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Thursday, June 20, 2013 Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
~Thomas Carlyle
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From the Bar

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 at and inform him of your interest in writing. Writing guidelines for Department articles are available by clicking here. If you and a colleague are in the mood to debate, here are some topic ideas:

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

Be on Alert for Scams Directed at Attorneys

The Colorado Bar Association never initiates contact to members via email to request personal or financial information; if you get a request that appears to be from the CBA please ignore. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The CBA archives information about attempted phishing scams online. Click here to learn more about protecting yourself.

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

Feed the Brain

For our final June tip, we continue the focus on our physical health and move on to our diet. Your diet doesn’t just affect your waistline. The foods you eat (or lack of them) directly impact your cognitive functioning and energy levels, both of which are variables affecting professional success and overall well-being. However, as we face never ending to-do lists and attempting to balance work and home life, diet can be the first thing we compromise. Ironically, it is when we are stressed that our bodies and brains need the nutrients the most.

June Tip #3: Take the time to sit down and eat a good meal, even for 15 minutes, without working on the computer or talking on the phone. This will help your brain regenerate and your nervous system relax. Learn more about foods that can boost your cognitive clarity and improve your well-being.


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

For 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 updates from the Division of Real Estate. See the complete agenda and list of speakers here.

2013 Family Law Institute—August 9–11
At the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

This year’s program provides a four-track agenda with great content including fundamentals of client representation; critical analysis of complex issues; effective use of experts; and parental responsibilities. Plus, you’ll hear annual legislative and case law updates and there will be a focus on access to justice! There is so much to do in Vail in the summertime, where you’ll find some of the best hiking, cycling, and golf in the world. Find out more and reserve your spot now!

From the Courts

Hon. Maria Berkenkotter Appointed 20th Judicial District Chief Judge

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender announced on June 13 he has appointed the Hon. Maria Berkenkotter as the new chief judge for the 20th Judicial District (Boulder County). Berkenkotter replaces Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin, who is retiring from the bench, effective Aug. 31. Click here to read more.

In the News

Morphic Fields and Change (Part 5): Creative Destruction

Picasso said, “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” Anybody who’s tried to do something new knows what he was talking about. New exists only when old steps aside—or, to put it in “morphic field” terms, change happens only when an existing morphic field dissolves and a new one is formed. Our bodies and brains prefer status quo, and change will eventually give them the new equilibrium they’re looking for, but first there’s destruction of the old equilibrium and a resulting period of chaos before a new one is reached. Click here to read more.

Colorado Rules of Civil and County Court Civil Procedure Amended by Supreme Court

On June 14, the Colorado Supreme Court issued Rule Change 2013(07), approved and effective June 7. The rule change enumerates changes to Rules 103 and 121 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rules 403 and 411 of the Colorado Rules of County Court Civil Procedure. Click here to read more.

Optimize Your Membership

Law Practice Management Book of the Week: “The Law Office Policy and Procedures Manual”

“The Law Office Policy and Procedures Manual” (5th and 6th Edition) includes everything you need to create a complete, customized manual that can serve as a reference guide for your entire firm and as a training tool for new employees, associates, and temporary workers. Using the accompanying CD-ROM, you can edit text to produce your own firm’s policy and procedures manual and revise it whenever needed. For more information about this title and many others in the CBA’s Law Practice Management Library, visit the Lending Library page page or contact Reba Nance at 303-824-5320.

Clio Cloud Computing

CBA members receive a 10 percent discount from Clio. Completely Web-based, Clio is a practice management system that is specifically designed for solo practitioners and small law firms. Your important client data is securely accessible anywhere—from your PC, your Mac, and even your iPhone. Click here for more information.

Tip of the Week From Reba Nance

Take Advantage of Online Scheduling Apps

Scheduling meetings with multiple attendees can be incredibly difficult. Typically you’ll suggest a couple of dates and times. Everyone responds to you and you then have to figure out which one works for the most number of attendees.

There is a much easier way. Take advantage of online scheduling apps. And no—you don’t need an iPad or iPhone to use them. All you need is a computer.

Check out Steven Walling’s article on the “Top 10 Apps for Scheduling a Meeting Online” here. He covers all the front-runners and most are free.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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