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Feb. 20

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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest."
~Ernest Hemingway
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From the Bar

Complimentary Webinar: 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 and tools to help you get top rankings in search engines to drive targeted traffic and leads to your website. For more information, contact Sue Bertram at sbertram@cobar.org. Click here to learn more about all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

Voters’ Rights and Voting Fraud—Tuesday, Feb. 25

Join the CBA Civil Rights Committee for an interactive discussion at the CBA-CLE Offices, third floor from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, regarding voter identification requirements. Discussion topics include preventing voter fraud, poll taxes and literacy requirements, and changes in procedures such as mandatory mail ballots, same day registration and voting centers. One general CLE credit requested. Register now.

 

Complimentary Webinar: Alternative Practice Models in the New Normal—Tuesday, Feb. 25

While the practice of law continues to evolve, lawyers are no longer limited to choosing to work in Big Law or running a solo storefront practice. “Distributed law firms, corporate secondments, and legal freelancers” are all becoming successful options for lawyers seeking a change. Find out what types of lawyers excel in alternative models and learn how to pick the right model for your practice. Join CBA member benefit provider Clio for this complimentary webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. One general CLE credit has been applied for. Register now.

 

Complimentary Casemaker Trainings

  • Monday, March 3, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, April 7, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, May 19, 10–11:30 a.m.

To register, please RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727, and be sure to say whether you plan to attend in person or via webcast. There is no charge for the Casemaker trainings. CLE credit is available and all seminars will be held in the CLE small classroom.

How to Examine Mental Health Experts: A Practical Plan—Thursday, March 6

Examining mental health experts can be confusing, even daunting. This course offers a practical framework with which to conduct effective examinations of mental health experts and to organize legal arguments based on the expert testimony. Although the course is oriented to family lawyers, the information will be beneficial to any lawyer who deals with mental health experts. Find out more here.

SMART (Solo Management Attorney Resource Teams)—Tuesday, March 11
Sponsored by the CBA Solo Small Firm Section

Join the Solo Small Firm Section for an interactive discussion among solo practitioners and small firms regarding how to better run and manage their practices. Then stick around for a happy hour where you can mingle and informally continue the conversation. Be ready to share your experiences and learn from the experiences and knowledge of your peers. Recommended for experienced practitioners ready to step up their practice and for attorneys with at least one year of solo practice experience. For more information, contact section member Catherine Brown. Click here to register.

 

Spanish Language Lawyering Committee Meeting and Presentation—Thursday, March 13

Hola a todos! The CBA Spanish Language Lawyering Committee invites everyone to attend their meeting on Thursday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m at the CBA offices. Casilda Gorozpe from Waddell & Reed will give a short presentation in Spanish about the influences shaping today’s global marketplace. RSVP to Casilda Gorozpe.

 

Health Law Symposium 2014—Friday, March 14
Co-sponsored by the CBA Health Law Section and the American Health Lawyers Association

We have an exceptional speaker lineup this year of nationally recognized health law experts focused on current issues in health law. Topics include a healthcare law overview, health care anti-trust, Medicaid changes in Colorado, Colorado’s new peer review statute and current medical staff issues, national developments in medical staff credentialing and peer review, and recent hospital and physician compensation FCA cases. For more information, click here.

 

eLegislative Report: News from the Capitol

The legislation session is in full swing. The e-legislative report includes a scorecard of committee and floor work for the week ending Feb. 14. In addition, the Legislative Policy Committee took a stance to oppose HB 14-1153, concerning attorney fees when action is dismissed prior to trial, which extends the requirement to pay attorney fees to all civil actions. The bill is assigned to the Judiciary Committee for review. Click here to view the full report, and here to sign up for the listserv.

Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans Clinic Training—Feb. 28 from Noon–5 p.m.
Denver Clinic in need of Volunteers

CLCV is a CBA initiative that provides free and low-cost legal services to military veterans. The upcoming training will educate attorneys on the basics of working with veterans in a clinic format and pro bono matters. Clinics are held monthly across Colorado, and new attorney volunteers are always welcome. The training will be held at the Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell offices in Denver.

The Denver clinic needs more volunteers, especially family law attorneys, to meet with veterans at the clinic that is held the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Auraria Campus. Topics range from veterans’ benefits, taxes, housing, family law issues, criminal, and administrative law. Attorneys can register for the program or sign up for the clinic by emailing Carolyn Gravit.

 

COLAP’s Tip of the Week:
Improving Your Personal Relationships

The busy, stressful lives that lawyers lead can make cultivating healthy personal relationships difficult. Click here to find out why personal relationships are so important, and ways you can improve them…

From CBA-CLE Legal Connection

IAALS: Integrating More Professionalism and Ethics into Law School Curriculum

In his Voices from the Field interview, Bill Walters, partner at Heizer Paul and former president of the Colorado Bar Association, suggests that law schools need to expose students to the various career options they have following law school, which extend far beyond the traditional big firm practice of law. For example, dual degree programs, like dual J.D./M.B.A. programs, allow law students to use the skills they’ve learned in combination with business skills to potentially and more successfully run a business after graduating. Click here to read more.

 

WINDS OF CHANGE (Part 1): Attorney Wellness Leaders

Google “law school wellness programs” and count the hits. Of course you’ll get U of California at Berkeley (Boalt) and U of San Francisco, but hey, that’s California, you’d expect that. But how about Duke, Harvard, U of Chicago…and closer to home, DU Sturm College of Law. Click here to read more.

 

From the Legal Community

Pay and Leadership Equity Today—Thursday Feb. 27

Join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, and the Association of Corporate Counsel for an informative program on pay and leadership equity—featuring a presentation and panel discussion explaining the current state of pay and leadership disparity among men and women in the legal industry today, and exploring what individuals and institutions can do to tackle these issues. National and local speakers include Professor Nancy Reichman, University of Denver; Professor Joyce Sterling, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; and Professor Joan Williams, UC Hastings College of the Law. The program will be held at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, 2 E. 14th Avenue, 4–6 p.m., with a reception to follow from 6 to 7 p.m. CLE accreditation anticipated. Click here for more information.

 

From the Courts

Pro Bono Recognition Ceremony—Friday, April 4

Denver-area attorneys who have met or committed to reaching the Colorado Supreme Court’s pledge of providing 50 hours of pro bono legal services will be honored at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 4, at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. A tour of the judicial center will begin at 3 p.m. and a reception will follow the ceremony at 5 p.m. For more information or to report your firm’s pro bono commitment or achievement, contact Allison Altaras at allison.altaras@judicial.state.co.us or 720-625-5443.

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Lending Library Book of the Week: The Complete Guide to Contract Lawyering

Interested in contract work—either hiring or becoming a contract lawyer? The Complete Guide to Contract Lawyering tells how—as a practicing lawyer, law firm administrator or recent law school graduate—you can take advantage of the benefits of contract work while avoiding its drawbacks. For more information about this, please click here or contact Sue Bertram.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Looking For Some Quick, Easy Help With Technology?

Tech Tuesdays are the answer! Tech Tuesdays are a complimentary series of 30-minute webinar-only programs scheduled on the fourth Tuesdays of the month. They are recorded, so you can always go back and watch ones you’ve missed (or want to watch again). The next one on Feb. 25 is Search Engine Optimization. Click here for more information and to register.

Some of the archived webinars include:

 

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

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