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May 1999       Vol. 28, No. 5       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Jennifer Williams

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 Communications Department at 303-861-5274, or e-mail to


The CBA and the Mile High Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will cosponsor a Partner-Administrator Dinner on June 15 at Top of the Rockies in Denver. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $80 per partner/administrator team. Speaker Ward Bower of Altman Weil, Inc. will discuss major trends, prognoses, and strategic implications for the legal profession. Call the CBA at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736 for reservations. The next day, Bower will present a half-day seminar entitled "Financial Management and Partner Compensation," sponsored by Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education. The seminar, which will begin at 9 a.m., will be held at the CBA CLE office, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, Denver. The cost is $129 for CBA members, and $149 for nonmembers. CLE credits are anticipated. For seminar information and reservations, call CBA CLE at (303) 860-0608.

Four lawyers from Colorado were recently honored as new Life Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. They are: The Hon. Donald Cordova of Denver, Gregory Hoskin of Grand Junction, Cathy Krendl of Denver, and The Hon. Mary Mullarkey of Denver. The Fellows is an honorary organization of practicing attorneys, judges, and law teachers whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

The CBA Communications Department partnered with the Colorado Press Association last year to present programs in Sterling, Grand Junction, Burlington, Durango, Steamboat Springs, Pueblo, and Denver. Law enforcement personnel and judges met with reporters and editors, with the goal of increasing understanding and encouraging more accurate press coverage. This year, the department would like to have more local bar associations involved. Meetings are already planned for Durango, Denver, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Alamosa, and Grand Junction. For more information, call Diane Hartman at the CBA.


At its annual luncheon on May 25, the Young Lawyers Division will present a program entitled "Ethics Horror Stories from the Bench." This is a unique opportunity to hear jurists talk about common, and not so common, ethical mistakes made by lawyers. The panel will include Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, Judge Frank Plaut, and Supreme Court Regulation Counsel John Gleason. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Denver Athletic Club. The $25 fee includes lunch. CLE credits are anticipated. For reservations, call Meredith Frinsko at the CBA.


The Aurora Bar Association's Annual Legislative Update by CBA legislative liaison Michael Valdez will be held Thursday evening, May 20, at the Heather Ridge Country Club. The annual election of officers and dinner also will be held at that event. Call (303) 755-5555 for reservations or more details.

The Aurora Bar's Great Annual Golf Trek will return August 18 at Meadow Hills Golf Course. For more details or to reserve a spot, call Judge Steven Fisher at (303) 739-6535.

Joe Dischinger has chaired the Denver Bar Association Court Child Care Center Task Force Committee for seven years. On March 29 of this year, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb declared it "Joe Dischinger Day" in Denver. This free, drop-in center is for children of jurors, litigants, and witnesses and is located across the street from the courthouse. After an anonymous donation of $75,000, $280,000 was raised within the legal community and private charities for renovation of the building, and the city matched these funds. Bricks, with the donors' names engraved, are still being sold for the walkway in front of the center. For more information, contact Randy Livingston at (303) 837-1660.

The DBA Senior's Spring Banquet will be held on May 12 to recognize Fifty-Year Honorees of the Denver Bar Association. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. at the University Club in Denver. The cost is $32 per person. For more information, contact Jen Williams at (303) 824-5347.

On March 31, the DBA, KUSA-TV Channel 9, and 9 Wants to Know celebrated the sixth anniversary of LawLine 9. During the past six years, more than 200 Denver attorney volunteers have answered in excess of 42,000 legal questions called in by viewers. To get involved, call Dave Ells at the DBA, (303) 860-1115.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") will hold a Bench/Bar Brown Bag luncheon at noon on Friday, May 7, in Division 9 (Judge Cheryl Post's Division) at the Arapahoe County Justice Center. The discussion will focus on juvenile delinquency. These programs are free, and no registration is necessary.

The ACBA Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament will be held at the Wellshire Golf Course and Inn in Denver on June 18. Golf is a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m., with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The golf fee of $80 includes dinner. Golf alone is $60. Dinner only is $25. Space is limited, so sign up early. For more information, call Steve McBride at (303) 740-7422.

The Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") will hold its annual meeting and dinner on May 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Angel Pines Country Club with speaker David Skaggs. Further details are available by calling the BCBA office at (303) 440-4758.

The First Judicial District Bar Association will hold its monthly luncheon at noon on May 11. The topic is entitled "Use of Expert Witnesses." For more information, call Maureen O'Brien at (303) 238-0648.

On May 8, the First J.D. will sponsor a trip to an afternoon Rockies game and then will hold its annual awards banquet at Bella Ristorante. Cocktails will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, call The Hon. Tina Olsen at (303) 271-6230.

The Weld County Bar Association will hold its annual dinner meeting on May 14 at the Greeley Country Club. For reservations, call Kathleen at (970) 330-6700.


This winter, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA"), and Denver Bar Association worked together to produce a Pro Se Divorce video in English and Spanish. More than 300 sets of videos were distributed to state courts, Colorado libraries, legal aid and pro bono offices, domestic violence agencies, and service providers. Additional copies are available for sale from the CWBA for $20/copy or $30/set. Call Jennifer Leftwich in Denver at (303) 831-1040.

The CWBA honored Colorado's women legislators on March 4 at the Denver Marriott City Center. The annual dinner is held in partnership with The Alliance of Professional Women and gives the legislators a chance to report on their work in the most recent legislative session.

The CWBA's 22nd Annual Convention will be held May 14-16 at the Marriott Mountain Resort in Vail. Contact Julia Thompson at (303) 837-9000 or Denise Maes at (303) 292-2400 for more information.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") will hold its annual Jonathan Olom Award dinner on May 7 at the Stanley British Primary School (formerly the Lowery Air Force Base Officer's Club). Tickets are $50 per person. For information, call the CCDB in Denver at (303) 758-2454.

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