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September 2006       Vol. 35, No. 9       Page  7
In and Around the Bar

Bar News
by 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. Please send information and photos about Bar events and activities taking place around the state to: Mindy Marks—, (303) 824-5312; call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.


On Saturday, June 10, 2006, the Mesa–Monument Striders ("MMS") sponsored the second annual "Red Dress Run," with all proceeds benefiting the Pro Bono Project of Mesa County. Approximately forty runners participated in the event, which also included a costume contest.

The MMS is a running club based in Grand Junction. It has approximately 200 members, who are dedicated to the "love of running." MMS sponsors runs througout the year. Michael Kuzminski, a partner at Dufford, Waldeck, Milburn & Krohn, LLP, a member of MMS, and a past Pro Bono Project board president, finished second in the costume contest. Kuzminski (at left in photo) is pictured with Derek Duvall, the run’s organizer.


The CBA Juvenile Law Section is pleased to announce that it is co-sponsoring several training programs in September, October, and November 2006. The first program is presented by the Office of the Child’s Representative ("OCR") and is entitled "Basics for Guardians ad Litem" ("GALs"). It is scheduled for September 18–19 and will be held at the Broomfield Auditorium. Though geared toward GALs, the program is open to all attorneys interested in child welfare. Detailed information on CLE credits and the agenda can be found online at

Peter Jaffe, domestic violence and child custody expert at the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, is the featured speaker at the Eleventh Annual Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Training Conference. The program is entitled "Caught in the Crossfire: Confronting Violence in the Home," and will be held at the Arvada Center on October 7, 2006. For more details and to register, go to

The Juvenile Law Section is co-sponsoring a November event with the University of Colorado ("CU") School of Law and the OCR. "Voices of Youth in the Courtroom: Is It Time for a Change?" will be held November 9–10, 2006, at the CU Law School. A cocktail party will be held on the evening of November 9. For more information about this program, contact Professor Claire Huntington at


The CBA Environmental Law and Natural Resources & Energy Law Sections are co-hosting a dinner event on Thursday, September 14, 2006. In addition to providing networking opportunities, the event is an opportunity for colleagues to relax and socialize. The dinner will be held in Denver at the Pinnacle Club, 555 17th Street, 38th Floor. For complete information or to register, contact Ingrid Heiser at the CBA: (303) 860-1115; (800) 332-6736; or


The CBA Taxation Law Section has several opportunities for involvement:

  • The section sponsors monthly lunches on a variety of tax-related topics

  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") Committee has regular meetings for attorneys handling ERISA and employee benefit matters.

  • The section’s Executive Council meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at noon at the CBA offices. All section members are welcome to attend these meetings, where members discuss upcoming section events and activities. For information about participating in any of these section activities, contact Adam M. Cohen at

  • The Taxation Law Section also sponsors pro bono consultations to pro se litigants at Tax Court. Additionally, the section awards scholarships to law students interested in tax law. For information about these efforts, contact section member Stuart Sargent at

  • The Tax Law Section publishes a quarterly newsletter. News items and other submissions for publication can be sent to Steven Weiser at

  • The Colorado Lawyer ("TCL") prints Tax Law articles several times during the year. Contact coordinating editor Rachel James at for TCL article guidelines or to discuss an article idea.


The Mesa County Bar Association ("MCBA") announces its 2006–07 officers. They are: Sam Starritt, President; David Scanga, President-Elect; Edward J. Nugent, Secretary; and Rob Zentner, Treasurer. Mark Luff is MCBA’s Immediate Past President; and Joanna Jensen is Past President.

MCBA members enjoy serving the community of Mesa County, and are looking forward to many upcoming events and activities. Contact Ed Nugent at (970) 243-0077 for information about participating in MCBA’s events and for more information about joining the MCBA.


The CBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") is holding a CLE program and fundraiser on Friday, September 15, 2006. Among the program’s speakers and presentations are: Richard Gabriel, "The Importance of Pro Bono Work"; Robert Benson, "Avoiding Legal Malpractice"; and Richard Westfall, "Handling Your First Appeal."

The YLD Annual Charity Fundraiser, benefiting the Colorado Alpine Rescue Team, will immediately follow the CLE program. The fundraiser will feature a beer tasting, a silent auction, and networking opportunities.

If you have questions regarding the CLE program or the Annual Charity Fundraiser, contact Taggart H. Howard: (970) 926-6556 or; or Eric Bono: (303) 492-8651 or


Heart of the Rockies Bar Association members Edra Pollin and David Dezen celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary on August 15, 2006. Edra and David met in 1974 when they were undergraduates at the University of Colorado–Boulder. They married in 1976 and began practicing law together in 1983. The rest is history!

Then: David Dezen and Edra Pollin in 1974.

Now: The couple in 2006.

 Bar News Highlight

The "Highlight" page of Bar News spotlights recent activities and special events around the Bar, and presents brief stories that deal with the legal profession, lawyer activities outside the practice of law, or short profiles of estimable individuals. If you have print or digital photos of a recent event to share, if you would like to recommend a colleague to be "highlighted," or if your local or specialty bar or legal organization has marked a notable milestone and there’s a short story to tell about it, consider the "Bar News Highlight" as your forum. For more information or to submit an article, contact Leona Martínez at

University of Colorado School of Law Makes History
In Higher Education
by David Getches
Dean, University of Colorado School of Law

The University of Colorado ("CU") School of Law will make history with the dedication of the new Wolf Law Building on the Boulder campus in September 2006. Never before have students of an entire campus voted to tax themselves for construction of a new law school building. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will dedicate the 183,000 square foot building on September 8.

The Wolf Law Building will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, two high-tech courtrooms, 50 percent more space for law journal offices and law clinics, and the largest resource collection and most technologically advanced law library in the twelve-state Rocky Mountain region. In keeping with the outstanding national reputation for environmental law, CU School of Law is striving to make the Wolf Law Building the first Gold-certified public law school building in the country, under the exacting standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certificate (LEED Certified). That means 39 percent less indoor water usage than a conventional building, 100 percent renewable energy electricity, and recycling 90 percent of all construction waste.

Since the school’s founding in 1892, CU School of Law has developed a tradition of excellence that will be enhanced with the new Wolf Law Building. The journey to a new home began in 1995, when an American Bar Association ("ABA") report found the Fleming Law Building inadequate. By 1998, a plan was assembled and approved by the CU Board of Regents for a new building. That is when the alumni network and private donors stepped up. The seminal moment in the "birth" of the new building and the inspiration to break ground came from a $3 million donation from Marvin and Judi Wolf, Erving and Joyce Wolf, and Elaine Wolf in honor of Leon and Dora Wolf.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved the law school’s proposal for the building and more than $20 million was committed to the project. Law students voted overwhelmingly for an annual $1,000 tuition increase to help fund the project, and private fundraising began in earnest to finance the balance.

Groundbreaking was scheduled for May 2002. At the time, Colorado’s budget was in a tailspin, fueled by the TABOR amendment to the state constitution, which restricted state expenditures. Legislative appropriations were abruptly rescinded as the state plunged into a financial crisis. In 2002, all capital construction funding ground to a halt and all of higher education, not just the law school, was suffering badly from major cuts.

Seven years after finding the law school’s facilities inadequate, the ABA came calling again. In 2003, the ABA Accreditation Committee not only found the CU School of Law in noncompliance because of the condition of its facilities, but it also threatened to take action.

After months of intense negotiating within CU student government, in the fall of 2004, campus leaders took the fee to a vote of the entire student body. The proposal resoundingly passed a capital development fee to fund the state’s share of the law building and three other projects on the Boulder campus. Every student will pay $400 per year, which will produce more than $100 million in capital investment on the CU campus. Construction on the Wolf Law Building began in January 2005 with $21 million from student funds.

Private donors also invested heavily in support of the effort. They raised nearly $13 million toward the total cost of $46 million. The building was completed in August and the law school completed its move before classes began on August 27, 2006.

The tradition of excellence at CU School of Law will thrive in this magnificent building. The Wolf Law Building provides a new home that will continue to produce scholars who shape the nation and the world. It is a building worthy of the ideas and learning that will take place within its walls.


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