Category: Practice Management

Be the Director of Your Witness’s Direct Examination

  When we think of the most exciting moments in Hollywood’s version of a trial, direct examination isn’t among them. The act of putting on your own witness in order to establish the elements of your case has none of

How Learning Improv Gives Lawyers an Edge

Paul Farahvar on stage at the Laugh Factory. (Photo courtesy of Paul Farahvar.) There are places where you can tell a joke and places where you definitely shouldn’t. Generally, the courtroom is not the first choice for stand-up comedy. Unless

Coffee Talk Review: Lawyer’s Guide to Purchasing Malpractice Insurance

By Drew Hefflefinger, CFP® Business risk is a constant threat to entrepreneurs and if not managed properly can lead to disaster. By having a plan in place that addresses these risks the business owner can feel confident about the sustainability

The CBA Ethics Committee is Here to Help

The CBA Ethics Committee is a standing committee comprised of about 90 attorneys, and meets throughout the year on the third Saturday of each month. Each year, the committee adds between 5-10 new members, while some older members have been

Creating Work-Life Balance as a Solo Attorney

By Melanie Fischer Everyone wants to find the right work-life balance. No matter the profession, the ability to balance your life at work with your life at home can be a struggle. Especially in your early professional years, it can

Volunteer Corner: Colorado Attorneys for the Arts

By Meredith Badler and Dave Ratner Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) is a new program from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) that connects artists and creative businesses with volunteer lawyers providing pro bono services.

A Call for Additional Federal Judges

By Sean R. Gallagher and James M. Lyons In 1984, Apple introduced a new personal computer that it called the Macintosh. The murder rate in Cabot Cove, Maine far exceeded the national rate, largely because of the year’s top television

A Wealth of Knowledge Is Available in Judiciary’s Annual Stats

By Keith Lewis It has been said that knowledge is power. The Office of the State Court Administrator is building an incredible arsenal of information that is also available to the public. For years, the Office of the State Court

Productivity Tips for New Lawyers

By Allison C. Shields Project, task, and matter management are not skills taught in most law schools. As a result, many lawyers struggle with these essential job functions, and young or new lawyers especially may have difficulty learning how to

Things To Learn During Your First Year as a Solo Attorney

 By Melanie Fischer First it was elementary school, then middle school, then high school, then college, and finally law school. After almost two decades in school, you are probably pretty excited to stop all the learning and begin working and

End of Summer Reading List for Young and New Lawyers

By the CBA Law Practice Management Department The following books can all be found in the CBA’s Lending Library. For more information on what books are available and how to check them out, click here.

The Best Pricing Advice I Ever Received

By Jordan Furlong So it was the summer of 1983, and I had reached that particular stage of adolescence when your parents have finally managed, after a long succession of hints, to get across the idea that this would be

Using Social Media to Market Your Solo Practice

By now we’ve all heard about social media marketing for law firms and other businesses. Everybody online seems to be talking about Facebook likes, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections, and even using Instagram, Pinterest, and Slideshare to market companies and firms

6 Ways a Smartphone Makes You More Efficient

By Melanie Atkinson The proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the workplace has dramatically changed how business is conducted, and the legal profession is no exception. Nearly everyone has a mobile device, but how many of us use these devices to

When Persuading, Body Language Beats Words

By Janet Ellen Raasch In any law firm, there is a lot of persuasion going on. Persuasion and negotiation are, after all, essential skills in the practice of law. But they are also important in other tasks performed at law

Introducing the CBA’s IMPROVED Online Find A Lawyer Directory

By Alexa Drago Get Found—Update Your Listing Today All CBA members receive a free premium listing trial until January 1, 2016.

Mastering Small Talk

By Dean C. Hirt On April 1, professional speaker, bestselling author, conversation expert, and communication guru, Debra Fine, spoke at the Denver Bar Association offices on the art of small talk. While Fine’s presentation was titled “Small talk…It’s No Joke!”

Flying Solo: 10 Things I Wish I Knew (Part 1)

By Jeena Cho This year marks the sixth anniversary of JC Law Group PC (exactly six and a half years, but who’s counting?). Had someone told me that I’d be running my own practice when I graduated from law school in

Best Bet for Finding A Legal Job After Law School: Bet On Yourself

By Carolyn Elefant Although employment prospects for new law grads are showing signs of life, overall post-graduation employment remains at a dismal  56 percent average rate for all law schools.  And while connections, solid skills and networking can improve the

Looking for a Few Good Books to Read?

If you missed the April 1 presentation by Debra Fine on small talk, no worries! We have her two books in the CBA’s Lending Library for you to check out.