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May 2004       Vol. 33, No. 5       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Leona Martínez


Glenwood Springs High School to Represent State in National Finals: Seventy-seven teams competed in six regional tournaments of the 2004 High School Mock Trial Competitions. The competitions, co-sponsored by the CBA Litigation Section and Law Education Committee, were pared down to twenty-two teams; then, on March 6, 2004, the two teams—Regis and Glenwood Springs High Schools—competed for the honor of traveling to Orlando, Florida, for the national competitions on May 6–9. In a close 4 to 3 ballot vote by panelists, Glenwood Springs claimed victory. This is the third year the school has won the state championship. Everyone involved with the program is enthusiastic about the school’s return to the national competitions. Photo highlights of high school teams that competed in the 2004 High School Mock Trials competitions begin on page 33 of this issue.

Glenwood Springs teacher-coach Wes Burke receives the state championship trophy from CBA Litigation Section Chair Kim Schutt, while CBA Law Education Committee Co-Chair Christine Chauche (right) and two Glenwood team members (far left) look on.


Daniel L. Ritchie Honoree: On March 4, 2004, the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance presented James E. Bye with the 2004 Daniel E. Ritchie Award for Ethics in Business. The Ritchie Award is given to a person "who demonstrates character and ethics through caring for, respecting and working with others, without prejudices." Bye has practiced law with the Denver law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen for forty-seven years. Bye was a founding board member of The Spot, an organization devoted to helping inner city and homeless young people, and helped to create The Two Percent Club, the members of which donate 2 percent of their salaries to charity. He also is a long-time volunteer of the Denver Foundation, which provides assistance to needy families, individuals, and businesses and has been a regular contributor to the Colorado Minority Scholarships program and the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Organization. Bye has been a member of the CBA and DBA since 1957. He has participated in several Bar committees, including the Professionalism, Ethics, and Community Concerns Committees.

Daniel L. Ritchie
Honoree James E. Bye


Leadership Coalition Honors Outstanding Women: On February 10, the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition ("CWLC") presented its Ninth Annual Women Leaders of Excellence Awards. The awards recognize outstanding business and community leaders. Among the CBA members honored are: M. Lou Raders, Jo Ann Weinstein, Amy Durfee West, and Marla Williams. The CWLC was founded in 1988 to develop women as leaders. It currently brings together more than forty diverse women’s organizations, representing some 30,000 women and girls in Colorado. For more information about the CWLC, visit


"To Win Equality By Law": Law Day is an opportune time for members of the legal profession to educate the public about the meaning of liberty under the law. Lawyers, judges, teachers, students, and members of the community are commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education during 2004 Law Day/Law Week celebrations. Each year, the American Bar Association ("ABA") recognizes groups and organizations for their successful creation of Law Day programs. In February 2004, Denver’s Mullen High School received the 2003 ABA Outstanding Law Day Activity Award for its school project entitled, "Do Independent Courts Protect Our Liberties?" Students researched such topics as how courts protect civil and political liberties. They visited courts and conducted interviews. They also formed groups and prepared notebooks, created posters, set up community booths, performed mock trials, and conducted peer teaching programs to educate their fellow students. Contact your local bar association for more information about Law Day/ Law Week programs and events in your area.


ACBA Sponsors Legal Clinic: The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") recently conducted its first legal clinic at the St. Francis Center for the Homeless ("Center") in Denver. Five ACBA attorneys, two law students from the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law, and a DU law professor assisted thirty clients with matters ranging from traffic tickets and simple wills to divorce and medical benefits. Attorneys Gretchen Fuss, Rob Hinds, Tim Moeller, Mark Payne, and Peggy Walker found the experience so rewarding that they have agreed to volunteer for a future clinic.Wadine Gehrke, DU Law professor and Chair of the Center’s legal clinics, and the ACBA board of directors are consulting about sponsoring future clinics at the Center. For more information about the legal clinics at the Center, contact Doris Truhlar, ACBA President, at (303) 794-2404.

DU Professor Wadine Gehrke (left) and five
attorneys from the ACBA, including Rob Hinds (right), held a legal
clinic at the St. Francis Center for the Homeless in Denver.


May 7, 2004: The CBA is hosting the 2004 Local Bar Leaders Summit in Denver on May 7. Registration for the Summit takes place starting at 12:15 p.m., followed by a "working lunch" that will include introductions of staff and participants, and a description of Bar resources. This afternoon event will be held at the CBA Offices, 1900 Grant St., 9th Floor. On the agenda are the following programs: "Risk Management for Bar Association Volunteers," a presentation by former DBA President Bill Walters; "Using the CBA Website to Find Almost Anything," a virtual tour of the CBA website by Mel Reveles, the CBA’s own Web guru; and "Working with the Media: Everything a Bar Leader Needs to Know," by CBA Assistant Executive Director Diane Hartman. Someone will be on hand to provide information about American Bar Association resources, and there will be a question and answer session and an idea exchange segment. The afternoon caps off with a reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. For information about the 2004 Local Bar Leaders Summit, or to register, contact Jo Ann Viola Salazar: jvsalavar@; (303) 824-5310; or toll-free in-state, (800) 332-6736.


Fore! On Monday, May 17, 2004, the DBA is hosting a favorite event of the spring: the Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place at the Inverness Golf Club, which is a PGA Championship course, considered one of the top ten golf courses in Colorado. Cost to participate is only $95 per player. Price includes lunch, greens fees, and cart. Awards will be handed out for individual men’s and women’s low gross, as well as team low net and low gross. Registration, lunch, and range balls start at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. For complete information or to register, contact Dana Collier Smith: (303) 824-5318; toll-free, in-state, (800) 332-6736; or

The Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament is a not-so-serious time for some serious golf, as two participating men’s and women’s teams might attest. Above, from left to right : John Sadwith, Jeff Griffiths, John Plotkin, and Steve Briggs; and Sarah Hall, Roseann Hall, Susie Roh, and Karen Mathis.












CBA–CLE is highlighting three programs in May. All of these programs will be held in Denver at the CBA–CLE offices at 1900 Grant St., 3rd Floor.

13th Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado—May 7, 2004: This year’s Institute will offer seven comprehensive lectures and a luncheon speaker. Topics include a tax update and election law considerations; corporate law changes; board governance issues in the post-Enron period; trade and professional associations; Colorado charitable tax exemptions and credits; planning for co-venturing with or use of business entities; and avoiding and investigating fraud. Tuition: $159, attorneys admitted after January 1, 2002; $169, CBA Business/Taxation Law members; $179, CBA members or representatives of nonprofit or government agency; $209, nonmembers. CLE credits: 8 general credits.

Discovery and Evidence in the Digital Age—May 13, 2004: An outstanding faculty will teach on relevance; admissibility; computers, websites, and e-mails; unpeeling the document onion; motions for discovery; preservation orders; ethics; advising
civil clients; laying a foundation; and the view from the bench. Tuition: $169, CBA Judiciary Section members; $179, CBA members; $209, nonmembers. CLE credits: 8 general credits, including 1 ethics.

New C.R.C.P. 16.1—May 26, 2004 (a.m.): Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs will deliver opening remarks about the new Rule 16.1. Following will be a general explanation of the new rule, hypothetical cases that will be subject to Rule 16.1, and discussion of case management and trial preparation and procedures. Tuition: $109, CBA Litigation Section members; $129, CBA members; and $149 nonmembers. CLE credits: 3 general credits.

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. Visit for more information about CBA–CLE seminars, publications, home study, and more.

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