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TCL > October 2006 Issue > Bar News

October 2006       Vol. 35, No. 10       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—mmarks@cobar.org, (303) 824-5312; call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.


Juvenile Law Section Cocktail Reception

The CBA Juvenile Law Section will co-sponsor a cocktail reception with the Office of the Child’s Representative ("OCR") and the University of Colorado ("CU") Juvenile and Family Law Program. The reception will be held in the new CU Wolf Law Building on November 9, 2006 at 5:00 p.m., following the CU Law School and OCR Symposium, "Voices of Youth in the Courtroom: Is it Time for a Change?" (OCR hosted its own September program, entitled "Basics for Guardians ad Litem.")


 Family Law Section Update

The Family Law Section sponsored another successful Bench and Bar Family Law Institute in Breckenridge on August 4, 5, and 6, 2006. The 280 attendees discussed a variety of family law topics, ranging from metadata to reproductive techniques and issues in family law. The Institute featured an emphasis on ethics (seven CLE ethics credits were offered). The weekend commenced with a judges’ panel, which included a discussion of ethical considerations in the courtroom. The Bench and Bar Family Law Institute is an annual event that provides up-to-date information for attorneys and mental health professionals who work in the ever-changing area of family law in Colorado.

The Family Law Section has moved its monthly luncheon and CLE program to the Pepsi Center, a convenient, mid-town location with plenty of parking, good food, and a great atmosphere. The cost to attend the luncheon/CLE remains the same ($30 for CBA members and $15 for students). Luncheons are held on the third Friday of the month as follows: October 20, 2006; November 17, 2006; January 19, 2007; March 16, 2007; April 20, 2007; and May 18, 2007. As always, each luncheon includes one CLE credit. Notices of luncheon topics will be e-mailed to all Family Law Section members and listed on the Section’s website (http://www.cobar.org/group/index.cfm?EntityID=FAMILY). Note: There is no luncheon/CLE in December 2006 and a Judges’ Reception will be held in February 2007.


CBA’s 24th Annual Real Estate Symposium

Members of the Real Estate Section enjoyed networking at the wine tasting party.
The CBA Real Estate Section held its 24th Annual Real Estate Symposium on July 20–22, 2006, in Steamboat Springs. A record-setting 535 real estate attorneys and professionals from throughout Colorado attended. Among the Colorado real estate experts speaking at the symposium were Willis Carpenter; Professor Patrick A. Randolph, Jr. (publisher of the "Dirt" listserv); and ethics expert Anthony E. Davis. Rebecca W. Dow served as program chair. Fred Skillern, the outgoing chair of the Real Estate Section Council, was honored. Sixteen CLE credits were available, and attendees had the opportunity to network during a wine tasting party and a cocktail reception.

The 25th Annual Real Estate Symposium will be held at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort from July 18–22, 2007. Be sure to book your room early.


 CGLBTA Hosts Third Annual Awards Dinner

The Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender ("GLBT") Bar Association Third Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 5, at 6:00 p.m., at the Oxford Hotel, 1659 Wazee Street, Denver. Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubofsky (1979–87) will provide the keynote address. Awards will be presented for the 2006 Outstanding GLBT Attorney and Outstanding GLBT Ally. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Andy McCallin at (303) 875-7829 or andy_mccallin@yahoo.com.


 APABA Races in Dragon Boat Festival

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("APABA") of Colorado entered a team in the Dragon Boat Race in this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, which was held June 29–30 at Sloan’s Lake. The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is Colorado’s premiere showcase of pan-Asian culture, and features the ancient sport of dragon boat racing. Team members were Cindy Dang, Nina Wang, Annie Kao, Theavy Sok, Clarisse Gonzales, Mechelle Faulk, Kelly Purdy, Trisha Bosarge-Heimback, RaLea Sluga, Dennis Kaw, Byeongsook Seo, Jason Young, Terrance Carroll, Scott Sprague, Franz Hardy, Rickey Aparicio, Ralph Ogden, Colin Purdy, Moses Shu, and Kara Veitch. APABA thanks Dennis Kaw and Kara Veitch for organizing the team.

Members of team APABA gather before the Dragon Boat Race.


 CIBA Red Rock Scramble

CIBA president and CU law professor Sarah Krakoff ran in last year’s Red Rock Scramble.
The Colorado Indian Bar Association ("CIBA") will host its annual "Red Rock Scramble" on Sunday, October 1, 2006, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in Lyons. The five-mile run/three-mile walk raises funds for scholarships for Native American law students at Colorado law schools.

The 2005 race was a great success with 246 entrants, and CIBA hopes to surpass that number of participants this year. This year’s race will follow the traditional scenic course, and each participant will receive a high-tech breathable t-shirt. Participants can enjoy Native American music and food after the race.

Sponsors of the event include Holland & Hart; Sisk & Co.; Davis, Graham & Stubbs; Wagenlander & Heisterkamp; Whiteing & Smith; Rick Collins and Judy Reid; David and Ann Getches; Frederickers, Pelcyger & Hester; Greene, Meyer & McElroy; the Southern Ute Tribe; Macheledt Bales; Faegre & Benson; BeHeard.com; and the Krakoffs.

For more information about the CIBA Red Rock Scramble, visit http://www.coloradoindianbar.org/rrs/index.html. Call National Indian Law Librarian and Red Rock Scramble director David Selden at (303) 447-8760, ext. 142, with questions.

Native American drummers performed after last year’s Red Rock Scramble.


 Colorado Access to Justice Conference

The Colorado Access to Justice ("ATJ") Commission and local ATJ Committees held a conference in Denver, where ATJ members from around the state met to share information about rule changes, technology, and providing legal services and assistance to low-income and vulnerable populations. Deborah G. Hankinson, former Texas Supreme Court Justice and member of the Texas ATJ Commission, provided an overview of ATJ across the United States.

The CBA’s Availability of Legal Services Committee hosted an awards dinner at the conference. Karen Mathis, American Bar Association President, provided the keynote address. The committee presented the following awards:

  • Donald W. Hoagland Award: Qwest Legal Department, Pro Bono Program
  • Jacob V. Schaetzel Award: M. Carl Glatstein, Glatstein and O’Brien, LLP
  • Jack Donahue Award: Supreme Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.
  • Marilyn Meadoff Award: Jon Nicholls, Nicholls, Nicholls, Biles, Popp, and Bower, LLC
  • Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year: Hon. William Alexander, Pueblo Municipal Court
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Sue Parenteau

 DU Trustees Award Dean Emeritus Status to Mary Ricketson

The University of Denver ("DU") Trustees recently awarded Emeritus status to Dean Mary E. Ricketson, in recognition of her service to DU as Dean of the Sturm College of Law. The honorary title is awarded to faculty who have rendered valuable service to the university. Ricketson served as DU Law School Dean for six years.


 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 leonamartinez@cobar.org.


 Jennifer Rice Goes Behind the Mic:
Colorado Attorney Brews "Breakfast Blend" of Music

If you tune your radio to a certain frequency on Saturday mornings, you will hear an eclectic blend of music—from folk, pop, rock, Americana, world, and Celtic, to home-grown singer-songwriters. Jennifer Rice sits behind the mic at 8 a.m. on KRFC FM 88.9—Homegrown Radio for Northern Colorado, co-brewing her own version of "Breakfast Blend."

On the first and third Saturdays of the month, Rice and co-host Linda Baum feature a playlist of music they love that derives from their personal collections. (The second and fourth Saturdays are hosted by Deni LaRue, who is a veteran award-winning Northern Colorado radio broadcaster.) The radio pair of Rice and Baum, who are from Fort Collins, especially like the thought of introducing listeners to new music. They also like hearing from listeners and take music requests at the studio—(970) 221-5065.

Jennifer Rice in the 88.9 FM Studio. Photo courtesy of Kelly Baldwin.
Rice is a family law attorney in Fort Collins and has practiced law for eight years. She is the current Larimer County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Chair; Eighth Judicial District Access to Justice Chair; District Representative for District 28 (Colorado and Wyoming) for the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division; and recipient of the 2003 Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, presented by the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Rice is quick to point out that she does not receive legal questions during her show. She has no intentions of quitting her day job, but she loves her radio work, too.

Although similar in funding strategies to a traditional public radio station, KRFC is not a member of any of the major networks, such as National Public Radio, Pacifica, or Clear Channel. It is a grassroots community radio station. KRFC is the successor to PRFR, Public Radio for the Front Range. Before PRFR, there was KCSU. That station was formed and managed by a group of Colorado State University students/DJs. After eight years, the Federal Communications Commission granted PRFR a construction permit for a 3,000-watt non-commercial radio station.

KRFC facilities have grown during the three years it has been in existence. In 2004, the construction and expansion of its studios were completed. The construction was funded in large part by a $100,000 Public Telecommunications Facilities Program grant that was issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. That amount included a local match from the Bohemian Foundation, a Fort Collins organization that states as its mission: "To involve our fellow citizens in the care and improvement of our community." Additionally, in 2006, KRFC received a $65,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Public Radio Community Service. The monies from that grant can be used for general operating expenses and syndicated programming. As a result of all of the financial support, the station’s facilities now include three studios that make live broadcasting possible.

An especially thrilling part of Rice’s job at KRFC is being able to meet and interview famous and nearly famous folk musicians and singer-songwriters. Rice is thrilled to be able to drop the names of some of the visitors to the station—musicians traveling through Fort Collins for gigs: John Gorka, Christine Kane, the Weepies (just signed by Nettwerk Records), and Sarah Olson.

Last summer, Rice attended the Lyons Folk Festival and nabbed quite a few interviews. She spoke with Steve Earle, Joan Armatrading, Taj Mahal, Lisa Loeb, Kasey Chambers, Beth Niesen Chapman, Allison Moorer, and Serena Ryder, and was able to get several musicians to make station identification "promos." Rice admits she still gets nervous when meeting these artists. She says she was very nervous when she interviewed Patty Griffin—who Rice thinks is "super cool"—and perhaps it was Rice’s own jittery hands that caused the recorder inconveniently to stop working during the inteview.

Although Rice is fairly established as an attorney, her mother still thinks her daughter should try out for a game show and win big as a contestant. Her mother is convinced Rice could make a lot of money from her "vast knowledge" of entertainment and music.

To her mother’s dismay, though, Rice is simply one of approximately 400 unpaid volunteers who staff the radio station. (There are five paid staffers at the station.) Rice is content to continue practicing law during the week and DJing on Saturday mornings. For now, the blend is perfectly brewed.

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