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March 2006       Vol. 35, No. 3       Page  6
In and Around the Bar

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 and specialty bar associations. Send information and photos about Bar events and activities taking place around the state to:
Kate Arganese—, (303) 824-5333; or Mindy Marks—, (303) 824-5312.  Call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.


John Moye holds the 2006 CBA Award of Merit.


On January 13, 2006, the Colorado Bar Foundation ("CBF") hosted its Annual Bar Fellows Dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. The CBF is the charitable arm of the Colorado Bar Association, and is committed to advancing jurisprudence throughout the Bar. More than 375 guests attended the event that welcomed a record number of fifty-three new Bar Fellows to the CBF. The honoree of the evening was former CBA President John Moye, who was presented with the 2006 Colorado Bar Association Award of Merit. CBF Fellows Emeriti who made contributions in 2005 also were acknowledged.


Attendees enjoyed the music of "Colorado Country." Members of the bluegrass band include Hon. Jack Smith and Dave Little. Among the attendees at this popular event were CBF Board of Trustees Chairperson John W. Dunn; CBA President Roger Clark; Denver Bar Association ("DBA") President Christopher Little; DBA President-Elect Paul Chan; and CBA President-Elect Liz Starrs.

Colorado Country performs at the Annual Bar Fellows Dinner.

Aisenberg Society pledge cards were introduced at the event. The Aisenberg Society was founded in the fall of 2004 when former CBA President Bennett S. Aisenberg made a $10,000 unrestricted gift to the Foundation. To acknowledge the gesture, the CBF Board of Trustees created a special category of donors—the Aisenberg Society. Members of this Society donate $10,000 to the CBF either in a lump sum or within a period of four years, and are recognized at the Annual Bar Fellows Dinner. In addition, members will have their name engraved on a plaque that will be hung at the CBF offices. For more information about the Aisenberg Society and the CBF, contact Dana Collier Smith, CBA Assistant Executive Director, at (303) 824-5318 or


Clifton B. Kruse, Jr.

Colorado Springs attorney Clifton B. Kruse, Jr. is a well-known and well- respected member of the legal community, especially among Colorado estate and elder law attorneys. Kruse’s book of essays, entitled Selma’s Cat and Other Things That Matter: A Lawyer’s Intimate Conversations With His Elder Law Clients, was included in a recent list of "most useful resources addressing inheritance issues." The list was produced by and printed in The Wall Street Journal Online. Kruse was described as having "set the standard for all that an elder-law attorney can and should be"—that is, "not only a good attorney, but . . . sensitive and compassionate," as well.

Crispin Sargent speaks on the topic of Medicare at the January Transitions Committee program.



More than 100 people attended the CBA Transitions Committee’s program on Wednesday, January 18, 2006. Crispin Sargent spoke on the topic of "Healthcare in Retirement: Changes to Medicare, Prescription Drug Coverage and More." Sargent explained to participants how to navigate the complex world of Medicare and prescription drugs. Sargent may be contacted at (303) 755-1845 for more information. Materials from the program are available online at index.cfm?category=2203&EntityID=CSNRS.


To help bring cheer to some of the foster children of Denver, the DBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") hosted "Winter Festival" on Saturday, January 14, 2006, for more than 130 Denver-area foster children. This event gives many foster children an opportunity to see their brothers and sisters, who may have been moved into different homes for foster care.

The children, aged 14 and under, received gifts of toys and books. The 2006 festivities were capped with a pizza party, as well as an appearance by Spider Man, who was photographed with many of the children. A magician provided entertainment and made balloon animals for the children and their foster parents.

The YLD volunteers converted space, which was donated by the Denver Department of Human Services, into a festive holiday store. Coupons were given to the children, who then "bought" items of their choosing. A bonus treat of the event was the special raffle drawing of two sets of box seat tickets to a Colorado Rockies baseball game during the upcoming season.

The YLD’s Winter Festival on behalf of foster children is in its tenth year. The Section’s members join community members throughout the year to collect toys, as well as a variety of other types of gifts, donated for the occasion by local businesses and area law firms. The volunteers also collect money and give their own resources to fund the event. Each year, more than 300 lawyers participate directly or indirectly in this effort.


Bryan Willis (left), Executive Vice-President of ET Investments LLC, and John Dwyer, President and CEO of ET Investments LLC and President of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Outreach Project, celebrate at CAN’s Winter Soirée.

The DBA Community Action Network ("CAN") raised more than $10,000 at its Winter Soirée and Silent Auction for Children’s Outreach Project. The event was held on January 26, 2006, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It included the "Everest" and "Dolphins" IMAX movies, open museum exhibits, a silent auction, a program presentation by Molly Hughes of Denver’s Channel 4 News, and delicious food and drink. A good time was had by all!


The Arapahoe County Bar Association and Douglas–Elbert Bar Association held a Judges Dinner on January 27, 2006 to honor the judiciary in these local bars. Several judges from the Eighteenth Judicial District, as well as judges from the County Courts of Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert Counties, attended the event. Justices from the Colorado Supreme Court and Judges from the Colorado Court of Appeals also were invited.

Rebecca Love Kourlis

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Kourlis, who retired from the Bench on January 20, 2006, was a featured guest. Justice Kourlis was lauded for a decade of work that helped re vamp the state’s judicial system, as well as for her efforts to resolve disputes through mediation. See poem on page 79.





The El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA") Annual Wine Tasting event took place on November 18, 2005. The event raised more than $7,500 for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and EPCBA pro bono programs. Consuelo Williams, Ruth Mendus, Mary Ann Corey, and Scot Greenwood were among those who organized the event. The EPCBA Trustees are forming a standing committee to organize this event in the future and welcomes participants. Please contact EPCBA President Murray Weiner at

The El Paso Pro Bono Program is adding a new clinic. Clients often contact Colorado Legal Services seeking help with contempt issues. Frequently, these clients are unsure of the process, including what evidence they must provide or what type of contempt they are seeking. The El Paso Pro Bono Program sponsors an informational clinic where individuals who qualify can receive a thirty-minute consult with an attorney. For more information about this program, contact Mary Ann Corey at


Each year, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado and the Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Foundation honor an individual or organization whose goal of community service exemplifies the achievements of attorney and community leader Minoru Yasui. Honorarium is in the form of the Anheuser Busch Minoru Yasui Memorial Scholarship, and is presented at an annual banquet. This year’s event is taking place on Friday, April 7, 2006.

Throughout his legal career and life, Minoru Yasui challenged the discriminatory treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. He was a founding member of the Urban League of Denver, the Latin American Research and Service Agency, and Denver Native American United. He also served as the Executive Director of the Denver Commission on Community Relations, which focused on issues affecting Denver’s African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian American communities. On March 1, 1999, the City and County of Denver honored Minoru Yasui for his lifetime accomplishments by naming the building at 303 W. Colfax Avenue the "Minoru Yasui Plaza."

The April 7 event, which will be held at King’s Land Restaurant in Denver, begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes a multi-course Chinese-style banquet. For complete information, contact Cindy Dang at or (303) 742-0080. Registration forms are available at


On January 28, 2006, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") honored individuals and organizations that demonstrate "the highest commitment to the Hispanic community and impeccable principals to the legal profession" at the CHBA Twenty-ninth Annual Banquet. Approximately 350 guests were on hand for the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez. During the evening, Mary Ricketson, Dean of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law was recognized for her "illustrious work in diversifying the faculty and student body" at the law school. Joe A. Ramirez received the Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer Award; Terry Fox and Todd Fredrickson jointly received the Christopher A. Miranda, Outstanding Hispanic Lawyers award; and Community Resources, Inc. was acknowledged with the Corporate Commitment Award.

(Left to right) Brian Zall, Justice Alex J. Martinez, and Tony Navarro at the CHBA Banquet.

Manuel Medrano, a correspondent for ABC News who is based in Washington, D.C., was the guest speaker at the event. A former trial attorney and adjunct law professor, Medrano covers the U.S. Supreme Court and provides legal analysis for all ABC News broadcasts. Among the attendees on hand to hear Medrano speak were Colorado Supreme Court Justices Michael L. Bender and Nathan B. Coats; Colorado Court of Appeals Judges José D.L. Marquez and Gilbert Román; Nelson Castillo, President of the Hispanic National Bar Association; attorney Bill Ritter; and Steve Burkholder, Mayor of Lakewood.

The CHBA was founded in 1977. Its primary function is "to serve the public interest by cultivating the science of jurisprudence, promoting reform in the law, facilitating the administration of justice, advancing the standing of its members in the legal profession, and promoting the cooperation and development of Hispanic attorneys." The Hispanic community currently has more than 500 lawyers practicing law in Colorado.


The Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA Colorado") and Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network ("RMIAN") will hold the Immigrant Achievement Awards on March 11, 2006. The event is dedicated to honoring the achievements of several outstanding Colorado immigrants. In addition to presentation of awards, there will be food, drinks, and tango dancing. Everyone is welcome to attend the festivities, which take place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe in downtown Denver. Tickets are $50 and include appetizers and drinks. All proceeds will benefit RMIAN. For more information and to make reservations, contact Sally Larson at Stern Elkind & Currary, LLP, at rsvp@secimmigration. com.


Among the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") scholarships awarded last fall was the Timothy P. Schimberg Scholarship Fund. The 2005–2006 scholarship recipients are Jong-won Park from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Jennifer Chang from the University of Colorado School of Law. This scholarship’s namesake has worked with the CDLA and Defense Research Institute, and is a leader in promoting diversity in the practice of law. The scholarship recognizes and assists minority students who are attending law school in Colorado on a full-time basis.


The Law Alumni Board of the University of Colorado ("CU") School of Law will confer Distinguished Alumni Awards on Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Bender, class of 1967; Glenn Porzak, class of 1973; and Bryan Shaha, class of 1971. The awards, which recognize excellence in the judicial, public, and private sectors, will be presented at the Twenty-fifth Annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at the Denver Marriott City Center. Tickets are $100 per person or $50 for recent alumni (1999–2004) or lawyers working in the public sector. Purchase tickets by contacting the CU Office of Alumni Relations at (303) 492-3124 or


A new national institute aimed at improving America’s legal system is being created by the University of Denver. It is called the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System ("Institute"). The Institute, which is the only university-based center of its kind in the United States, will be a non-partisan, objective source of ideas, innovations, and reforms to improve legal and judicial systems. Several prominent Coloradans will be part of the Institute’s board of advisors. Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis will serve as director, Pam Gagel will act as assistant director, and Mac Danford will be the policy analyst. Information about the Institute is available at

FOR APRIL 22, 2006

The National Board of Trial Advocacy ("NBTA") will conduct the spring administration of the national trial certification examination on April 22 in Denver. NBTA certifies attorneys as specialists in the areas of civil, criminal, family law, trial advocacy, and social security disability advocates. Acquisition of the certification involves a day-long written examination covering practical knowledge of trial practice, ethics, and evidence relevant to the chosen specialty area. Applicants must submit an NBTA application prior to March 1 to be eligible for the April 22 exam. Contact the NBTA staff office for information at (508) 364-6565 or visit


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