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Thursday, May 1, 2014 All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
~ Thomas Jefferson

In this Issue:

Why Every Vote Matters: Law Day 2014

Law Day is May 1! This national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Read this Docket article, “Why Every Vote Matters in Colorado,” to learn more about our election and voting trends. For more information on Law Day, click here.

American Democracy and the Rule of Law in Small Colorado Towns

Colorado, like the rest of the United States, celebrates Law Day on May 1. The American Bar Association has designated today as Law Day to draw attention to facets of our justice system and constitutional form of government. The 2014 theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” Click here to read more.

CBA President Terry Ruckriegle Challenges You This Law Day

The Legal Aid Foundation’s tenth annual Associates Campaign has just come to a close, but that does not mean the giving should stop! CBA President Terry Ruckriegle is issuing a challenge to all CBA members to match or exceed his donation of $500 in honor of Law Day and ensuring that free civil legal services are available to low-income Coloradans for many years to come. You are encouraged to join this effort by making a donation, which will make justice an option for many who would otherwise go without.

From the Bar

Your Benefits Just Got Amplified: Casemaker Premium

As part of the Colorado Bar Association’s goal to be essential to your practice, we are excited to announce that effective today, all of Casemaker’s premium services are FREE to CBA members (these premium services are valued at $450, making your Casemaker legal research services worth more than $1,200 per year). These premium services include;

  • Casecheck+, which works like Shephard’s® and KeyCites® to notify you instantly of negative treatment. Casecheck+ returns both positive and negative treatments instantly as you research, and links to negative treatments so you can quickly review the citation history for both state and federal cases.
  • Members also will have access to CiteCheck, which analyzes every citation in your brief (or your opponent’s) and provides you with a report of good law, negative treatments, and potential citation format errors.
  • CasemakerDigest is also part of the premium package. It allows members to receive daily summaries of the latest state and federal appellate decisions classified by practice area.

For a more in-depth description of these premium services consider attending an upcoming free live training or webinar. Click here for a full list of upcoming Casemaker trainings.

Complimentary Webinar: Casemaker Premium Services—Tuesday, May 27

Learn more about Casemaker’s premium services include including Casecheck+, CiteCheck, and Casemaker Digest. Join us online on Tuesday, May 27, as Reba Nance demonstrates how to use these services. For more information, contact Sue Bertram. Click here to learn more about all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

CBA Military & Veterans Affairs Section Clothes Drive

The CBA Military & Veterans Affairs Section is collecting employment-appropriate clothing for homeless veterans that will be used as they transition to employment. We are looking for clothing for both men and women: pants, khakis, dress pants, dresses, sports shirts, blouses, button-up shirts, and shoes. The drive will benefit the Rocky Mountain Human Resources Employment Stand Down for Homeless veterans in Colorado Springs. Donations can be dropped off at the Colorado Bar Associations offices or at the offices of Burg Simpson by Tuesday, May 13. The value of your contribution is tax-deductible. For more details email Carolyn Gravit.

Plant Trees in the Hayman Burn Area—Saturday, May 3

The ABA, CBA, and local bar associations are seeking volunteers to help plant trees in the Hayman Fire burn area. The Hayman Fire was one of the largest ever in Colorado, and although it occurred several years ago, there is still a great need to replant vegetation and stabilize stream banks. Carpools from Denver and Boulder will be organized. Planting will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please email Grant Boies with your name and phone number (and those of your friends), if you want to participate.


2014 Business Document Drafting Series: Drafting LLC and Partnership Agreements and Drafting Corporate Entity and Shareholder Agreements—May 8 and May 21
Co-sponsored by the New Lawyers Subsection of the CBA Business Law Section

Back by Popular Demand—Our Business Document Drafting Series! Registration is flexible; you can sign up for any of the programs individually or for the entire series and save with our series package discount. Attend and you will: acquire practical, immediately useful drafting skills; better understand agreements that you are regularly hired to draft; receive the expert advice of experienced business law practitioners; and add useful tools to your business document toolbox. Register for April 30. Register for May 21.

12th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute—May 29–30
Co-sponsored by CBA the Intellectual Property Law Section and the ABA IP Section

Watch the Top Ten Reasons to Attend this Year’s IP Institute!
Program highlights include: Annual Case Law Update of all areas of IP, including the most significant new IP developments; What’s new at the PTAB; How to coordinate post-grant review and litigation; What happens when your trademark cease and desist goes viral; If your e-commerce clients have to collect sales and use taxes nationwide now; The perils of IP in the digital workplace; Predatory copyright enforcement, the trademarking of #hashtags, and fluid trademarks; plus more! Register now.

Lawyers Have Hearts, Don’t They? Of Course They Do! Keep Yours Healthy —Thursday, May 29
Sponsored by the CBA Transitions Committee

The speaker, Dr. Jeff Boone, is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of mental stress on the heart. Through his work with high-intensity groups like NFL executives, firefighters, military leadership, and oil executives, Dr. Boone has developed protocols to first identify those who are vulnerable during times of increased mental stress, then treat them before any event occurs. To read more or to RSVP click here.

Wheels of Justice Kickoff Party—Thursday, June 5

Enjoy complimentary food and drink as you hear stories of hope and courage from patients, families, and doctors of Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Denver Post building, 101 W. Colfax Ave. Public parking is available in the attached garage at 15th and Cleveland. RSVP to Heather Clark.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

Get Better Sleep Without Counting Sheep

The days are getting longer. Has your sleep schedule adjusted? Getting enough sleep is crucial for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Click here to read more.

From CBA-CLE Legal Connection

Colorado Supreme Court News: Pretrial Discovery Process Under Review

On April 7, the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to review a case that will be watched closely by the legal community. The issue before the Court does not concern how cases are to be decided, nor how cases will be tried, but the authority of a trial court to control the discovery process that precedes trial. The case, Antero Resources Corp., et al v. Strudley, case no. 13SC576, will address whether the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure permit trial courts to issue so-called “Lone Pine” orders that are sometimes used in large and complex personal injury cases often involving environmental contamination, where there is some doubt that the plaintiffs can prove contamination and causation. Click here to read more.

The Practice of Life (Part 4): Getting Your Mojo Back

Career mojo gone? Life mojo missing? Want it back? Getting your mojo back starts with self-awareness: admitting you’re not lighting it up the way you’d like. It’s tempting to shrug off this step, and short-change it. Don’t. This series has been quoting from The Happiness Advantage; let’s go to the well once again: “Experiments show that when people are primed to feel high levels of distress, the quickest to recover are those who can identify how they are feeling and put those feelings into words.” Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

2015 Visiting Professorships

The Center for International Legal Studies places experienced Common Law practitioners in visiting professorships at institutions in East Europe and the former republics of the Soviet Union. The Center will provide short-term appointments to as many as 90 senior lawyers in spring and autumn 2015. The term of teaching may be from two to six weeks and the length of appointment and dates of teaching are subject to negotiation between the appointee and the host university. Click here for more information.


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