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December 6, 2007

December 6, 2007 Colorado Bar Association weekly e-newsletter


- Memorial Services for Don Sears

- Health and the Holidays

- Lost Hearing Aid?

- 2007 Appellate Practice: Better Writing, Briefing and Argument

- DTC Solo/Small Firm Networking Meeting Cancelled

- Solo/Small Firm Holiday Networking Party

- Support for Lawyers in Pakistan

- Join Criminal Justice Act Panel 

- Available from CLE Books: Colorado Appellate Handbook

- Tip of the Week: List of Mandatory E-File Courts in CO

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There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.
—Quote by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle in the movie “Pearl Harbor
(Dec. 7 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.)

*** Memorial Services for Don Sears
Former University of Colorado Law School dean and professor Don Sears passed away Nov. 21. Memorial services will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 2–4 p.m., at the Folsom Field Stadium Club Suites in Boulder. Click here to read his obituary from The Denver Post

*** Health and the Holidays
The bar association staff truly appreciates the thoughtful and generous gifts and goodies we receive from members and vendors during the holiday season. In the true spirit of the season, we’d like to encourage the bar association’s commitment to philanthropy by suggesting donations to a favorite charity in lieu of sending gifts to the Bar offices.

In addition, several staff members at the bar association have formed an informal “wellness committee” to focus on promoting health and wellness to Bar staff and members. Look for healthier meal options at member meetings in 2008. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

*** Lost Hearing Aid?
The CBA has had a hearing aid that no one has claimed for several months. To claim it, call (303) 860-1115.

*** 2007 Appellate Practice: Better Writing, Briefing and Argument
This program brings you real-world guidance on appeals from the distinguished Judge John R. Webb, of the Colorado Court of Appeals. This CBA–CLE program, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.–12:45 p.m., provides succinct and practical advice on how to be successful and persuasive in your next appeal. Register online: 2007 Appellate Practice: Better Writing, Briefing & Argument

*** DTC Solo/Small Firm Networking Meeting Cancelled
The Dec. 14 Solo/Small Firm Section networking meeting in the Denver Tech Center has been cancelled because of the holiday season. The next brown-bag lunch meeting will be Friday, Jan. 11, noon, at the law offices of Julian Izbiky, 7400 E. Caley Ave., Suite 300, in Centennial, and will be an open discussion on any topic of law or practice. RSVP not required. Questions? Contact Henry Smith at (303) 346-5045. 

*** Solo/Small Firm Holiday Networking Party
The Solo/Small Firm Section annual Holiday Networking Party will be Monday, Dec. 17, noon, at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., third floor, large classroom. Join your fellow solo and small firm attorneys for a sumptuous holiday buffet luncheon and fabulous door prizes! Cost is $5 for Solo/Small Firm Section members; $10 for others. RSVP is required by noon on Thursday, Dec. 13, to Join the Section at this party for only $10! Click here for details.

*** Support for Lawyers in Pakistan
ABA President William H. Neukom has asked lawyers and judges concerned about the destructive actions in Pakistan to sign a petition that he will present to the Pakistan embassy on Dec. 13. Click here to “sign” it electronically.

*** Join Criminal Justice Act Panel
The Criminal Justice Act Panel is seeking volunteers to join its panel to assist indigent defendants in the U.S. District Court. There are nine openings; panelists should have a solid background in trial experience — in federal court and/or state court. To apply for to be on the CJA panel go to, fill out the form and send it to the address listed at the bottom. For more information, contact CJA Standing Committee Chair Dan Smith at (303) 860-8100.

*** Available from CLE Books (order online!)
Colorado Appellate Handbook is the ultimate resource for handling appeals in the Colorado courts with complete Colorado Appellate Rules, sample forms, tables of authorities and a comprehensive subject index. Order online: For information, call (303) 860-0608, toll-free (888) 860-2531; or visit

*** Tip of the Week: List of Mandatory E-File Courts in CO
Looking for a list of mandatory e-file courts in Colorado? The Colorado Judicial Branch website has one! Find the information on the Judicial Business Integrated Technology Services (JBITS) Web page, Click on “E-Filing” and you also will see the E-filing Project Summary and Denver Probate Mandates E-Filing.

The CBA sponsors FREE CLE-accredited File & Serve training for attorneys AND support staff the first Monday of each month at the CBA offices in Denver. Click here for more information.

Remember that federal court e-filing is different! Information about e-filing in U.S. District Court, including training information, can be found at


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