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August 1999       Vol. 28, No. 8       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Darlene M. Emery

A monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association administration, sections, committees, and minority/specialty and local bar associations. If you have information you would like included in Bar News, contact the CBA Communications Department by phone or letter using the information above right, fax to The Colorado Lawyer at 303-830-3990, or e-mail to


The 1999 CBA Annual Convention is fast approaching! Mark your calendar for September 23-26 in Vail. The convention will feature thirty educational programs that offer a total of 118 general/28 ethics CLE credits, general interest programs, receptions and networking opportunities, sports competitions, and more! Convention brochures were mailed in July; if you didn't get yours, call Dana Vocate in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736. Register before September 3 to get a substantial discount on the registration fee.

The CBA is continuing to offer its FREE training classes for LEXIS-NEXIS. Upcoming dates in 1999 are August 19, October 21, November 18, and December 2. On each date, there are two classes available: the 9 a.m. class is for those accessing LEXIS through the LEXIS website, and the 10:30 a.m. class is for those who use the LEXIS-NEXIS software. Classes are held in the CBA/LEXIS Technology Center at the CBA office. To reserve a space, call Lea Downey at the CBA, (303) 824-5368 or (800) 332-6736.

The CBA had its first-ever team entry—made up of CBA staffers and members—among the 1,600 participants in the annual Run for SafeHouse on June 20. The CBA team members included Kath Schoen, Chuck Turner, Brian Campbell, Mary Phillips, Linda Johnston, Jan Mickish, Jon Asher, Leona Martínez, Arlene Abady, Heather Burkham, and Karen Bries.


On September 9, the CBA Family Violence Program and SafeHouse Denver will sponsor a full-day workshop on cultural considerations for professionals who work with domestic violence victims. The MOSAIC Group, a multi-cultural training alliance, will conduct the workshop. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is limited to thirty participants; if demand is greater, another workshop will be held on September 22. For details or to register, call CBA Family Violence Program Director Kathleen Schoen in Denver at (303) 824-5305 or (800) 332-6736.


Sandra Dahl and Bryon Farnsworth at the reception sponsored by the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee

On June 17, the CBA/DBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, along with numerous law firms, sponsored a cocktail reception in honor of new minority attorneys and minority summer associates. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez welcomed the approximately eighty attendees on behalf of the Committee and the sponsoring firms.

At the CBA convention in September (see above under "CBA News"), the CBA Law Practice Management Committee will co-sponsor, with the Solo/Small Firm Committee, a program on hiring practices for solo/small firm practitioners entitled "Employers Are from Mars, Employees Are from Venus: Successfully 'Courting,' 'Marrying,' and 'Divorcing' Employees." For more information about the program, call Kimberly Willoughby in Denver at (303) 320-4847.

Michael C. Villano and Marc C. Darling
At the annual Transactional Legislative Update Luncheon on June 9, the Trust and Estate Section presented retired First J.D. Judge Michael C. Villano with a certificate of appreciation for his years of service to the probate bar.The certificate was presented by former Section chair Bob Steenrod.


Pueblo County Bar Association ("PCBA") members are reaching out to their community with two helpful programs. Recently, Pikes Peak/Arkansas River Legal Aid managing attorney Roberto Silva and other PCBA members presented a do-it-yourself divorce primer to domestic violence victims. This bar-sponsored program was the first time a pro bono effort was made to help domestic violence victims file their own divorces.

In addition, the PCBA, in partnership with Pueblo Community College ("PCC"), is providing students with legal information through PCC's website,, including how to qualify for representation by the public defender's office, an explanation of what services the legal aid office provides, and access to legal forms for common proceedings such as divorces and small-claims court.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") held its Annual Meeting on June 18, following the Robert B. Lee Memorial Golf Tournament. Officers elected for the ACBA's 1999-2000 administrative year included: Robert Truhlar, president; Judge Robert Russell II, president-elect; R. Lynne Slack, treasurer; and Matthew DePetro, secretary. ACBA representatives to the CBA Board of Governors will be: Arthur Underwood, Robert Truhlar, Judge Robert Russell, Judge Christopher Cross, and Michael Miller.

At the Annual Meeting, the ACBA also presented the following awards: Tommy D. Drinkwine Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year to Tamra Palmer; Raymond C. Frenchmore Juvenile Law Award to Magistrate Juanita Rice; and Charles B. Dillion Award of Merit to Linda Suttle.

Dave Ferguson passes the DBA gavel to Hubert Farbes
The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") held its Annual Membership Meeting & Party on June 16 at the Colorado History Museum. Outgoing President Dave Ferguson passed the giant gavel to incoming President Hubert Farbes, Jr., and many awards were presented, including: Award of Merit, Judge Leonard Plank; Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, Christopher Hardaway; Young Lawyer of the Year, Carolynne White; Legal Assistant of the Year, Mary Wulfers Trainor; Liberty Bell Award, Mandy Yick; Peace Officer of the Year, Captain Marco Vasquez; Teacher of the Year/Lifetime Achievement, Deanna Morrison; David Brofman Award, Fred Brown; and CBA Professionalism Award, Joseph Jaudon.

The DBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") recently sponsored a graduation ceremony, called the Celebration of Excellence, for Colorado foster children who graduated from high school or trade school or who received their GEDs in 1998-99. This first annual celebration was held on June 17 at the Tivoli Student Center in Denver and was followed by an ice cream social. All 140 of the graduates (twenty-four of whom were in attendance) received diplomas designed by former DBA President John Castellano and signed by Governor Bill Owens, Colorado Department of Human Services Director Marva Livingston Hammons, and DBA YLD Chair Laura Embleton. The graduates each also received $50 WalMart gift certificates and three free credit hours donated by most of the community colleges around Colorado. Other entities that contributed to this event were the DBA; Colorado Department of Human Services Alive/e Program; The Whole Family, a 501(c)(3) child placement agency; New Horizons Computer Learning Center; and local law firms, attorneys, and other businesses.

Attention, El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") members: don't forget the Tenth Annual Night at the Ballpark, on Saturday, August 14, at Sky Sox Stadium. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., with the Sox taking on the Salt Lake City Buzz at 7:05. For more information, call the EPCBA office at (719) 743-9700.

EPCBA members also are invited to participate in the First Annual Teen Court Charity Golf Tournament, to be held August 16 at Colorado Springs Country Club. The tournament, which will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., will be followed by cocktails and dinner. All proceeds after the tournament will go to Colorado Springs Teen Court, Inc. For more information, call Ruth Lohrig-Kline at (719) 594-5745.


The Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") is in the process of planning its annual "Getting Benched" seminar. CWBA members who are interested in the judicial selection process should mark their calendars for October 22, from approximately 12:30-5 p.m. Watch for more details in the September issue, or call the CWBA in Denver at (303) 831-1040.

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