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July 1997       Vol. 26, No. 7       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


Convention: The 1997 CBA Convention--our ninety-ninth annual event--is only a month away! Here are the top ten reasons to attend:

10. It's in Denver for only the second time in our 100-year history--in close proximity to more than 7,000 CBA members.

9. How about a tour of the Byron White U.S. Courthouse?

8. The entertainment: Always . . . Patsy Cline, Denver's longest-running musical hit and a must see. There is also a special block of tickets to the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. The sports fans among us can spend the afternoon with the Rockies and Pirates at Coors Field.

7. Alumni receptions: Hook up with your law school friends from Cornell Law Club, University of Denver, University of Michigan, University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, Harvard Law School, and Notre Dame.

6. Michael Tigar speaking to the Criminal Law Section.

5. Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter, speaking at the Thursday luncheon.

4. Schmooze, schmooze, schmooze, and network, network, network.

3. Bar Wars: The Fiftieth Anniversary: not one, but TWO great shows by the Denver Law Club!

2. Lions, tigers, bears, attorneys, oh my! Join us for our big, private birthday bash at the Denver Zoo.

And the number one reason to attend the Colorado Bar Assocation Annual Convention August 7-10 in Denver is:

1. 131 hours of great CLE programming! The best stuff at the best prices you'll find anywhere.

We will see you there! Registration information was mailed to all CBA members in June. If you need more details, call Dana Vocate at the CBA offices, (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.

Backup singers wow the Board of Governors
Fun with the Board of Governors: At the last Board of Governors meeting, representatives got a sampling of the musical talent among the bar association leaders. The general consensus? Keep your law degrees. Fred Rodgers was a fantastic accompanist to CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway and Immediate Past President Miles Cortez. The "back-up group," consisting of Dave Dickinson, Roger Clark, Ben Aisenberg, and Judy Holmes, roared through the chorus lines. They were singing about--what else?--the upcoming convention.

Furniture to Spare? The Colorado and Denver Bar Association office would love to take those glass-front bookcases off your hands. We're 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 (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736. We're also looking for old Martindale-Hubbel's (Colorado's volume only) to add to our collection of history.


The Law Education Committee has nearly completed a pro se divorce legal information clinic model. Doing Your Own Divorce was piloted by the Denver Bar Association, and has just been through the refinement stage. The clinic was developed in response to the increasing flood of pro se litigants in divorce courts around the state. Contributors include the Colorado Women's Bar, Boulder County Bar, Arapahoe County Bar, CBA Family Law Section, Thursday Night Bar, Legal Aid Society of Metro Denver, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys. If your bar association is interested in getting the model for use in your area, please call Chris Hardaway in Denver at (303) 757-1502 or Dave Ells at the CBA office.

On July 11, the Trust and Estate Section and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado ("CLECI") will co-sponsor "Guardianships and Conservatorships and Protective Proceedings," to be held at the CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, in Denver.

The Fifteenth Annual Real Estate Symposium, co-sponsored by the Real Estate Law Section and CLECI, will take place July 24-26 at the Marriott's Mountain Resort in Vail.

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


A number of local bar associations have been handing out awards to deserving members.

The Pitkin County Bar Association chose Ted Gardenswartz to receive a Professionalism Award from CBA President Miles Cortez.

Incoming CBA President Rebecca Koppes Conway presented the Professionalism Award to attorney Victor Moss at her first bar visit in Pueblo on June 6.

The First Judicial District Bar Association ("First J.D.") held its Annual Awards Banquet in Golden on May 16. The Award of Appreciation was given to Carol Conklin. The "Circuit Rider" Award went to Judge Fred Rodgers. Margaret Ochoa was honored as the Young Lawyer of the Year. The First J.D. Award of Merit was given to Judge Linda Palmieri. The First J.D. has created a new award, which will be given each year in recognition of work with and for children. The award is named after Judge Palmieri.

One funny bit from the First J.D. awards. At the Melodrama after dinner, the emcee was announcing special events and groups attending. He announced the birthday of a man in the audience and added, "He's a lawyer." A tremendous "BOO, HISS!" went up from the front section of the theatre. When the emcee got to the end of the list, he noted the presence of the First J.D. Bar Association and a wild cheer went up--from the front section of the theatre. He asked if they weren't the same people who just booed the lawyer. The group answered "Yes." He asked why, and someone yelled, "He's not a member!"

The Boulder County Bar Association and Boulder County Legal Services held their annual Awards Luncheon on May 28. Bill Benjamin, Anne-Marie Jones, Jack Robinson, and Mark Fischer were all honored for giving 100 hours of time to Legal Services. The 150-hour club consists of Juliet Gilbert, Richard Hopper, Lynda Mihalik, Georgianna Scott, and Debra Kalish. Norm Aaronson and Kathy Schneberk-King reached the 200 hour club, and Elaine Johnson donated a whopping 300 hours to Boulder County Legal Services.

Martha Ridgway
Also at the meeting, Martha Ridgway was presented with the Boulder bar's highest honor, the John Marshall Award.

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

The El Paso County Bar Association's Eighth Annual Night at the Ball Park to benefit the Pikes Peak/Arkansas River Legal Aid will be August 2. There will be a barbecue dinner at 5:30 p.m., and the Sky Sox will take the field versus the Tacoma Rainers at 7:05 p.m. Contact Mike Duncan at (719) 633-9977, Sue Dinapoli at (719) 471-0380, ext. 129, or Pat Dean at (719) 473-9700 for more information.

TNB Executive Director Barb Chamberlain (right)
with student participant Debbie VanWyke
The Thursday Night Bar Program ("TNB"), in conjunction with the Denver Bar Association Legal Services Committee ("DBA LSC") has begun a program that will use DU College of Law Evening Division students to assist attorneys taking TNB cases. Members of the LSC have agreed to mentor a student, who will have primary responsibility for the shared case and the client. Twenty-six students have committed to the program, which was started by Mick Walker, a third-year night student. Jon Nicholls, co-chair of the LSC, is coordinating the attorney participation. A reception to kick off the program was held at the CBA office on May 22.

Following the success of the ninth annual Barristers Benefit Ball "Cruise 97," DBA President Tom deMarino will be hosting "Cruise 98." Cruise 98 will be a "real" 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 are invited to come along on this fun, relaxing adventure. For information and rates, call International Cruises and Tours in Denver at (303) 691-3636 or (800) 848-2469.


The CBA thanks the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association ("CTLA"), which is graciously holding its convention a month earlier this year to avoid a conflict with the CBA Convention in August. Be sure to mark your calendars for July 10-13, and make plans to join them in beautiful Snowmass. Speakers will include Russ Herman, Morris Dees, Gerry Spence, William Trine, and others from across the country and Colorado. For registration information, contact the CTLA in Denver at (303) 831-1192.

The Annual Seminar of the Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association ("CDLA") is returning to the Vail Cascade this year on August 21-23. 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."

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