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Thursday, May 29, 2014 I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Maya Angelou
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From the Bar

Preparing for the “Worst-Ever Fire Season”

Wildfire season is upon us. Make sure you, your organization, and your family are prepared for the active season ahead with this Wildfire Checklist. Don’t live in a wildfire-prone area? Click here to check out these tips from Ready.gov on preventing home fires.

Arbitration: The Art & Skill of Lawyering—Wednesday, June 25
Sponsored by the Transitions Committee

Learn in a short interview session what could take years of litigation to learn. Our panel of four experienced arbitrators brings decades of experience to this session. The panel will explain the best practices for trial lawyers moving cases to and through arbitration hearings. Only available by Live or Live Webcast (no homestudies) Find out more!

Bankruptcy Update 2014: Chapters 7 and 13—Friday, June 6
Co-sponsored by the CBA Business Law Bankruptcy Subsection

This program will help you become better prepared to successfully represent your financially troubled clients; learn best practices and techniques in filing Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies; learn how to avoid common and inadvertent mistakes; get valuable perspectives of Bankruptcy Court Judges, the Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office, Trustees, and seasoned debtor and creditor counsel. Register now!

SMART (Solo Management Attorney Resource Teams) Series—Tuesday, June 10
Show Me the Money: Getting Control and Managing Your Law Firm Finances
Sponsored by the Solo Small Firm Practice Section

This program is recommended for experienced practitioners ready to step up their practice and for attorneys with at least one year of solo practice experience. It will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, at the CBA offices. Click here for details and registration information.

Military & Veterans Affairs Section Reception and CLE—Thursday, June 12

The CBA Military & Veterans Affairs Section would like to invite everyone to attend a reception and CLE presentation on Thursday, June 12, starting at 5 p.m. at Wheeler Trigg. Join us for this complimentary event and hear Judge Brian Bowen talk about Veterans’ Court in Adams County. One general CLE credit applied for. A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow. RSVP online, by emailing lunches@cobar.org or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

Quote to ponder: “Be curious, not judgmental” ~Walt Whitman. Stay tuned for more information about the differences between critical thinking, making judgments, and being judgmental.

From CBA-CLE Legal Connection

Recent Colorado Cases Broaden Independent Contractor versus Employee Considerations

Two recent Colorado Supreme Court cases, Industrial Claims Appeals Office v. Softrock Geological Services, Inc., 2014 CO 30, No. 12SC501 (May 12, 2014) and Western Logistics, Inc. v. Industrial Claims Office, 2014 CO 31, No. 12SC911 (May 12, 2014), clarify that the determination of whether an individual is an independent contractor or employee for purposes of unemployment tax liability is based on the “totality of the circumstances” and not on the rigid application of the nine-factor test set forth in C.R.S. § 8-70-115(1)(c). Click here to read more.

Colorado Supreme Court News: Two New Cases to Decide Seven Issues

The Colorado Supreme Court agreed to review two cases covering seven issues, six of which raised in one case. The case with one issue, Jarrod Ralph Rutter v. The People of the State of Colorado (No. 13SC523), focuses on Colorado’s habitual criminal sentencing statute under which the sentence of a person convicted of a crime is quadrupled if the person has three prior convictions of a certain class of crimes. The six-issue case, Taxpayers for Public Education et al. v. Douglas County School District et al., (No. 13SC233), arises out of a statutory and constitutional challenge to a private school voucher program funded by the Douglas County School District under which public school funding is used to pay some students’ tuition at private schools, many of which are religious schools. Click here to read more.

Enlightenment Made Simple (Part One)

Nirvana, bliss, paradise, enlightenment—what would that be for you? Yes, you. And not on some ethereal plane, but in the life you actually have, right here, right now. Better yet, what would it be like if your career and life as a lawyer were enlightened? Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

Problem Solving Court Coordinator Position

A CBA-sponsored program to assist female attorneys who have been out of practice 10 years or more has a contract part-time (20 hours per week) position for a Problem Solving Court Coordinator 1 at the Truancy Court. For a complete job description or to apply, click here.

 

Optimize Your Membership

Lending Library Book of the Week: Client Letters for the Family Lawyer

Client Letters for the Family Lawyer offers practice-tested forms, letters, and checklists that are designed to educate and inform your clients. Sample informative handouts in plain English clearly explain various issues involved in the legal process, and using these checklists and forms are a convenient and logical way to obtain and manage critical client information. 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.

Member Discounts for the CBA-CLE Pass—Be Prepared for Your Compliance Requirements Now!

With unlimited access to the best catalog of Colorado CLE content available, you will not only fulfill your CLE compliance requirements, but you also will stay current on new Colorado legislation and case law, and the latest in software and technology training for attorneys. Plus, there are discounts for CBA members and law firms! Learn more about the pass.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

New Mac and iOS Attorney Resources

Heidi Alexander, my counterpart in Massachusetts, has just launched a set of resources for lawyers using Macs and iOS devices in their practice. She wrote a recent blog post launching the new resource: LoMac. They created a resource website and Google+ Community. The real genesis of LoMac comes from MILO members who wanted to meet up on a regular basis to share tips and ideas and to network. They will have regular in-person gatherings in Boston, but with options for remote participation. The kickoff event on Monday, June 9 will feature a demonstration by a local attorney on how she uses TextExpander (for Mac and iOS) in her practice. Colorado lawyers are welcome to join remotely. The discussion and product demo runs from 3 to 4 p.m., MDT. Heidi will be sure that everyone (including those joining remotely) has a chance to introduce themselves. You can sign up to participate remotely at Google+ Page.

Feel free to email me, Reba Nance, with questions.

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