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August 2002       Vol. 31, No. 8       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard

CBA News

On June 24, 2002, the Colorado Bar Association ("CBA"), in association with Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") and the CBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD"), opened a legal hotline to help Coloradans affected by wildfires in the state. More than 100 Colorado lawyers responded to the CBA’s request for volunteers to answer calls and give legal information. Fire victims can call the hotline number—(800) 467-0372—any hour of the day or night, seven days a week, with their fire-related questions. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Karen Bries at or Lindsay Packard at, or call (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736. The CBA knows that many of its members have been directly affected by the wildfires in Colorado and extends best wishes to them.

Sue Burch Award: CBA member Robert R. Keatinge was awarded the Sue Burch Award for contributions to the CBA’s legislative efforts in written and oral advocacy. The award was given to Bob on June 12, 2002, at the annual "Transactional Legislative Update" program hosted by the CBA Legislative Department. The Sue Burch award is presented annually to a member of the CBA whose extraordinary efforts help to clarify legislative policy, and who advocates for legislation on behalf of the CBA and its members.

Don Sears Award: On June 15, 2002, CBA member Kenneth Barnhill was given the Don Sears Award at the CBA Ethics Committee meeting. The Don Sears Award recognizes outstanding commitment to the ethics of the legal profession.




Kenneth Barnhill (l), recipient of the 2002
Don Sears Award, poses with the Award’s namesake at the June Ethics Committee meeting.


CBA member Arlene Cohen Miller recently was voted chair-elect of the Western Regional Members Association of the Commercial Law League of America ("CLLA"). Miller concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and creditors’ rights representation. CLLA was founded in 1895, and its membership is comprised of leading commercial litigation and business bankruptcy attorneys and business professionals in the United States.


The First Judicial District’s ("1st JD") annual golf tournament was held on June 3, 2002, at the Hiwan Golf Club in Jefferson County. Fifty-two 1st JD members participated. The team of Kevin Metz, Darren Metz, Chris Miller, and Randy Butler captured first place with an envious score of 60. Thanks to generous sponsorship at each hole, the 1st JD was able to raise more than $2,500 for scholarships for students involved in the Colorado High School Mock Trial Competitions. Tournament sponsors included: 1st JD; Bradley Devitt & Arp P.C.; Kevin Mullikin-West Group; Holley, Robertson & Polk, P.C.; Polidori Franklin & Monahan L.L.C.; W. Robert Montgomery; Stiner Beck & Jonson; Quade Fontana and Bonin P.C.; and the H.R. Meininger Company.

The Pueblo County Bar Association ("PCBA") held its Annual Meeting on June 21, 2002, at the Pueblo Country Club. The meeting, which was preceded by a golf tournament, included dinner, awards, and recognition of current and past bar officers. A group of judges and attorneys, who call themselves "Burden of Spoof," presented a comic vignette of events in the world’s legal history. Awards were presented at the meeting to Hon. Joe Ulibarri (Award of Merit) and Melissa Esquibel (Award of Appreciation).



Dennis Maes (l) presents the Award of Merit to Judge Joe Ulibarri at the PCBA annual meeting.



The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") held its Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament on June 21, 2002, at the Murphy Creek Golf Club. Members gathered for dinner and awards after a full day of golf. The Tommy D. Drinkwine Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award was presented to Jennifer Poynter for her commitment to the improvement of the Arapahoe County community, along with enthusiastic service to clients, the public, and the ACBA. The Raymond C. Frenchmore Juvenile Law Award was given to Patricia Ann Schwartz for her outstanding service to the juvenile justice system. The Charles B. Dillion Award of Merit was presented to Metro Volunteer Lawyers Director Barbara Chamberlain for her extraordinary service in the public interest.

The ACBA has purchased and donated nearly 200 bales of hay for horses displaced through evacuations resulting from the Hayman Fire. Elizabeth Weishaupl, who is the charity chair for the ACBA, was in charge of the project. The hay was purchased from Dr. R. B. Heath, a retired Fort Collins veterinarian, and was transported to the fairgrounds in Teller County by the Colorado Horse Authority, a volunteer animal rights organization.

On June 6, 2002, the Community Concerns Committee of the Denver Bar Association ("DBA") and the DBA/YLD co-hosted a reception entitled "Celebration of Excellence," which is a program designed to commemorate the high school and college graduation of at-risk foster children. DBA Past-President John Castellano presented scholarships and gifts to the new graduates.

The DBA held its Annual Party on June 12, 2002, at the Denver Art Museum and more than 200 people attended the event. DBA President Bill Walters passed the gavel to President-Elect Liz Starrs. DBA members and citizens who were acknowledged with awards by the DBA are pictured below (back row l to r): Dawn Adeletti, Young Lawyer of the Year; Karen DuWaldt and Leanne DeVos, Volunteer Lawyers of the Year; Jody Hobbs, Legal Assistant of the Year; District Judge Warren Martin, Judicial Excellence Award; Ed Kahn, Award of Merit; (front row l to r): Tamara Dreiling, Peace Officer of the Year; Kevin Williams, Liberty Bell Award; and Susan Troeger, Teacher of the Year.



Recipients of DBA awards gather for a group photo.




On June 1–2, 2002, twenty-five DBA attorneys (many of them members of the Legal Services and Public Legal Education Committees) volunteered to "work" a booth at the Capitol Hill People’s Fair. Fair-goers who stopped by the DBA booth asked questions and received information regarding divorce, child support, landlord/tenant, criminal, traffic, and bankruptcy issues. This was the fifth year that the DBA has sponsored a booth at the People’s Fair. Special thanks go to Pat Post for securing many of the volunteers.





DBA member-volunteer Jim Carr provides
information at the DBA booth at 2002 People’s Fair.




The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") is collecting personal care items for firefighters who are battling Colorado wildfires. The CWBA began its collection drive a few days after the Hayman Fire started and has extended its efforts to furnish items for firefighters in other locations of the state where there have been or are wildfires. Several thousand items have been collected thus far. Elizabeth Weishaupl, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and CWBA President Doris Truhlar, of Truhlar and Truhlar, L.L.P., organized the drive.

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association will hold its annual convention on August 8–11, 2002, at the Snowmass Conference Center, Snowmass Village. Programs will include: trial advocacy, medical negligence, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation, employment law, and product liability. Call (303) 831-1192 for more information.


On August 21, 2002, CLE will review Colorado residential landlord-tenant law in the CBA-CLE classroom. This program covers topics such as: key lease provisions and sample lease agreements; overview of the eviction process; view from the bench—the judicial process; obligations of the landlord; obligations of the tenant; special considerations with mobile homes, and public and subsidized housing; and issues with security deposits. Each registrant will receive Colorado Landlord-Tenant Law, 3rd ed. as part of the enrollment package.

Greg Smith, who has been Director of Publications at CBA-CLE for the past five years, has joined Bradford Publishing in Denver as Editorial Director. Best wishes, Greg!

For more information about this or other CBA-CLE programs or publications, see the "CBA-CLE Planning Guide" in each issue of The Colorado Lawyer or call (303) 860-0608 or toll free (888) 860-2531. Link to more information about CBA-CLE seminars, publications, home study, and more from the CBA website:

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