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December 2003       Vol. 32, No. 12       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard


Swearing-In Ceremony: On Monday, October 20, 2003, at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver,

CBA President Bob
Truhlar speaks to
new attorneys at the
October swearing-in
ceremony in Denver.
524 attorneys were admitted to practice law in Colorado. Speakers at the swearing-in event included past DBA President Charles Casteel, CBA President Robert Truhlar, and DBA Young Lawyers Division Chair Megan Brynhildsen. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey administered the Oath of Admission to the new attorneys. The December 2003 CBA President’s Message to Members includes Bob Truhlar’s "Remarks to New Attorneys" at the swearing-in ceremony. See page 27 in this issue.

Paralegal Committee on the Move: Members of the Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") Paralegal Committee traveled to Steamboat Springs on September 20, 2003, to meet with paralegal students in Routt County. Thirteen individuals were on hand for a presentation that provided the students with useful information on technology and the law, careers in the traditional law firm, alternative career settings, as well as tips on navigating the local court rules online. The Paralegal Committee offered a similar presentation in Denver in May, which attracted more than fifty students from cities throughout the state.

Judicial Conference: Fourth Judicial District Magistrate Evelyn Hernandez Sullivan received the Dottie Wham Family Service Award at the 2003 Colorado Judicial Conference in Denver. Former Senator Wham presented the award to Sullivan in recognition of her judicial leadership to improve the way courts handle family-related matters. For many years, Senator Wham was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been a zealous advocate for the rights of Colorado children and families. At the conference, CBA President Bob Truhlar spoke to judges about CBA programs.

Paralegal Committee members Barb Biondillio (center left)
and Peggy Upton (right) explain to paralegal students
easy ways of online navigation through court materials.

CBA President Bob Truhlar was one of the speakers
at the 2003 Colorado Judicial Conference in Denver.

Mock Trial Attorney Coaches Wanted: The CBA High School Mock Trial Program is in full swing. A number of new schools in Colorado are participating for the first time in this year’s competitions. Many schools are in need of volunteer attorney coaches to assist them in preparing the case for competition. Specifically, high schools from Fairplay, Thornton, Westminster, Superior, Boulder, Watkins, Grand Junction, and Denver are seeking attorney coaches. Please consider becoming involved with Colorado youth by participating as an attorney coach in the High School Mock Trial Competitions. For complete information about the program, including accessing a copy of the case being debated in this school year’s competitions, contact Carolyn Ferber at (800) 332-6763, (303) 824-5323, or e-mail Link to the mock trial page at:

Community Service Awards: SafeHouse Denver held its annual fundraiser event on October 17, 2003, at the Donald R. Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. The evening of dinner, dancing, and camaraderie included award presentations. Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar was presented with the Community Impact Award. Kathleen Schoen, Director of the CBA Family Violence Program, was honored with the prestigious Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Award. This award recognizes Schoen’s efforts to expand community awareness about domestic violence and devise prevention measures.

Kudos for The Colorado Lawyer: The National Association of Bar Executives ("NABE") Communications Section presented Arlene Abady, Managing Editor of The Colorado Lawyer ("TCL") and the TCL Editorial Staff—Lisa Goldoftas, Deb Marnocha, and Leona Martínez—with a Luminary Award for Excellence in Special Publications for the October 2002 theme issue on Children and the Law. Luminary Awards are given each year to NABE Communications Section members for bar association communications and publications projects that are considered the best in their categories. The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center ("RMCLC") was the sponsoring organization for the theme issue. RMCLC theme issue co-editors were Shari Shink, Executive Director, and Tatiana Taylor, Staff Attorney.

Kath Schoen is the recipient
of the 2003 Carolyn
Hamil-Henderson Award,
presented by SafeHouse Denver.
Arlene Abady with the NABE
Luminary Award, presented for
TCL’s October 2002 Children
and the Law theme issue.


Attorneys Melissa Sugar (standing at left) and Claire
Dineen (seated at far right) participate in a panel
with three hospital and hospice representatives
during the CBA Health Care Decisions Day.


Public Health Care Decisions Day: On October 11, 2003, the Civic and Community Affairs Committee of the CBA Trust and Estate Section hosted a "Colorado Bar Association Health Care Decisions Day." The day provided information to the public about living wills and advanced medical directives. After a short panel presentation, volunteer attorneys and paralegals signed and witnessed living wills and medical directives for members of the public. Thanks to Melissa Sugar for spearheading the program and thanks to attorney volunteers Wayne Stewart, Jeanne Thompson, Peggy Holt-Hoch, Ann DeWitt, Frank Slaninger, Carol Jenks, Elaine Carlton, Bonnie Roberts, Carl Glatstein, Jeanne Mickleson, Trish Barron, Cliff Venerable, Spencer Crona, Eric Solem, Joe Dawson, Marco Chayet, Cheryl Kamicar, Dirk Costin, Susie Germany, Carol Werner, Michelle Lawonn, Val Corzine, Marilyn Henning, Larry Matten, Catherine Seal, Dave Steinhoff, and Cliff Venerable.


Winston Howard (left) is pictured with Past DBA
President Garth Grissom, who was the star of the
DBA Seniors Roast in October.


Local Bar Associations

On October 20, 2003, members of the El Paso County Bar Association gathered for their monthly meeting—also known as "Pat Dean Day," in honor of El Paso Executive Director Pat Dean, who is celebrating twenty-five years of service to the bar association. Bar members, past-presidents, and CBA staff gathered for a luncheon and plaque presentation. Twenty-five past presidents of the El Paso County Bar Association also presented Dean with a monetary gift for her years of service.

The DBA Seniors Committee assembled in October at the Denver Athletic Club to roast former DBA President Garth Grissom. More than seventy friends, family, and colleagues gathered for the chance to honor, cajole, and poke a little fun at Grissom, a stalwart of the Denver legal community.

The Seniors Committee will gather again on December 10, 2003, at the DBA offices for its annual Seniors Holiday Party. RSVP for the noon event by sending a check for $12, payable to the DBA, to: Lindsay Packard, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203.


Are you looking for CLE credits but don’t want to leave the office? CBA–CLE will be offering teleseminars throughout the month of December. Each one-credit CLE teleseminar will run from 11 a.m. to Noon. Cost is only $59 for CBA members and $79 for non-members.

The following programs will be offered:

-• December 2: Corporate Investigations • December 4: Electronic Evidence • December 9: Ethics Update • December 11: File Sharing

On December 5, 2003, CBA–CLE will be offering a Federal Practice Update at the CBA–CLE classroom, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300. This update will include information on pre-trial practice, federal rules of evidence, expert witnesses, removal and jurisdiction, class certifications, and a view from the bench. The cost of this seven-credit CLE course is $169 for CBA Litigation Section members, $179 for CBA members, and $209 for non-members.

The 2003 State and Local Tax Conference will be held on December 17, 2003, at the CBA–CLE classroom. This eight-credit CLE program will benefit attorneys, accountants, tax managers, and consultants. The cost is $169 for CBA Tax Section members, $179 for CBA members, and $209 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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