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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
“Being a lawyer is about serving justice. That’s not only our greatest calling, it’s our only calling.”
~Ellis Rubin
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In this Issue:
October is Legal Professionalism Month

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, with the support of the Colorado Bar Association, declared October Legal Professionalism Month in Colorado. The aim of the declaration is to encourage members of the legal profession, professional entities, and judicial officers and staff to rededicate themselves to demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism and integrity and promote public confidence in the profession and the court system. Click here to read the official Proclamation.

Click here to read the Chief Justice's article from the May 2012 issue of The Colorado Lawyer introducing the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession. The October 2013 issue of The Colorado Lawyer is a theme issue on the topic of Professionalism. Click here for the list of articles.

Click here for a list of events occurring across the state in conjunction with Legal Professionalism Month.

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. The Task Force, in conjunction with FEMA and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, has launched a website and helpline for victims of the recent floods. If you are interested in helping at a clinic or on the helpline, sign up online at colofloodlegalrelief.org. Questions? Email comments@cobar.org.

2013 Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award
Now Accepting Nominations

Each year, the YLD recognizes a young Colorado lawyer for his or her outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the community. The winner will be honored at the CBA YLD Holiday Party and the Annual Colorado Bar Foundation dinner in January. To submit a nomination for the 2013 year click here. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 21.

Extension of the 2014 Colorado Legal Directory Verification Deadline! Verify Your Listing Now!

If you haven’t verified 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, adding your Fields of Practice which are seen by thousands of attorneys and potential new clients in Colorado. (it’s possible your firm administrator is verifying for you. If you questions on the verification, email legaldirectory@cobar.org.) Verify now!

How Will Millennials Transform the Practice of Law?—Thursday, Nov. 12

The Committee for Balanced Legal Careers will hold a complimentary CLE program on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7:30–9 a.m. Click here to read more. To register, call 303-860-1115, ext. 727 or email lunches@cobar.org.

How to Secure Your Wireless Network—Tuesday, Oct. 22

Join us for the next 30-minute Tech Tuesday presentation on Oct. 22 at noon, when Sue Borgos of Office Technology Solutions, Inc. will show you how to secure your wireless network. These days, wireless has almost become a necessity.Wireless network provides tremendous convenience, but it also can be a big security risk. This webinar will show you some very simple things you can do to keep your environment more secure while implementing wireless in your home or office. Click here for information on this and on all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

Feel free to email Reba Nance with questions.

Setting Intentional Goals:
COLAP’s Tip for Work-Life Balance

The fall season has begun and the year’s biggest holidays are just around the corner. What type of goals or aspirations do you have for yourself as 2013 draws to an end? For many people, setting goals helps to clarify priorities, plan for the future, and provides motivation for making changes. For others, setting goals has been counter-productive in the past. Click here to find out why.

Continuing Legal Education

Real Estate Fall Update—Hot Topics—Friday, Oct. 11
Co-Sponsored by the Real Estate Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association

At this year’s Real Estate Fall Update, you’ll find out what’s been changing in Colorado real estate law and how to stay ahead of those changes. Though the economy appears to be turning around, we are still dealing with foreclosures, evictions, and bankruptcy. Find out the latest developments in these areas, as well as updates in Judicial Foreclosure Options; Residential Leases: Mold, Radon, Lead-Based Paint, Meth Houses, Marijuana; To Buy or Not to Buy-Entitlements and Site Plan Issues; Ethical Marketing: Networking, Advertising, Websites, and Social Media; and 10 Real Estate Hot Topics in Elder Law and Estate Planning. Register now!

Colorado Business Law Institute—Oct. 16–17
Co-sponsored by the Business Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association

This is an exceptional program if you are in private practice or in-house counsel—and if you’re new to business law, or have many years of experience. This blend of dynamic topics and talented professionals provides important lessons that directly affect your business practice. Plenary sessions include: Colorado Business Case Law and Legislative Update; Exploring Current Corporate Transactional Issues Through Recent Delaware Case Law; What Business Lawyers Do that Litigators Love; and Legal Ethics for Corporate and Transactional Attorneys. Register now!

From the Courts

Judicial Performance Commissions

There are several openings for non-attorney positions on the Judicial Performance Commissions in the following Judicial Districts; 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th, 11th 13th, 16th and 19th. Click here to apply.

Notice of Local Rules Revisions and Opportunity for Public Comments

Through the efforts of the Advisory Committee on the Local Rules of Practice and Procedure for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and with the approval of the District Court, the Court has made amendments to the Local Rules of Practice of the Court, ready for public comment. To read the proposed amendments click here.

CBA-CLE Legal Connection

DOJ: Amendment 64 Implementation can Proceed Without Federal Interference (For Now)

On August 29, the federal government issued a long-anticipated policy statement regarding Amendment 64, which made clear that the federal government does not currently intend to interfere with Colorado’s efforts to implement a system to regulate the cultivation, distribution, and sale of marijuana to adults for recreational purposes. Federal authorities also clarified their approach toward state-regulated medical marijuana industries. Click here to read more.

 

The 2013 Satisfaction And Salary Survey of Colorado Lawyers—Part 3: The Ethics of Unhappiness

Scholarly articles about lawyer (un)happiness often begin with something like “The law is essential to society, and law is a prestigious profession.” Once they’ve gotten that out of the way, they go on to lower the boom: “But our research shows that the profession shoots its wounded and eats its young.” Ouch. Click here to read more.

 

Optimize Your Membership

Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership 30% Off Sale—Thursday, Oct. 17

Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership cardholders can shop on Thursday, Oct. 17, and receive 30% off all regularly priced purchases, both in-store and online. To enroll for a corporate membership card click here.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Keep Track of Requests You've Made of Others in a Folder called @WFF

This could be my all-time favorite tip. We often use email to ask someone to send us something, or check on something and get back to us, etc. Sending the email is the easy part. The hard part is keeping track of what you asked for and when, and then remembering to follow up when the person doesn’t get back to you. Today’s tip will show you how to use Rules in Outlook to easily keep track of all of this and then follow up with the person. I guarantee this will become one of your favorite tips, too! For more information Click here.

Feel free to email Reba Nance with questions.

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