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February 2004       Vol. 33, No. 2       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Lindsay Packard

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association sections, committees, administration, and local and minority/specialty bar associations, as well as a quick look at CBA–CLE programs and publications. If you have information and photos about Bar events and activities that you would like included in Bar News, write to: CBA Communications Department, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203-4336; call (303) 860-1115 or toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736; fax: (303) 894-0821.



Educating for Citizenship: On December 5, 2003, the 19th Annual Educating For Citizenship Conference was held at the Southeast Denver Marriott. The program was co-sponsored by the Center for Education in Law and Democracy, Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Bar Foundation, and Colorado Bar Association. Created to introduce programs such as courtroom tours, Law Day events, and Mock Trials to local educators across the state, the conference acts as an aid in classroom instruction and discussion of government, history, law, and democracy. The program included a lively keynote address entitled, "A Civic Life—The Words and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin," in which Fred Krebs portrayed Franklin.

CBA President Bob Truhlar meets Ben Franklin,
a.k.a. Fred Krebs, at Educating For Citizenship Conference.

Mock Trials: The CBA is looking for judges to serve as volunteer presiding mock trial judges. Also needed are volunteer attorneys to serve as scoring panelists for regional mock trial tournaments throughout the state. Volunteering for this event is approximately a four-hour commitment and is a great way to get involved with the youth in the community. The regional tournament schedule can be found on the CBA website, http:// Call Kari Brandt, (800) 332-6736, or e-mail, to request a volunteer sign-up form.

New DU Campus Holds First Commencement: On December 19, 2003, the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law celebrated its first commencement exercise at the University Park Campus. The law school relocated from the Park Hill campus in August 2003. More than 500 people attended the event, which celebrated the graduation of sixty law students from the college of law.


On March 6, 2004, the El Paso County Bar Foundation will hold its annual dinner gala at the Garden of the Gods Club. This fun-filled night will feature music by the Colorado Springs Music Conservatory Jazz Ensemble and entertainment by The Burden of Spoof Players. For complete information, call (719) 473-9700.

On February 27, 2004, the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") will co-sponsor "DU Recent Graduate Reunion/Young Lawyers Division Bash" with the DU College of Law, the CBA YLD, and LexisNexis.™ The evening will include beer tasting and hors d’oeuvres from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the DU College of Law, followed by a hockey game between the DU Pioneers and the Minnesota Gophers. The $15 cost includes one hockey ticket, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. Space is limited, so early response is encouraged. For complete information, contact Susan Doyle at

CBA YLD chair Julie Haines (left) presents
Jennifer Rice with the CBA YLD 2003
Young Lawyer of the Year Award.


On December 10, 2003, the CBA YLD presented Jennifer Rice of Fort Collins with the 2003 Gary McPherson Young Lawyer of the Year Award for her outstanding service to the legal profession and the community. The award was presented at the CBA YLD board holiday party.

Members of the El Paso County Bar Association’s Hispanic Bar delivered holiday stockings to 316 students at Fountain Elementary School on December 19, 2003. The stockings, filled with flashcards, pencils, books, and candy, were distributed to every student at the elementary school (Jumpstart through fifth grade) by Santa Claus, otherwise known as Judge William Alexander. The idea for the holiday drive was proposed in November to the Hispanic Bar by attorney Charles Esquibel and his wife, Donna. The effort raised more than $1,500 in cash donations for supplies. Members of the Hispanic Bar stuffed the stockings and were on hand to distribute the goodies to the excited and grateful students, many of whom come from needy families. The El Paso County Hispanic Bar has often donated its support to the school in the form of money and supplies.

District Judge Rosalie Vigna (left) assists Santa,
Judge William Alexander, in handing out treats to
students at Fountain Elementary School.

On December 10, 2003, the Sam Cary Bar Association held elections for the 2004 governing board. The new officers are: President, Kristal Bernert; President-Elect, April Jones; Past-President, Skip Gray III; Treasurer, Joni Johnson; Secretary, Jason Cuerdon; Historian, Andre Rudolph; and At-large Representative, Thomas Potter.

Save the Date! The Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("APABA") and the Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Foundation will hold their 2004 Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet on April 23, 2004, at the Palace Chinese Restaurant in Denver. More information is available on the APABA website:


CBA-CLE New Book Releases: Thanks to the generous support of many family law practitioners and managing editor Gretchen Aultman, the CBA–CLE is proud to announce the release of The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law. This Guide has something to offer attorneys at every level—from those whose practice emphasizes family law, to those who are new to the practice, or to those who are somewhere in between.

CBA–CLE joined forces with LexisNexis™ to publish Colorado Family Laws Annotated, a comprehensive and authoritative reference handbook. This new practical handbook features a broad range of state and federal statutes, rules, cases, and forms, including a CD-ROM that includes the entire contents of the book, plus the complete text of relevant state and federal court opinions.

On February 6, 2004, two half-day programs will be held dealing with homeowners’ associations ("HOAs"), entitled "Setting Up the HOA" (morning) and "Advanced HOA Issues" (afternoon). The morning session teaches how to set up an HOA—focusing on documents and procedures. The afternoon session covers enforcement and litigation, as well as current "hot" topics. Tuition for each half-day program is $119 for CBA Real Estate or Construction Section members, $129 for CBA members, and $149 for non-members. Each half-day program has been submitted for 3 general CLE credits, including .8 ethics, and will be held at the CBA–CLE Classroom, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 300, in Denver.

CBA–CLE is offering a day-long program entitled "Real Estate Acquisitions" on February 19, 2004, at the CBA–CLE classroom on the third floor at 1900 Grant St., Denver. Program topics include forms, title insurance and surveys, due diligence, conveyance, closing, and ethics. The cost is $169 for CBA Real Estate Section members, $179 for CBA members and $209 for non-members. Six general CLE credits, including one ethics credit, will be offered.

"Mediation: Avoiding the Ten Major Mistakes Lawyers Make" will be presented at the CBA–CLE classroom on February 20, 2003. This program will teach how to: decide when settlement is appropriate; choose the appropriate mediator and style; provide necessary information to the mediator; adequately prepare your client for mediation; understand rules of confidentiality and disclosure; avoid aggressive and adversarial behavior; deal with the ineffective or difficult mediator; work mediation to your client’s advantage; know when the agreement is enforceable; and uphold your ethics duties. The cost is $169 for CBA ADR Section members, $179 for CBA members, and $209 for non-members. Six general CLE credits, including one ethics credit, will be offered.

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, http://www.

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