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Thursday, March 19, 2015 The truth is more important than the facts.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
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From the Bar

Message from the CBA President: Help for Unaccompanied Minors

In December 2014, the Colorado Bar Association committed $50,000 in matching funds to Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) to help provide legal representation to unaccompanied children arriving in Colorado. As outlined in my February column in The Colorado Lawyer, these children are fleeing horrors in their homelands in Central America and have no right to government-appointed attorneys in their immigration cases. RMIAN, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and other organizations have seeking donors for these matching funds. They need your help. The CBA is seeking assistance from sections, local bars, and organizations you may be associated with to help reach our goal to raise $50,000. The ABA President William Hubbard wrote about these children in the January ABA Journal and has formed two task forces to address the issues we face in providing representation for these children. The CBA has been recognized by the ABA, the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE), and the National Association of Bar Presidents (NABP) for our efforts to help these children. The CBA, RMAIN, AILA, and other organizations are providing lawyers, education, and funding to assist; we need your help, too. Please click here to make a much needed contribution to RMIAN. On behalf of the children who desperately need an attorney as they fight for their safety and freedom, thank you.

Tech Tuesdays: Metadata, What Is It And How Do I Remove It?—Tuesday, March 24

Colorado Ethics Opinion 119—Disclosure, Review and Use of Metadata says you must know what metadata is, and how to remove it if necessary. Reba Nance, CBA Director of Law Practice Management and Risk Management, will show you what metadata looks like in documents and will demonstrate ways to get rid of it. Tech Tuesdays is a free, 30-minute webinar held the fourth Tuesdays of the month. Click here for log-in information and to view archived webinars.

Run Your Firm Like a Business—Live and Live Webcast Only on April 1!

It is not easy to run a successful small law firm and be an effective lawyer. You frequently need to resolve the tensions between the should of timely billing, reviewing financial statements and cash flow, motivating employees, managing your cases, and actually doing the legal work for which you were trained. With this program you get a system to guide your practice. Every attendee receives a copy of the ABA book “Run Your Firm Like a Business: An Operations Guide for the Solo Practitioner and Small Law Firm.” Register now!

Better Motion Practice—How to Argue, Present and Write Motions More Effectively on April 17
Co-sponsored by the CBA Litigation Section

This “how to” argue, present, and write motions program is designed for lawyers who want to learn techniques to sharpen their skills by providing a practical overview of various kinds of motions you will likely encounter in pre-trial civil practice. You will learn specific techniques, skills, and methods for persuading the court and decision makers. The program will generally reference state and federal rules of procedure and evidence. Check out the complete agenda and faculty!

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

Think You’re Multitasking? Quick, Think Again: COLAP’s Tip for Work*Life*Integration

Think you have that highly prized “skill” of multitasking down? Think again. What we believe to be multitasking is actually a myth. Click here to read more.

From the Courts

General Procedure Orders from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Two new General Procedure Orders, an amended General Procedure Order initially issued in 2014, and a General Procedure Order from January of 2015 have been posted to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court website. Click here for details.

Volunteer Opportunities

Call for Volunteers—Plant a Tree in Boulder Flood Areas

Celebrate Earth Day early, give back to your community, and network with local lawyers and their family and friends! The CBA and the Boulder County Bar Associations are seeking volunteers to help plant trees in areas devastated by the 2013 flood. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m. in Eastern Boulder County, just south of Ken Pratt Blvd. at 119th Street and Quicksilver Road. For information and to sign up contact Gabriella Stockmayer or Ann Rhodes. Children are welcome and carpooling options are available.

From CBA-CLE Legal Connection

Colorado Law Schools Rise in 2016 U.S. News Law School Ratings

The 2016 U.S. News and World Report law school rankings are in, and both Colorado law schools saw slight increases. University of Colorado Law School ranked 40 this year, up from 43 last year. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law ranked 67 this year, up from last year’s 68. Click here to read more.

The Future of Law (Part Nine): Hacking the Law

Hackers used to be known by the color of their hats: black, white, and gray. There were good guys, bad guys, and in-between guys. Nowadays, hacking is the new caché in the self-improvement culture. Self-hacking is the ultimate DIY—it’s how you step up, take responsibility, get it done. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

Solicitation for Moot Court Judges at CU Law School

A capstone experience for many first-year law students at CU Law School is stepping up to the podium for their first oral argument. CU Law’s is currently seeking volunteers to serve as mock judges for arguments. Oral arguments will take place from April 3 to April 10. Click here for more information or to sign up.

 

Privacy Law & Data Brokers—Friday, April 3

Join the Privacy Foundation at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the International Association of Privacy Professionals as they present Privacy Law & Data Brokers on Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Panelists include Jeanette Fitzgerald, General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Epsilon; Michael Spadea, Director of Promontory Financial Group; Christopher Olsen, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC; and John Soma, Moderator, Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Executive Director, Privacy Foundation. Click here to register.

 

Annual Colorado Lawyers Committee Anniversary Awards—Tuesday, May 20

Join the Colorado Lawyers Committee on Tuesday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Marriott Denver City Center, for its 37th Annual Awards Luncheon. The highlight of the luncheon will be the presentation of awards to honor individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the committee. Rebecca Anderson Fischer (Sherman & Howard LLC) will receive the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award for her longstanding support and extensive involvement with the work of the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Click here for more information.

 

Optimize Your Membership

Brooks Brothers One Day Sale—Today Only!

Today is the March Corporate Shopping Event at Brooks Brothers and CBA members receive a 30% savings on all regularly priced items in store and online. Use organization ID # 5201 and pin code # 7841. Click here for more information about every day savings for CBA members at Brooks Brothers.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Recovering a “Lost” Microsoft Word Document

We’ve all had it happen at one time or another. You’re working on a Word document, and your computer freezes up. Or you close a document, but can’t find it again. If it happens to you, you know how frustrating it can be. It can happen if an error occurs that forces Word to quit, or you experience a power outage while editing, or you mistakenly close the document before saving the changes. Microsoft has a very helpful article that walks you through seven possible methods of recovering lost Word documents. Click here to read the article. Unfortunately, some documents may not be recoverable—but it’s worth a try, right?

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

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