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August 2001       Vol. 30, No. 8       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Molly Osberg

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association administration, sections, committees, and minority/specialty and local bar associations. If you have information you would like included in Bar News, contact the CBA Communications Department by phone or letter using the information above right or fax to Molly Osberg at (303) 894-0821, or e-mail to


Economic Survey: The CBA "2000 Economic Survey" ("Survey") is available to CBA members online at []. The Survey includes information on the median income of Colorado attorneys and income by field of law, size of firm or organization, years in practice, and geographic area. It also contains information on hourly billing rates, number of hours worked per week, and overhead expenses and gross receipts per attorney. Legal assistant and secretary salaries also are included. A printed version of the Survey is available for purchase. Cost: $20, members; $45, nonmembers. Contact CBA Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance at (303) 824-5320 or (800) 332-6736 if you have questions.

Diversity Awareness: On April 2, 2001, the CBA presented the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law and the CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee with a check for $2,500 to fund DU’s student-organized "Diversity Awareness Week," which was held April 2-6. The donation was made possible through a grant to the CBA from Lawyers for One America and LexisNexis, and is intended to promote the advancement of minorities in the legal profession.


DU law students Susan Klopman (left), Jenny Cantor, and Sue Young hold the "giant" donation check with CBA Past-President Dale Harris (left) and CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner.

Arthritis Award: A hearty congratulations is extended to CBA member and long-time Denver attorney John Low, who was selected as the recipient of the 10th Annual Eleanor P. Williams Arthritis Award. The award is presented by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation to a Colorado lawyer who has provided dedicated service to the legal community and community at large. A partial list of Low’s community involvement includes serving on the DU Board of Trustees, Public Education and Business Coalition, Institute of International Education, the Mesa Verde Foundation, Denver Symphony Association, and Volunteers of America. Low has practiced law since 1951. For more information about the award, call Maggi Junor, (303) 756-8022, ext. 235.

Planning Grant: The Denver City Attorney’s Office Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section recently received a Community Prosecution Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant will support a program to study current issues of neighborhood crime in certain Denver neighborhoods and develop problem-solving plans. Criminal justice system employees and members of the community will participate in the program.


On Wednesday, June 13, 2001, the four CBA transactional sections met for their annual lunch. Attendees listened to updates on new legislation that impacts the practice of business, real estate, taxation, and trust and estate law. CBA Past-President Dale Harris honored former legislators as life-long "friends of the bar association." Rep. Russell George and Sen. Dottie Wham were presented with plaques thanking them for their commitment to preserving and protecting jurisprudence in the state. Dick Gast, legislative liaison for the CBA Real Estate Section, presented Sen. Stan Matsunaka with an award for sponsoring the Real Estate Section legislation.


Dick Gast (left) presents Sen. Stan Matsunaka with award.


On June 8, 2001, Metro Volunteer Lawyers hosted a reception for volunteer attorneys. One-Hundred-Hour-Club Certificates were presented to Howard J. Beck, Norman A. Campbell, Dyan Davidson, Jennifer A. Hall, and Robert Horen.

The Fremont-Custer Counties Bar Association presented their annual scholarships this year to Diane Micci of Cañon City High School and Kristen Maloney of Custer County High School. Micci received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Maloney plans to attend Pueblo Community College, focusing her studies on law. Congratulations!

Thank you to the law firms, courts, and law organizations that are employing high school students this summer through the "Youth At Work" and Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Summer Intern Program. The offices where the student interns are employed this summer are: Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman; Brownstein Hyatt & Farber; Denver’s District Attorney Office; Davis Graham & Stubbs; Dorsey & Whitney; Faegre & Benson; Gorsuch Kirgis; Holme Roberts & Owen; Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pasco; Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy; Moye Giles O’Keefe Vermeire & Gorrell; Sherman & Howard; Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley; McGihon & Associates; Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy; Wolf & Slatkin; and the Denver Bar Association.

On June 13, 2001, the DBA hosted its Annual Meeting/Party at the Colorado History Museum. More than 250 members and guests attended the event, which offered a great opportunity for socializing, networking, and celebrating the fine contributions of this year’s annual award winners. Congratulations are extended to the following deserving individuals: Judge Robert Kapelke, Award of Merit; Christopher Little, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year; Joyce Meskis, Liberty Bell Award; Stacy Carpenter, Young Lawyer of the Year; Judges H. Jeffrey Bayless and John Marcucci, Judicial Excellence; Holly Hoxeng, Legal Assistant of the Year; John Robertson, Peace Officer of the Year; Edna Sutton, Teacher of the Year; Sue Lindsay and Anne Colden, David Brofman Award; and Robert Inman, Lifetime Achievement Award. During the celebration, the DBA’s outgoing President Susan Smith Fisher presented incoming DBA President Bill Walters with the giant gavel to initiate his 2001-2002 term.

The Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") held its annual dinner on May 31, 2001, at Fox Hill Country Club following the annual golf tournament. More than 100 attorneys attended the dinner, with entertainment by the Burden of Spoof, led by Judge Bob Kapelke. Richard Peddie received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award and E. Greg Martin was given the Award of Merit. BCBA President Bruce Fest awarded the annual Presidential Award to Past-President Alex Garlin for his contributions during his tenure as president. John Gaddis received the BCBA’s annual John Robert Marshall Award. The award was created in the early 1980s to recognize an attorney who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to providing pro bono services in Boulder County. Congratulations to the award winners!


Incoming DBA President Bill Walters (left) is passed the giant gavel by DBA outgoing President Susan Smith Fisher.


The Colorado Indian Bar Association ("CIBA") invites attorneys and their friends to its first annual 5K run/walk to benefit the CIBA scholarship fund for Native American law students at Colorado law schools. The race is September 22, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Boulder Reservoir. Live music, food and drink, and an awards ceremony will follow the event. Register online at or at the Reservoir on race day.


E. Greg Martin (right) receives the BCBA Award of Merit from Rich Irvin.


Annual Business Law Institute: On September 21-22, 2001, the CBA Business Law Section will sponsor a program in conjunction with the CBA’s 103rd Annual Institute (convention). Twenty-plus sessions will be offered, geared toward all levels of practitioners. The keynote address will be delivered by R. Franklin Balotti.

The Family Law Institute: Designed for attorneys, mediators, judges, and mental health professionals, this conference will feature more than sixty distinguished faculty members presenting timely information on a variety of topics in the area of family law. The program will be held in Breckenridge, September 14-16, 2001, and will offer at least thirty different informative sessions, varying in focus from parenting time obstacles, ADR, advocacy and special advocate, to maintenance and much more.

Annual Litigation Institute: This program kicks off on September 21-22 in Vail, with national speaker Tom Vesper discussing the Ultimate Trial Notebook and Strategies for Taking Depositions. Nineteen additional presentations, including an appearance by a panel of Colorado state and federal judges, will be made on such topics as mastering evidence, Internet for the trial attorney, calculating damages, discovery of electronic data, technology in the courtroom, admissibility of and presenting scientific evidence, and ethics.

For more information on any of these programs, call (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531, or visit CLE offices are located at 1900 Grant St., Suite 300, Denver, CO 80203.

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