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August 1998       Vol. 27, No. 8       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 Convention: By now, CBA members should have received the 1998 Convention brochure in the mail. However, if yours is missing, see pages 37-52 in this issue for the complete convention schedule and a registration form. Questions? Call Dana Vocate at the CBA office.


Gunnison lawyers in the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association have commenced a tradition of presenting a professionalism award in the name of County Judge Karl Ranous, who died in March 1997. The first Karl Ranous Professionalism Dinner was held in Gunnison on May 20, and the first recipient of the annual award was Chief Judge Robert A. Brown.

The Larimer County Bar Association Young Lawyers will sponsor a brown bag seminar on August 5, entitled "Accident Reconstruction: The Making of a Computer-Generated Video." Brown bags are held the first Wednesday of each month in the Larimer County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room. For additional information, contact Kim Schutt in Fort Collins at (970) 482-4011. Speakers and topic suggestions are needed for the end of 1998.

Judge Steven Patrick (left) presents Ranous Award to Chief Judge Robert A. Brown


New Weld County Bar Association President Jackie Johnson

May 7 was the date for the Weld County Bar Association ("WCBA") Annual Meeting, with special guest speaker Senator Hank Brown. New officers were elected, with Jackie Johnson taking the helm as WCBA president. The meeting also featured the presentation of 100-Hour Certificates to the following WCBA members for pro bono service: Katherine Allen, Robert Burroughs, William Condon, Jr., Rebecca Koppes Conway, William Crosier, Thomas David, John Dent, Dallas Greenfield, James Gustafson, Don Hoff, Pamela Shaddock, Gladys Sexton, Mark Rapp, Stan Peek, and Lynda Mihalik.

The El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") is soliciting members to join its Lawyer Referral Service for the remainder of 1998. The membership fee is $25. To get an application or for more information, call Pat Dean at the EPCBA office in Colorado Springs, (719) 473-9700.

The EPCBA's annual golf tournament, which was held June 12, raised approximately $500 for Pikes Peak/Arkansas River Legal Aid. The first-place team of Harlow, Parrish, Sladek, and Soener shot fourteen under par; the second-place team, Aspenson, McKee, Nolan, and Padrnos, were one stroke away with thirteen under par.

The Denver Bar Association Public Legal Education Committee sponsored a booth at this year's Capitol Hill People's Fair in Denver on June 6 and 7. More than 300,000 people attend the fair each year. Approximately 500 attendees stopped by for information about many legal resources, as well as free legal advice from twenty-one volunteer attorneys (who were recruited by subcommittee chair Chris Miller). Informational and referral materials were provided by the DBA Public Legal Education Committee, Colorado Judicial Branch, Colorado Attorney General's Office, and the Consumer Affairs Division of the Denver District Attorney's Office.


As one of her last official duties, outgoing CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway visited the First Judicial District Bar Association at its awards luncheon on June 9. While there, she presented the CBA Professionalism Award to First J.D. member Dennis Polk. Other awards presented included the Liberty Bell Award to Russell Boatright of the Arvada Police Department and the Linda T. Palmieri Award for Service to Children to Constance Hieb of Lakewood.

DBA member Phil Theune (left) dishes out free legal advice at the People's Fair


Janie Breggin stirs things up at the Gathering Place

The Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") is out working in the community! On June 6, CWBA members spent the morning landscaping and beautifying the front of the Gathering Place, a daytime shelter for women and children. A dozen dedicated workers were able to dramatically improve the appearance of this important shelter by planting trees, shrubs, and roses, and mulching everything in sight. Go check out the results—the Gathering Place is located in Denver at 1535 High Street.

The Colorado Defense Lawyer's Association will hold its Annual Seminar in Vail on August 13-15. Speakers for this diverse and comprehensive event will include Tim Schimberg, Barry Scheck, DRI President Robert Scott, and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender. Golf, banquets, and an opening cocktail reception will round out the seminar. For more information, call John Grund in Denver at (303) 830-7770.

The Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently presented its Distinguished Jurist Award to Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sandra Rothenberg. The presentation took place at DU College of Law. The local award honors a jurist who has distinguished himself or herself on the bench, in addition to demonstrating a unique interest in and commitment to issues of particular importance to children and families.


During June and July, the following Colorado attorneys received 100-Hour Certificates honoring their time commitment to providing legal services for the poor: W. A. Masters (over 1,000 hours!), Deborah Adams, and Patrick Buckingham for their work with Pikes Peak/Arkansas River Legal Aid; and Howard J. Beck, Kathi Gale Hamby, Frank Hill, Martin J. Katz, Peter Moore, William A. Paddock, Jim D. Rogers, Charles E. Stuart, and Doris Truhlar for their work with Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg


Eighteenth Judicial District Judge Jack F. Smith wrote to tell us how proud he was of his court reporter, Kim Arnold, for being chosen Court Reporter of the Year by the Colorado Court Reporter's Association. The award was presented to Kim by Judge Don Marshall of the Adams County District Court at the Association's banquet in April.

Kim Arnold, Judge Don Marshall, and Judge Jack Smith
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