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TCL > May 2007 Issue > Bar News

May 2007       Vol. 36, No. 5       Page  7
In and Around the Bar
Bar News

Bar News
by Mindy Marks, Cheryl Law

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.


FOCUS ON YOUTH
OCR-Sponsored Symposium on Child Welfare

The Office of the Child’s Representative and the University of Colorado (CU) Law School sponsored a two-day symposium on November 9–10, 2006, entitled "Voices of Youth in the Courtroom: Is It Time for a Change?" The symposium, which was held at CU Law School in Boulder, arose from the Pew Commission recommendation that children and parents have a direct voice in the courtroom.

The symposium explored national trends to better serve and empower youth in the courtroom, and examined Colorado’s best-interest model of representation for children, as well as client-direct models of representation that have been adopted in other states. Participants included national experts in child welfare, judges, academics, and attorneys.

The symposium included a panel of youths who were emancipated from the foster care system. They discussed their experiences with the court system. Professor Colene Robinson of CU Law School moderated the panel. The second day of the symposium included break-out sessions, in which judges and attorneys discussed ways to empower children in foster care and provide them with a direct voice in the court process.


RMCLC CELEBRATES ITS TWENTY-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY

The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (RMCLC) will be hosting "Champions for Children—Right Before Your Very Eyes," on Thursday, May 3, 2007. The dinner celebration will be held in Denver at the Seawell Grand Ballroom, in the Denver Center for Performing Arts, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This is an annual event that brings attention to the services available to abused and neglected children. Funds raised are used to support the RMCLC.

This year’s celebration will be emceed by former Denver District Attorney Norm Early. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a seated dinner, entertainment, and a live auction. A video about RMCLC will be shown and outstanding youth will be honored.

During the past twenty-six years, the RMCLC has saved the lives of more than 7,500 abused and neglected children through zealous legal advocacy and innovative programs. For more information about RMCLC or to make reservations for the May 3 event, call RMCLC at (303) 302-9910 or visit http://www.RockyMountainChildrensLawCenter.org.


CTLA TENTH ANNUAL SPRING DINNER

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association will host its Tenth Annual Spring Dinner on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Denver Marriott City Center, with cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m. Paul Begala, nationally recognized politico, will be the guest speaker. For information, visit http://www.ctlanet.org or call (303) 831-1192.


LOCAL BAR BOWLING CHALLENGE

The First Judicial District Bar Association (First J.D.) hosted its second annual Bowling Challenge on March 7, 2007. Enthusiastic bowlers from the Adams, Arapahoe, and Boulder Bars joined the First J.D. members for two games. The Bowling Challenge was a great opportunity for bar association members to meet and mingle.

Tom Greene, a retired teacher whose wife is a legal assistant in the First J.D., unseated reigning champion Jan Nelson in this year’s Challenge, held at Fat City. Greene had the highest score of 187, and then beat his own high score by bowling 200 in the second game.


CBA MILITARY LAW COMMITTEE HOSTS FAMILY LAW TRAINING FOR COLORADO JAGS

In March 2007, volunteers from the CBA Military Law Committee, in cooperation with the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso County), provided training for members of the military Judge Advocates General’s corps (JAGs) stationed in Colorado. The half-day family law presentation at Peterson Air Force Base, was the first CLE program sponsored by the CBA exclusively for military attorneys. Attendees included JAGs from the Colorado National Guard and every active duty base in the state.

Many military lawyers serving in Colorado provide legal advice to service members about civil matters, including dissolution of marriage, parenting time determinations, child support, and adoptions. However, many Colorado JAGs are licensed in other states and may not be familiar with the specifics of Colorado law. The seminar helped these military lawyers gain a practical understanding of the basics of family law in the state. Many Colorado military bases are clustered in El Paso County, and the military community in that region makes up a major part of the family law docket.

Speakers from the Fourth Judicial District included Judge Timothy Simmons, Magistrate Scott Sells, and Mary Perry, Clerk of the Court. Karen Best and Courtney Cline, of the law firm Montgomery Little Soran & Murray, PC, gave the perspective of the private practitioner.

Chris Colclasure is the Chair of the CBA Military Law Committee. Please contact him for more information about the committee at chris.colclasure@hro.com.


AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION'S BAR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Bar officers from Colorado joined approximately 300 Bar leaders from across the United States at the ABA’s Bar Leadership Institute on March 15–17, 2007. Pictured here, left to right, are: Karen Mathis, ABA President; David Lytle, CBA President-Elect; Angel McCall, Arapahoe County Bar Association Executive Director; Christine Hylbert, Boulder County Bar Association Executive Director; Judge Nancy Hopf, current Arapahoe County Bar Association Treasurer and 2007–08 President-Elect; Greg Martin, CBA Deputy Executive Director; Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, DBA President-Elect; Larry Gaddis, El Paso Bar Association President-Elect; Sonny Flowers, Boulder County Bar Association President-Elect; and William H. Neukom, ABA President-Elect.


2007 EQUAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS

Thanks to the committed efforts of the American Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association, the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado hosted the 2007 Equal Justice Conference. Approximately 1,000 people attended the two-day event, held on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Among the keynote speakers was Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, pictured at right.

The conference provided a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees through plenary sessions, informative workshops, networking opportunities, and special programming. Pro bono and legal services program staff, judges, corporate counsel, court administrators, private lawyers, paralegals, and many others discussed equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. A focus of the conference was on strengthening partnerships among the key players of the civil justice system.

On Friday evening, the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts was the place to be. Approximately 300 legal professionals danced to the beat of the Rekha Ohal band and tasted delectable edibles touted as “desserts a mile high.” The generous sponsors of the event were: Berg, Hill, Greenleaf, and Ruscitti LLP; Colorado Access to Justice Commission; CBA; CBA Young Lawyers Division; Colorado Lawyers Committee; Denver Bar Association; and Montgomery, Little, Soran & Murray, PC.


CBA/DBA PROFESSIONALISM COMMITTEES
TRAINING VIGNETTES

During March 30 through April 1, the CBA/DBA Professionalism Committees, in cooperation with the Metropolitan State College of Denver, Department of Communications Arts and Sciences (Metro State), completed their project of filming twelve professionalism vignettes. Metro State provided fifteen professional actors, directors, and production technicians. Below is a photo of attorneys and Metro State faculty and students who worked on this project.

The production was coordinated by Marilyn A. Hetzel, PhD, Director of Theatre at Metro State (fifth from right in photo), and Kevin Campbell, Broadcast Coordinator for Metro State (in center of photo, wearing cap). John Gleason of the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel (at left of center), and Mark A. Fogg, CBA Professionalism Committee Chair (at right of center), served as legal consultants throughout the filming.

The vignettes reference several areas of law, including civil litigation, domestic relations, criminal law, civil transactions, and workers’ compensation. They focus on issues such as resolving disputes, mentoring, trial and courtroom behavior, depositions, and age/gender bias. A teaching manual will be created to be used in conjunction with the vignettes.

The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel will use the vignettes for its professionalism classes, which are required for new attorneys admitted to practice in Colorado. The vignettes also will be used as teaching tools in law schools, at CBA section and committee meetings, and at law firms and other legal organizations.

The Professionalism Committees thank Holland & Hart, LLP for its generosity in making available its mock trial courtroom, conference rooms, and offices for filming. The Committees also thank John Gleason for his tireless efforts, and the law firm of Kennedy, Childs & Fogg, P.C. for the use of its conference rooms and for its financial support of the many planning sessions involving numerous attorneys.

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