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March 2004       Vol. 33, No. 3       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Leona Martínez

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 brief 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: Leona Martínez, c/o CBA/TCL, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203-4336;; call (303) 824-5324 or toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736; fax: (303) 830-3990.



Attention Members! The 2004 remodeling of the CBA/DBA offices is complete. Pay us a visit when you’re in the neighborhood of 1900 Grant St., Denver. When you’re here for a committee or section meeting, feel free to roam the halls of the newly carpeted ninth floor and browse through the collection of Bar photos that grace the freshly papered and painted walls. Witness the history of the Bar! CBA–CLE on the third floor, as well as COLTAF/Legal Aid Foundation and the DBA Placement Service on the eleventh floor, are also sporting new looks. (Stop in at the DBA Credit Union while you’re on the eleventh floor and open an account.) Remember: this is your Bar Association!

CBA President Bob Truhlar (left) presents the 2003 CBA Award of Merit to Mary Hoagland and Don Hoagland.


CBF Fellows Dinner: On January 9, 2004, the Colorado Bar Foundation held its 2004 Fellows Dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. More than 350 lawyers and guests attended the event. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the "Burden of Spoof," under the direction of Judge Robert Kapelke. The evening’s highlight was the presentation of the CBA’s most prestigious honor, the Award of Merit. Co-honorees of the 2003 award are Don Hoagland and Mary Hoagland, whose lives and careers in law exemplify extraordinary dedication and commitment to serving the community and the profession. For more information about the Hoaglands, see "Bar Royalty" on page 133 of this issue, as well as "Profiles of Success" in the December 2000 issue of The Colorado Lawyer on page 15.


Domestic Violence: Make It Your Business is a project of the CBA Family Violence Program ("FVP"). The project offers ongoing training seminars that address the economic impact of domestic violence on a business, in addition to the personal impact domestic violence may have on the workplace environment. Training is beneficial to all members of the business community, and can be tailored to upper and middle management, as well as to support staff. For a list of scheduled trainings in 2004, visit For complete information about the project or to set up a training seminar at your business or organization, contact Kathleen Schoen, FVP Director, at (303) 824-5305 or


Law Firm Recognized: Each year, the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization ("MVL") recognizes a law firm for its outstanding contribution of pro bono legal services to clients in need. This year, MVL is saluting The Harris Law Firm, which devoted hundreds of hours of free representation in 2003 to clients who otherwise might have gone unrepresented. The firm will be officially recognized on May 1, 2004, at the annual Barristers Benefit Ball ("BBB").

Rich Harris, principal partner of The Harris Law Firm, and Ellen Squires, the firm’s pro bono coordinator, will be among the representatives of their entire firm, which will be formally recognized at the BBB on May 1 for contributing free legal services to needy clients.


BBB: The theme of the 2004 Denver Bar Foundation Barristers Benefit Ball is "A Tribute to Broadway." This year’s BBB will be held on May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. The evening’s fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include fine dining, dancing to the Jerry Barnett Orchestra, casino games, and terrific raffle prizes. The event’s proceeds benefit the MVL organization, which provides free legal services to indigent clients in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Doug-las, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties. Ticket prices are: $2,750–patron table of ten; $275–individual patron (preferred seating); $165–individual non-patron; $120–judges; and $100–young lawyers and non-lawyers. Tickets can be ordered by sending checks to: Denver Bar Foundation, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203. Contact Dana Collier Smith for complete information at; (303) 824-5318; (800) 332-6736; or visit


Free Lawyer Consultation in Delta: On January 8, 2004, volunteer lawyers from the Delta County Bar Association ("DCBA") and the Seventh Judicial Bar Association were on hand at the Delta County Courthouse to consult with low- income residents who needed answers to civil legal questions. Volunteer lawyers were available for a brief consultation on divorce, custody, and child support matters; landlord/tenant problems; or debt and consumer questions. To find out about this program or possible future efforts, contact James Schum of the DCBA at (970) 874-6280.

Call-A-Lawyer Night: The Mesa County Bar Association ("MCBA") held its regularly scheduled "Call-A-Lawyer Night" on January 15, 2004, for people who need legal information. Volunteer members of the MCBA are available the third Thursday of every other month, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., to answer questions of a legal nature. The next scheduled Call-A-Lawyer Night is March 18, 2004. The MCBA encourages all members of the community who think they may be faced with a legal problem, especially those who cannot afford a lawyer, to call (970) 256-4001.

Socks for the Needy: The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") recently presented the St. Francis Center ("Center") with more than 2,000 pairs of socks for distribution to the needy in the community. This collection, which was part of the ACBA’s annual drive to collect items for the needy, was the largest donation the Center has ever received. Kudos to the ACBA!

St. Francis Center Executive Director Tom Luehrs (center) receives the ACBA’s donation of socks from ACBA President Doris Truhlar and CBA President Bob Truhlar.

ACBA Annual Dinner: The ACBA honored Court of Appeals Judge Peter H. Ney at its annual judges’ dinner in January. Judge Ney recently took senior judge status. Speaking in tribute about Judge Ney were Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender, Court of Appeals Chief Judge James Davidson, Eighteenth Judicial District ("18th J.D.") Chief Judge John Leopold, and Martin P. Miller, former 18th J.D. District Attorney and District Court Judge. The annual dinner/meeting also includes reports on the state of the judiciary.


Scholarships Awarded: Last fall, the Colorado Indian Bar Association ("CIBA") held its annual 5K Run–Walk to collect scholarship money to help Native American law students at the University of Denver College of Law ("DU") and the University of Colorado School of Law ("CU"). The third-year student recipients of the 2003–2004 CIBA Law Student Scholarships are Nicole Livolsi (DU) and Autumn Bernhardt (CU). Through private sponsorships by law firms and individual attorneys, as well as race entry fees, the CIBA collected more that $5,000 for the scholarship fund.

DU Law Dean Honored: The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") presented DU College of Law Dean Mary Ricketson with the 2004 Community Service Award at its annual gala event on January 24, 2004. The CHBA recognized Ricketson for her commitment to promoting diversity at the law school. The number of first-year Latino students has nearly doubled since 1999, when Ricketson assumed the post. The law school continues to work in tandem with the CHBA to ensure the success of Latinos in the pursuit of a legal education. See "Bar News Highlight" on page 6 for more about the CHBA.


The CBA–CLE is highlighting three programs in March. These programs will be held at the CBA–CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 300, Denver.

March 4–5: Fourth biennial Estate Planning Basic Skills. This one-and-a-half day seminar presents the best and most thorough techniques to start attorneys on their way to establishing a successful estate planning practice. Tuition: $199, CBA Trust & Estate Section members or their legal support staff; $209, CBA members; $239, non-members. CLE credits: 11 general, including 1 ethics credit.

March 11: Basics of Accounting and Financial Statements. This program is designed specifically for the attorney who has little or no experience with accounting principles and financial statements. Tuition: $169, CBA Business Law Section members; $179, CBA members; $209, non-members. CLE credits: 7 general.

March 17: Defending Civil and Criminal Healthcare Investigations. Attendees will learn about the federal government’s anti-fraud enforcement efforts, criminal fraud investigations, and civil and administrative fraud and abuse matters at this morning seminar. Tuition: $119 CBA Health Law Section members; $129, CBA members; $149, non-members. CLE credits: 4 general.

For more information about CBA–CLE programs and 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. Visit the CBA–CLE online at



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