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March 1999       Vol. 28, No. 3       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


Colorado Bar Foundation President Dennis Maes (right) and Jerry McDermott at the Bar Foundation Dinner

The Colorado Bar Foundation Dinner was held in downtown Denver on January 8, with Foundation President Dennis Maes presiding. The annual dinner includes the induction of new bar Fellows, recognition of Fellows who have fulfilled their financial commitment, and a great time of socializing for all attendees.

Mark your calendars! The 1999 CBA Convention will be held September 24-26 in Vail.

More Bar Foundation Dinner attendees: Miles Cortez (left), Judy Holmes, and Roger Thomasch








The Business Law Section Bankruptcy Subcommittee will provide audiotapes on request from the March 15 Judge’s Informal Seminar, presented by Chief Judge Charles Matheson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The seminar will be held Monday, March 15, at 5:15 p.m. in Room 125 of the Bankruptcy Court in downtown Denver. One hour of CLE credit is available. For seminar information, call Cathy Spangler at (303) 844-2294; for a tape of the seminar, call Curt Todd in Denver at (303) 292-1200.

The Business Law Section also has a new subsection on small business entities. For information or to join, call Linda Lodenkamper in Denver at (303) 642-3078.

The CBA/DBA Joint Law Practice Management Committee will hold a Breakfast Roundtable at 7:30 a.m. on March 23 at Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, Denver. The discussion will cover alternative billing methods (flat fee, task-based, blended rates, capped rates) and the do’s and don’ts of implementing them in a law practice. The program is FREE to all CBA/DBA members; nonmembers pay $10 at the door. Seating is limited, so call Reba Nance at the CBA, (303) 824-5320 or (800) 332-6736, to reserve your place. CLE credit is anticipated.

Have new Rules 16 and 26 affected you and your clients? The CBA Litigation Section, in conjunction with a national marketing research company, has developed a survey on C.R.C.P. 16 and 26 and is looking for responses to determine the impact of these Rules on the legal field. If you are randomly selected to receive one of the surveys, please respond! Your opinions will help develop a better understanding of the effectiveness of these rules—and potential changes.

The Committee on Legal Education and Admissions will sponsor a one-day forum on law school curricula in Colorado for lawyers, faculty, and students on May 21. The forum, "Law School and Lawyers—A New Partnership," will be held at CU Law School in Boulder from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The $10 fee includes lunch, a luncheon speaker, and CLE credit (including ethics credit). For more information, contact Julie Schofield at the CBA, (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.

The Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section met on January 29 to hear attorney Bill Raman of Austin, Texas. Raman represented Tour 18 in a case where Pebble Beach Company challenged Tour 18’s creation and operation of two golf courses made up exclusively of golf holes copied from well-known golf courses, including golf holes from the Pebble Beach golf course.

The Family Law Section met on February 19 for a luncheon program entitled "The Violent Divorce." Speakers included Miles Cortez, Bill Ritter, and Diane Carlton.


On March 18, the Aurora Bar Association will present an evening program with Arapahoe County District Attorney Jim Peters, who will discuss jury reform and his work on the federal criminal trial of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. The program will be held at Heather Ridge Country Club. Call Joe Kuttler before March 12 at (303) 755-5555 to R.S.V.P. The cost is $20 per person, including dinner.

Aurora Bar members also are reminded that the May 20 evening meeting will include the annual election of Aurora Bar Association officers and a legislative update.

The Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") is asking members who are listed in the bar’s ADR Directory to fax any listing changes to (303) 402-6958. The Directory will be updated in March, and changes are due by March 15. Those with new listings should send $25 with their information.

The BCBA also invites members to the eighth annual Longmont Lawyers Luncheon, to be held March 18 at Fox Hill Country Club. The noon event will feature Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin as speaker. For more information, call the BCBA at (303) 440-4758.

Delta County Bar Association members gathered in January at a luncheon meeting to hear Grand Junction attorney Catherine Burkey discuss ethics.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") will hold its eleventh annual Barristers Benefit Ball on May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. This year’s theme is "Paint the Town Red." Proceeds each year benefit the Metro Volunteer Lawyers program. Call Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736 for more information.

The DBA Summer Intern Committee is recruiting law firms for the 1999 program. To provide an internship for a high school student, contact Mandy Yick at (303) 296-9878 or Dave Ells at (303) 824-5323.

El Paso County Bar Association held its Family Law Seminar on February 19 in the El Paso County Judicial Building. Seminar topics included a case law review, valuation methodology, selection of an expert, analysis of valuation reports and strategies for cross-examination, options with respect to divorce settlements, tax consequences, and ethical dilemmas.

The First Judicial District Bar Association has adopted Jefferson County Parkway between Sixth Avenue and the courthouse. About once a month, First J.D. members meet in the morning to spend one hour picking up trash along the roadway. Volunteers are needed for these upcoming dates: March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, and August 21. Call Eric Torgerson at (303) 233-7838 to participate.


Jason Romero, CHBA’s 1998 Outstanding Young Hispanic Lawyer

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") held a CLE luncheon on February 19, entitled "Mental Health Issues in the Courtroom." The program was presented by Sharlene Reynolds and Kathleen Lord.

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association will hold its annual seminar on August 12-14 in Vail. For more information, contact Dan McCune at (303) 825-2700.

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") held its Annual Banquet and presentation of 1999 Officers and Board of Directors on January 30 at the Denver Marriott City Center. The keynote speaker was Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, who also received the CHBA’s 1998 Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award. Other award recipients were: Jason Romero, Outstanding Young Hispanic Lawyer; Servicios de la Raza, Community Service Award; and Holland & Hart, LLP, Corporate Citizen Award.

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") will present a one-day training program entitled "Landlord/Tenant Law Pro Bono" on March 25 at DU College of Law. The program will provide an overview of Colorado’s eviction statute and private evictions, including mobile home evictions. It also will cover applicable defenses and counterclaims, subsidized housing evictions, fair housing issues, and the availability of attorney fees in eviction cases. The cost is $30 for CWBA members and $40 for non-members. Along with earning 7 CLE credits, participants will gain courtroom experience and help needy clients. Call Jennifer Leftwich at (303) 831-1040 in Denver for more information.

The CWBA will hold its 22nd Annual Convention on May 14-16 in Vail. For more information, contact Julia Thompson at (303) 837-9000 or Denise Maes at (303) 292-2400, both in Denver.

The Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association ("PELA") held its annual meeting in December, re-electing Stefan Kazmierski and Diane King as co-presidents, Joan Bechtold as vice-president, and Margaret Funk as secretary/treasurer. PELA’s luncheon meetings are held at noon on the fourth Friday of each month at the Denver Central Public Library. Upcoming meeting dates include March 26, April 23, and May 28. For more information, call Stefan Kazmierski in Denver at (303) 839-1771.

Friends Celebrate Edward Day’s Birthday

CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner presents a plaque to former Justice Edward Day

Howard Beck and Dick Turelli organized a ninetieth birthday celebration for former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Edward Day in January. Many of his friends attended the party, which was held at the Fresh Fish Company in Denver. The CBA pitched in, too, providing a plaque of appreciation that was presented to Day by Chuck Turner.


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