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January 2006       Vol. 35, No. 1       Page  6
In and Around the Bar
Bar News

Bar News
by Kate Arganese, Mindy Marks

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association, including Sections and Committees; administration; and local, minority, and specialty bar associations. Send information and photos about Bar events and activities to: Kate Arganese—, (303) 824-5333; or Mindy Marks—, (303) 824-5312. Call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.


Metro Bar Leaders Dinner Hosted by CBA and First J.D.

Attendees at Metro Bar Leaders Dinner take a moment to pose and smile for the camera.

On November 9, 2005, more than twenty-five local, specialty, and minority Bar leaders shared an evening with the Colorado Bar Association at the CBA’s Annual Metro Bar Leaders Dinner. The event was co-sponsored by the First Judicial District ("J.D.") and hosted by the Brittany Hill restaurant in Thornton. The evening included dinner and music. Metro Bar leaders exchanged ideas, discussed challenges, and made new acquaintances.

Among the attendees were current DBA President Christopher Little; Boulder County Bar Association President Anton Dworak; First J.D. President Joe Pickard; Arapahoe County Bar Association President Christopher Cross; Colorado Women’s Bar Association President Janet Drake; President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Kara Veitch; and Vice President of the Colorado Lesbian and Gay Bar Association Andrew McCallin.

CBA–CLE Introduces Online Chapters

CBA–CLE has indexed a large section of course material from 2003 to date, as well as individual chapters of the Annual Survey of Colorado Law. The chapters are available in PDF format and can be purchased online. New chapters will be added as they become available. The price for each chapter is $9.95 for CBA members and $14.95 for nonmembers.

The online index can be accessed from the CLE home page. Go to and select "Chapters Index" from the drop-down menu.


CBA Family Law Section Supports National Adoption Day

Magistrate Kathleen Janski posed with stuffed bears that were given to adopted children on National Adoption Day.

November 18, 2005 was National Adoption Day. Forty-three foster children were united with permanent families at the Denver City and County Building, and fourteen children in the Adams County Justice Center met with the same happy fate.

National Adoption Day, which began in 2000, is a national effort to raise awareness of the needs of orphaned children. In Colorado alone there are 800 children waiting for permanent families. Events throughout the day in Colorado recognized the efforts of the courts, judges, attorneys, and other adoption advocates who work tirelessly to finalize adoptions.

The CBA Family Law Section donated the goodies and morning refreshments for the 200 people in attendance. Many people took part in the day’s planning and execution, including judges, magistrates, court staff, and members of the Adoption Alliance, Denver Department of Human Services, and the Colorado Bar Association. Juvenile law attorney Phil James was one of several hardworking members of the event’s planning committee. During the morning presentations he read Mayor Hickenlooper’s Proclamation that declared November 18 "Denver Adoption Day."

"Uniting a child with a permanent loving family is truly a celebration," said Judge Karen Ashby, Presiding Judge of the Denver Juvenile Court. "National Adoption Day both celebrates the families who adopt and raises awareness of the thousands of children in foster care still waiting for families."

Denver Young Lawyers Division Shows Holiday Spirit to Foster Children

This winter season, the Denver Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") is sponsoring a special "Winter Festival Pizza Party" for Denver foster children aged 12 and under. The previous "Christmas in January" may have a new name, but the goal remains the same: to provide foster children with a celebration they might not have experienced during the holidays. There will be soda pop and pizza, new toys, sporting goods, music, stuffed animals, candy, and other treats.

The special guests of the Winter Festival are the children in the custody of the Denver Department of Social Services. Currently there are more than 1,200 children between birth and the age of 18 in Denver foster care. More than half of these children are under the age of 12.

The event will take place on January 12, 2006, at the Denver Department of Human Services. The YLD welcomes assistance from Colorado attorneys and firms that want to donate to and participate in this wonderful event. For more information, please call Douglas A. Stevens, YLD Chair-Elect, at (303) 830-7770.

Fifth Annual Ethics for Government Lawyers

On December 9, 2005, the CBA Government Counsel Section ("GCS") and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office held the Fifth Annual Ethics for Government Lawyers CLE program at the Warwick Hotel in downtown Denver. This highly successful half-day ethics program attracted lawyers from several government entities. Senior Assistant Attorney General Larry Tannenbaum, former GCS Chair and longtime planner of the program, introduced many first-class speakers and panelists. Among them were Hon. William R. Lucero, Hon. Richard M. Borchers, and attorney and CBA Ethics Committee member Alexander R. Rothrock. More than 100 attorneys attended the program, which is expected to continue annually.

The GCS continues to host bi-monthly CLE luncheon programs at the CBA offices on topics specifically designed for government lawyers. Conference calling is always available for the meetings. Recent programs have featured presentations entitled "Financing Options for Public Entities" and "Open Records Law for Public Attorneys." On January 24, the luncheon will feature Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who will address the topic of the role of the state Attorney General in the post-tobacco litigation era. Lunch is provided and the programs are CLE-accredited. Conference-call participation is free for GCS members.

If you have questions about the GCS or are interested in joining the Section, contact Chair Robert Mack at (719) 385-5909 or CBA staff liaison Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or also is available to answer questions and assist you.

Construction Law Section

Steve Warhoe of URS Consulting Engineers & Architects spoke at the November 2005 meeting of the CBA Construction Law Section. The topic of his presentation was cumulative impact claims. Close to fifty attorneys attended the program.

The Construction Law Section’s 2005 Supplement to the Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law was made available in late December 2005. This new supplement is cumulative; it adds two new chapters and substantially expands several existing chapters. The Guide now comprises three volumes. Call the CBA–CLE at (303) 860-0608 to add your name to the Automatic Supplement list and to receive a 10 percent discount on your Supplement order. It’s a deal for $119 for CBA members and $135 for nonmembers.

Through the Eyes of a Child—CAN Fundraiser

On Thursday, January 26, the Community Action Network is hosting a Winter Soirée to benefit the Children’s Outreach Project. The event will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will be a fun-filled evening of food, wine, displayed artwork from local school children, a photo contest, a silent auction, an IMAX film, and an after-hours viewing of the museum’s exhibits. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. To R.S.V.P., contact Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5340 or


CDLA Preview for 2006

After a successful 2005, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") is gearing up for 2006. The CDLA will hold its CLE/social hour in February to address discovery issues following Alcon v. Spicer. Make CDLA’s website one your "Favorites" and keep abreast of this and other upcoming events—

The Fifth Annual Golf Tournament and Awards Luncheon, co-sponsored by CDLA and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association ("CTLA"), will be held Monday, June 5, 2006, at Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden. Mark your calendars now! At the luncheon, each organization will honor an attorney from the other organization who has shown "competency, ethics, and professionalism on behalf of his or her client." To nominate a CTLA member, contact Julie Petersen at To nominate a CDLA member, contact John Sadwith at

Other events the CDLA will host include Trial Academy 2006, on June 17–18. This will be held at the Denver City & County Building, 1437 Bannock St. The CDLA Annual Convention will be at the Vail Marriott, August 10–12, 2006. Mark these events on your calendars, as well.

Catholic Lawyers Guild Annual Dinner

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado will hold its Annual Dinner on January 26, 2006, at the Denver Country Club. Mass will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Presentation of the St. Thomas More Award will be made during the evening. The 2005 award recipient is Mark A. Fogg, of Kennedy Christopher Childs & Fogg, P.C.

The St. Thomas More Award was first presented in 1977. It recognizes an attorney who "exemplifies the intellect, integrity, and moral courage of St. Thomas More in service to God, country, and profession."

For further information about the Catholic Lawyers Guild or to make reservations for the Annual Dinner, contact Suanne Dell at (303) 812-1258 or visit the website at Cost to attend the dinner will be approximately $35. Please R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. on January 20.

Douglas–Elbert Bar Association "Teams Up" for a Great Cause

Team DEBA at the Komen Race for the Cure

In October 2005, members of the Douglas–Elbert Bar Association ("DEBA") laced their sneakers and joined hundreds of other participants in the 2005 Susan G. Komen Denver Race for the Cure®. Team DEBA also helped raise funds to develop innovative outreach and awareness programs for medically underserved communities in Denver and national breast cancer research.

Team DEBA (pictured from left to right) comprised Maureen Leif, Wendy Monteith, Tracy Monteith, Vivienne Monteith, Rebecca Goldmanis, Bryan Wilkins, Tatum Wilkins, and Teresa Wilkins. All team members finished the race and are looking forward to participating in the 2006 event.

Ellen Alires-Trujillo

Ellen Alires-Trujillo Recognized at the Third Annual "Día De La Mujer Latina" Event

On September 10, 2005, Ellen Alires-Trujillo was recognized for her service and contributions to the community in the area of social justice. Alires-Trujillo has been a health and elder law attorney with Colorado Legal Services since 1989.

The award was given by the Latino/a Research and Policy Center and presented by Marita Landaveri, Consul General of Peru, and Juan Marcos Gutierrez, Consul General of Mexico. U.S. Senator Ken Salazar sent his congratulations by correspondence, in which he recognized Alires-Trujillo for her "assistance and contribution to social justice throughout the Latina community" and referred to her as "an outstanding leader in the Latina community."

CBA–CLE January 2006 Highlights

Notary Law 2006 is scheduled for January 11, 2006, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This program will inform and update participants on Colorado’s notary laws; provide a refresher on notary powers, duties, responsibilities, and liabilities; and present new requirements. Experts from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office will provide information about the process of becoming a notary; HB04-1300; electronic notaries; dealing with documents on a day-to-day basis; and more. Tuition is $99 for legal support staff, $129 for CBA members, and $149 for nonmembers. Attendees will receive four general CLE credits.

Intro to Mediation will take place on January 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of mediation and gain a practical overview of the mediation process. This is the first day of a five-day Mediation Training Program (contact CBA–CLE immediately for information), but it also is being offered as a separate one-day program. This will be a good opportunity to familiarize yourself with the underlying concepts involved in mediation, including the role of the attorney in representing a party in mediation. Tuition is $209 for Colorado Council of Mediation Organizations ("CCMO") and CBA members and $249 for nonmembers. Seven general CLE credits and 1.2 ethics credits will be available for the one-day program.

Forty-Hour Mediation Training Course is on the calendar for January 19–28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This new course, developed by the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, will provide basic skills and a knowledge base for beginning a career as a mediator or learning new tools to enhance your mediation skills. The live-only program has been specifically designed to meet the forty-hour training standards approved by the CBA and CCMO. Early registration is recommended and fifty participants will be accommodated. Tuition is $395 for CBA and CCMO members and $445 for nonmembers. CLE credits offered are 41 general and 5.4 ethics.

All of these CBA–CLE programs will be held in the large classroom at 1900 Grant St., 3rd floor, Denver. For complete information, call (303) 860-0608, or toll-free, (888) 860-2531. Online registration is available at For a complete list of CBA–CLE programs and publications, visit

 Bar News Photo Highlights

Retirement Reception for Arlene Abady

At Arlene Abady’s farewell party on November 17, 2005, Chuck Turner and Dick Ott unveiled a portrait of Abady, which was painted by Ott.

CBA Immediate Past-President Steve Briggs gave a moving tribute to Arlene Abady on her retirement.


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