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From the Bar

Meet and Mingle with the Bulgarian Young Justice Professionals Delegation—Wednesday, May 22

Come one, come all! We invite CBA members to meet with attorneys from Bulgaria who are visiting to learn more about our justice system. Please join us on Wednesday, May 22, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the CBA offices for a fun social event that will include appetizers, beverages, and the opportunity to make new acquaintances. RSVP to or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Complimentary Webinar on Disaster Preparedness and Cloud Computing—Thursday, May 23

Is your legal practice prepared for a disaster? Join member benefit provider Clio on Thursday, May 23, at 11:30 a.m. to learn how cloud computing can prepare your practice for unexpected disasters, plus strategies for disaster mitigation and recovery. One general CLE credit has been applied for. Click here for more information and to register.

LPM Tech & Tip Tuesdays: Build Your Own WordPress Site—Tuesday, May 28

Join us on the fourth Tuesday of the month from noon to 12:30 p.m. for Tech & Tip Tuesdays. We know you’re busy, so the CBA’s Law Practice Management Department created Tech & Tip Tuesdays to help you learn new technology quickly and efficiently to better serve your clients. Each short session is designed to give you practical takeaways to apply in your practice. Sessions are available via live webcast only, but recorded versions will be archived online. During our next session, we will demonstrate the basics of how to build your own WordPress site. Click here for more information.

Memorial Day Reception—Thursday, May 30

Join the CBA Military and Veterans Affairs Section for a CLE presentation and reception in honor of Memorial Day. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., John Vaught will present his CLE lecture, “What Was the Cause of the Vietnam War.” A reception will follow from 5:30 to 7:30. Attend either or both events. Hosted by Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell. Click here to learn more. RSVP to Interested in joining the CBA Military and Veterans Affairs Section? Contact Carolyn Gravit.

Annual Food and Wine Tasting Fundraiser with Silent Auction

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 may impede their graduating high school. Click here for tickets.


New CBA-CLE Website

We are happy to announce the launch of the new CBA-CLE website! Please note you must now login to the CBA and CBA-CLE websites separately. Your username and passwords are the same for both sites, but logging into one site will no longer automatically log you into the other. Questions? Click here, email, or call the CBA at 303-860-1115 or CLE at 303-860-0608.

Better Appellate Writing, Briefing, and Oral Argument—Thursday, May 23
With 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.

11th Annual Rocky Mountain IP & Technology Institute in Denver—May 30–31
Co-sponsored by the CBA and ABA Intellectual Property Law Sections

Join us to hear recent trends and hot topics in the IP industry from senior federal judges, in-house counsel from innovative Silicon Valley companies, and practice leaders nationwide. The institute kicks off with a judicial panel, followed by a panel discussion on “mobile apps and related issues” with speakers from Twitter, Netflix, and Square. See the complete agenda and list of faculty.

From the Courts

First Judicial District Court Vacancy—Deadline to Apply is June 10

The First Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on June 28 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the office of district judge for the First Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. Jane A. Tidball on July 31. More information and applications are available online; deadline to apply is June 10.

Twentieth Judicial District Court Vacancy—Deadline to Apply is June 19

The Twentieth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet July 8 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the office of district judge for the Twentieth Judicial District. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin on Aug. 31. More information and applications are available online; deadline to apply is June 19.

In the News

The Impact of Colorado’s Civil Unions Act on Estate Planning

In the past 20 years, Colorado has gone from being dubbed the “hate state” for its discrimination against same-sex individuals (see Romer v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620 (1996)) to allowing civil unions. The law went into effect at midnight on May 1, allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. Click here to read more.

Report Regarding the 2013 ABA House of Delegates Midyear Meeting

The American Bar Association House of Delegates met at the ABA’s midyear meeting in Dallas on Feb. 11. The agenda was relatively light. This article summarizes the House of Delegates events at the meeting and the action taken. Click here to read more.

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

Mindful May

Part of mindfulness is simply paying attention to where we are and what we are doing rather than rushing around “like a chicken with its head cut off.” Staying present and focused on what we are doing is important in the legal profession because our to-do lists can be overwhelming. Important decisions, communications, and paperwork can be overlooked if we are not paying attention.
Tip #3: Before you see a client, or enter a meeting or courtroom, pause and take a breath. Be clear about your purpose for being there and what you want to accomplish. Afterward, briefly reflect on what transpired and perhaps write down a few reminders for your to-do list. Then take another breath to let the interaction go and get on with your day. Taking just a few moments to orient yourself and breath before transitioning to a new task can make a big difference in both the quality of your work and the enjoyment of what you are doing.

Optimize Your Membership

Save with the OfficeMax Partner Advantage Program

As CBA member, you will enjoy 31% to 88% savings on the manufacturers’ list price on your frequently purchased items from Office Max. Take advantage of preferred pricing from now until June 29 and receive $50 savings on your phone order of $250 or more. Click here for more information.

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

Looking for the latest and greatest in legal technology for your law practice? You’ll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad, and anything else a law office might need in the “2013 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide.” 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

Use Problem Steps Recorder to Record and Save Steps You Take On Your Computer

Windows 7 has a Problem Steps Recorder feature that will capture the steps you take on a computer, including a text description of where you clicked and a picture of the screen during each click (called a screen shot). In addition, it notes the exact date and time the action took place, and allows you to add comments (annotations). This is a useful tool for when you’re having problems with your computer and want to document the issues so an IT professional (or a savvy friend) can help you solve them. It also is used by people who create a lot of documents with screenshots or need to document procedures.

Learn more about the feature and instructions on how to use Problem Steps Recorder. Microsoft’s website will walk you through how to record and save the steps, send the problem steps in an email, annotate the problem steps and adjust the settings. You can adjust the settings to disable screen capture for when your screen contains personal or confidential information that you don’t want to shared. Give it a try!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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