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November 1997       Vol. 26, No. 11       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


Student Membership: The CBA Membership Department is kicking off the law student membership campaign by inviting CU and DU law students to attend a CLE program on sports law on November 5. Law student membership entitles law students to receive The Colorado Lawyer, attend special social events and practical skill seminars, and receive all the benefits offered to attorney members of the CBA. Look for information about future opportunities to help mentor these neophytes into the practice.

Convention Audiotapes: Are you facing a CLE credit shortage? Never fear! Audiotapes are available from many of the 1997 CBA Convention educational programs. See page 60 for a list of the programs and for ordering information.

Bar Foundation Dinner: The Colorado Bar Foundation's annual Bar Fellows dinner will be held on January 9, 1998, at the Denver Marriott City Center. Contact Dana Vocate at the CBA office for more details.

Western States Bar Conference: Pack those bags! The Western States Bar Conference will be held 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. Contact Dana Vocate at the CBA office for more details.


The CBA Law Education Committee's 1998 Mock Trial Case will be the subject of workshops at the annual Educating for Citizenship Conference on December 5 (location to be announced). Attorney coaches have the opportunity to question the developers of the case and pick up coaching tips. Call Dave Ells at the CBA office for detailed information.

On November 5, the Gaming, Entertainment and Sports Forum Committee and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI") will co-sponsor "Introduction to Sports Law" at the CLECI office, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, in Denver.

The Litigation Section and CLECI will present two all-day seminars in November. The first, "Deposition Techniques," takes place on November 6 at the CLECI offices. The second, "Deposing the Expert Witness and Using Deposition at Trial," will be held November 7 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

Also on November 7, the Bankruptcy Subsection and CLECI will sponsor "Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy Law and Practice" at the CLECI offices.

"Advanced Commercial Real Estate" will be held on November 13. It is brought to you by the Real Estate Law Section and CLECI.

Join the Trust and Estate and Tax Law Sections for "Tax Update '97" at the CLECI office on November 21.

For more information on these and other CLECI programs, call (303) 860-0608.

The CBA Women in the Law Committee will present a program entitled "The Truth: How to Get It, How to Know if You're Getting It, What to Do if You're Not" on December 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The program, to be held at the CLECI large classroom, offers 2 CLE credits, including 2 ethics credits. Speakers are Laurie Weiss, Ph.D., plus a panel of women attorneys. The cost is $25 per person. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call Julie Webb at the CBA office.


Award recipient Alice M.
Price in San Luis Valley

Ted Gardenschwartz, award
recipient in Pitkin County

John A. F. Wendt, Jr. was presented with the CBA Professionalism Award at CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway's visit to the Delta County Bar Association; Alice M. Price was the award winner for the San Luis Valley. Richard Tisdel was recognized in Montrose; Richard Arnold received the award in Mesa County; and Ted Gardenswartz was Pitkin County's pick. Numerous attorneys have been recognized for 100 hours of service to local pro bono organizations. Honorees included: James D. Grady from the Northwest County Bar; Phil Klingsmith, Thomas Nelson, Geoffrey Nims, Charlene Sinclair, and Susan L. McIntosh from the Seventh Judicial District; Dianne Kraft Barry, Richard Hall, Kathleen Killian, Kirsten Kurath, Richard Leech, Angela Luedtke, Ed J. Nugent, Bryce Palo, and Randy L. Brown from the Mesa County Bar.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") has piloted a new legal information and education program for businesses in the Denver metro area. Lunch 'n' Learn (the pet project of DBA President Tom de Marino) is a brown bag program offered as a part of the employer's human resources benefits package. The DBA provides an attorney who speaks to employees on a selected subject for forty-five minutes and answers fifteen minutes of questions. There have been enthusiastic responses to presentations of programs on wills and family law, and ten more programs are planned. Lawyers attended a speaker's orientation prior to making the presentations. Because the program is free and involves the attorney going to the business and presenting information, the DBA hopes to influence the public perception of its members in positive ways. The DBA would be happy to share the model with other interested local bar associations. Contact Dave Ells or Jen Williams at the bar offices, (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736, for more information or to schedule a Lunch 'n' Learn presentation.

Mark your calendars now! The DBA Bench/Bar Retreat will be held 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 questions: Can a client be a little bit pro se? What about ghost writing for pro se litigants? How about advocating for the unrefined client? Then 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/DBA office.

Larimer County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division members participated in "Partners Superstars" last May. The "Superstars" is an athletic event to raise money for Partners, a mentoring program for at-risk youth. Larimer County attorneys raised over $1,000 for the cause.

Larimer County participants (from left): Kim Sehutt, Brad Johnson,
Matt and Angie Douglas with daughter Sabrina, Randall
Lococo, Denise Saathoff, and Mason Mitchell


The Sam Cary Bar Association now has its own mailbox. Please send all correspondence with the exception of newsletter items to: Sam Cary Bar Association, P.O. Box 300205, Denver, CO 80203. The next meeting of the Sam Cary Bar will be November 12, 6 p.m. at the CBA offices.

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