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February 1998       Vol. 27, No. 2       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 1998 Convention: Now that your 1998 calendar is broken in, mark it for September 11-13. That's when the CBA will host its 100th Annual Convention in Keystone. (Last year was the 100th birthday of the CBA, but only the 99th convention.) Call Dana Vocate at the CBA office for more information.

Visits from CBA Staff: We invite you to put your bar association to work for you. The staff at the CBA is ready to pack up and head to your local bar association for a visit. Give Michael Valdez a call if you want to hear about the hot issues in pending state legislation. Reba Nance and Mel Reveles can answer questions about technology and the law, and take you surfing on the Internet. Give Diane Hartman a call if you're concerned about your image or need some helpful hints on how to deal with reporters. Call Heather Burkham to schedule a visit on malpractice prevention.


Join the Family Law Section and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado Inc. ("CLECI") for "How to be an Effective Guardian Ad Litem: Dependency and Neglect Proceedings" on February 27. The seminar will take place in the CLECI classroom, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, in Denver.

Then, plan to attend a follow-up session on March 13, "How to be an Effective Guardian ad Litem: Domestic Proceedings." Both programs are all-day seminars; the cost for CBA members is $109 per seminar (the nonmember price is $119). Participants can earn 8 general CLEs and 1 ethics credit. Call CLECI at (303) 860-0608 for more information.


Keith E. Abbott was the recent recipient of the A. Andrew Borg Pro Bono Publico Award, which is given annually by the Weld County Bar Association to a Weld County attorney who has made outstanding efforts to provide access to justice to the community. The award is given in memory of the late A. Andrew Borg, a longtime Weld County attorney and county court judge. Attorneys receiving Pro Bono Awards for contributions to Weld County Legal Services were Michael Lazar, Charles Unfug, Joseph Bodine, David Morgan, and Ruben Hernandez. Donald Janklow, Diane Raese Flebbe, Din Tuttle, and Michael Platt also were presented with awards for special services to the pro bono program.

Kudos to the Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") for its annual food drive on December 12, 1997. Food and other donations were collected from area law firms and delivered to the Larimer County Food Distribution Center to be given to those in need. The LCBA held an open house on December 18 at the Lathrop Law Offices in Fort Collins. Open houses have become a tradition in Larimer County. They are held every several months at different private offices.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association ("Thirteenth J.D.") recently named Charles H. Sandhouse as the recipient of the CBA Professionalism Award. Sandhouse is a Sterling native who has practiced there since 1948. He served as president of the Thirteenth J.D. in 1967, and "he has one of the better law libraries in the district, which he generously makes available to other members of the bar."

Win a REAL diamond on May 2 at the Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Barristers Benefit Ball! Attendees of this year's gala--"A License to Thrill: BBB '98"--can visit the "Diamonds are Forever" booth and purchase what may be a real three-quarters to one carat diamond, thanks to the folks at Brendan Jewelers. For $20, attendees will choose from a glittering array of faceted cubic zirconia. Then, after dinner, the stones will be tested to see who ended up with the real diamond. Don't miss out on this night of mystery and intrigue. The BBB will be at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center and benefits the Thursday Night Bar (soon to be called "Metro Volunteer Lawyers"). Prices before March 1 are: Patron Table, $2,000; Patron, $200; Supporter, $135; Young Lawyers, Judges and Support Staff, $90. After March 1: Patron Table, $2,250; Patron, $225; Supporter, $150; Young Lawyers, Judges and Support Staff, $100. Make checks payable to the Denver Bar Foundation. Take advantage of early discounts by sending in your check today! Call Dana Vocate at the CBA office for more information.

Time is running out to register for the 1998 DBA Bench/Bar Retreat, March 7 at the Inverness Hotel. The morning program, "Ghosts in the Pleadings: Unbundling Legal Services and the Almost Pro Se Litigant," will focus on issues such as: Can a client be a little bit pro se? What about ghost writing for pro se litigants? How about advocating for the unretained client? In the afternoon, it's time to air out differences in the ever-popular pet peeves session. The retreat will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m; ethics CLE credits have been applied for. If you would like more information, contact Dana Vocate at the CBA office.

Time also is running out to reserve your cabin for the 1998 DBA Mediterranean Cruise. Payments are due by March 13 for the May cruise, which includes two nights in Venice after the cruise. This is truly the best way to see Europe without packing and unpacking, changing hotels daily and coordinating transportation from place to place. Spend some time with old friends while taking advantage of excellent group discounts on this special departure. Bring your friends! A law degree is not required to join this group. To book your trip, call Carolyn Faselt at Blake Street Travel, (303) 777- 9501. Questions? Call Heather Baniszewski at the CBA offices.

The First Judicial District Bar Association ("First J.D.") is planning a Family Law Seminar on the morning of February 16. Contact the First J.D. at (303) 279-5568 in Golden for more information.


The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") took the opportunity to honor its past presidents at its 20th Annual Seminar in Vail last summer. President-elect Candace McCune chaired the seminar. Tim Schimberg, a past president himself, was the master of ceremonies, and several past presidents, including Tom de Marino (current DBA president), Mike Ludwig, and John Clough, shared some amusing anecdotes about their time served as president of CDLA. It was "a great time for the past presidents and the present members to share old stories and fresh ideas."

The Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") will present a panel discussion, "Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence: Yes or No?" at 11:30 a.m on March 5 at the law offices of Holland & Hart, 555 17th St., #3200 in Denver. Panel members will include: Cynthia Savage, Office of Dispute Resolution; Penelope Bryan, University of Denver; Mary Ricketson, J.A.M.S./Endispute; attorney Helen Shreves; Joan McWilliams, McWilliams Mediation Group; and Dr. Jan Mickish. Brown bag lunches are allowed; beverages will be available. The cost is $20 for CWBA members and $25 for nonmembers. Two hours of CLE have been applied for. To register, send a check to the CWBA, 1905 Sherman St., #745, Denver, CO 80203, by February 27. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") and the University of Denver Law School Office of Alternative Defense Counsel are gearing up for their spring conference on March 20-22. If you attended in Snowmass, you know the goal of the CCDB's mentor program is to teach mentees as much as possible, in several days, about defending a felony case. Part two of the mentor program takes place at the Spring Conference and offers training devoted to questioning, presented by a faculty with remarkable expertise and teaching ability.

The format for part two is based on an actual felony case, which participants will receive after registration. Students are encouraged to study the case before the conference. The mentors who will lead the group exercises are: Lisa Wayne, Lindy Frolich, Sharlene Reynolds, Susan Fisch, Terri Harrington, Paul McCormick, Andy Gavaldon, Bob Pepin, Jim Castle, and Mike Root. Bryan Shaha, Bob Hicks, and the lecturers will rotate among the group to offer ideas. Law students from CU and DU are invited to attend for the cost of materials. New participants are welcome. For information, call Mary Halloran in Denver at (303) 758-2454.

CDLA members at 20th Annual Seminar

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