CERTIFICATION  WORKSHOP:     Mark Popielarski – Spring    CURRENT     2013  AWARENESS
INTRODUCTIONImportance of keeping current with the lawWhat is current awareness material?Sources for maintaining current a...
IMPORTANCE OF KEEPINGCURRENT WITH THE LAWLawyers need to ensure their knowledge of the lawis up-to-dateIf not up-to-date r...
WHAT IS CURRENTAWARENESS MATERIAL?Since keeping current with the law is such animportant responsibility for attorneys, man...
CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCESBureau of National Affairs (BNA) publications Publisher of daily and weekly reports geared toward...
CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCES (CONT.)Commerce Clearing Housing (CCH) Major publisher of current awareness reports (among other...
CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCES (CONT.)Legal News and Alerts Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw also offer legal and other releva...
CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCES (CONT.)Newspapers Variety of newspapers/news websites exist which are useful for attorneys Most...
CURRENT AWARENESSSOURCES (CONT.)“Blawgs” Many legal professionals maintain a blog covering their  practice/expertise area...
CONCLUSIONMaintaining current awareness is an important responsibility for anypracticing attorneyMany sources exist to hel...
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Certification workshop current awareness

  1. 1. CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP: Mark Popielarski – Spring CURRENT 2013 AWARENESS
  2. 2. INTRODUCTIONImportance of keeping current with the lawWhat is current awareness material?Sources for maintaining current awareness
  3. 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risk of legal malpracticeMiss legal opportunities or potentially adverse developments which can impact clientRely on out-of-date which negatively impacts litigation efforts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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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