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Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 “Witch and ghost make merry
on this last of dear October's days.”

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From the Bar

How Will Millennials Transform the Practice of Law? Complimentary CLE—Tuesday, Nov. 12

Sponsored by the CBA Committee for Balanced Legal Careers

The Millennial Generation is the largest generation in American history and is already having an impact on the practice of law, particularly in the areas of work–life balance, flexibility, and the use of technology. This program will focus on how the practice of law is changing in response to the values of Millennials, and what law firms and other legal employers can do to get ahead of those changes. Join us Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., on the third floor of the CBA offices at 1900 Grant Street. A continental breakfast will be provided. Two CLE credits. Register here.

Wheels of Justice Appreciation Party—Wednesday, Nov. 6

The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations sponsored Wheels of Justice cycling team, will host an appreciation party at the CBA offices on Wednesday, Nov. 6, for riders and supporters. The complimentary event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The team, comprised of 271 riders, raised more than $375,000, making it the top fundraiser at the Courage Classic for the fourth year. RSVP to

Reminder to Regularly Change Your Website Passwords

Recently, a number of website password requests have been generated by sources other than the actual account owners. Neither the CBA’s website or your user accounts have been compromised and our password recovery/reset process continues to work properly. To ensure your account security, passwords are not emailed when requests are generated through the CBA’s website. Instead, password reset instructions are emailed to the address on file for the specific account. As a reminder, it is recommended to regularly change website passwords.

The Colorado Lawyer Board Welcomes Qualified Members

The Colorado Lawyer Board is an advisory committee that meets twice a year and generally oversees publication policies. The Board comprises twelve CBA members who are appointed by the CBA President and serve a three-year term. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please e-mail a current résumé as an attachment to

Networking Opportunities

CLE & Networking Event at Sante Fe Art District’s First Friday, Nov. 1

Join the CBA YLD and the Denver Open Media Foundation Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for First Friday on the Santa Fe Art District. Chris Beall will speak about the importance of an open media to a free society, and Siddhartha Rathod will present about media dos and don’ts for attorneys. Following the event, guests are encouraged to stay for the First Friday Festivities. There will be a live band and DJ at the Open Media Foundation and the normal First Friday Art Walk. Small group tours of the Open Media Facility will be available. Free food and beer will be provided. 1 CLE credit has been applied for. RSVP here.


November Solo–Small Firm Networking Meetings

Solo–Small Firm Section networking meetings are a great opportunity to connect with your peers, as well as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings are open to all CBA members, not just Solo–Small Firm Section members, the sponsoring entity. Solo–Small Firm Section members look forward to networking with their CBA colleagues far and near at these meetings. Click here to find a November meeting near you.


Witches, Ghouls, and Ghosts...Oh My!
COLAP’s Tip for Work–Life Balance

Happy Halloween, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos, Samhain, or end of the harvest season! This time of year is about more than witches, ghouls, and ghosts. Click here to read more...

Continuing Legal Education

Criminal Law Fall Update 2013—How Amendment 64 and Other Drug Laws Will Change the Landscape of Criminal Law, Thursday, Nov. 7
Co-Sponsored by the Criminal Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association

John Walsh, Colorado U.S. Attorney, will start the program with a review of the federal policy regarding marijuana. Other critical and timely topics include: A Summary of the Marijuana Task Force Proceedings; Changes to Colorado Drug Offender Policy and Sentencing Scheme; Senate Bill 250: Significant Changes to Colorado’s Controlled Substance Laws; A Summary of Marijuana Regulations; and Ethical Issues for Attorneys Representing Clients Involved in the Marijuana Industry. Sign up now.

Winning Trial Skills and Tactics—How a Trial Lawyer Structures and Tries a Case, Friday, Nov. 8
Co-Sponsored and presented by the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers

This one–day trial advocacy program is presented by the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers. All program faculty are ACTL Fellows and seasoned courtroom advocates. Your accomplished faculty will teach skills and tactics that experienced trial lawyers apply at every important stage of a case. Plus, this year we have added an important new presentation on how trial lawyers use depositions to improve their presentation at trial. And, given the growing use of arbitration, we have added new presentations about trial skills in the arbitration room. Find out more.

Serving the Moderate Income Client: Successful Business Planning—Wednesday, Nov. 13

Too many lawyers cannot find work and too many people cannot afford lawyers. This program and the CBA Toolkit were created in an effort to build a bridge between these groups. The program is designed to assist you in developing a thriving practice in representing clients with moderate incomes. Topics include client screening, marketing, writing a business plan and budget, fee agreements, the unbundling of legal services, and much more. Ethics and practical information is provided to help you develop a successful practice representing clients with moderate incomes. Read the full description here.

From the Courts

Judge William Hood Appointed to Colorado Supreme Court

On Oct. 25, Governor Hickenlooper announced his appointment of William Hood III, to the Colorado Supreme Court. His appointment will be effective in January 2014, upon the retirement of Chief Justice Michael Bender. Click here to read more.

Judge Russell Carparelli to Retire from Colorado Court of Appeals

On Oct. 25, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Judge Russell E. Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals, effective Dec. 15, 2013. Judge Carparelli has been on the Colorado Court of Appeals bench since 2003. He is committed to promoting professionalism in the practice of law, and is a frequent presenter at CLE programs on topics of professionalism and civility. Click here to read more.


Eighth Judicial District Announces Larimer County Court Vacancy

The Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Friday, Dec. 6, at the Larimer County Justice Center to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for Larimer County. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Honorable Christine A. Carney. The vacancy will occur on Dec. 31, 2013. Applications are due by Nov. 18. Click here for more information.


CBA-CLE Legal Connection

JDF Forms Amended in Probate, Domestic, and Other Categories

The Colorado State Judicial Branch has released amended JDF forms in several categories, including appeals, domestic, criminal, probate, evictions, garnishments, and money cases. These amended forms have September and October 2013 revision dates. Click here to read more.


Tenth Circuit: In Tax Evasion Case, Conviction Affirmed, Sentence Reversed

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in United States v. Melot on Monday, October 21, 2013. After a jury trial, appellant Bill Melot was convicted of one count of corruptly endeavoring to impede the administration of the Internal Revenue Code, one count of attempting to evade or defeat tax, six counts of willful failure to file, and seven counts of making false statements to the Department of Agriculture. Melot was sentenced to a term of sixty months’ imprisonment, a significant downward variance from the advisory guidelines range of 210-262 months. He was also ordered to pay $18,493,098.51 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Click here to read more.


Optimize Your Membership

The FormTool PRO—Free Seminar Friday, Nov. 8

Do you want to increase your efficiency and reduce errors when creating documents? Have you been looking for a document automation tool that is easy to learn and reasonably priced? Then look no further! CBA members receive a 10% discount on The FormTool PRO. Please join us on Friday, Nov. 8, at noon, for a free seminar on TheFormTool PRO, in-person at the CBA or from the comfort of your computer. RSVP to No need to register if you will not be attending in person. Feel free to bring your lunch. One CLE credit has been applied for.

Tech Tuesday—Using Your iPad at Work, Can You Ditch Your Computer?
Complimentary Webinar from the CBA's LPM Department—Tuesday, Nov. 19 at noon

Are you thinking of taking the next step into the future of “work anywhere technology?” This webinar will explain how you can use the same iPad you have at home in your law practice. Explore the opportunities, risks, and rewards you can reap. We will hit a few of the “top picks” for legal apps, and discuss the challenges and limitations you may face including ethical, data security, and privacy issues. Click here for more information.


Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Tips for Getting Better Search Results With Google

For many of us, Google is the go-to place for searching the Internet. Most of us simply type in a keyword or two or we might type in an entire question. But there are ways to enter your search to obtain more relevant results. Rocket Matter has a great website, Legal Productivity, which has a terrific list of “10 Tips for Better Google Search Results.”

Read the full article here. Try out some of these tips. I guarantee you’ll have to wade through far fewer irrelevant search results. Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.


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