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Thursday, April 3, 2014 Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
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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 or call 303 860-1115, ext. 727.

Oil and Gas Law Nuts and Bolts by the Experts—April 9

Co-sponsored by the CBA Natural Resources & Energy Section

Topics include: Oil and Gas Leases: The Basics; Practice Before the COGCC: Useful Guidance and Hot Topics; Unauthorized Practice of Law: State Lines and Other Oil and Gas Practice Dilemmas; Title and Curative Essentials; Land and Mineral Ownership and Related Leasing Issues: From Spilt Estates to Federal Ownership; Technical Aspects in the Environmental Regulation of Oil and Gas; Advance Topics in Oil and Gas Development: An Introduction to the Burning Issues. Register now!

SSLC/SSLA Networking "Hora Social"—April 16

The University of Denver's Spanish-Speaking Lawyers Association and the CBA's Spanish-Speaking Lawyers Committee invite you to share appetizers and cocktails on April 16 at the Sturm College of Law (2nd floor lobby) at 5:30 p.m. Don't worry about your fluency in Spanish, just show up and meet some incredibly friendly lawyers and students! Please RSVP to Jennifer Lesh at

Work + Life = Balance? Advice on how to be an attorney—and also have a life

The CBA Committee for Balanced Legal Careers will hold a complimentary program on April 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Epic Brewing Company (3001 Walnut Street, Denver). Attorneys with experience obtaining work-life balance will provide a brief presentation, followed by structured mentoring to allow attendees to ask their own questions. Come enjoy a free beer and take your first step toward finding some balance.

To register, click here. For questions please contact Sue Bertram.

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 Editor Marshall Snider at to discuss.

A Primer on Advising Nonprofit Organizations and the 23rd Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations—May 1-2

Co-sponsored by the CBA Business and Taxation Law Sections

The 2014 Primer is designed to introduce practitioners to general aspects of the laws governing the formation and operation of nonprofit organizations. The 23rd Annual Institute will present a comprehensive analysis of legal issues of concern to nonprofit organizations. The program is valuable for attorneys, key representatives of nonprofit organizations, including board members, executive directors, CFOs, accountants, and representatives of government agencies. You can attend either program or both for a discounted fee!

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

Dimensions of Wellness Part 2—Are you balanced?

For the past few weeks we have been examining the dimensions of wellness. In our concluding article in the series, examine the last four dimensions and consider how you can create meaningful, positive change in your life. Click here to read more.

From CBA-CLE Legal Connection

Complexity of Mission and the Power of Form

Consider these social enterprises: Blue River Technology and Greyston Bakery. Blue River applies expertise in robotics to develop new agricultural technologies. Greyston sells brownies (including some found in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream), but it also adheres to a strict workforce development program. Greyston is organized as a benefit corporation; Blue River is not. That probably makes sense. Click here to read more.

Probate Litigation Depositions—Not Your Grandmother’s Deposition

Probate litigation depositions can be many things—tense, perhaps emotionally draining for the deponent and the parties. But as David R. Struthers of Godfrey | Johnson PC illustrates, learning about probate depositions can be entertaining as well. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open

The Colorado Judicial Institute has opened nominations for the 2014 Judicial Excellence Awards. Please help us celebrate judges and magistrates across Colorado by submitting a nomination and by spreading the word about the Judicial Excellence Awards. The only way we find out about the great judges across our state is by hearing from people like you! Submit your nominations online by May 8.

Register Now for the 8th Annual Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit

The event will be held on Monday, May 12, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. It will feature national experts and distinguished speakers presenting on cutting-edge issues impacting diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession. 7 ethics/ 8 general CLE credits anticipated. Early-bird rates until April 11. Register now here. Email with any questions.

Optimize Your Membership

LawPay Offer

With CBA member benefit provider LawPay, attorneys can accept credit cards with confidence knowing their transactions are handled correctly, while saving up to 25 percent on standard credit and debit card fees. Through April 11, 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 details.

Lending Library Book of the Week: Reinventing the Practice of Law

Reinventing the Practice of Law explores ways in which lawyers can change their practices to make things better. Chapters explain the benefits of embracing unbundled services, online technology, fee-shifting practices and peace-making strategies. For more information about this title and many others in the CBA's Law Practice Management Library, visit the Lending Library page or contact Sue Bertram at 303-824-5372.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Using Microsoft Window's Snipping Tool

If you've never used the Snipping Tool—you're really missing out. This video will show you how to use the Snipping Tool to "snip" any portion of anything you see on your screen, save it, and then put it in a document, on a website, print it, put it in a note app such as Evernote, etc. It's really handy, and I guarantee you'll find a ton of uses for it.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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