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March 7

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From the Bar

Sign Up for Complimentary Casemaker Trainings—March 18, April 22, and May 20

Back by popular demand, Reba Nance will host a series of trainings on Casemaker, the legal research CBA member benefit. Click here for a list of upcoming dates. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org with the training date and whether you plan to attend in person or via webcast. The trainings are free of charge for CBA members and one CLE credit is available. All seminars will be held in the CBA-CLE small classroom.

The Colorado Lawyer Welcomes Article Topics

The Colorado Lawyer publishes practical, substantive articles on topics relevant to a wide variety of practice areas. Send us ideas for articles you’d like to see in the journal or hot topics in your practice area. We’ll do the outreach for authors, but if you’d like to write, let us know that, too! Contact Tracy Rackauskas at tracyr@cobar.org.

“The Brothers Size” Live Theater Performance and CLE—Thursday, April 11

Join the CBA Young Lawyers Division for a live theatre performance of “The Brothers Size” at the Curious Theatre and a CLE presentation that addresses issues of race and recidivism. The one-hour CLE presentation starts at 6 p.m., followed by cocktails and appetizers at 7 p.m., and curtain at 8 p.m. Balcony seats are $35 for CBA members and includes the CLE presentation, appetizers, and cocktails. Redeem this exclusive offer by using the code “COBAR” when purchasing tickets through the box office at 303-623-0524 or boxoffice@curioustheatre.org.

Work–Life Balance—Wednesday, April 10
Co-Sponsored with the Colorado Bar Association’s Committee for Balanced Legal Careers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Balancing a successful career, a thriving family, and personal well-being is no small task. How do we balance competing priorities that all seem to be the most important? What are some real-life, pragmatic strategies for confronting this challenge? In this lunchtime discussion, University of Colorado Dean Phil Weiser will moderate a conversation with three successful professionals about the challenges and triumphs of developing a successful career while raising a family and maintaining individual happiness and satisfaction. For more information and a list of background readings and references, click here.

From CBA-CLE

Mental Health Issues and the Law: Medical, Judicial, Legal, and Policy Perspectives—Tuesday, March 19

Regardless of your practice area, issues of mental health are difficult to discuss and can affect your clients and practice. This program provides answers to difficult questions, so you’re able to discuss options when mental health issues become part of your case. Included in the program is a mock direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses in a hearing on whether medication should be administered involuntarily. Register now.

Family Law Spring Update—Friday, April 12

Highlights include new cases and their practical application; a legislative update, including the New Maintenance Formula and Civil Union Bill; whatever happened to unallocated family support? Life after Miller and Lovejoy; pros and cons of private judges and special masters; the use and misuse of receivers in domestic actions; social media discovery issues; and a panel of judges to speak on the ethics and best practices in dealing with a pro se adversary. Find out more.

In the News

James Coyle to Replace John Gleason as Head of Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Colorado Supreme Court announced that James C. “Jim” Coyle is the new chief regulation counsel at the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, effective March 1. He replaced John Gleason, who announced in January his retirement from the Colorado OARC and move to Oregon to become the Oregon State Bar’s Director of Regulatory Services. Click here to read more.

Environmental Concerns in Estate Planning and Real Estate Conveyancing

When constructing an estate plan, property conveyance is an important feature. However, devising property can sometimes create unanticipated problems when the property is subject to environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

Seventh Annual Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit—Monday, May 6

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness will hold its Seventh Annual Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit on Monday, May 6, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. Don’t miss the Luncheon Plenary “The Next Big Boom: Diversity in a Changing Legal Market” with legal industry leaders, seven cutting-edge workshops, and the Summit Reception with a dozen prominent members of the general counsel. Receive early bird pricing through March 31. Register online at centerforlegalinclusiveness.org.

From the Law Schools

Mobile App Privacy—Monday, March 15

The spring privacy seminar will focus on the privacy implications of mobile apps. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently issued guidelines for mobile apps and the California Attorney General has issued a set of enforcement policies dealing with mobile apps resulting in its first lawsuit which is against Delta Airlines. The seminar will concentrate on the interaction of federal, state and private litigation involving mobile apps. Learn more.

Optimize Your Membership

Brooks Brothers Spring Corporate Shopping Event

One day only, CBA members receive 30 percent savings on regular-priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers stores or online at BrooksBrothers.com. Click here for your corporate membership card needed to receive the discount.

Lending Library Book of the Week

Microsoft Word is one of the most-used applications in the Microsoft Office Suite. “The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Word 2012,” written specifically for lawyers by Ben Schorr, a 20-year veteran of legal technology, will introduce you to Word 2010 and explain the key features that will help you in your daily practice. 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

Let Adobe Acrobat Read Your Document Aloud!

This works with the full version of Acrobat and the free version of Reader.

If you have Adobe Acrobat, take advantage of the “read out loud” feature to have your computer read your document aloud. This is a great tool for proofreading or listening to your document for readability. You need to have your computer connected to speakers and the volume turned up. Or try it without speakers if your hearing is better than mine! Here’s how:

  1. Open your PDF document
  2. Select View (located on the top toolbar) and then Read Out Loud (at the bottom of the list of choices). You may need to select Activate Read Out Loud first.
  3. Choose Read This Page Only or Read to End of Document.
  4. To pause or stop, go back to the toolbar; select View, Read Out Loud and then Pause or Stop.

Personalize this feature by setting your preferences for volume, voice, speech attributes, and reading order:

  • In the toolbar, select Edit, Preferences, and then Reading (on the left-hand side). Now make your selections.

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

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