July 23, 2019

All Good Things Must Come to an End

In 2010, CBA-CLE decided to launch a blog as a way to communicate important developments in the law and legal profession to Colorado attorneys. CBA CLE Legal Connection apprised attorneys of judicial vacancies and appointments, case law updates, rule changes, and more. CBA CLE Legal Connection also brought forth thoughtful opinion pieces on legal issues and law practice management issues.

Through the years, Legal Connection has bloomed and developed into a daily newsletter for Colorado attorneys. But now, it is time to let go.

The Colorado Bar Association recently launched Community, a platform where members can interact in a hybrid social media/listserv format. We believe that Community and its related blog platform is the best way to continue updating Colorado attorneys on legal and law practice issues. As of April 1, 2019, CBA CLE Legal Connection will no longer be utilized. CBA members should instead look to Community for legal updates.

These last nine years have been wonderful. We appreciate all of our readers and hope that you’ll find Community as useful as CBA CLE Legal Connection has been.

New Healthcare Law Resource for Attorneys and Business Leaders

According to Law Week Colorado, attorneys and business leaders trying to chop through the healthcare industry thicket have a new resource.

The Missouri offices of Husch Blackwell have created an online resource, Healthcare Law Insights, that offers information about legislative, legal, and administrative issues that affect the current healthcare industry. The blog features articles and commentary from healthcare attorneys who monitor the reforms, laws, and emerging trends.

“We launched (the site) to equip healthcare executives, compliance officers, owners, and managers with relevant legal information to keep up to date with the constantly changing health law environment,” said Curt Chase, chair of the firm’s healthcare department.

Visitors to the site can search by keyword, select posts about a specific category, access additional industry resources, and subscribe to ongoing updates by RSS feed or email.

Team CBA-CLE Scores a “Hat Trick” with Three International Awards, Including One for Legal Connection

The staff of Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CBA-CLE) has so many enthusiastic hockey fans (including recreational players, coaches, referees, and those who just watch) that we thought it appropriate to have a hockey theme to celebrate when we won three awards in 2011. The “Hat Trick” from the international organization, the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), included awards in the categories of Publications, Technology (for this blog!), and Public Interest.

Dawn McKnight, Assistant Executive Director of CBA-CLE says, “Our staff does an incredible job and we could not have won the awards without the help of the hundreds of attorneys and legal professionals in Colorado who contribute their time and resources to the projects.  There are too many people to name that volunteer countless hours for us, but we are extremely grateful and lucky to work with such talented and dedicated people. It’s very rewarding to be recognized by this international organization for the work we do and especially to win three in one year!  We’ll continue to work hard to achieve our ‘goals’ of providing quality legal education programs and publications for our legal community.”

2011 ACLEA AWARDS

  • Public Service Category:   Senior Law Day Project
  • Senior Law Day is an annual event for the public, held in several different locations each year around the state and offers workshops taught by attorneys and other professionals on critical topics  to seniors including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Estate Planning and many other issues.
  • Publications Category:   Residential Construction Law in Colorado, Third Edition
  • Written by noted attorneys Ronald M. Sandgrund, Scott F. Sullan, and Leslie A. Tuft, this timely and well-written book reviews critical issues with homeowners’ legal rights and remedies arising from the design, construction, marketing, and sale of single-family homes and multi-family communities.
  • Technology Category:   CBA-CLE Legal Connection Blog – www.cbaclelegalconnection.com
  • A free resource for the Colorado legal community to get the latest Colorado legal news easier and faster from one centralized, searchable resource.

DEFINITION OF A HAT TRICK: Three goals scored by one player in a single game.

ABOUT ACLEA: Established in 1964, ACLEA is an international association providing educational opportunities and professional interaction for its members.  The organization includes members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Mexico. Administrators, trainers, managers, educators, publishers, programmers and meeting professionals are all members of ACLEA.

ABOUT CBA-CLE:  Colorado Bar Association CLE [CBA-CLE] is the nonprofit education arm of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association. We produce high-quality continuing legal education programs and legal publications for attorneys and legal professionals in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.

Donna Seyle: Law Bloggers – Are Your Readers Bored Yet?

Your blog is worthless if it doesn’t engage your reader. That’s true whether you’re blogging to market, to educate or as a foray into public journaling. If you leave your reader cold after the first two sentences, you’re off their screen. (Are you still with me here?)

Unfortunately, law does not have a reputation among the general public as an engaging subject. Honestly, it’s frequently tedious and often difficult to explain to your clients—almost like trying to communicate in a different language. But writing a law blog gives you the opportunity to bridge the gap. If your target audience is sophisticated financiers, you’re in luck: They’re used to tedium. But if not, you need to find and speak the language of your target audience.

This can be a particularly tough task for lawyers. Law21 and Law Firm Web Strategy blogger Jordan Furlong, a former journalist, has identified several reasons why lawyers struggle with content: “Lawyers tend to be painstakingly utilitarian writers—probably because we also tend to be painstakingly utilitarian people … and many lawyers don’t really believe content has much worth beyond its factual value. Lawyers don’t try to write enjoyably or memorably because they don’t see how it matters. Who cares if it’s engaging or not? I’m not paid to be engaging. I’m paid to be right.”

Well, that may be true, but you’re not getting paid to blog. You’re blogging to increase the chances of getting paid and, in the best of worlds, to help the general public gain a greater understanding of law and legal processes along the way. So while you may be “right,” how are potential clients going to know it if you don’t get their attention?

How to Write to Keep Readers Interested

Here are a few tips that will help you combine substance with style and encourage readers to stay on your website, subscribe to your blog, refer you to friends and hire you when the need arises.

  • Write as if you are having a conversation with a friend. You are not interacting with your monitor, or even the masses of people that will, you hope, read your post. You’re talking to a non-lawyer friend, chatting about an interesting situation and how it would be viewed from a legal perspective. It’s a conversation at the end of a golf game over a good, cold beer on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Enjoy yourself.
  • Assume your friend knows you and trusts you. You’ve been friends for 15 years. There’s a reason for that. You’re likable, reasonable and you know your stuff.
  • Use a “how-to” approach. Most online searches start with the phrase “how to .” Formulate your topic from a practical point of view. What can or should one do in a situation to resolve a dilemma, or what steps should be taken to achieve a desired result?
  • Embellish the topic with an example. Giving examples of similar situations and their outcomes shows that you really relate to the topic and feel strongly about it, so much so that you remember once, about 10 years ago, when …. Just remember, your examplemust be fictional. An amalgamation, perhaps, of several different scenarios.
  • Speak from a “preventative” point of view. No one wants to get entangled in a lawsuit these days—it’s just no fun, costs too much money and you hardly ever get what you want, anyway. Give your friend some wisdom about how to protect themselves and prevent litigation.

As marketing blogger Jim Connolly says, blogging is not something you do after “all your important work is done.” It is important work. Yes, good blogging takes practice, but it can be enjoyable. And if it is enjoyable to you, it will be the same to your readers. Readers like enjoyable.

Donna Seyle is a blogger, writer and founder of Law Practice Strategy, a resource center for lawyers seeking to establish a solo or small firm or wanting to take their existing practices into the 21st Century. She is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law and has 22 years of professional experience in the law in California, Hawaii and New Mexico. Donna regularly blogs at the Law Practice Strategy Blog. She also contributes to the Attorney at Work blog, where this post originally appeared on August 11, 2011.

Vote CBA-CLE Legal Connection as One of the ABA’s Top 100 Law Blogs

The ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 is back for 2011 and we need your help! The ABA is compiling its list of the 100 best law blogs and it is up to you, our loyal readers, to nominate us for consideration.

Click here to vote!

Your vote will help raise our profile even more and able us to reach more Colorado (and national!) legal professionals with updates on everything from revised forms, rule changes, case law, legislation, and happenings and news from around our legal community. We’ve also started a new Law Practice Management section on the blog, covering helpful and trending topics like legal technology, legal writing and research, networking, and social media!

We’re working hard to make sure Colorado attorneys can easily stay on top of all the legal updates and tips they need to make their practices successful. If you like the content that we provide you here, we hope you’ll consider voting for us. The nomination process ends September 9, 2011.

We are greatly appreciative of all our readers. Thank you for visiting, subscribing, and sharing.

And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Is there something you’d like to see featured on CBA-CLE Legal Connection that we don’t currently cover? Something you’d like to see more of? Email me (zwillis@cobar.org), call me (303-824-5332), or just stop by the next time you’re here for a CLE program or CBA meeting.

Thanks for your vote!

Vote CBA-CLE Legal Connection the 2011 Barrister’s Best

Law Week Colorado’s Barrister’s Best is back for 2011 and we need your help!

If you like the content that we provide you here, we hope you’ll consider voting for us in the following categories:

46. Best Law Blog (www.cbaclelegalconnection.com)

49. Best Twitter to Follow (@cleincolorado)

52. Best Bar Association Website (www.cbaclelegalconnection.com)

Your vote will help raise our profile even more and able us to reach more Colorado legal professionals with updates on everything from revised forms, rule changes, case law, legislation, and happenings and news from around our legal community.

Also, take this opportunity to vote for your favorite attorneys and judges, as well as Colorado establishments and locales.

Click here to vote!

We are greatly appreciative of all our readers. Thank you for visiting, subscribing, sharing, and making us a part of your practice.

And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Is there something you’d like to see featured on CBA-CLE Legal Connection that we don’t currently cover? Something you’d like to see more of? Email me (zwillis@cobar.org), call me (303-824-5332), or just stop by the next time you’re here for a CLE program or CBA meeting.

Thanks for your vote!

Blogs and Beers: SOLO in COLO Meet Up, July 28

Join SOLO in COLO, the CBA blog for solo and small firm attorneys, for a blogger meet up on Thursday, July 28, at Jonesy’s EatBar. It will be the first of what may become a monthly chance to eat, drink, and interact in-person with contributors and readers alike. And, hopefully we’ll find out what you think about SOLO in COLO and all those other blogs on the wide and wonderful web.

We’ll meet up at 5:30 pm for the happy hour. Please RSVP to Sara Crocker.

Also, if you’re interested in contributing to the blog, this is a great opportunity for you to meet with the people who write for the blog now. Some basic criteria can be found here.

Hope to see you there!