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Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
In this Issue:
Legal Professionalism Month

The Colorado Supreme Court, with the support of the Colorado Bar Association, has declared October to be Legal Professionalism Month. The aim is to encourage members of the legal profession to rededicate themselves to demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, thereby promoting public confidence in the profession and the court system.

Here is a list of upcoming Professionalism Month programs:

Professionalism—Insights and Ideas
Sponsored by the Larimer County Bar Association
Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 11:30 a.m. (catered lunch) to 2:00 p.m.
Larimer County Justice Center, Jury Room, Second Floor

Ethics and Professionalism in the Practice of Law 2015
Sponsored by Colorado CLE and CBA/DBA Peer Professional Assistance
Thursday, Oct. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
CLE Colorado, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 300, Denver

Professionalism in Transition: Executing a Successful Career Move at any Stage of Practice
Sponsored by the Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Thursday, Oct. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Gibson Dunn, 1801 California St., Ste. 4200, Denver

Legal Professionalism Month Celebration and CLE
Sponsored by the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
Thursday, Oct. 15, from 3:30 p.m. (CLE) to 5:00 p.m. (Reception)
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver

Succeeding in the Practice of Law
Sponsored by the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, 2 E. 14th Ave., Supreme Court Courtroom, Denver

In Search of a Representative Bench: Courageous Conversations with the Judiciary
Sponsored by CBA/DBA Peer Professional Assistance
Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5:00 p.m.
Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village

Click here to read the proclamation and the new definition of professionalism.

From the Courts

Update of U.S. District Court’s Roll of Attorneys—Effective Sunday, Nov. 1

All remaining unregistered bar members who wish to be on the Court’s roll of attorneys must pay the 2013 one-time bar renewal fee of $50, register for electronic case filing and update their records through the attorney services portal by November 1, 2015. Effective that date, the bar renewal fee will no longer be collected, but all existing bar membership records with an unpaid fee will be removed from the roll. All attorneys who are removed from the roll, and who later wish to practice in the U.S. District Court, will be required to complete a new bar membership application through the attorney services portal. Click here to access the portal.

Application Period Opens for Judicial Nominating Commission Positions

Applications may be made online through October 31 for upcoming vacancies on 17 Judicial District Nominating Commissions and on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission. As of December 31, there will be 34 vacancies. Judicial nominating commissioners are volunteers and serve six-year terms interviewing and nominating applicants for judicial vacancies. Non-attorneys are appointed by the Governor; attorneys are appointed by the Governor, together with the Chief Justice and Attorney General. Click here for more information on nominating commissions.

From the Bar

Help Restore the Flood-Damaged Skin Gulch

Please join the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association and the Boulder County Bar Association on Sunday, October 25, for a public service project to restore the flood-damaged Skin Gulch area along the Poudre River west of Fort Collins. Attorneys, friends and family, age 12 or older, are welcome to help for all or part of the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will provide all of the tools. This event is a great way to do something good for the environment, have some fun in a beautiful area and meet some great people.

Please RSVP for the event by emailing

Tort Law Update 2015 on Thursday, Oct. 15—Essential Updates for All Attorneys in Trial Practice
Co-sponsored by the CBA Litigation Section

Back by popular demand, this is Colorado’s most useful, most time-efficient CLE program on tort law! Ten topics and speakers are featured. Learn new case law, important pending and settled cases, recently enacted and pending legislation, new legal theories and defenses, judicial and discovery trends, recent developments in courtroom strategy and tactics, and other critical information from some of Colorado’s leading practitioners. Register now!

Real Estate Fall Update 2015: Hot Topics—Friday, Oct. 16
Co-sponsored by the Real Estate Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association

Hear the hottest topics and updates in Colorado real estate law today including the current trends in real estate opinion practice. The ABA, ACMA, and ACREL have developed guidelines for typical and appropriate opinions, qualifications and assumptions in opinion practice. This program will provide guidelines as well as a review of emerging issues for opinion givers and recipients. Learn about HOA assessment lien priority, including the recent case law concerning foreclosure of the super priority portion of an assessment lien and changes to UCIOA § 3-116. Find out about the insurance products that are available for your clients and the recent changes in the law affecting conservation easements. Reserve your spot now!

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: When You’re Smiling

Don’t underestimate the power of a smile! As well as improving your physical and mental health, it strengthens your personal and professional relationships. Click here to find out the many benefits of smiling.

From the Legal Community

4th Annual AILA Colorado Rocky Mountain Immigration Law Conference—Oct. 14–16

This year’s conference program is designed to build upon the success of last year’s Rocky Mountain Regional Conference. Speakers and attendees come from all over the country to participate in this intermediate to advanced level conference. Click here to register.

From the CLE Legal Connection

Associate’s Mind: Book Review—Writing to Win

About a month ago, I received a review copy of Steven Stark’s Writing To Win. Writing To Win now sits next to Ross Guberman’s Point Made as one of my favorite books on legal writing. Writing To Win is the introductory book I would hand anyone looking to learn about legal writing. If I were to design a legal writing course, this would be the course textbook. Click here to read more.

Optimize Your Membership

Malpractice Insurance

The Colorado Bar Association is pleased to announce that it has endorsed two malpractice insurance options based on the specialized needs of its members. ALPS is the CBA’s Endorsed Direct Carrier and HUB International is the CBA’s Endorsed Broker. The CBA’s goal is to provide members with alternatives that include a variety of services and choices. The Lawyer’s Professional Liability Committee periodically reviews the endorsed brokers and carriers to ensure that endorsed providers are offering the best value for the service to our members. Click here for more information.

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The Fine Art of the Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work

We all know what it’s like to put off an important conversation at work—whether asking for a raise or promotion, or telling an employee that there’s a problem with his or her performance. Now Debra Fine, conversation and communication guru, shows us how to come out on top of those dreaded office chats—and how to achieve what we want in each situation. Debra includes specific advice on exactly what to say, when to say it and what body language to use to achieve the desired results. 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

Easily Calculate the Duration Between Dates

Whether you’re trying to calculate “What date is in X days” or “What is the duration between two dates,” there are websites to help. One of my favorites is Recently I had to calculate how many days there were between two dates to be sure they were no more than 90 days apart, and it was simply a matter of entering the beginning and ending date. You can also use this site to calculate what date a response is due to the court or to opposing counsel. One of the best functions on the site is the ability to include (or exclude) weekends, holidays, etc. You can even create custom criteria such as excluding Tuesdays. The site also lets you set up a countdown to a date, and it has a stopwatch and a timer/alarm.

Next time you need to calculate the date that is 10 days from today (excluding weekends and holidays), give Time and Date a try!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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