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October 2007       Vol. 36, No. 10       Page  7
In and Around the Bar
Bar News

News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association, including Sections and Committees, Administration, and Local and Specialty Bar Associations. It also includes notices of activities—past, present, and future—from local and national law-related organizations and groups. Please send information and photos to: Susie Vancura—, (303) 824-5316; call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.

NABE Honors CBA/DBA Assistant Executive Director

Dana Collier Smith receiving the NABE President’s Award from Allan Head.

CBA/DBA Assistant Executive Director Dana Collier Smith recently was presented the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) President’s Award. Collier Smith received the award on August 9, 2007, at the NABE "Passing of the Gavel" awards luncheon. The luncheon took place during the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California.

Collier Smith is beginning a second term on the NABE Board of Directors. During the luncheon, NABE president Allan Head recognized Collier Smith as an outstanding member of the Board. He specifically thanked her for contributing to "a complete rewrite of [the] NABE Policy Manual."

Collier Smith recently celebrated her thirty-first anniversary with the CBA and DBA. Her primary focus these days is on CBA governance, the Colorado Bar Foundation, and the DBA Barristers Benefit Ball, but she’s available (and able) to answer just about any question you may have. Contact her at

The All New Ethics Revue

The CBA Ethics Committee and the Denver Law Club are hosting "The All New Ethics Revue," an annual event in which hot ethics topics and recent rule changes are presented in a musical format. The Denver Law Club’s performance will be accompanied by Hank Troy of the Queen City Jazz Band, and commentary on ethical issues will be provided by the CBA Ethics Committee panel. Susan Bernhardt, of Netzorg McKeever Koclanes & Bernhardt LLC, will serve as moderator.

The event will take place on October 24, 2007 at the CBA–CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Suite 300, Denver. Individuals may register for a matinee program, beginning at 1:00 p.m., or a dinner presentation, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Three CLE ethics credits will be awarded. To register, call (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531; or visit Video replays will be offered on November 14, 2007, in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction.

Lawyer Referral Resources

Do you know individuals in need of a lawyer referral service? Here are a few resources that may provide some assistance:

  • "Find A Lawyer" search engine on the CBA website: This service is a free membership benefit and a great way to advertise the areas of law you practice. Make sure your profile is up-to-date.

  • Metropolitan Lawyer Referral Service: or (303) 831-8000. Clients are referred to an attorney for a one-hour consultation for a fee of $50.

  • Colorado Legal Services (CLS): or (303) 837-1313. This service is available for clients who meet the income requirements. CLS is unable to take cases for bankruptcy, immigration, or criminal defense.

  • Colorado Public Defender’s Office: Clients are offered cost-conscious representation for criminal defense cases.  

Seminar 2007: Taking the High Road 

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado presents "Seminar 2007: Taking the High Road." This CLE-accredited program will take place on October 6, 2007, at the picturesque Mother Cabrini Shrine, 20189 Cabrini Blvd., Golden.

Speakers include U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer, David C. Little, Hon. Roger Keithley, Catharyn Baird, and Hon. John McMullen. Topics to be discussed include federal e-discovery issues, the new Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, insights on ethical issues, ethics tools for the workplace, and zealous advocacy in the adversary system. After the seminar, attendees may travel a short distance to Rolling Hills Country Club for cocktails and dinner.

The cost is $80 for Guild members, $90 for nonmembers, and $50 for nonlawyers. The price includes continental breakfast, lunch, and CLE credits (five general credits, including four ethics credits). Dinner is an additional $30 per person. For more information or to register, contact Eileen Kottenstette, (303) 757-8300,

Sam Cary Bar Gala

The 2007 Sam Cary Bar Association Gala is being held on Saturday, October 20, at the Denver Tech Center Marriott, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner and presentations. The theme of this year’s Gala is "Women Leading Change," and Wilma Webb will be honored with a lifetime community service award.

Gov. Bill Ritter, Rep. Mark Udall, and KMGH-TV Channel 7’s Bertha Lynn will preside over the event. Entertainment will be provided by Jazz Del Barrio and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. For more information or to RSVP, contact Victor C. Devereaux,, or Musu V. Brooks, by October 10. Tickets for individuals are $75; table sponsorships also are available.

Elder Exploitation Training

On August 24, 2007, the Arapahoe County Bar Association; Douglas-Elbert Bar Association; Law Office of Jennifer S. Gormley, P.C.; Law Office of Paul Mitchell; Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office; and CBA offered a day-long training on elder financial exploitation by people in positions of trust. Speakers addressed a wide spectrum of topics, such as investigating and prosecuting elder financial exploitation, the role of courts, provisions in powers of attorneys, guardianship and conservatorship, and Medicaid traps. The training was held at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Another elder exploitation training will be held in Colorado Springs on Friday, November 9, 2007. Details will be posted in late-September on the CBA website, For more information, contact Kathleen Schoen, (303) 824-5305,

 Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Seminar

Featured speaker Steve Wagner is a nationally recognized family and matrimonial lawyer.

The Colorado Chapter of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AML) has scheduled its annual seminar for Friday, December 7, 2007. The seminar will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Denver, and will be chaired by Colorado Fellow Richard Zuber. In anticipation of the Democratic Convention, scheduled for August 25–28, 2008, the Chapter has exercised preemption rights by drafting Fellow and humorist-at-law Terry Kelly as the keynote luncheon speaker. Kelly’s presentation is entitled "A Brief History of Family Law and Family Values or Why Home Schooling Didn’t Work for Cain and Abel."

The program’s featured speaker will be Northern California Fellow Steve Wagner, a nationally recognized matrimonial and family lawyer. Wagner delivered "Tracing Commingled Property" at the National AML program in Chicago in November 2006. The December presentation of the same program will be tailored to Colorado practitioners. In addition, he will be presenting "Spouses as Fiduciaries: An Overlooked Opportunity."

Two past Colorado Chapter Presidents, Ron Litvak and Steve Harhai, also will be speaking at the December seminar. Litvak will be presenting "Colorado Cases That Have Changed the Colorado Landscape of Family Law Over the Past 27 Years." Harhai, along with CPA Ron Seigneur, will present on "Advanced Business Valuations."

In addition, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice will present "Evidence for Family Lawyers," and University of Denver Professor Eli Wald will present "Advanced Ethics." For more information about the Colorado AML annual seminar, visit

 CDLA Thirtieth Annual Meeting

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) held its Thirtieth Annual Meeting on August 2–4, 2007, in Snowmass, Colorado. Approximately 250 members of the Bar attended the conference, which included programs on advanced trial advocacy, construction litigation, workers’ compensation, and ethics. Additionally, there was a track of programs for young lawyers.

Defense lawyers J. Ric Gass of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and E. Wayne Taff of Kansas City, Missouri lectured. Hon. Wendell L. Griffin, Arkansas Court of Appeals, spoke on the Nobility of the Law, which addressed legal ethics and professionalism, as well as public policy and social justice. Craig Sargent organized the conference. The 2008 Annual Meeting will be held in Vail on August 14–16, 2008. Mark your calendars now.

The 2007 election results are: Karen Hannah Wheeler, President; Craig Sargent, Vice-President; Scott Landry, Treasurer; Derek Strauss, Secretary; and Teresa Seymour, Director at Large. Matt Biscan is the CDLA’s Immediate Past President.

Billable Dragons Team Wins Highly Contested Races 

Back row, left to right: Dennis Kaw, Matthew Riehl, Bradford Jones, Stephanie Gaddy, Peter Riehl, Eamon Callison, Michael Rothrock, Fred Allen, Thomas Crabtree, Byeongsook Seo. Front row, left to right: David Lee, Darcie Kurtak, Diana Fan, Nina Wang, Lindsey Rothrock, Nancy Ko, Sue Kim, Joe Chen, Heather Christman. Not pictured: Mechelle Faulk, Jane Hancock, Carla Ryan, Scott Sprague, Amber Tafoya.

On July 28–29, 2007, members of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) "Billable Dragons" race team (below) successfully competed at the Seventh Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. The Billable Dragons team, sponsored by Faegre & Benson, LLP, won two of four highly contested races. More than fifty corporate and individual teams competed, and some 9,000 people attended the festival to watch the races, shop, and eat.

This is the third year the APABA has participated in the Dragon Boat Festival—the largest Asian cultural event in Colorado. Other bar associations and law firms are encouraged to organize their own dragon boat race team next year.

CBA Visits the Weld County Bar Association

CBA President David Lytle (left) and Weld County Bar Association President-Elect William Suhre.

On August 21, 2007, forty-eight members of the Weld County Bar Association welcomed CBA President David Lytle, CLE Presenter Alec Rothrock, and other CBA staff members for the 2007–08 President’s Visit. Lytle spoke on the Rule of Law and its importance to our society and the legal profession. He emphasized the need for the rights and freedoms of all citizens to be recognized, valued, and protected.

Following Lytle’s introduction, Rothrock discussed the rules of ethics that govern Colorado lawyers and, more specifically, how changes to those rules will impact legal professionals. The Colorado Supreme Court has adopted significant amendments to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct (New Rules), which will become effective on January 1, 2008. (The Supreme Court’s Order and the full text of the New Rules are available at the Court’s website at; on the CBA website,; and in the August 2007 issue of The Colorado Lawyer at page 151.)

Greeley City Attorney Mark Gonzalez (left) and David Lytle

For a list of upcoming President’s Visits, see page 171 of this issue. The complete schedule of President’s Visits, including locations and times, also is available on the CBA website, For more information about upcoming visits, including to schedule a visit or to become a presenter, contact Cheryl Law at (303) 824-5333 or



Cajun Night attendees included, from left to right, Dave Stevens, Keith Lapuyade (co-host), Matthew Bacher, Mary Piazza, and Craig Wagner.

Cajun Night Fundraiser for the Listen Foundation

The Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA), along with ACBA member Keith Lapuyade, hosted a Cajun Night fundraiser for The Listen Foundation. The event was held at the Grant Ranch Village Center on Saturday, August 4, 2007. Guests were treated to Cajun food, and there was live music performed by a band from the Bayou.

The Listen Foundation was started in 1969 to help teach children who are hearing-impaired to listen and speak. The organization supports families who would not otherwise have access to the equipment and therapy their children need to become listening, speaking adults. For more information about the The Listen Foundation, visit

Unbundling of Legal Services Program

Mesa County Bar Vice-President Edward Nugent (left) with Jon Asher.

Justice Gregory Hobbs (left)
and Jon Asher.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs recently presented an ethics CLE program titled “Unbundling of Legal Services.” The event took place on August 27, 2007, at the Mesa County Bar Association’s monthly luncheon.

Justice Hobbs spoke about the rules governing the unbundling of legal services and specifically on how this method can increase services to low-income people. He addressed the obligations of attorneys to pro se parties and Colorado state courts in litigation. He also offered suggestions on how transactional attorneys can employ strategies to assist their local pro bono program.

Jon Asher spoke at the event about legal services programs in the state. Asher is the Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services.

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