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Feb. 28

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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 “Noblest of all dogs is the hot dog;
it feeds the hand that bites it.”
~Laurence J. Peter
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In this Issue:
From the Bar

Encourage Future Legal Minds—Help Judge Mock Trial State Finals

Volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and community leaders are needed to judge the 2013 CBA State High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 8 and 9. Colorado’s best teams will compete at the Larimer County Justice Center in Fort Collins. Several time slots are available and breakfast/lunch will be provided for volunteers. Email cgravit@cobar.org for more information or click here to complete a volunteer form.

eLegislative Report Highlight

A whirlwind of bills continues to move through the General Assembly. Among them is HB 13-1086, concerning the preparation of the record in appeals from county court judgments. The CBA-supported bill revises the process of county court civil and criminal actions that are appealed to the district court. Click here to learn more about HB 13-1086 and other bills of interest. Sign up to receive the weekly report straight to your inbox.

From CBA-CLE

UCC Article 9 Security Interests: Collateral Refresher and Hot Topics—Wednesday, March 6

Colorado’s top commercial law experts will help you get up to speed on the UCC article governing security interests—Article 9—and the many issues surrounding it. There are discounts for CBA Business Law Section members, new lawyers, and legal support staff—and our Elite Pass holders can attend for free! Check out our faculty and agenda for this half-day program!

The Trust and Estate Spring Update: Natural Resource Issues in Estate Planning—Friday, March 8
Sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate Section

As a trust and estate lawyer, it’s important to know what to do when natural resources issues come up with clients—and when to refer them to trusted colleagues who specialize in these areas. Water, oil and gas, hard minerals, and other environmental concerns can arise with your clients. Don’t miss this essential information for your trust and estate practice—register now!

From the Courts

18th Judicial District Offers Aid to Self-Represented Litigants in New Center

People representing themselves in non-criminal court proceedings in the 18th J.D. (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties) can now turn to a new Self-Help Center for assistance in navigating the court system. A full-time staff is available to help self-represented parties with procedural information, assistance in locating and filling out court forms, and providing information regarding the legal process. Legal reference materials and brochures are available in the Center, as well. There is no charge for these services. Email assistance is available at 18CourtHelpCenter@judicial.state.co.us. Court forms and other self-help material may be found online and in the 18th J.D. Clerk’s Office.

Rio Grande County Courthouse Moves to Single Point of Entry
Colorado Court Security Commission funds enhanced security measures

The Colorado Court Security Commission recently awarded more than $86,500 in grant funds for 2013 to the Rio Grande County Courthouse in Del Norte. The funds have been used to implement a single point of entry for the courthouse and for two part-time deputies from the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office to staff the entrance during normal business hours. Find more information about the Colorado Court Security Commission online.

In the News

Spark the Discussion: Colorado Marijuana Industry 2.0 (Beta Version)

As our shortest month draws to a close, so does the Amendment 64 task force. Earnest work has been accomplished by the Task Force, but there is still more to do. Click here to read more.

Colorado Water 2012 Initiative a Roaring Success

The year 2012 was remarkable for the history of water regulation in Colorado. It marked the 75th anniversary of the legislation that created many of Colorado’s water management organizations, the 100th anniversary of the Rio Grande Reservoir, the 50th anniversary of the Fryingpan-Arkansas project in the Southeastern Water Conservancy District, and the 10th anniversary of the start of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Click here to read more.

From the Law Schools

First Annual Student Veteran Scholarship Fundraiser—Wednesday, March 13

The Student Veterans of America, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Chapter is pleased to announce the first annual student veteran scholarship fundraiser to be held in the Ricketson Law Building Forum on March 13 at 6 p.m. Scholarship funds are a vital part of our veterans’ ability to attend law school. All funds raised will be used to provide scholarships to veterans of the armed forces attending the Sturm College of Law. For questions or to RSVP, contact Mike Shay at mshay14@law.du.edu. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, contact Lindsey Beigning at 303-871-6117 or visit du.edu/ascend.

University of Colorado Jewish Law Students Association—Call for Interested Attorneys

The Jewish Law Students Association at CU is back after a brief hiatus and is run by two first-year students. JLSA is committed to fostering a community among anyone who is interested, and being Jewish is not a requirement for participation. JSLA is working to create a contact list of Colorado attorneys for events, which may include Shabbat dinners, happy hours, a mentor program, and other social and networking opportunities. Please contact Abbey Wallach if you wish to be included in the email list. JSLA’s first event will be a happy hour in Boulder in mid-March, stay tuned for more details!

Optimize Your Membership

New CBA Member Benefit—Annuities with a 5 Percent Bonus

The CBA has partnered with National Affinity Services to offer CBA members an Annuity with a 5 percent bonus. Fixed annuities are an ideal tax-deferred vehicle for conservative investors who want a guaranteed investment. For more information, call 303-802-9848 or email nas@nationalaffinity.net.

Start Saving with a Credit Union Low-Interest Auto Loan

When you’re ready to buy a new or used vehicle, consider the benefits of financing with Legal Community Credit Union of Colorado. We combine great rates with personalized service to help you through the auto loan process. We offer competitive interest rates, 100 percent financing, refinancing options, no application fees (pay only for your credit report and title), terms up to seven years, and a quick application process. Visit coloradolegal.org to start your pre-approval today!

Lending Library Book of the Week

Thinking about buying a practice? What about trying to sell the practice you’ve spent your life building? Sarina Butler and Richard Paszkiet have put together a guide on how to do just that! From the ethics of buying and selling, to the client and file preservation, “The Lawyer’s Guide to Buying, Selling, Closing, and Merging a Law Practice” has what you’re looking for. For more information about this title and many others in the CBA’s Lending Library, visit the Lending Library page or contact Lauren Eisenbach at lauren@cobar.org or 303-824-5372.

Tip of the Week From Reba Nance

Protective Case and Battery Booster Extends Your Smartphone Battery Life (Significantly!)

Over time, smartphone batteries don’t last as long on a full charge. Add to that the fact we often forget to plug in our phones to charge. Considering how often we rely on our phones, this can be a problem.

I was recently on a trip with a girlfriend whose son was taking his family to Disneyland. He was walking out the door when he noticed his phone was only 50 percent charged. Based on his battery life, he knew his phone would last only a few hours before dying. The solution? My friend loaned her son her Boost Case. Basically, a battery boost case acts as a protective case for your phone while it serves as a back-up battery! When you put your phone in a boost case, the phone pulls power from the case first before using its own power. This means your phone will last longer before your battery dies. By using the Boost Case, her son stayed in the park all day and his phone still had 50 percent battery power left, despite not charging it!

There are many manufacturers and models on the market. Search battery boost case online and you’ll find links to reviews, models, features, and plenty of other relevant information. Before you purchase a boost case, make sure it is compatible with your phone’ specific make and model.

Some market leaders are:

Boost Case, at boostcase.com
Mophie, at mophie.com
Seidio, at seidio.com
Hyperion, available on Amazon.com

At a cost of between $30 and $80, you won’t need to worry about a dead battery again!

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

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