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January 22, 2015 "Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine."
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From the Bar

Tech Tuesdays: Using Styles in Microsoft Word—Tuesday, Jan. 27

Styles are Microsoft Word’s answer to Reveal Codes in WordPerfect. Have you ever wondered about Styles in Word? This easy-to-use feature can help make formatting your documents a snap. Join Leah Peabbles from DCNC, Inc. to learn more about using existing Styles, creating your own, and using the Styles feature to make an automatic table of contents in your document. This class will be taught in MS Word 2010. Click here for log-in information and to view archived webinars.

Nominations Sought for the 2015 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award

Do you know a Colorado paralegal committed to providing pro bono services in his or her community? The CBA and Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (RMPA) want to recognize individuals for their pro bono service and we welcome nominations for the annual Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award. Click here for the nomination criteria. Click here for the nomination form. Contact Sue Bertram, sbertram@cobar.org, with questions or for more information. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Jan. 29.

Wheels of Justice Benefit Event for Children’s Hospital—Thursday, Feb. 5

Join the CBA-sponsored cycling team the Wheels of Justice on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Edge Bar for a complimentary event. A donation of $20 is suggested. All donations go directly to Children’s Hospital. RSVP by clicking here.

Understanding and Using Trusts: 9 Program Series—Begins Monday, Feb. 11
Co-sponsored by the CBA Trust & Estate Section

The expert faculty will explain the purposes, mechanisms, and key clauses included in a wide variety of trusts typical for a Colorado trust and estate practice. They will explain the client needs that each trust addresses and how each type of trust meets those needs. The faculty will also review common errors that practitioners can make and discuss important issues that include: taxation, ethics, liability, and malpractice. Each program offers four CLE credits, with the option to take just one session, or several, or the entire series for a total of 36 CLE credit hours of instruction. To learn more, click here.

Estate Administration Basic Skills 2015—Friday, Feb. 20
Co-sponsored by the CBA Trust & Estate Section

Because estate administration has many details and deadlines, it is vital to your practice to have an organized plan from the time the estate is opened until it is closed. Program highlights for this program include: Initial Client Interview and Opening an Estate; Introduction to JDF Forms; Rights of Surviving Spouse and Family; Income Tax Issues; Real Estate Matters; Ethics and Advising the Fiduciary; Creditors' Claims; Closing the Estate; and Tricks of the Trade. Click here to register.

Support the Sean May Memorial Run/Walk—Saturday, May 2

Support a runner, or sign up to run! There is still time to be a part of the Seventh Annual Sean May Memorial Run/Walk on Saturday, May 2, at Barr Lake State Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit Access to Justice programs and Sean May’s family. Learn more and register.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Listen More

The practice of law involves communication. Lawyers express their thoughts and ideas throughout the workday. But how much time do you spend really listening to others, particularly the individuals you see on a daily basis? Listening more is a simple change that could have profound effects on your life. Click here to find out why.

From the Courts

Colorado Supreme Court to Recognize Firm or In-house Counsel Group’s Pro Bono Achievements—Deadline Feb. 16

Each year, the Colorado Supreme Court recognizes those law firms, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel groups that achieved the annual goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services by their Colorado-licensed attorneys—averaged across the firm and pro-rated for part-time attorneys—primarily for the indigent and/or organizations serving the indigent. If your firm or group achieved the pro bono goal in 2014, please notify Justice William W. Hood, III, c/o Law Clerk Tracey Tiedman at tracey.tiedman@judicial.state.co.us or 720-625-5402, by Monday, Feb. 16. Include the name and contact information of your pro bono coordinator, as well as phone number, email, and mailing address. Looking for pro bono opportunities? Click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Encourage Future Legal Minds: Judge a Mock Trial

Volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and community leaders are needed to judge the 2015 State High School Mock Trial Tournament March 20 and 21 in Colorado Springs. Several timeslots are available; breakfast or lunch provided. For more information, please email cgravit@cobar.org or click here for a volunteer form.

From Legal Connection

Proposed Changes to Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure

The Colorado Supreme Court is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure. Amendments to rules 1, 12, 16, 16.1, 26, 30, 31, 34, 37, 54, and 121, §§ 1-22 are proposed; some of the amendments, including those for Rule 16, “Case Management and Trial Management,” are extensive. A redline of the proposed changes is available here. Click here to read more.

The Future of Law (Part One): Beyond the Borg

We finished last year talking about the law profession’s cultural ethos, and how new practice models and wellness initiatives are liberating lawyers from its harmful aspects (the Legal Borg). An earlier 2014 series also looked at alternative practice models. Another considered how the law’’s cultural ethos can cause stress-induced cognitive impairment and how mindfulness practice can help. Click here to read more.

Optimize Your Membership

Annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Share your compelling business story with FedEx for a chance to win. The third annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is accepting entries until Feb. 12 and will award 10 grants, including a $25,000 grand prize. Just upload your story, along with four photos, including one of your company logo, and a one-minute elevator pitch video (optional), at fedex.com/grantcontest. Click here for more information on the contest, as well as everyday discounts CBA members receive from FedEx.

From the Lending Library: Creating Conflicts of Interest Procedures to Protect You and Your FirmFrom Malpractice

This book provides step-by-step guidelines for creating an effective and efficient conflicts of interest department. It addresses such issues as choosing the right conflicts software; creating conflicts forms and reports; developing protective conflicts procedures; and protecting against conflicts issues with lobbyists, witnesses, and expert witnesses. It also provides guidelines for processing lateral hires, skills to consider when hiring conflicts staff, and staying current with conflicts technology. 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

Word 2010—Displaying the Document Path on the Ribbon

Many Word users would like to know where the document they have open is stored. Fortunately, there are detailed step-by-step instructions. These instructions will automatically include the path of an opened document in the ribbon. If you want to copy the path (without having to retype it) simply go up to the box where the path is listed, click on it so it is highlighted, press <Ctrl> and c together, to copy it, go to wherever you want the path to be printed, and press <Ctrl> v to paste it. It’s that easy!

Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org if you have questions.

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