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February 19, 2015 "Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security."
~ John Allen Paulos
In this Issue:
From the Bar

Tech Tuesdays: Google Voice & Other VOIP Options—Tuesday, Feb. 24

Listen to your colleague Henri “Hank” Vanderhage on our next edition of Tech Tuesdays. Vanderhage will discuss Google Voice, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and other options for Internet telephone call services. 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.

Safeguarding Your Right to Privacy: Data Security in a Digital World—Friday, Feb. 27

Join the CBA Civil Rights Committee on Friday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. at the CBA CLE offices, for a luncheon CLE presentation on data security. Panelists include: Ryan Bergsieker, a former AUSA and current attorney at Gibson Dunn specializing in information security and data privacy; Denise Maes, a former White House staff member and current Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Colorado; and Nicole Day, an intellectual property attorney at Holland & Hart specializing in the Internet and digital media. Webcast option is available. Cost to attend is $15 and includes lunch for those attending the live program. RSVP online, email lunches@cobar.org, or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Parking at the CBA

Due to new construction in the area, parking around the CBA offices is more limited. Two-hour street parking may be available on the streets surrounding the 1900 Grant Street building. Click here for a map of parking options. The parking garage attached to the building does have some space but may be closed to accommodate monthly parkers only. If you do park in the garage attached to the building, you must bring your white entrance ticket into the building with you for validation. There is a self-serve machine to validate your ticket at the front desk. Note: We do not validate parking for any CLE functions. Also, do not keep your ticket next to an electronic device; it may invalidate your ticket.

Advanced Elder Law Institute: Protecting Our Elders Financially, Medically, and Legally—March 5–6

The Advanced Elder Law Institute provides fascinating and cutting-edge information on key issues in Elder Law, including physician-assisted death, financial exploitation of the elderly, how to advise your clients on what services your community provides, and so much more. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright is the keynote speaker and will talk on the “Perspective from the Bench on Probate Appellate Issues.” Click here for more info.

Colorado Health Law Symposium 2015—Friday, March 13
Co-sponsored by the Health Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association

There is an exceptional speaker lineup of nationally recognized health law experts focused on current issues in health law of interest and concern to practicing attorneys in our region, In addition to being a convenient opportunity for advanced learning, the symposium gives attendees the ability to network with national and local experts, and connect with old and new friends. Click here to learn more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Encourage Future Legal Minds: Judge a Mock Trial

Volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and community leaders are needed to judge the 2015 State High School Mock Trial Tournament March 20 and 21 in Colorado Springs. Several timeslots are available; breakfast or lunch provided. For more information, please email cgravit@cobar.org or click here for a volunteer form.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

Sick of Snow? COLAP’s Tip for Work*Life*Balance

Think you are too busy to relax? Think again. This month, we are focusing on simple ways to reduce stress and improve your health. Click here to find out more.

From Legal Connection

2015 Probate Cost of Living Numbers Now Available

The Colorado Department of Revenue released the 2015 indexed amounts with cost of living adjustments as required by C.R.S. § 15-10-112. The cost of living adjustments affect the amount of share of intestate estate for surviving spouses, supplemental elective share, exempt property allowance, lump sum family allowance, and small estate limit. These numbers should be used for the estates of decedents dying in 2015. Click here to read more.

Compensation During Dissolution of Law Firm LLCs

The Colorado Limited Liability Company Act was front-and-center in a January 2015 decision from the Colorado Supreme Court. The case, LaFond v. Sweeney, 2015 CO 3 (January 20, 2015) involved the dissolution of a law firm organized as a two-member LLC with no written agreement regarding the treatment of assets and liabilities on dissolution. Richard LaFond brought a contingent fee case into the law firm and performed a significant amount of work on that case before the firm dissolved. He continued his work on the matter after dissolution. His now former partner, Charlotte Sweeney, claimed an interest in the contingent fee. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

34th Annual Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet—Wednesday, March 11

Now in its 34th year, the Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet is the University of Colorado Law School’s signature alumni event, where we celebrate our community and present awards to our distinguished alumni. This year we are honoring Betty Carter Arkell (’75), Holland & Hart LLP; William R. Buck (’83), Exxon Mobil Corporation; Michael L. Connor (’93), U.S. Department of the Interior; David G. Palmer (’70), Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Brian L. Duffy (’91), Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Roxanne Jensen (’85), EvolveLaw and Catapult Growth Partners; and R. Stanton Dodge, DISH Network. Please join us on Wednesday, March 11, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Optimize Your Membership

New Data Added to Casemaker

Casemaker has now added the decisions of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to the federal library. They have started with the 2015 data and will be working backward to add the others, and will keep them current. The decisions are found in the Federal Materials listing under Patent Trials and under Trademark Trials. Click here to find out more.

Legal Community Credit Union Offers Convenience and Service

You’ve spoken, we’ve listened. 5,000 shared branch locations and nearly 30,000 ATMs weren’t enough? Our new mobile app includes mobile deposit, allowing you to deposit checks right from your phone. Best of all, there are no fees to use remote deposit. You can count on us to make online banking convenient for your busy life. Be sure to download the m*Teller app from your favorite app store. Plus, if you have any questions about our great loan rates, Sherry and Nicole are just a call away. Contact us at 303-860-1117 or coloradolegal.org.

From the Lending Library: 2015 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

The 2015 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide is a one-of-a-kind annual guide written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You’ll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad, and anything else a law office will need. 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.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Newly Revised Self-Audit Checklist

The Office of Attorney Regulation has just posted their newly revised self-audit checklist. Patterned after one used in Washington State based on Nancy Byerly Jones’ book Easy Self-Audits for The Busy Law Office, it is a great resource to identify strengths and weaknesses in your office management practices. Categories include Technology, Professional Practice, Financial Recordkeeping and Reporting, Budgeting, Billing and Timekeeping.

While you’re there, take a look at OARC’s Annual Report (be patient, this is a large file). Appendix E has a pie chart that breaks down the central intake inquiries by practice area (Family Law is the highest—Worker’s Comp the lowest). In addition, there’s a pie chart showing the nature of the complaints (Strategy/Tactics—Opposing Counsel is the highest). Check it out when you get a chance!

Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org if you have questions.

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