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Thursday, December 8, 2016

 

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Call for 2017-18 Leadership Nominations

The CBA Nominating Committee will meet soon to select candidates for 2017-18 leadership positions. The committee will choose a president-elect and five vice presidents. All members are invited and encouraged to contact the Nominating Committee with suggestions for nominations by Dec. 31. Click here for more information and to contact the committee.

Current Scams Targeting Lawyers

There have been several scams which have targeted lawyers in Colorado as well as other states we wanted our members to be aware of. The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel recently issued a warning against clicking on any email that claims a disciplinary action has been filed against the attorney.

Another sophisticated scam involves receiving a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a “public defender,” stating that a relative of theirs is in legal trouble and needs monetary help.

Tech Tuesdays Webinars — A Quick Survey

Would you like to learn about social media for lawyers in an upcoming Tech Tuesdays? Take our brief survey to help us fine tune a topic or two. Our next Tech Tuesdays is Jan. 24 at noon, Metadata: Exposed and Expunged.

CLE Credit Still Available for Reading The Colorado Lawyer

Need CLE credit before the end of the year? CLE credit is available until Dec. 31 for reading articles in the October 2014 issue and answering the corresponding test questions, and until Dec. 31, 2017 for reading articles in the October 2015 issue.

Courtroom Technology and Voir Dire — Wednesday, Dec. 21
Co-sponsored by the CBA Litigation Section

After the program you will be able to better understand: How to Use Courtroom Technology to Win Your Case; Voir Dire: The Purpose, Conducting It, and Tips; plus, a Voir Dire Case Study from the Oklahoma City Bombing Case. Register now.

Consumer Bankruptcy Update 2016 — Wednesday, Dec. 21

Program Topics include: Chapter 7 and 13 Case Law Update; Pitfall and Tips from the Trustee’s Perspective; Clerk’s Office Update; Discharging Taxes and Divorce Obligations; Mortgages and Chapter 13; and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Bankruptcy. Save your seat today.

Snow is coming! It will be great for the 2017 National CLE Conference in Snowmass — Jan. 4-8

This is a chance to get outstanding legal education from top-notch national speakers in 10 different areas. (Plus, enjoy the many outdoor activities in Snowmass!) Find out more.

COLAP’s Tip of the Week

COLAP’s Tip of the Week: Why Lawyers Worry So Much

Do you know any lawyers that spend time worrying? Of course you do! Learn about the biological reasons lawyers worry, and the first step to calming your own anxious mind.

From the Legal Connection and Solo in Colo

Privileges and Confidentiality in the Attorney-Client Relationship

Confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of the attorney-client relationship. It allows clients to feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues with their attorney without fear of disclosure. The seemingly straight-forward rules regarding privilege have many nuances, including the scope of confidentiality versus the attorney-client privilege, the lawyer’s responsibility to reveal information to prevent a client’s misconduct, and more.

Criteria that Many People Evaluate Before Selecting an Attorney

What causes a prospective client choose you over another attorney? Is it your office location? Your fee structure? The number of years you have been practicing law? Read more.

From the Courts

Rule Change 2016(12) Released, Amending the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court issued Rule Change 2016(12), amending the Comment to Rule 2.1 of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. Comment [2] of Rule 2.1, “Advisor,” was changed by the addition of a sentence regarding allocations of parental responsibilities.

District of Colorado Local Rules Amended — Effective Dec. 1

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has adopted changes to its local rules, effective December 1, 2016. The changes include a new Rule 2.1, “Forms of Action,” and an entire section on Local Patent Rules.

Important Enhancements to State Judicial’s E-Filing System — Effective Dec. 3

The Colorado Judicial Department introduced important enhancements to its E-Filing system on Dec. 3, including a system name change to Colorado Courts E-Filing. Click here for a complete list of enhancements slated for this month.

From the Legal Community

Appealing for Justice — Thursday, Dec. 15

Please join author Susan Casey, the Hon. Jean E. Dubofsky and members of the Colorado Supreme Court to celebrate the release of Appealing for Justice — One Colorado Lawyer, Four Decades and the Landmark Gay Rights Case: Romer v. Evans.

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Lending Library Book of the Week: Lessons Learned, Practical Ethics for Busy Lawyers

Lessons Learned, Practical Ethics for Busy Lawyers focuses on practical ways to ethically deal with a variety of issues that inevitably seem to crop up in the daily practice of law. This collection of real-life legal blunders can help attorneys avoid making the same mistakes in these chaotic, complex and highly specialized 21st-century times. It presents a series of real-life situations that happened to real lawyers, and uses these studies to provide relatable advice on navigating the everyday pitfalls of the legal industry. 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

Watch Out For Fake Apps

The holidays are here and as to be expected, the scammers are out in full force. Their latest trick is fake apps. Starbucks started the first “retail app”, and many stores are following suit including scammers. They’re creating fake apps, attempting to trick you into downloading them to your smartphone or tablet. They ask you to load your credit card information in these apps. You can guess what happens next.

Things to consider before installing an app:

  1. Be very judicious in deciding what app to download. Better safe than sorry.
  2. If you *do* decide to download an app, first thing to check is the reviews, apps with few reviews or bad reviews are a big red flag.
  3. Never click on a link in any email to download a new app. Only go to the website of the retailer to get a link to the legit app in the AppStore or Google Play.
  4. Give as little information as possible if you decide to use an app.
  5. Be very, very reluctant to link your credit card to any app!

There is more information about this from the New York Times. Thanks to Mel Reveles, CBA IT Director for the tip!

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