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May 1997       Vol. 26, No. 5       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Heather Baniszewski


CBA Traveling Centennial Display: The CBA’s traveling Centennial Display made its debut in Colorado Springs during April and will be in the Seventh Judicial District in May. To find out when the display will be in your area, or to arrange for its visit, call CBA Director of Communications Diane Hartman. See the story under "CBA Committees and Sections," below, for additional information about the Centennial Celebration.

1997 CBA Convention: The 99th Annual CBA Convention, to be held August 7-10, will be the biggest and best yet—and will be held in Denver for the first time in more than ninety years. In addition to a celebration of the CBA’s 100th anniversary, the convention will feature a myriad of CLE opportunities, receptions, and social events, as well as two performances of the ever-popular Law Club Show. For more information, call Dana Vocate at the CBA office.

Meredith McBurney and Jim Hollaway at McBurney's going away party

Goodbye to COLTAF/LAF Director: Meredith McBurney has left the Colorado Lawyers Trust Account Foundation ("COLTAF") and Legal Aid Foundation after fifteen years as their executive director. We wish her well as she heads to Costa Rica to work with EarthWatch, studying long-tailed Manakins (a species of bird).



Two hundred students from eighteen Colorado high schools converged on the El Paso County Courthouse in Colorado Springs to participate in the Colorado State Mock Trial Championships, held in early March. When the smoke cleared, the new state champions were the team from Cheyenne Mountain High School. They will represent Colorado at the national finals in Nashville in May.

Winning Mock Trial team from Cheyenne Mountain High School

The scoring panel consisted of a "real" judge, an attorney, and a community leader. Students took the role of attorneys and witnesses. The panel assessed speech, presentation, arguments, persuasion, and critical thinking. Among the real judges at the competitions were Colorado Supreme Court Justices Rebecca Kourlis and Gregory Hobbs; Court of Appeals Judges Leonard Plank, Robert Kapelke, and John Criswell; and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marcia Krieger.

Special thanks go to Jack Donley, Pat Kelly, and other El Paso County Bar Association members for being great hosts.



The Centennial Committee has been busy collecting history and making plans to celebrate the CBA’s 100th birthday. In addition to the traveling display mentioned above, the CBA lobby sports a four-panel permanent display, a glass-enclosed display table, and a coffee table made from a solid brass plaque that used to hang in the Supreme Court Chambers.

The newly revised edition of The Lawyer’s Kit is now available. This publication of the Law Practice Management Committee, which was designed specifically for lawyers starting a law practice, sells for $25 and includes sections on the following topics: choice of entity; office equipment; human resources; use of legal assistants; technology; marketing; time management and fees; financial management; risk management; sample fee agreements; sample office sharing agreements; using the Internet; and the Colorado Lawyers Trust Account Foundation. For more information, call CBA Director of Law Practice Management Reba Nance.

The Water Law Section and Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI") will cosponsor "Colorado Water Law"on May 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Denver, with a video replay available May 23 in the CLECI classroom at 1900 Grant St., Third Floor, in Denver. During lunch at the live program, several individuals who have made special contributions to the area of water rights will be inducted into the Ancient & Honorable Order of the Water Buffalo.

Mark your calendars for the May 9 criminal law program entitled "Organizing Your Practice to Effectively Represent Your Clients," presented by the Criminal Law Section, Young Lawyers Division, and CLECI. The program will be held in the CLECI classroom.

The ADR Committee will hold a topical luncheon on May 12 at noon in the CLECI classroom. Joan McWilliams, Ken Roney, and Jeff Thomas will discuss "Developing and Maintaining an ADR Practice." The cost is $10. For reservations, call Julie Petersen at the CBA office.

For more information on these and other CLECI programs, call CLECI at (303) 860-0608.


The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") will host its annual meeting on June 3 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. A number of awards will be presented, and fifty-year members will be recognized. The meeting/party will begin at 5:30 p.m. To make a reservation or for details, call (303) 860-1115.

Former DBA Presidents Miles Cortez and Jane Michaels at the Past President's Dinner

The DBA held its annual Past Presidents Dinner in February at the Brown Palace Hotel. Approximately forty people attended.

A delegation of judges from the Ukraine stopped by the DBA offices on March 25 to discuss the function of a bar association and how it interacts with the judiciary. With the help of a translator, DBA President Craig Eley, President-elect Tom deMarino, and Judicial Administration Committee Co-chair Randy Livingston discussed these issues with them.

Ukrainian judges and translators visit the DBA

The Arapahoe County Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, Awards Banquet, and Golf Tournament will be held June 6 at the Arrowhead Country Club. The golf tournament begins at 1:30 p.m.; the annual meeting and awards start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (303) 797-ABAR.

On February 28, the First Judicial District Bar Association sponsored a dinner honoring retiring judges Gaspar Perricone, Kenneth Barnhill, and Robert Morris. At the same time, they welcomed new judges Frank Plaut, Charles Hoppin, and Leland Anderson. Approximately 200 judges, attorneys, court personnel, and significant others attended the dinner at the Sheraton West Hotel in Lakewood.

At its April 4 meeting in Keystone, the Continental Divide Bar Association presented 100 Hour certificates to Russell Granger, Brett Heckman, Mary Isom, and Lynne Sholler. These members donated at least 100 hours of service to local pro bono efforts.

The Aurora Bar Association recently awarded the Professionalism Award to Joe Kuttler and Irvin Kent.



The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") will hold its Twentieth Annual Convention on May 16-18 in Breckenridge. Highlights of this year’s convention, "Moving Forward, Giving Back," include the Mary Lathrop Award, a reunion of past presidents, and a roundtable Sunday brunch on the future of women in the law. For registration information, contact Julie Wells at (303) 831-1040 in Denver.

The CWBA will hold its Tenth Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 20, at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton. Proceeds will benefit the CWBA Foundation. For details, contact Mary O’Connor at (303) 741-6100 in Littleton or Julie Wells in Denver at (303) 831-1040.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") will present the Jonathan Olom Award, its most prestigious honor, to Chief Deputy Public Defender David Wymore on May 9. He was chosen for his tireless efforts on behalf of clients facing the death penalty during his fifteen years with the state public defender’s office. The Olom Award is named for Jonathan Olom, a CCDB past president who died in 1984 at age thirty-four.

The CCDB will hold its annual summer CLE meeting in Aspen on June 6-8. Speakers include John Delgato of South Carolina and Phil Esplin, a Phoenix psychologist and expert in evaluation of sex assault victims. The full program currently is being developed. The three-day meeting is open to all criminal defense attorneys. Classes take place in the morning, and afternoons and evenings are free for the many summer activities that Aspen offers. It’s between seasons, with low lodging rates and few visitors. For information, call the CCDB at (303) 777-7816.


After much discussion, the Legal Aid Foundation Board of Directors has reluctantly decided not to hold the Run for Legal Aid this year. Although the event has continued to attract more than 1,000 participants from the legal community each year, the costs associated with holding the fund-raiser have escalated considerably, and securing corporate sponsorships has become more difficult. The Foundation thanks the many participants, sponsors, and volunteers who made the event so successful for so many years.

The Foundation will continue other fund-raising events, such as the annual wine-tasting sponsored by the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and is forming a committee to plan some new events. Because Colorado’s legal services programs suffered a cut in federal funding of more than $1 million in 1996, the continued generous support of Denver’s legal community is deeply appreciated. Anyone interested in helping to plan new fund-raising events can call Wendy Gossett in Denver at (303) 863-9544.

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