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June 2002       Vol. 31, No. 6       Page  31
CBA President's Message to Members

Forever Grateful
by Laird T. Milburn

I believe this past year has been a good one for the Colorado Bar Association. Nationally, we continue to be recognized as a leader in addressing the most pressing issues facing our profession, from multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional practice, to justice system improvements and professional reform. Membership is strong and continues to increase as the very real value of available bar services is recognized, and we have never been as financially healthy as at present. But, all of this has not just happened. As with any association, our success continues due to the commitment and hard work of many who, without widespread personal recognition, have given so much of their time and effort to improve the lot of all members of the practicing bar in Colorado. It is my great regret that I have neither the space here nor the time to personally thank all of you, both CBA members and staff, who so generously and tirelessly have given toward those ends. However, there are individuals I must thank on behalf of the entire CBA family for their special efforts this past year.

First, I want to thank Dale Harris, my immediate predecessor, for agreeing to chair the Professional Reform Task Force, the centerpiece of my term. The Task Force was given the responsibility of evaluating what may be the most pressing issue facing our profession: whether the public’s trust and respect for lawyers can be influenced and improved through appropriate professional reform. Daunting as the task may be, Dale and the other members who agreed to serve on the Task Force (some eighty members consisting of practitioners, judges, and law school faculty) presented their initial conclusions and recommendations to the Board of Governors on Saturday, May 11, 2002. The Board recommended that the Task Force continue its work.


President Laird Milburn speaks to Continental Divide Bar Association members in Breckenridge during Presidential Visit in March 2002.

Next (I cannot say second), my personal thanks to John Moye, who, without hesitation, accepted my request that he chair and organize the first citizens justice conference in Colorado history (see page 32 of this issue). With the assistance of Diane Hartman and other members of John’s committee, more than 120 non-lawyer community leaders from every part of the state attended the Colorado Citizens Justice Summit. The Summit was held on April 20, 2002, at the University of Denver College of Law, to allow participants to express their views concerning improvements to the Colorado civil and criminal justice system. Within the next few months, a report containing the recommendations of the conference participants will be made available to the Colorado Supreme Court, Governor’s Office, legislature, and public. Finally, and not only because it is traditional, I want to express my personal gratitude to Chuck Turner, Greg Martin, and all the other members of the CBA staff. They make all of us, who serve the Association on a voluntary basis, look better than we are and get credit for more than we deserve. I cannot imagine a more loyal, competent, and effective Bar Association staff.

Lastly, a personal note. Anyone who has had the honor of serving as the President of the Colorado Bar Association would admit that one receives much more than one gives in the process, and that the rewards of the office greatly outweigh its burdens or responsibilities. That is so because there are so many people who are willing to help, from dedicated fellow members of the profession to an outstanding and dedicated staff, thereby making it virtually impossible not to have a successful and rewarding year in one way or another. There is no question that has been the case for me these past twelve months, and for this reason alone, I will always be grateful to all of you for the opportunity to serve this Association and its members. And, like most of my predecessors, I take my leave with the hope that I have made some small contribution, and the guilty admission that the status of Past President is more than welcome. Thanks to all of you.



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