Lawyers Professional Liability Committee
Conducts educational programs and provides educational resources aimed at improving the quality of legal practice and avoiding legal malpractice claims. Publishes materials pertaining to risk management and legal malpractice prevention; examines the market for professional liability insurance as required and recommends to the Colorado Bar Association members an insurance program to cover professional malpractice claims or suits.
The 2014/2015 CBA Committee Chair: Gerald D. Pratt
CBA Staff Liaison: Reba Nance
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability has a website with a wealth of information on and resources for professional liability insurance and risk management. The website address is http://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability.html.
You'll find links to resources, tips on how to find and buy coverage, a legal malpractice insurance hotline, publications, and more. The ABA publication mentioned on this website, Selecting Legal Malpractice Insurance 2007, is carried in the CBA Lending Library, an exclusive CBA member benefit, and available for checkout.
The website also has a directory of insurance carriers (a state-by-state list of insurance companies) found at http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/lpl/directory/
Articles on the topic of malpractice prevention and lawyer's professional liability insurance:
Whoops: Legal Malpractice Prevention, The Colorado Lawyer, July 2012
Potential Perils of the Professional Liability Insurance Policy, The Colorado Lawyer, Feb 1995
What to Look for When Purchasing Professional Liability Insurance, The Colorado Lawyer, Aug 1996
2009 Changes to Rule 265 And C.R.C.P. 5.4, by David C. Little, Esq.
50 Tips to Manage Your Practice (And Reduce Your Malpractice Exposure!)
Practical Aspects and Applications of Selected Rules of Professional Conduct
Practice Tips: Top 10 Malpractice Traps, Solo Small Firm Section Newsletter (Jan. 2002)
Legal Malpractice Prevention Seminars
CLE in Colorado provides yearly seminars on Legal Malpractice Prevention in January and February. At these seminars you can learn to better your client relations and office management, schedule and manage cases appropriately, avoid conflicts and third-party claims, and ensure ethical compliance. Attendees at this annual program are qualified for a premium credit upon renewal of their CBA-sponsored professional liability insurance. 2000 programs were held in Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Denver and Greeley. For more information call CLE at (303) 860-0608.
The Colorado Bar Association Lawyer's Professional Liability Committee is offering small group legal malpractice prevention seminars for local bar associations. Speakers will be drawn from our highly qualified Speakers Bureau based on your choice of topic. CLE credits are available for these presentations. If your local bar is interested, please email Reba Nance at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach her by phone at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.