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March 2002       Vol. 31, No. 3       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Molly Osberg


Judicial Vacancies Listserv Replaces Postcards. If you, or another lawyer you know, has an inclination to be a judge, the CBA has a new service just for you that is current and efficient. In the past, the CBA has mailed postcards announcing statewide judicial openings. The CBA will discontinue that practice after July 1, 2002. The reason for the change is time—there is very little of it between the announcement of the vacancy and the deadline for applications. The CBA Judicial Vacancies Listserv was created to serve CBA members more efficiently, and we encourage members to sign up. As soon as the Supreme Court informs the CBA of a vacancy, it will be e-mailed to everyone who has signed up for the listserv. To sign up, go to the CBA website at Click on "Member Resources," then "Legal Resources," then "CBA Listservs." You will find the Judicial Vacancies Listserv eighth on the alphabetical list. This is a free member service. Judicial vacancies also will continue to be posted on the CBA website under "Court Stuff."


The International Law Committee ("Committee") will host its monthly meeting on March 20, 2002, at noon at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place. Join Mark Burget, Colorado Director of The Nature Conservancy ("Conservancy"), and David Harrison, former Chair of the Conservancy’s Board of Governors, as they discuss the strategies and legal framework for projects they are working on in Brazil, Ecuador, and the People’s Republic of China. The Conservancy is the tenth largest U.S. charity. It operates throughout the United States and in thirty countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific to protect the diversity of life on earth. To register for the March program, fax or e-mail your reservation by noon on March 18 to Tom McNamara at (303) 893-1379 or e-mail: Cost is $18.50 for Committee members and $20 for nonmembers. One CLE credit is available.

Have you ever wondered how to work with a graphic artist to design brochures or newsletters or how to work with a Web designer to market your firm? Now’s your chance to hear how it’s done from graphic artist Sandy Smith, of Alexander Design, and Web designer Elaine Demery, of 360-Web Design. This free program, entitled "Using Technology to Market Your Firm," will be geared to the sole practitioner and small firm. Bring your questions to the Law Practice Management/Technology Committee meeting at noon on April 4, 2002, at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver. Reservations are not required, but please call Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 or (800) 332-6736 if you wish to order lunch.

The Lawyers Professional Liability Committee will meet on March 13, 2002. Mark your calendars for a 7:30 a.m. meeting at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver.


The Larimer County Bar Association is hosting the 2002 CBA State High School Mock Trial Championship tournament at the new Larimer County Courthouse on March 8-9. Mark Adams, of Harden, Hass, Haag & Hallberg PC, is the tournament host. Call Mark at (970) 482-7777 to volunteer to serve as a scoring panelist or to get information about observing the trials. Eighteen teams from various high schools around the state will compete. The teams will be trying the case entitled State of Tabor v. Pat Peterson, which involves involuntary manslaughter and the issue of "hazing." Volunteering your time and expertise or just attending as an observer of the tournament are ideal ways to show moral support for the youth of the state!

On May 3, 2002, Garfield Legal Services, Inc. will be celebrating twenty years of civil legal service to the community.ÊA CLE program will be offered to the Ninth J.D. Bar Association and is open to all CBA members at the Hotel Colorado starting at 1:00 p.m.ÊCBA President LairdÊMilburn will speak to the membership and present the annual Pro Bono Attorney Award.ÊOther awards will be given to attorneys who have made unique and significant contributions over the years.ÊA silent auction and social hour will follow. For more information, call Cheryl Hurst at (970) 945-8858.

Golf season is back in Colorado! The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament will be on May 20, 2002, at the Inverness Golf Club. Mark your calendars now. Details of this annual event will appear in the April issue of The Colorado Lawyer, or contact Dana Collier Smith now at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736; e-mail:

The DBA will have a vacancy in its delegation to the American Bar Association ("ABA") House of Delegates. The term of appointment is two years, beginning in mid-August 2002. Subsequent terms (two maximum) are for two-year periods. The duties include: attendance at the ABA annual meeting in August (two-day meeting); attendance at the ABA mid-year meeting in February (two-day meeting); and attendance at selected Board of Trustees meetings. Expenses for travel and a per diem allowance are paid by the DBA for the ABA meetings. Submit your resume and a brief letter expressing interest by June 15, 2002, to: ABA Delegate, Denver Bar Association, c/o Charles C. Turner, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203-4336.

Richard L. Gabriel was awarded with the 2001 Richard Marden Davis Award on January 16, 2002, at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. The award is presented annually by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation, and the Davis family to a young Denver lawyer who "although under age 40, has already so combined excellence as a lawyer with creative civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership as to best exemplify the character and promise of Richard Marden Davis at that stage in his career."

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Rich Gabriel (left) accepts the Richard Marden Davis Award from DBA President Bill Walters.


The Twelfth Annual Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s ("APABA") Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet will be held at King’s Land Chinese Seafood Restaurant, 2200 W. Alameda, Denver, on April 26, 2002, at 6 p.m. A ten-course Chinese dinner will be served. Attorney General Ken Salazar will provide the keynote address. Proceeds of the banquet are put toward APABA’s Minoru Yasui Scholarships, which recognize law students who have continued Minoru Yasui’s work of promoting civil rights and community activities. For tickets or more information, please contact Lusanna Ro at (303) 866-6002.


CBA-CLE presents "Hanging Your Shingle," on March 7-9, 2002, a program specifically designed for attorneys considering opening their own law practice. Experienced faculty will provide in-depth reports on the issues faced when creating a new law firm. In addition, extensive course materials will contain checklists, forms, and articles that are necessary for every practitioner.

The "Real Estate Refresher" on March 15 deals with the latest legal developments in many important areas of real estate law. The morning program begins with a look at the hot topics in water law and conservation easements. Included in these morning sessions is a closer look at how controlled growth affects certain water rights, and also how Colorado’s new conservation easement tax credits really work. The afternoon session provides an extensive primer on condemnation, how to avoid zoning pitfalls, and the current issues surrounding annexation. The day closes with a presentation on the latest ethical issues that real estate lawyers encounter in their daily practice.

CBA-CLE will host "Criminal Law Update" on March 22, 2002. This annual program begins with a close look at the ethics of attorney candor, followed by a discussion of problems in state court sentencing. The program also will discuss the case of Apprendi v. New Jersey and special issues arising from crimes of violence, habitual criminals, and sex offenders. Further, attendees will learn how pre-sentencing reports are prepared. The program concludes with an update of the latest changes in the federal court sentencing guidelines and how Apprendi applies in federal court.

For more information about these and other CBA-CLE programs or publications, see the "CBA-CLE Planning Guide" in each issue of The Colorado Lawyer or call (303) 860-0608 or toll free (888) 860-2531. Link to more information about CBA-CLE seminars, publications, home study, and more from the CBA website:

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