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April 1998       Vol. 27, No. 4       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


CBA Convention: Is the 1998 CBA Convention on your calendar? In 1997, we celebrated the 100th birthday of the CBA; in 1998 we will celebrate the 100th convention. The convention will be held September 11-13 in Keystone. The weekend promises tons of CLE programs, social activities, and sporting events. Mark your calendars now and join your colleagues for a fabulous fall weekend in the mountains.


The CBA/DBA Law Practice Management Committee is proud to announce the first of its FREE Breakfast Roundtables on law practice management topics. Join them for "Legal Research on the Internet" on April 15 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI"), 1900 Grant Street, Third Floor, in Denver. Seating is limited, so call Reba Nance at (303) 824-5320 to reserve a place. CLE credit has been applied for.

The Family Law Section and the Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations invite you to the one-day Ninth Annual Attorney/Mediator Dialogue on April 24 at 8:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Denver. This year's topic is "Dependency and Neglect Mediation: The Challenge for Attorneys and Mediators." For more information contact Sharyn Hamilton in Denver at (303) 543-0763.


Christie Coates

The annual dinner and meeting of the Boulder County Bar Foundation was held on March 8; ninety of the current Fellows of the Foundation met to socialize and welcome new members. Noted Colorado historian Tom Noel entertained the group with a presentation on Boulder history. The new members welcomed into the Foundation are: Linda Bishop, Ann Byrne, Mark Fischer, Lenore Fox, H. Lawrence Hoyt, Dale Johnson, Melinda Kassen, Scott Patten, Leslie Ranniger, Leslie Reed, Barre Sakol, and Georgiana R. Scott. President Christie Coates gave the opening remarks and honored forty-six fellows who became Life Fellows and Sustaining Life Fellows. The Life Fellows are those who have finished their ten years of support; Sustaining Life Fellows are those who have continued to donate to the Foundation after the ten-year commitment has been fulfilled. New board members of the Foundation are: Christie Coates, president; Sharon Svendsen, vice-president; and William Ahlstrand, treasurer. Trustees are: Judge Dan Hale, Court Peterson, Earl Hancock, Richard Lyons, Judge Richard McLean, and Gerald Sloat. The executive director is Christine Hylbert.

Each year, the Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") has a special "Longmont Lawyers Lunch." This year's lunch was March 11; fifty lawyers from Longmont and Boulder County attended. Linda Donnelly of the Supreme Court Grievance Committee spoke on the Supreme Court's new disciplinary process. Chief Judge Joseph Bellipanni also gave brief remarks on the Twentieth Judicial District.

April marks the one-year anniversary of mandatory alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") in all civil cases in the Twentieth Judicial District. To observe the anniversary, the ADR Section of the BCBA and the Boulder Chapter of the Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations are planning a luncheon discussion about the impact of ADR on the judicial system. Tentative dates are April 29 or May 27 at Trios Restaurant. Check the BCBA newsletter for more details.

The El Paso County Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of El Paso County recently honored Ruth Rouss by presenting her with the Portia Award, given to an outstanding woman attorney. In addition to practicing law for more than forty years, Rouss was a founding member of the Women Lawyers Association, and has served the community as a board member of the Colorado Opera Festival, the Urban League, and the Human Rights Commission.

The annual Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") Spring CLE program will be held April 24-25 at the Monte Carlo Resort in Las Vegas. There will be two mornings of CLE programs on topics such as litigation, ethics, immigration law, business transactions, medical malpractice, family law, and criminal law. If you would like to join the ACBA for this exciting trip, call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227.

The ACBA will host its annual Law Day Luncheon at noon on May 1 at the Franciscan Event Center in Englewood. The panel discussion, entitled "The First Amendment Versus The Sixth Amendment," will debate the rights of the media when reporting criminal trials. Speakers include Janet Day of The Denver Post, District Attorney Jim Peters, and criminal defense attorney Pamela Robillard Mackey. Local high school students and teachers will attend. Call the ACBA at the number above for more information or to register.

Also in May, the ACBA will sponsor a half-day CLE program on domestic relations from 1-4 p.m. in the Jury Commissioners Room at the Arapahoe Country Justice Center. Registration fee is $10; call the ACBA for details.

The Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") recently elected Randolph W. Starr as president, Dianne Peterson as vice president, Peter Bullard as treasurer, and Bruce Fickel as secretary for 1998-99. At the LCBA's Term Day meeting, CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway presented Ralph Harden with the CBA Professionalism Award. Other recent CBA Professionalism Award winners include: George Zoellner, Aurora Bar Association; Steven E. McBride, Arapahoe County Bar Association; and Juliet Miner, Douglas-Elbert Bar Association.

Only one month until the Tenth Annual Barristers Benefit Ball ("BBB") on May 2! The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") raffle committee has again gathered awesome (and expensive) prizes for this year's BBB raffle, including Little Palm Island, a fighter pilot experience, "Cuisino Royale," a beautiful gemstone ring, and two roundtrip airline tickets. The BBB benefits the Metro Volunteer Lawyers (formerly the Thursday Night Bar). To purchase raffle tickets or ball tickets, contact Dana Vocate at the CBA/DBA offices.

The DBA Public Legal Education Committee needs attorneys to help prepare high school students to hear Supreme Court oral arguments on April 27. Nearly 1,000 students will hear the arguments and must be prepared beforehand through the cooperation of DBA member volunteers and Denver classroom teachers. Volunteers will be needed for one or two classroom sessions between April 6 and April 24. Call DBA Project Coordinator Kate Miller at (303) 860-9550 or Dave Ells at the bar offices.

The DBA Communications Department offers two-hour seminars each month. The Speaker's Workshop is a chance to brush up on your speaking skills. It's a gentle session, using the BarCam, with positive feedback. Upcoming dates are April 24 and May 22, starting at 8:30 a.m. In "Working with the Media" (one CLE credit), participants spend an hour on topics such as thinking like a journalist, what to do when they call, the interview, and being quoted. The second hour is spent on television interviews using the BarCam. Upcoming dates are April 15 and May 15, starting at 8:30 a.m. Each workshop is limited to ten people; call Heather Baniszewski at the CBA office for details.


The Asian American Bar Association ("AABA") invites you to attend the Annual Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet at the Empress Seafood Restaurant in Denver on April 17. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., with the banquet at 7 p.m. The proceeds from this banquet will go to the Colorado Asian American Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The Foundation awards scholarships each year to two Asian law students, one each to a DU and a CU student. The Minoru Yasui award will be given at the banquet. Space is limited; registrations need to be received by April 10. Contact Fay Matsukage at (303) 777-3737 for a registration form.

Michelle Lucero

On February 7, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") hosted its Annual Banquet and Election of Officers and Board of Directors. 1998 officers are: Michelle Lucero, president; Todd Fredrickson, president-elect; Barbara Brohl, secretary; and Sherry Gonzales, treasurer. The new Board of Directors includes: Adrienne Benavidez, Judge Celeste C de Baca, Elizabeth Giordano, Richard Gonzales, David Juarez, William Lucero, Dianna Marquez, David Olivas, and Gilbert Roman. Three awards were presented during the evening. The recipients of the Community Service Award were Professor Roberto Corrada and Luis Corchado for their work in 1997 on the affirmative action challenges. The Outstanding Hispanic Young Lawyer was Lyndon Knowles. The Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer was Judge Celeste C de Baca. A Corporate Citizen Award was given for the first time to Coors Brewing Company for their support of the CHBA Young Lawyers Division activities, including hosting the reception for minority law students last fall. The CHBA would like to thank all of its sponsors of this year's banquet, which included the CBA/DBA.

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association is pleased to announce that one of its past presidents, Tim Schimberg, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Defense Research Institute, the national organization for civil defense attorneys. Schimberg's election places him in the select company of other Colorado board members Bill Steele, Carol Welch, and Jack Trigg.


Robert B. Yegge

Former DU College of Law Dean Robert B. Yegge will be "roasted" in October by the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People in Denver. Past roastees have included attorney Daniel Hoffman and retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Luis Rovira. Watch for details in upcoming issues of The Colorado Lawyer.

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