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May 1998       Vol. 27, No. 5       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Heather Baniszewski

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



Mock Trial champion team Doherty High School with attorney
coaches and teachers.

Mock Trials: Following a second-place finish in the 1997 state championship, Doherty High School of Colorado Springs came roaring back to win the 1998 Colorado State High School Mock Trial Championship. The First Judicial District Bar Association hosted the championship round on March 7 at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Doherty's opponent (and second-place finisher in the tournament) was Regis Jesuit High School from Parker. Doherty was coached by attorneys Norm Thom and Ted McClintock and was sponsored by teachers Marie Owens and Karen Wilson. In May, the team will travel to Albuquerque to compete in the Fifteenth Annual National High School Mock Trial Championships.

CBA Convention: It is never too early to plan to attend the CBA Annual Convention! A preliminary convention schedule is included in this issue at page 25.


Subcommittees of the CBA Family Violence Advisory Council have been very active. The Lawyers as Perpetrators and Victims Subcommittee submitted a letter commenting on the new attorney discipline program to the Colorado Supreme Court. The subcommittee recommended that in developing the new program, the Supreme Court consider how to deal with issues of family violence committed by attorneys. The subcommittee offered to help in developing these procedures and in providing training to disciplinary counsel and investigators on family violence.

The Access to the Legal System Subcommittee sent a survey asking about the availability of free or reduced-fee legal services to victims of family violence. The survey was sent to domestic violence service providers, elder legal assistance providers, and local bar pro bono coordinators. There was a 53 percent return on the surveys. As a followup to the survey, the subcommittee met with a group of domestic violence service providers from around the state of Colorado. The information gathered from the survey and the roundtable is summarized in a Report on Available Legal Services.

The Messaging Campaign Subcommittee created a survey that was published in the March issue of the Denver Bar Association publication, The Docket. The intent of the survey is to gather baseline attitudes from attorneys about family violence. In approximately one year, the subcommittee will do a follow-up survey to determine if there has been any change in how attorneys view family violence in their practice and their lives.

If you are interested in helping any of these subcommittees, call Kath Schoen at the CBA office.

The CBA/DBA Law Practice Management Committee is proud to announce the second of its FREE Breakfast Roundtables on law practice management topics. Attorneys are invited to join them on May 20 at 7:30 a.m. for "Underused Technologies: Scanners and List Servs," with attorney Philip A. Cherner, who runs the listserv for the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. The event will be held at 1900 Grant St., Denver, in the third floor conference room. Seating is limited; call Reba Nance at the CBA office to reserve a place. CLE credit is anticipated.


On April 8, the Pitkin County Bar Association, The Hon. Thomas Ossola, and The Hon. Peter Craven sponsored an orientation and information session on the Ninth Judicial District courts. Jim Moran, a retired partner from Holland & Hart's Aspen office, was a featured speaker.

The Aurora Bar Association ("ABA") has donated $500 to the Aurora Family YMCA's Partners for People campaign. The contribution will help fund scholarships to assist children from low-income families who are participating in the Aurora Family YMCA programs.

On March 12, CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway awarded ABA member George Zoellner with the CBA Professionalism Award. Zoellner has been an attorney for forty-five years, serving thirteen years as an assistant attorney general for the state of Colorado. He also served as general counsel for the Denver Water Board for eleven years.

The Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") will hold its Annual Dinner Meeting on May 7 at the Regal Harvest House in Boulder. The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. The featured speaker for the evening is Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca L. Kourlis. For more information, call the BCBA office at (303) 440-4758.

The Denver Bar Association's annual meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 23 at the Denver Art Museum. The party is free for all members, with great hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. In addition to the presentation of its annual awards, the DBA will honor Ralph Williams Ball, Nathan L. Baum, James Wallace Campbell, William Cantwell, Thomas Albert Gilliam, Donald W. Hoagland, Theodore J. Kuhlman, Valentine W. Logan, The Hon. George McNamara, John Clinton Mott, Joanne K. Paterson, Gerald M. Quiat, William F. Reynard, Ruth Adell Robinson, John M. Sayre, Richard M. Schmidt, Jr., Martin J. Tauger, and Patrick M. Westfeldt, for fifty years of service to the legal profession. Call the DBA office to RSVP.

Diane Carlton presents plaque to
Chief Judge Alan Sternberg

In February, the Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") held its annual Judges Dinner. One highlight of the evening was the presentation by ACBA President Diane Carlton of a plaque to retiring Colorado Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alan Sternberg.

ACBA member Steve McBride received the CBA Professionalism Award in March. McBride has been an active member of the CBA Family Law Section, Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody, the Children's Advocacy and Family Resource Center, and the ABCA.

The ACBA will hold its Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament at Arrowhead Gold Club on Friday, June 26. Call (303) 797-2227 for information.


The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") has named Boulder attorney Michael Enwall the winner of the 1998 Jonathan Olom Award. He will be honored at a May 9 dinner at the Adam's Mark Hotel. The Olom Award, which recognizes an attorney each year for "outstanding service on behalf of the accused without regard for personal gain," is the CCDB's highest honor. Enwall has represented numerous clients facing the death penalty. In the past three-and-one-half years, he has accepted seven first-degree murder appointments, three of which were death penalty cases. Tickets for the Olom Dinner are available by calling the CCDB in Denver at (303) 758-2454.

Death penalty issues, jury communication, and trying a confession are some of the highlights on the program for the CCDB's Annual Conference on June 5-7 in Aspen. In one session, death penalty experts David Lane and Forrest Lewis will discuss "The Emerging Crisis in Capital Representation in Colorado." All sessions take place in the morning, reserving the afternoons for recreation. For registration information, contact Mary Halloran at the number above.

The CCDB's new mailing address is P.O. Box 22972, Denver, CO 80222.

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; cost for non-CDLA members will be $450. Contact Craig Nuss at (303) 741-4539 for registration forms.

Daniel Vigil

The Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers held its Annual Dinner with the Judiciary on April 23. Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Sandra I. Rothenberg received the Chapter's Distinguished Jurist Award in recognition of her interest in and contributions to family law in Colorado.


Daniel Vigil, associate dean of the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver. Vigil, who will serve at least a two-year term as chair, has been a member of the board of directors since 1988.

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