Vol. 34, No. 7
In and Around the Bar
CBA Board of Governors Meeting: May 7, 2005
by Dana Collier Smith
Editor’s Note: The Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors meets three times per year. After the meetings, in the next available issue, The Colorado Lawyer publishes highlights of the meeting to keep CBA members apprised of Board actions. Members who have questions about any of the issues addressed should call Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736, or e-mail her at email@example.com. Full minutes of the Board meetings can be found on the CBA website: http://www.cobar.org; click on "About the CBA"; then "Administration"; then "Board of Goverernors."
The Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors met on May 7, 2005 at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder.
• Approved the minutes of the November 13, 2004, Board of Governors meeting.
• Approved the 2005–06 CBA budget.
• Approved an amendment to the CBA bylaws combining the Court Liaison Committee and Judiciary Section into the Judicial Liaison Section, as presented by Judy Holmes.
• Approved the appointment of John Holt as Treasurer for 2005–06, and approved the appointments of Randy Starr and Valerie Haynes to two-year terms on the Executive Council.
• At the request of the Real Estate Section, as presented by Diane Davies, approved Title Standard 3.5, Alteration and Correction of Documents.
• Approved CBA–CLE’s 2005–06 budget, as presented by Terry Ruckriegle and Gary Abrams.
• The Caucus of Sections appointed the following representatives to serve on behalf of the Caucus:
Executive Council: Jay Choi and Peter Goldstein
Legislative Policy Committee: Jim Benjamin and Tony van Westrum
Nominating Committee: Ed Timmins
• University of Colorado School of Law Dean David Getches welcomed the Board to CU and expressed gratitude for the CBA’s support of a new building for the law school. That building is expected to open in August 2006. The student body had established a loan repayment assistance program, the funds for which had been raised by the students. Two faculty members would be leaving the school—Rob Dieter had been appointed by President Bush to be Ambassador to Belize, and Allison Eid had been appointed by Governor Owens to be Colorado Solicitor General.
• On behalf of DU Dean Mary Ricketson, Associate Dean John Reese reported the law school had received a very positive report from the ABA’s review team. The school boasted 20 percent ethnic diversity, including the largest Native American population at any law school in the region. DU also had established a loan repayment assistance program, and one of the moot court teams was in the final rounds of the ATLA national competition.
• Rich Gabriel, chair of the Colorado Judicial Institute, provided an overview of the activities and projects undertaken by CJI. He encouraged local bar associations to have CJI representatives attend one of their functions to discuss ways in which to educate the public about the excellent judicial system in Colorado.
• Treasurer John Holt summarized the April financial statement.
• President-elect Roger Clark reported on his trip with several other CBA representatives to Washington, D.C. for ABA Day. This trip provided an opportunity to meet with Colorado Senators and Representatives to discuss issues such as continued funding for legal services, support for loan repayment assistance programs, and the Bankruptcy Reform Act.
• Mr. Clark indicated some thought was being given to holding a mini-convention at the Broadmoor in the coming year.
• President Briggs reported on the following:
—-The Disability Law Section’s new leadership was enthusiastic about reactivating the section.
—-The CBA staff was exploring the issue of dues discounts for government attorneys. It was noted that the DBA had begun offering such a discount.
—-The CBA was working with the State Judicial Department to provide live broadcasts of appellate hearings.
—-A legislative resolution that would provide a mechanism for the recall of judges had been defeated.
—-Chuck Turner had recently been honored for his 25 years as CBA Executive Director.
—-The Executive Council had adopted a resolution in support of the Economic Recovery Act, a measure that would amend TABOR. The Council had allocated $50,000 to the campaign effort, holding open the option to contribute additional funds if needed. The Political Education Committee would be asked to work with the Fiscal Responsibility Forum to educate the legal profession and the public about the need for passage of this referendum.
—-The Council had authorized a CBA subcommittee to establish a loan repayment assistance program, the details of which would be brought back to the Council for approval.
—-Expressed appreciation to members of the Legislative Policy Committee, Amicus Brief Committee, and Ethics Committee, all of which had worked tirelessly throughout the year.
—-Distributed Certificates of Appreciation to members of the Executive Council and ABA Delegates, whose terms were expiring in the coming months.
—-Conducted a ceremonial passing of the gavel to incoming President Roger Clark. Mr. Clark, in turn, joined the Board of Governors in thanking Mr. Briggs for his outstanding leadership as CBA President.
• Tim Schutz, president of the El Paso County Bar Association, reported on the success of its regional mock trial competition, noting that there had been excellent participation by the local schools. The local Rotary Club had provided non-lawyer scoring panelists, which resulted in great community involvement.
• Executive Director Chuck Turner reported on the following:
—-The CBA sections had been creative in using their funds to provide increased benefits to their members.
—-He announced the retirement of Diane Hartman, Assistant Executive Director and Communications Director for twenty years. Mr. Turner also acknowledged the contributions of the CBA staff to the success of the organization.
• On behalf of the Access to Justice Commission, Dave Butler reported that twenty-two judicial districts now had local Access to Justice Committees that would be working to increase pro bono work in the local areas, as well as providing education about the judicial system. The Commission had a subcommittee working with the courts to increase access to the system.
• Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance provided a demonstration of Casemaker, the CBA’s new online legal research program that would soon be available to all CBA members.
• Diane Hartman expressed her gratitude to the Board for its guidance and support over the years.
• Kath Schoen, Director of the Local Bar Relations & Access to Justice Department, reported that listservs had been established for local bar officers, as well as pro bono coordinators, as a way of increasing communication among those groups. The Availability of Legal Services Committee will be hosting a legal services reunion on June 11 to honor all those who had been involved in the program over the years. Efforts were underway to develop a training program on the financial exploitation of the elderly.
• Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs stated the legislature had passed a bill that would provide funding for six judicial positions and the supporting staff for those judgeships. On behalf of Chief Justice Mullarkey, he expressed appreciation to the CBA for its efforts in getting that measure passed, as well as defeating the judicial recall legislation. The Court would be holding a public hearing on a proposed new rule concerning appointed judges. Consideration was being given to establishing a waiver of court fees in cases where lawyers were providing pro bono services.
• U.S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk indicated the new electronic filing service would be operational in June. Training sessions on the service would be provided by the court. Increased security had been put into place because of recent violence in other judicial jurisdictions. Although there were budget constraints in the federal judicial system, it was anticipated that jurors would soon be paid for their service. Judge Weinshienk noted that, for the first time in a number of years, the U.S. District Court had a full complement of judges.
• On behalf of the CBA delegates to the ABA House of Delegates, Judy Holmes summarized action taken at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting. She noted that Karen Mathis had been introduced as the incoming President-elect of the ABA. Ms. Mathis would be the first Colorado attorney to hold that office.
• State Representative Mike Cerbo stated he was honored to serve in the Colorado legislature, especially as one of the few legislators who were licensed attorneys. He expressed support of the TABOR reform initiative and urged the CBA to get the word out on the need for passage of that initiative.
• Legislative Director Michael Valdez thanked the volunteer leaders for their diligence during the legislative year. He highlighted several bills of interest to the CBA, noting that a full summary would be published in the August 2005 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.
• Marketing Director Mary Dilworth indicated that an announcement would soon be made to the CBA membership about the launch of Casemaker. She also stated CNA would be the CBA’s new endorsed malpractice insurance carrier, taking over from Westport.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
NOTE: Justice Greg Hobbs, Judge Zita Weinshienk, and Judge Art Roy abstained from the discussion and votes.
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