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July 2003       Vol. 32, No. 7       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard


Welcome New Attorneys: The swearing-in ceremony for newly admitted Colorado attorneys was held on May 19, 2003, at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. New attorneys who passed the February 2003 Colorado Bar exam were sworn in by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Mary Mullarkey, and Judge Sherman Finesilver delivered the keynote address. Joe Dischinger, new President of the Denver Bar Association ("DBA"), and Julie Haines, chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Division, addressed a large audience that included friends and families of the new attorneys. Congratulations to our new Colorado attorneys!

CBA YLD Chair-elect Julie Haines and board member Chad
Orvis were available at the recent swearing-in ceremony to
greet new attorneys and distribute CBA YLD information.


Liberty Run: The ACLU Foundation of Colorado will hold its second annual Liberty Run on July 4, 2003, in Washington Park, in Denver. Participants can register for the four- mile race online at or at Runner’s Roost locations in the Denver area beginning June 13. The cost to run is $20 in advance or $25 on race day.

CBA Membership Renewal: Attention Members: Check Your Mailboxes! Colorado Bar Association membership dues invoices were mailed at the end of May and are due July 1, 2003, in order to keep your membership active. An active CBA membership means that you will continue to receive products, services, and information that benefits your practice. These include The Colorado Lawyer (the publication you are holding in your hands at this very moment), CBA listservs, and other important CBA news (coming to you as electronic communication or sent by traditional U.S. mail), in addition to the many discounts you receive on CBA-CLE programs, products, and other great CBA services.

CBA Family Law Institute—Judicial Track Added: In coordination with the CBA–CLE Family Law Section, the Colorado Judicial Branch is preparing a "judges track" segment at the CBA’s 2003 Family Law Institute ("Institute"). The Institute will be held July 25–27, 2003, in Steamboat Springs. Discounted registration and room rates will be available for judicial attendees. For more information, contact Judicial Education Coordinator Melinda Taylor at (303) 837-3342.

Workplace Violence: The CBA’s Family Violence Program is presenting the "Impact of Domestic Violence on the Workplace" to the Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association on July 9, 2003, in Sterling. For more information, please contact Rebecca Tyree at

Library Relocation and Temporary Closure: The Westminster Law Library at the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law will close July 18, 2003. But don’t despair; the closure is only temporary. The law school and the library are moving to a new home on the DU campus at University Park. The law library will reopen August 11, 2003, in a newly completed facility located at 2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80208. For complete information about library services that will be available during the move, call (303) 871-6190, or visit the library’s website at


Lend-A-Lawyer Alex
Dorsch is providing legal
services in Greeley for six
Alex Dorsch
is the new Lend-A- Lawyer assigned to the Colorado Legal Services Greeley office. Alex will be working in the Greeley office from May 12, 2003, until November 14, 2003.

On May 19, 2003, eighty-six DBA members braved cold spring temperatures and drizzling rain to participate in the 2003 DBA Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament at the Inverness Golf Club. Chris Little shot the winning "Individual Low Gross" score in the men’s competition, and Susie Roh won the women’s competition. Tim Kratz, Mike Romero, Edgar Neel, and Mike Donner won the Team Low Gross competition.




(Left to right): Tim Kratz, Mike Romero, Edgar Neel, and Mike Donner warmed up just enough to shoot the best team score at the Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament.


Mary Ricketson,
2003 recipient of
the CWBA Mary
Lathrop Award.

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") honored Mary Ricketson, Dean of University of Denver College of Law, with the Mary Lathrop Award at its annual convention in May. The award recognizes a distinguished Colorado woman in the legal profession whom the CWBA considers a "trailblazer." Ricketson graduated from the DU College of Law in 1978. She served as an assistant attorney general and deputy district attorney before going into the private practice of law, where she specialized in employment dispute mediation. She also served as executive director of the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee, overseeing class-action lawsuits. In 2002, Ricketson received the Edwin Wolf Award from the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, for outstanding leadership and service.


Twenty-first Annual Real Estate Symposium: Head to the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa on July 10–12, 2003, for the Twenty-first Annual Real Estate Symposium. This year’s faculty will cover a wide variety of topics that range from soft economy matters—such as foreclosures, workouts, and bankruptcies—to real estate contract drafting, CCIOA, commercial leases, and governmental exactions. New and important case law and legislative developments will be discussed, and practitioners will have the opportunity to get up to speed on evolving ethical rules (as well as earn ethics credits). CLE credits—15 general, including 2.5 ethics—have been applied for. Cost: $279 for CBA Real Estate Section members; $309 for CBA members; and $339 for non-members.

H.B. 1161—The New Construction Defects Act: This half-day program on July 17, 2003, will provide information on House Bill 03-1161, which was passed on April 25, 2003. CLE’s experts will educate attendees on this important new legislation, discussing its historical background, as well as new definitions —from damage limitations to the different impacts on commercial versus residential property. Four general CLE credits have been applied for. Cost: $109 for CBA Construction Law Section members; $129 for CBA members; and $149 for non-members. This program will be held at the CBA-CLE third-floor classroom, 1900 Grant St., Denver.

2003 Bench-Bar Family Law Institute: This year’s institute, on July 25–27, 2003, at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Conference Center, will feature a plenary session on mental health experts in family law and case study workshops. With more than fifteen informative sessions to choose from, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed! CLE credits—13 general, including 3 ethics credits—are anticipated. Cost: $259 for CBA Family Law Section, MDIC, or CCMO members; $279 for CBA members; and $299 for 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, home study, and more from the CBA website,



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