Vol. 26, No. 9
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards: Every year at the CBA Annual Convention, it is our honor to pay tribute to members of the legal community who go above and beyond the call of duty. The following are a few of the awards that were presented at the convention; others will be featured in the October issue.
Russell H. Granger, an attorney in Clear Creek County, is this year's Jacob V. Schaetzel Award recipient. This award recognizes both lawyers and non-lawyers who have made significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to low-income persons in Colorado. In the last three years, Granger helped an average of twenty-eight clients per year. He is known as "the Legal Aid Lawyer" in his community. Clients often praise him for his dedication to their cases, his demeanor, and his empathetic approach.
Russell H. Granger
Robert F. Hill, who helped found the Colorado Lawyer's Committee in 1978, is the recipient of the 1997 Donald W. Hoagland Award. The Hoagland award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions in the development of pro bono representation. Hill has been instrumental in the Lawyer's Committee's Legislative Task Force, which advocated for legislation to increase immunization of young children and to strengthen Colorado's child support enforcement laws. He is currently representing Colorado Common Cause and the League of Women Voters pro bono in their defense of the ballot initiative for campaign reform.
Robert F. Hill
Elizabeth Lynch, director of the Mesa County Pro Bono Project in Grand Junction, received the Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual coordinator's outstanding efforts in providing access to free and low-cost legal services. Lynch initiated a victims' assistance program, providing clients with cost-effective legal supervision in drafting restraining orders on an emergency basis.
CLE Convention Audiotapes: If you attended the CBA convention last month, you know how terrific the CLE programs were. If you did not attend, you missed a wonderful opportunity, but you still have a chance to benefit from those educational programs. Most of the programs were audiotaped and are available for sale. A separate brochure has been mailed to CBA members listing the tapes and including an order form. If you haven't received your brochure or have questions, call Dana Vocate at the CBA.
COMMITTEES AND SECTIONS
On September 26, the Availability of Legal Services Committee and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI"), will cosponsor the "Pro Bono Conference" at the University of Denver College of Law. For more information, call CLECI in Denver at (303) 860-0608.
For the year-end update on all of the CBA's hard-working committees and sections, see the CBA Annual Report in this issue at page 33.
LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS
CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway has been busy visiting local bar associations across the state and presenting CBA Professionalism Awards to leaders in each community. Recent recipients include: Willard W. Rusk, Jr. of the Four Corners Bar Association; Frank J. Anesi of the Southwest Colorado Bar Association; The Hon. Jesse Manzanares of the Southern Colorado Bar Association; Rocco Meconi of the Fremont/Custer Bar Association; and Ted Gardenschwartz of the Pitkin County Bar Association.
The CBA's 100-Hour Club Awards have been presented to the following attorneys: Robert Glenn White of the Southwest Colorado Bar Association; Patrick W. Buckingham and W. A. Masters of the El Paso County Bar Association; and a 1,000-Hour Club recognition to Joyce K. Sanchez, also of the El Paso County Bar Association.
Doris B. Truhlar received the 1997 Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") Charles B. Dillon Award of Merit for extraordinary service in the public interest at the ACBA's June annual meeting. Truhlar was recognized for her work as chair on the Advisory Board of the Thursday Night Bar Program, her monthly service in both the Arapahoe County and Denver Thursday Night Bar Programs, her coordination of the KCNC Help Center 4 project, and her work with the Colorado Women's Bar Association Judicial Review Committee.
The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") polished off the 1997 Summer Intern Program during a reception at the Governor's Executive Residence on August 14. Nineteen high school students successfully completed two weeks of pre-employment training and eight weeks of summer employment at Denver area law firms. Mandy Yick, chair of the DBA Summer Intern Committee, presented each student with a certificate for completing the program. The DBA program is a partner in the Youth At Work program of the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation, which placed nearly 250 high school students in summer jobs. The DBA thanks the firms and students who participated for their outstanding commitment to our future work force.
The DBA also is recruiting mediators to participate in its newly formed Legal Fee Mediation Program, which will offer free mediation services for people involved in legal fee disputes. A free CLE program will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on September 11 at the CBA/DBA office to familiarize mediators with Colorado law on legal fee disputes and the difference between legal fee disputes and malpractice disputes. Each person who attends the program will be required to mediate at least two cases through the program. If you want to attend the program, call Julie Petersen at the CBA office. Questions should be directed to Jamie Harrison in Denver at (303) 637-8755. If you want a box lunch, include that in your message to Julie Petersen and be prepared to pay $10 at the door.
SPECIALTY BAR ASSOCIATIONS
Please join the Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") for its fall membership reception on September 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium of Sherman & Howard, 633 Seventeenth Street in Denver. A panel of speakers with diverse professional backgrounds will discuss "How to Succeed and be Happy as a Woman Lawyer." Application will be made for CLE credits. Refreshments will follow the program; CWBA members and nonmembers are welcome. To register, please call Julie Wells in Denver at (303) 831-1040 no later than September 22.
Asian American Bar Association members fielded calls from the public on June 25 for Law Line 9, a service of the Denver Bar Association and KUSA-TV. Participants Ravi Kanwal, Cynthia Abesa, Diana Miller, Margaret Choi, Mandy Yick, and Jay Choi offered legal advice to callers in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
Diana Miller at Law Line 9
Long-time Boulder resident and community activist/lawyer Cathryn Hazouri has been elected president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association ("CTLA"). Hazouri was elected at CTLA's annual meeting in July. Hazouri said her emphasis for the next year will be to encourage attorneys to take active roles in their community. Other CTLA officers are: Marc Kaplan, president-elect; W. Harold "Sonny" Flowers, Jr., vice-president; Robert Schuetze and James Christoph, secretaries.
The next meeting of the Sam Cary Bar Association will be Wednesday, September 10, 6 p.m. at CU Law School in Boulder. For more information, call David Powell in Denver at (303) 295-8000.
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