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January 1997       Vol. 26, No. 1       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Heather Baniszewski, Erika Croteau

Professionalism Seminar: The University of Denver College of Law was bursting at the seams on November 16, when 320 attorneys gathered for the final Professionalism Seminar of 1996. The seminar is mandatory for all newly admitted lawyers in Colorado.

Steve Ezell and CBA President
Miles Cortez at the

CBA Anniversary: The 100th Anniversary of the Colorado Bar Association is here! This will be a statewide celebration throughout 1997; as a result, we need volunteers from across the state to help organize the festivities. If you are interested in being involved in this once-in-a-lifetime gala, call Diane Hartman at the CBA office. We also are looking for pieces of CBA history. As you are rummaging through photo albums and old documents, please keep us in mind. We would love anything you would like to donate, especially photos. If it is a family keepsake, let us borrow it and we will make a copy.

1997 Convention: Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 1997 CBA Convention, to be held August 7-10 in Denver. This year’s convention is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Keep an eye out for the top secret, special events being planned!


The Family Law Section and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI") will co-sponsor "Family Law Pro Bono" on January 17. The seminar will take place at DU College of Law in the Lowell Thomas Building.

CLECI and the Professional Liability Committee have announced dates for the 1997 Malpractice Prevention Seminars. The dates are: January 31 in Greeley; February 7 in Denver; February 14 in Pueblo; February 21 in Durango; and February 28 in Grand Junction.

For more information on these and other CLECI programs, call (303) 860-0608 in Denver, or see page 49 for the full CLECI schedule.


The CBA-sponsored Federal Court Pro Bono Mentoring Program has been active for one year. Currently, there are twenty cases in progress. Teams of mentors, mentees, and paralegals are working to assist pro se litigants in U.S. District Court.

The need for volunteers (that means you!) is still growing, along with the number of cases the program receives from the court. If you are interested in volunteering, call Al Coco, executive director of the program, at the CBA office, or Stan Garnett, the attorney program coordinator, at (303) 534-6335 in Denver. Besides the benefits of giving your time to others in need, the experience provides an excellent networking opportunity with lawyers and judges. Thanks to all of the current volunteers for their continued enthusiasm, support, and dedication to the program.

Alex and Danny Axley
participate in “KidsVoting”


Kids in Jefferson County had the unusual opportunity to vote on November 5, thanks to the First Judicial District Bar Association ("First J.D.") sponsorship of "Kids Voting Colorado/Jeffco." The "Kids Voting" program included from six to twelve hours of classroom instruction and culminated on election day, when kids had the chance to go to the "polls" accompanied by a parent or guardian to "vote" on the same issues and for the same candidates as the registered voters.

Cruise ’97 Co-Chairs Carolynne
White and Tom DeMarino

The First J.D. will sponsor a Criminal Law Seminar on January 24 from 8:30 A.M. to noon in the Training Room of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Topics include updates on juvenile law and case law. To register, call (303) 297-5568.

Cruise ’97, a/k/a the Barristers Benefit Ball, sets sail May 3, 1997, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. The annual event, which benefits the Thursday Night Bar program, is sponsored by the Denver Bar Association. Until March 1, tickets for this exciting event start at $90 for Young Lawyer/ Judiciary/ Support Staff; $135 for Supporters; $200 for Patrons; and $2,000 for Patron Tables of ten or more. After March 1, prices go up, so act fast! Call Dana Vocate at the CBA office for more information.

The DBA Child Care Task Force is pleased to report great progress in the proposed child care center across the street from the City and County Building. A recent letter from Denver Mayor Wellington Webb pledged his support. "I am very supportive of this project. I have committed space, and will support the county court’s proposal for a surcharge to cover the ongoing operational costs. . . . I have directed my staff to continue to work with you on this worthwhile project." An architect has signed on and will create the building renovation designs pro bono. The DBA is assisting in raising the money for a one-time renovation cost of $140,000. If you want to donate to this project, send a check to the Court Child Care Center, c/o Denver Bar Association, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80203.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") has several event announcements. Planning for the Bob Gallagher Tribute is ongoing; call the ACBA office at the number below for details.

Get ready for this! The ACBA is hosting its spring CLE program on March 22-25 in sunny San Diego. CBA members are invited to join the group for lots of CLE credit. Estimated cost for four days and three nights, including airfare, is just $375 per person (double occupancy). For more information, call the ACBA at (303) 797-ABAR. To book travel arrangements, call Travel Care, Inc. at (303) 798-6700. A $50 per person deposit is due to Travel Care, Inc. by January 15.

The January meeting of the ACBA will be a cocktail party on January 10, following a CLE presentation entitled "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Grievances." The party will be held from 5-7 P.M. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center; the cost is $5 per person. For more information and reservations, call (303) 797-ABAR.

John Castellano (left)
receives  the Minoru Yasui
Award from NAPABA
Colorado Chapter  President
Rumi Engineer


The Colorado Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association hosted NAPABA’s 1996 National Convention in November at the Westin Hotel in Denver. The convention included educational seminars, receptions, silent and live auctions, a moot court competition, and special luncheon and dinner speakers, as well as the swearing-in of next year’s NAPABA officers. The Colorado chapter is the smallest chapter ever to have hosted the national convention, and the event was a tremendous success.

During the Saturday dinner, Denver attorney John Castellano was surprised with the annual Minoru Yasui Award, for his unflagging efforts in making the memorial to former Colorado Governor Ralph Carr a reality. Governor Carr sacrificed his political career to speak out against the internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II. The memorial is on the east lawn of the State Capitol Building in Denver.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") has two programs ready for the new year. On Friday, January 17, Brian Shaha will speak on what to expect from the newly created office of the Alternative Defense Counsel and how to apply for court appointments through this new avenue. The luncheon will take place at noon at the Oxford Hotel in Denver; cost is $24.

Also at the Oxford Hotel will be the CCDB’s February 21 program, which will feature Carrie Clein. She will offer an overview of juvenile justice provisions, filings, pleas, trials, and sentences, and how it all works in court. The cost for this noon event is also $24. For more information on either program, call Mary Halloran in Denver at (303) 777-7816.

CWBA speakers included Toya
Dawson (left) and Faye Chu Fong

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") Minorities in the Law Program and membership reception was held at the Robischon Gallery in Denver on November 26. Speakers on minority issues included Denver County Court Judge Celeste C de Baca, Toya Dawson of the Denver City Attorney’s Office, Faye Chu Fong of Baker and Hostetler, and Jonny Lee Bearcub Stiffarm of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Compliance. The event was sponsored by Melissa J. Penfold and Massmutual.

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