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December 1997       Vol. 26, No. 12       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 Colorado Bar Foundation's annual Bar Fellows dinner will be held January 9, 1998, at the Denver Marriott City Center. Contact Dana Vocate at the CBA office for more details.

Aloha, pack those bags! The Western States Bar Conference will be on the Big Island of Hawaii, February 18-21, 1998. This is a great opportunity for bar leaders and executives to discuss issues facing bar associations and the legal profession. For more information, call Dana Vocate at the CBA.

Speakers at the Denver swearing-in renew their lawyer's oath

On October 21, Boettcher auditorium in Denver was full of new attorneys, their friends, and family members for the swearing-in ceremony. Four hundred attorneys passed the bar and took the oath from Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Anthony Vollack.


Justice Pringle in stained
glass window at
the Supreme Court
A beautiful new stained glass window graces the courtroom of the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver. Pictured on the window (shown above right), which was unveiled at a ceremony in September, is former Justice Edward Pringle. Pringle was appointed to the high court in 1961 and served as chief justice from 1965-66 and again in 1970 until his retirement in 1978. The window received lots of press; an editorial in The Denver Post remarked ". . . the judge never let his high station or extensive scholarship separate him from the common run of men. He made it a habit to hang out in the Capitol pressroom over lunch hours, where he would patiently and thoroughly explain the court's rulings or other points of law to reporters." The window was paid for by donations and was made by artists at Creative Stained Glass Studio.


On December 4, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI") and the Business and Taxation Law Sections will cosponsor a video replay of "Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado." The replay will be held at the Mesa National Bank in Grand Junction.

CLECI and the Trust and Estate Section will cosponsor "Elder Law 1997" on December 4 in the CLECI Classroom, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, Denver. The price for the program includes a copy of the newly revised Colorado Handbook of Elder Law.

Transactional lawyers will be interested in attending "Real Life Ethical Issues for the Transactional Lawyer" on December 5. This half-day program is sponsored by CLECI and the Trust and Estate, Taxation Law, Real Estate, and Business Law Sections; it will be held in the CLECI classroom.

As usual, video replays of various programs will be made available throughout the month of December for attorneys who need to complete their CLE requirements by the end of the year. Video replays will be held in Denver, Durango, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins. CBA members qualify for reduced prices, and prices for members of cosponsoring sections or committees are discounted even further. For a complete CLECI December schedule, see page 197 in this issue.


The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") will hold its annual Holiday Party at 6:30 p.m. on December 11 at the Franciscan Events Center in Englewood. The evening will feature an extensive gourmet buffet and light jazz music by the Charlie Zanichelli Trio. The price is $20 per person. For more information or reservations, call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227.

Mason Mitchell (left) and Dan Dean
at Larimer County Term Day golf outing
On September 12, the Larimer County Bar Association held its Annual Fall Term Day at Sylvan Dale Ranch. Topics included: current legislation, ethics update, co-parenting issues, and confronting emerging companies. President Mariam Masid presided over a lunch business meeting at which funding for the district court law library was discussed. A humorous introduction of all new lawyers working in Larimer County was a highlight of the meeting. Afterwards, a golf tournament was held at Mariana Butte Golf Course. At the end of the day, families enjoyed hayrides, horseback riding and a western dinner next to the Big Thompson River. Larimer County volunteer lawyers were congratulated for their participation in helping victims of the Fort Collins flood.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Lunch 'n' Learn program is off and running. Denver attorneys have volunteered to speak to employees of companies all over the city. Entities that have scheduled Lunch 'n' Learn presentations include The Denver Post, Texaco, Channel 9, and the City and County Building, with attendance ranging from nine to ninety-one employees. Topics include: income tax preparation and planning, family law, buying and selling a home, insurance policies and payments, consumer fraud prevention, wills and estate planning, landlord-tenant relationships, and investing and securities. Contact Dave Ells or Jen Williams at the DBA office for details or to volunteer.

Mark your calendars now! The one-day DBA Bench Bar Retreat will be held March 7, 1998, at the Inverness Hotel in Englewood. The morning program, "Ghosts in the Pleadings: Unbundling Legal Services and the Almost Pro Se Litigant," will offer a discussion of 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? Then, in the afternoon, it's time to air out differences in the ever-popular pet peeves session. If you would like more information, contact Dana Vocate at the CBA office.

Bob Schuetze (left), Jim Buchanan, and
Rebecca Koppes-Conway in Boulder County
The Boulder County Bar Association held its Annual Judges Dinner at the Hotel Boulderado on October 23. The CBA Professionalism Award was presented to James W. Buchanan. Buchanan was a former Lend-A-Lawyer in the Cortez area and worked with the Ute Mountain Ute tribe in the early 1990s. The Ron Porter Community Service Award was presented to Sharon Svendsen, who once worked for Buchanan and considers him her mentor.

CBA President Rebecca Koppes-Conway spent the months of October and November traveling the state and handing out CBA Professionalism Awards to many deserving members. Recipients were: David M. Johnson of the El Paso County Bar Association; Stow Witwer of the Weld County Bar Association; James Zak of the Adams County Bar Association; and Dennis Polk of the First Judicial District Bar Association.

At the Weld County Bar Association luncheon on October 21, the following members received 100-Hour Club Certificates: Keith Abbott, Stephanie Arries, William Crosier, Jerry Daniel, Thomas David, Tommi-Ann Green, Jacqueline Johnson, and Anne Williams. Weld County Legal Services also awarded Pro Bono Awards to several members who went beyond the call of duty in their representation of indigent clients. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to past board members, and a special award was presented to Din Tuttle in appreciation for serving as the Conflict Attorney for Weld County.

The El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") held a fall swearing-in ceremony on October 21 at the El Paso County Judicial Building. The emcee was James Chadderdon. Edward Gleason delivered opening remarks, and the Hon. Michael Heydt of the Fourth Judicial District conducted the ceremony for the twenty-four eligible admittees. Edward Gleason was elected to serve as EPCBA president for 1997-98; other officers elected include: Jack Donley, president-elect; James Chadderdon, secretary; Norm Thom, one-year trustee; Hon. Larry Martin, two-year trustee. The remaining members of the board are: Celeste Crizer, treasurer; Elizabeth Kirkman, trustee; and Elvin Gentry, immediate past-president.

The First Judicial District Bar Association has adopted a section of highway near the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building. The Community Service Committee has scheduled the next trash pick-up for Saturday, December 20, at 9 a.m. If you plan to help, please call Eric Torgersen at (303) 233-7838.

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