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October 1997       Vol. 26, No. 10       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


CLE Convention Audiotapes: Those who attended the CBA Convention in August know how terrific the CLE programs were. Most of the programs were audio taped and are available for sale, so if you missed the convention, you can still benefit from the programs. A separate brochure has been mailed to CBA members announcing those tapes with an order form. If you haven't received your brochure or have questions, call Dana Vocate at the CBA, or see page 70 for details.

Brochures: The CBA recently published a new brochure entitled What to Do When Someone Dies. Did you know that the CBA has brochures for you to give to your clients and to display in your office? Brochures can be purchased from the CBA by mailing $25 per set of 50; $15 per set of 25; $7.50 per set of 10 (includes tax and shipping) to: CBA Brochure Orders, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Fl., Denver, CO 80203. A list of brochures available is located on the CBA's homepage:

We would be happy to send you a free sample packet so you can decide which brochures you'd like to order. The sample packet includes one of each brochure and an order form. Call Melissa McClerkin at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736 for more information or to order brochures.


The 1998 Colorado Mock Trial case is done, and the case materials (fact pattern, witness statements, exhibits, and rules of the competition) will be available not later than October 31. The plaintiffs in the 1998 civil case (a biracial student) is seeking injunctive relief and damages for the cancellation of the prom at West Side High School. Threats of violence if "mixed couples" attend the prom spurred the cancellation. The community itself has a history that includes involvement in both KKK and Black Panther activities, and the school district was previously enjoined from discriminatory practices.

The 1998 case is unique in that it is the first state case that presents and requires a choice between four witnesses per side. Teams will choose which three of the four potential witnesses they will present for direct examination based on their developed strategy. Cross-examining attorneys necessarily must be prepared to cross-examine any mix of three of the four possible witnesses.

This announcement also means that high school mock trial teams will soon be forming. If you are interested in coaching a team or would like to receive the case materials, call Dave Ells at the CBA office.


On October 24, the Business Law and Taxation Sections will cosponsor "Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado" with Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI"). The seminar will be held in downtown Denver at the Adams Mark Hotel. Call CLECI at (303) 860-0608 for more information.

Some of the honorees at the Trust and Estate Section
dinner were (from left): Laurie Hunter, Jim
Ingraham, Stan Kent, and Kathleen Negri
The Trust and Estate Section held its annual dinner during the CBA Convention in Denver. Approximately thirty people gathered at the Top of the Rockies to welcome the new officers and honor the outgoing ones. The new officers include Laurie Hunter, chair; Stan Kent, vice-chair, and Kathy Seidel, secretary/treasurer. Special recognition was given to former CLECI Director of Publications Beth Graham for her work with the section's publications for almost twenty years.


Denver Bar Association ("DBA") President Tom de Marino invites all attorneys and their friends from across Colorado to join the fun and be a part of "Cruise '98." Cruise '98 will be a seven-night Mediterranean cruise aboard Costa Cruiseline's CostaVictoria. Sail from Venice to Katakolon, Volos, Athens, and Kusadasi (Turkey); then enjoy two nights in Venice after the cruise. All members of the Colorado Bar Association, their friends, and family are invited to come along on this fun, relaxing adventure. For information and rates, call International Cruises and Tours at (303) 691-3636 or (800) 848-2469, or Heather Baniszewski at the CBA office.

Byron and Mrs. White with CBA
President Rebecca Koppes Conway
The DBA Seniors hosted a "Seniors Breakfast" at the CBA convention in August. Former DBA President Dick Schmidt served as emcee. At the breakfast, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White was presented with a lifetime CBA membership plaque.

Mark your calendars now! The DBA Bench Bar Retreat will be held March 7 at the Inverness Hotel. As always, this will be a great opportunity for the bench and the bar to have an open dialog on hot legal issues.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association's ("ACBA") Young Lawyer's Committee will present a CLE luncheon entitled "Everything You Need to Know about Electronic Filing in Arapahoe County District Court" on October 23. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Jury Commissioner's Room, Arapahoe County District Court. Cost is $10 for one CLE credit and a box lunch. Call the reservation line at (303) 797-2227. Payment in advance is required; make checks payable to the ACBA. This program is sponsored by the Young Lawyer's Committee but is open to everyone.

On Saturday, August 16, the Boulder County Bar Association's Employment Law Section volunteered to assist Habitat for Humanity of Boulder, Inc. to build a house for a low-income family in Nederland. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable home ownership through volunteer efforts of people in the area and the "sweat equity" of the family, who will purchase their home with a no-interest mortgage and manageable monthly payments. Christopher Leh, co-chair of the section, coordinated the effort; Gary Felix, Doug Leogsdon, Nick Saia, Bart Costello, Lee Benjamin, Bill Brian, Malia Wildman, and Christine Hylbert had a great day playing in the dirt and concrete. Thanks to everyone who came to help.

Boulder Bar Association members get
down and dirty with Habitat for Humanity


Are you familiar with the role of the Clerk's Office at the Denver County Court and Denver District Court? Do you know what the rules and procedures are for appeals, civil court, criminal court, family court, and the protective orders court? If you would benefit from this half-day seminar, join the DBA Young Lawyers Division on October 24 at 8 a.m. at the Denver City and County Building. The seminar will feature Denver court personnel and members of the judiciary.

Reservations are required. Those wishing to attend should call Susan Bauer at the CBA office. The fee is $20 in advance; four general CLE credits and one ethics credit have been applied for. A continental breakfast will be available at the 10 a.m. break.


The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association ("CTLA") will sponsor a seminar, "Auto Litigation: Learn from the Experts," on October 24 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Denver. Seminar topics include: "Introduction to Accident Reconstruction," "Biomechanics" and "TBI: To Take It Or Not To Take It--That Is The Question." Registration includes lunch and is $139 for CTLA members and $169 for nonmembers. For more information or to register by phone, call (303) 892-1192.


Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month? Now available through the CBA is the "Attorney Information Packet on Domestic Violence." The packet includes information on safety plans for clients and employees, resources for victims and perpetrators, what to say and what not to say to victims, how to talk with a perpetrator, and other helpful information. To order a copy at no charge, contact CBA Family Violence Program Director Kathleen M. Schoen at the CBA office.

Also available is the American Bar Association's The Impact of Domestic Violence On Your Legal Practice: A Lawyer's Handbook. Through a CBA special, the book, which normally sells for $40, is available to members for $25, including tax and shipping. To get your copy, send a $25 check payable to the CBA to: Kathleen M. Schoen, Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80203.

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