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October 15, 2014

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Reba Nance

Two Programs You May Not Know About:
A Practice Courtroom in the Denver City and County Building Available by Reservation; and STRATUM—A Co-Working Space to Meet and Collaborate with Clients and Colleagues

The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations have secured space at the Denver City and County building, in courtroom 117, for members’ use as a practice space. To reserve time, email Heather Clark. A 24-hour notice is recommended. The courtroom is available almost all weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

STRATUM is a members-only, co-working space for lawyers at the CBA/DBA offices. STRATUM gives members a stronger sense of community and collegiality, while providing them with the business amenities they need to enhance their 21st century practices. It’s always difficult to find places to meet with clients, especially for those who have home offices. Now there’s an alternative to meeting clients in Starbucks! STRATUM offers meeting space in both an open area and also limited separate office space. It includes high-speed WiFi, complimentary coffee and soft drinks and printing, scanning, copying and faxing (limited number of copies). For more complete information, read the article that appeared in The Docket.

Finally, join us on Monday, Nov. 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to ask every question you have about how to use shared space ethically. Our panel of ethics experts will discuss rules you need to know to ensure your clients are protected and will address issues like confidentiality, disposal of documents, cross-referrals and data protection. The complimentary event will be followed by a reception with appetizers, beer and wine. One ethics credit applied for. RSVP to lunches@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.


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Product Reviews
Technology

When Is the Best Time to Buy an Apple Product?

by Ben Stevens, posted on the MAC Lawyer
Do you ever find yourself torn? You love Apple devices, but you also love finding a deal. Have you ever wondered when is the best time to buy an Apple product? Read more.

Cloud Options for Document Back Up, Storing, Remote Access and Collaboration

webinar with Phil Shuey, posted on Solo in Colo
More lawyers are using services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). How do they compare? Are they secure? How much do they cost? Read more.

Hundreds of Alleged Dropbox Passwords Leaked, Change Yours Now

by Whitson Gordon, posted on Life Hacker
An anonymous hacker is claiming to have leaked a few hundred usernames and passwords for Dropbox accounts. It's unclear where they actually came from (and if they really are Dropbox credentials), but either way: it's time to change your passwords. Read more.

Technology for Courtroom Presentations

by Paul J. Unger, posted on GP Solo
Traditional computer-based presentation database programs such as TrialDirector and Sanction are still dominant in the industry, primarily because of their mature feature set, import and export utilities, and ability to handle video depositions. For the average new user in cases that don’t involve video, however, these programs will be hard-pressed to gain market share in light of programs such as TrialPad for the iPad. Read more.

Marketing

Putting Your Clients First for a Valuable Practice

podcast with Christopher Anderson and Bob Burg, posted on the Legal Talk Network
In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, Christopher Anderson interviews networking expert Bob Burg who wrote a book about successful marketing techniques called “The Go-Giver.” Burg describes a different sort of marketing in which the lawyer provides value to the consumer in the form of comfort and trust. Read more.

How to Quickly Create YouTube Videos to Market Your Law Practice

by John Skiba, posted on JD Blogger
Blogging? Sure. Podcasting? Why not. Video? Ugh...that used to be my attitude when it came to tackling video to market my solo law practice. Read more.

Time Management

Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers

by Jared Correia, posted on MASS LOMAP
Life is a continuing struggle for additional time. Not that we can ‘add time’ to our terranean existence. The best we can do is to use the time we are allotted more wisely; and, in the business context, that means being as efficient as possible—so that you can complete your work, and get back, as soon as you can, to doing the things that you really care about. Read more.

Human Resources

True Cost of an Employee

by Michael Baker, posted on Attorney at Work
If you ask the head of most any law firm about the compensation for a given employee, you’ll likely hear something like “$15 an hour” or “$50,000 a year.” Of course the dollar figure is correct. But it represents only about 75 to 80 percent of total compensation. Read more.

Miscellaneous

Hanging a Shingle: Lessons Learned From Launching a Practice As a Young Lawyer

by Sam Cannon, posted on The Docket
I graduated from law school and took the bar in 2013. For the past year, I’ve been working as a law clerk in the Denver District Court and laying the groundwork to open my own practice. On Sept. 1, I officially launched. It’s been a wild ride just getting here, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Read more.

Practice Management Essentials for $4,000 or Less

podcast wtih Adriana Linares and Sam Glover, posted on Legal Talk Network
On this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews the Lawyerist CEO and Editor in Chief, Sam Glover, about practice management essentials, what hardware and software to buy when starting a solo practice, and how much to spend. Glover discusses laptops and desktops, Macintosh computers versus PCs, what to invest in a printer, scanner, and internet, and why it is pointless to buy a fax machine or copier in 2014. Read more.

Who Will Pinch-Hit for an Injured Solo?

by Debra L. Bruce, posted on Lawyer Coach LLC
Solos face some unique issues in obtaining insurance and making disaster contingency plans. Some legal malpractice carriers require a solo to designate an attorney who will step in for her if she is incapacitated due to illness, injury, or even death. How does a solo find a lawyer willing to do that? Here are some of my suggestions... Read more.