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December 1998       Vol. 27, No. 12       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


Under the leadership of Frances Koncilja, the CBA Nominating Committee is selecting candidates for the 1999-2000 CBA officer positions. Nominations are open for the following offices: president-elect; senior vice-president, Second District; vice-president, First District; vice-president, Third District; vice-president, Fourth District; and vice-president, Fifth District. All officers, once selected, also are members of the CBA Board of Governors and Executive Council. Please send nominations before December 10 to: Frances Koncilja, 800 Eighteenth Street, #300, Denver, CO 80202; or fax to (303) 675-0401.

The CBA held a reception on October 30 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for the new attorneys in Colorado. More than 500 law students passed the bar exam, and close to 400 were sworn in during the ceremony in Denver. The El Paso County Bar Association also sponsored a swearing-in ceremony on October 30 for fourteen new attorneys in that area.

Remember that homestudy audiotapes from the 1998 CBA Convention in Keystone are available from Summit AV, (800) 232-2785. Each tape includes written material and can be used to earn CLE credit.

The CBA Board of Governors will meet on January 9 in Denver to discuss policy issues. Anyone wishing to submit an item for the agenda should do so by December 4 by contacting Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5318 in Denver.


The Real Estate Section sponsored a Habitat for Humanity project on Oct. 10. Hammers in hand, these spirited volunteers helped build a house for a family in west Denver. In addition, the Section recently made a $1,000 grant to the statewide Habitat for Humanity organization to help fund the construction of homes in partnership with qualified low income families.

Real Estate Section members (from left) Craig Poll, Carolyn Fairless, Barbara Kelly, Judy McNerny at Habitat for Humanity


F. Michael Ludwig (left) and Bill Ris at the DBA Seniors Roast

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Young Lawyers Division will hold its Fifth Annual Wine Tasting to benefit the Legal Aid Foundation on December 2 at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. In the spirit of the holidays, the DBA Community Concerns Committee is sponsoring a winter coat drive with KCNC Channel 4 to provide coats for those in need.

The DBA Seniors roasted Bill Ris in October at the University Club. The DBA Seniors welcome senior attorneys ("those privileged to be sixty-five years of age and older") from throughout Colorado. For more information, call Diane Hartman in Denver at (303) 824-5312.

The El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") held its annual meeting on September 14 at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. Colorado Bar Association President Ben Aisenberg was on hand to speak to the group and to present the CBA Professionalism Award to EPCBA member David C. Mize.

The First Judicial District Bar Association ("First J.D.") opened a self-help center in the Jefferson County Court and Administration Facility. The center provides procedural assistance to people appearing in court without an attorney.

EPCBA member and CBA Professionalism Award winner David C. Mize

The First J.D. also will present a morning-long CLE Ethics Seminar for 4 CLE ethics credits on Saturday, December 5. Judge Kim Goldberger is the speaker for the program, which will be held in the Training Room of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. The cost is $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Call (303) 279-5568 for a reservation.

Judge Dan Hale received the CBA Professionalism Award at the Boulder County Bar Association’s Annual Dinner with the Judges on October 22.

The Pueblo County Bar Association ("PCBA") was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Colorado Lawyers Trust Account Foundation ("COLTAF") to fund a voluntary pro bono program for Pueblo County. The grant will help the PCBA with setting up a part-time office, start-up expenses, a referral list, and funding a study of other successful pro bono programs in the state.

Judge Dan Hale receives the CBA Professionalism Award in Boulder County

The CBA and the Colorado Press Association presented a series of panels to the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association in Durango. Participants included members of the local press, law enforcement personnel, judges, and the district attorney’s office.

tcl-1999dec-bn6An artist participates in Mesa County’s Harvest of the Arts

The place to be in Grand Junction on October 23 and 24 was the Second Annual Harvest of the Arts benefitting the Mesa County Bar Association Pro Bono Project. Fifty-two artists contributed to the gala event by pledging commissions on their sales to the project or by donating items to be sold. Local attorneys showed their support by attending on Friday night after the Mesa County Bar President’s Reception.

As mentioned in the "Bar News" section of the November issue of The Colorado Lawyer, Seventh Judicial District Bar Association members were happy to see the new Montrose County Justice Center open on October 16. The Center has four courtrooms and two jury rooms, as well as facilities not available in the old courthouse, such as attorney-client rooms, waiting areas, public telephones, and a vending area.

An underground tunnel connects the main complex to the Sheriff’s Department to transport prisoners from the jail. A secure elevator takes prisoners from floor to floor, and there are holding cells adjacent to the courtrooms. A grand opening was held December 4. tcl-1999dec-bn5
New Montrose County Justice Center


The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") will present an afternoon CLE program entitled "A Bag Full of Ethics" on December 9 at US Bank in downtown Denver. Four CLE ethics credits have been applied for. The cost is $65 for CWBA members, and $85 for non-members. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. Topics include "The Ethical Rainmaker," with Christine Law; "Who’s Who and What’s What—Nontraditional Employment Definitions," with David Little; "Professional Liability Insurance for Nontraditional Practice Arrangements," with Christopher M. Buckman; and "You are not Your Brother’s Keeper—The Ethics of Office Sharing," with Philip Cherner. For more information, contact Jennifer Leftwich in Denver at (303) 831-1040.

The CWBA is adopting two families from the Denver Rescue Mission for the holiday season. The Mission has provided a "wish list," and the CWBA will purchase presents, wrap them, and deliver them before Christmas. If you are interested in helping, call (303) 831-1040.

Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") member Judge Larry Manzanares, formerly of the Denver County Court, was recently appointed to the bench of the Denver District Court. The CHBA is already gearing up for the year 2001, when the Hispanic National Bar Association’s ("HNBA") Annual Convention will be held in Denver.

The Sam Cary Bar Association’s Holiday Party will be an "Enchanted Evening" on December 5 at the Casino Cabaret in Denver. The cost is $50 per couple and $30 per individual. For more information call Terri Jackson at (303) 713-4929 in Denver.

Mandy F. Yick, a member of the Asian American Bar Association, is the recipient of the Boulder County Community Action Program’s 1998 Multicultural Award in the Business category. She was recognized for her pro bono work in immigration and nationality law matters in the county. In addition, the Colorado Community Services Directors Association selected Yick as its Volunteer of the Year.


The American Bar Association has arranged the donation of two computers to San Luis Valley Christian Community Services in Alamosa. The ABA also donated eighteen computers to The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People in Denver.

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