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February 1999       Vol. 28, No. 2       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


Mark your calendars! The 1999 CBA Convention will be held September 24-26 in Vail. The annual convention is a great opportunity to earn a bunch of CLE credits, compete in sporting events, hear nationally known speakers, socialize, and network with other attorneys from across the state. For more information, call Dana Vocate at the CBA office.


The Real Estate Section awarded $500 and a plaque in December to attorneys James M. Mulligan and J. Chris Kinsman, authors of an article entitled "RESPA Class Action Litigation Concerning Yield Spread Premiums." The article appeared in the Real Estate Law Newsletter of The Colorado Lawyer in September 1997 and was judged the best of the 1997-98 publishing year. The Section will make a similar award for the best article of the 1998-99 publishing year. Those interested in writing an article for publication should call the editor, Greg Notarianni, in Denver at (303) 458-7117.

The Family Law Section and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI") will cosponsor a program entitled "Family Law Pro Bono: Basic Skills" on February 12 in Denver. The program, presented every other year, will feature recognized experts in the area of Colorado family law and will cover all major areas of a dissolution of marriage action. Volunteers are needed to handle pro bono cases and, if you agree to handle a case, your tuition will be greatly reduced. Call CLECI in Denver at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531 to register or for more information.


The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") will sponsor a half-day afternoon CLE program on February 5 at 1:30 p.m. The ACBA also will host its annual Judges Dinner on Thursday, February 18 at the Denver Hilton South, 7801 E. Orchard Rd. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. For more information on either program, contact Libby McKeever at (303) 797-2227 in Littleton.

The ACBA and the CBA will host the fourteenth annual Colorado Mock Trial Competition state championship on March 5-6 at the Arapahoe County Justice Center. Volunteer attorneys are needed to serve on scoring panels for rounds of competition. To serve as a volunteer, call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227 or Dave Ells at the CBA, (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.

Reporters and lawyers gathered in December at the Denver Press Club during the Denver Bar Association-sponsored monthly bar/press luncheon. The discussion centered on the Matthew Shepard case. For more information on upcoming bar/press events or to schedule a luncheon in your area, call CBA Director of Communications Diane Hartman in Denver at (303) 824-5312.

The family and friends of Judge Eugene T. Halaas joined with members of the Pueblo County Bar Association
("PCBA") on January 8 at La Renaissance in Pueblo for a retirement reception honoring Judge Halaas and his service to the PCBA and the legal system. Approximately fifty people were on hand to see PCBA President Joe Ulibarri present a plaque to Judge Halaas, followed by a few words from Halaas’ good friend, Tuck Young. Three days later, on January 11,
PCBA members were invited to the swearing-in of and a reception for new Judge Victor Reyes.

In December, Heart of the Rockies Bar Association members donated and delivered a large amount of food to the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse ("AADA"), which is headquartered in the Salida/Buena Vista area. The AADA works with children who have witnessed domestic violence.

The Douglas/Elbert Bar Association ("DEBA") will hold its monthly meeting on February 10 at 6 p.m. at Castle Café in Castle Rock. The topic is "Errors to Avoid in Appeals: Mistakes You Could Possibly Make and How Not to Make Them." For more information, contact Lori Crystal at (303) 660-9056.

The DEBA celebrated the holidays on December 13 with a party that included horseback riding for the kids.

The El Paso County Bar Association held its monthly luncheon meeting on January 11, with El Paso County District Court Judge Thomas K. Kane discussing "Jury Reform in El Paso County."

The First Judicial District Bar Association invites all attorneys to a dinner honoring Judges William P. DeMoulin and Michael C. Villano and welcoming new Judges Jane A. Tidball and Richard B. Jackson. The event will be held February 26 at the Sheraton West Hotel in Lakewood. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations should be made by February 15 by calling Carol Conklin at (303) 279-5568.

The Four Corners Bar Association held its holiday party on December 17, 1998. The event included a discussion about what members would want in a pro bono program. On January 19, a custody evaluator spoke at the monthly meeting on interpreting custody evaluations and the new parenting statute.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs spoke to a well-attended meeting of the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association on December 5. Dave Dickinson, CBA Board of Governors Representative, was appointed to the district court, replacing The Hon. Timothy Patalan.


The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") and The Alliance for Professional Women will cosponsor the fourteenth annual Colorado Women Legislators’ Dinner on March 4. For more information, contact CWBA Executive Director Jennifer Leftwich in Denver at (303) 831-1040.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") will hold its monthly CLE luncheon on February 19 at noon. Sharlene Reynolds and Kathleen Lord will discuss "Mental Health Issues in the Courtroom." For locations and other information, call Mary Halloran in Denver at (303) 758-2454. CCDB members: Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: the Olom Award Dinner, May 7 at the former Lowry Officers Club; and the Annual Summer Meeting, July 11-13 in Vail.

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association’s February monthly luncheon meeting will be held February 17 at the Denver Athletic Club. Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Leonard Plank will speak on "Operations of the Court of Appeals and Jurisdictional Issues." For more information, call Christina Middendorf in Denver at (303) 696-6661.


Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI"), the educational arm of the CBA, is pleased to introduce The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law. This new publication, written and edited by more than forty of Colorado’s top employment lawyers, takes a balanced approach to the subject, providing information useful to counsel for both employers and employees. Practice pointers, proposed jury instructions with case cites, forms, checklists, and other resources for employment professionals also are included. For ordering information, call CLECI in Denver at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

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