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February 2006       Vol. 35, No. 2       Page  7
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.


Afraid Reporters Just Don’t Understand?

The Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Judicial Department have teamed up to create "Law School for Journalists," a series of classes specifically designed to provide reporters with basic information about the legal system and the judiciary. The first class, which was held in December 2005, focused on the topic of eminent domain. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Anthony Vollack and attorneys Ken Skogg and Mark May led the discussion.

Ken Skogg, Justice Vollack, and Mark May (left to right) presented and answered questions at the first Law School for Journalists on December 6, 2005.

Jeff Joseph and Nancy Elkind gave an introduction to the complex topic of immigration law.

Immigration attorneys Nancy Elkind and Jeff Joseph were the feature presenters at the second class in the series, which was held the first week of the new year. Journalists came from across the state to hear experts in the field of immigration law give general presentations about a very complex topic. This presentation sparked a question-and-answer segment that confirms the interest in such a program.

Michael Valdez, the CBA’s Director of Legislative Relations, was on hand at both classes to preview related issues that are slated to come before the 2006 legislature, which was called to order in January. Valdez provided a list of the proposed bills that likely will come up for debate and vote during the scheduled legislative session. For more information about 2006 legislative "news from the Hill," contact Valdez at

The Law School for Journalists series are free 1.5-hour sessions. They are being held one morning a month at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., 3rd Fl., Denver. Each session will focus on one area of the law. For information about upcoming classes, or to suggest a topic for a future class, contact Stacy Chesney at

The CBA YLD Council with Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient Peter Michael Anderson.

CBA YLD Holiday Party

The CBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") held its annual holiday party on December 13, 2005, at Piscos Restaurant in Denver. At the event, Peter Michael Anderson was presented with the Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2005. Anderson was nominated for the award by the current CBA YLD board members based on his work with disadvantaged people, as well as his efforts to educate physicians about the legal process and bring together members of the Bar and the judiciary for different events. CBA YLD board members Chris Bryan, Julie Haines, Tiffany Warner, Sueanna Johnson, Eric Bono, Ryan Kirchoff, Devin Laiho, Dana Collier-Smith, and Kerri Atencio were at the event.

The Wheels of Justice

Riders at the 2005 Courage Classic raised more than $1.6 million to help Children’s Hospital.

The CBA and DBA are sponsoring a team for the Courage Classic to benefit Children’s Hospital in Denver. The Courage Classic, set for July 22–24, 2006, is a three-day, 160-mile bike ride through the Colorado Rockies. With support from the legal community, the CBA–DBA team hopes to attract 100 riders and raise $100,000, which would make the 2006 Courage Classic the most successful yet. Participants can sign on as a cyclist, volunteer, or firm sponsor or can make a donation to an individual rider.

The Courage Classic supports first-rate medical care and research, as well as the construction of the new Children’s Hospital facility in East Denver. Children’s Hospital is a private, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare network completely dedicated to caring for children. For more information about joining the CBA–DBA Courage Classic Team, contact Carolyn Gravit at (303) 824-5340 or, or Heather Purcell at (303) 991-2641 or

CBA–CLE Introduces Online Programs

Online Programs from CBA–CLE are now available for purchase through the CLE website. The online Colorado-specific programs are individual sessions that have been captured on video, digitized, and stored on a server for on-demand viewing. Each program, which is available in a downloadable PDF, read-only format, includes course materials. Currently, there are eleven sessions available for purchase and more are expected to be added in the coming months. Of the eleven programs for sale, five are approved for one ethics credit. Prices for each program are $30 for CBA members and $35 for nonmembers. To access the CLE online programs, go to


Elder Law Section Members Update

The CBA Elder Law Section is pleased to highlight publications by two of its distinguished members. Clifton B. Kruse is the author of the book, Selma’s Cat and Other Things that Matter—A Lawyer’s Intimate Conversations with His Elder Clients. The book was published by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, an organization that Kruse helped to establish.

Kathleen A. Negri has published Mom, Are You There? Finding A Path to Peace Through Alzheimer’s. This book chronicles Negri’s own experience caring for her mother, who was stricken with the disease. A related CBA–CLE program, entitled "When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s," will be held on February 8, 2006. Visit for complete information or to register.

The 8th Annual Senior Law Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2006. This event, which always attracts large numbers of attorneys and specialists in the field of Elder Law, as well as interested community members, will be held at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Mark your calendars now. For more information, contact CBA Elder Law Section Co-Chairs Jennifer Gormley or Marcie McMinimee at


Adams–Broomfield Bar Association Celebrates the Bench and the Holidays

During the 2005 holiday season, the Adams–Broomfield Bar Association ("ABBA") hosted two special events: the Annual Judges Dinner, which celebrates the accomplishments of the judges in this local bar; and the annual 2005 Holiday Party, which celebrates the ABBA’s accomplishments with much camaraderie and well-wishing.

The 2005 ABBA Annual Judges Dinner proved to be another stimulating event for attendees.
The Judges Dinner was held on November 9, 2005, at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. The keynote speaker was attorney Craig Truman, who made a presentation entitled "The History of the Adams County Bar Association." Approximately seventy-five judges, attorneys, and guests were present. The ABBA also held a silent auction that raised $585, which was donated to the American Red Cross on behalf of the Hurricane Katrina victims.

In December 2005, the ABBA hosted its Annual Holiday Party at the Ranch Country Club in Westminster. Festivities included a buffet dinner, live music performed by the band CFunk, a performance by Adams County attorney and Secretary of ABBA Julie Thomerson, and a comedic performance from Master of Ceremonies Judge Michael Cox. Each year, the Adams County Department of Social Services and the Adams County Seventeenth Judicial District Court and Probation Department sponsor a holiday party for county foster children and families dedicated to caring for abused and neglected children. ABBA members donated money and gifts that were collected at the event to the needy in their community.

First Judicial District Bench and Bar Enjoy an Evening of Laughs

Judges Frank Plaut (left) and Kim Goldberger at the 1st J.D. Judges Banquet.
On October 22, 2005, the First Judicial District Bar Association ("1st J.D.") held a Judges Banquet to honor the year’s retiring Bench and to welcome new magistrates and judges to the 1st J.D. The event was held at Mt. Vernon Country Club in Golden. More than fifty guests, including attorneys, judges, magistrates, retired judges, and 1st J.D. officers, enjoyed an evening of great food, live jazz, and laughter. Retiring judges and magistrates were honored by their colleagues with testimonials, anecdotes, and songs that captured their personalities and highlighted accomplishments over their many years of serving the Bench and the Bar. Retiring judges and magistrates include: Judge Kim Goldberger, Magistrate James Kissel, Judge Frank Plaut, Judge Ruthanne Polidori, and Judge James Zimmerman. Joining the 1st J.D. are: Judge Margie Enquist, Magistrate John Livingston, Magistrate K.J. Moore, Magistrate Marianne Tims, Judge Thomas Vance, and Judge Peter Weir.

At next year’s banquet, the 1st J.D. will honor Judge Tom Woodford and Judge Tammy Russell. Lily W. Oeffler will be among those welcomed to the 1st J.D.

Larimer County Brings a New Balance to Lives of Litigants and Lawyers

On May 1, 2005, the Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") implemented the Small Claims Court Mediation Program. This program, founded by Larimer County Small Claims Court Magistrate John Jostad, promotes informed, amicable settlement of cases before going to trial. Attorneys in Fort Collins and Loveland volunteer their time to mediate cases at the beginning of each court session. More than seventy lawyers have volunteered to serve as mediators. This program enhances the quality of justice for litigants involved in small claims matters and gives participating lawyers and court staff a positive new dimension to their professional activity, while providing worthwhile assistance to litigants.

Arapahoe County Bar Association—True Community Leaders

Recently, the Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") adopted a resolution promoting diversity in every aspect of bar association activities. Also, ACBA members are dedicated to the profession of the law, as well as the growth and betterment of the community. With this in mind, the ACBA has collected tennis shoes for middle school children in need; donated holiday gifts to residents at the House of Hope, an Arapahoe County homeless shelter; and participated in a Habitat for Humanity Project in Englewood. In addition, on December 7, 2005, the ACBA hosted the Colorado Supreme Court at Arapahoe High School in the "Courts in the Community" fall program. Students listened to oral arguments, after which members of the ACBA explained the arguments to them. ACBA members also met with the students after decisions in the cases were handed down to answer questions.

Ninth Judicial District Celebrates Past and Future

On December 1, 2005, the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association ("9th J.D.") hosted its Annual Holiday Party in Glenwood Springs. Katie Hays, current President of the 9th J.D., reported to attendees that during 2005 the 9th J.D. provided many local CLE programs at either a low cost or for free to members, and that the 9th J.D. contributed more than 60 percent of its annual dues to Alpine Legal Services.

At the event, William J. DeWinter III was presented with the Distinguished Member Award for his work in the domestic relations and civil litigation areas. DeWinter also was recognized for being a "polite, professional, and extremely skilled attorney" who has provided mentoring and "an overall good example of professionalism" to local attorneys.

The 9th J.D. also introduced newly-elected officers. The 2006 9th J.D. officers are: Cynthia Fleming, President; Michael Sawyer, Vice-President; and Barbara Clifton, Secretary/Treasurer.

Hon. Thomas J. Curry received the 2005 Judicial Excellence Award for District Court Judge.

Hon. Thomas J. Curry Receives 2005 Judicial Excellence Award

Each year, the Colorado Judicial Institute ("CJI") presents an award to a jurist in each of the following categories: District Court Judge, County Court Judge, and Magistrate. On November 2, 2005, at the Third Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner, Judge Thomas H. Curry, of the Douglas–Elbert Bar Association, was presented with the 2005 Judicial Excellence Award. Curry was honored for expeditiously and objectively managing cases and dockets; for being respectful and even-handed while having firm control of activities in the courtroom; for being an innovator and creative in dealing with the processes in the courtroom; for displaying "extraordinary courage, energy, and tenacity in the handling of high profile, controversial, or difficult cases"; and for exemplifying the "highest standards of judicial excellence throughout a distinguished career."


Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 2006 Events

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") is presenting a seminar on February 16, 2006 that will address "Discovery and Disclosure After Alcon v. Spicer." Cost to attend is $50. Visit for complete information.

The annual CDLA and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association ("CTLA") Golf Tournament and Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday, June 10, 2006. The tournament will be held at Saddlerock Golf Course in Aurora. There will be a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start for the four-person scramble. Each team will include two CDLA and two CTLA members. The luncheon will follow the round of golf. Each organization will recognize a member of the other organization who has shown "competency, ethics, and professionalism" on behalf of clients.

The CDLA Annual Conference will be held August 10–12, 2006. CDLA will feature Peter Robinson as its keynote speaker. Robinson was a speechwriter for President Reagan. Among his credits is the writing of the historic "Berlin Wall address" that demanded: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

For information about these and other CDLA events in 2006, visit and click on "Upcoming Events." Contact Julie Petersen at with questions.

Colorado Immigrant Achievement Awards

The Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA Colorado") and the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network ("RMIAN") will hold the Colorado Immigrant Achievement Awards. AILA Colorado and RMIAN will honor immigrants and individuals who have been superb advocates of immigration issues. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2006, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Mercury Cafe, 22nd and California, in downtown Denver. For complete information and to make reservations, contact Catherine Brown at or visit


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