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January 1999       Vol. 28, No. 1       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


Everyone is invited to the Western States Bar Conference, to be held February 17-20 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California. Programs include: Technology and the Practice of Law; Technology and the State Bar; Strategic Planning for State Bars; The California Bar Experience; and What’s Happening at the ABA that State Bars Need to Know. A dinner cruise, a night at the zoo, and a golf tournament also are planned. Call Dana Vocate at the CBA office for reservation information, or visit the CBA website at <>.

The CBA cosponsored the first Legal Careers Option Day with Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI") on November 10 at CU Law School in Boulder. Approximately fifty attorneys and 300 CU law students and alumni attended to tell the students about various ways they can use their law degrees—private, academic, public interest, government, corporate, and alternative legal careers. The event was planned as an informal champagne and candlelight reception, where attendees could socialize and exchange business information. Attorneys Juliana Brown and Gwyn Ayers provided violin and piano music for the event.

The 1998-99 Legal and Financial Directory is now available. The directory includes information on attorneys, courts, and other legal entities and vendors in Colorado. To order a copy, call The Daily Journal in Denver at (303) 584-6722.


The Court Reform Committee is now online at <>. The site includes a list of resources compiled by the Committee to consider problems of cost and delay in pre-trial or post-judgment phases of civil litigation.

The Law Office Technology Committee has initiated a list server that will focus on technology issues in law offices. CBA members are invited to join the list server, where they can ask other bar members their law technology questions: <>.

CBA Construction Law Committee members tour the Ocean Journey site

The Construction Law Section toured Denver’s Ocean Journey aquarium site on November 10. The participants got a full tour of the facility, including the tunnel-way under the tank, and learned about the materials that are used in building an extremely wet structure.


This year’s annual spring CLE trip of the Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") will take members to Washington, D.C. Registration for the March 28-30 event is $75, which includes a welcome reception, CLE program and materials, and two continental breakfast buffets. The registration deadline is February 25. Call Mike Norton at (303) 797-5552 or the ACBA office at (303) 797-2227 in Littleton for more information.

Members of the Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") can contact the BCBA office for a photo ID card that allows access into the Justice Center "frisk-free" (no standing in line, no searches, no X-rays). The IDs are available for $25, with an annual renewal fee of $10. For more information, call the BCBA office at (303) 440-4758.

Denver District Court Judge Federico Alvarez enjoys the DBA YLD Bar Mart

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Young Lawyers Division hosted a great party on November 18: the first DBA Bar Mart, a night of networking, great jazz, and informational opportunities. Approximately 130 people attended to find out more about the DBA’s various committees and sections.

The DBA YLD also held a Court Orientation Program for new attorneys on November 13 at the Denver District Court. Judges and court staff gave the attorneys an overview of court procedures and, most important, provided them with a map of the courthouse.

John Cyboron chaired the El Paso County Wine tasting

The El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") New Lawyers Section sponsored its second annual wine tasting on November 20 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Approximately 110 attendees enjoyed fine wines and conversation, and raised more than $2,300 for the Legal Aid Foundation.

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Anthony Vollack helps dedicate the Palmieri Bench in Jeffco

The First Judicial District Bar Association ("First J.D.") and the CBA Judiciary Committee hosted a reception and dedication of the Palmieri Bench in the Jefferson County Courthouse on October 22. The bench is in memory of Jefferson County Court Judge Linda Palmieri, who died last year.

First J.D. member and Jefferson County District Court Judge William P. DeMoulin recently received the Award of Judicial Excellence, given annually to a Colorado district court judge by the Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA"), in recognition of long-standing judicial excellence and support of the jury system. Judge DeMoulin will retire from the bench on January 11, 1999, after ten years of distinguished service. Governor Romer chose Magistrate Jane Tidball to succeed Judge DeMoulin.

Michael McLachlan of the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association was appointed by Attorney General Ken Salazar as solicitor general.

Rebecca Koppes Conway, immediate past president of the CBA and a member of the Weld County Bar Association, was selected by Governor Bill Owens as one of seventeen Coloradans to oversee a review of each state department in preparation for the transition to his administration. Koppes Conway was appointed to co-chair the Judiciary Committee with Grand Junction attorney and former House Majority Leader Tim Foster. Denver attorney Trish Nagel will co-chair the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.


CWBA member Helen Morgan gives advice at LawLine 9

Members of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") teamed up with the DBA on October 21 to handle telephone calls to LawLine 9 from people seeking legal advice.

On December 19, members of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") helped out with Habitat for Humanity project to get houses built and inhabited by the new year. The CDLA also held a Board retreat in December to discuss how to set and accomplish goals for 1999. Judge Michael Watanabe (recently appointed as Federal Magistrate Judge) will share his experience and views on jury reform at the monthly CDLA meeting on January 20.


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