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April 2004       Vol. 33, No. 4       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Leona Martínez


Correction: In December 2003, the Pueblo County Bar Association ("PCBA") Hispanic Bar delivered holiday stockings to students at Fountain Elementary School. (An item in February’s "Bar News" misattributed the holiday effort to another local bar.) The PCBA Hispanic Bar has a long tradition of spreading holiday cheer in the schools and performing good works throughout the community. Last December, Judge William Alexander donned his Santa gear and, with assistance from fellow PCBA members, handed out stockings filled with pencils, books, flashcards, and candy to the eager students. Congratulations to the PCBA Hispanic Bar for its fine efforts!

In December 2003, students at Fountain Elementary
School in Pueblo gathered around Santa (Judge William
Alexander) as he gave out holiday stockings.


DU Wins ABA and ATLA Regionals: University of Denver ("DU") College of Law students competed in and won the American Bar Association ("ABA") and American Trial Lawyers Association ("ATLA") regional moot court competitions. The competitions were held in February. The ABA competition included sixteen teams from law schools in Colorado, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and New Mexico. Winning team members Alison Zinn and Jeff Williams, coached by DU alumni Mike Lowe and Mike Keating, took their talent to the national competitions in Austin, Texas.

The ATLA regional competition was sponsored by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. It included teams from Colorado, California, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming. DU teammates Kate Stimson, Ben Winters, Reggy Short, and Shawn Gillum shared the win with their coaches, Karen Steinhauser and Dan Deasy. The national ATLA championship competitions were held in West Palm Beach.

Both competitions were held in March. Results were not available at press time.


The Metropolitan Volunteer Lawyers ("MVL") Governing Board has announced that four individuals and a law firm will be recognized at the 2004 Barristers Benefit Ball ("BBB"), which will be held on May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. Individual honorees, who will be recognized for their pro bono service to the community, are Dee Keller, Mark Bove, and Elsa Martinez Tenreiro; the Young Lawyer honoree is Jason Cuerdon; and law firm honoree is The Harris Law Firm. The MVL organization, through the dedicated efforts of its staff and volunteers, makes it possible for free legal services to be delivered to indigent clients in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties. The BBB is MVL’s biggest fund raiser event of the year. The theme of the 2004 event is "A Tribute to Broadway" and the fun-filled evening will include a silent auction, dinner, dancing, casino games, and raffle prizes. For complete information about the 2004 BBB, visit the CBA website: http:// or contact Dana Collier Smith: dcolliersmith@; (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

MVL staff, who work long and hard behind the scenes to arrange for free legal services for the community’s needy, gear up for the BBB, the year’s biggest fund-raising event. (Left to right): Pamela Faris, MVL Director Sally Maresh, and Patricia Trujillo.

In December 2003, students at Fountain Elementary School in Pueblo gathered around Santa (Judge William Alexander) as he gave out holiday stockings.


Legal Publications Circulate: The CBA Law Practice Management ("LPM") Department has approximately 100 publications in its "Lending Library" just waiting to be checked out. LPM Department Director Reba Nance and Assistant Director Michelle Gersic have assembled the collection of helpful resources, and intend to build on the current collection. Among the new titles members can check out are:

Managing Partner 101: A Guide to Successful Law Firm Leadership, 2d Ed.

The Effective Associate Training Program: Improving Firm Performance, Profitability and Prospective Partners

Wills, Trusts, and Technology: An Estate Lawyer’s Guide to Automation, 2d Ed.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet, 2d Ed.

Going to Trial: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trial Practice and Procedure, 2d Ed.

You can access the LPM Department’s Lending Library Web page from the CBA’s homepage, Click on the following in this order: "Member Resources" Ý "Practice Management" Ý "Lending Library." You will find instructions on how to take advantage of this great CBA member benefit, as well as a complete list of available publications; what’s new on the list; the Lending Policy; and the Checkout Form and Agreement, which borrowers need to complete and send in. Contact Michelle Gersic at or (303) 824-5342 or (800) 332-6736 for complete information.

Michelle Gersic, Assistant Director of the CBA LPM
Department, catalogues the newest titles in the
Department’s "Lending Library."


Court Tour: On Friday, April 9, 2004, the Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Seniors Committee has arranged for all DBA Seniors to tour the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse in Denver. The tour guide is Judge Lewis Babcock. Seniors who wish to make the tour of the new courthouse will gather in the Jury Assembly Room at the courthouse, 901 19th St., at 1:30 p.m. A buffet lunch will precede the tour at noon at another location. Out-of-town CBA senior members are welcome to visit and join in the tour. Caveat: Wear your walking shoes! For complete details about this event, contact Diane Hartman at (303) 824-5312 or

Senior Spring Banquet: On May 19, 2004, the DBA Seniors Committee will hold its Spring Banquet at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm. The Committee, chaired by Jim Bayer, will honor twenty-nine attorneys who were sworn in to practice law in 1954. Attendees will gather at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m., and the awards program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The honorees will be introduced individually with a short biographical sketch and will be presented with a medal. For more information about the Spring Banquet, call Diane Hartman at (303) 824-5312 or e-mail:


Save the Date—April 29: The 19th Annual Colorado Women’s Bar Association "Judicial Reception" will honor Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and Magistrate Kristina Hansson on Thursday, April 29, 2004. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hershner Room at the Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln St., in Denver. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For complete information and to RSVP, e-mail or call (303) 831-1040.


Volunteers Needed: The Adams/Broomfield Access to Justice Committee is seeking volunteer attorneys to present monthly pro se divorce clinics at the Adams County and/or Broomfield County Courthouse. For complete information and to volunteer, contact Norm Campbell at (303) 654-9838 or Jen Leslie at (303) 654-6116 or


Evapotranspiration: Determination of Consumptive Use in Water Rights Proceedings—April 8, 2004: Co-sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, this program features a national faculty of lawyers and engineers, including Colorado State Engineer Hal Simpson, who will address this important water issue. Tuition: $169, CBA Water Law Section or ASCE member; $179, CBA member; $209, nonmember. CLE credits: 7 general credits.

Advanced DUI in Colorado—April 15, 2004: This is an in-depth program dealing with testing procedures, jury selection, cross-examining the police officer, the DMV process, challenging the roadblock stop, and ethics. Tuition: $169, CBA Criminal Law or Litigation Section member; $179, CBA member; $209, nonmember. CLE credits: 7 general credits, including 1 ethics.

Workers’ Compensation Update—April 16, 2004 (a.m.): Current case law of the Industrial Claim Appeals Office will be discussed at this seminar, along with other topics such as impairment ratings, discovery and motions, subrogation under the 2003 amendments, the highs and lows of the average weekly wage, and ethics. Tuition: $169, CBA Workers’ Compensation Section member; $179, CBA member; $209, nonmember. CLE credits: 7 general credits, including 1 ethics.

For a complete list of CBA–CLE programs and publications, call (303) 860-0608 or toll-free in-state, (888) 860-2531. Visit the CBA–CLE online at

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