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Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 “Blow, blow, thou Winter Wind, Thou art not so unkind, as Man's Ingratitude..."
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From the Bar

Search Engine Optimization—Tuesday, Feb. 25

Join us for the next free 30-minute Tech Tuesday presentation on Feb. 25 at noon. A lot changed last year in how to get great rankings in Google and drive results online. Get the latest tips, tricks & tools to help you get top rankings in search engines and drive targeted traffic and leads to your website. For more information, contact Sue Bertram at Click here for information about all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

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, and estate planning with life insurance. The latter part of the program includes sessions in which the members of the faculty apply the concepts just taught to typical client fact patterns. Also, a judicial panel discusses important problems and pitfalls that estate planning attorneys face. Register now.


Oil & Gas Development in Colorado—Balancing Energy and the Environment, Friday, Feb. 28
With the Hon. Bill Ritter as Keynote Speaker

Energy production and use is desirable, but not without challenges and risks. Environmental regulation is effective and positive, but not without costs. Learn how hot-button energy and environmental interests are being balanced by state and local governments, the energy industry, environmental and technical professionals, and practitioners. Colorado’s leading energy and environmental experts unravel these issues. Find out more here.

Seeking ABA Delegate Representatives

The CBA will soon have two vacancies in its delegation to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Those interested in applying should submit a résumé and a brief letter expressing interest by June 1 to: ABA Delegate, Colorado Bar Association, c/o Charles C. Turner, 1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. For more information, click here.


Point/Counterpoint Topics (and Authors) Wanted

The Colorado Lawyer seeks members to write point/counterpoint articles. If you and a colleague are interested in debating a specific topic, contact Coordinating Editor Fred Burtzos at Writing guidelines for Department articles are available here.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Lawyer, Heal Thyself

Are you taking care of yourself? Click here to find out why self-care is so important, and ways you can start treating yourself better.

From the Legal Community

Copyright Trolls and Presumptively Fair Uses—Tuesday, Feb. 18

The University of Colorado Law Review is proud to host Volume 85 author, Brad Greenberg who will present his article “Copyright Trolls and Presumptively Fair Uses,” which discusses the fair use doctrine as copyright law’s internal limitation on the enforcement-only business model. Program begins at 5:15 p.m. at the University of Colorado Law School, Room 204. Cost to attend is $5 for Colorado Law Review alumni, and $10 for all others. For more information, please contact Cami Yuasa or click here to register.


DU Sturm College of Law PILG Annual Fundraiser—Thursday, Feb. 27

Help fund grants for DU law students to spend their summers serving deserving public interest organizations in the U.S. and abroad by attending DU Public Interest Law Group’s 19th Annual Fundraiser. The night will include dinner, drinks, live music, a silent auction, and an exciting live auction. Click here for more information.


From the Courts

Colorado Supreme Court to Recognize Firm or In-house Counsel Group’s Pro Bono Achievements—Deadline Friday, 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 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

Reasonably Ascertainable Value of Accrued Vacation and Accrued Sick Leave May Be Divided in Dissolution of Marriage

On Jan. 13, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in In re Marriage of Cardona and Castro. The Supreme Court granted certiorari review in this case to consider whether accrued vacation and sick leave may be considered marital property subject to division under C.R.S. § 14-10-113 of the Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act (UDMA). The court considered this issue a matter of first impression in Colorado, noting, as did the court of appeals, that courts in other jurisdictions are split on this issue. Click here to read more.


First Rule Changes of 2014 Amend Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure and Rules Governing Admission to the Bar

The Colorado State Judicial Branch released the first rule changes of 2014, amending and adopting Crim. P. 37, “Appeals from County Court,” and C.R.C.P. Chap. 18, Rules Governing Admission to the Bar, Rule 227, “Registration Fee.” Click here to read more.


Optimize Your Membership

Lending Library Book of the Week: Preparing for Reentry

How does one easily transition back into the field of law after a career break? Preparing for Reentry by M. Diane Vogt contains the best and most useful information and suggestions to help you pilot your own successful reentry into the field of law, and achieve your personal plan for growth. For more information about this title and how to check it out, please click here or contact Sue Bertram at

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