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March 1998       Vol. 27, No. 3       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's Director of Legislative Relations Michael
Valdez (left) with Rep. Bill Kaufman and
Sen. Ed Perlmutter
Legislature Gears Up: The Colorado legislature is back in action, and that means that the CBA's legislative liaison, Michael Valdez, is busily running between the CBA offices and the Capitol Building. Members who want information on any legislative matters can call Valdez at (303) 824-5309 or (800) 332-6736.

CBA Convention: It's not too early to be thinking about this year's CBA Convention. In 1997, we celebrated the 100th birthday of the CBA; in 1998 we will celebrate the 100th convention (attorneys will use any excuse for a party). 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.

Mock Trials: The CBA's 1998 Mock Trial State Championship Tournament will be held March 6-7 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Golden. More than seventy teams from around the state registered for the 1998 competition, creating the largest field in history. Eighteen teams advanced to the state championship. Spectators are always welcome and encouraged. The two top teams will compete for the state championship at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The winning team will represent Colorado at the National High School Mock Trial Championships, May 8-10 in Albuquerque. Contact Dave Ells at the CBA office for detailed state tournament information.

CBA and CPA Join Forces: The Colorado Press Association has invited the CBA to partner with them as they go around the state to visit their members. The CBA Communications Department will be in charge of this, and we believe it's a wonderful opportunity to offer information to journalists. The program kicks off on March 20 at the Denver Press Club. The schedule includes "The Criminal Justice System 101" with Denver Assistant District Attorney Chuck Lepley and Denver Police Chief David Michaud; "The Latest and Greatest in Legal Research" with the CBA's Reba Nance; and a "Meet the Judges" session with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, Denver District Chief Judge Connie Peterson and former Denver County Presiding Judge Andy Armatas. We will arrange other half-day programs, which include April 17 in Sterling, May 8 in Pueblo, June 5 in Grand Junction, July 17 in Steamboat Springs, August 21 in Burlington, and September 11 in Durango. We will be working with local bars to prepare experts to talk to journalists for the program (call Diane Hartman at the CBA with ideas). We're excited about this partnership and the opportunity for local lawyers and judges to dialogue with local journalists.

Website: Need a copy of the Interprofessional Code? Get it from the CBA's website at Then, use the hypertext links in the table of contents to navigate the code. The CBA also offers a periodic, hands-on Internet class! Call or e-mail Mel Reveles ( at the CBA to find out more about this half-day, CLE accredited class.


The Family Violence Task Force has a new homepage. Check out to find out more about family violence and what the CBA is doing to prevent it. At this site, you'll find: the safehouses and crisis lines for victims of domestic violence; a safety plan you can give a friend, client or colleague who is a victim of domestic violence; and Internet links to resources on family violence. The Family Violence Program is designed to create awareness of the issues surrounding family violence encountered by attorneys in their professional and personal lives.

The newly formed Small Business Entities Subsection of the Business Law Section invites you to attend "Bankruptcy Basics for the Small Business Practitioner" at noon on March 9. The luncheon program will be held in the Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI") classroom, 1900 Grant St. in Denver, on the third floor. One CLE credit has been applied for.

The 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," April 15, 7:30-9 a.m. in the CLECI classroom. Seating is limited, so call Reba Nance at the CBA 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 Ninth Annual Attorney Mediator Dialogue on April 24 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. The topic is "Dependency and Neglect Mediation: The Challenge for Attorneys and Mediators." For more information, contact Sharyn Hamilton at (303) 543-0763.


You are invited to celebrate The Last Thursday Night Bar. We hope you'll attend if you've ever taken a case or if you ever intend to. After thirty-two years, this program, now sponsored by the Adams County, Arapahoe County, Denver, Douglas/Elbert and First Judicial District Bar Associations to help the indigent with civil legal matters, is getting a new name and, we hope, a new spirit. We'll have a big bash at 5 p.m. at the Wynkoop Brewery in downtown Denver on April 2 (of course that's a Thursday), with space and food donated by owner John Hickenlooper. He even volunteered to brew a special beer for our party: Barristers Best Blonde Ale. The party will be in the Mercantile Room (cash bar). Judge Fred Rodgers has agreed to assemble a jazz trio for a couple of sets, and we'll have a special mystery guest piano player for the rest of the time. This is not a benefit or a fund-raiser. It's just a basic celebration. We'll honor the founders (and make them wear funny hats), and we may sing a few songs. Please join us!


On March 12, the Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA"), the Aurora Bar Association and the Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association will host a joint dinner featuring CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway. The dinner will be held at the Lone Tree Country Club in Littleton. The cost is $20 per person. Join the ACBA on March 13 for "Law Office Management" from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Arapahoe County Justice Center, Jury Commissioners Room. Four CLE credits have been applied for. The program is free for all ACBA members and $50 for nonmembers. On March 19, the ACBA will host "A Civil Practice Primer," a CLE luncheon program featuring Judges Kenneth Stuart and John Leopold. The event will be held at noon in the First Floor Training Room, 7305 South Potomac Street (across the courtyard from the District Courthouse). The cost is $7 for one CLE credit and a box lunch. To make a reservation for any of these events, call (303) 797-ABAR.

Two of the original Law Line 9 volunteers,
Chad Hemmat and Julie Anderson, were on
hand to celebrate the program's fifth birthday

It's hard to believe, but Law Line 9 celebrated its fifth birthday in January. Since the free call-in program started in 1993 at Channel 9 in Denver, more than 250 Denver Bar Association ("DBA") members have taken well over 30,000 calls. Volunteers and the Channel 9 staff celebrated with a birthday cake and a visit from DBA President Tom deMarino and Immediate Past President Craig Eley.The DBA Barristers Benefit Ball ("BBB") 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, and a beautiful, bejeweled ring. Raffle tickets are $20 each. The Barristers Benefit Ball benefits the Metro Volunteer Lawyers (formerly the Thursday Night Bar). To purchase raffle tickets, contact Dana Vocate at the CBA/DBA office.The DBA Summer Intern Committee is planning for 1998. The goal is to place from forty to fifty high school students in Denver-area law firms over the summer, providing their first professional work experience. The DBA is looking for law firms willing to provide a clerical job and willing to mentor and supervise students through this first professional-level job. For information, contact Mandy Yick, Summer Intern Program Chair, at (303) 296-9878 in Denver or Dave Ells at the CBA.


The Asian American Bar Association will hold its Annual Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet at the Empress Seafood Restaurant in Denver on April 17. The banquet begins at 7 p.m., with cocktails at 6 p.m. Space is limited; registrations need to be received by April 10. Contact Fay Matsukage in Denver at (303) 777-3737 for a registration form.The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Alternate Defense Counsel will offer a three-day Mentor Program March 20-22 at DU College of Law. The faculty includes Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender; jury consultant Robert Hirschhorn; and criminal defense attorneys Terri Brake, Craig Truman, and Steve Rench. The program has been accredited for 20 CLE credits and 1.2 ethics credits. Cost is $229 for CCDB members and $329 for non-members. For information, call Mary Halloran in Denver at (303) 758-2454.

David D. Powell, Jr. (left) and
DBA President Tom deMarino

David D. Powell, Jr. , a former member of The Colorado Lawyer Board of Editors, was the recipient of the 1997 Richard Marden Davis Award, presented in early December. The award is sponsored by Davis, Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation and the Davis family to honor a Denver lawyer who, "although under age 40, has already so combined excellence as a lawyer with creative civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership as to best exemplify the character and promise of Richard Marden Davis at that stage in his career." Powell is a partner at Holland & Hart and is immediate past president of the Sam Cary Bar Association.

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