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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”
~Albert Camus
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From the Bar

Social Security and Medicare Update—Wednesday, Nov. 20

Back by popular demand is Crispin Sargent of CS Advocare, Inc. who has presented to our members a number of times in the past. She will update us on any changes to Social Security and Medicare, and share her thoughts about strategy and timing with both programs. This program is at noon in the CBA-CLE 3rd floor large classroom. Approved for one CLE credit. Click here to register.

Using Your iPad at Work—Can You Ditch Your Computer?—Tuesday, Nov. 19

Join us for the next 30-minute Tech Tuesday presentation on Nov. 19 at noon, when CBA member Doug McQuiston 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 as he hits 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. For more information contact Sue Bertram at sbertram@cobar.org. Click here for information on this and all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

How to Green a Law Firm—Thursday, Dec. 12

Join us for a half-day presentation about the CBA’s Environmental Sustainability Program on Thursday, Dec. 12, beginning at 11 a.m.. Hear from experts how to institute a paperless office, use energy and water more wisely, and track your energy use. Throughout the program, you will learn why a sustainable law practice is not only good for the environment, but also professionally responsible, and economically efficient.. “How to Green a Law Firm” is being held at the new Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, a LEED Gold certified building. There is an optional tour of the building’s green features before the CLE. Click here to register.

Top 10 Malpractice Traps and the Tools for Avoiding Them—Tuesday, Nov. 19

Learn about the 10 most common malpractice issues lawyers face and the warning signs that could save your law firm. Professional liability insurer ALPS’s Mark Bassingthwaighte, and CBA member benefit provider Clio’s Joshua Lenon, will discuss these traps and the tools that lawyers can use to help prevent malpractice claims. Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 11:30 a.m. for this complimentary webinar. 1 CLE credit has been applied for. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Casemaker Training Dates

All trainings will be held in CLE’s small classroom from 10–11:30 a.m.. 1.5 general CLE credits have been applied for. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or 303-860-1115, ext. 727. The trainings are available live and through webcast. Please specify in your RSVP.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Mind Your Thoughts

How often do you think about what you are thinking about? Probably not as much as you should, but not to worry. It turns out November is the perfect time of year to start! Click here to read more.

Continuing Legal Education

Employment Law Fall Update—Friday, Nov. 15

The theme for the 2013 fall update is “new”—new cases and new legislation. Experienced faculty members will share their analysis of cases and statutes and what they mean for your employment law practice. They will discuss crimes in the workplace, the most recent U.S. Supreme Court cases on arbitration and retaliation, and current trends in FLSA/collective actions. They will also cover questions about workplace violence. Peter Wingate, Deputy Director of the Colorado Division of Labor and Employment, plans to discuss new Colorado employment law legislation assigned to the Division. Register now.

2013 Ethics 7.0—Friday, Nov. 22

James Sudler, Chief Deputy Regulation Counsel, Office of Attorney Regulation; Hon. Daniel Taubman, Colorado Court of Appeals; and other distinguished faculty lend their expertise on topics that include: Basics of Ethics: What You Used to Know, Never Knew, and Need to Know; Recent Disciplinary Cases of Interest; Business Law Ethics Entity Representation; Evolving Social Media Ethics; and Marijuana: It's Not Just Pot. More details here.

From the Legal Community

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 someone 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 recent graduates who were just sworn into the Colorado bar last week. Whether you are looking for a short-term contract attorney or an associate, DU 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.

 

From the Courts

Scams Targeting Lawyers Get Sophisticated

Better grammar, specific details and names of real businesses have helped fraudsters con some Colorado attorneys. Click here to read more.

CBA-CLE Legal Connection

IAALS: Recipe for Rules Change Success: An Update on Colorado’s Pilot Project Evaluation

IAALS follows a four-step framework for continuous improvement of the American civil justice system. Within our Rule One Initiative, we gather research on existing court processes, convene stakeholder groups to develop recommended models aimed at increasing efficiency and access while reducing costs and delays, facilitate the implementation of those models, and support measurement of their outcomes. This process provides a feedback loop for crafting civil procedures that make a real and positive difference for all who use our courts, on both sides of the “v”. Click here to read more.

Tenth Circuit: Return of Children in Hague Convention Case Affirmed

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in West v. Dobrev on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Petitioner Livia West and Respondent Stanislav Dobrev were married in the U. St. and their two children were born here. The family moved to France and after about a year, West filed for divorce. The French court ordered the children to remain in the usual home of West. Dobrev moved back to the U.S. Click here to read more.

 

Optimize Your Membership

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CBA member benefit provider FedEx is giving you a shot at energizing your business with over 100 prizes up for grabs. You’ll be automatically entered in the sweepstakes when you join the FedEx Advantage® discount program. Existing FedEx Advantage members need to enroll in the sweeps to be eligible to win the prizes. Once enrolled, make eligible shipments with FedEx through Dec. 27, and you could win up to $10,000 or American Express Reward cards . As a FedEx Advantage member, you can save up to 26% on FedEx® services during the sweepstakes and beyond. Click here for details.

 

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Free Microsoft Templates

Microsoft's website has many free templates that you can download. Check it out a microsoft.com. You can search by keyword, category, or the application (Word, Excel, etc.)

The templates include everything from expense reports (with built-in formulas), to charts you can use to keep track of basketball tournament pairings, to business cards. There is truly something for everyone. As you look them over, don't forget that they are customizable - you can add the name of your law firm, change the name of the document, the headers, etc. Even if you find a template with a layout and graphics that you like, but it was designed for a different purpose, you can download it and change those features. I guarantee you'll find something you can use!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

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