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Thursday, April 4, 2013 April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
~William Shakespeare
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In this Issue:
From the Bar

2013 Pro Bono Paralegal Named

Ginny Lee, a paralegal with Kennedy Childs P.C., has been named the Colorado Bar Association and the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association’s 2013 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year. Since 2004, she has volunteered more than 1,500 hours as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. As a CASA volunteer, Lee appears in court and speaks on behalf of child victims in abuse and neglect cases. Read more about Lee here.

2013 Salary and Satisfaction Survey

In an effort to learn more about the state’s 37,000 registered attorneys and the legal profession as a whole, some of the state’s most influential organizations have banded together to launch a survey of salaries and job satisfaction. The Colorado Supreme Court, University of Colorado Law School, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the Association of Corporate Counsel—Colorado Chapter, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Law Week Colorado, Gibson Arnold and Associates, and the Colorado Bar Association will collect data through mid-April. Click here to participate in the survey.
The survey will provide a more accurate picture of who makes up the legal community, as well as where law school graduates end up over the course of their careers. Participants will remain anonymous.

Register for the Sean May Memorial Run/Walk—Saturday, May 11

The Fifth Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk will be on May 11, at Barr Lake State Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit Access to Justice programs and Sean May’s family. Click here for more information or to register.

From CBA-CLE

Starting a Colorado Business—Thursday, April 11
Co-sponsored by the CBA Business Law Section

Program highlights include: Choosing the Right Entity; Forming the Entity; Buy–Sell Agreements; Piercing the Corporate Veil; Intellectual Property: Practical Information a Start-up Company Should Know; Structuring the Company for Franchising or Growth; and Ethics and Knowing Your Client. Check out our outstanding faculty and details on registering.

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.

In the News

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Bidding Adieu to the Sunset

On Jan. 1, while the ink on many year-end gift tax transfers was still wet, the 112th Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2012 Tax Act). The 2012 Tax Act was signed into law the following day, ending more than a decade of estate and gift tax uncertainty. This article summarizes the estate and gift tax provisions of the 2012 Tax Act, discusses the act’s impact on estate planning, and outlines select income tax provisions affecting planning for individuals. Click here to read more.

Are Lawyers Unhappy? (Part 6) Lessons from Aristotle

Kevin Rhodes has been blogging on the topic of lawyer happiness for a while. Aren’t we getting a little carried away? I mean, yes, we live in a country founded on “the pursuit of happiness,” and a lot of the guys who endorsed that idea were themselves lawyers, but that was then and this is now, so let’s not get carried away. Click here to read more.

From the Law School

Judges Sought for First-Year Oral Arguments—April 5–13

Volunteers are needed to judge oral arguments of first-year students in an appellate advocacy class at the University of Colorado Law School. Oral arguments will take place from April 5 to 13; most arguments will be held in Denver at the 10th Circuit Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals, and some will be held in Boulder at CU Law. Unless otherwise indicated, each argument will last approximately two hours. To view the full schedule or to volunteer, click here or contact Nicole Drane at Nicole.Drane@colorado.edu or 303-492-1057 with your available time(s).

Work–Life Balance—Wednesday, April 10
Co-Sponsored with the CBA’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. What are some real-life, practicable strategies for balancing competing priorities? University of Colorado Law School Dean Phil Weiser will moderate a conversation about the challenges and triumphs of developing a successful career while maintaining individual happiness and satisfaction. Click here to learn more. Lunch is provided. Two ethics credits are available; cost to attend is $10 for University of Colorado Law School alums; $20 for non-alums.

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 general counsel members. Register online at centerforlegalinclusiveness.org.

The Balancing Act: COLAP’s Tip for Work and Life

Spring Transitions

Remember the saying “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb”? Spring encourages an exploration of contrasts—from fierce gales to gentle breezes, and pelting rains and snow to sunny cloudless days. Spring is the transition from winter to summer. Transitions, whether they are external (such as a change in the weather or moving to a new home) or internal (such as a change in perspective, a piece of new wisdom gained, or overcoming a previous challenge) can be mixed blessings. Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg, an expert in the areas of adult transitions, identifies three assumptions about transitions. Read more.

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Casemaker’s app for the Android, iPhone, and iPad is available and simple to use. Just follow these easy instructions:

  1. Enter Casemaker from the CBA’s website, and follow the Available Mobile Application link.
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Sign up for an online webinar today. Contact Casemaker for research assistance at 877-659-0801; or contact the CBA at 303-860-1115 for research and login assistance.

Lending Library Book of the Week: “Flying Solo”

Are you considering going solo, or perhaps exploring ways to improve your solo practice? “Flying Solo,” a compilation of information from solo practitioners, local bar practice management advisers, and other legal professionals, provides tools to help you with banking and billing; operations issues such as staffing and office location and design decisions; technology for the small law office; and marketing and client relations. 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

Ultimate Guide to Gmail—Free for Download

Many lawyers use Gmail for business and/or personal email. The Ultimate Guide to Gmail, by Taty Sena, is a free, handy, and informative PDF guide to using this free email service. It also includes valuable links to Gmail shortcuts and a Gmail cheat-sheet. Learn how to use Gmail settings, labels, filters, and more. If you are using Google Docs, Google Calendar, Tasks, or need help using any function in Gmail, this handy PDF document will be of assistance.

Thanks to Diane Ebersole of the State Bar of Michigan and the ABA Practice Management Advisers for this tip.

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

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