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Thursday, March 14, 2013 Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
~Albert Einstein
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From the Bar

Palmer High School Wins State Mock Trial Tournament

Students from Colorado Springs’ Gen. William J. Palmer High School took first in state, defeating a team from Denver’s Colorado Academy in the championship round on Saturday night at the Colorado Bar Association State Mock Trial Tournament. Palmer High School will advance to the National Mock Trial Championship May 9 to 11 in Indianapolis. Read more here. A special thank you to all our members who volunteered at the tournament. Your support continues to make this a successful program!

eLegislative Report Highlight

On March 8, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 13-1035. The bill creates two new district court judgeships; one each in the 5th and 9th judicial districts. Although the bill was signed on March 8, the act doesn’t take effect until July 1. Click here to read the full report. Sign up to receive the weekly report straight to your inbox.

The Colorado Lawyer Seeks Proposals for October 2014 Theme Issue

Special issues comprise five to eight substantive law articles on broad-based topics related to a single theme or area of law. Emphasis is on the practical and procedural, rather than the theoretical or philosophical, and an ethics-related article should be included in the mix. Send questions and requests for information to leonamartinez@cobar.org.

The Colorado Bar Association Economic Survey Snapshot Report Released

The 2012 Economic Survey, conducted in the summer of 2012, has been finalized into a report for CBA members. Please note: You must be logged-in on the CBA website to view this document. Questions about the survey can be forwarded to the CBA’s Law Practice Management Department at reban@cobar.org or 303-860-1115.

From CBA-CLE

Employment Law 2013—April 4–5
Co-sponsored by the CBA Labor & Employment Section

The 2013 Employment Law Conference provides critical employment law updates, whether you are interested in state or federal issues, the plaintiff’s or defendant’s perspective, or if you’re new to employment law or a seasoned professional. The experienced faculty will give a comprehensive review of key cases, legislation, regulations, and the most recent news. Review the complete agenda.

Hearsay: The Truth of the Matter Asserted—Wednesday, April 24

You studied the hearsay rules in law school, and you use this objection (and its exceptions) in the courtroom. But do you know the rules well enough to think on your feet when you’re in court? Learn the art and science of the hearsay rule from two judges and an experienced litigator and NITA instructor. Register now for this outstanding program.

From the Courts

ICCES Trainings Return on April 8 at the CBA Offices

The Colorado Judicial Branch is offering training for its new e-filing system, which will become the mandatory e-filing system by summer 2013. Sign up online for training. Trainings will be held at the Colorado Bar Association offices from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. (October and November trainings will be on the first Monday.) Visit the Judicial Branch’s ICCES Project website to register for the ICCES system and view additional information. Questions or comments may be directed to icces-feedback@judicial.state.co.us.

In the News

Social Media Policies: Permissible Employer Regulation

Social media use is rapidly increasing and has become central to the workforce. Employers recognize that public information posted online is useful for monitoring employee activity and the portrayal of the company. However, new technologies result in unintended legal consequences. Recently, an Applebee’s waitress was terminated after posting a customer’s receipt online and the SEC warned Netflix’s CEO that his Facebook post might trigger securities regulations. Click here to read more.

Congratulations to John Gleason, 2013 Recipient of the ABA Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award

John Gleason, former chief regulation counsel for the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, has been selected to be the 2013 recipient of the ABA Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award. The award will be presented at the 39th National Conference on Professional Responsibility in May. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

ABA Woman Advocate Committee’s Regional Networking Gathering—Thursday, March 21

The American Bar Association’s Woman Advocate Committee will host a regional meeting, featuring a teleconference with Carol Frohlinger of Negotiating Women, Inc. and co-author of “Her Place at the Table” and “Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It” on the barriers to women’s advancement. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Steese, Evans & Frankel, P.C. in the Denver Tech Center. There is no cost to attend and ABA membership is not required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sandy Potter.

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Lending Library Book of the Week

Are you looking for ways to market your firm but feeling a little uncomfortable about the methods? “Selling in Your Comfort Zone” by Robert and Lawrence Kohn will help you overcome your discomfort with selling by helping to find the method that works best for you. This guide proves that selling can be done effectively and comfortably, by motivating you to take action and identify strategies and tasks that you are comfortable doing. 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

Acronym Finder

The other day I was reading an article titled “10 Simple Things SMB Websites Need to Fix before SEO.” I knew SEO meant search engine optimization, but I wasn’t sure about SMB. I quickly pulled up one of my favorite websites—Acronym Finder.

I typed SMB in the box at the top-middle of the page and selected find. Scrolling down the page, I saw my search returned 59 results. “Small and Medium Business” was the second one listed, between “Server Message Block” and “Seven-Mile Beach (Cayman Islands).”

Acronym Finder has been around since 1996 and has more than 750,000 human-edited definitions for acronyms and abbreviations. It adds more than 5,000 new acronym definitions to its database each month. Each term is reviewed for accuracy, verified from multiple sources, categorized, and edited by an experienced human editor.

The next time you come across an acronym or abbreviation you don’t know, run it through Acronym Finder. I’m certain you’ll find what you’re looking for!

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

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