil Unions. Several substantive sections of the CBA have supported the legislation passage and are reviewing the bill for possible technical corrections or amendments. Track the bill’s progress by reading the eLegislative Report online. Stay in the know about Colorado legislature by signing up to receive the eLegislative Report via email each week.

Nominations Sought for Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award—Deadline Wednesday, Feb. 6

Know a Colorado paralegal committed to providing pro bono services in his or her community? The CBA and Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association want to recognize individuals for their pro bono service and welcome nominations for the annual Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award. Click here for more information and nomination criteria. For questions and to submit a nomination form, contact Lauren Eisenbach by Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Pre-order the 2013 Colorado Legal Directory

The 2013 Colorado Legal Directory will be released in February 2013. If you have not taken the opportunity to order your copy, please do so now. The directory includes detailed listings for every Colorado attorney and their fields of practice, as well as up-to-date information on courts, judicial districts, and other legal organizations.

Wee Give Children’s Charity Drive

Save your children’s clothes, strollers, cribs, car seats, and any other similar items for our annual donation drive. The CBA and DBA Young Lawyers Divisions are collecting donations for the local Wee Cycle charity, which gives items necessities to needy children and families across Colorado. If you are interested in having your firm participate as a drop-off center, email Carlos Migoya. The drive will begin with a kickoff party at Katie Mullens at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, and will run through the month of March.

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From claims of harassment to defamation, receive incisive, practical pointers on prevention of common lawsuits that stem from disciplinary missteps. Also learn practical tools for navigating the disciplinary process, including coaching, warnings, performance improvement plans, and even last-chance agreements. The presentation includes sample disciplinary documents and the pros and cons of different progressive disciplinary systems. Register now!

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 Passholders can attend this program for free? Find out more about the pass. Review the complete agenda here.

In the News

Are Lawyers Unhappy? (Part 2)

Guess what? Happy people make happy workers! That seems intuitive; also there’s research to back it up. How do lawyers measure up in that regard? Not so well. Research shows that, even though we’re as happy with our work as the next person, we’re generally not happy people. Some people think this is because the personality traits that make good lawyers don’t make happy people. Click here to read more. In case you missed it, read Part 1 of the series.

2013 Cost of Living Adjustment Figures for Colorado Probate Code Available

The Colorado Department of Revenue released its 2013 Cost of Living Adjustment figures for certain amounts in the Colorado Probate Code, as required by CR. § 15-10-112. The COLA figures affect decedents’ estates, elective shares, exempt property under CRS § 15-11-403, lump sum distributions of family allowances, and collection of personal property by affidavit. Click here to read more.

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Lending Library Book of the Week

“How to Start and Build a Law Practice” by Jay Foonberg, an ABA bestseller, is available in the CBA’s Lending Library. Thinking about starting your own law practice but unsure of where to start? Foonberg’s book is packed with information about getting started, identifying the right location, finding clients, setting fees, managing your office, maintaining an ethical and responsible practice, maximizing available resources, upholding your standards, and much more. 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

Create a Recurring Appointment in Your Outlook Calendar

By using the recurring appointment feature, Outlook makes it incredibly easy to enter recurring meetings or events only once. Last week’s tip demonstrated where to find information regarding rule changes and new rules. Now the trick is to set a reminder to regularly check rule changes. You can accomplish this by creating a recurring appointment in your calendar. Here’s how:

  • Open your Outlook Calendar
  • Select New to create a new appointment
  • Fill in the Subject, Location, and add any notes in the blank field at the bottom of the appointment
  • Click on Recurrence, located within the Options group at the top of the screen
  • Type in the start time (or click the down arrow and choose the time) within the Start box of the Appointment Time area
  • Repeat by entering the End time in the End box
  • Now you’re ready to select the recurrence pattern
  • Choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly
  • Depending on which you chose, your next set of options will vary. In our scenario, click on Weekly
  • Type Two in the box [where it says Recur every ___ week(s)] to remind us to check every two weeks
  • Select the box to the left of the weekday you plan to check for new or changed rules
  • Ensure the Start date, within the Range of Recurrence area, is the first day you want to check
  • Select OK and you’re set!

This may seem complicated, but it’s really not. Follow these steps and you should need to schedule recurring meetings only once until you decide to delete them.

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

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