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June 1998       Vol. 27, No. 6       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 email to


Convention: Don't miss page 83 in this issue for a preliminary schedule of the 1998 CBA Convention, to be held in Keystone on September 11-13. One of the highlights of this year's convention will be a Miller's Court on Sunday morning, with Harvard professor Arthur Miller and a panel of eminent Colorado attorneys. The Sock Hop on Saturday night promises to be a rollicking good time, as well. For more information about the convention, call Dana Vocate at the CBA office.

Retirement Information: All CBA members are invited to attend a one-hour informative session presented by the ABA Members Retirement Program at noon on June 17 at Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI"), 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, Denver. This slide presentation will focus on law firm plan design, investment terminology and concepts, and administrative costs. Particular emphasis will be placed on recent legislative changes that affect plan administration. Lunch will be served. For information and reservations, call CBA Director of Membership Gretchen Haas at the CBA office.

Presidential Visits: CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway's last official presidential visit this year will be to the First Judicial District Bar Association on June 9 for a luncheon in Golden. In July, incoming President Ben Aisenberg will visit five local bar associations--Mesa County, Delta County, Seventh Judicial District, Southwestern Colorado, and Four Corners. These visits are in the planning stages as we go to press. For details, call your local bar association or the CBA at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.


A new joint committee of the Agricultural and Rural Law Section and the Bankruptcy Subsection of the Business Law Section, called the Agri-Business Bankrupcty Committee, is in the process of being formed. The committee will focus on bankruptcy law and procedures pertaining to agri-business bankruptcy reorganizations. An organizational meeting was held on May 14. Persons interested in joining this committee can call co-chairs Robert Clark, (303) 844-3885 in Denver, or Ken Copple, (970) 490-2882 in Fort Collins.

The Ethics Committee now has a website on the Internet that provides a substantial base of and links to legal ethics resources! Among the resources available are a searchable, full-text version of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct; an index of formal ethics opinions of the Ethics Committee; and abstracts of responses to informal inquiries. The website is still under construction and will be updated regularly as new developments occur. The CBA Ethics Committee homepage is located at For more information, call Mel Reveles at the CBA office.

The joint CBA/DBA Law Practice Management Committee is proud to announce the third of its Breakfast Roundtables on law practice management topics. This program is free for CBA/DBA members; $10 at the door for nonmembers. Join them at the CLECI office at 7:30 a.m. on June 17 for "Pitfalls of Trust Accounts, Fee Agreements, and Nonrefundable Retainers," with attorney Jamie Sudler of the Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Seating is limited; call Reba Nance at the CBA office for reservations. CLE ethics credit is anticipated.


Watch the July issue of The Colorado Lawyer for photo highlights of Law Day 1998 events around the state.

CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway was busy in late March and April visiting local bar associations in various parts of Colorado. On March 27, she was with the Continental Divide Bar Association in Keystone, where the following members were presented with 100 Hour Club Certificates by Northwest Colorado Legal Services: Russell Granger, Mary Isom, Grant William Riva, Judith Carlson, Michael Curran, and Edward Schindel.

Koppes Conway traveled to Glenwood Springs in early April for the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association visit. At that meeting, she presented the CBA's Professionalism Award to Kevin O'Reilly, and Garfield Legal Services gave 100 Hour Club awards to Don Kaufman and Edward Sands. (See the related story below, under "News We Like to See.")

CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway with Kevin O'Reilly of Ninth J.D.

The tables were turned at the visit to the Sixteenth Judicial District/Southeastern Colorado Bar Associations in La Junta on April 24. There, long-time Sixteenth J.D. member Liz Guyton presented Koppes Conway with a gift from the local bar associations to show their appreciation for the work done by the CBA.

Norm Aaronson

The Boulder County Bar Association and Boulder County Legal Services ("BCLS") held a luncheon and awards ceremony in April to honor attorneys, mediators, paralegals, and other community members who participated in the BCLS volunteer program during 1997. The John Marshall Award was presented to Norm Aaronson of the CU Law School Legal Aid and Defender Program. Attorneys David Thrower, Mary Helen Miller, and Dana Stotsky were recognized for volunteering more than 150 hours each. Georgiana Scott, Jack Robinson, Judy LaBuda, Barbara Lavender, and Harvey Cohen were recognized for volunteering more than 100 hours each.

The El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") Professionalism Committee is in the midst of conducting a Judicial Survey. Forms are available through the EPCBA's specialty bars and sections, public legal offices, and large law firms in the area. The survey also is included in the May and June issues of the EPCBA's newsletter. The forms must be postmarked no later than July 15.

The EPCBA also will sponsor a Local Practice Seminar on June 12 for the benefit of recently admitted attorneys and those new to the Fourth Judicial District. Judges, district and county clerks, and other key courthouse personnel will provide information on practical aspects of legal practice in the Fourth J.D. Experienced practicing attorneys also will provide the how to's of day-to-day practice and how to avoid problems in dealing with the court in areas of criminal, civil, and domestic matters, as well as professionalism issues. The seminar also is open to all local attorneys. For more information, call (719) 473-9700 in Colorado Springs.

The June issue of The Proclamation, the monthly newsletter of the First Judicial District Bar Association, will include a sign-up sheet for the Annual Golf Tournament, to be held on September 25. This year's outing at Fox Hollow will feature an exciting scramble format. More information is available by calling Jerry Vargo in Golden at (303) 238-8832.


The Sam Cary Bar Association ("SCBA") celebrated its annual Homecoming on April 24 in Denver, with eighty people attending. The keynote speaker was Rep. Penfield W. Tate III. Awards were presented to Past President David Powell for his service to the SCBA, and to Norwest Bank for its continued support.

The SCBA will hold its annual retreat on July 17-19 at The Village at Breckenridge. Speakers for this exciting event will include DU College of Law Professor Roberto Corrada; Dr. Robert Wintersmith of the Colorado Civil Rights Division; Dr. Robert Atwell, a forensic psychiatrist and president of the Local Chapter of Black Psychiatrists; and Patty Powell, who consults with lawyers about alternative careers. For more information, call Scott Evans in Denver at (303) 370-1221.

The Asian American Bar Association ("AABA") held its annual banquet on April 17 in Denver. The 1998 Minoru Yasui Award was presented to Denver Judge Alfred C. Harrell. Scholarship recipients were Kara Dawn Veitch of CU School of Law and Puonyarat Khovabutr Premsirut of DU College of Law. A special mentoring award was presented by DU students to AABA member Kerry Hada.

Linda Kato presents Minoru Yasui Award to Judge Alfred Harrell

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association ("CTLA") will present a seminar entitled "New Approaches to Low-Impact Collisions" in Denver on June 19. Details are available by calling the CTLA at (303) 831-1192 or (800) 324-2852.

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") will hold its Twenty-First Annual Seminar on August 13-15 in Vail. The keynote speaker is Barry Scheck; other speakers include Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender and judges Ruthanne Polidori, Harlan Bockman, Thomas Kane, and John Leopold. The two days of CLE seminars will include topics on insurance law, construction law, employment law, governmental entities, ethics, and trial ethics. Registration deadline is July 10. Contact Craig Nuss in Denver at (303) 741-4539 for registration forms.


The Glenwood Independent ran a nice-sized article entitled "Trio of Local Attorneys Caught in the Act of Doing Good Deeds" in its April 7 edition. The article was complete with a large photo of attorneys Don Kaufman, Ed Sands, and Kevin O'Reilly, who were honored in April during the Ninth J.D. presidential visit for their pro bono work and professionalism. The article was very complimentary to area attorneys, noting that 75 percent of them donate their time to pro bono work, for an estimated value of $52,000 in donated services. Congratulations to the Ninth J.D. attorneys for their outstanding contributions and for the great newspaper coverage!

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