President's Message

December 2020


President's Message

Dear Members:

I am ready to put 2020 behind us and look ahead to 2021. I am hopeful for the upcoming year, and can't wait until we can see each other in person again. In the meanwhile, I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and staying healthy.

APABA Cares Winter Holiday Drive for Senior Citizens

In the spirit of the holiday season, I am thrilled to share our successful Winter Holiday Drive for Senior Citizens. We asked the APA community to help create holiday gift bags for local senior citizens and you delivered. In collaboration with many organizations, we were able to deliver over 250 gift bags to seniors at the Volunteers of America Sunset Tower apartments, the Happy Living Senior Daycare, the Korean Senior Daycare Center, and A Little Help. In addition, we raised over $5,000 to purchase boxed lunches from local Asian-owned small businesses Hong Kong Café and Kokoro for all the seniors at Happy Living Senior Daycare and Sunset Tower apartments.

Thank you to all of you for your support and generosity, and many thanks to the chair of our Community Outreach Committee Deborah Yim for coordinating this effort in collaboration with many other APA organizations. Please see below the signature line for a list of our sponsors and additional photos.



    In addition, APABA Cares continues to offer our free virtual clinic hotline. Check out the new APABA Cares page on our website for additional information on all our programs.

    • Free Virtual Clinic Hotline: APABA will pair those who need legal advice with an APABA attorney in the following areas: landlord/tenant issues, business operations, labor/employment, CARES Act, immigration, and estate planning/probate. Please go to the APABA Cares page to sign up as a volunteer attorney. If you know anyone in the community with a legal question or needs assistance, please share this link with them to get them started.

    APABA Bylaws Amendments

    This year is APABA's 30th anniversary. We weren't able to celebrate in person at our annual banquet, but hope to do so in 2021. APABA looks very different today than what it was thirty years ago when the original bylaws were established. As such, APABA's President-Elect Clark Yeh is leading the effort to amend the bylaws to reflect what APABA looks like today.

    The bylaws can be amended by a majority of voting members at any meeting at which a quorum is present. Voting members are dues-paying members who have graduated from law school or have been admitted to any state bar.

    In summary, we need the following actions from you:

    (1) Please review the redlined Proposed Amended and Restated Bylaws as approved by the APABA Board. For your convenience, we are also providing a summary chart with the material proposed revisions to the bylaws.

    (2) Attend the February board meeting to cast your vote on the amended bylaws. The meeting will be on Friday, February 12 at noon. We will provide the Zoom link closer to the meeting date. Please mark your calendars and reserve the date so we can establish a quorum at the meeting.

    NAPABA Code

    As an official NAPABA affiliate, APABA of Colorado members are able to enjoy the perk of a free NAPABA membership. To become an official NAPABA member, or to renew your membership for free before it expires at the end of the year, please go to the NAPABA 2021 Membership Renewal website and enter "21APABACO" when asked for the code. Please do not share this code with those who are not APABA members.

    Upcoming Events

    January 14, 2021 - Noon to 1pm - Dealing with the New Norm in Basic Estate Planning During COVID Pandemic: In collaboration with Metro Volunteer Lawyers and the Colorado Women's Bar Association, APABA is offering a complimentary CLE webinar to address the basics of medical and financial powers of attorney, advance health care directives, and declarations of disposition of last remains.

    Our esteemed faculty include former APABA President Chuong Le of 3iLaw and Rachel Sheikh of RBS Law, LLC. Attendees will be able to volunteer for the upcoming virtual Power of Attorney Clinics to be offered to qualifying low-income seniors in February. If you are interested in volunteering for the clinic, please contact Anne Zogg (azogg@denbar.org) or complete a volunteer sign-up form.

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    During these challenging times, we want to hear from you and be the voice for our community. If you have any suggestions for programs, events, or how to make APABA more valuable to our community and members, please reach out to me or any of the APABA officers and Board members. Also, if you are struggling during this difficult time, I'm here for you.

    Happy New Year!!! Stay safe and healthy everyone!

    Sincerely,

    Anne Lee

    annelee2013@gmail.com

     

    Additional Details on the Holiday Winter Drive for Senior Citizens





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