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Feb. 7

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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 “Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.”
~John W. Gardner
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In this Issue:
From the Bar

Bridging the Gap Breakfast—Saturday, Feb. 16
University of Colorado Law School

Every year, the CBA Young Lawyers Division hosts a breakfast networking event where practicing attorneys and law students meet over breakfast and discuss the topic of “Bridging the Gap” between the study of law and the practice of law. This is a well-attended event by both attorneys and students. Please consider attending this year’s great event. Click here to RSVP.

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 online. (The promo code is COLORADO.) A ticket includes a seat in the lower bowl and 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.

eLegislative Report: A Busy Start to the Session

The legislative session is off to a busy start. In this week’s CBA eLegislative Report, Michael Valdez summarizes 20 bills of interest that are working their way through the legislative process. In addition, CBA’s Legislative Policy Committee voted to take action on several bills at its weekly meeting on Friday, Feb. 1. Read about the bills of interest and the bills that the LPC voted to support.

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

Learn the common issues that arise for your small business clients: what business entity to choose on 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 what litigators wish transactional attorneys would know. Register now.

Family Law Evidence Practicum—Wednesday, March 13
Makes Plans for this Live-Only Program in Denver

Learn by doing in this small-group, intensive training setting. Join a panel of judges and experienced practitioners to learn and then apply skills that are critical to your family law practice, including laying a foundation; using exhibits; expert testimony; hearsay and child hearsay; and electronic evidence: social media, texts, email, and voicemail. Attendance is limited so reserve your seat now.

From the Courts

First Director Named to Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program
John T. Baker to lead effort to help new lawyers learn the profession.

The Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee has appointed Denver attorney and former Dnver Bar Association president John T. Baker director of the new Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP). The program, created by the Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession and housed within the office of the Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel, is designed to increase the training of and provide more support for new lawyers, one of the main goals of the commission.

Southwestern Colorado Judicial Districts Offer Aid to Self-Represented Litigants

The 6th and 22nd Judicial Districts announced they have opened new centers in Durango and Cortez to offer assistance to people representing themselves in non-criminal court proceedings. The centers are part of a broader program the Colorado Judicial Branch created to help the courts address the growing number of cases in which people forego representation by attorneys. For more information, contact Michelle Sylvain or Caitlin Stewart, self-represented litigant coordinators for the 6th and 22nd districts.

In the News

Gov. John Hickenlooper Signs First Two Bills of the 2013 Legislative Session

On Thursday, Jan. 31, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the first two bills of the 2013 legislative session. House Bill 13–1057, Concerning the Retention of the Avalanche Information Center Within the Department of Natural Resources, was sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson. Senate Bill 13–036, Concerning the Repeal of the Requirement that the General Assembly Annually Pass a Joint Resolution to Certify a General Fund Revenue Estimate, was sponsored by Sen. Pat Steadman and Rep. Cheri Gerou. Click here to read more.

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Lending Library Book of the Week

Interested in pro bono work but concerned about what it may take away from your current practice? Nelson P. Miller, an experienced pro bono practitioner and author of “Building Your Practice with Pro Bono for Lawyers,” can help you understand the financial and career benefits of pro bono work. See a review of the book in the February issue of The Colorado Lawyer. For more information, visit the Lending Library Webpage or contact Lauren Eisenbach at lauren@cobar.org or 303-824-5372.

Tip of the Week From Reba Nance

Excel Spreadsheet with Formulas to Compute Time

It’s a good practice to have your staff keep track of the number of hours they work each day. Even if you don’t have staff, you may need to track the hours that you spend working. While it can be a challenge to remember to write down when you arrive, take lunch and then leave for the day—the biggest obstacle is then adding all that together.

We’ve provided an excel spreadsheet for your use. It covers each month for 2013 and has built-in formulas built allowing you to track your hours. Enter the time you start working each day, a lunch break, and the time you stop working. In additions, there are columns that let you to keep track of the hours you spend working in the evenings. The spreadsheet automatically computes the total time so you can easily see how much time you (or your staff) is in the office each week and the grand total for the month. Also, you can track of vacation and sick time.

A few tips to keep in mind when you use the spread sheet:

  • Enter your name in the appropriate cell at the top of each month.
  • When you hover your mouse over a cell, you will see time-entering hints.
  • If you enter any time that has a 00 in it (i.e., 8:00 a.m.), you only need to enter the number and either an a or a p. For example, 5:00 p.m. is entered as 5 p.
  • For time with a value other than 00 after the colon, you need to enter the entire number followed by an a or a p. For example, enter 5:30 p.m. as 5:30 p.

No one likes to keep track of their time. But this self-computing spreadsheet makes it a lot easier!

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

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