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October 11, 2007

October 11, 2007 Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


- 2007 Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

- Thinking of Wrapping Up Your Practice?

- Immigration Law Basics for the Non-Immigration Attorney

- Water Court Application Basics

- Judicial Performance Commission Vacancies

- CJI Judicial Excellence Dinner

- Available from CLE Books: Colorado Water Law Benchbook

- Tip of the Week: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access — Format an Item in One Step


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—Doug Larson
(Don’t forget! National Boss Day is Tuesday, Oct. 16.)

*** 2007 Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
The CBA Young Lawyers Division is looking for nominations for the 2007 Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Nominees should be CBA members in good standing, 37 years old or younger, or have been practicing law less than three years. Nominees should have an outstanding record of professional success and community service achievements, a strong commitment to civic participation, and want to inspire others to do the same. Send nominations to Melissa Ogburn,, by Oct. 29. Include a cover letter and the nominee's contact information.

*** 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, or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. (Indicate the program you will be attending.)

*** Immigration Law Basics for the Non-Immigration Attorney
David N. Simmons and Emily Curray will present a fast-moving, entertaining program on immigration law basics on Nov. 7, 3–5 p.m., at El Centro San Juan Diego, 2830 Lawrence St., in Denver. This free training will prepare attorneys to handle fundamental immigration law questions from the public, and know when a question requires additional expertise. Participants will walk away with enough concepts to sound like an expert in cocktail party conversation! Two CLE credits requested. “Legal Night” will follow the training. RSVP to, or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. (Indicate the program you will be attending.)


*** Water Court Application Basics
Attorneys, engineers, consultants and legal assistants will benefit from this nuts-and-bolts seminar that features an excellent faculty of interdisciplinary professionals. This CBA–CLE program will be Oct. 19, 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m. Register online: Water Court Application Basics.

*** Judicial Performance Commission Vacancies
There are 13 vacancies on the Judicial Performance Commissions. Eleven slots are for attorneys. Click here for full details, including links to the application forms. Applications are due by Nov. 1. 

*** CJI Judicial Excellence Dinner
The Colorado Judicial Institute’s Fifth Annual Judicial Excellence Dinner will be Nov. 15 at the Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St. Cocktail reception is at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7 p.m. Gov. Bill Ritter will be the keynote speaker. Judicial Excellence Awards will be given to Hon. Roxanne Bailin, Hon. James B. Breese and Hon. Dinsmore Tuttle. For more information, visit, or call (303) 766-7501. Purchase tickets at

*** Available from CLE Books (order online!)
Colorado Water Law Benchbook provides a practical and analytical guide to practicing water law in Colorado. It is an outstanding reference guide written by Colorado water law experts. For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit

*** Tip of the Week: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access — Format an Item in One Step
Office programs offer a quick way to copy formatting attributes from one item — such as text in Word (a heading), a cell in Excel (a formula), a control in Access, or a shape in Publisher — to another. It's called the Format Painter, and it may be the most helpful toolbar button you've never used.

Here’s how it works. Say you've typed a document in Word. You like the look, especially your headings, which are 14 pt. Bookman Old Style, centered, green, bold, italicized, with a nice subtle shadow.

Fifteen minutes before you have to send the document, you find you need to add  four new sections. You spend 13 minutes adding the information and formatting the new headings, and the next two minutes wishing that you hadn't chosen such complicated formatting for your headings, because you now have to apply it to all the new ones.

Using Format Painter saves you that time and duplicated effort. Instead of having to manually apply the font, font effects, centered paragraph alignment, and other formatting to each new section heading, you can quickly copy all of the formatting attributes by using one toolbar button.

To copy formatting:
- Select the text with the formatting you want to copy (such as a heading)
- On the Standard toolbar, click Format Painter. (It looks like a paint brush.) The mouse pointer will change to a small paintbrush icon.
- Select the text to which you want to apply the formatting. (You can simply "swipe" the paintbrush over the text of a new heading.)
- If you want to apply the same formatting to more than one item, select the formatting you want, double-click Format Painter, and then select each word, phrase or paragraph to which you want to apply formatting. When you're finished, press ESC.

To copy both paragraph attributes, such as alignment, indentation, etc., and character attributes, like font, underlining, etc., select the text that is formatted the way you want it, as well as the paragraph mark that follows the text. This will copy the format of the heading as well as the format of the paragraphs just below the headings.

Contact Reba Nance,, with questions.


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