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November 1, 2007

November 1, 2007 Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:  

- Thinking of Wrapping Up Your Practice?

- Lawyer Referral Resources

- Belong to a Group That Wants a Guest Speaker?

- Casemaker & CBA Website Tip

- 2007 Hot Topics in Employment Law

- Financial Powers of Attorney Seminar

- Available from CLE Books: Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law

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People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote — a very different thing. 
—Walter H. Judd
(Don’t forget; Nov. 6 is Election Day!)

*** Thinking of Wrapping Up Your Practice?
The CBA Transitions Committee presents, “What lawyers have to consider when wrapping up a practice,” at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., 3rd floor. John Gleason from the Office of Attorney Regulation will discuss the responsibilities lawyers have when closing their practices, including disposition of files, notices, protection of clients, etc. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. One CLE credit requested. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org, or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. (Indicate the program you will be attending.)

*** Lawyer Referral Resources
Do you know of potential clients who need a lawyer referral service? Here are a few resources that may provide some assistance:
 
- “Find A Lawyer” search engine on the CBA website: www.cobar.org/directory/index.cfm. (This engine is a free membership benefit and is a great way to advertise the areas of law you practice. Make sure your profile is up-to-date!)
- Metropolitan Lawyer Referral Service: (303) 831-8000. Clients are referred to an attorney for a one-hour consultation for a fee of $50.
- Colorado Legal Services: www.coloradolegalservices.org or (303)837-1313. This service is available for clients who meet the income requirements. CLS is unable to take cases for Bankruptcy, Immigration or Criminal Defense.
- Colorado Public Defender’s Office: www.state.co.us/defenders. Offers representation for income-eligible criminal defense cases.
 
Please note: The CBA does not provide a referral service and does not have any public records. For all public information, contact the Colorado Supreme Court: www.coloradosupremecourt.us.

*** Belong to a Group That Wants a Guest Speaker?
Judges are ready to visit your civic, community or leadership group with an interactive presentation that contains information and resources about Colorado’s courts! “Our Courts” is a joint activity of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association, providing nonpartisan educational programs about our state and federal courts. To schedule a presentation or to learn more, contact Carolyn Gravit, (303) 860-1115 or ourcourts@cobar.org.

*** Casemaker & CBA Website Tip
With the launch of the new CBA website, the "Remember my logon" feature has been working for some, but not for all, of our members. We are in the process of developing a solution so the feature will work for everyone. If the feature is not working for you, it means you need to log on to our website EACH time you visit; it also means that the shortcut to access Casemaker, www.cobar.org/casemaker, will not work until you are logged on.
While this feature is being fixed, we suggest accessing Casemaker in the following manner:
- Go to www.cobar.org
- Log on as a member
- Click the big blue Casemaker button on the left side of the main page, and again on the Casemaker page
- Click the “I Agree” button, and you will be off and running. 

If you have any questions about Casemaker, call (303) 860-1115 and ask for the Casemaker Hotline, or send an e-mail to casemaker@cobar.org.  

*** 2007 Hot Topics in Employment Law
Learn how to draft non-compete and other competition-restricting agreements that are fair and enforceable. This CBA–CLE program, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m., will cover federal government employee discrimination, as well as the rules and what employers must do (and not do) to comply with military reservists. Register online: 2007 Hot Topics in Employment Law

*** Financial Powers of Attorney Seminar
The CBA and the El Paso County Bar Association Probate Section’s financial powers of attorney seminar, “Scandals, Agent Selection & Solutions” will be Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., at the District Court of El Paso County in Colorado Springs, 270 S. Tejon St. This event is recommended for general practitioners and estate-planning attorneys. Early registration is $49 and walk-ins will be $59. Six CLE credits and 2.5 ethics credits. For more information and to register, visit www.elpasoprobate.org.

*** Available from CLE Books (order online!)
Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law takes a balanced approach to this important and fast-growing area of law, providing information useful to counsel for both employers and employees. This guide is essential for every attorney who deals with employment issues in Colorado. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit www.cobar.org/cle.

 

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