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From the Bar

Flood Legal Relief—Volunteers Needed

The Joint Disaster Legal Services Task Force comprises the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Legal Services, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and several local bar associations. Earlier this week, the Task Force, in conjunction with FEMA and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, launched a website and helpline for victims of the floods earlier this week. If you are interested in helping out at a clinic or on the helpline, sign up online at Questions? Email

Transitions Lunch—Monday, Sept. 23—Health Care Changes Coming!

Monday, Sept. 23 at noon, is the date of the next Transitions lunch at the CBA CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., 3rd floor. This program will focus on the new Health Care Act and what lawyers in solo practices and small firms need to know and what they need to do to prepare for the implementation. Member cost to attend is $15; non-member cost is $45 (includes lunch). One CLE credit applied for. RSVP online or to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Verify Your Listing for the 2014 Colorado Legal Directory

If you haven’t had a chance to verify your listing—it’s easy to do it online. With a new verification system, it takes just a minute to make sure your information is correct for the 2014 directory. Plus, it’s easy to upgrade your listing, and add fields of practice that are seen by thousands of attorneys and potential new clients in Colorado. If you haven’t received an email notification, it’s most likely your firm administrator is verifying for you, and you won’t receive a separate email notice. Questions? Email Verify now!

Complimentary Casemaker Trainings

Complimentary Casemaker trainings for CBA members are available monthly both live and by webcast. Our LPM guru Reba Nance will guide you through the features and functionality of the new Casemaker, designed to greatly improve your legal research experience. The next training is Monday, Sept. 23, 10-11:30 a.m. All trainings take place in the small classroom at CBA-CLE, 1900 Grant St., 3rd floor. Click here for a list of all upcoming trainings. RSVP to and be sure to say whether you plan to attend in person or via webcast. 1 general CLE credit is available.

Got Sun? COLAP’s Tip for Work and Life

It has been said that the sun shines in Colorado 325 days a year. Now that fall is almost upon us, the days are getting shorter; make sure you are taking advantage the sunshine! Click here to read more to find out why getting enough sunlight is crucial for your physical and mental health.

Continuing Legal Education

Practical Income Tax Issues in Everyday Estate Planning & Administration with Ted Atlass—Thursday, Oct. 10
Co-sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association Trust and Estate Section

If you missed Ted Atlass’s presentation at this year’s Estate Planning Retreat in Snowmass, you can attend this expanded version of his program on practical income tax issues in estate planning and administration. Ted Atlass is one of the most experienced and well-respected practitioners in this specialty area in Colorado, as well as nationally. Find out more.

2013 Annual Workers’ Compensation Fall Update—Friday, Oct. 18
Co-sponsored by the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section

The Fall Update provides new information about the happenings at the Division, at the OARC, and at ICAP. Learn about emerging techniques in spinal surgery, and what is allowed and appropriate. Find out how medical marijuana may affect the workers’ compensation landscape. Also, the Chief ALJ and the Colorado Supreme Court OARC discuss ethical discovery, including the proper use of interrogatories, motions to compel, and privilege logs. Register now.

From the Courts

District Court Vacancies

Click on the following links for district court vacancies from around the state.


Protection Order Forms, Forms to Seal Juvenile Records Amended by State Judicial

In August and September, the Colorado State Judicial Branch overhauled its Protection Order forms and issued revised forms in several different categories. State Judicial’s Probate forms also were amended in August, as previously reported by Legal Connection. Click here to read more.


Tenth Circuit: Plaintiffs Failed to Establish Statutory Standing Under Colorado State Law

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in Niemi v. Lasshofer on Friday, Sept. 6. John Niemi and his investors set out to build a luxury ski condominium complex in Breckenridge, in two phases, working through a set of companies controlled by Mesatex. However, traditional financing proved hard to find. After completing the first phase of development no bank was willing to loan the $220 million needed to finish the project. So, they looked for alternative sources. Click here to read more.


From the Law Schools

Hiring Assistance from the University of Colorado

The University of Colorado Law School Career Development Office seeks to make connections for its graduates with employers that have full- or part-time opportunities. The law school staff will help you create an online job posting so all graduates can view a description of your opening and application instructions, or show you more informal ways of being introduced to candidates who meet your qualifications. For information, contact Assistant Dean Todd Rogers at 303-492-6392.


Hiring Assistance from the University of Denver

Need to hire but don’t have time to wade through hundreds of résumés? We understand how busy you are, so the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Office of Career Development & Opportunities makes it easy to hire its recent graduates. Whether you are looking for a short-term contract attorney or an associate, Denver Law has candidates who are immediately available to meet your hiring needs. Interested? Contact Assistant Dean for Career Opportunities Eric Bono at 303-871-6478.

Optimize Your Membership

Our Newest Member Benefit—TheFormTool

CBA members save 10 percent on this Microsoft Word add-on, used to create forms and automate documents. TheFormTool can help you reduce documentation errors to zero while speeding document creation by a factor of ten. Click here for more information and to purchase.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Tech Tuesday on TheFormTool—Tuesday, Sept 24

Join us for the next 30-minute Tech Tuesday presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at noon, where Hank Vanderhage will show how he uses the free version of TheFormTool to create simple automated form documents. He also will review advanced features in the Pro version ($89) that allow your form documents to automatically insert alternative text, perform math functions, and make singular/plural and pronoun changes based on your answers to a question-and-answer table. Click here for information on this and on all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

Feel free to email Reba Nance with questions.

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