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February 2003       Vol. 32, No. 2       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard


Judicial Awards: Twentieth Judicial District Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin recently was recognized for her involvement and achievements in the Boulder community in her personal and judicial capacity. Throughout her career, Judge Bailin has been firmly committed to making access to justice a reality for all individuals and has demonstrated compassionate treatment of parties in her courtroom. She also has made innovative efforts on behalf of a variety of community services agencies. Judge Bailin was recognized with four awards: the Seventh Annual "Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates Judge of the Year" Award, for her efforts on behalf of neglected, abused children, and high-risk delinquent children; the "Judicial Excellence" Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Colorado Chapter, for outstanding work as a courtroom judge; the Boulder Bar Association "Beyond the Gavel" Award for contributions to the Boulder community; and the YWCA of Boulder County "Woman of the Year" Award, for addressing the needs of mentally ill defendants and Spanish-speaking people in the justice system, as well as for her efforts to develop a new truancy project. As chief judge, in addition to her duties as a district court judge, Bailin oversees the administration of the courts, as well as probation.


Twentieth Judicial District Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin.

Law School Commencement: On December 20, 2002, fifty University of Denver College of Law ("DU") students received their degrees at the midterm commencement ceremonies. Deanell Reece Tacha, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, was the commencement speaker. Also in attendance at the ceremony were DU College of Law alumni Judge Robert H. McWilliams, Jr., Judge John C. Portfilio, and Judge John L. Kane.


On December 5, 2002, the Richard Marden Davis Award was presented to Christopher B. Little, a shareholder with Montgomery Little & McGrew. The Davis Award is presented annually by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation, and the Davis family to "a Denver lawyer under the age of 40, who has combined excellence as a lawyer with creative, civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership in the tradition of Richard Marden Davis at that stage in his career."


Denver Bar Association President Liz Starrs (left) poses
with 2002 Davis Award recipient Chris Little.

There is plenty of time to buy tickets for the fifteenth annual Denver Bar Foundation Barristers Benefit Ball. Join your colleagues on Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center for this year’s Ball. The theme of the 2003 Ball is "Puttin’ on the Ritz." The evening includes dinner, dancing to music of the Jerry Barnett Orchestra, and casino gambling. For more information or to reserve tickets for this "Ritzy" event, contact Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736 or

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Seniors Committee celebrated the season with its annual Seniors Holiday Party on December 12, 2002, at the DBA offices. More than twenty-five DBA seniors attended the lunchtime event, which was emceed by attorney Jim Bayer. A jolly-good time was had by all.


Save the date! The Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s ("CWBA") annual convention will be held May 16–18, 2003, at the Great Divide Lodge in Breckenridge. To help commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the CWBA’s founding, Linda Tarr-Whelan, former U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, will deliver the keynote address. The convention is a great opportunity to become acquainted with some of the best lawyers in the state in an informal setting, while receiving CLE credit for courses dealing with such areas of practice as transactional law, litigation, small law firm issues, and law practice development.


The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section held its annual holiday party on December 12, 2002, at the CBA offices. More than forty members of the Workers’ Compensation Section attended the event, whose theme was "Bury the Hatchet."


On December 3, 2002, Willis V. Carpenter and Holly S. Hoxeng became co-recipients of the first Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence, "for dedication and outstanding contributions to bar association CLE programs and publications." The award was presented to Carpenter and Hoxeng at the annual CLE faculty and authors reception at the CLE offices.

Willis V. Carpenter  Holly S. Hoxeng

Killer Cross-Examination: How to Dominate a Courtroom: On February 14, 2003, attendees can learn how to phrase questions to block witness evasions, create fact-sensitive sequences of questions, successfully deal with hostile witnesses, and other courtroom tips from Larry Pozner and Roger Dodd. Cost to attend the program is $159, CBA Litigation Section members; $169, CBA members; and $189, non-members.

Family Law Basic Skills: Back by popular demand is the "Family Law Basic Skills" CLE on February 20–21, 2003. The day-and-a-half program is designed specifically for the new practitioner and attorneys who are looking to brush up on family law issues. This seminar will cover all major areas of a dissolution of marriage action, including the initial client interview, jurisdiction, restraining orders, custody and parenting time, separation agreements, and trial preparation. In addition, a panel of distinguished judges will share their expertise on courtroom "do’s and don’ts." Tuition to this program will be reduced for those attendees who agree to take a pro bono case. Seminar materials will serve as a valuable reference and an excellent resource for the future. Cost to attend the program is $45 (with pro bono case); $159, CBA Family Law Section members; $199, CBA members; and $229, non-members.

Estate Administration—Basic Skills: "Basic Estate Administration," scheduled for February 28, 2003, is a fundamental program designed for new attorneys or attorneys unfamiliar with the Colorado probate process. The morning and early afternoon sessions will include information about opening and closing an estate, ethics, real estate, and tax matters. There will be time to direct questions to the faculty. The final afternoon session invites local probate clerks to participate in a roundtable discussion of common filing mistakes. There also will be an optional lunch workshop, entitled "Guided Discussion of an Administration Case." This lunchtime session, limited to twenty-five attendees, allows a participant to ask questions in an informal roundtable setting. The cost for this session is $25 and includes lunch. Cost to attend the day-long program is $159, CBA Trust and Estate Section members; $169, CBA members; and $189, non-members.

For more information about these or other programs, or any CBA-CLE publication, 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, and home study 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!

Charlie Campbell and Deborah Adams at the summit of


Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

by Deborah Adams, El Paso County Bar Association

In the fall of 1999, my husband, Charlie Campbell, and I traveled to Tanzania, Africa, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as to go on safari to Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent at 19,322 feet, and we trained hard that summer, climbing "14ers" in Colorado.

Our climb to the summit of "Kili," as Mount Kilimanjaro is nicknamed, was along the Marangu Route, admittedly the easiest route and the one most populated by climbers—but a challenging route nevertheless. Charlie and I had expected to be part of a group of eight for our five-day climb, but we were most fortunate to have to ourselves our two Tanzanian guides, Florence and Damas, as no one else happened to sign up for our chosen week.

Our climb began at 6,400 feet in Kilimanjaro National Park at the Marangu Gate, and involved five hours of hiking on day one to the Mandara Huts, through rainforests filled with chattering tropical birds and monkeys of all descriptions. We ate our meals each evening of the climb in large thatched huts with people from around the world. Between Charlie’s and my rusty French and Spanish and (it seemed) everyone else’s much better English, we managed to have many enjoyable conversations with all of the other climbers.

On day two, Charlie and I climbed through moorlands to the Horombo Huts, where we caught our first view of Mount Kilimanjaro. We were amazed at how similar this landscape looked to a lot of the 14ers here in Colorado; the trail itself was alternatively dirt and rock, with scattered sage-like bushes that appear on Colorado trails. Even some of the bird life, such as ravens, buzzards, flycatchers, and swifts, though different species, resembled their Colorado "cousins."

Day three took us across alpine desert to the Kibo Huts at 15,500 feet. These huts were the most rudimentary we’d seen, requiring us to bunk in one of two large rooms in sleeping bags with forty to fifty men and women from places all around the globe—making our previous four-person huts seem like palaces!

Our efforts to reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, began at midnight on day four, after a "breakfast" of tea and cookies (fortunately, we’d also brought our Power Bars). The four of us reached Hans Meir Cave at 17,000 feet at around 3 a.m., and Gilman’s Point at the edge of the volcano’s caldera, at a height of 18,700 feet, at 4 a.m. We were surrounded throughout by southern hemisphere stars, which were absolutely breathtaking to behold.

Imagine our guides’ surprise when the "old folks" of the many groups starting from Kibo were actually the first to reach the glacier summit of Uhuru Peak (just as dawn was breaking). You’ve got to love the training edge our thin Colorado air gives us!

The down-climbing and "scree-sliding" back to the Kibo Huts was followed by a "time-out" to toast our success with Florence and Damas with a Safari beer. We then hiked down to the Horombo Huts, in time for our last dinner of the venture and a fun-filled evening chatting and reveling with others who had just enjoyed one of the most magical experiences of their lives!

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