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December 2002       Vol. 31, No. 12       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard

CBA News

Attorney General Forum: The Colorado Bar Association ("CBA"), in association with the Denver Bar Association ("DBA"), sponsored an Attorney General Forum at the Denver Athletic Club on October 3, 2002. Ken Salazar (D), Marti Allbright (R) and Alison "Sunny" Maynard (G) were in attendance for the ninety-minute question-and-answer forum that was moderated by former Denver Post writer-editor Fred Brown. The major Denver newspapers covered the breakfast event and more than fifty members of the public were in attendance.

Colorado Bar Association Disaster Response Team Training Day: The DBA Community Action Network ("CAN") will co-sponsor a new program with the CBA in an effort to help Colorado communities recover from disasters and emergencies. The "Disaster Response Team Training Day," a direct offshoot from recent state and national emergencies, will take place on December 9, 2002, at the CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 300, Denver, and will offer 6 CLE credits, including 2.4 ethics. Cost is $10 for CBA members and $15 for non-members. Topics in the day-long training include: available resources; learning from the New York Bar Association’s response to terrorism; true-life stories from recent Colorado emergencies; an overview of legal areas in which citizens may need help; and an outline of current disaster response procedures. Those who attend the program agree to provide pro bono legal information to the public during disasters for a minimum of one year. For more information or to register, call the CBA at (303) 860-1115, ext. 727.

CBA President John Moye speaks to Colorado’s newest attorneys.

Swearing-In Ceremony: The fall 2002 admission ceremony for attorneys newly admitted to practice law in Colorado was held on October 29, 2002, at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. More than 500 people received a passing score on the July 2002 Bar exam. Friends and family members were on hand to witness the swearing-in of the new admittees. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey administered the Oath of Admission and CBA President John Moye, DBA Young Lawyers Division Chair Tamatha Blase, and U.S. District Court Judge Lewis T. Babcock addressed the new attorneys. Mary Ricketson, Dean of the University of Denver College of Law, delivered the keynote address.

Colorado Bar Foundation: The Colorado Bar Foundation is gathering nominations for CBA members to become Foundation Bar Fellows. There are no formal, written criteria for nomination and selection; the honor is typically reserved for those members who have contributed their expertise, time, and energy to the CBA and the legal profession, and are respected among their peers. Those who accept the nomination to become a Fellow agree to contribute to the Colorado Bar Foundation $150 per year for ten years. A list of current Fellows can be found on

Six of the Greatest and Award of Merit: In each July issue of The Colorado Lawyer, the CBA honors six outstanding lawyers with a profile of their lives. The CBA welcomes nominations of individuals to be featured. Candidates must be lawyers who have been deceased at least ten years who have lived a life within the legal community and profession that was of "Award of Merit" caliber.

The nomination for a "Six of the Greatest" candidate can be submitted in the form of a letter or e-mail correspondence that describes the reasons the candidate was respected and admired. Please send nominations to: Diane Hartman, Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant Street, Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203; or e-mail to

2002 Award of Merit: The Award of Merit is the CBA’s highest honor, given to a CBA member for outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the bar association. The 2002 Award of Merit will be presented to Dale Harris at the Bar Fellows dinner in January 2003. Harris is a Denver attorney and past president of the DBA and CBA. Look for more information about the January event in future "Bar News" pages. Also, nominations for the 2003 Award of Merit are welcome and may be submitted to Diane Hartman at

Sections and Committees

Join the CBA Paralegal Committee for its holiday festivities on December 5, 2002, at Las Margaritas Restaurant and Cantina at 17th Ave. and Ogden St., Denver, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, and reservations are required. Please R.S.V.P. to

Local Bar Associations

On October 4, 2002, CBA President John Moye participated in a regional Bar visit held at the Pueblo Convention and Conference Center, which included members from the Pueblo, Sixteenth Judicial District, Southeast Colorado, and Southern Colorado Bar Associations. The visit attracted more than fifty CBA members and included a free, three-hour CLE presentation, followed by a reception with CBA and local bar officers. The remaining visits of Moye’s tenure as CBA President will be to Arapahoe County and Denver in 2003. For information about these upcoming visits, contact Jo Ann Viola Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736 or

CBA President John Moye and Mel Reveles, Director of the CBA’s Internet and Technology Department, visit with a Pueblo bar member.

On October 9, 2002, more than eighty friends, relatives, and co-workers of Denver attorney Mike Reidy were on hand for the annual DBA Seniors Roast. The roast, which was held at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver, provided an evening of excellent food, drink, and entertainment. Denver attorneys Dick Harring, Winston Howard, and Maureen Reidy Witt (Mike’s niece) were among the many people who entertained guests with stories from Mike’s career.

(From left) Dick Eason, Mike Reidy, and Brooke Wunnike at DBA’s Seniors Roast.

DBA seniors are invited to attend the annual Seniors Holiday Party, which will be held on December 12, 2002, at noon at the DBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900. This annual luncheon event promises an enjoyable time with great food, lively discussion, and holiday cheer. R.S.V.P. by sending a check, payable to the DBA in the amount of $12, to: Attn. Lindsay Packard, DBA, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203.

Minority and Specialty
Bar Associations

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") received numerous awards presented by the Defense Research Institute ("DRI"). On October 2–5, 2002, in San Francisco, DRI presented awards to state and local defense bar organizations at its annual meeting. CDLA received the Rudolph Janatta Outstanding Achievement Award for its efforts in support of the goals of the defense trial bar, and also received the first-ever DRI Diversity Award for its efforts in promoting diversity within its membership. CDLA President Kevin Amatuzio accepted the Janatta Award and Tim Schimberg, departing chair of DRI’s Diversity Committee, accepted the Diversity Award.

On December 12, 2002, join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") and speaker John Grow of Law Tool for the brown bag ethics program, "Internet Security, Resources, and Web-Based Tools for Litigators." On the list of program topics are law firm technology, useful websites, encryption, passwords, storing confidential information, and Web-based litigation tools. Two CLE credits have been applied for, including 1.5 ethics. The program will be held at the Continuing Education Services Building, 2460 W. 26th Ave., #C-400, Denver. Cost is $25 for CWBA members and $35 for non-members. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please call Mary Holverstott at (303) 831-1040.


Litigation Ethics and Transactional Ethics: These two half-day programs, equaling a full day of ethics CLE credits, will be held on December 6, 2002. The morning litigation program covers intentional and unintentional misrepresentations; a review of ethics in the discovery process, emphasizing the issues of destruction and inadvertent disclosure of documents; and a transactional ethics program about representation of a business entity.

The afternoon program covers issues arising in the unauthorized practice of law when using legal support staff or providing advice on a multi-jurisdictional level. The program also explores the ethical issues of notifying a client of changes in the law and applying the Sather decision to flat fee agreements.

Cost to attend the Litigation Ethics program is $99 for CBA Litigation Section members; $109 for CBA members; and $129 for non-members. Cost for the afternoon Transactional Ethics program is $99 for CBA Real Estate, Business, Tax, or Trust & Estate Section members; $109 for CBA members; and $129 for non-members.

Criminal Law Ethics: This half-day program on December 10, 2002, is the very first CBA-CLE program devoted entirely to criminal law. The program will touch on such areas as "ratting on your client" and discovery and suppression of material exculpatory evidence. The Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation will be on hand to discuss the pitfalls that most often get criminal attorneys into trouble. Cost to attend the program is $89 for CBA Criminal Law Section members; $109 for CBA members; and $129 for non-members.

For more information about these 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 (888) 860-2531. Link to more information about CBA-CLE seminars, publications, home study, and more from the CBA website:

Bar News Highlight . . .

The "Highlight" portion of Bar News presents, among other things, vignettes about lawyer activities outside the practice of law and/or 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: News and photos of Bar events, awards, and activities continue to be in great demand, so keep them coming as well!


Thanks for the Visit


Starting with the 2002-2003 presidential year, CBA presidents will make seven regional visits over the course of their presidency. The visits include a free, three-credit CLE program, followed by a reception with the president, local bar officers, and CBA staff members. The first 2002 visit was in Montrose, Colorado, where member John W. Nelson was in attendance. The following is an excerpt from a letter he sent to the CBA.

". . . Last week, I attended and enjoyed the program you conducted in Montrose. It was well attended, but that was clearly anticipated. Free drinks, free food and free CLE are guaranteed to produce a full house. Coming from a neighboring state seven years ago, I assure you that your [our] bar association is heads and shoulders above your neighbors’. You always present excellent programs and The Colorado Lawyer is about 900% better and more helpful than at least one of its adjacent publications, at one-third of the membership cost.

Please keep up the good work. Your recent program was truly excellent, even discounting the obvious attractants. I attended the Ag and Rural Law program in Gunnison several weeks ago and was equally impressed. By the way, John Moye seems like a very fine fellow. I enjoyed our conversation.

Very truly yours,

John W. Nelson
(Former Judge, Trial Lawyer, Deputy Sheriff,
and present llama herder)

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