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November 2004       Vol. 33, No. 11       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Leona Martínez

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association Sections and Committees, administration, and local and minority/specialty bar associations. 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.


Jo Ann Viola Salazar
Jo Ann Viola Salazar Resigns as Director of Local Bar Relations and Legal Services and Pro Bono Programs:

After twelve years of traveling around the state of Colorado on behalf of the CBA, Jo Ann Viola Salazar has relocated to Colorado Springs, hanging up her well-worn walking Bar shoes for good. On September 30, 2004, members of the CBA and fellow staffers attended a reception honoring Salazar’s long service of networking with local bar leaders, legal services organizations, and Judicial Department personnel, as well as promoting pro bono programs throughout the state.

Salazar’s long career at the Bar included, among many other things, serving as liaison among local bars, the CBA, pro bono programs, Colorado Legal Services, and the Judicial Department; organizing the regional visits attended by each CBA President; coordinating the Annual Bar Leaders Summits; speaking at and chronicling local bar annual events; and serving as the editor of the "Access to Justice Column" printed quarterly in The Colorado Lawyer. The CBA is grateful for Salazar’s many years of service and sends her off with its best wishes.


The newly formed CBA Access to
Justice and Local Bar Relations
Department are spearheaded by
Kathleen Schoen (left), Director,
and Michelle Miller, Program

Access to Justice and Local Bar Relations Department is Up and Running:

The CBA Departments of Public and Legal Services and the Family Violence Program ("FVP") have combined to form the new department called "Access to Justice and Local Bar Relations." The new department is being spearheaded by Kathleen Schoen, who will serve as Director, and Michelle Miller, who is the Program Coordinator.

Schoen has served as Director of the CBA FVP since its inception in 1997. The FVP deparment was responsible for the "Make It Your Business Program," which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. The CBA FVP department also has worked to expand community awareness about domestic violence in the workplace and provide prevention training to business managers and staff.

The CBA Access to Justice and Local Bar Relations Department will serve as the umbrella for several related efforts, including: promoting pro bono activities throughout the profession and state; family violence awareness training; the CBA Kids and Court Committee, which focuses on the areas of law where children are involved in the court system and explores how to improve the way child witnesses are treated by the legal system; and dealing with matters important to pro se litigants.

The new department also will encompass and expand the Access to Justice ("ATJ") Program. The CBA ATJ Program acts as the legal profession’s liaison to the community-wide Access to Justice Commission, whose mission statement is to develop, coordinate and implement policy and initiatives to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters to persons who encounter barriers in gaining access to Colorado’s civil justice system.

For information about the ATJ Program and Commission, visit the CBA website at http:// www. Click on "Find out about the Access to Justice Commission Activities." For complete information about this new CBA Department or to discuss outreach efforts at your local bar, contact Kathleen Schoen at (303) 824-5305 or; or Michelle Miller at (303) 824-5333 or Call toll-free instate at (800) 332-6736.


CBA Joins Casemaker Consortium of Bar Associations:

Casemaker is a unique, online legal research tool with a powerful search engine, providing access to a combination of state and federal materials. Presently, nineteen states and more than 300,000 attorneys belong to the Casemaker consortium. The CBA has joined the consortium of bar associations, which will provide a valuable membership benefit at no cost to CBA members. The target start-up date is late spring 2005 (see page 158).

The CBA library will have Colorado appellate cases back to 1919; access to Colorado statutes, court rules, the U.S. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals sites; and access to The Colorado Lawyer articles, in addition to other materials. CBA President Steve Briggs has expressed satisfaction with the CBA/Casemaker affiliation. He says, "Being able to offer an online research library as part of the bar membership is a wonderful service; we look forward to bringing Casemaker to Colorado lawyers." CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner concurs, saying, "We know it will bring a new level of cost-effective legal research to our members, especially those in solo and small firm practices." More details about this new membership benefit will become available as the time draws near.


William T. Pizzi

William T. Pizzi is 2004 Don Sears Award Recipient:

University of Colorado ("CU") School of Law Professor William T. Pizzi recently was recognized with the Don Sears Award presented by the CBA Ethics Committee. The award was presented for his "tireless commitment to the ethical enhancement of the legal profession." Pizzi was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1977. He has been a member of CU’s faculty since 1975. In 2003, Pizzi was recognized with the Clifford Calhoun Public Service Award for his contributions to the "public service of the Law School and the legal community." Pizzi has served on the CBA Ethics Committee for twenty-three years.


Chris Brauchli Signs Off as TCL Columnist:

"From The Wool-Sack" ranks as the longest-running column in The Colorado Lawyer ("TCL"). It began in the mid-1970s and has been published in the journal throughout the last thirty years. In the beginning, author Christopher R. Brauchli used his quick and sometimes acerbic wit, as well as his adeptness at turning a phrase, to cut to issues pertaining to lawyers, judges, elected officials, the accused, and the ordinary consumer of the law.

Brauchli served as CBA President during 1988–1989. He also was a chair and member of the TCL Board of Editors for many years.

Brauchli and his
grandson Nicholas.
Brauchli now devotes his writing efforts to a weekly satirical column that is syndicated throughout the United States by the Knight Ridder News Service. Over time, Brauchli’s focus changed, and his attention turned to current events and matters not restricted to the legal profession. Because much of his material is no longer law-related, the TCL Board decided it was time to end the long reign of "From the Wool-Sack."

In September 2004, TCL published Brauchli’s farewell to readers (see page 27). TCL recently presented Brauchli with a plaque of appreciation for his enduring contributions of wit and wisdom to the publication. Readers interested in accessing Brauchli’s newspaper columns are encouraged to contact him directly at brauchli."



"Outstanding Attorneys" Honored:

On October 4, 2004, the Colorado Lesbian & Gay Bar Association ("CLGBA") held its first annual awards dinner. Julie Tolleson was presented with the "Outstanding Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Award" and Gina Weitzenkorn was recognized as the "Outstanding Ally Attorney"

Julie Tolleson
at the event. Keynote speaker was Julie Nice, Professor of Law and Delaney Chair at the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law.

Julie Tolleson was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1994 and has been a CBA member since 1995. She is a member of the CBA Labor & Employment Law and Litigation Sections. She also is a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") and Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. Tolleson is a partner at the Denver law firm of Kennedy, Christopher, Childs & Fogg, emphasizing employment defense, civil rights defense, professional liability, and administrative law. She serves as chair of the board of the ACLU of Colorado and is on the board of directors of Equal Rights Colorado.

Gina Weitzenkorn
Gina Weitzenkorn
is a partner in the law firm of Mills & Weitzenkorn, P.C., emphasizing domestic relations, family law, and adoption law. She is past-director of the Thursday Night Bar Program (now known as Metro Volunteer Lawyers) and former-director of client services for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver. She was a president of the CWBA and currently is co-chair of the CWBA Legal Services Committee. Weitzenkorn has served on the Governor’s Commission on the Rights and Responsibilities of Same-Sex Relationships and currently serves on the Colorado Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on Family Issues. In addition to the CLGBA award, Weitzenkorn has been recognized with the DU Alumni Professionalism Award and the CBA Jacob Schaetzel Award for her significant contributions to delivery of legal services to the poor.

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