Not a CBA Member? Join Now!
Find A Lawyer Directory
Legal Directory

TCL > November 1998 Issue > Bar News

November 1998       Vol. 27, No. 11       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Darlene M. Emery

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


CBA President-elect Bart Mendenhall (left) and
Lend-A-Lawyer Board member Chris Brauchli
(right) with Montrose Lend-A-Lawyer Tom Nelson
and his wife, Sandy
Convention: The 100th Annual CBA Convention, held in September at Keystone Resort, was a big success! At the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, September 12, a special Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Tom and Sandy Nelson of Montrose by the Board of Directors of the CBA's Lend-A-Lawyer, Inc. program for the Nelsons' ongoing efforts to provide legal services to the indigent community in Montrose. Tom is the Lend-A-Lawyer in Montrose (currently funded by the Denver firm of Holland & Hart), and wife Sandy volunteers her time to assist in any way she can.

Other photo highlights from the convention appear in this issue, beginning on page 31.

Nominations: On page 40 in this issue, you will find the CBA Nominating Committee members and information on the nominating process. CBA members are encouraged to submit nominations; the deadline is December 10. For more information, call Dana Vocate at the CBA offices.

CBA Member Benefit: The free LEXIS training classes, which have been held in the CBA/LEXIS Technology Center, are changing. Instead of focusing on beginning and intermediate LEXIS, the classes will now be platform-specific.

For example, the 9-10 a.m. class will now focus on using LEXIS-NEXIS via the Internet. The cost is the same, and you can access LEXIS using your browser (Internet Explorer 3.0 and higher, or Netscape 3.0 and higher). If you are already familiar with browsers, you might consider this class. The 10:30-11:30 a.m. class will feature Version 7.1 of the LEXIS-NEXIS Research Software. This class will teach you to access LEXIS in the traditional manner. It features scrolling, easy-to-use search boxes, and drop-down search menus. You will learn about tagging documents to be printed later, dual column printing, keeping track of your research, and returning to previous searches.

Call Reba Nance at (303) 824-5320 to sign up, and be sure to mention whether you want the Internet Version class or the 7.1 Version class. The next class is scheduled for November 12, 1998, at the CBA office.


Honorees at the Trust and Estate
Section's Annual Dinner included
out-going column editors
Dennis Whitmer (left)
and Kent Olsen
The Trust and Estate Section members who were attending the CBA convention in Keystone took time out on September 11 to attend the Section's Annual Dinner in Silverthorne. It was a time of camaraderie, great food, and presentations to the Section's out-going officers and committee chairs.


In the Seventh Judicial District, the Montrose Courts finally moved to the new Montrose County Justice Center in late October after numerous delays. The Montrose County Commissioners then donated space in the old courthouse to the Montrose Lend-A-Lawyer, Tom Nelson.

September and October were busy and rewarding months for the Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA"). September was set aside as Community Service Month, with fifteen BCBA members helping to build homes in north Boulder for Habitat for Humanity. Members also spent a week helping with Community Food Share, gardening, gleaning, and warehousing food for the poor. A recordbreaking 4,000 pounds of corn were picked by BCBA members on a Monday morning at 6 a.m. in the rain!

On October 22, the BCBA held its annual "Dinner with the Judges," a night of networking and award presentations. The CBA Professionalism Award was presented to Judge Dan Hale, while the Ron Porter Community Service Award was given to attorney Rick Samson of Longmont. A special, one-time "Beyond the Gavel Award" went to Magistrate T. J. Cole for his tremendous efforts in the community.

The El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") recently elected officers for the 1998-99 year. They are: Jack Donley, president; Donald Campbell, president-elect; Timothy Schutz, secretary; and Martin Plassmeyer, treasurer. Newly elected trustees are Edward Colt and Susan Grant. The newest EPCBA representative to the CBA Board of Governors is Norman Palermo.

The EPCBA New Lawyers Section will hold its second annual Wine Tasting Event on November 20 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Details are available by calling John Cyboron at (719) 635-1800.

In the First Judicial District Bar Association, Gilpin County Court Judge Frederic Rodgers was recently elected to chair the National Judicial College's Faculty Council for 1999. The Faculty Council is dedicated to promoting excellence in teaching among its volunteer faculty and advising the College on curriculum.

Six women attorneys and one male attorney participated in a 5k walk on behalf of the Pueblo Women's Bar on September 12 in Mineral Palace Park. The walkers took pledges to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.


Denver attorney Mandy Yick at
the Diversity Reception
The CBA, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and Colorado Pledge to Diversity Law Firm Group, along with Coors Brewing Company, Norwest Banks, and U S West, sponsored a reception on September 9 to honor "A Commitment to Workplace Diversity." The reception was held at the Denver office of Gorsuch Kirgis, LLP. Approximately 200 attorneys, judges, and law students attended. The purpose of the reception was to allow law firms who have committed to diversity to introduce themselves to minority students at Colorado's law schools, and to provide the students a chance to network with attorneys and judges in all areas of the law. The ultimate goal was to encourage the major law firms in Colorado to increase their minority representation.

The Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA"), like many other legal entities, sponsored a booth at the CBA Convention's Bar Mart, where they talked with women attorneys about the benefits of CWBA membership.

CWBA Executive Director Jennifer Leftwich (left) and Board member
Polly Brock discuss the CWBA at the CBA Convention Bar Mart
The CWBA will present a CLE program entitled "Demystifying the Legislative Process: How to Exercise Your (or Your Client's) Right to Petition and Affect Policy" on December 4 in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the State Capitol Building in Denver. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with mid-morning refreshments provided. It is anticipated that the program will offer 2 general and 2 ethics CLE credits. For more information, call Jennifer Leftwich in Denver at (303) 831-1040.

Denver attorney Marc Kaplan is the new president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association ("CTLA"). Joining him are the following officers, who also were elected at the CTLA's Annual Meeting in Steamboat Springs: Harold "Sonny" Flowers, Jr., president-elect; Robert Schuetze, vice-president; James Christoph, secretary; and Ross Buchanan, treasurer.

The Board of Directors of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") is soliciting comments from members about two annual CCDB events: the Jonathon Olom Award Dinner and the Summer Conference. See the questionnaire in the Summer 1998 issue of the CCDB Rap Sheet, or call Executive Director Mary Halloran in Denver at (303) 758-2454.

The CCDB Speakers' Bureau was active during the summer and fall, and is now seeking speakers to help fill dates because requests are still coming in. Popular topics include sentencing, parole, search and seizure, Bill of Rights, free press, and fair trial. For more information, call David Lane in Denver at (303) 534-6400.

© 1998 The Colorado Lawyer and Colorado Bar Association. All Rights Reserved. Material from The Colorado Lawyer provided via this World Wide Web server is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and may not be reproduced in any way or medium without permission. This material also is subject to the disclaimers at