Vol. 30, No. 7
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBA Institute: Look for registration material for the 2001 CBA Institute to arrive by mail sometime in July. The Institute (formerly known as the CBA Convention) will be held September 21-23 at the Vail Cascade. A preliminary CBA Institute schedule, along with a registration form, begins on page 65 of this issue. More information is available at www.cobar.org or by calling Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.
Cell Phone Drive: A whopping 300 cellular phones were collected during the month-long CBA phone drive in April 2001. Phones of every make, model, and age were collected for the Wireless Foundation’s "Donate-A-Phone Campaign," a program that refurbishes old cell phones and gives them to victims of domestic violence for emergency use. A huge thanks to all the attorneys, paralegals, and staff members whose donated phones made this drive a true success!
CBA President Dale Harris poses with a stack of cell phones collected for the "Donate-A-Phone Campaign."
Swearing-In Ceremony: On May 14, 2001, approximately 250 law school grads who passed the Bar exam were officially sworn in as new attorneys admitted to practice law in Colorado. The 2001 spring swearing-in ceremony was held at the Temple Buell Theater. Members can view photos of some of the new admittees taken at the event at www.cobar.org.
Survivor’s Guide: The "Survivor’s Manual: Legal Issues for Survivors of Domestic Violence" ("Manual") is now available in print and online. Topics covered in the Manual include emergency plans and resources, housing, financial and medical help, family relationships, legal services, immigration, criminal justice process, employment, and personal finances. Legal editors include: Jon Asher, Jerome Borison, Christine Cimini, Suzanne Griffiths, Christina Harkness, Christine Barr Mastin, Taya Powers, Manuel Ramos, Bill Ritter, Kath Schoen, and Stephanie Villfuerte. Special thanks to CBA legal intern Melissa Trollinger for the many hours she spent interviewing, organizing, and writing the material, as well as for her desktop publishing efforts, and to her co-author Janet Mickish. A job well done by all! The Manual can be downloaded at http://www.cobar.org/famviolence/index.htm. Call Kathleen Schoen to order a copy or for more information at (303) 824-5305 or (800) 332-6736.
Economic Survey: It’s here! The CBA "2000 Economic Survey" ("Survey") is available to CBA members online at www.
cobar.org/2000econsurvey.htm. 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 will be available soon for purchase by nonmembers; copies are free to members. Contact CBA Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance at (303) 824-5320 or (800) 332-6736 if you have questions.
Pro Bono Coordinators: The CBA Annual Pro Bono Coordinators’ Meeting was held at the CBA offices on May 10, 2001, in conjunction with the Access to Justice Conference ("Conference") that was held the next day at the University of Denver College of Law. Coordinators came from around the state to share ideas and find solutions to the problems facing pro bono offices today. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey delivered opening remarks at the Conference.
Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey addresses attendees of Access to Justice Conference in May.
LOCAL BAR NEWS
CBA President Dale Harris made his last local bar visit as president on May 9, 2001. He visited with members of the Douglas-Elbert Counties Bar Association. Harris has visited twenty-seven bar associations around the state during his tenure. Each year, the CBA president and various CBA officers and staff members pay visits to the local bar associations to talk with members about their concerns and to keep them current and informed on CBA services and benefits. For a schedule of upcoming visits by incoming CBA President Laird Milburn, call Jo Ann Viola Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736. A profile of the new CBA President, as well as his inaugural message to CBA members, can be found in this issue.
CBA President Dale Harris addresses Douglas-Elbert Counties bar members in Castle Rock.
El Paso County bid a fond farewell to W. A. Masters, who has run the Guardianship Program at Colorado Legal Services ("CLS") since 1993. Since he started the program, Masters has given over 2,000 hours of pro bono work each year to CLS. He will be sorely missed. Masters was the inspiration for the CBA "W. A. Masters Award," which is given on completion of over 1,000 hours of pro bono work. Masters is moving to Lake Mary, Florida. Thanks go to Masters for his fine efforts, and best wishes are extended on his new endeavors!
The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") held its annual "Law on the Mall" program on May 1-4, 2001, in association with the national celebration of Law Day/Law Week. YLD and other volunteer lawyers donated time out of a busy work day to provide free legal information to the public in downtown Denver. The Law on the Mall program continues to be a successful service to the public. For additional news and photos on the statewide celebration of "Law Day 2001: Protecting the Best Interests of Our Children," see page 69 of this issue.
DBA YLD Board Member Joe Sinisi gives free legal information during "Law on the Mall" in Denver in May.
MINORITY AND SPECIALTY
The Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association selected its officers for the 2001-2002 year at its May 9 annual meeting. They are: Charles E. Stuart, Chapter Chair; Emily J. Curray, Vice-Chair; William M. Bass, Secretary; Jeffrey D. Joseph, Treasurer; and Barbara H. Lutes, Assistant Secretary.
Two hundred people participated in the Colorado Women’s Bar Association convention at the Vail Cascade, May 18-20, 2001. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis was the recipient of the Mary Lathrop Award. When she presented the award, Doris Truhlar stated that Kourlis is not only an inspiring and dedicated judge and attorney, but also, in the words of Kourlis’s sixteen-year-old daughter, an "incredible mother." The keynote speakers at the convention included Joan Williams, professor of law at American University and author of "Unbending Gender: Why Work and Family Life Conflict and What to Do About It," and Lynn Hecht Schafran, director of the National Judicial Education Program. All of the speakers emphasized the need of the legal profession to evaluate its demand that the "ideal worker/lawyer" devote the majority of his or her waking hours to practicing law, and then do this for forty years! To get materials that were distributed at the 2001 convention, call Kathleen Schoen at (303) 824-5305 or (800) 332-6736.
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