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November 2003       Vol. 32, No. 11       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard


Best of the Bar: On Friday, September 12, 2003, the Denver Business Journal hosted a "2003 Best of the Bar" breakfast and awards presentation. Twelve awards were presented to Colorado attorneys, among whom are: Steve Abelman, Bankruptcy; Scott Barker, Business Litigation; Doug Wright, Corporate M&A and Securities; Hal Haddon, Corporate Criminal/ White Collar Defense; Gerald Niederman, Health Care; Pam Mackey, Individual Criminal Defense; Lesley Craig, Intellectual Property; Thomas Quinn, Legal Malpractice; John R. "Jack" Trigg, Lifetime Achievement; Steve Choquette, Pro Bono; Frank Robinson, Real Estate; and Niki Frangos Tuttle, Telecommunications.

DBA President-elect Mary Jo Gross, second
from left, is pictured with (left to right) Tom
Strickland, Jeff Chase, Reid Neureiter, and
Ann Frick at the “Best of the Bar” breakfast.

Weeks Center for Youth Dedication: On September 24, 2003, Hon. Orrelle R. Weeks was honored for her enduring commitment to the young people of Colorado with the dedication of a center for youth in her name. The Orrelle R. Weeks Center for Youth is located at 5100 Lincoln St. in Denver, and will provide intervention services for at-risk youth, including emergency shelter and short-term and home-based support to young people in need. This dedication was timely made, as the Denver Juvenile Court celebrated its 100-year anniversary on September 19, 2003. See page 132 for photos and highlights of the Juvenile Court’s anniversary event.


Holiday Networking: The CBA Solo/Small Firm Section and the Law Practice Management & Technology Committee will host their annual joint holiday networking party on December 4, 2003, from noon to 2 p.m. at the CBA offices in Denver, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900. The cost of the luncheon is $5 for section and committee members. Register by e-mail at, or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727. Please specify the event for which you are registering. For more information, call Reba Nance at (303) 824-5320 or toll-free in-state, (800) 332-6736.

CBA Mock Trials: The CBA is currently accepting registrations for the 2004 High School Mock Trial Competition. This year, each local tournament has the option of holding an intra-mural scrimmage between teams that elect not to compete in the actual tournament. The intra-mural scrimmage program is a great way for teams to hone their mock trial presentation skills in a non-competitive environment. For more information on the high school mock trial program, contact Carolyn Ferber at (800) 332-6763, (303) 824-5323, or

CBA YLD Beer Tasting Fund Raiser: On September 12, 2003, the CBA YLD held the "2003 Beer Tasting Fund Raiser" to benefit the Missing Children’s Task Force. More than 120 CBA members, friends, and family gathered at the Zang Brewing Company in Denver to sample twenty-nine beer selections from ten breweries. The CBA YLD raised $5,400 for the Missing Children’s Task Force—the most profitable first-time fund-raising event for the Task Force.

Maggie Conboy and Emily Warren take a
moment to smile for the camera during the
CBA YLD fund- raiser.

Legal Ethics CLE: The Colorado Endowment for the Humanities will present "Legal Ethics: Through the Lens of Modern Literature" on December 5 (in Denver) and December 12 (in Grand Junction), from 8 a.m. to noon. These will be interactive seminars that weave the subject matter of two short works of fiction into discussions on issues of professional responsibility and attorney conduct. The trained facilitators—an attorney and a humanities scholar—will use Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin and Paul’s Case by Willa Cather to generate discussions on the Rules of Professional Conduct, ethics, case law, and actual problems that arise in the practice of law. The $125 registration fee includes copies of assigned readings and a continental breakfast. Four ethics CLE credits will be offered to attendees. For complete information, contact Betty Jo Brenner at (303) 894-7951, ext. 17, or

Chad Orvis exercised his beer-pouring skills
to raise funds for missing children.

Colorado Judicial Institute: The always-inspiring Gene Nichols, former dean of the University of Colorado School of Law and current dean at the University of North Carolina School of Law, is the keynote speaker at the Colorado Judicial Institute’s ("CJI") "Judicial Excellence for Colorado" dinner. The dinner is being held on November 6 at the Marriott City Center. Cocktail reception (cash bar) begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner program begins at 7:00 p.m. Before the evening event, a CLE-accredited program, "Defining Judicial Excellence," will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the same location. Visit the CJI website at for complete information about the dinner and program.


The Ninth Judicial District Bar Association ("9th JD") is on the Web! The 9th JD has recently updated its website to include upcoming events and announcements, as well as newsletters, membership information, minutes to meetings, and a list of 9th JD officers. The updated site is accessible by going to http:// Click on the following tabs in this order: "About the CBA"; "Other Bar Associations"; and "Local Bar Associations." Scroll down the alphabetical list to find the 9th JD’s information.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") will hold its annual Court Orientation program on November 20, 2003, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Jury Assembly Room at the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St. The full-day orientation program is for both recently admitted and not-so-new attorneys who want to learn more about the rules and procedures of domestic relations, civil cases, and the Denver District and County Courts. The program is sponsored by the DBA and the DBA YLD. The cost is $35 for DBA members and $45 for non-members. CLE credits have been applied for. For more information, contact David Woodruff at Register by e-mail at or call (303) 860-1115, ext. 727; please specify the event for which you are registering.


The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA"), in conjunction with Project Safeguard and Colorado Legal Services, will present "Protection Orders Training" on Friday, November 7, 2003. The one-day CLE-accredited program, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will offer valuable protection order information and a chance to gain some courtroom experience. Registration, which includes lunch, is $25 (if you agree to accept two pro bono cases) or $85 (if do not accept cases). The registration fee is waived for law students. For more information, contact the CWBA office at (303) 831-1040.

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association is gearing up for its 2004 Banquet on January 24, 2004. Nicolás Vaca will address attendees, speaking on "The Latino Tsunami: The Surging Latino Population and its Significance for America." Mark your calendars now! For complete information, contact Lorenzo Trujillo or Ellen Alires-Trujillo at (303) 460-9891 or lat_esq@


• On November 6, 2003, learn about the Power Trial Method during a full-day CLE program at 1900 Grant St., Suite 300, Denver. Experienced Faegre & Benson trial lawyers David J.F. Gross and Neal S. Cohen will present a seminar on how to use the power trial method to win your first (or next) jury trial. The cost is $179 for CBA YLD members, $199 for CBA members, and $229 for non-members. Seven general CLE credits have been requested.

Business Law Institute: The 2003 Business Law Institute will be held on November 7–8, 2003, at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. This fourth annual program is co-sponsored by the CBA Business Law Section and offers in-depth topics applicable to closely-held businesses or publicly traded companies. The cost is $269 for CBA Business Law Section members, $279 for CBA or American Corporate Counsel Association members, and $309 for non-members. There will be 14 general CLE credits offered, including 5.2 ethics.

Get Your Ethics Credits Now! On November 12, CBA–CLE will present "Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct" at the CLE large classroom, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300, Denver. This program, presented by attorney Alexander R. Rothrock, will feature the new CBA–CLE publication, Essays on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct. The cost is $149 for CBA members and $179 for non-members. Four general CLE credits, including four ethics will be offered. For more information or to register, call (303) 860-0608, toll free (888) 860-2531, or visit http://

• 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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