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April 18

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Thursday, April 18, 2013 When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’
~Fred Rogers
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In this Issue:
From the Bar

Effortless Social Media for Lawyers—Tuesday, April 23
Complimentary Webinar from Clio, a CBA Member Benefit Provider

Join Joshua Lenon, the director of communications for member benefit provider Clio, on Tuesday, April 23, at noon, as he outlines effective social media marketing tools for your legal practice. This webinar will cover the most popular social media services, rules that apply to lawyers, common mistakes, and how to use your firm’s everyday activities to power your social media marketing. Professional advertising and ethical rules impose a special duty on lawyers that extends to social media; make sure you are in-the-know. Click here for more information and to register.

Annual Food and Wine Tasting Fundraiser with Silent Auction—Friday, May 31

The CBA Young Lawyers Division will host its 2013 Annual Charity Fundraiser at Space Gallery on Friday, May 31, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This year’s benefiting charty is Denver Urban Scholars, a nonprofit that provides financial, academic, and emotional support to students experiencing risk factors that reduce their odds of graduating high school. Click here for tickets.

Become an Our Courts Presenter—Training on Saturday, May 4

Please join us for an Our Courts speaker training Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Holland & Hart Denver office and receive three general CLE credits. A live webcast is available at the Holland & Hart offices in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Aspen. Our Courts provides nonpartisan informational programs to adult audiences around the state to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado. RSVP to Meghan Bush, and indicate the presentation topics you are most interested in, whether you are a Spanish speaker, and if you are registering for the live presentation or webcast.

Interested in Creating a 2014 Theme Issue of The Colorado Lawyer?

If you would like to participate in creating and coordinating the October 2014 issue on a particular theme, contact leonamartinez@cobar.org for proposal information. The Colorado Lawyer Board will review all 2014 theme issue proposals in September 2013.

2013 Salary and Satisfaction Survey

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 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.

From CBA-CLE

Advising Nonprofit Organizations: A Primer and the 22nd Annual Institute—May 2–3

The 2013 Primer is designed to introduce practitioners to more general aspects of the laws governing the formation and operation of nonprofit organizations. The Annual Institute will present a comprehensive analysis of legal issues of concern to nonprofit organizations and is designed for attorneys and key representatives of nonprofit organizations, including board members, executive directors, chief financial officers, accountants, and representatives of government agencies. You can attend either program, or both for a discounted fee!

Better Appellate Writing, Briefing, and Oral Argument—Tuesday, May 23
With the Hon. John Webb

Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Webb will show how to express yourself clearly and effectively in your written documents and at oral argument; use well-built cairns to make it easy for the appellate court judges to follow your position; and give a powerful oral argument, including how to handle questions from the bench. In addition, the program includes an interactive in-class writing exercise, so you can practice your new skills immediately. Register now!

From the Courts

18th Judicial District Opens Veterans Treatment Court
New Problem-Solving Court Designed to Serve Military Veterans

The 18th Judicial District opened a new Veterans Treatment Court, the second in Colorado, designed to assist military veterans who suffer from certain mental health disorders and who are involved in the criminal justice system. Similar to the Veteran Trauma Court in Colorado Springs, the Veterans Treatment Court serves high-risk, high-need adult clients who suffer from diagnoses such as post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. Participants enter the program voluntarily and may reside anywhere within the 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties). Read more.

Larimer County Court Judge Finalists Selected

The 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates—David Ayraud, Mary Berenato and Kraig Ecton, all of Fort Collins—for a Larimer County court judgeship created by the resignation of the Hon. Ronald L. Schultz. Under the Colorado Constitution, Gov. John Hickenlooper has 15 days from April 11 within which to appoint one of the nominees. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via email to the governor.

In the News

Morphic Fields and Change (Part 1)

We can gain useful perspective from borrowing concepts and vocabulary from other fields. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake posits the existence of “morphic fields.” We can use the concept to think about how change happens (or not). Honest. Click here to read more.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Bidding Adieu to the Sunset (Part 3)

Return of the Charitable IRA Rollover through 2013. The 2012 Tax Act extended the IRA charitable rollover rules through 2013. These rules originally were implemented in 2006, and expired at the end of 2011. The charitable IRA rollover provisions allow individuals who are 70 ½ years or older to transfer (or “rollover”) up to $100,000 per year from their IRAs to most charities on a “tax neutral” basis if the transfer is a “qualified charitable distribution” and satisfies certain rules. Click here to read more.

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

Spring Transitions

As part of the spring cleaning theme, it’s time for us to look within to see what thoughts, mental chatter, and negative or pessimistic belief systems are holding us back. Much like hitting the metaphorical “reset” button on our minds, we can find clarity and a new perspective when we examine our daily thought patterns. What do we think about on a daily basis, and what is our perspective on the things we are thinking about? People tend to repeat the same theme of thoughts, which leads to repetition of behaviors and circumstances. Do we give those around us the benefit of the doubt, or do we judge others for their choices, words, and behaviors? Do we allow other people’s moods or our surrounding environment to control our emotional states? Feeling stuck in certain thought patterns can be both painful and restrictive. Thus, we turn to our third spring cleaning tip: Getting psychologically grounded and clearing out negative thoughts for tremendously positive results. Read more helpful hints online.

Optimize Your Membership

New CBA Member Benefit—RxSavingsPlus

RxSavingsPlus is a prescription discount card program available to CBA members who do not have insurance or take medications that are not covered by their insurance plan. The card is complimentary and can be used at 60,000 participating pharmacies nationwide, including Target, Rite Aid, and CVS. There is no paperwork, claim forms, or waiting period, so you can start saving today. To learn more about this benefit and to obtain your card, click here.

LPM Library Book of the Week: “Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers”

“Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers,” by Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch, is the newest addition to the “in one hour” series for Lawyers. This book is a step-by-step guide to the features and functions of Gmail and Google Calendar, as well as related services such as Google Voice and Video, Hangout, and Call Phone. In just one hour, you will learn how to transform your law practice by using these powerful Google tools. For more information about this title and many others in the CBA’s Law Practice Management Library, visit the Lending Library page or contact Lauren Eisenbach at 303-824-5372.

Tip of the Week From Reba Nance

Change the Outlook Calendar Background Color

I use categories in Outlook for a number of reasons. One thing categories allow me to do is look at my calendar and easily tell the difference between a meeting I have to attend, a presentation I’m scheduled to make, and a meeting I need to track but won’t attend.

Here’s how to change the background in Outlook. Give it a try—you can always easily change it back!

  1. In an open item, select the Microsoft Office Button (icon in upper left-hand corner)
  2. Select Editor Options (in the lower right-hand)
  3. Select Popular (upper left-hand), and then the color scheme that you want.

A blue color scheme is the default, and some colors (such as shades of blue or purple) don’t show up as well. Try selecting black or silver; black has the most contrast and colors really pop. Even if you don’t use categories, sometimes it’s good to change things up and give yourself a whole new Outlook!

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

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