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December 2004       Vol. 33, No. 12       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.


Elizabeth M. Steele Takes the Reins of LAF and COLTAF Organizations:Attorney Elizabeth M. Steele is the new Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado ("LAF") and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation ("COLTAF"). Steele previously served as Vice-President/"General Counsel of Jones Intercable, Inc. Prior to that, she was a partner at Davis,
Graham & Stubbs, LLP.

LAF supports the work of Colorado Legal Services, raising funds to provide civil legal assistance for low-income people in Colorado. Last year, the Foundation raised almost $900,000.

COLTAF, which shares staff with the Legal Aid Foundation, supports Colorado Legal Services, as well as pro bono programs and efforts that assist victims of domestic violence. Twenty-eight organizations in Colorado received funding from COLTAF during the last grant cycle.

For information about these organizations, call (303) 863-9544. Visit LAF at: http://www."; visit COLTAF at http://"www." See LAF annual report on p.29.


Committee Members Meet with Paralegal Students:

In October 2004, Peggy Upton and Barbara Biondolillo, CBA Paralegal Committee members and paralegals at the Denver law firm of Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, P.C., spoke to paralegal students enrolled in the "Introduction to Law" class at Community College of Denver ("CCD"). Upton and Biondolillo talked about their education and work histories, and discussed their jobs at a law firm, explaining their actual duties and tasks as professional paralegals.

The CCD students proved eager to grill Upton and Biondolillo about their chosen profession. They discussed job pros and cons, suggestions and tips on how to find employment as a paralegal, and characteristics that contribute to a successful paralegal career. They also discussed possible ethical issues confronting both the paralegal and the law firm.

The CBA Paralegal Committee works closely with paralegal schools throughout the state of Colorado. For information about the Committee or to make arrangements for a Committee member to speak at a school, organization, law firm, or event, contact CBA liaison Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or (800) 332-6736; or


ABA President Robert J. Grey, Jr. Among Attendees at CJI Dinner in November 2004:

The Colorado Judicial Institute ("CJI") annually honors state court judicial officers who "typify the highest standard of excellence." The 2004 recipients of the CJI Judicial Excellence Awards are pictured at left (top to bottom): Eighteenth Judicial District ("J.D.") District Court Judge Cheryl L. Post; First J.D. County Court Judge Roy G. Olson; and Tenth J.D. Magistrate Clinton A. Smith. On hand to celebrate the occasion was ABA President Robert J. Grey, Jr.

Formed in 1979, CJI is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to judicial independence, excellence, and education. CJI’s mission is to inform Colorado citizens how their judicial system works and to ensure that the courts meet the needs of citizens. Visit CJI online at: http://www. coloradojudicialinstitute."org for complete information.


Auction Raises Stipend Money for Law Students:

For nine years, the University of Denver ("DU") Sturm College of Law Public Interest Law Group ("PILG") has sponsored an auction to raise money for summer stipends for first- and second-year law students who plan to work in the public interest sector. The PILG awards the stipends based on how the students’ work addresses unmet legal needs.

The 10th Annual PILG Auction is scheduled for February 26, 2005, from 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., at DU’s Driscoll Ballroom. Tickets are $35 and include admission, dinner, and dancing to live music. The PILG welcomes donated (tax-deductible) items for the auction. To reserve tickets, send a check to: DU—PILG Auction, 2255 E. Evans Ave., Ste. 465B, Denver, CO 80208. To donate items for the auction, write to: pilg@law."


Volunteer Attorneys Needed to Serve as Coaches:

Case materials are available and registration has begun for the 2005 Colorado High School Mock Trial Competitions. The 2005 local competitions (the first level of competition) begin in February 2005. The state tournament will take place in Boulder in March, and the national championships will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2005.

The CBA marks the twentieth anniversary of the High School Mock Trial Program with a felony murder case. The criminal matter deals with a prank at a Halloween party that ended in the death of one of the partygoers. Student teams will argue both sides of the case before scoring panels comprised of "real" judges, as well as attorneys, teachers, and community leaders.

The Program provides an "educational event that supports communication, cooperation, and respect" for high school students of diverse abilities and backgrounds. Among other things, the Program seeks to: advance students’ understanding of the legal system and court procedures; build skills such as critical thinking, public speaking, and persuasive argument; and promote team collaboration and sportsmanship. The Program promotes the advancement of communication between legal and educational communities.

Several regions in Colorado are still in need of attorneys to coach teams for the 2005 competitions. Volunteer attorney-coaches are needed for teams in Boulder, the Denver/Watkins area, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Meeker, Monument, and Thornton. For complete information about the 2005 competitions, contact Carolyn Ferber, CBA Director of Public Legal Education, at; (800) 332-6763, toll-free in-state; or (303) 824-5323.


Third Annual Fund-Raising Event Delightfully Sweet:

On November 12, 2004, the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network ("CAN") held its Third Annual Desserts and Delights Auction. The beneficiary of this year’s fund-raiser is Work Options for Women ("WOW"), a nonprofit organization that provides training to low-income women in the food service industry. WOW students participate in a sixteen-week program in which they receive life skills training, job placement, and post-graduate support. Visit http://www." for more information about WOW.

Approximately 200 guests at the Hotel Warwick in Denver enjoyed samplings of delectable desserts specially prepared for the occasion, as well as complementary beer and wine. Among the delightful prizes were certificates for cooking classes, massage and yoga classes, as well as door prize tickets to the movies and Comedy Works. The evening’s entertainment was provided by EMR Records artist Cullen Gravit, whose "acoustic Celtic pop" style of music blended well with the energized atmosphere of the event.

CAN recognized the law firms of Cage Williams Abelman & Layden, P.C.; Kennedy & Christopher, P.C.; and Sherman & Howard, L.L.C. for their ongoing participation in other CAN fund-raising events that help needy children and the low-income community, such as the toothbrush, school supply, and food drives. Event sponsors included: Above the Rim wine store; Arrowhead and Thorncreek Golf; Bella Flora floral shop; Colorado Ballet; the Cordillera, Luna, Monaco, and Warwick Hotels and Boomerang Lodge in Aspen; and Table 6 Restaurant. For more information about CAN, contact Kari Brandt at or (303) 824-5340.


Past-CBA President Ben Aisenberg Honored by SCBA With Lifetime Achievement Award:

The Sam Cary Bar Association ("SCBA") held its second-annual fund-raising gala in October 2004. The association of African-American attorneys and judges honored a past CBA President and a Denver law firm, and awarded scholarships to law students attending the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado School of Law.

The evening’s theme was "Law, Community and the Arts: A Celebration of the Wonderful World We Live In and the People That Made It So." During the evening, former CBA President Ben Aisenberg, pictured at right, was presented with SCBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, P.C. was awarded the SCBA Corporate Award; and law students C.J. Chapman, Rachel Johnson, Jerron Lowe, Lisa Neal-Graves, and Courtney West were each awarded $2,500 scholarships. The SCBA and the Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund have been providing scholarships to deserving Colorado minority law students since 1980. For information about the SCBA Scholarship Endowment Fund, and to make contributions, contact Gary M. Jackson at, or mail to: SCBA Scholarship Endowment Fund, c/o Gary M. Jackson, 1741 High St., Denver, CO 80218.


Fifty Attorneys in United States Conferred as Fellows:

Westminster City Attorney Martin R. McCullough recently was honored as a Fellow in Local Government Law by the International Municipal Lawyers Association ("IMLA"). IMLA held its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, in October 2004. McCullough became one of only fifty attorneys in the United States to have been awarded the designation of "Fellow" by the oldest professional organization of local government attorneys in North America.

McCullough received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in analytical chemistry from Florida State University. He attended the University of Houston Law School, graduating with honors in 1982. McCullough joined the City of Westminster in 1985 as an assistant city attorney; he was appointed City Attorney in 1986. His practice emphasizes land use and development, construction, contracting, real estate, municipal finance, and appellate litigation. He has been a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations since 1984.

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