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July 1998       Vol. 27, No. 7       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


Preparations for the CBA's 100th Annual Convention are in high gear. Registration materials are being mailed in late June and early July, so watch your mailbox! Details are also available from Dana Vocate at the CBA office.


Chuck Cliggett (left) receives Pro Bono
Award from Judge Steve Patrick
Gunnison attorney Charles Cliggett, a member of the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association, was awarded the 1998 Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award in early May. The award has been given annually since 1981 to attorneys in an eleven-county region who consistently demonstrate their dedication, compassion, and ethical commitment to the concept that legal aid be available to all. Cliggett has donated nearly 200 hours of time to indigent persons and has participated in NCLSP activities since 1984.

At the Weld County Bar Association's Annual Dinner on May 8, the following attorneys received 100-Hour Club Certificates for pro bono work: Katherine Allen, Robert Burroughs, William Condon, Jr., Rebecca A. Koppes Conway, William Crosier, Thomas David, John Dent, Dallas Greenfield, James A. Gustafson, Don Hoff, Pamela Shaddock, Gladys Sexton, Mark Rapp, Stan Peek, and Lynda Mihalik.

The Weld County Bar also is sponsoring a Call-a-Lawyer on a third Thursday of each month. Volunteers are needed and encouraged! For details, call Liz Meyer at (970) 351-7300, ext. 4514.

The El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") will hold its Ninth Annual Night at the Ballpark on July 11. The evening will begin with dinner at 4:30 p.m. (on the soccer field by Sky Sox Stadium), followed by a baseball game at 6:05 p.m. Last year's event raised more than $6,000 for Pikes Peak/ Arkansas River Legal Aid, and organizers would like to top that amount this year. For more information, call Janean Medoro Whited at (719) 473-0273 or Michael Duncan at (719) 633-9977.

Molly Walker at new Salida legal aid office
Speaking of Pikes Peak/Arkansas River Legal Aid, that entity officially opened its Salida office on April 3 with a reception for the community. Margaret B. (Molly) Walker will staff the office, which is located at 402 W. First St., Salida, CO 81201. The phone is (719) 539-1685; the fax is (719) 539-3326.

The Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") held its Annual Dinner Meeting in May, with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis as the featured speaker. During the meeting, long-time member (and former CBA President) Christopher Brauchli was presented with the BCBA's Award of Merit, which honors significant contributions to the legal profession and the community. Andre Adeli received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award for his high professional standards in the practice of law and his contributions to the youth of Boulder County.

The new BCBA Board of Directors also was elected at the meeting: Robert Cooper will begin his term as BCBA president on July 1; Alex Garlin is the incoming secretary/treasurer. The other new Board members are Bruce Fest, Karen Burns, and Stefan Fredricksmeyer. They will join current members Joan Norman, Gerald Sloat, and Jeff Kahn.

The Denver Bar Association's Summer Intern Committee is currently coordinating the 1998 program. Nearly thirty law firms and law-related business have committed to employing Denver-area students over the summer. This program, sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation, is a hand-up to a real professional work experience. For information on this program or how to start a program in your community, call Dave Ells at the DBA, (303) 824-5323, or Mandy Yick at (303) 296-9878.

DBA members packed the Denver Art Museum on June 23 for the Annual Meeting/Party. The many awards presented during the evening event included: Award of Merit, Judge Al Harrell; Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, Joe Dischinger; Young Lawyer of the Year, Marisa Williams; Liberty Bell Award, David H. Miller; Teacher of the Year, Jeffrey Higgins; David Brofman Award, Roger O'Neill, Steve Grund, Joe McGowan, Chris Cubbison, and Janet Day; Legal Assistant of the Year, Perri Morris; and Peace Officer of the Year, Captain John Lamb. The Professionalism Award was given to Dean Emeritus Robert Yegge.  tcl-1998july-bn3
DBA Award of Merit recipient Judge Al Harrell


The Eleventh Annual Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") Foundation Golf Tournament will be held in early to mid-September. Watch this space for more information, or call CWBA Executive Director Jennifer Leftwich in Denver at (303) 831-1040. Don't miss this great event!

The CWBA, Project Safeguard, and the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver will sponsor the first ever Permanent Restraining Order Project Training Session in Adams County on Friday, July 24. The full-day training will be held in the Municipal Services Center Training Room in Commerce City (see page 112 for directions). Eight CLE credits have been approved. Additional information is available by calling the CWBA office at (303) 831-1040 in Denver.

The CWBA held its Annual Convention in Breckenridge in May, with approximately 150 attendees. One highlight of the three-day event was the presentation of the 1998 Lathrop Award, which recognizes "trailblazers" among women attorneys. This year's award went to Susan Barnes, a civil trial lawyer and former Denver District Court judge, and Claudia Jordan, a Denver County Court judge.

CWBA Lathrop Award winners Susan Barnes (left) and Claudia Jordan

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") will hold its Twenty-first Annual Seminar in Vail on August 13-15. Registration brochures were mailed to CDLA members; if you have not yet returned yours, remember that the registration deadline is July 10. It is anticipated that the seminar will be accredited for 14 CLE credits, including 3 ethics credits. More information is available by calling the firm of Patterson & Nuss, P.C., in Englewood at (303) 741-4539.

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association is encouraging members to participate in the September 2 general law/bilingual night at LawLine 9, KUSA-TV in Denver. If you are interested, call Ann King at Channel 9, (303) 871-1725.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") has available CCDB baseball caps and t-shirts in a variety of sizes and colors. The t-shirts are short-sleeved. For more information, call CCBD Executive Director Mary Halloran in Denver at (303) 758-2454.


The 1998 Barristers Benefit Ball, which was held on May 2, was a smashing success. This year's James Bond theme--"A License to Thrill"--brought out 780 spiffily dressed attendees and raised approximately $87,000 for Metro Volunteer Lawyers ("MVL"). Honored during the evening for their volunteer efforts on behalf of MVL were attorneys Doris Truhlar, John Livingston, Jon Nicholls, and Steve Choquette.

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