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May 30

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
~Edmund Hillary
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From the Bar

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 benefited 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.

Point/Counterpoint Authors (and Topics) Wanted

The Colorado Lawyer seeks members to write point/counterpoint articles on topics of interest to lawyers and to the legal profession. Send your “debatable” topics to Coordinating Editor Fred Burtzos and inform of your interest in writing. Writing guidelines for Department articles are available online. If you and a colleague are in the mood for a good debate, here are several topic ideas:

  • A discussion of the Addendum to Formal Ethics Opinion 91
  • Should litigants be entitled to one free change of judge?
  • Should jury trials be eliminated for Rule 16.1 cases?
  • Should the monetary jurisdiction of small claims court and county court be significantly increased?
  • Should CRCP 120 be eliminated?

SB 13-226 Dog Protection Act Taskforce Appointments

The legislature passed and Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law SB 13-226 - Concerning the creation of the “Dog Protection Act.” The new act requires that local law enforcement agencies provide training to officers for dog encounters. Procedures and a training video will be developed by a 19-member volunteer task force created by the act. Per the new law, the CBA is authorized three appointments to the task force—two attorneys with expertise and experience in animal law and dog shooting cases, and one individual who owns or owned a dog shot by a local law enforcement officer. For consideration to one of the CBA appointments, submit a letter of interest along with your résumé to Melissa Nicoletti by the close of business on Wednesday, June 7. Learn more or view a copy of SB 13-226.

YLD Silent Auction

The Willis Carpenter Real Estate Symposium—July 11–13
At the Newly Renovated Westin Snowmass Resort

Over the past 30 years, the Real Estate Symposium has grown into an experience not to be missed by real estate professionals in the Rocky Mountain region. Join more than 400 of your colleagues for unique opportunities to discuss the most important issues you face in your real estate practice today. The conference includes legislative and case law, and updates from the Division of Real Estate. See the complete agenda and list of speakers.

Elder Law Basics: Handling Legal Problems of the Elderly—Friday, July 19

With a rapidly aging population, more of your clients will face the huge responsibilities of caring for their elders and most people will need help at some point. But what does Medicare cover? What does Medicaid pay for? Is there a plan in place for appropriate medical care if the elder person is unable to communicate? This informative foundational program will help you guide your clients to prepare for the reality of aging. Register now.

New CBA-CLE Website

CBA-CLE has a new 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 or call the CBA at 303-860-1115 or CLE at 303-860-0608.

From the Courts

2013 Tenth Circuit Bench & Bar Conference—Aug. 29–31

The conference this year is scheduled for Aug. 29–31, and will be held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The conference will feature a Fireside Chat with US Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Educational programs will include extended sessions on various topics in genetics and the law, law and technology, and religious liberty. Additional presentations will include speakers on bankruptcy, constitutional torts, electronic discovery, habeas corpus, the Supreme Court’s recent term, and three sessions on different ethics topics. Register online.

Colorado Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janice B. Davidson to Retire

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission invites qualified attorneys to apply for a Colorado Court of Appeals judgeship created by the retirement of Chief Judge Janice B. Davidson, effective Oct. 1. To be eligible for appointment to fill a vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the state of Colorado and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. An electronic copy of the application in PDF format must be received no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

In the News

After You’ve Found Your “Assisting Attorney,” Face the Music and Make a Plan

I am going to blame it on the natural highlights that are making an appearance at my temples, but for the first time in more than a decade of practice, a client asked me, “So what happens if something happens to you?” I had an answer for him because my co-author and I had previously discussed it over lunch, but it was my wake-up call that we needed to take our conversation to the next level. Read more.

Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act Now Provides Remedies in Employment Discrimination Cases

In 2013, the Colorado General Assembly enacted remedies for the employment discrimination provisions of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) that have been part of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for decades. Read more.

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: “What Can You Do With a Law Degree?”

Are you past the Bar Exam and stuck wondering what to do next? In the 6th edition of “What Can You Do With a Law Degree?” lawyers are introduced to a unique, five-part model for career satisfaction. It is based on a well-established principle that the better the fit between your career identity and your job, the greater your long-term satisfaction. 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

Apps for Amateur Stargazing

Summer is around the corner and there’s no better time for stargazing. Whether it’s done from your own patio or from your campsite, there are lots of apps to help you identify what you’re seeing.

There’s a great article by Kit Eaton which appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of the New York Times. It highlights the most well-known apps and includes both free and paid ones. Included are iOS (Apple) and Android apps. Check it out online.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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