January 15, 2010
In this issue:
Summary of CBA Benefits and Economic Assistance
Members Helping Members Through Tough Times
This newsletter is a periodic publication to keep our members informed about what programs
and assistance the ETF is providing to the CBA membership.
As a result of the ETF's work, more than 1,500 CBA members took advantage of discounted and free programming. Every day, the CBA staff receives great feedback. Here are a few:.
I appreciate the proactive steps the CBA has taken and I think you've communicated frequently and effectively via email. I applied for a hardship membership and appreciate that the CBA thought to offer such an option.
I think the ETF committee is a great idea and is coming up with creative and useful ideas/programs to assist CBA members. While I do not need the help, I'm sure it is useful to others and I certainly support the effort.
I think that the program is a tremendous help to both myself and other newly licensed attorneys who are struggling to eek out a living in this tough market. Thank you for all your efforts, and great advice, this program is an enormous help and I am so glad that CBA decided to institute it.
The CBA is light years ahead of other state bar associations. Job well done!
Assistance has always been an important part of the Colorado Bar Association. We continually offer dues assistance and tuition asssistance to those in need of financial help.
Student Debt Relief Seminar on Feb. 8
This presentation details the most significant law affecting public service in a generation: the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA). Whether you are interested in lowering your monthly student loan payments or learning how you can afford a career in public service, this presentation shows you how to do it. A MUST ATTEND for anyone with high student debt contemplating work for the government or a non-profit employer. 8:30–10 a.m. at CLE in Colorado, 1900 Grant Street, Third Floor, Denver, CO. Click here to register for the LIVE program or the WEBCAST. Cost is $12 for CBA Members and $25 for Non-Members.
Hanging Your Shingle by Choice or Circumstance – Audio Homestudy, On Demand Video, or MP3 Download
Law School taught you how to think like a lawyer, but how do you start or run your own legal practice? Seasoned and recently solo practitioners address hundreds of issues faced in the creation of a new practice, including formulating a realistic business plan, the nuts and bolts of setting up your office, acquisition and effective usage of technology, marketing your practice, managing billing and avoiding malpractice. You will receive extensive course materials which provide checklists, forms and articles. $299 for members, $349 for non-members with tuition assistance available.
Denver Bar Association Placement Service is Now Accepting Attorney Applications and Postings
The DBA Placement Service is a membership service of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations. It provides temporary and full-time employment opportunities for attorneys and legal support staff. For more information click here, or contact Mev Parsons and Barbara Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 894-0014.
Free Job Search and Career Transition Support Groups
Participate in a safe, confidential forum where you can share your experiences, network and gather practical information to enhance your job search or career transition efforts. Attend one or all of the brown-bag group sessions from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, Mar. 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8. To register, call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727 or e-mail email@example.com. Be sure to mention which date you will be attending.
Professionally Facilitated Telephone Peer Support Groups
A confidential, professionally facilitated telephone peer support group for Colorado attorneys can be accessed from anywhere across the state. It provides a confidential venue of validation and support for attorneys who may be struggling with the stressors and isolation tied to the practice of law. The peer support group will be managed by Peer Assistance Services, Inc. Issues that are appropriate to discuss in the group include, but are not limited to: stress management, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, life balance and the pressures of work. Contact Jen Place at (303) 369-0039, ext. 209 for more information.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Webinar — Now Available to Download
As the economy has slumped, lawyers face increasing pressure to keep their jobs or existing clients, to find new ones, to manage their finances at lower-than-expected salaries, and more. This stress and the effects it has on you can be isolating. The program helps empower you to take advantage of the wide variety of resources available to the Colorado legal community. Use of this important program is completely confidential. Click here to veiw the webinar.
Networking and Job Search Assistance
Help peers who are out-of-work
Sign up to help out-of-work peers in the legal community with resume and cover letter writing; interviewing; networking (online and in person), self-assessment and mentoring. The CBA is building a Career Assistance Referral List. The list will be used to help members who call in seeking individual career assistance. To sign up, e-mail Heather Clark and indicate the services you provide whether you are simply an individual willing to mentor a job seeker or a company providing a full array of services. From the Career Assistance Subcommittee of the CBA’s Economic Task Force.
Document shredding parties are being planned for the Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs and Grand Junction areas, as well as another Denver party in early June 2010.
Summary of CBA Benefits and Economic Assistance
Confidential Assistance for Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Economic Issues
There are two programs that offer assistance to attorneys. Both the Colorado Attorney Assistance Program and the Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers Peer Assistance Program are confidential and are exempt from reporting to the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. Financial assistance for attorneys who qualify may be available through the Waterman Fund.
Dues Assistance Program
Any prospective or current member of the CBA, who is unemployed or facing other financial hardships, may apply for a partial or full dues waiver for general CBA dues. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Tuition Assistance Provided for CLE in Colorado Programs
CLE in Colorado offers tuition assistance for members who are unemployed or are facing other financial hardships. For more information, please e-mail Gary Abrams or click here.
Benefit Highlight: Costco Membership Benefits
Join as a new business member and receive two free business membership cards – a $40 value. Costco business members have access to thousands of office products at great prices in Costco sotres or at Costco.com where you can order for delivery. Join as a new Business Member or as a new Gold Star Member and receive coupons and free products worth more than $50.
Economic Task Force’s Career Assistance Center
Check out ETF's Career Assistance Center for tools, tips and news about assisting members during the economic downturn. Come back often for updates on free and discount CLE programs.
Member Privileges and Discounts
Economic Task Force includes: Daniel McCune, Chair; John Baker, Eric Bono, Julie Carroll, Paul Chan, Pat Furman, James Garts, Dave Johnson, Patty Powell, Kathryn Sellars, Claire Sollars, Karen Steinhauser, Andy Toft, Dan Vigil, Bill Walters, and Jennifer Wascak. Comments? Suggestions? Contact Heather Clark at (303) 824-5350.