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October 2003       Vol. 32, No. 10       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard


CBA President Travels the State: On August 15, 2003, Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") President Bob Truhlar headed east to Fort Morgan for his second President’s Visit since taking office in July. More than thirty CBA members from Boulder, Weld, and Larimer Counties and the 13th Judicial District were on hand for a luncheon that featured Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, followed by an afternoon of free CLE. Truhlar will visit Durango on October 3, and Fort Collins on October 24.

CBA President Bob Truhlar speaks to attendees
at Fort Morgan visit.

2003 Bench–Bar Retreat: On Saturday, November 1, 2003, the Denver Bar Association will host its annual Bench–Bar Retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Inverness Hotel in Englewood. The theme of the retreat is "Liberty and Justice for All?" The focus of the retreat will be on terrorism and its impact on national security, the rights of the accused, and the treatment of minorities and other civil rights issues. The cost is $85 for attorneys, $60 for young lawyers, $30 for judges, and $20 for law office/court staff. For more information, contact Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736. Six general CLE credits will be offered.

Kath Schoen, Director
of the CBA Family
Violence Program.
SafeHouse Award Recipients:
Kathleen Schoen, Director of the CBA Family Violence Program, will be recognized at SafeHouse Denver’s annual fundraiser on October 17, 2003. Schoen will be presented with the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Award, which acknowledges an individual who has made significant contributions to building community awareness about domestic violence and who has devised practicable prevention methods. Hamil-Henderson was a founder and president of the Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition, as well as president and a board member of SafeHouse Denver. The 2003 fundraiser event is entitled "Salsa for SafeHouse," and will be held at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Also at the event, the Community Impact Award will be presented to Attorney General Ken Salazar. Tickets to the event are available for $150. For reservations and complete information, contact Brenda Roush at (303) 302-6112 or, or visit http://

Partnership Breakfasts: The Solo and Small Firm Section of the CBA sponsors a partnership breakfast every other month in Denver. Meetings have traditionally been held at Racine’s Restaurant, which is temporarily closed. The partnership breakfasts will now be held at Perkins Restaurant, 1995 S. Colorado Boulevard (I-25 & Colorado Blvd.). The next partnership breakfast will be Thursday, October 2, 2003, at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast is a great networking opportunity, as well as a forum for practice management and technology discussion. The breakfasts are open to all CBA members, and there is no R.S.V.P. required. Call Mark P. Miller, chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section, at (303) 922-5900, with questions.


On June 27, 2003, the Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") held its 2003 Robert B. Lee Golf Tournament and Annual Meeting at the Murphy Creek Golf Club. More than eighty ACBA members gathered for the event, which featured door prizes (a trip to Scotland) and the ACBA’s annual awards that recognize member accomplishments. The following ACBA members were presented with awards during the annual meeting: Andrew H. Goertzel, Tommy D. Drinkwine Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award; Cheryl L. Post, Raymond C. Frenchmore Juvenile Law Award; and Lucy Hojo Denson, District Court Judge Charles B. Dillion Award of Merit (for extraordinary service in the public interest). A special recognition award was presented to Melody Divine, of the Burns, Figa & Will law firm, for her outstanding service on behalf of victims of religious persecution in India.

On August 4–8, 2003, the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network ("CAN") sponsored a school supply drive for the more than 800 homeless students attending Denver Public Schools. Approximately sixty-five law firms from the Denver area collected eighty-plus boxes of supplies, which filled up an entire classroom at Cole Middle School. On Friday, August 22, volunteers from CAN and local law firms sorted supplies and distributed backpacks to needy children. Fox 31 News was on hand to provide media coverage of the activities. For more information about CAN, or to donate time or services to CAN, please call Karen Bries-Long at (303) 824-5303.

Four attorneys from the Community Action Network
(back row left to right)—Amy Wallace, Ellen Squires,
Monica Rosenbluth, and Norman Beecher—pose
with the Hays children and their dad, who helped
sort school supplies to be shared with needy children.


On October 30, 2003, the Sam Cary Bar Association will host a fundraising dinner called "Living the Dream: A Tribute to Our African American Judiciary." The event is being billed as an evening of "Jambalaya, Jazz and the Judiciary," and will pay tribute to past and present African American members of the bench. Alvin LaCabe, Denver’s newly appointed Manager of Public Safety, will be the guest speaker. The event will be held at Mile High Station in Denver. For more information, contact Joni Johnson-Powe at (303) 693-2515.


• Learn all about the "Retrospective of the Water Right Determination and Administration Act of 1969" on October 8, 2003, at the CBA–CLE large classroom, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 300, Denver. Among the faculty for this program will be: Colorado State Engineer Hal Simpson; Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs; Garfield County Court Judge Thomas Ossola; and retired Senior District Judge Jonathan W. Hays. The cost is $169 for CBA Water Law Section members, $179 for CBA members, and $199 for nonmembers. Seven general CLE credits are being offered for this program.

• On October 10, 2003, a program entitled "Long-Term Care: Legal and Financial Issues for You and Your Clients" will be held at the CBA–CLE classroom in Denver. This interdisciplinary seminar will provide information about the many different issues and strategies attorneys ought to know in representing clients who need long-term care. The cost is $159 for CBA Trust & Estate, Elder Law, or Financial Planning Association members, $169 for CBA members, and $189 for nonmembers. This program will offer seven CLE credits, including one ethics.

• The "Annual Fall Workers’ Compensation Update" will be October 17, 2003, in the CBA–CLE large classroom. This year’s annual fall update has been expanded to a two-track format that includes an afternoon devoted entirely to the fundamentals of practicing workers’ compensation law. The cost is $159 for CBA Workers’ Compensation Section members, $179 for CBA members, and $199 for nonmembers. This program will offer eight general CLE credits.

• 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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