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  • 1. CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP: Mark Popielarski – Spring CURRENT 2013 AWARENESS
  • 2. INTRODUCTIONImportance of keeping current with the lawWhat is current awareness material?Sources for maintaining current awareness
  • 3. IMPORTANCE OF KEEPINGCURRENT WITH THE LAWLawyers need to ensure their knowledge of the lawis up-to-dateIf not up-to-date run the risk of legal malpracticeMiss legal opportunities or potentially adverse developments which can impact clientRely on out-of-date which negatively impacts litigation efforts
  • 4. WHAT IS CURRENTAWARENESS MATERIAL?Since keeping current with the law is such animportant responsibility for attorneys, manypublishers create resources designed to aid lawyersin staying up-to-dateCalled “Current Awareness” materials in theprofession, these tool are invaluable for attorneys
  • 5. CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCESBureau of National Affairs (BNA) publications Publisher of daily and weekly reports geared towards specific practice areas Examples:  Biotech Watch  Social Media Law & Policy Report  Toxics Law Reporter Extensively used by legal practitioners Recently acquired by Bloomberg Content available through:  Standalone subscription  Bloomberg Law  Integrated with Westlaw & Lexis if maintain the standalone subscription
  • 6. CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCES (CONT.)Commerce Clearing Housing (CCH) Major publisher of current awareness reports (among other things) Examples:  CCH Labor Law Reports  Standard Federal Tax Reports – Taxes on Parade Owned by Legal Publisher Wolters Kluwer Content available through:  CCH IntelliConnect platform  Integrated into Westlaw & Lexis
  • 7. CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCES (CONT.)Legal News and Alerts Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw also offer legal and other relevant news Platforms also allow alerts to be configured that will email pertinent information as it becomes availableBar Publications and CLEs Bar associations publish magazines and maybe newsletters for their members  Colorado Lawyer  Official monthly publication of Colorado Bar  In addition to news, contains substantive articles on specific legal topics  Searchable index available on CO Bar website Continuing Legal Education courses and publications good way to update legal knowledge
  • 8. CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCES (CONT.)Newspapers Variety of newspapers/news websites exist which are useful for attorneys Most major markets will have its own legal newspaper  Law Week Colorado  Weekly CO legal newspaper Business Journals  Many major markets are have a business-oriented newspaper  Denver Business Journal  Even though technically a “business” newspaper, contains many stories which have legal impact  Examples:  Niobrara exploration (Oil & Gas)  Environmental cleanup  Bills & new laws
  • 9. CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCES (CONT.)“Blawgs” Many legal professionals maintain a blog covering their practice/expertise area ABA maintains comprehensive list Remember not all blawgs are created equal Important to do research and make certain that author is knowledgeable and has a strong reputation ABA publishes annual list of Top 100 blawgs
  • 10. CONCLUSIONMaintaining current awareness is an important responsibility for anypracticing attorneyMany sources exist to help lawyers stay up-to-dateBNA and CCH are two major current awareness publishers