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September 2003       Vol. 32, No. 9       Page  31
CBA President's Message to Members

CBA Road Trips Feature Free CLE and The Supremes Coming to a City Near You
by Robert J. Truhlar

Robert J. Truhlar
Several years ago, when I was President of the Arapahoe County Bar Association, I started a Bench-Bar Trivia Bowl, in which teams of lawyers and judges competed. Perhaps the cleverest answer ever to come out of a Bench-Bar question occurred at the very first one.

Question: Why do judges wear black robes?


The judges rang first. Go ahead.

Answer: To match with their Pearls of Wisdom.

The audience gasped.

That answer was given by Arapahoe County Court Judge Ethan Feldman, who also scored thirty points because he knew who was dating Britney Spears at the time (he talks to his daughter), and was MVP of the first Bench-Bar Bowl.

This year, the Bench-Bar Bowl tradition is traveling the state and combines education, fun, and even some food and drink. Better yet, every presidential visit by the CBA to the various areas of Colorado also will include a keynote presentation by one of the Justices of the Colorado Supreme Court. There will be a luncheon, an afternoon of free Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") emphasizing ethics credits, a Bench-Bar Bowl, and a reception by a CBA committee or section in some locations. See the listing below for your local bar association’s date of visit, location, and Supreme Court Justice luncheon speaker.

The Bench-Bar Bowl will be a fun-filled half-hour trivia showdown between a few judges and attorneys at each location. Think of a mixture of "College Bowl" (for those of you old enough to remember), "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (Get out those life lines.), and "Survivor" (Will anyone be voted off the team?). The audience is encouraged to participate. Scores are kept, and a Bench-Bar "trophy," inscribed with the winners’ names, will be awarded.

Judicial Training

On a more serious note, the CBA is fulfilling its commitment to the State Judicial Department ("State Judicial") to assist with judicial training. This commitment arose out of obvious need after the dramatic State Judicial budget cuts that took place last year. In each district, the CBA is providing a morning training session coordinated with State Judicial, at no cost for judicial officers. The judges are invited to stay for the luncheon to hear the visiting Supreme Court Justice, and for the afternoon to participate in the CLE. All CBA members are encouraged to take advantage of the free CLE credits during the presidential visit. Also, the Litigation Section and the Young Lawyers Division are hosting receptions at the end of the afternoon in certain locations.

CLE Presentations

The afternoon free CLE will include a presentation by the CBA staff on law office practice and management tips often relating to technology. The CBA is always on the cutting edge in law practice management and up to date with technology. In addition to presenting valuable information, CBA staff can answer questions after the presentation. Everyone is encouraged to call the CBA Internet and Technology Department or the Law Practice Management Department (303-860-1115 or 800-332-6736) when a need presents itself, because the CBA excels in this area of support for its members.

The second presentation in the afternoon is for ethics credit and will include short descriptions of several statewide pro bono programs, which are in place or being developed. Opportunities for attorneys to become more involved in model programs will be explained. Our mission is to increase the public’s access to justice.

Next, a panel discussion including judges and practicing attorneys will discuss the topic of trends and changes in our legal system and how these impact us as lawyers in the practice of law. The discussion will not tiptoe around the issues; it will address the provocative and dramatic changes that we already see and that we can forecast for the future. Are we witnessing the dismantling of our justice system, or are the changes just growing pains? The opinions of those in attendance will be solicited and welcomed at this session.

Finally, the Bench-Bar Bowl is sure to bring a smile to your face and get you in a relaxed mood to begin the weekend.

Question: Name the only capital city in the United States where there is no McDonald’s located.

Answer: (You’ll just have to attend one of the Bench-Bar Bowls to learn the answer to this one.)

Presidential Visits

Below is the schedule for the presidential visits still remaining in the year 2003. Members can attend any session statewide for their convenience by simply registering in advance. By the time this President’s Message is published, the CBA will have presented programs in Denver, Fort Morgan, and Grand Junction. CBA members in those cities received this notice earlier through their bar association communications network. On July 18, 2003, Chief Justice Mullarkey led the judges’ team to victory in the first Denver Bench-Bar Bowl.

I look forward to visiting with all of you during my presidential visits. Please bring your opinions, comments, humor, and your friends to enjoy a full afternoon of Bar Association activities. I really like spending time with lawyers. They are smart, informed, articulate, and generally lots of fun. We’ll all have a good time at these gatherings.

The schedule for remaining CBA presidential visits and programs is as follows:



September 5, 2003
La Junta (Otero Jr. College)
CBA District 4 
—Pueblo County Bar Association
—16th Judicial District Bar Association
—Southeastern Colorado Bar Association
—Southern Colorado Bar Association
Luncheon Speaker: Justice Michael L. Bender
Reception: CBA Young Lawyers Division



September 12, 2003 
Steamboat Springs (Sheraton Steamboat Resort)
CBA District 7       
—Northwestern Colorado Bar Association
—Pitkin County Bar Association
—Continental Divide Bar Association
—9th Judicial District Bar Association
Luncheon Speaker: Justice Michael L. Bender



October 3, 2003
Durango (Sheraton Tamarron)
CBA District 6
—Four Corners Bar Association
—Southwestern Bar Association
—7th Judicial District Bar Association
—Delta County Bar Association
—Mesa County Bar Association
Luncheon Speaker: Justice Alex J. Martinez
Reception: CBA Young Lawyers Division and
      Litigation Section

October 24, 2003
Fort Collins (Marriott)

CBA District 3
—Boulder County Bar Association
—Weld County Bar Association
—Larimer County Bar Association
—13th Judicial District Bar Association
Luncheon Speaker: Justice Nathan Ben Coats
Reception: Litigation Section



November 7, 2003
Cañon City (Holy Cross Abbey)

CBA District 5
—El Paso County Bar Association
—Heart of the Rockies Bar Association
—Fremont/Custer Counties Bar Association
—San Luis Valley Bar Association
Luncheon Speaker: Justice Alex J. Martinez


November 14, 2003
Jefferson County (TBA)

CBA District 2
—Adams-Broomfield Bar Association
—Arapahoe County Bar Association
—Aurora Bar Association
—1st Judicial District Bar Association
—Douglas/Elbert Counties Bar Association
Luncheon Speaker: Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.
Reception: CBA Young Lawyers Division


2003 Bench–Bar Retreat: November 1. Inverness Hotel, Englewood.

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