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Purchase Your 2016 Colorado Legal Directory

The 2016 Colorado Legal Directory is here! A trusted source for key information, the Directory lists more than 20,000 attorneys, the majority with their firm name, address, phone number and email address. CBA members can purchase the Directory for $46, including shipping. Order online or complete and submit the order form. Questions? Email legaldirectory@cobar.org.

Support Wheels of Justice Cycling Team on World Cancer Day — Networking Event on Thursday, Feb. 4

Join the CBA and DBA Young Lawyers Divisions and the Wheels of Justice for a happy hour and learn about participation the cycling team at the Courage Classic on Thursday, Feb. 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Onefold Restaurant. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and local beer and wine at one of Denver’s hottest new restaurants. The Courage Classic is an annual cycling tour to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado and will be held July 23–24. Funds raised by Wheels of Justice benefit the Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Please RSVP to Mary Lark, 303–377–6600 or mary@cle.com.

February Solo–Small Firm Networking Meetings

The Solo–Small Firm Section networking meetings are great opportunities to connect with your peers, and are stimulating practice management and technology discussion forums. Solo–Small Firm Section members look forward to networking with their CBA colleagues far and near at these meetings. Find a February meeting near you.

Calling All Spanish–Speaking Young Attorneys and Law Students!

Are you interested in networking with Spanish–speaking Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals and federal judges and accomplished attorneys while enjoying free food and drink? If so, then please RSVP to attend the Spanish–Speaking Lawyer Committee’s speed–mentoring event as a mentee! The event will be held on February 18 from 5 to 8 pm at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center. This will be a speed–networking event, so you will have the chance to talk to each of the accomplished mentors for several minutes each, with time for mingling both before and after the speed networking. Please RSVP to Courtney Butler, 303–297–9171 by February 11.

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 cgravit@cobar.org or click here for a volunteer form.

RESCHEDULED Complimentary Webinar: Moving From a PC to a MAC — Tuesday, Feb. 16

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.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Adobe Acrobat Pro — Tues. Feb. 23

Adobe Acrobat Pro is a very powerful program that many lawyers are using to be more efficient. And it’s not just for litigators! Join our presenter, Grace Randazzo, as she shows us how lawyers in every area of practice can use Acrobat Pro not only to review and manipulate documents, but also to manage documents and workflows. An overview of common manipulation features will highlight converting, creating, editing and securing PDFs, followed by a more in–depth discussion on linking, comparing, sharing and tracking documents. Click here to register for the program. For more information, contact Sue Bertram. Click here to learn more about all of our Tech Tuesday programs.

Would you like to serve on the Board of The Colorado Lawyer?

The Colorado Lawyer Board is an advisory committee that generally oversees publication policies. The Board comprises twelve CBA members who serve a three–year term and who meet up to three times a year. If you’re interested in participating on the Board, please e–mail your résumé to Heather Folker at hfolker@cobar.org. Résumés will be kept on file and will be reviewed as Board vacancies occur. Highest consideration will be given to those who demonstrate familiarity with The Colorado Lawyer, along with a general interest in and familiarity with publications and legal writing.

Join the CBA’s Committee for Balanced Legal Careers!

The CBA’s Committee for Balanced Legal Careers is focused on ideas and practical solutions to help law firms and lawyers create programs and policies to better support work–life balance. Over the last few years our committee has focused on large firms. In 2016 we will be focusing on work–life balance issues and practical ideas for small firms and solo practitioners. For more information please contact Ken Stern, ken.stern@sterncurray.com or 303–407–4100.

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 cobar.org/listsignup 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 Many Sides of Bankruptcy Law — Thursday, March 3
Co–sponsored by the CBA Bankruptcy Subsection of the Business Law Section

This is not your usual Bankruptcy Law CLE program! Hear not only from highly experienced bankruptcy law practitioners and trustees, but also from distinguished family, securities and business law attorneys. Your expert faculty will guide you through the impact of bankruptcy law on various other areas of law. Attend and acquire best practices skills. Attend and avoid pitfalls and potential malpractice. Register now!

Advising Entrepreneurs — Thursday, March 10
Co–sponsored by the CBA Business Law Section and its New Lawyers Subsection

This program will help you to be better prepared for when the new entrepreneur with the next big idea walks through your door, and be better prepared when the long–time successful entrepreneur now needs legal advice Whether you are new to business law, expanding your practice, or simply need a refresher on advising entrepreneurs, this program will provide expert guidance on the issues, questions, and documents you will most likely encounter when representing the entrepreneur. Develop the lawyering skills needed to better advise entrepreneurs and start–up companies. Find out more

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: How to Change Cognitive Distortions

As we discussed last time, cognitive distortions can create anxiety, depression and negatively impact relationships. Click here to learn about how to change your cognitive distortions….

From the Legal Connection and Solo in Colo

Five Cybersecurity Tech Tips: Worries to Give You the Willies

There are lots of cybersecurity worries to give you the willies in the wee hours of the morning, but we were asked to pick five. So here are some of the most common threats for lawyers to keep in mind. Click here to read more.

The Soup Can’t Be Hotter Than the Pot

As attorneys, we sometimes forget how large a legal issue looms in the minds of our clients and the related stress can produce some interesting behaviors. However, properly assessing your client’s stage of change can help you harmonize your client’s level of engagement with the realities of the case at hand. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

IAALS’ Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit — Feb. 25–26

On February 25–26, IAALS will hold its Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit, focused on implementing change and creating the just, speedy and inexpensive courts of tomorrow. The summit will be held at the Cable Center at the University of Denver. Please visit the website for more information regarding registration and the agenda for the summit.

Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet — Wednesday, March 9

Now in its 35th year, the Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet is the University of Colorado Law School’s signature alumni event, where we celebrate our community and present awards to our distinguished alumni. Please join us on March 9 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Seawell Grand Ballroom. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Optimize Your Membership

New CBA Member Benefit — Annuities with a 5 Percent Bonus

The CBA has partnered with National Affinity Services to offer CBA members an Annuity with a 5 percent bonus. Fixed annuities are an ideal tax–deferred vehicle for conservative investors who want a guaranteed investment. For more information, call 303–802–9848 or email nas@nationalaffinity.net.

Lending Library Book of the Week: Working with Contracts: What Law School Doesn’t Teach You

This book provides you with the practical legal, business, and technical knowledge you need to grasp the nuts and bolts of transactions and draft customized agreements that meet clients’ goals. This highly readable, step–by–step handbook enables you to fully understand how contract provisions work and are used to craft effective contracts; avoid drafting errors, omissions and ambiguities that jeopardize agreements; make contracts more user–friendly by inserting widely accepted formal terms; and master accounting basics and accurately express quantitative ideas in contracts. 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

Would you like to easily add someone to your contacts from Outlook? This short video will show you how!

 

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