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March 2003       Vol. 32, No. 3       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard


• The CBA is creating a panel of attorneys who will make themselves available to provide free legal assistance to reservists and their families with civilian legal problems that come up after mobilization. In particular, there is a need for attorneys with experience in domestic relations, consumer protection/debt collection defense, employment law, landlord/tenant law, bankruptcy, and estate planning. All volunteers will receive free CLE training and credit. For information about the American Bar Association Operation Enduring LAMP (Legal Assistance for Military Personnel) program, visit http://www. abanet. org/media/lamp. To volunteer for the CBA program, please contact Chuck Turner at


• "Roadmap to Understanding: Resources and Legal Remedies for Working With Battered Immigrant Women" is a program about the link between domestic relations law and immigration law for battered immigrant women. The CBA Family Violence Program, the Justice Information Center, and the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence are sponsoring the CLE-accredited program (six credits anticipated) that will feature experts who deal with battered immigrant women. The program will be held on April 5, 2003, in a third-floor CBA– CLE classroom, 1900 Grant St., Denver. Registration for the full-day program starts at 8:00 a.m., with the actual program beginning at 9 a.m. Those who register before March 21, 2003, pay only $15; cost is $20 for registration after March 21, 2003. For more information or to register, call Meg Allen at the Justice Information Center, (303) 832-1238.

• The CBA Paralegal Committee will meet on March 6 and April 3, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. at the CBA offices in Denver, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. Individuals who are interested in joining the Paralegal Committee or who would like to participate in either or both meetings via conference call should contact Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342, (800) 332-6736 (toll-free in-state), or

• The CBA Lawyers Professional Liability Committee will meet on March 12, 2003, at 7:30 a.m., at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant Street, Suite 900, Denver. For more information, please call Reba Nance at (303) 824-5320 or toll-free in-state, (800) 332-6736.

• The next "Partnership Breakfast," sponsored by the CBA
Solo and Small Firm Section
, will be on Thursday, March 6, 2003, at 7:30 a.m., at Racine’s Restaurant, 850 Bannock St., Denver. This is a networking and practice management discussion opportunity open to all CBA members, and requires no R.S.V.P. or registration.

• The CBA Solo and Small Firm Section will meet on Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at noon, at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver. The Section is in the planning stages of a Solo and Small Firm Symposium and welcomes input. Contact Reba Nance for complete information, or with questions and suggestions, at (303) 824-5320 or toll-free in-state, (800) 332-6736.


John and Pam Moye at the 2002 Barristers
Benefit Ball.


• Dust off your fancy duds and dresses and polish your dancing shoes! It’s 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 the 2003 fundraiser ball benefiting the Metro Volunteer Lawyers ("MVL") organization. The theme of this year’s soirée is "Puttin’ on the Ritz." The evening includes dinner, dancing to the music of the Jerry Barnett Orchestra, and casino gambling. In addition, attorneys Steven McKenna, Jennifer Holt, and Tony Yuthas, as well as the law firm of Holland & Hart LLP will be recognized at the event for their dedication to providing pro bono services to MVL. Former MVL Executive Director Barb Chamberlain also will be honored at the event for exceeding her duties by being the first MVL director to take cases. Raffle tickets for special prizes also are available for purchase for $20. Prizes include gift certificates from Denver-area restaurants; dinner-for-eight prepared at your home; one Lazik eye surgery procedure; and more! For complete information or to reserve tickets for the "Ritzy" event, contact Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736 or

Gary Peters and Connie Talmage review
the prizes at the 2002 Barristers Benefit Ball.


• The Thirteenth Annual Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s ("APABA") Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet will be held on April 4, 2003, at 6 p.m., at the Palace Chinese Restaurant, 6265 E. Evans, Denver. A delectable eight-course traditional Chinese dinner will be served. Entertainment will be provided by East Indian dancers from Mudra Dance Studio. Proceeds from the banquet go to APABA’s Minoru Yasui Scholarships, which recognize law students who have continued Minoru Yasui’s work of promoting civil rights and community activities. For tickets or more information, please contact Neeti Pawar at (303) 320-4848 or

• Save the date: May 16–18, 2003. That’s when the Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s ("CWBA") annual convention will be held 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. For more information, please contact Catherine Parker at (303) 721-1120, ext. 225.


Life Insurance: On March 6, 2003, an expert faculty of attorneys, certified financial planners, and underwriters from around the country will make a presentation on important issues involving life insurance. This program is a joint presentation of the CBA Trust & Estate Section and the Financial Planning Association of Colorado. The keynote address, delivered by Ben G. Baldwin, will be followed by two interdisciplinary tracks on basic and advanced life insurance issues. Cost: $159, CBA Trust and Estate Section members; $169 CBA members; and $189, non-members.

Developments in Civil Practice in Colorado State and Federal Courts: This March 7, 2003 program will provide an overview of the latest developments in practice and procedures for civil cases in each of the courts in Colorado. An outstanding faculty of experienced judges and court personnel will explain the operations of the Colorado courts. The most recent changes to state and federal civil rules, as well as e-filing procedures and technology in the classroom, will be discussed. Cost: $169, CBA members and $189, non-members.

Identifying and Moderating Antitrust Risks—Recent FTC Enforcement Actions Relating to Physicians and Hospitals: On March 14, 2003, this program will address recent FTC enforcement actions and published guidance directed primarily at physicians, provider networks, and consultants/messengers. Unique Colorado laws regarding anticompetitive conduct will be addressed and recent Colorado case law analyzed. This seminar will include a refresher of antitrust basics and an advanced discussion of permissible physician activities. Designed to meet attorney needs for healthcare industry-specific antitrust analysis, the program will be augmented by a presentation that addresses Colorado’s evolving case law regarding the Colorado Committee on Anticompetitive Conduct. Cost: $129, CBA Health Law Section members; $149, CBA members; and $169, non-members.

For more information about these or other programs, and for a list of 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, and home study from the CBA website,

Bar News Highlights...

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!


Darren Hensley (front right) and other pit crew members push the
race car to a technical inspection at a California race.

Pitting at Nascar

Typical conversation in most elevators on 17th Street in Denver revolves around corporate deals, trials, briefs, or the stock market. Get into an elevator with corporate attorney Darren Hensley and such conversation is automatically coupled with NASCAR talk—passionate vignettes about Darren’s weekend hobby as a member of a NASCAR pit crew.

"Other lawyers will strike up a conversation about plans for the upcoming weekend. At first they’re a little surprised when I tell them I’m off to a NASCAR race in another state, but they’re also intrigued. It is a great way for people to get to know about me outside the realm of law."

Hensley’s interest in NASCAR began at the age of 3, when his father was racing competitively. By the time Darren was old enough to help out as part of the crew, his father had already hung up his keys. In August 1994, Darren was skimming through the Business Opportunities section of the Rocky Mountain News when he read an ad by NASCAR driver Scott Gaylord.

"Scott was looking for people to help him out in a variety of ways. I figured that my law degree could prove useful, and I had always tinkered with cars, so I gave him a call. My family and I had dinner with Scott and his family and we all clicked immediately. Another reason it has clicked so well is because the team is entirely Colorado-based."

Hensley started out small—with jobs like scoring, doing paperwork, and handling public relations. After a while, he started putting his "tinkering" skills to good use as a member of the pit crew. Today, he is the "jack man" for the team. Scott Gaylord believes that Hensley’s legal and mechanical skills are unique contributions to the racing team.

"As a busy corporate attorney, it is sometimes difficult for Darren to get to the race shop during the week on a regular basis, but he has made practically every race for us during the last eight years, which is no easy feat, considering our travel schedule. With his legal background, he brings a unique aspect to the team, not only helping us on the racecar, but also with sponsorships, contracts, public relations, and other issues. Although he catches a lot of flack from the crew about his profession, he is a pretty darn good jack man—for an attorney!"

As a member of the team, Darren has had unique opportunities to travel. Each year, from 1996 to 1999, Gaylord and his racing team were asked to participate in a NASCAR "invite-only" race in Japan. The invitation included an all-expense-paid trip for each team member and free shipping for the racecar. In all, Darren has traveled to more than 100 races around the country during his tenure with the team. Recently, Darren traveled to Oregon, where Scott Gaylord set the fast time in his qualifying run, winning the "pole" position for the start of the race.

In July 2002, Darren started his own law firm, Hensley & Kim, LLC, with partner John Kim. Now, with a budding law practice, in addition to a wife and two daughters and a very busy hobby, how does Darren manage his many interests?

"People always ask me, ‘Why do you do it?’ and my response is always the same: ‘Because I love racing.’ There is nothing like the ‘rush’ of jumping off that pit wall with a jack in your hand and running in front of a race car flying into the pit stall right at you. I call myself a ‘weekend warrior’ and this is sort of my hobby—my way to get away from the stress of the job. Once I get onto the plane headed to a race, I relax and push work to the side. There have been times, though, when I’ve flown home on a Sunday and rushed straight to the office, or have flown from a race straight to a different city to close a deal. But when I’m with the crew, that is where I focus. My daughters, Nicole, who is eight, and Brittany, who is five, are fast becoming racing fans, and my wife Linda, also is a big fan. Now that the girls are getting older, they are able to make it to more of the races, and that makes it even more special.

"Racing has given me the opportunity to travel to Japan to race, to sit at a table with Dale Earnhardt; to stand in line at McDonald’s with Darrell Waltrip; to knock coffee out of Dick Trickle’s hand; to ride a bus with Sterling Marlin; to fly on a plane with Ernie Irvan; to eat breakfast with Terry Labonte; to see James Garner and Chuck Norris; and to race with the likes of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. How many other people have been fortunate enough to have this opportunity?"

Does that sound like a man who loves his hobby? You bet!

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