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Picture This ~ October 2015

 

COBALT GRADUATION

On June 19, 2015, nineteen CBA members joined the ranks of more than 150 graduates of COBALT, the CBA’s leadership training program. This year’s class attended monthly sessions from January through June at locations such as the Air Force Academy, Steamboat Springs, Denver and Manitou Springs.

BETTER LAWYERING THROUGH MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP

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Speaker Jeena Cho.

More than 65 attended the CBA, CWBA and COLAP sponsored program, Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness, on July 1 at the CBA-CLE offices. The workshop was presented by Jeena Cho, a San Francisco bankruptcy attorney, who was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article about the current trend of lawyers “going zen.” The workshop explained the value of mindfulness and meditation as tools for the brain and gave attendees tips for stress and anxiety management, increasing focus and productivity and practical mindfulness techniques to employ in daily life.

ROUNDTABLE WITH ABA PRESIDENT-ELECT LINDA KLEIN

ABA President-Elect Linda Klein with leaders in the Colorado legal community
ABA President-Elect Linda Klein with leaders in the Colorado legal community.

On August 13, 2015, approximately forty guests convened at the CBA and DBA offices for an informal roundtable event with ABA President-Elect Linda Klein. After mingling with attendees over canapés, Ms. Klein, whose achievements include being the first woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia, invited the assembly to bring to the Executive table their feedback on what the ABA can do to serve them more effectively. She made it clear that she was not there to give speeches but rather to listen attentively to the intergenerational discussion that the evening would inspire. One of the central themes presented was the unprecedented challenges that younger generations of lawyers are facing in a world in which the very landscape of communication is changing. As Ms. Klein averred, the impact of social media and the decline of mentorship opportunities cannot be overlooked. Despite the attendees’ differing viewpoints and backgrounds, they shared a common passion for the practice of law and were unanimous in their opinion that the best thing about being a lawyer is having the ability to make a positive difference. The constructive feedback that the event occasioned is destined to make the ABA an even more dynamic and cohesive organization in the years to come.

2015 COLORADO LEGAL AND TECHNOLOGY EXPO

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CLE employee Kate Noble.

On August 21, Colorado Bar Association CLE hosted the 2015 Colorado Legal and Technology Expo. The all-day event, which was held at the Warwick Hotel, offered a wealth of informational sessions, CLE presentations on cutting-edge legal technology and an extensive list of exhibitors.