July 22, 2017

Happy Fourth of July from CBA-CLE!

Happy Fourth of July from CBA-CLE! The CBA-CLE offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in honor of Independence Day.

Most people learned in elementary school that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, but did you know there’s more to the story? The Declaration of Independence was first drafted by Thomas Jefferson in June 1776, and, after some revisions, the Continental Congress approved the draft on July 2, 1776. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776—John Hancock and Charles Thompson. Most of the rest of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence signed on August 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was not actually submitted to Britain until November 1776.

Independence Day was not celebrated until many years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Political strife after the War of 1812 helped promote the country’s celebrations related to the Declaration of Independence, printed copies of which all bore the date July 4, 1776. When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the day became even more widely celebrated. Finally, in 1870, Congress passed a bill to recognize several national holidays, including Independence Day and Christmas. In 1941, Congress voted to grant a paid holiday to government workers on July 4. Today, most people celebrate the Fourth of July by decorating with American flags, cooking out, and watching fireworks.

Regardless of how you celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July.

Happy Thanksgiving from Colorado Bar Association CLE

Happy Thanksgiving from Colorado Bar Association CLE! We are thankful to all our volunteer authors and speakers. Thank you for contributing your time and expertise for the betterment of Colorado attorneys. We are thankful for our class attendees, book purchasers, and customers also. Thank you for enabling us to provide high-quality CLE programs and publications.

The CBA-CLE offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, 2016. Our website is always open, though—visit http://cba-cle.org to register for programs, purchase books, or order homestudies.

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Happy Labor Day from CBA-CLE!

flagHappy Labor Day! The CBA and CLE offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016, in observance of Labor Day.

Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in September. It was established to honor the American labor movement and the social and economic achievements of American workers.

There is some debate as to who first proposed Labor Day. Many credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist who later became the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J. Others contend Labor Day was proposed by Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor. Regardless of whose idea it was, though, the first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.

The Colorado legislature enacted Labor Day in 1887, and on June 28, 1894, Congress enacted a bill making the first Monday in September a national holiday, signed by President Grover Cleveland after the end of a bloody strike, the Pullman Strike.

Today, Labor Day is generally celebrated with barbecues and picnics, but the original plan for Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal as a street parade to exhibit to the public the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. Later, the day included speeches by prominent figures in the labor movement, although that has largely been abandoned today.

Denver celebrates Labor Day weekend with the Taste of Colorado festival, held in Civic Center Park. Additionally, the Colorado State Fair will take place in Pueblo this weekend, Colorado Springs will host its annual Labor Day Liftoff Hot Air Balloon festival, and the Buffs and Rams will have their annual showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tonight.

No matter what your plans for the weekend include, we hope you have a happy and safe weekend, and a great Labor Day.

Happy Fourth of July!

The CBA and CLE offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in honor of the holiday. Colorado Bar Association CLE would like to wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July.

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“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” – Albert Einstein

“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcolm X

“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry S. Truman

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Ben Franklin