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Thursday, May 14, 2015
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ABA’s “Bar Leader” Recognizes CBA’s Efforts to Assist Unaccompanied Minors

In December 2014, the Colorado Bar Association committed $50,000 in matching funds to Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) to help provide legal representation to unaccompanied children arriving in Colorado.

The CBA was recognized this month by the ABA for its efforts to assist these organizations in helping unaccompanied minors. Click here to read the recent Bar Leader article that outlines what the CBA, RMIAN and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) are doing.

The CBA, RMAIN, AILA, and other organizations are providing lawyers, education, and funding to assist; we need your help, too. Please click here to make a much needed contribution to RMIAN. These children desperately need an attorney as they fight for their safety and freedom. Thank you for your support.

Join RMIAN at Baere Brewing Company on Wednesday, May 27, starting at 5 p.m., for a hosted happy hour, compliments of Baere Brewing, and find out more about these efforts. Click here to RSVP.

Come One, Come All to Hora Social—Thursday, May 21

Join the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee on Thursday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m., at the Tavern Uptown for an informal meeting and happy hour. You do not have to be fluent in Spanish to join in the fun—just show up and say “hola” to Committee Chair-elect Courtney Butler and the new Academic Training (Prácticas Jurídicas) Student Julia Senosiain from Public University of Navarre. RSVP to Courtney Butler.

Military & Veterans Affairs Section Reception and CLE—Thursday, May 28

The CBA Military & Veterans Affairs Section invites everyone to attend a one-hour CLE program starting at 4:30 p.m. at Wheeler Trigg on current VA compensation issues, presented by Tim Franklin and Greg Rada. A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow. Cost to attend the CLE program is $5; the reception is complimentary. RSVP by emailing lunches@cobar.org or by calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

SEO Crash Course: How to Rank for Your Number One Keyword—Wednesday, May 27

Every year Google makes huge changes to the search landscape, and those top ranking spots are becoming hard to gain. Whether you are new to the SEO game or looking for relevant tips on what’s working in 2015, this webinar is for you. During the webinar, Natalie Henley will cover a brief overview of SEO, how to quickly find and focus on keyword phrases, and top tricks and tips you can implement immediately. Tech Tuesdays are typically the fourth Tuesday of every month, with some exceptions, from noon to 12:30 p.m. The webinar is complimentary! Click here for log-in information and to view archived webinars.

Complimentary Casemaker Trainings

Monday, June 1, 10–11:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 3, 10–11:30 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 5, 10–11:30 a.m.


To register, please RSVP to lunches@cobar.org and confirm whether you plan to attend in person or via webcast. There is no charge for the Casemaker trainings. CLE credit is available and all seminars will be held at the CLE small classroom. Learn more about Casemaker, your free legal research.

The Colorado Lawyer Seeks Proposals for October 2016 Special Issue

Special issues comprise five to eight substantive law articles on broad-based topics, including an ethics-related article. Emphasis is on the practical and procedural, rather than the theoretical or philosophical. For information about creating a special issue, click here. Submission deadline for letters of interest or proposals is Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Judge John Webb on Better Appellate Writing, Briefing, and Oral Argument—Thursday, May 21

Learn how to write more persuasively by being clearer, shorter and livelier; give a powerful oral argument, including how to handle questions from the bench; and identify and avoid ethical problems unique to appellate practice. The day also includes an interactive in-class writing exercise, so you can immediately practice your new skills. Click here to learn more and register.

Wrongful Death Law in Colorado: The Fundamentals—Wednesday, June 3

The seminar will provide a fundamental review of Colorado’s wrongful death law, and the faculty will address key aspects of wrongful death cases and statutes. Also, attendees receive a copy of the recently updated edition of “Handbook of Colorado Wrongful Death Law,” by Gregory R. Giometti. Click here to learn more and register.

Watergate: Today’s Lessons from a White House Scandal—Thursday, June 18

Incompetence, loyalty to the client, confusion about the client, arrogance toward the law, and the psychology of cover-up: these are all ethical considerations for today’s practicing attorneys and these are lessons learned from the Watergate scandal. Join John Dean, White House Counsel for President Nixon, for a fascinating discussion of how he and other Watergate attorneys grappled with these ethical considerations while representing their clients to the best of their abilities. Click here to register.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

Adaptability Reduces Stress: COLAP’s Tip for Work*Life*Integration

Life doesn’t always go as planned. How we react to interruptions and changes in our schedules makes all the difference in our mental, emotional, and even physical health. Click here for ways to become more adaptable and less stressed during times of unexpected change.

From the Courts

New ICCES E-Filing User Community

The Colorado Judicial Branch has created a new, online ICCES User Community for users to get involved with the development of the Branch’s ICCES E-Filing System. As part of the user community, you will learn about new ICCES features, system enhancements, and design prototypes. The Judicial Branch will also solicit your feedback through quick surveys, webinars, or in person-meetings. The online community forum allows you to choose a level of involvement that fits your busy schedule. Register here.

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, Revised Local Rules

The District Court has amended its Local Rules of Practice. The revision to D.C.COLO.LCrR 11.1(b) — “Pleas in a Felony Case” — facilitates implementation of the court’s “Durango and Grand Junction, Colorado Protocol.” Accordingly, the District Court’s Local Rules as a whole are revised and reflect the amendment to D.C.COLO.LCrR 11.1(b). The revised rules are effective May 15, 2015. Click here to learn more.

From the Legal Community

Annual Colorado Lawyers Committee Anniversary Awards—Tuesday, May 19

Join the Colorado Lawyers Committee on Tuesday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Marriott Denver City Center, for its 37th Annual Awards Luncheon. The highlight of the luncheon will be the presentation of awards to honor individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the committee. Rebecca Anderson Fischer (Sherman & Howard LLC) will receive the Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award for her long-standing support and extensive involvement with the work of the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Click here for more information.

 

10th Annual Immigrant Liberty Awards—Friday, June 12

The 10th Annual Immigrant Liberty Awards, hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), will be held on Friday, June 12, at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. The event includes dinner, an auction and live music. Click here for event information and to purchase tickets.

Optimize Your Membership

From the Lending Library: “Alternative Fees for Litigators and Their Clients”

The use of non-hourly fee arrangements by lawyers and the demand for those arrangements by clients in increasing. “Alternative Fees for Litigators and Their Clients” addresses how attorney can implement and evaluate alternative fee arrangements in litigation matters. 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. Also read the “Whoops—Legal Malpractice Prevention” article in the May issue of The Colorado Lawyer: “Alternative Fees May Ease Billing Tensions.”

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Wi-Fi Airport Guide

As more people use Wi-Fi in airports, it’s good to know that Airfarewatchdog just updated its Airport Wi-Fi Guide. The guide is organized alphabetically by city name, and lists the hotspot name and whether access is free or the cost. The next time you have a trip planned, check it out.

You should also check out these articles for tips on using public Wi-Fi safely. They all contain simple steps you can take to be more secure.

Staying Safe on Public Wi-Fi from CNET dated August 2014
How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks from Lifehacker dated at November 2014
Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks from the FTC dated March 2014

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

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