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Thursday, May 28, 2015
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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 Gregory 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 or by calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

ABA’s “Bar Leader” Recognizes CBA’s Efforts to Assist Unaccompanied Minors

In December 2014, the CBA 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.

Annual Food and Wine Tasting Fundraiser with Silent Auction—Friday, June 12

The CBA Young Lawyers Division will host its 2015 Annual Charity Fundraiser at Space Gallery on Friday, June 12, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This year’s benefiting charity is the Colorado Bar Foundation, a nonprofit advancing justice by supporting legal services and law-related education. RSVP online, by emailing or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Family Law: Trial Tips from the Bench—Thursday, June 25

Judicial officers have graciously donated their time to share with new (or not so new) family law attorneys their practical trial tips. Come learn about presentation of evidence, judicial officers’ pet peeves, and some effective trial strategies. Judicial officers from Boulder, Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Broomfield, Jefferson and Douglas Counties will answer your questions and speak about their experiences on and off the bench. Two CLE credits have been requested. Door prizes, food and drink included in the $10 registration fee. RSVP online, by emailing or calling 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

CBA Awards Committee Seeking Nominations

The CBA Awards Committee is seeking nominations for “Six of the Greatest,” which is published each July in The Colorado Lawyer. Nominees must have been deceased for seven years as of 2016. Send nominations to by Wednesday, Sept. 15. Click here for more information.

Point/Counterpoint Authors Wanted

The Colorado Lawyer seeks writers for point/counterpoint articles. Writing guidelines for Department articles are available here . Contact Coordinating Editor Fred Burtzos to discuss topic ideas.

Emerging Trends in Economic Damages, Business Valuation, and Lost Profits—Thursday, June 4

If you encounter financial experts in your practice as an attorney, or if you provide litigation services and are a financial expert, then this seminar is invaluable. Program topics include: cost of capital update; lost profits and economic damages; case law; financial expert testimony; optimizing relationships between legal counsel and financial experts; direct and cross-examination; and a view from the bench. Click here for more information or to register.

Ethics and Electronically Stored Information (ESI)—Tuesday, June 16

The program features U.S. Magistrate Craig B. Shaffer, former U.S. Magistrate Ronald J. Hedges, Professor Melissa Hart, and attorney Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov. Electronic information is a prevalent feature of transactions and civil litigation in Colorado and throughout the U.S. This program focuses on the use and misuse of social media by attorneys and what attorneys should understand about social media to avoid ethical problems as they: interact with others on social media, advise clients about their use of social media, conduct discovery, and engage in juror research. Click here to register or for more information.

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

What Type of Perfectionist Are You?: COLAP’s Tip for Work*Life*Integration

Everyone has some version of perfectionism, and lawyers are no exception. The practice of law is full of different types of perfectionistic tendencies that can be helpful or harmful depending on the situation. Click here to find out what type of perfectionist you are.

From the CBA-CLE Legal Connection

The Future of Law (Part 19): Don’t Wait, Create!

We can speculate—as we’ve been doing in this series—about where present trends might take us, but it’s useful to remember that “we are still the masters of our fate.” We can shape where those trends take us by engaging with them, and thus we can invent the future—the future we want, not just the one that will happen to us. Click here to read more.


Frederick Skillern: Real Estate Case Law—Zoning and Land Use Control (3)

The Supreme Court, in a direct appeal by Woodland Park under C.A.R. 21, holds that the district court lacked jurisdiction to review Teller County’s petition for judicial review of an annexation by the City of Woodland Park under CRS § 31-12-116. Subsection (2)(a)(II) of the statue requires a party (such as a county in which the property is located) to file a motion for reconsideration with the governing body of the annexing municipality within ten days of the effective date of an annexation ordinance as a precondition for obtaining judicial review of a municipal annexation. Click here to read more.

From the Legal Community

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

Save Thousands on Your Student Loan Debt

New CBA member benefit provider Credible enables CBA members and their families to quickly and easily refinance their student loan debt, saving thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loans. The average lawyer saves over $40,000 in repayment when he or she refinances through Credible. Click here for more information.

From the Lending Library: “The Survival Guide to Implementing Effective Law Firm Management Strategies”

Successful management and culture need to go hand in hand. A firm’s culture is the result of attitudes, personalities, policies, and decisions that ultimately creates the building block for the success of the firm. “The Survival Guide to Implementing Effective Law Firm Management Strategies” provides you with the groundwork and policies to create a positive law firm environment and business success. 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 Helps You Find Alternatives to Software and Apps

I recently stumbled across a great website that lets you find alternatives to software and apps by simply typing in the name of the software you’d like to find an alternative for—whether you’re looking for something less expensive, or you need an app for your Android device but it looks like it’s only available for Apple devices. Check it out at Type in the name of the software or app in the upper right-hand corner where it says “Find an alternative to…” and you’ll get a list of alternatives you can check out. I typed in “Adobe Acrobat” and 102 alternatives came up. Under the names of the alternatives, a link to the software will appear and you will see whether it’s free or if there’s a cost, and which platforms it works with (Windows, Mac, etc.)

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at with questions.

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