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Thursday, January 21, 2016
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From the Bar

Congratulations to CBA Award Recipients

The Colorado Bar Association honored the following lawyers at the Bar Foundation Dinner on Friday, January 8: David C. Little (Award of Merit) and Arash Jahanian (Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year). Both individuals were recognized for their exceptional contributions and dedication to the legal profession. Click here for more information on the recipients.

Complimentary Webinar: Moving From a PC to a MAC — Tuesday, Jan. 26

You undoubtedly know colleagues and friends who are using a MAC and loving it. So is it time for you to make the move? What must you know to make the decision, and once you’ve decided, what’s the best plan to be successful? Our presenter, Tomasz Stasiuk, is a lawyer and a technology consultant. He uses a MAC in his practice, and he will tell you everything you need to know to successfully move from a PC to MAC! For more information, contact Sue Bertram. Click here to learn more about all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

Encourage Future Legal Minds: Score a High School Mock Trial

Volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals and community leaders are needed to score and preside for the Denver Regional High School Mock Trial on February 12–13 and the Colorado State High School Mock Trial on April 1–2 in Pueblo. Several timeslots are available for this 3 – 4 hour commitment. For more information, please email or click here for a volunteer form.

Stay in the Legislative Loop

The CBA’s “e-legislative report” is a weekly email newsletter that tracks the action at the state legislature for CBA members. To start your free subscription, go to and select the “E-legislative Report” from the list of newsletters available to CBA members. If you received the newsletter during the last legislative session, you do not need to re-subscribe. To learn more, click here. Also, connect with our resident expert, Jeremy Schupbach, on twitter @COBarLeg, as he stays on top of all that is happening at the capitol this legislative session.

The CBA Fee Arbitration Committee needs YOU!

Volunteer hearing officers are needed for the CBA Fee Arbitration Committee. The committee meets once a month on the second Thursday at 3:30 p.m., so long as there are case reports and recommendations to be heard and considered. Attorneys from across the state are welcome; members can attend by teleconference for meetings. Contact Robin Van Atta if you would like to join this committee. Please include information regarding the areas of practice in which you have the most familiarity or specialty. Information about the arbitration process will be provided to all volunteers.

Family Law Basic Skills 2016 — Feb. 11–12
Co–sponsored by the CBA Family Law Section and Metro Volunteer Lawyers

In this 2–day program, some of the most experienced family law practitioners in Colorado will review the steps to handle a family law case from start to finish. The program includes a presentation on Evidence and Trial Tactics by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice and a Judges’ Panel Presentation with Hon. Randall Arp, Hon. Sharon Holbrook and Hon. Robert McGahey, Jr. Take a pro bono case through Metro Volunteer Lawyers and attend for only $99! Find out more.

Estate Planning Basic Skills 2016 — Feb. 26–27
Co–sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate Law Section

If you are an attorney who wants to develop an estate planning practice, a legal assistant working in the estate planning area or would just like to improve your skills in this important area of the law, you don’t want to miss this valuable program! Timely topics to be covered include: ethical concerns, the planning and drafting process, transfer tax issues, planning for smaller estates and estate planning with life insurance. The judicial panel will share candid insights on the most important problems and pitfalls estate planning attorneys face. Save your seat now!

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Common Cognitive Distortions

Cognitive distortions can create anxiety, depression and negatively impact relationships. Click here to learn about why we experience cognitive distortions, and the most common ones….

From the Legal Connection and Solo in Colo

Creating Work–Life Balance as a Solo Attorney

Everyone wants to find the right work–life balance. No matter the profession, the ability to balance your life at work with your life at home can be a struggle. Especially in your early professional years, it can be challenging to find enough time for yourself and for your family. Read More.

The Legal Times They Are A–Changin’ (Part One)

Research studies and media stories about lawyer depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide are legion, but Prof. Austin’s Killing Them Softly sounded a new kind of alarm through its application of neuroscience to the chronic stresses of law school and legal practice and its depiction of how law students and lawyers suffer cognitive brain damage that impairs them from doing precisely what their studies and practices require. How’s that working for you, if you’re a client? Or an educator? Or a spouse? Or any number of other people with vested interests in law student and lawyer health and performance? Click here to read more.

From the Courts

Employment Opportunity: Magistrate Judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of an additional full–time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado with a duty station in Denver, Colorado. A Magistrate Judge application form may be obtained from the Court’s website. Interested applicants must submit their application packet electronically in PDF format and include a cover letter indicating interest in the position, completed application form and any supporting documentation. Submissions must be e–mailed to: and must be received by 5 p.m. MDT on February 29, 2016. Applicants may contact Ms. Ronna Duncan, Director, Human Resources Division, at 303-335-2490 for questions regarding the application process. All applications and deliberations will be kept confidential. Applications will be examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the members of the Court.

From the Legal Community

Experience the Magic of Mardi Gras with CLI — Saturday, Feb. 6

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) is bringing back the magic and will be hosting their second annual Mardi Gras themed gala: The Ball for All — Magical Mardi Gras on February 6, 2016 at Sherman Street Event Center, Denver. The evening will include Cajun–inspired food stations, Bourbon St. classic cocktails, a second–line parade, the celebrated Inclusiveness@Work awards and dancing the night away to VooDoo Syndicate band. The gala provides an opportunity for those in the corporate, legal, government and nonprofit communities to gather and celebrate our shared mission of diversity and inclusiveness. For more information and prices, please visit the website.

CJI’s Straight Talk with Judges — Thursday, Feb. 25

The Colorado Judicial Institute and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell will host an interactive CLE program designed to promote education and interaction with some of Colorado’s top jurists and attorneys. Participants will be separated into small groups and will rotate through their choice of seven topics from which they can make inquiries and gain insight from select judges and attorneys. The event will be held at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell on Thursday, February 25. Registration and networking opportunities begin at 5 p.m. with the program starting at 6 p.m. To register click here.

Optimize Your Membership


Your CBA membership could save you even more money off GEICO auto insurance. This could mean happiness throughout the winter, so why not start the new year off right by switching to GEICO to see if you could start saving? Begin your quote online or call 800–368–2734 to see how much more you could save.

Lending Library Book of the Week: The Creative Lawyer, Second Edition

Build and maintain a life that is personally and professionally satisfying with this newly revised and updated, practical, fun and inspirational guide! Now completely revised and updated, The Creative Lawyer, Second Edition, is a self–help and career–management book for lawyers of all levels of experience. Written by Michael Melcher, one of America’s leading executive coaches who is himself an attorney, the book is a step–by–step method for imagining and realizing your path to personal and professional satisfaction. 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

Struggling with Technology? Visit GCF for Free Help!

Take a look at GCF (Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc). This website is part of the wonderful and helpful Learn Free community! There is a variety of computer topics, all very succinctly organized. The topic categories include Technology Basics, Living In The Online World, Microsoft Office, Essential Skills, and Work and Career. Under each topic are options ranging from Computer Basics to Social Media 101, including Facebook 101, LinkedIn Basics, Twitter and Using the Cloud. Every topic is linked to its own easy–to–follow tutorial. Tutorials are titled and numbered so you can easily navigate through each one. The person learning will need to know how to scroll and click with a mouse and what software programs he or she has in order to choose the correct topic. Whether you are new to the computer, need a refresher or want to gain more 21st century technology skills, you can do it for free at GCF Learn Free!

Contact Sue Bertram at if you have questions.

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