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Jan. 23

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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
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In this Issue:
From the Bar

eLegislative Report: News from the Capitol

At its Jan. 17 meeting, the CBA Legislative Policy Committee voted to support HB 14-1050, concerning an increase in the number of judges for the Eighteenth Judicial District. The bill increases the number of judges for the 18th J.D. from 21 to 23. The bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a 9–0 vote on Jan. 16 and moves to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of the cost to the state. Learn more about HB 14-1050 and other bills of interest, or sign up to receive the weekly report straight to your inbox.

Public Benefit Corporation Act: Effective April 1—Wednesday, Feb. 12
Co-sponsored by the CBA Business Law Section

This program is taught by two of Colorado’s top business lawyers who were on the front lines of the drafting and passage of the Public Benefit Corporation Act (PCBA). The PCBA added Part 5 to Article 101 of the Colorado Business Corporation Act in Title 7, C.R. S., to allow Colorado corporations desiring to do so to elect the status of being a “public benefit corporation.” Reserve your seat now!

Practicing Before the Department of Veterans Affairs CLE Program—Thursday, Feb. 13

CLE in Colorado is presenting a program on Thursday, Feb. 13, for lawyers to become “accredited” to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs. The morning session meets the VA’s initial 3-hour training requirement—whether you attend this program live, by webcast, video replay, or via homestudy. The afternoon session will cover advanced concepts. For more information, click here. A special price of $29 for the accreditation morning portion and $49 for the full day is available to those registrants who agree to take a pro bono veterans case with Colorado Lawyer for Colorado Veterans.

 

Estate Planning Basic Skills—Feb. 20–21
Co-sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate Law Section

Timely topics include the planning and drafting process, ethical concerns, transfer tax issues, planning for smaller estates, estate planning with life insurance, and more. The latter part of the program includes sessions in which the members of the faculty apply the concepts to typical client fact patterns. The program will conclude with a judicial panel discussing important problems and pitfalls that estate planning attorneys face. Register now!

 

Support the Sean May Memorial Run/Walk—Saturday, May 17

Support a runner, or sign up to run! There is still time to be a part of the Sixth Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk on May 17 at Barr Lake State Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit Access to Justice programs and Sean May’s family. Learn more and register.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Simplify

Lawyers often tell us they are “too busy” and “overwhelmed.” Click here to find out how to have more time to enjoy your life—personally and professionally. personally and professionally.

From the Legal Community

Air Force Reserve Recruiting JAGs

The Air Force Reserve in Colorado Springs is searching for attorneys to enroll in its Judge Advocate, or JAG program. JAGs are uniformed military attorneys who provide legal advice to Air Force commanders on a wide variety of topics. JAGs also represent the Air Force in litigation, and perform a host of other duties. If interested, visit the Air Force recruiting website or email MSgt Pedro Consuegra at Pedro.consuegra@us.af.mil.

 

Model Immigration Hearing Program—Friday, Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This free seminar will provide hands-on immigration court training to a small group of pro bono representatives (no more than 24) emphasizing practice, procedure, and advocacy skills to improve the quality of representation before the Denver and Aurora Immigration Courts. Through simulated hearings, each participant will have an opportunity to serve in the role of Respondent’s Counsel, ICE Attorney, or Respondent Witness. Sample case scenarios will be provided in advance of the training. We will focus on Seven-Year Cancellation of Removal. This training is designed for attorneys with little or no immigration law experience. All participants must accept a RMIAN pro bono case in the coming year. CLE credits pending. Click here for more information.

 

From the Courts

Colorado Supreme Court to Recognize Firm or In-house Counsel Group’s Pro Bono Achievements—Deadline Feb. 15

Each year, the Colorado Supreme Court recognizes those law firms, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel groups that achieved the annual goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services by their Colorado-licensed attorneys—averaged across the firm and pro-rated for part-time attorneys—primarily for the indigent and/or organizations serving the indigent. If your firm or group achieved the pro bono goal in 2013, please notify Justice Greg Hobbs, c/o Law Clerk Allison Altaras, at allison.altaras@judicial.state.co.us or 720-625-5440, by Friday, Feb. 15. Include the name and contact information of your pro bono coordinator, as well as phone number, email, and mailing address. Looking for pro bono opportunities? Click here.

CBA-CLE Legal Connection

Changes to Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules for Magistrates, and County Court Civil Procedure Announced

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Colorado Judicial Branch announced the final rules changes of 2013, Rule Change 2013(17) and Rule Change 2013(18), amended and adopted by the Supreme Court on December 31, 2013. Click here to read more.

 

Surviving a Personal Apocalypse—Part 5: Destruction

Jungian psychologist Edward Edinger calls an apocalypse “a momentous event—the shattering of the world as it has been, followed by its reconstitution.” Hold onto that word “reconstitution” and whatever hope it gives you. You’ll need it before you’re done. Click here to read more.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Encourage Future Legal Minds: Judge a Mock Trial

Volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and community leaders are needed to judge the 2014 State High School Mock Trial Tournament March 14 and 15 in Golden. Several timeslots are available; breakfast or lunch provided. For more information, please email cgravit@cobar.org or click here for a volunteer form.

 

Optimize Your Membership

Member Discounts for the Colorado Bar Association CLE Pass—Unlimited Access to the Best Catalog of Colorado CLE Content Available!

More than 1,500 Colorado attorneys have signed on for the CBA-CLE pass, your source for Colorado Law. You not only fulfill your CLE compliance requirements, you also stay updated on new Colorado legislation and case law, as well as the latest in software and technology training for attorneys. Plus, there are discounts for CBA members and law firms! Learn more about the pass.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

 

Customizing How Headers and Footers Print on Prinouts of Web Pages

You may have noticed that the printout of your web pages is missing the date it was printed, or maybe you’d like the title of the page to print at the top left-hand corner instead of at the bottom. Internet Explorer lets you decide what you want to print in the header and footer on Web pages, or you can tell it to print nothing at all. You can have up to three things on the header and three things on the footer (which appear on the left side, centered, and right side). You can also leave any of those three positions blank. Tip: —if you’d like the URL to print, you might put it on the footer on the left side and leave the center and right side empty so there’s more room to print the URL. You also can choose from the usual suspects (title, Page __ of ___, time, date, URL, etc.) but you can also put in something custom. Here’s how to customize the header and footer that appears on printouts of Web pages:

1) Open a Web page in Internet Explorer.
2) Go to File, then Page Setup and find the section labeled Headers and Footers.
3) Use the drop downs to choose which things you want printed.
Notice that you can also change the margins to allow more room.
4) Click OK.

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

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