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Thursday, May 2, 2013 Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
~Martin Luther King Jr.
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From the Bar

Complimentary Casemaker Training—Monday, May 20

Reba Nance will host a training on Casemaker, the legal research tool exclusively for CBA members, on May 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Can’t make this date? Click here for a list of upcoming trainings. 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 are at CBA-CLE.

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 charity 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.

2013 Salary and Satisfaction Survey

To learn more about the state’s 37,000 registered attorneys and the legal profession, 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 May 24. 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

45th Annual Rocky Mountain Securities Conference—Friday, May 10
Co-sponsored by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the CBA Business Law Section

This is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier securities conference presented by many of the country’s most knowledgeable securities practitioners! Hear from George Canellos, acting director for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, as well as several other SEC directors and commissioners. Topics include enforcement; the defense perspective; regulated entities; current issues in corporation governance; accounting and auditing standards and regulations; current issues in corporation finance; emerging growth company financing, Reg D general solicitation and crowd funding; and ethics! Register now!

Time Mastery for Lawyers: More Than 100 Ways to Maximize Your Productivity and Satisfaction—Thursday, June 6

National speaker Frank Sanitate has taught thousands of lawyers and other professionals how to gain mastery over their time. He’ll teach you how to eliminate stress, balance work life and personal life, achieve greater productivity and satisfaction, plus comply with the Code of Professional Conduct. Learn 100 practical ideas you can implement immediately. Save your seat now!

From the Courts

Watch the Dedication of the New Judicial Center via Live Stream—Thursday, May 2

Watch the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center Public Dedication Ceremony live at 1:30 p.m. today. Hear remarks from Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender, Gov. John Hickenlooper, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Access the live stream online.

Grants Available from the Family Violence Justice Fund

The Colorado Judicial Branch is accepting applications for grants from the Family Violence Justice Fund, which funds programs that provide civil legal services to indigent Coloradans who are victims of domestic violence. Information and applications are online. Applications must be received by the State Court Administrator’s Office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, to be considered for a grant. Eligible organizations must be nonprofit and serve the legal needs of indigent victims of family violence. Send questions and applications to Carol Rigato at carol.rigato@judicial.state.co.us or 720-625-5000.

Eighth Judicial District Magistrate Vacancy—Application Deadline Monday, May 6

Members of the Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Monday, May 13, to interview and make recommendations for appointment by Chief Judge Schapanski to the position of District Court Magistrate. The vacancy is caused by the appointment of Hon. Mary Jo Berenato to the position of County Court Judge, effective June 1. Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 9 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Learn more.

In the News

Morphic Fields and Change (Part 2): The Game of Change

Lawyer unhappiness has gotten a lot of press, and there are lots of people offering help. Usually, they emphasize either personal or institutional morphic fields, but not both. The former teach individual coping or performance enhancement skills, or offer career counseling. The institutional morphic fields set out to reform the legal institutions they believe are to blame. Click here to read more.

SEC Issues Report on Social Media Disclosures

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued a report of its investigation relating to a Facebook post by Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, which stated Netflix’s monthly online viewing had exceeded 1 billion hours. The SEC’s investigation was to determine whether Hastings or Netflix violated Regulation FD under the Securities Exchange Act through the posting of this information. Click here to read more.

From the Solo in Colo

Four Tips to Becoming an Effective Divorce Attorney

Probably because of my military background, I am a huge believer in formalities and boundaries. Entering my career as an attorney, I saw a rigid line between acting in my capacity as an attorney and acting as a friend, a therapist, and a life coach for my clients. I believed my job was solely to give answers to legal questions and advocate for my client in the legal system, not discuss my client’s anxiety, life goals, and failures with them. And then I took my first family law case. Read more.

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

Mindfulness? Who Has the Time to Be Mindful?

Being mindful is as simple as taking a moment to breathe, to notice our surroundings, and to slow down those racing thoughts. Research shows that mindfulness meditation lowers blood pressure, improves immune and brain functions, and minimizes pain sensitivity. In addition, it could save your career. Our thoughts can play tricks on us when we are tired, over-caffeinated, stressed, and irritable. Mindfulness techniques are simple, practical ways to keep us levelheaded, and are especially helpful when our tempers or emotions take over and we make bad choices or say things we will regret. This month we will focus on mindfulness tips to help you “stay clear.”
Tip #1: Take time everyday in the next week to sit for at least five minutes without any media or technology going and focus on your breath. Feel the inhale and exhale in your lungs and lower belly. Then, throughout the day, go back to your breath in the middle of a phone call or a project. Start taking time to notice or simply remember that you are breathing.

Optimize Your Membership

Lock in your New Yorker Subscription Before the Price Increase

Order or renew your New Yorker subscription before July 30 and save $20. CBA members can take advantage of this extended low price offered by member benefit provider Subscription Services, and receive the New Yorker for $49.99 a year, a price not found elsewhere. Learn more.

LPM Library Book of the Week: “The 2013 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide”

Are you constantly trying to keep up with ever-changing technology and have no luck? “The 2013 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide” by Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Michael C. Maschke can help! This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. 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

Calling All Mac Users!

Tired of being told there is no law office software for your Macintosh computer? There actually are quite a few excellent software tools designed specifically for Mac users, and a great website dedicated to providing basic information on this subject. For helpful advice and a laundry list of law office software applications that run on the Mac, including law office management, time and billing, and practice-specific applications, visit macattorney.com. Once there, remember to sign up to receive the MacAttorney Newsletter, which will keep you informed about the latest law office software.

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

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