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March 20

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”
~Nelson Mandela
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Call for Volunteers—Plant a Tree in Fire and Flood Areas

The ABA, CBA, and local bar associations are seeking volunteers to help plant trees in areas devastated by fires and floods in Colorado. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 5, in Larimer County and Saturday, May 3, in Jefferson County. Click here for more information and to volunteer.

 

Complimentary Webinar: How to Boost Your Network with LinkedIn—Tuesday, March 25

Join us for the next free 30-minute Tech Tuesday presentation on Tuesday, March 25, at noon. Learn more about how to build your network with LinkedIn by creating and sharing your own content online. It’s important to your audience, as well as for establishing yourself as a thought leader and becoming a trusted authority in your niche. For more information, contact Sue Bertram. Click here to learn more about all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

Complimentary Webinar: Legal Accounting— Thursday, March 27

Learn the basics of legal accounting and how to better manage your funds. Learn about report and reconciliation issues surrounding trust accounts, how to pick and integrate the best accounting tools for your practice, and the steps to prepare your tax return for your firm’s income. Join us for this complimentary webinar presented by member benefit provider Clio, on Thursday, March 25 from noon to 1 p.m. CLE credit has been applied for. Register here.

 

Joint Diversity Committee Inaugural Reception— Thursday, March 27

The Committee would like to welcome new members to its opening reception on Thursday, March 27, at the CBA offices and to introduce them to a reenergized and revamped Committee with an exciting new agenda. Please join for complimentary cocktails and appetizers, and find out more. RSVP online, email lunches@cobar.org or call 303 860-1115, ext. 727.

 

How to Manage Small Law Firm—Thursday, April 3
Co-sponsored by the Solo Small Firm Section

An estimated 54% of bar grievances filed nationally have their root in a problem with the way the lawyer’s firm is managed. Poorly conceived marketing and sales lead to a poor match between firm and clients; poorly developed business processes and procedures lead to unpredictable and inefficient work product. Plus, poorly managed financial controls put undue pressure on lawyers to prioritize short-term financial needs, instead of being able to effectively advocate for their clients. Click here to register.

Probate Litigation Practicum: Trust & Estate Spring Update—Friday, April 4
Sponsored by the CBA Solo Small Firm Section

Don’t miss the opportunity to practice the elements of courtroom evidence. First, as a larger group, you will learn the evidentiary technique. Then you’ll break into small groups for role-playing and discussion, with a faculty member coach who will lead your small group as you practice the technique and give you individual attention and feedback. Whether it’s learning the hearsay rules, how to lay a foundation, expert testimony, or the Dead Man’s Statute, don’t miss this chance for one-on-one learning from knowledgeable probate law judges and litigators. Click here to register.

 

Complimentary Casemaker Trainings

  • 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 specify 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.

Happy Hour at the Bar and Stratum Ribbon-Cutting Event—Tuesday, April 8
Co-sponsored by the CBA Solo and Small Firm Section, DBA Fit to Practice Task Force, and the DBA Young Lawyers Division

Stratum is the first-of-its kind for the Colorado Bar Association—a community-focused, co-working space for members. Stratum will give members a stronger sense of community and collegiality, while providing the business amenities needed to enhance their 21st century practices. Come to the ribbon-cutting event at the CBA offices on Tuesday, April 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and see what we mean. Complimentary drinks and appetizers provided. RSVP online, email lunches@cobar.org or call 303 860-1115, ext. 727.

Seeking ABA Delegate Representatives

The CBA will soon have two vacancies in its delegation to the ABA 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.

 

COLAP’s Tip of the Week:
Dimensions of Wellness Part 1—Are you balanced?

Last week we assessed how balanced we are in the dimensions of wellness. Click here to find out more about your level of personal well-being with the first four dimensions. Click here to read more.

From CBA-CLE Legal Connection

Colorado Court of Appeals Kicks the Can as to Whether HPA Voids Limitations-of-Liability Clauses in Residential A/E Contracts Between Construction Professionals

Colorado’s Homeowner Protection Act (HPA) protects homeowners by voiding any contractual provision that would result in the waiver of a homeowner’s rights under the Construction Defects Action Reform Act, CRS § 13-20-806(7)(a). But some have argued that this same law should also void certain waivers and releases in agreements between construction professionals working on residential projects. Recently, the Colorado Court of Appeals was faced with, but did not decide, this issue. Click here to read more.

 

Top 10 Reasons Attorneys Go In-House

The majority of attorneys begin their legal careers in law firms (versus in-house corporate legal departments—or “in-house”) for a variety of reasons—e.g., there are fewer in-house opportunities for new attorneys, law school graduates often want to get “big firm” experience and training before going in-house, and the compensation can often be higher in big firms. Nonetheless, in my experience as an attorney recruiter, many attorneys in law firms either know starting out or within their first five years of practice that they want to eventually transition in-house. Click here to read more.

 

From the Legal Community

Annual Colorado Lawyers Committee Anniversary Awards—Tuesday, May 20

Join the Colorado Lawyers Committee on Tuesday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Marriott Denver City Center, for its 36th Annual Awards Luncheon. This year’s keynote speaker will be Spencer Overton, nationally recognized expert on voting rights and Interim President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Another highlight of the luncheon will be the presentation of awards to honor individuals and organizations that contributed significantly to the Colorado Lawyers Committee during 2013. Click here for information and to purchase tickets.

 

Civil Rights Awards Nominations Due Friday, April 11

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals, firms or organizations who are worthy of public recognition for going above and beyond in their work on behalf of civil rights and civil liberties. The nominations form, along with a list of previous honorees, can be found here. If you prefer to submit a nomination electronically, please e-mail Rachel Pryor-Lease or visit our online nomination form. The recipient(s) of the award will be announced in June and will be recognized at a dinner on Friday, Oct. 17.

 

Optimize Your Membership

Navigating Your Individual Health Insurance Options with BIG, Inc.

CBA Member benefit provider BIG, Inc. is here to help you navigate the new individual healthcare world under the Affordable Care Act. This presentation outlines the process from obtaining quotes that satisfy your needs to purchasing your policy, while answering many frequently asked questions.

Legal Community Credit Union

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Lending Library Book of the Week: Lessons in Leadership

All too often, the difference between a successful and unsuccessful law firm is the quality of its leadership. Lessons in Leadership is for any attorney seeking to develop his or her leadership skills. Through a series of practical lessons, author Tom Grella draws from his own experiences and applies time-tested leadership principles to lawyers and law firms. For more information about this book, click here or contact Sue Bertram. Read a review of this book in the March issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Windows XP Will No Longer Be Supported As of April 8

Effective April 8, Microsoft will no longer support the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft has worked hard to get the word out about Windows XP. I previously posted a warning about this and it’s been all over the news. You may be thinking “What’s the big deal? Windows XP works great. I don’t need any support. I’ll wait until my PC dies and then I’ll get a new PC with a new operating system.” The problem is Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for XP. This means that at midnight on April 7, hackers will be poised to unleash horrible malware that will target XP users. Please don’t get caught.

Jim Calloway, my counterpart in Oklahoma, wrote a blog post entitled Lawyers, Don’t be an April Fool for Windows XP explaining the issues involved.

I urge you—don’t ignore this warning. Contact your IT support person. Decide which operating system to upgrade to. In making that decision, make sure your PC can run Windows 8.1. Also make sure your current software will run on the new operating system. Many lawyers have stuck with XP because the software they know and love and have used forever won’t run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Should you upgrade to 7 or 8.1? Unless you’re using touch screen monitors, most techies with whom I speak suggest Windows 7. If you decide on Windows 8.1, know in advance the interface is completely different that anything you’ve seen and you can’t discount the learning curve.

Bottom line—it just might be time to buy that new PC.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance with questions.

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