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April 1997       Vol. 26, No. 4       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Heather Baniszewski


CBA Lobby Furniture: The next time you stop by the CBA offices, take a few moments to look at the beautiful wooden benches that grace the lobby, thanks to the generosity of the Gilpin County Courthouse and Gilpin County Court Judge Frederic Rodgers.

Gilpin County Courthouse bench
in the CBA lobby.

CBA Centennial: Have you heard? This year is the CBAs 100th birthday. Get ready for a special keepsake edition of The Colorado Lawyer. This one-of-a-kind issue will be in mailboxes the first week of June.

Two historical displays in the lobby of the CBA offices are continually being updated. If you have a piece of legal history you would like to see included, call Diane Hartman at the CBA. Hartman also is the one to contact if you would like to help coordinate a visit of the soon-to-be-finished CBA traveling historical display to your local courthouse.

Frank Moorhead

Presidential Photos: Someone listened to our cries for help, and the CBA received a wonderful picture of Frank Moorhead to add to our collection of presidents photos. Moorhead was president in 1945-46. Boulder City Attorney Joe de Raismes was in our office, noticed the missing picture, and knew exactly where to find one. (Thanks also to Helen Gavin and Jean Kavanaugh in that office.) He had the photo copied and sent to us. Our collection is nearly complete. We are still missing a photo of William Hutton, president in 1940-41. Does anyone know where we can find a picture of him?

Goodbye to Justice Kirshbaum: The CBA and the Colorado Supreme Court cosponsored a farewell reception for retiring Justice Howard Kirshbaum in January. The event was held at the Colorado History Museum on a cold, blustery winter day. Despite the weather, more than 100 well-wishers turned out.

Justice Howard Kirshbaum



This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the celebration of Law Day in the United States, with the theme "Celebrate Your Freedom." Here are just some of the events planned by local bar associations in Colorado in conjunction with Law Day:

The Continental Divide Bar Associations events, "Lawyers in the Classroom" and "Meet Your Judges," will take place on May 1. Contact Diane Herman at (970) 476-0300 in Vail for details.

On May 2, the Arapahoe County Bar Association will host a luncheon for lawyers and high school students and a CLE debate on the death penalty at the Franciscan Event Center in Englewood. For more information, call Libby McKeever in Littleton at (303) 797-2227 or Ellen Reilly in Englewood at (303) 643-4588.

The El Paso County Bar Association will hold its Law Day programs at the Antlers Doubletree Hotel in Colorado Springs at 11:45 on May 1. For more details, call Pat Dean at (719) 473-9700.

The Boulder County Bar Association will feature Law Day programs for the public on May 1. For bar members, there will be golf and tennis tournaments; later that day, its time for the annual meeting and dinner. Call Wendy Fey at (303) 440-4758 for details or to volunteer.

Join the Douglas/Elbert Bar Association for a Law Day breakfast on May 2 at 6:30 a.m. Details are available by calling Michael Robinson in Castle Rock at (303) 688-0944.

The Larimer County Bar Association Young Lawyers will host a Law Day luncheon at the Lincoln Center in Ft. Collins on May 1. The festivities will include a high school essay contest and community awards. For details, call Randall Lococo at (970) 490-8950 in Fort Collins.


Womens professional basketball and a "ballpark" lunch were on tap at the Gaming, Entertainment and Sports Law Forum Committees February meeting. The special guest was player Shelly Sheets of the Colorado Xplosion.

Mary Hoagland (left), Ann Price of the Colorado Xplosion, and Beth Bryant at the Gaming, Entertainment and Sports Law Program

The Workers Compensation Section and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI") will cohost a program on workers compensation issues on April 4 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center in Denver.

April 18 is the date for "Negotiating and Drafting of Private Construction Contracts," a program presented by the Construction Law Committee and CLECI. It will be held in the CLECI classroom in Denver.

"Employment Law Update" will be held April 25 at the Westin Hotel Tabor Center in Denver. It will be sponsored by the Labor Law Forum Committee and CLECI.

The Criminal Law Section, the Young Lawyers Division, and CLECI will present "Organizing Your Practice to Effectively Represent Your Clients" on May 9.

For further information on any of these programs, call CLECI in Denver at (303) 860-0608.


On Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m., the past presidents of the Boulder County Bar Association will meet for their annual dinner. For more information, call Wendy Fey at (303) 440-4758.

Ward H. Fischer was given the CBA Professionalism Award posthumously at the Larimer County Bar Association Term Day Meeting on March 4.

Mel Reveles, assistant to the CBA Law Practice Management Department, will present "Internet for the Law Office" on April 11 as part of Garfield County Legal Services annual fundraiser. The event will be held at the Buffalo Valley Lodge in Glenwood Springs.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association held its annual spring CLE March 22-25 in San Diego. Reba Nance, CBA Director of Law Practice Management, hosted a morning program devoted to technology issues, including technology help for the law practice and how to "surf the Net."

The Denver Bar Association will hold its annual meeting on June 3 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Watch for more information in the next issue.


The Raffle Committee of the Denver Bar Associations Barristers Benefit Ball, which will be held May 3, has gone "overboard" this year. There are some great prizes for a $35 raffle ticket (six tickets for $180): Prize #1A Carribean cruise (airfare included) for two (retail value, $2,600-$3,400). Prize #2A four-day, three-night stay (airfare included) on a private island off the Florida Keys (retail value, $2,750). Prize #3A home entertainment center with a Marantz THX Dolby ProLogic AM/FM remote control receiver; front, rear, and central speakers; and 130-watt subwoofer amplifier (retail value, $3,700). Prize #4A Pentium 166 computer with a MMX chip, 150 ACER monitor, 32 mgs of EDO RAM, 2 gig hard drive, 12-speed CD-ROM, 33.6 internal modem, Windows 95, 2 mg video card, sound card, and speakers (retail value, $3,000). Prize #5A triple-strand necklace of large freshwater pearls, highlighted with a sterling silver Spanish colonial-style cross pendant (retail value, $1,450). Proceeds from the Barristers Ball, including the raffle, benefit the Thursday Night Bar program, which serves the Denver metro area and provides pro bono legal services to the poor. To purchase raffle tickets, contact the CBA/DBA office.


More than 300 members of the Colorado legal community were on hand February 15 in Denver when the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association honored Ben M. Ochoa as Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer of the Year. Ochoa is a partner in the Denver firm of Rothgerber, Appel, Powers & Johnson, LLP. He is active on the CBA Domestic Violence Task Force, chaired the CBA Minority Counsel Pilot Program from 1992-94, and participates in many community activities.

Ben M. Ochoa

The Hispanic Law Students Association of the DU College of Law held a reception in February honoring new Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez. Colorados Poet Laureate, Lalo Delgado, gave a reading in honor of Justice Martinez.

The Colorado Womens Bar Association and DU College of Law will sponsor "Women and Technology" on April 10. The cost for the seminar is $117; seven CLE credits and one ethics credit have been applied for. Further details are available by calling (303) 871-6326.

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