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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 “Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius."
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From the Bar

Stay in the Loop with the Legislature

The CBA’s “e-legislative report” is a weekly email newsletter that tracks the action at the state legislature for CBA members. To start your free subscription, go to and select the “E-legislative Report” from the list of newsletters available to CBA members. If you received the newsletter during the last legislative session, you do not need to re-subscribe. To learn more, click here.

December Solo-Small Firm Networking Events

Solo-Small Firm Section networking meetings provide great opportunities to connect with your peers, as well serve as a practice management and technology discussion forum. The meetings, which are sponsored by the Section, are open to all CBA members. Solo-Small Firm Section members look forward to networking with their CBA colleagues far and near. Click here to find a December meeting near you.

Spend the Day with Sean Carter—Friday, Dec. 20
Comedic Professional Education

National speaker Sean Carter, Esq. Humorist at Law, draws on his unique background as a former securities lawyer, corporate vice president and stand-up comedian, to create educational programs that are not only laugh-out-loud funny, but relevant to business and legal professionals. His programs run the gamut from legal ethics to professionalism to corporate compliance to diversity, but they all have one thing in common—humor. Six ethics credits. Save your seat.

Transitions: An Update on Connect for Health Colorado—Wednesday, Jan. 8

The next Transitions lunch will be Wednesday, Jan. 8 at noon, at the CBA-CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., 3rd floor. Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, will update us on the status of the rollout of the new landscape in health care coverage. Following the direction set by a 2011 state law, Connect for Health created a unique service for Colorado through a website and support network that is completely separate from the federal marketplace. Member cost to attend is $15; non-member cost is $30 (includes lunch). One CLE credit applied for. RSVP to or 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Help Children in Need with the CBA YLD

This year, the CBA YLD is teaming up with the Boulder County Bar Association to promote A Precious Child’s Precious Gift Program. The organization runs this program to supply children in need with their holiday wish list. This year, in light of the floods, A Precious Child aspires to provide more than 6,000 gifts to Colorado children in need.

The CBA YLD invites you to participate in the program by: (1) “adopting” a child (or two or three); (2) purchasing the gifts on your adopted child’s wish list; and (3) dropping the gifts off at the CBA offices (1900 Grant St, 9th Floor) no later than Dec. 18. If interested, please contact or with the number of children you would like to “adopt.” We will email you the child’s wish list.

40-Hour Mediation Training in January—Offered Only Twice a Year!

If you are ready to take a serious plunge into mediation, our 40-hour Mediation Training Course will provide the basic skills and knowledge base for beginning a career as a mediator or learning new tools to enhance your mediation skills. Developed by the CBA ADR Section, the program has been designed to meet the 40-hour training standards approved by the CBA and the Mediation Association of Colorado. Find out more!

CBA ADR Section Seeks Authors

The ADR Section has devised a list of prospective topics for short, pragmatic articles to publish in The Colorado Lawyer. Articles would be geared toward the general practitioner, as well as the ADR professional. Contact ADR Coordinating Editors Marshall Snider at and Lucia Lamprey at to discuss. Click here for topics.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Appreciation Improves Your Health

It’s a good thing Ebenezer Scrooge changed his tune in A Christmas Carol. Research shows that being appreciative and compassionate, rather than miserly and misanthropic, improves your mental, emotional, and physical health. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

Hiring Assistance

Need to hire someone but don’t have time to wade through hundreds of résumés? The University of Colorado Law School Career Development Office and 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. Whether you are looking for a short-term contract attorney or an associate, these law schools have candidates available to meet your hiring needs.

For the University of Colorado, contact Assistant Dean Todd Rogers at 303-492-6392.

For the University of Denver, contact Assistant Dean for Career Opportunities Eric Bono at 303-871-6478.

From the Courts

An Update on Colorado’s Pilot Project Evaluation

The Supreme Court has designated IAALS to conduct a systematic evaluation of CAPP, in consultation with the National Center for State Courts. This update provides information on the specifics and timing of the evaluation that IAALS is conducting in Colorado, looking at where things stand, how we will proceed, and when results can be expected. Interested Colorado attorneys, particularly those who handle cases in CAPP courts, can learn more here.

CBA-CLE Legal Connection

Tenth Circuit: Filing Lis Pendens Does not Create a Transfer of Interest in Property Under Bankruptcy Code

Ute Mesa is a real estate developer in Colorado. In October 2007, it received a $12 million loan from Defendant-Appellee United Western Bank (“United”) to finance the construction of a single family home. First-Citizens Bank & Trust acquired United’s interest in the loan and state court claims. To secure the loan, United prepared a deed of trust incorrectly identifying Ute Mesa’s sole member as the owner rather than Ute Mesa. Because the grantor under the deed of trust was not the owner of the property, the deed of trust was ineffective in giving United a lien on the property. Click here to read more.


Tenth Circuit: Two Life Sentences for Violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(e) Violated Double Jeopardy

Defendant-Appellant Jeremiah Jackson robbed a bank and, while fleeing, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into another car, killing two women. He was convicted of one count of bank robbery and two counts of killing a person while attempting to avoid apprehension for bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(e). The district court vacated the count of bank robbery as a lesser included offense of § 2113(e) and sentenced Jackson to two concurrent life terms. Click here to read more.


Optimize Your Membership

Accept Credit Cards with Confidence

With CBA member benefit provider LawPay, attorneys can accept credit cards with confidence knowing their transactions are handled correctly, and save up to 25% on standard credit and debit card fees. Through Dec. 20, the $150 virtual terminal fee will be waived for all members who open a month-to-month LawPay Merchant Account. In addition, your program fee will be waived for the first 3 months. Click here for more information.


Need CLE Credits? Discounts for CBA Members

CBA-CLE Has the most comprehensive library of Colorado legal content available! If you’re looking for substantive and quality Colorado CLE content, review the extensive library that CBA-CLE offers. Search by practice area or date or “flip” through our CLE Homestudy catalog now.

Order Your Copy of the 2014 Colorado Legal Directory—Discounted for CBA Members


The Colorado Legal Directory is the source to find Colorado attorneys, Colorado court information, and other critical legal resources. You don’t have to do the research—it’s all there in one convenient book! For more information or to order a directory, click here.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department


Built-In Detailed Search Capability in Outlook

We all have more emails than we can manage—which means it's difficult to find the one we're looking for.

Fortunately, there is very detailed search query syntax that's built into Outlook that allows us to perform pinpoint searches to quickly find what we're looking for. For instance, you can narrow your search using Boolean terms like AND, OR and NOT. You can also narrow it by date range or by a recipient you've put in the bcc line.

For a complete list of all search syntax and capabilities, click here.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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