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August 2003       Vol. 32, No. 8       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association sections, committees, administration, and local and minority/specialty bar associations, as well as a quick look at CBA-CLE programs and publications. If you have information and photos about Bar events and activities that 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


2003–2004 Membership Renewals: Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") membership renewals are in! The following firms and individuals were the first CBA members to send in their 2003–2004 dues: FirmVaughan & DeMuro, Colorado Springs; Senior member—George G. Vaught, Jr., Denver; Intermediate member—Amy Savela, Boulder; Junior member—Bradley Hibberd, Grand Junction; Retired member—James Cronin, Denver; and Inactive renewing member—Richard E. Miller, Eaton. Each firm and individual will be receiving a special prize from the CBA for their quick response.

Legal Aid Foundation Wine Tasting: Join your friends and colleagues on October 23, 2003, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for the Legal Aid Foundation’s 10th Annual Wine/Beer Tasting. The event, which will take place at the Denver Athletic Club, will feature great food, wine, beer, live music, and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 at the door) and $20 for young lawyers. For more information or for tickets, please call (303) 863-9544.

Commencement Ceremony: Approximately 370 University of Denver ("DU") law students received their degrees at the College of Law’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the Park Hill campus. It was the last commencement ceremony at that campus, as the law school moves to its new University Park home on August 1, 2003. To honor the day, graduating law student Janet Rose wrote a special poem that was read by Patty Powell, assistant dean of student affairs. Alumni from 1984, the first class to graduate at the Park Hill campus, were invited to attend, and a class gift—a collage commemorating the Park Hill campus—was presented to Dean Mary Ricketson. Alfred P. Carlton, Jr., President of the American Bar Association, delivered the commencement address to the graduates.


The Adams/Broomfield Bar Association celebrated its annual Law Day in May with more than 600 people in attendance. The celebration included a talk on children’s rights by speaker Dr. Kathryn Wells, Pediatric Fellow of the Kempe Child Protection Team. The speech was followed by an awards presentation for the Adams/Broomfield 2003 award recipients for "Giving Back to the Community."

The following awards were presented: Legal Assistants of the YearBetsy Sadler and Patricia Riley; Clerk of the Year—Kim Troudt, Division Clerk for Division R; Liberty Bell Award —Deon Mahaffie and Tammy Fantin, North Metro Drug Task Force website developers; Floyd Marks Scholarship—Pinita Watkins, first-year DU law student; Michelle Miller Sprague Memorial Scholarship—Marian Stohs; and Peace Officer of the Year—Sergeant Mark Carlson, Brighton Police Department.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") held its Annual Party on June 11, 2003, at the Denver Art Museum, and more than 200 people attended the event. DBA President Liz Starrs passed the gavel to President-Elect Joe Dischinger. An awards ceremony honored DBA’s best and brightest (pictured below, left to right): Judicial Excellence Award—Mary Mullarkey; Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award—Lisa Williams (co-recipient); Award of Merit—Ben Aisenberg; Volunteer Lawyer of the Year—Rebecca Franciscus (co-recipient); and Young Lawyer of the Year—Marte Timmers.

Award recipients who were recognized at the
CBA Annual Party.

On the weekend of June 7–8, 2003, thirty-three DBA attorneys and paralegals participated in the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods 32nd Annual People’s Fair in Denver. Several hundred people visited the DBA’s booth, which provided legal information and materials. Volunteers are being sought for the 2004 People’s Fair. Call Carolyn Ferber at (303) 824-5323 for information about volunteering.




DBA Legal Services
Committee Co-Chair
Jeff Timmers gives
information to a member
of the public at the
People's Fair.


From August 7 to 10, 2003, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association ("CTLA") will host its 2003 Annual Convention at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa. The conference will offer 29 CLE credits (4 Ethics). Register for the convention by visiting CTLA’s website:, or by calling (303) 831-1192 or (800) 324-2852.


From August 11 to 15, 2003, CBA–CLE will host the "George Schain Series of Trust and Estate Programs." The week includes the following programs:

• August 11: Individual Income Tax Refresher and New Tax Law Update

• August 12: Income, Gift, and Estate Tax Aspects of Marriage, Divorce, Annulment, and Separation

• August 13: An Insider’s Approach to Federal Estate & Gift Taxation, Level I

• August 14: An Insider’s Approach to Federal Estate & Gift Taxation, Level II

• August 15: Estate Planning Techniques

These are full-day programs. They will be held in the CBA– CLE classrooms, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300. The cost for each program is $159 for CBA Patent, Copyright & Trademark Section members; $179 for CBA members; and $199 non-members. For more information or to register for any or all of the programs, call (303) 860-0608 or toll-free in state, (888) 860-2531; or visit

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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