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January 1998       Vol. 27, No. 1       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


The 1998 Colorado Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, is under way. More than fifty teams, from Silverton to Greeley and Grand Junction to Trinidad, will participate. Regional tournaments are scheduled in Adams/Boulder/Weld Counties (February 6 and 7), First Judicial District (February 17-20), Glenwood Springs (February 24 or 25),

Scene from the 1997
Mock Trial Competition
Grand Junction (date to be announced), Denver/Arapahoe Counties (February 21), and Colorado Springs (February 14). Eighteen teams will advance to the state championship, which will be held at the Jefferson County Hall of Justice on March 6 and 7. Judges and attorneys are needed to preside over and score both regional and state competition rounds. Contact your local bar association to volunteer, or call Dave Ells at (303) 824-5323 in Denver for state tournament information.

The Colorado Bar Foundation's annual Bar Fellows dinner will be held January 9 at the Denver Marriott City Center. Contact Dana Vocate at the CBA office for more details.

Tired of gray skies and snow? The Western States Bar Conference will be held on the Big Island of Hawaii, February 18-21. This is a great opportunity for bar leaders and executives to discuss issues facing bar associations and the legal profession. Contact Dana Vocate at the CBA office for information and reservations.


The new (revised late 1997) Colorado Senior Law Handbook is written for consumers and covers Medicaid eligibility, Social Security benefits, Medicare, HMOs, estate planning, and other important topics. It is now available from the Community and Civic Affairs Committee of the Trust and Estate Section and the Legal Problems of the Elderly Forum Committee. To order a copy, send a check for $11 (payable to the Colorado Bar Association) to: CBA Senior Law Handbook, 1900 Grant Street, Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80203.


The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") recently did it; the First Judicial District Bar Association ("First J.D.") and the

Ninth Judicial District Bar Association ("Ninth J.D.") are planning to do it. What is it? Going online! Local bar association homepages on the Internet will be an easy source of member information, upcoming events, articles, and other material. Local bar homepages, as they are completed, will be accessible through the CBA's homepage: The DBA homepage also can be reached directly at For more information about homepages, call Mel Reveles at the CBA office.

The next meeting of the First J.D. will be held at noon on January 13 at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Dr. E. Robert LaCrosse will speak on "Psyching Out the Opposition." He'll provide tips for coping with and "Taming the Shrew" (or is that Shrewd?). Cost is $11 for First J.D. members and $21 for nonmembers. There is limited capacity, so make your reservations prior to noon on January 9 at (303) 279-5568.

Mark your calendars now! The 1998 DBA Barristers Benefit Ball, which benefits the Thursday Night Bar, will be held May 2 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. The theme, "A License to Thrill--BBB '98," promises a night of espionage and intrigue. 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/DBA office for more information.

The DBA Bench Bar Retreat is planned for March 7, 1998, at the Inverness Hotel. The morning program, "Ghosts in the Pleadings: Unbundling Legal Services and the Almost Pro Se Litigant," will discuss the following questions: 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.

The DBA Summer Intern Committee is in the midst of planning the 1998 program. The goal is to place fifty high school students in law firms over the summer and to provide them with their first professional work experience. The DBA is looking for law firms willing to mentor students through this character building experience. For information, contact Dave Ells at the CBA/DBA office, (303) 824-5323, or program chair Mandy Yick at (303) 296-9878.


The Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA"), Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Sam Cary Bar Association, Asian-American Bar Association, and the Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association are planning a full-day CLE program on "Successfully Representing the Terminated Employee." Experienced plaintiff's employment lawyers will share their tips on representing plaintiffs in employment cases. The program will be held on February 6. For a brochure, contact Jennifer Miller-Leftwich at the CWBA in Denver, (303) 831-1040.

The Denver Information and Referral Office (at the City and County building) and the CWBA are looking for a few good lawyers to volunteer their time and expertise. "Basics of Divorce: What You Need to Know" will be held on January 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (lunch is on your own) at the University of Denver College of Law, Room C-85. A commitment of two two-hour sessions per year in Denver's Information and Referral Office is required. Cost is $35 for eight CLE credits. Call the CWBA to register.

The CWBA will present a panel debate entitled "Is It Time to Dismantle Affirmative Action?" on January 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Colorado National Bank Building, 950 17th Street, 5th Floor in Denver. Panel members include Gale Norton, Colorado Attorney General; Roberto Corrada, University of Denver Professor of Law; and Bart Miller, attorney at Legislative Legal Services. A box lunch will be provided. The cost is $35 for CWBA members and $40 for non-members. Two hours of CLE credit have been applied for. To register, send a check to the CWBA, 1905 Sherman Street, #745, Denver, CO 80203 by January 26.

The CWBA and The Alliance of Professional Women will sponsor their annual "Legislative Dinner" on February 25 at the Denver Downtown Marriott City Center at 5:30 p.m. At this dinner, female legislators are invited to discuss their individual bills. Channel 4 anchor/reporter Kathy Walsh will be the master of ceremonies. For ticket prices and information, contact the CWBA at (303) 831-1040.


Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Anthony F. Vollack has announced the appointment of Court of Appeals Judge Claus J. Hume as Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals, effective February 13. Judge Hume's appointment is a result of the upcoming retirement of Chief Judge Alan L. Sternberg. Judge Hume will assume responsibility as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals after nearly twenty-four years on the bench in Colorado.

The Chief Judge is the administrative head of the Court of Appeals, supervising all non-judicial aspects of the Court's operation, including fiscal and personnel matters.


Just for the fun of it, the Denver Bar Association has planned a cruise to the Mediterranean the week of May 22.

Rates have gone down! The DBA had protected the cruise rates from increasing in 1998; however, the cruiseline actually lowered the prices for travel in 1998. New prices, per person based on two to a cabin, are: Category 11, deluxe oceanview cabins with panoramic windows, $2,975; Category 9, oceanview cabin, $2,875; Category 4, inside standard cabin, $2,450. Two suites are still available at $3,765 and mini-suites at $3,445, which are great for families. Airfare and taxes are an additional $381 per person.

Why book now? The two free nights in Venice at the end of the cruise are very popular and always sell out. A deposit of $400 per person confirms that two-night package. (Or choose two nights in Rome, if you prefer.) Due to airline schedules, at least a one-night stay after the cruise is required. You could end up with an airport hotel if the two-night packages fill before you make your reservation.

The initial deposit is fully refundable until March 13, which is when final payment will be due. 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. Tell your friends! A law degree is not required to join this group.

Call Carolyn Faselt at Blake Street Travel in Denver, (303) 777-9501 to book. Questions? Call Heather Baniszewski at the CBA offices.

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