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October 1998       Vol. 27, No. 10       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


New CBA Award: For the past several years, retired Colorado Springs attorney W. A. Masters has contributed more than 1,000 hours of pro bono work each year to the Pikes Peak/ Arkansas River Legal Aid Guardianship Program. In his honor, the CBA is proud to announce the creation of the W. A. Masters Award. Attorneys whose names will be engraved on the award plaque this year are: W. A. Masters; Robert Glenn White, Durango; and Theodore T. Davis, Pueblo. The award and recipients were announced at the CBA Annual Convention in September.

Career Options Day: The CBA, along with Continuing Legal Education in Colorado ("CLECI") and CU School of Law, will sponsor the First Annual Legal Career Options Day on November 19 at the law school campus in Boulder. More than fifty attorney participants from the private, corporate, public interest, government, and alternative fields will be available to meet with CU law students in a table talk format. A reception will follow. Alumni are welcome to attend. For more information, call CU Director of Career Services Tony Bastone at (303) 492- 5911.

CBA/Press Association Travels: The CBA Communications Department and the Colorado Press Association have been joining forces to travel around Colorado for half-day discussions between law enforcement personnel, lawyers, judges, journalists, and students about how to improve the coverage of legal issues. The CBA also puts on a presentation about using the Internet to find legal resources. The programs have been held in Sterling, Pueblo, Steamboat Springs, Burlington, Grand Junction, Denver, and (on October 2) Durango. For details, call CBA Communications Director Diane Hartman at (303) 824-5312. tcl-1999october-bn1
Kit Carson County Judge J. Curt Penny, Jr. (right) and John Hudler of The Burlington Record at a CBA/ Press Association discussion in Burlington

Party/Fundraiser for CBA Administrative Assistant: The new date for the party/fundraiser for CBA Administrative Assistant Julie Webb is October 22. By then, Julie will be back at work after a triumphant recovery from bone cancer, so the event will also serve to welcome her back. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served in the lobby of the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor, in Denver. Check out the CBA web site at for items that will be included in the silent auction that night. Cash donations also will be accepted. All money raised will go toward Julie's medical bills. For more information, call Melissa McClerkin in Denver at (303) 824-5342.


Elsa Martinez-Tenreiro and Joseph Bodine, co-chairs of the CBA Law Education Committee, recently announced that the 1999 Colorado Mock Trial Competition case materials will be available on Friday, October 30. The materials may be ordered from Dave Ells at the CBA in Denver, (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736. High school teams will begin forming immediately and may be in need of an attorney/coach. If you are interested in coaching a team, contact Dave Ells. Regional tournaments will take place in February, with the state championship scheduled for March 5-6.


The First Judicial District Bar Association recently formed a separate nonprofit corporation called the First Judicial District Bar Association Legal Assistance Program ("LAP") to provide help for seniors living in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. LAP participants will answer questions about legal matters or refer the seniors to other entities, such as Legal Aid or the First J.D. Bar Association Lawyer Referral Plan, for assistance. For more information about qualifications for LAP participants, call Executive Director Clifford Stone, Jr., at (303) 216-0851.

The First J.D. also is continuing its participation in the "Adopt-A-Street" cleanup program near the Jefferson County Courthouse. The next date is Saturday, October 17 at 9 a.m.; volunteers should meet in the upper, eastern parking lot. The required safety vests will be provided, but volunteers should bring their own gloves. Call Eric Torgersen at (303) 233-7838 for details.

During the week of October 13-16, courts and members of the El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") will be participating in ADR Settlement Week for both civil and domestic cases. EPCBA members are urged to review their caseloads and take advantage of this opportunity. Additional information is available by calling Chair Tom Nelson at (719) 471-0200.

DBA summer intern and scholarship recipient Dina Perez
Three Denver Bar Association ("DBA") summer interns were awarded college scholarships and were recognized at graduation ceremonies for the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation Youth At Work program: Dina Perez (Denver Bar Association); Jennifer Rhyans (Holme Roberts & Owen); and Serena Vigil (Dorsey & Whitney). In addition to grade point average and financial need, the scholarships recognize students who have excelled because of the Youth At Work (and DBA Summer Intern) experience.

The DBA Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and the Membership Services Committee, will sponsor a DBA Bar Mart November 18. Come learn about all the exciting things the DBA committees do and how you can get involved. For more information, call the DBA Membership Services Department at (303) 860-1115.

Bring your lunch and join the DBA YLD for two brown bag lunches this fall: Disability Rights Law on October 28, and Elder Law on November 17. DBA YLD brown bags are held at noon in the CLECI offices, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, Denver. CLE credits are applied for. For more information, call Meredith Frinsko at (303) 824-5327.


The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA"), in conjunction with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy ("NITA"), will sponsor a condensed version of NITA's highly acclaimed seminar, "Trial Advocacy," on October 23-24 at the Denver County Courthouse. The registration fee is $200, and 15 CLE credits are pending. For more information, call CHBA NITA Chair Elizabeth Silva in Denver at (303) 292-1200.

Bilingual CHBA members also are encouraged to volunteer for twice-yearly Spanish-language Law Line 9 sessions, where callers phone in and receive free legal advice off the air. The Spanish language program is always one of the busiest at Law Line 9, and volunteers are very much appreciated. Call Dave Ells at the CBA, (303) 824-5323, for details.

The Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") will present its third annual membership reception at 5:30 p.m. on October 20 at the offices of Sherman & Howard in Denver. The discussion topic will be "How Did I End Up Here?--Career Paths and Career Advice from Those in Interesting Places." Panelists will include The Hon. JoAnn Vogt, Colorado Court of Appeals; Dean Nell Newton, DU College of Law; and Executive Director Marla Williams of the Colorado Women's Foundation. Jennifer Robinson of Parcel Mauro Hultin & Spaanstra will moderate. The cost is $10, with food and drinks provided. Two CLE credits are anticipated. The event is sponsored by US Bank. Additional information is available by calling Jennifer Leftwich at the CWBA in Denver, (303) 831-1040.


Friends, family, judges, and attorneys gathered in Arapahoe County on August 24 for the swearing-in of and a reception for new District Court Judge Robert Russell. Judge Russell, who had been serving on the Arapahoe County Court bench, is the first African-American to serve on the Arapahoe District Court bench. tcl-1998october-bn3
New Arapahoe District Court Judge Robert Russell (center), congratulated by Joyce Patterson and Denver County Court Judge Robert Patterson

Former Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals Alan Sternberg was presented with the William Lee Knous Award by the University of Colorado School of Law on September 26. The Knous Award, the Law School's highest honor, is given each year to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding achievement and service. Judge Sternberg was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1974 and was promoted to Chief Judge in 1990. He retired from the court earlier this year.

New Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice with Denver District Court Judge Jeff Bayless
The newest Colorado Supreme Court Justice, Nancy Rice, was sworn in on August 31. The swearing-in was followed by a reception at the Colorado Historical Society. Justice Rice was "robed" by daughter Betsy before being escorted to the bench by Justice Michael Bender.

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