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The Colorado Lawyer
November 2006
Vol. 35, No. 11 [Page  7]

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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.


Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") member Robert B. Holt, a solo practitioner in Denver, recently was appointed to three committees in the American Bar Association ("ABA") Law Practice Management Section. Holt will serve as the marketing liaison for the ABA Education Board, as a member of the Standing Committee on Membership and Marketing Development, and as an advisor for the Marketing Core Group.

Holt has been a CBA member since 1990. His law practice focuses on interstate transactions (Colorado and Texas).

Reba J. Nance, CBA Director of Law Practice Management/Risk Management, also was appointed to serve on an ABA committee. She will serve as the magazine liaison to the ABA Education Board.


Hon. Christopher C. Cross, Arapahoe County Court Judge, presented a continuing legal education ("CLE") program to the CBA Solo/Small Firm Section on September 27, 2006, at the CBA offices. Judge Cross’s presentation included information about fee agreements, client development, and file retention procedures. He offered suggestions about how to avoid common problems of a solo or small firm practice. Judge Cross has been a solo practitioner and has practiced law in small and large firms and with the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Membership in the CBA Solo/Small Firm Section is $20. The Section sponsors at least three CLE luncheons each year on current practice management and technology topics, as well as networking/partnership meetings (some with CLE programs) around the Denver metro area and in Colorado Springs. Contact CBA staff liaisons Reba J. Nance at or (303) 824-5320; or Michelle Gersic at or (303) 824-5342, with questions about the CBA Solo/Small Firm Section.


William Stryjewski, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") Examiner, spoke to members of the CBA Intellectual Property Law Section at a September 14, 2006 seminar. Approximately seventy people attended the program entitled "New Patent Electronic Filing System Demonstration and Interactive Training Session." Stryjewski and his team from the e-commerce division of the USPTO provided training on the USPTO’s Web application filing system. The program was held at the law offices of Faegre & Benson LLP in Denver.


Pamela Pope, of Qwest Services Corporation, was named the CBA 2006 Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year. Pope was honored at the annual CBA Paralegal Committee luncheon on September 15, 2006. The celebration took place at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in downtown Denver.

The Qwest legal department’s Pro Bono Committee nominated Pope for her work with a department program at The Gathering Place. The Gathering Place is a daytime drop-in center for women and children who are experiencing homelessness or poverty.

Pope has assisted more than seventy people, and is considered one of the program’s most committed participants. During the last three years, Pope has assisted individuals with employment and social security questions, as well as people with landlord-tenant, divorce and custody, and garnishment problems. As winner of the CBA Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award, Pope received $1,000 to donate to the organization of her choice. Pope donated her award to The Gathering Place.

The featured luncheon speakers were Marlin W. Burke, Rachel Chaparro, Lucy Hojo Denson, Jody L. Hobbs, and Lynette M. Luhnow. Sponsors of the 2006 luncheon included Greenberg Traurig, Holland & Hart, Holme Roberts & Owen, Snell & Wilmer, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Dorsey & Whitney, Gibson Arnold & Associates, Hunter + Geist, Impact Legal Technologies, Paralegal Resource Center, Robert Half Legal, Rossi Legal Staffing, Strategic Staffing Associates, Wheeler Trigg Kennedy, Yates Law Firm, Firehouse Copy, Doc 1 Solutions, and National Legal.


The 2006 Annual CBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") Fundraiser to benefit the Colorado Alpine Rescue Team was held on Friday, September 15, 2006 at the Warwick Hotel in Denver. This fundraiser was in keeping with other CBA YLD-sponsored events. It combined networking opportunities and the chance to support a worthwhile cause. The event included beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction (photo at right). Silent auction items included tickets from Southwest Airlines, professional massages, life coaching sessions, a signature watch from Luisa Graff Jewelers, and much more.


On September 14, 2006, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") Young Lawyers Division and the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group co-hosted a reception to honor commitment to workplace diversity. Supporting hosts were the CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession ("DILP") Committee, University of Colorado ("CU") School of Law, University of Denver ("DU") Sturm College of Law, Sam Cary Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association, and Colorado Women’s Bar Association. The event was held in the Sage Room at the Oxford Hotel. Denver Bar Association President Paul Chan (pictured at left) was the event’s featured speaker.

The DILP Committee announced the creation of two new awards: the Diversity Leadership Award, to honor the Colorado firm or legal department that is a leader in diversity, and the Diversity Trailblazer Award, to recognize the individual Colorado attorney who has made meaningful and significant efforts to advance diversity. These new awards will be presented at the CHBA/Membership Pledge reception in 2007, which will be held in conjunction with a national diversity conference to be sponsored by DILP, DU Sturm College of Law, and CU School of Law.


Left to right: House Minority Leader Mike May, former Governor Roy Romer, former Governor Dick Lamm, and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

For the first time in Colorado history, four Governors have appeared before the public to speak in a united voice to oppose an election ballot issue. Colorado Governor Bill Owens, and former Governors Roy Romer, Richard Lamm, and John Vanderhoof united to encourage Colorado voters to defeat Amendment 40. The proposed ballot measure is calling for term limits of Colorado Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges. The passage of Amendment 40 will force nearly half of Colorado’s appellate judges off the Bench at the same time.

Governor Owens said: "It is important to note that this is not a partisan issue. . . . Republicans and Democrats are opposing Initiative 40."

Former Governor John Vanderhoof, of Grand Junction, commented: "Make no mistake, the consequences of Amendment 40 will be felt . . . as far away as Grand Junction, the San Luis Valley, and across our state. The very judges being targeted through this drastic measure are the ones sitting on the courts that have the final say on issues critical to Coloradans—including in criminal cases, child welfare laws, business disputes, complex family situations, and water rights."

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers also was present to speak in opposition to the ballot proposal. "Amendment 40 does nothing to enhance judicial accountability and would undermine judicial independence," he said. "If Amendment 40 passes, it will greatly impact the quality of our judicial system, resulting in fewer well-qualified lawyers seeking public service as judges."

Vote No 40 is a broad-based, bipartisan coalition working to defeat Amendment 40. Among coalition members are the CBA, the Colorado Judicial Institute, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Association of Family and Children’s Agencies, Club 20, and the Colorado Forum. To learn more about the effort to defeat Amendment 40 and how you can lend your support, visit


The Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation ("CWBF") and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") honored three notable Colorado women at the September 12, 2006 "Raising the Bar" dinner: CWBA President Vanessa Walton, CBA President Liz Starrs, and American Bar Association President Karen Mathis (pictured below, left to right). Proceeds from the event will be used to further the mission of the CWBA.

The event was an indisputable success and the Brown Palace was the place to be that evening. The 400 attendees represented a cross-section of the legal and business community and included justices, judges, attorneys, accountants, and insurance companies. University of Colorado School of Law professor Dani Newsum presided as the event’s emcee. In addition to recognition of the honorees, there was a film clip presentation of the history of women in the legal profession.

The CWBF has announced September 11, 2007 as the tentative date for next year’s celebratory event. Members are encouraged to submit recommendations for "Raising the Bar" award nominees, as well as entertainment. Nominations may be sent to

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