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June 2002       Vol. 31, No. 6       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Leona Martínez

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association administration, sections, committees, minority/specialty and local bar associations, and CBA-CLE. If you have information you would like included in Bar News, contact the CBA Communications Department by letter to: 1900 Grant Street, Suite 900, Denver,Colorado 80203-4336; phone: (303) 860-1115 or toll free in state: (800) 332-6736; or fax to Lindsay Packard at (303) 894-0821, or e-mail:



Section Symposia Take the Place of Annual Convention: The CBA has traditionally held an annual convention in the autumn at a select location in Colorado. This year, the CBA would like to emphasize the importance of its substantive sections and, instead of a one-time convention, is increasing its participation in the "Section Symposia" throughout the second half of 2002 in various locations around the state. The CBA is coordinating with CBA-CLE to bring to members a series of CBA Section meetings in specialized areas of law where members can earn CLE credits, as well as network, socialize, and relax among peers. For a list of upcoming meetings, see page 8. No decision has been made concerning future CBA conventions; however, comments and suggestions are welcome. In the meantime, these Section Symposia have plenty to offer everyone! For complete information about the CBA-CLE 2002 Section Symposia or to comment on this new direction, contact Dana Collier Smith by phone: (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736; or e-mail: Details about the Section Symposia will be posted at when available. Call CBA-CLE directly with questions at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531. Section Symposia are the way to go in 2002!

Presidential Visits: The year 2002 is a year of change, and this includes a change in how the CBA Presidential Visits are conducted. The new "format" is meant to better serve CBA members and will provide new opportunities for members to meet the CBA officers and staff, as well as other members in their district, and discuss issues of concern to members and local bar. The Presidential Visits by incoming CBA President John Moye and CBA staff members will be scheduled by district rather than by individual bar association. The CBA will present a three-credit CLE program, followed by a reception with Moye and CBA staff members. The CLE event will start at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and will be followed by a reception. The CLE program and reception will be complimentary to CBA members and will cost $45 for nonmembers. Here is a rundown of visits scheduled through the end of this year: July 12—Montrose (District 6); August 2—Vail (District 7); August 16—Colorado Springs (District 5); September 20—Greeley (District 3); October 4—Pueblo (District 4); November 8—Arapahoe County (District 2); November 15—Denver (District 1). If you have questions about the areas encompassed in each district, and would like complete information about the Presidential Visits, contact Jo Ann Viola Salazar by phone: (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5310; or e-mail:

2003 High School Mock Trial Tournament: The CBA Public Legal Education Department is working in tandem with local bar associations and the Colorado Historical Society to prepare the case to be tried during the 2003 Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament. The case is based on the "Ludlow Massacre" that occurred on April 20, 1914, in southern Colorado. The incident led to sweeping changes in mine safety and unionization. The case will include a history of Ludlow, as well as a separate fact pattern and witness statements that students will use to present both prosecution and defense sides of the case against the defendant union organizer. George McGovern, Democratic nominee for U.S. President in 1972, has been invited to serve on the championship trial panel, given his interest in the Colorado coalfield wars, and the "Ludlow Massacre" incident in particular. Local competitions will take place in February 2003, and the state competition will be held in Colorado Springs on March 7-8, 2001. Case materials will be available October 31, 2002. Attorneys and judges are needed to coach, score, and preside over the competitions. To volunteer your expertise and share your knowledge with Colorado’s youth, and for complete information about the 2003 Tournament, contact Dave Ells by phone: (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5323; or e-mail:


The CBA Family Law Section Domestic Relations Bench Book is available for purchase. Cost is $65 to Section members; $90 to Section nonmembers (includes membership to the Section), and $110 to non-CBA members. Copies of the Bench Book may be ordered by calling Melissa McClerkin or Tessa Khan at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736. There will be a $10 shipping and handling charge for each book. Walk-in purchases are welcomed at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver. Bring cash or a check, payable to CBA FLS.

On June 19, 2002, the International Law Committee will present "European Perspectives on the War on Terrorism" from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Pl. Guest speaker is Morgan Smith, current president of the American Society of Barcelona. Smith, former Colorado legislator and director of the Colorado International Trade Office, is traveling from his residence in Barcelona, Spain, and will speak on a variety of issues relating to European support for the "War on Terrorism," including extradition, immigration, freezing of bank accounts, the sharing of military, and peacekeeping activities. Fax your reservations by noon, June 17, 2002, to Tom McNamara: (303) 893-1379 or e-mail: tom.mcnamara@dgslaw. com. Cost is $18.50 for Committee members; $20 for all others. Bring a check to the meeting, payable to the CBA.


CBA President Laird Milburn visited the Continental Divide Bar Association ("CDBA") in March 2002, where "100-Hour Club Certificates" were awarded to members for their dedication to pro bono legal services. Edward Shindel donated 100 hours of service and Michele R. Couch, Chet Gaede (who happens to be Mayor of Leadville, Colorado), and Mara M. Kleinschmidt each donated 200 hours of service "for the good" of the community.

The Denver Bar Foundation’s 2002 Barristers Benefit Ball ("BBB") was "A Capital Evening" indeed! The annual fundraiser for the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization was held on April 27. The fun event included dinner, dancing to live music, a casino, and a silent auction. Raffle tickets were sold, as well, to raise money for the worthwhile cause. Raffle prizewinners and their prizes are: Alan Friedberg—Lasik Eye Surgery; Woody Garnsey—Sports Package; Christine Webb—Dozen Dinners; Debra Judy—John Atencio Ring; Theresa Kanan—Denver Evening Getaway; and Marcie Jaeger—Vail Ski Getaway. It’s not too early to start gearing up for the April 26, 2003, BBB. Contact Dana Collier Smith for complete information by phone: (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736; or e-mail:

The First Judicial District Bar Association ("1st J.D.") held its Annual Awards Banquet on April 20, 2002, in Golden. The following awards were presented: Richard Mishkin—Award of Merit; Tom Joaquin—Young Lawyer of the Year; Christine Bess—Linda Palmieri Award (for outstanding service on behalf of children); Norma Anderson—Liberty Bell Award; and George Holley—special award for 50 years in the practice of law. Also at the banquet, outgoing 1st J.D. President Robert Montgomery passed the gavel to incoming President Michael Buetz.

Master of Ceremonies T.J. Carney presents 1st J.D. Award of Merit to Rick Mishkin (left).


Garfield Legal Services ("GLS") celebrated its twentieth anniversary on April 30, 2002, in Glenwood Springs. The day’s celebrations included a CLE-accredited seminar lead by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Bender on the status of the rules on advance fee agreements and the unauthorized practice of law. During the anniversary celebrations, Bill Kaufman was recognized with the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for his 100+ hours of volunteer legal service, and Judge Victor Zerbi was presented with the Professionalism Award. Additionally, the Colorado Judicial Institute presented its Judicial Excellence Award to Ninth Judicial District Judge T. Peter Craven for effective docket management, commitment to community, and creativity and excellence throughout his career. Cheryl Hurst, GLS Executive Director for fourteen years, was acknowledged for her many years of service.

Weld County Bar Association held its Pro Bono Awards Dinner/Annual Meeting on May 3, 2002. The following members were presented with "100-Hour Club Certificates" for their dedication to pro bono legal services: John Barry; Joseph Bodine; Bill Condon; Jack Davis; Mark Geil; Dallas Greenfield; Patrick Groom; James Gustafson; Thomas Hagerman; Julie Hoskins; Thomas Houtchens; Ann La Plante; Zane Pic; Mark Rapp; and Esteban Salazar.


The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado held its annual Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet on April 26, 2002, in Denver. Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar was the event’s keynote speaker. This year’s Minoru Yasui Scholarship recipients were Sabina Chung, from the University of Colorado School of Law, and Beodl Lee, from the University of Denver College of Law.

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado ("Guild") held its Annual Dinner on January 31, 2002, in Denver. The event included election of new officers: Mark A. Fogg, Guild President; Donna Deslauriers, Vice-President and Treasurer; and JoAnne Zboyan, Secretary. The Guild’s annual picnic will take place in August, and the "Red Mass," where the St. Thomas More and Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented, is tentatively scheduled for November 3, 2002. For information about the Guild and upcoming events, contact Fogg in Denver at (303) 825-2700.


Two CBA-CLE programs scheduled in June 2002 are highlighted here. "Eleventh Annual Western Agricultural & Rural Law Roundup" will be held on June 14-15, 2002, at Western State College in Gunnison. The program is designed to provide optimal interaction between lawyers, ranchers, farmers, realtors, appraisers, and producer organizations.

On June 20-22, 2002, Steamboat Springs will be the place to be for the "2002 Estate Planning Retreat." This annual, advanced-level program is co-sponsored by the CBA Trust and Estate Section and includes a well-rounded selection of programs. It is "a must" for estate planning practitioners.

For more information about these or other programs, or any CBA-CLE publications, see the "CBA-CLE Planning Guide in each issue of The Colorado Lawyer or call (303) 860-0608 or toll free (888) 860-2531. Link to more information about CBA-CLE seminars, publications, home study, and more from the CBA website:

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