Vol. 31, No. 11
by Lindsay Packard
Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association administration, sections, committees, minority/specialty and local bar associations, and CBA-CLE. If you have information you would like included in Bar News, write to: Lindsay Packard, CBA Communications Department, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203-4336; call (303) 860-1115 or toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736; fax: (303) 894-0821; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six of the Greatest and Award of Merit Nominations: Every July issue of The Colorado Lawyer features profiles of six outstanding Colorado lawyers. The Colorado Bar Association welcomes nominations of individuals to be featured in the segment known as "Six of the Greatest." Candidates must be lawyers who have been deceased ten years or longer and whose lives within the legal community and profession were exemplary and worthy of recognition and tribute. The "Award of Merit" is the CBA’s highest honor, given to a CBA member for outstanding contributions to the legal profession in general and the CBA in particular.
The nomination for each of these awards may be submitted in the form of a simple letter or e-mail correspondence that describes the candidate’s outstanding qualities that make him or her respected and revered among peers. Please send nominations to: Diane Hartman, Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203; or e-mail to email@example.com.
Mock Trials: On October 31, 2002, the CBA Law Education Committee released the mock trial case materials for the 18th Annual Colorado High School Mock Trial Competition. These case materials can be found on the CBA website, www.cobar. org, or can be picked up at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver. The 2003 case is original and is written by the Law Education Committee, in partnership with the Colorado Historical Society and other volunteers. It is based on the Ludlow Massacre of April 20, 1914. The deadline is December 1, 2002, for early registration, or January 1, 2003, for late registration. Tournaments, hosted by local bar associations, will take place in February 2003, and the state championship is scheduled for March 7–8, 2003. For more information, call Chris Little at (303) 773-8100 or Dave Ells at (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5323.
September 11, 2002: To commemorate the tragic date in U.S. history and to pay tribute to the heroes of September 11, 2001, CBA President John Moye and CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner were present at City Park, where Moye’s wife Pam and her daughter Alexis displayed the "September 11 Quilt Project." The September 11 Quilt Project is a collection of patches and panels of cloth from all over the world sewn into a giant American flag. The project is a means of expressing feelings about the World Trade Center disaster, as well as a way to display a commitment to freedom. To read more about the September 11 Quilt Project, see Moye’s President’s Message to Members, "Speak Up For Freedom," printed in the September 2002 issue at page 23, and visit www.september11quiltproject.org.
CBA President John Moye (left) and CBA/DBA Executive Director Chuck Turner attended the displaying of the "September 11 Quilt Project" at City Park in Denver.
Also on September 11, 2002, faculty, staff, and students from the University of Denver College of Law gathered at the Lowell Thomas Law Building in Denver for a day of remembrance of the tragic events in New York and Washington. The commemoration began at 11:50 a.m. with a tolling of bells, followed by moments of silence. A "Wall of Remembrance" that had been erected especially for the occasion was available for inscribing sentiments. There also was an "open forum" that included a microphone area for attendees to speak.
LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS
President’s Visit: On October 12, 2002, CBA President John Moye traveled to Greeley for the fourth of seven regional bar visits that he will be making during his tenure as president. More than fifty members from Weld County, Larimer County, and the Thirteenth Judicial District Bars attended the free, three-credit CLE program, as well as the reception afterward with Moye, local bar officers, and CBA staff members. Moye’s final visit of 2002 will be in Denver on November 15. For more information about the president’s visits, contact Jo Ann Viola Salazar by phone: (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5210; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINORITY AND SPECIALTY BARS
On November 7, 2002, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association presents "Voices From the Bench—Women Tell Their Stories About Getting There and Staying There." The program will be held at the Denver law office of Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP, 1550 17th St., Ste. 500. For more information, call (303) 831-1040 or e-mail: email@example.com.
SECTIONS AND COMMITTEES
On October 18, 2002, the CBA Family Law Section ("FLS") honored attorney Barb Chamberlain with the "Family Law Award of Merit" for her outstanding service and contributions to family law clients. The award was presented during the Family Law Luncheon at the Sheraton Four Points Cherry Creek Hotel, where Hon. Ruthanne Polidori spoke to the committee on attorney liens and trust accounts. Chamberlain recently retired as director of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization.
The CBA FLS has created a mentor program, designed to be a resource for new attorneys to help them practice competently and ethically in the area of domestic relations. Attorneys who join the FLS mentor program will be paired with a qualified mentor for one year. The mentor will be available to answer questions about specific domestic relations issues and law practice management. There will be a committee to oversee the program. To qualify as a mentee, an attorney must have practiced law for fewer than five years, and be a sole practitioner or in a firm with no more than three attorneys who practice in the domestic relations area. To qualify as a mentor, an attorney must have practiced law for at least ten years in the domestic relations area. Mentors must be willing to commit to a one-year term. To join the FLS mentor program, please call the CBA offices at (303) 860-1115, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Fall Family Law Update: The "Family Law Update" on November 8, 2002, touches on topics that every family law attorney will encounter in his or her practice: child support enforcement ("CSE"), including working with each county’s CSE unit; current issues and trends regarding child support; the impact of public benefits on the practice of family law; special advocates and related issues; procedures at the trial court level when issues are on appeal, as well as the effects of reverse and remand; and ethics and professionalism. Cost to attend the program is: $159 for CBA FLS members; $169 CBA members; and $189 nonmembers.
For complete information about this or other programs, or any CBA-CLE publications, see the "CBA-CLE Planning Guide" in each issue of The Colorado Lawyer or call (303) 860-0608 or toll-free in-state, (888) 860-2531. Link to more information about CBA-CLE seminars, publications, home study, and more from the CBA website: www.cobar.org.
Bar News Highlight . . .
The "Highlight" portion of Bar News features, among other things, vignettes about lawyer activities outside the practice of law and/or submissions that highlight in a brief context member contributions to the community. If you have an interesting avocation, story, or tall tale to relate, or if you would like to recommend someone to be "highlighted," please contact Lindsay Packard at: email@example.com. News and photos of Bar events, awards, and activities continue to be in great demand, so keep them coming as well!
Maestro, If You Please . . .
by Karen Bries
Most Colorado Buffalo fans know that Allen Cass calls the plays during University of Colorado–Boulder ("CU") football games, but there’s another voice that might be familiar to attorneys. Mark Masters, Arapahoe County Bar member and CU alum, has been the band’s announcer at the games since 1991. He announces the pre-game and half-time shows.
Masters’ job is to get the crowd "pumped up" for the team and for the broadcast. He says, "Excited fans make great television, and that’s where I come in."
Besides getting the fans excited, Masters writes the scripts for some of the "theatrics" the band puts on. One of his most memorable performances involves the rivalry between the CU Buffaloes and the Colorado State University Rams, and the year the game at Mile High Stadium in Denver was so emotionally charged that police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd of excited students and fans.
Masters relates that when the two teams met the following year, "the band played, wearing something that looked like a gas mask, and Chip the buffalo, CU’s mascot, came out with a fire extinguisher that was supposed to look like tear gas. Everyone thought it was really funny."
Masters sometimes gets "the call" from the booth. If the spotter (the person in the booth using binoculars to see who made a particular play on the field) calls in sick, Masters takes over and reports the plays to Cass.
Masters is especially pleased when he gets to travel to bowl games to announce. His favorite games to date include the 1991 Orange Bowl and the 1996 and 1997 Holiday Bowls.
His announcing career goes back to his days working as an on-air talent at KUVO Radio as "Mark Douglas" and at KCFR as Mark Masters. He continues to "cut tape" for KRMA-Channel 6 when they need him to do voice-over promotions.
In addition to his on-air presence, Masters plays the clarinet and saxophone for the Denver Concert Band. "Music has always been my psychotherapy," he says. "It’s completely absorbing and clears my mind of everything else. It’s communal in the sense you get to create something with other people that plays to basic human emotions."
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