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February 1997       Vol. 26, No. 2       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, fax or letter. Bar News is compiled one month prior to publication. Fax information to 303-894-0821.


The 1997 CBA Convention will be here soon! This year, the convention will be held in Denver, so mark August 7-10 on your calendars. The convention will feature a 100-year birthday party for the CBA, which is celebrating its centennial this year. Other special, top-secret events are being planned for the whole family; watch for more information in upcoming issues.

The CBA’s exact birth date is September 9, 1997. We are still looking for lost history. If you have any memorabilia you would like to donate, we would love to have it. If you have a treasure that you cannot part with, please let us make a copy. Call Diane Hartman at the CBA office.


The CBA is pleased to welcome Gary Abrams, the new executive director of Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI"). Since 1981, Gary has worked with the State Bar of Wisconsin as media director, program director, and CLE seminar director/planner. He is excited to be in Colorado, and is looking forward to working with and getting to know our members.

Governor Roy Romer (left) announces
Michael Bender’s judicial appointment


On January 2, Governor Roy Romer announced that he had selected Denver attorney and CBA member Michael Bender to fill the Colorado Supreme Court seat vacated by the retirement of Justice George Lohr. Romer commented on Bender’s extensive criminal law background and his national reputation for fairness and integrity. Bender is a member of the CBA Criminal Law Section and a former chair of the ABA Criminal Law Section, as well as a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


CLECI and the Lawyer’s Professional Liability Committee will finish the 1997 series of Legal Malpractice Prevention Seminars in February. The remaining dates and cities are: February 7, Denver; February 14, Pueblo; February 21, Durango; and February 28, Grand Junction.

The Trust and Estate Section (formerly the Probate and Trust Law Section) and CLECI will cosponsor "Will Contests with Herb Tucker" in Denver on February 21.

For more information about these and other CLECI programs, call (303) 860-0608 in Denver, or see page 119 for a full schedule.

At 5:30 P.M. on February 25, the Women in the Law Committee will sponsor a one-hour CLE program entitled "Ethical Considerations for Contract Attorneys" at the CBA office. The speaker will be Linda Donnelly, Colorado’s Disciplinary Counsel. A reception will be held following the program. The cost for the CLE is $10. Checks and registration may be mailed to: Julie Petersen, Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80203. The deadline for registration is February 21.

Ellen Toomey and Miles Cortez


In November, CBA President Miles Cortez, President-elect Rebecca Koppes Conway, and CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner enjoyed a luncheon with members of the Adams County Bar Association. The CBA Professionalism Award was bestowed upon an unsuspecting Ellen Toomey.

Mel Reveles at the
Thirteenth J.D.

The CBA Law Practice Management Department unveiled its newest secret weapon at the Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association meeting in December, when Mel Reveles, the Department’s administrative assistant, gave a presentation on the Internet. Reveles and department director Reba Nance are available to teach technology-related seminars at your bar association meetings. They will be with the Weld County Bar Association on February 14 to team-teach an "Internet for the Law Office" seminar from 2-4 P.M. at the Commissioner’s Office. For information on the Weld County visit, or to set up a seminar at your bar association, call them at the CBA office.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Young Lawyers Division reports that its third annual Wine Tasting on December 4 was a sellout. Three hundred tasters gathered at the Bluebird Theater and raised $4,000 for the Legal Aid Foundation, which funds Colorado’s legal services programs.

DBA YLD members also managed to raise $27,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association ("MDA") by allowing themselves to be locked up at the Wynkoop Brewery and calling friends and colleagues for the $700 "bail." The top fundraiser for the day was solo practitioner David Gosser, who raised $1,215.

DBA YLD members in the lockup for
the MDA

On President’s Day, February 17, you are invited to join the First Judicial District Bar Association for a CLE seminar on family law. The speakers will be Judges Karen Metzger, James Zimmerman and Jack Devita, and attorney Jon Pelegrin. The seminar will be held from 9 A.M.-12:30 P.M. in the Training Room at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Four CLE credits have been applied for, some of which may be ethics credits. The cost is $30 for First J.D. members; $45 for nonmembers. Reservations must be sent in ahead of time to the First J.D., P.O. Box 281095, Lakewood, CO 80228.

The First J.D. also is planning a dinner honoring retired Judges Gaspar F. Perricone, Kenneth E. Barnhill, and Robert Morris, and welcoming new Judges Frank Plaut, Charles T. Hoppin, and Leland Anderson. The dinner will be held February 28 at the Sheraton West Hotel in Lakewood. The cost is $28 per person, and reservations must be made by February 15. For more information, call (303) 279-5568.

Kudos to the Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") for its annual holiday food drive. Since 1994, LCBA members have donated thousands of dollars worth of food to the needy.

The Pueblo County Bar Association’s committee celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of merit selection for judges needs volunteers for its programs, which will run through Labor Day. If you are willing to volunteer, call Allan Glover at (719) 544-7534 or Jim Coursey at (719) 543-9591.

Fun at the CWBA holiday party


The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") held its annual holiday party in December at the home of Bill and Carol McCarren. The Tuscan-villa style home was built by Harry Tammen, cofounder of The Denver Post, in 1907. This year’s party benefited Warren Village, an independent agency committed to enabling single-parent families to move from public assistance to self-sufficiency.

The CWBA and The Alliance of Professional Women will sponsor the Twelfth Annual Women Legislators’ Dinner on February 11 at the Marriott City Center in Denver. The dinner honors women currently serving in the Colorado legislature, providing an opportunity for attendees to meet their women legislators and to discuss community and business interests in a nonpolitical social setting. During dinner, each legislator will briefly discuss her priorities for the upcoming year and any legislation she is sponsoring. Call Julie Wells at the CWBA in Denver for more information, (303) 831-1040.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") will hold its annual Trial Practice Institute on March 21-22 at the University of Denver College of Law. This is a hands-on seminar in trial tactics that includes lectures and small workshops in which trial skills are practiced under the guidance of experienced lawyers. For registration information, call the CCDB in Denver at (303) 777-7816.

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