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Archives for October 11, 2011

Department of Labor and Employment Proposes Increase in Minimum Wage

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has proposed to increase the minimum wage in Colorado. Pursuant to the inflation adjustment requirement of Article XVIII, Section 15, of the Colorado Constitution, the  state minimum wage will be raised to $7.64/hour and the state tipped employee minimum wage will be raised to $4.62/hour, effective January 1, 2012.

Current Colorado minimum wages are set at $7.36/hour and $4.34/hour for tipped employees.

A hearing on the amended rule will be held on Friday, November 4, 2011 at the Colorado Division of Labor, 633 17th Street, Second Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202, beginning at 2:00 pm.

Full text of the proposed rule change including line edits can be found here. Further information about the rule and hearing can be found here.

Guardianships & Conservatorships: Get the Basics with Mark Masters

Co-Sponsored by the CBA Trust & Estate Section

Whether you are new to the Guardianship and Conservatorship arena as a lawyer or paralegal, just need a refresher, or are looking to further hone your skills, this half-day biennial basics program will arm you with the fundamental nuts and bolts information you need to handle these otherwise complicated cases.

One of the biggest parts of serving as a guardian or conservator is preparing and filing mandatory written status reports on a regular basis.  In our classroom you will learn all you need to know in order to provide valuable help to clients with their ongoing, dynamic responsibilities.

Among the topics to be covered are:

  • Getting Started: Who Is My Client? Doing Your Homework Before the Hearing
  • Forms, Checklists, and What to Expect at the Hearing
  • Reporting Requirements to the Court: Following a Case over the Years
  • Ethics: Navigating the Pitfalls of Guardianship and Conservatorship Cases
  • Educating Your Clients

Attorneys, bring along your paralegal as well to make sure your staff is well informed of the ins and outs of successfully serving as a guardian or conservator and avoiding ethical challenges. Come spend the morning with us, and build your knowledge and skills in this expanding area of the law. The program is taught by some of the most knowledgeable and experienced practitioners in Colorado, including program chair Mark D. Masters, Esq.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your practice and gain insights from our esteemed faculty!

CLE Program: Guardianships & Conservatorships – The Basics

This CLE presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 26. Participants may attend live in our classroom or watch the live webcast.

If you can’t make the live program or webcast, the program will also be available as a homestudy in three formats: video on-demand, mp3 download, and audio CD recordings. The course materials will also be available in hardy copy or as an electronic download.

Inside the Infill: The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This is the last of three posts highlighting the new judicial center.

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this “Inside the Infill” series, we looked at how construction is coming along on the State of Colorado’s new 695,000 square foot, $260 million, LEED-Gold judicial center in Denver’s Civic Center district. In this Part 3, it’s all about the view. As the tallest building along the southern edge of Civic Center Park, the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center will provide employees and visitors with awesome views of central Denver in all directions. Here are a few of my and Ryan’s favorites from our recent tour.

Top: View to the north at the upper end of Downtown. Bottom: View to the southeast at part of the Capitol Hill district.

Top: View to the northeast at part of the Uptown district. Bottom: View to the northeast at the State Capitol.

Top: A zoomed-in view to the northwest down the new 14th Street. Bottom: View to the northwest at the City & County Building, with the Colorado Convention Center, Pepsi Center, and Elitch Gardens beyond.

Top: View to the southwest at part of the library/art museum facilities and Golden Triangle district. Bottom: View to the south at the ING/Security Life Building across 13th Avenue.

Neat reflection in that last photo, eh?

We’re not quite done. The Ralph Carr isn’t the only new building with a nice view. Here’s a bonus photo of a view from the outdoor terrace at the new History Colorado Center:

Sweet!

Ken Schroeppel is the founder and administrator of the DenverInfill website and companion site, DenverUrbanism. Ken is a planner and project manager at Matrix Design Group, a Denver-based planning and engineering consulting firm, where he specializes in redevelopment and urban renewal planning. He contributes to the DenverInfill Blog, where this post originally appeared on September 28, 2011.

Coach’s Corner: View Clients in Their Native Habitats

I recently read a newspaper story in which a doctor talked about her reaction when she happened to meet a patient at an airport where the patient worked. Out of the context of the examining room, the doctor was taken aback, at first not recognizing the patient. The experience of seeing the patent as an individual in a work environment gave the doctor an entirely new perspective on the person, even to the point of considering changes in treatment.

How often do we lawyers see our clients in their native habitats? What kind of information might we gather, informal and perhaps even unspoken, that would dramatically alter the advice we provide?

In many cases, quite a bit — yet not many lawyers take the time to visit clients and really get to know more about them, their work and family environments and the possible impact of legal advice on those aspects of their lives.

Clients do not need to be convinced of your or the firm’s expertise, otherwise they would not have remained as clients. What they want is to feel comfortable with you as a professional. The best way to accomplish that is to get them to talk about themselves. Your client visit should focus on listening to what they have to say. The more they talk, the more you will learn about how you can meet their needs.

To make the initial approach to scheduling a visit, just say you want to come by, at no expense to the client, for a visit of several hours to learn more about what they do and what concerns them most.

Schedule the visit for a time that is most convenient for the client. When you meet, never put clients on the defensive. What you want are empathy and rapport.

Lawyers too often slip into adversarial questioning, but a visit to the client’s habitat is conducive to a much more supportive approach. Develop a questioning hierarchy for the type of information you want to receive by using “SPIN,” an acronym for four types of questions to ask:

  • Situational. These are the questions that you ask at the start of the meeting to set the stage and gather background — the “how are you doing” kind of questions.
  • Problem. These can be more specific and focus on concerns — the nagging issues that keep a client up at night. But don’t ask about them in a way that evokes fear or defensiveness.
  • Implicit. These subtle questions can bring out more information on issues that the client has raised. They can help the client understand the seriousness or urgency of a particular point and demonstrate that you’ve heard and understood what the client has to say.
  • Need. This kind of question can bring out specific objectives (and help you think of how you can meet them) if the client has spoken about concerns or issues in a general way.

None of the questioning is unusual or intensive. What makes it work is that you’re doing it in the client’s home base — at no charge — with no pitch for new business. The goal is a stronger relationship, and the client’s habitat is the best place to forge it.

Ed Poll is a nationally recognized coach, law firm management consultant, and author who has coached and consulted with lawyers and law firms in strategic planning, profitability analysis, and practice development for over twenty years. Ed has practiced law on all sides of the table and he now helps attorneys and law firms increase their profitability and peace of mind. He writes a syndicated legal column, Coach’s Corner, where this post originally appeared on May 30, 2011.

Colorado Supreme Court: Week of October 9, 2011 (No Opinions)

The Colorado Supreme Court issued no opinions for the week of October 9, 2011.