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January 2004       Vol. 33, No. 1       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard


D High School Mock Trials Update: Several local bar associations will be hosting their regional high school mock trial tournaments in February 2004, and volunteers are desperately needed to serve as scoring panelists and presiding judges. Please contact your local bar association for more information about its specific needs. Contact Carolyn Ferber by phone at (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5323, or by e-mail at, for the name of your region’s tournament coordinator.

D Toastmasters Club: Ever yearned to be a better speaker? A Toastmasters Club has been proposed for the Bar Association —to meet monthly at the Bar offices. A preliminary meeting will be held in February to discuss the program. Experienced speakers and former members of other Toastmasters Clubs are invited to attend this planning session. Toastmasters offers a supportive environment in which members can improve their speaking skills specifically for their practices, the Bar’s speakers’ bureau, and CLE presentations. For complete information about the proposed CBA–CLE Toastmasters Club, and to register to receive information about the February meeting, visit Members can register their interest to participate in the Toastmasters Club at this site.

D Moot Court: The University of Denver ("DU") College of Law moot court team won the National Civil Trial Lawyers Competition in Los Angeles in November 2003. After completing five rounds of competition, DU was the only undefeated team, claiming the national championship and bringing home the traveling trophy. The top fourteen trial advocacy programs in the country were invited to compete. Seven nationally known trial lawyers, including Robert Shapiro, judged the final round. The DU team is made up of coaches Karen Steinhauser and Dan Deasy, and competitors Reggy Short, Ben Winters, Liz Elliott, Brian Domingues, and Shawn Gillum.

D Judicial Excellence: On November 6, 2003, more than 400 people attended the Colorado Judicial Institute’s ("CJI") First Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner at the Denver Marriott City Center. The highlights of the event were the presentation of CJI’s 2003 Judicial Excellence awards and a keynote speech by Gene R. Nichol, Dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law. The 2003 Judicial Excellence awards were presented to: District Chief Court Judge Harlan R. Bockman, Seventeenth Judicial District; Jefferson County Court Judge Charles T. Hoppin; and Magistrate Tijani (T.J.) Cole, District Court, Twentieth Judicial District.

Proceeds from the event benefited CJI’s Judicial Education Fund. The fund was established in response to the recent loss of state financial support for continuing education for judges and court personnel.

Among the attendees at the CJI Judicial Excellence
Dinner were (left to right): Sheila Gutterman, Connie
Talmadge, Kathryn Tamblyn, Dan Brinker, and Bertha Lynn.



D Desserts and Delights Auction: On November 13, 2003, the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network ("CAN") held its second-annual Desserts and Delights Auction. The event, which hosted more than 150 friends, family, and members of the Denver Bar Association, raised more than $7,000 for Work Options for Women. There were lots of delightfully tempting desserts just waiting to be tasted by attendees, and fun items ranging from yoga products to weekend stays in Aspen were auctioned off to the highest bidders.

CANfectionados Monica Rosenbluth (left) and
Michelle Ferguson were among the volunteers who
made the Dessert and Delights Auction a huge success.


D On Thursday, January 15, 2004, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") will present the CLE luncheon program, "Serving on Boards and Commissions." The presentation will be held at the Denver offices of Faegre & Benson, 1700 Lincoln St., 32nd floor. A panel of distinguished speakers will share their experiences and give insights about the benefits of serving on community and statewide boards and commissions. A boxed lunch will be served. The cost is $40 for CWBA members and $50 for non-members. To register, contact Mary Holverstott, CWBA Executive Director, at (303) 831-1040, or e-mail: execdir@ Registration by January 7, 2004 is encouraged.

D The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") will host its 2004 Annual Banquet on January 24, 2004, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., at the Westin Tabor Center, 1672 Lawrence St., Denver. The evening’s guest speaker, Nicolás Vaca, will present "The Latino Tsunami: The Surging Latino Population and its Significance for America." Several sponsorship levels are available for the event; individual tickets are $70 per person. For complete information, contact Lorenzo Trujillo or Ellen Alires-Trujillo at (303) 460-9891 or


D On the morning of January 23, 2004, the CBA–CLE will hold the half-day program, Juvenile Law: Representing the Respondent Parent. This program, which will be held at 1900 Grant St., third floor, Denver, will offer three general CLE credits and will focus on current case law and legislation, client counseling and communication, hearings, effective appellate practice, and ethics. The cost is $59 for CBA Juvenile Law Section members, $75 for CBA members, and $99 for non-members.

D During the afternoon of January 23, 2004, CBA–CLE will present Mental Health, Education and Juveniles: The Law. This program will be held in the large classroom on the third floor, 1900 Grant St., Denver. Topics to be covered include: certification, alcohol and drug commitments, competency, IDEA, ADA, FERPA, truancy, and effective strategies for handling juvenile delinquencies. The cost is $59 for CBA Juvenile Law Section members, $75 for CBA members, and $99 for non-members. This program will offer four general CLE credits.

D Learn all there is to know about homeowners associations on February 6, 2004, at the one-day CLE program, HOAs: Setting Them Up (morning program) and Advanced Issues (afternoon program). Among the topics to be covered in the morning program are documents, procedures, forms, and budgeting. The afternoon program will cover issues such as mediation, assessments, turnover from developers, and construction defects. The cost for each half-day program is $119 for CBA Real Estate or Construction Law Section members, $129 for CBA members, and $149 for non-members. Each half-day program will offer three general CLE credits, including .8 ethics credits.

D For more information about these or other programs, and for a list of CBA–CLE publications, see the "CBA–CLE Planning Guide and Books" 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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