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October 15, 2014 “I recently went to a new doctor and noticed he was located in something called the Professional Building. I felt better right away.”
~ George Carlin
In this Issue:
From the Bar

October is Professionalism Month

Colorado Supreme Court, with the support of the Colorado Bar Association, declared October Legal Professionalism Month in Colorado. Click here for a list of all related events occurring across the state during Legal Professionalism Month.

Marijuana Law Committee Exploratory Meeting—Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4–5:30 p.m.

Join the CBA as they look into the possibility of forming a committee on marijuana law on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the CBA offices. Topics this committee will explore include zoning, banking, real estate, tax, criminal, and corporate law. Email Leah Achen to RSVP or with questions at lachen@cobar.org.

Wheels of Justice Appreciation Party—Thursday, Nov. 6

The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations sponsored cycling team, the Wheels of Justice Cycling, will host an appreciation party at the CBA offices on Thursday, Nov. 6, for riders and supporters. The complimentary event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The team, comprising 271 riders, raised more than $365,000, making it the top fundraiser at the Courage Classic for the fifth year. RSVP to kcordova@childrenscoloradofoundation.org.

STRATUM: Ethical Co-Working CLE—Monday, Nov. 17

Early this year, the Colorado Bar Association launched STRATUM, a members-only co-working space for lawyers at the CBA. STRATUM gives members a strong sense of community and collegiality, while providing them with the business amenities they need to enhance their 21st-century practices. Join us on Monday, Nov. 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the CBA/DBA offices to ask every question you have about how to ethically use shared space. Our panel of ethics experts will discuss rules you need to know to ensure your clients are protected, and will address issues such as confidentiality, disposal of documents, cross-referrals, and data protection. The complimentary event will be followed by a reception of appetizers, beer, and wine. One ethics credit applied for. RSVP onilne, by emailing lunches@cobar.org or call 303-860-1115, ext. 727.

Views From the Bench: Spend the Morning with Colorado Judges—Thursday, Oct. 23
Co-sponsored by the CBA Litigation Section

The program begins with the issues attorneys face before trial, including a review of: discovery disputes, best briefing practices and case management, how the new Civil Rules Pilot Project is working, and how vital it is to know your judge. The judges will review how to present a successful case, including the topics of: jury selection, effective and ineffective trial strategies, handling exhibits and demonstrative aids, and how to best use courtroom technology. The final discussion is on ethics: When does the court decide to impose sanctions? and How far is too far? Get candid answers on how to put on a winning case. Click here to register.

Winning at Deposition: Skills and Strategy—Friday, Oct. 24
Co-sponsored by the CBA Litigation Section

This seminar is a unique opportunity to learn new deposition strategies from Shane Read, author of the award-winning and best-selling textbook, Winning at Deposition. Have you ever been frustrated by a witness who pretends not to know the answer to a simple question or flat-out lies? Do you dread taking a deposition against an obnoxious opposing counsel? Do your depositions lack focus and productivity? How can you avoid the biggest mistakes lawyers make at depositions? Attend the Live Program or Live Webcast and receive a copy of his Winning at Deposition book at no extra charge—a $70 sales price! Click here to register.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Where is your energy going?

Do your daily habits deplete your mental, emotional, and physical energy? Click here to find out which habits can help you regenerate and reenergize…

From the Courts

Application Period Open for Judicial Nominating Commission Positions

Applications are now being accepted for five upcoming vacancies on the various Judicial District Nominating Commissions and on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

Positions are open in the following Districts:

  • The 11th Judicial District (Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties) will have three vacancies, two for attorneys and one for a non-attorney. No more than two appointees may be registered as Democrats.
  • The 14th Judicial District (Grand, Moffat and Routt counties) will have one vacancy for a non-attorney.
  • The 15th Judicial District (Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Prowers counties), will have one vacancy for a non-attorney.
  • The 20th Judicial District (Boulder County) will have vacancies for two attorneys, only one of whom may be registered as a Republican.
  • and 22nd Judicial District Judicial nominating commissioners are volunteers and serve six-year terms, interviewing applicants for judicial vacancies and nominating candidates to send to the governor for appointment.

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission, which nominates candidates for the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals, will also have one vacancy, but applicants must be attorneys who reside in the Second Congressional District. More information on nominating commissions may be found on the Judicial Branch website. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31. Applications may be made only online at the State of Colorado Boards and Commissions Application page.

Notice of Local Rules Revisions for the U.S. District Court and Opportunity for Comments

The U.S. District Court has made changes to the Local Rules of Practice and Procedure and is looking for public comments. The Rules can be found on the Court’s website. Comments may be submitted to localrule_comments@cod.uscourts.gov by Monday, Nov. 10.

Notary Program Rules: Notice of Permanent Adoption (Updated)

The Notice of Adoption for the Colorado Notary Program Rules (8 CCR 1505-11) have been updated. Click here for a copy of the updated rules.

From the Law Schools

Volunteers Needed for the Daniel Hoffman Trial Advocacy Competition

The DU Sturm College of Law Moot Court Board and the Advocacy Department are hosting the annual Daniel S. Hoffman Trial Advocacy Competition at DU Law School. Volunteers are needed for Ruling Judges and Scoring Jurors. Scoring panels are comprised of both attorneys and laypersons—paralegal, clerks, and friends are welcome. Please reply to nathan.endersbee@gmail.com with your interest and availability.

From the Legal Connection

IAALS’ Final Evaluation of Colorado Court Rule Changes

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, announces the release of our final findings on Colorado’s experiment with new court procedures intended to secure the fundamental promise of our civil justice system: a just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action. Momentum to improve the process has been building on a national scale, and Colorado is among the first states to take action. Click here to read more.

What to Do Now That You’ve Passed the Bar Exam

Congratulations! You’ve passed the bar! Here are some next steps you should take while you wait to be admitted to practice law. Click here to read more.

Optimize Your Membership

Lending Library Book of the Week: Alternative Fees For Business Lawyers and Their Clients

The use of alternative fee arrangements by lawyers and the demand for those arrangements by clients is increasing. This book addresses how large firm, small firm, and solo lawyers can implement and evaluate alternative fee arrangements in transactional 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.

Show Your Pride by Using the CBA Member Mark

Show your commitment to the profession, and let everyone know you are an active member of the CBA by signing up to use the CBA Member Mark. Use the CBA member logo on your business cards, stationery, print and electronic advertising, Web pages and more. Click here for information and a license application.

Tip of the Week From the LPM Department

Five Free Windows Utilities

If you’re a Windows user, you’ll want to check out Rick Broida of CNET’s five favorite free Windows utilities.

Included are a password manager, anti-virus software, a way to turn phrases you regularly type into hotkeys, a free alternative to LogMeIn for remote access, and a way to automatically detect where your cursor is.

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

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