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August 1997       Vol. 26, No. 8       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


Billboard donated by Outdoor Systems
CBA's Centennial: Have you seen it? We have a cool billboard on the Colfax viaduct (westbound) in Denver, thanks to Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Leonard Plank's lifelong friend, Mike Sherer. Sherer is the retired head of Outdoor Systems, the company generous enough to donate the HUGE billboard (see photo). According to the folks at Outdoor Systems, 45,000 cars a day will drive by the billboard, which will remain up until after the CBA Convention in August.

Speaking of the convention, the CBA Centennial traveling display will be making a stop at our annual event (in Denver!). If you want the display to swing through your neck of the woods after the convention, call Diane Hartman at the CBA office.

Convention Final Reminder: The 1997 CBA Convention will be held in Denver on August 7-10. There's still time to register--call Dana Vocate at the CBA office.

Brochures: The CBA has added a new brochure to our collection: 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? We would be happy to send you a free sample packet so you can decide which brochures you would like to order. The sample packet includes one of each brochure and an order form.

The cost of the brochures is $25 for fifty, $15 for twenty-five, and $7.50 for ten (includes tax and shipping). For ordering and other information, call Julie Webb at the CBA office.

Wanted: The CBA office would love to take those glass-front bookcases off your hands. We are trying to take better care of our history--we have books dating back to 1897, and they need to be protected. If you would like to donate bookcases, please call Diane Hartman at the CBA office. We are also looking for old Martindale-Hubbells (Colorado only) to add to our collection of history, plus old CBA Annual Reports.


Cliff Eley (left), Tom deMarino,
and Craig Eley
The Workers' Compensation Section held its annual dinner in June, at which Tom deMarino (the current president of the Denver Bar Association) was "roasted" by the comedic team of Eley and Eley (Cliff and Craig). The Section's Lansford Butler Award, given every year to an outstanding Workers' Compensation Section member, also went to deMarino.

The CBA Young Lawyers Division spent a great deal of time in the courtroom during the Oklahoma City bombing trial; they had a reporter there to write daily updates for the CBA's homepage (http:\\ During the trial, these pages were getting hundreds of hits per week. They are still up--check them out. Thanks to Buck Dominick for coordinating this project.


Gunnison attorney Chuck Cliggett hosts
sixth graders for Law Day
The Gunnison Country Times did a feature story on the Law Day activities in that area. A group of sixth graders visited attorney Chuck Cliggett's law offices, where he showed them law office procedure, the law library, and legal computer programs. According to Cindy Sparks, coordinator of the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project, "They seemed awed by the breadth of information that comprises law." After the visit, the sixth graders headed over to county court and watched Judge Steven Patrick preside over cases that ranged from drunk driving to the sale of narcotics.

Join the Aurora Bar Association ("the other ABA") for the 1997 Aurora Bar Open Golf Tournament, to be held August 27 at the Meadow Hills Golf Course. Registration is $42, which includes a cart. The deadline is August 18. Tee times will be set in advance, so request a time when you register. For more information, call Steve Fisher at (303) 739-6535.

The Pueblo County Bar Association ("PCBA") recently held its annual meeting, at which Tony Tilger and David Roth were both given the Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Tilger is known for playing Santa Claus every year for the Boys and Girls Clubs. Roth helps with the Law Day festivities each year, providing insight into the inner workings of the Court of Appeals. Other award recipients were David B. Shaw, who received the Lifetime Merit Award, and Victor Moss, who was given the CBA Professionalism Award. The PCBA officers for 1997-98 also were announced: Jim Croshal, president; Hank Geisel, president-elect; Rebecca Moss, secretary; and Michael Garcia, treasurer.

Denver Bar Association ("DBA") President Tom deMarino invites all attorneys and their friends from across Colorado to join the fun at "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 CBA members, their families, and friends are invited! For more information and rates, call International Cruises and Tours at (303) 691-3636 or (800) 848-2469, or Heather Baniszewski at the CBA office.

The DBA's Summer Intern Program has placed nineteen high school students in Denver-area law firms for the summer. The students each completed more than fifty hours of training prior to starting work for their firms on June 23. In addition to clerical duties, students will observe depositions, trials, and a variety of other law-related activities. At the DBA, Damara Riley is involved in a number of projects benefitting several departments within the association. If you are in the area, come by and introduce yourself to Damara.

Weld County President-elect Jacqueline
Johnson and President Lynn Karowsky
The Weld County Bar Association held its annual meeting at the Greeley Country Club on May 9. The new officers include: Lynn Karowsky, president; Jacqueline Johnson, president-elect; and Marcelo Kopcow, secretary/treasurer.


The next meeting of the Sam Cary Bar Association will be held Wednesday, September 10, at CU Law School in Boulder. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Teeing off at the
CWBA Golf Tournament
The Colorado Women's Bar Association Annual Golf Tournament in June drew eighty-four players to the beautiful Raccoon Creek Course in Littleton. The winning team included Jody Hobbs, Linda Price, Donna Ward, and Sara Wheeler.

The Annual Seminar of the Colorado Defense Lawyer's Association is returning to the Vail Cascade this year on August 21-23. (We apologize for incorrectly identifying them in the July issue.) Some of the speakers will include Justice Rebecca Kourlis, Eric Chester, Judge Nancy Rice on a panel with Mark Fogg and Craig Adams, David Buerstetta, Doug McQuiston, Dick Laugesen, John Grund, Frank Patterson, and Debra Sutton. The seminar will be a great way to get your credits and enjoy some "mountain time."


Attorney James D. Grady was unanimously selected to receive the 1997 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project ("NWCLSP"). This award recognizes Grady's dedication to the delivery of legal services to the poor. Grady, an associate with the law firm of Cantafio & Hardy-Moore, has enthusiastically supported the pro bono program since 1992 and has given outstanding contributions to the legal aid program. NWCLSP is proud to acknowledge his valuable efforts.

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