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January 2009       Vol. 38, No. 1       Page  9
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 Klein at

CBA Members Volunteer for Your Money Marathon

Left to right: CBA members Jon Nicholls,
Cyndi Kennedy, and Sarah Clark.

On Tuesday, November 18, approximately 100 financial experts, including several members of the Colorado Bar Association, participated in a call-in program known as the "Your Money Marathon." Volunteers spent the day fielding phone calls from members of the public who sought answers to money-related questions. The experts provided information on such topics as managing credit card debt, preventing foreclosure, and saving for college or retirement.

The Your Money Marathon was sponsored by 9News, News Radio 850 KOA, and Rocky Mountain PBS. According to 9News, phone calls poured in at an estimated rate of 1,000 per hour, with nearly 14,000 phone calls being answered by the end of the day.

The Your Money Marathon was held at the
9News studios in Denver.

Gregg Moss of 9News
interviews Jon Nicholls on-air.

Counselors for Critter Pet Adoption Event

On Saturday, October 11, the First Judicial District Bar Association (First JD) and PETCO co-sponsored the fifth Counselors for Critters Pet Adoption event. Despite rainy conditions, turnout for the event was high. By day’s end, forty-two animals had been placed in permanent homes.

Staff and volunteers from more than fifteen animal rescue organizations participated in the adoption event. Among First JD members who volunteered were: Barry Finck, Jeanne Judge, Jennifer Melton, Jenna Reulbach, and Diana Richett.

In March 2009, the First JD will sponsor a pet adoption event especially for senior dogs and cats and special needs animals. For more information about the event, contact Vicki Malara at The next Counselors for Critters event is scheduled for April 2009.

Colorado Celebrates National Adoption Day

Hon. Karen Ashby, Denver Juvenile Court Presiding Judge.Photo courtesy of Scot Henderson.

Hon. Philip James, attorney and Denver County Court Magistrate.

Every November, organizations across the country host National Adoption Day celebrations to recognize adoptive parents who are providing permanent homes to children. Adoption Day events also serve as a reminder that many children need permanent homes or long-term foster care.

Adoption Day 2008 was celebrated in Denver Juvenile Court on Friday, November 14. Activities began at 9:00 a.m., with welcoming remarks by Denver Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Karen Ashby. Other speakers included Denver City Council President Jeanne Robb; Denver Department of Human Services Manager Patricia Wilson Pheanious; and Brian Rimar, an adoptive parent. Adoption proceedings were held throughout the morning at the Denver City and County Building, where judges and magistrates finalized the adoption of more than sixty foster children.

This is the fourth year that Denver has participated in National Adoption Day. The Denver celebration was coordinated through Denver Juvenile Court and Denver Human Services, in conjunction with other local and state child agencies and advocates.

Denver Juvenile Court Magistrate Melanie Gilbert, far left, with Oliver and Heather Meylemans and their children, Karma and Blaise.

The juvenile court in Pueblo County and the Pueblo County Social Services Department co-hosted an Adoption Day 2008 celebration on Thursday, November 20. During the event, six foster children formally became permanent members of their families. The adoption proceedings were conducted at the Pueblo County Judicial Building.

Adoption Day celebrations also took place in Adams County, Arapahoe County, Boulder County, Garfield County, Jefferson County, Mesa County, Northglenn, and Weld County. For more information about National Adoption Day events, visit (select "events" for a list of celebrations by state).

ACBA Laptops From Lawyers
and Celebration of Excellence

The Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) Foundation has an ongoing goal of supporting the local community through programs that assist community members in need. A favorite program is Laptops From Lawyers.

Each year, ACBA members donate funds to provide laptop computers for college-bound students. To be eligible, students must attend high school in the Eighteenth Judicial District; be accepted to a secondary education institution; and be nominated by a school counselor as an outstanding member of his or her high school community.

Donations also fund laptops to present to outstanding foster care students at the Celebration of Excellence event. Each year, the Celebration of Excellence honors the high school graduation of Denver-area students who live in foster care.

In 2008, attorney donations to the ACBA Foundation were applied toward the purchase of seven laptops. The laptops were presented to students at the ACBA’s Annual Meeting. Recipients were Elisabeth Cooper, Krista Leinen, Jordan Lombardi, Perez Mensah, Melina Romero, Blake Wilcox, and Antonio Velazco Alonso. The Foundation also provided three computers to graduating students during the Celebration of Excellence. For more information about the Laptops From Lawyers program, contact the ACBA at (303) 797-2227.

Left to right: Melina Romero, Krista Leinen, Perez Mensah, Elisabeth Cooper, Jordan Lombardi, Blake Wilcox, and Antonio Velazco Alonso.

CBA Board of Governors Meeting

CBA President Bill Walters.

The CBA Board of Governors (BOG) met on Saturday, November 1, at The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. A highlight of the meeting was a strategic planning session led by CBA President-Elect Dave Johnson. Johnson asked attendees to split into nine groups to discuss how to advance one of three CBA goals: (1) assisting members with improving practice quality and efficiency; (2) enhancing public confidence in the legal profession; and (3) helping support and improve the justice system. Feedback from the groups will be used to guide future CBA actions.

Also during the meeting, CBA President Bill Walters discussed the CBA Executive Council’s decision to take positions on four state ballot issues on the November 2008 ballot that, if passed, would affect the Bar’s activities. The four issues discussed were Amendments 46, 48, and 59 and Referendum O. The BOG also heard reports on the formation of two new entities: the Spanish Language Lawyering Committee, presented by committee chair Elizabeth Giordano; and the South Asian Bar Association, presented by founding member Neeti Pawar.

The Minutes for all recent BOG meetings are available on the CBA website. Visit and click on "Inside the Bar," then "Governance."

Bill Walters presents CBA Immediate Past President David Lytle with a memento of his year in office.

BOG members participate in
a strategic planning session.

Colorado Hosts International Legal Professionals

In October, Colorado hosted twenty international legal professionals as part of the U.S. Department of State’s twenty-four-day International Visitor Leadership Program. The visitors, who were selected by American Services Officers overseas, included legal personnel from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Republic of Congo, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, India, Macedonia, Malawi, Mongolia, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. Colorado’s contribution to the program was coordinated by the Institute of International Education’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center.

The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) hosted an afternoon at the Colorado Supreme Court. CJI Chair Robert Miller welcomed the visitors and explained the CJI’s role in ensuring an independent judiciary and promoting excellence by supporting judicial education. CJI Vice Chair Ellie Greenburg described the Our Courts program, a pubic education project established in 2006 by the CJI and CBA. Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Richard L. Gabriel gave a full Our Courts presentation, providing information about Colorado state and federal courts. Other speakers included attorney Leia Ursery, Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Division, who described the civic, charitable, and professional activities of the Bar; and State Court Administrator Gerald Marroney, who provided information about the Colorado Department of Justice.

CBA–CLE Program Alert:
Preventing Legal Malpractice

On January 29 and 30, CBA–CLE will be offering a continuing legal education (CLE) program on Preventing Legal Malpractice. The program will focus on internal and external disasters attorneys might encounter during the course of their work. Faculty will address how attorneys can best handle a variety of difficult situations—from losing an entire office to losing confidence in a partner. Legal updates and insurance issues also will be addressed. The program will be offered in Denver on January 29, and in Colorado Springs on January 30. Four general CLE credits and two ethics CLE credits are being offered. For complete information, visit or contact the CBA–CLE office at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531 (toll-free in state).

BCBA Law and Justice Program on Bankruptcy

The Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) recently produced a "Law and Justice" program on bankruptcy and foreclosure law. The Bankruptcy Law and Justice program covered the basics of bankruptcy law, including advantages of and alternatives to filing for bankruptcy protection. Panelists also discussed issues related to credit and foreclosure. The segment aired on Boulder Public Access Cable TV Channel 8 in late-December.

Karl Kumli was the program’s moderator. Six Boulder bankruptcy attorneys participated as panelists: Bart Balis, Ellen Cadette, Brian Holtz, Cyndi Kennedy, Linda Mahalik, and Barry Satlow. Also serving on the panel were Jeanne Jagow, a public trustee in Littleton, and Susan Kintzel, Vice President of Lending at Elevations Credit Union in Boulder.

The Bankruptcy Law and Justice program is the seventh Law and Justice program the BCBA has produced with Channel 8. Each program comprises three 18-minute segments designed to educate the public about common legal issues. Past programs have focused on driving under the influence, family and divorce, estate planning and probate, real estate, immigration, and Boulder municipal courts.

Law and Justice bankruptcy law program panelists. Seated, from left to right: Cyndi Kennedy, Barry Satlow, Karl Kumli (moderator), Susan Kintzel, and Brian Holtz. Standing, from left to right: Linda Mahalik, Jeanne Jagow, and Ellen Cadette. Not pictured: Bart Balis.

All seven Law and Justice programs are available on DVD. To request copies, contact Christine Hylbert at or (303) 440-4758. The programs also can be viewed on the BCBA website,, and on the Channel 8 website, (click on "watch channel 8"). The BCBA will produce additional Law and Justice programs in the future in the areas of employment law and personal injury law, as well as choosing and working with lawyers.

Dinner Honors Outstanding Judges

Judge Al Harrell, with CJI Board member Connie Talmage.

The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) hosted the 2008 Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on November 18 at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel. The dinner is held annually and honors outstanding representatives of Colorado’s judiciary. More than 600 judges, attorneys, court staff, business professionals, and community members attended this year’s event.

The 2008 CJI Judicial Excellence Award honorees were: Denver County Court Judge Alfred C. Harrell, Sixteenth Judicial District (JD); Judge M. Jon Kolomitz, Eighteenth JD; Judge Robert H. Russell II, Twentieth JD; and Magistrate Jane E. Westbrook, Twentieth JD. The event’s keynote speaker was Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of the Justice at Stake Campaign, a national organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Funds raised at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner support the CJI Judicial Education Fund and many programs of the CJI.

The CJI Executive Committee, from left to right: Rod Yokooji, Pete Willis, Sheila Gutterman, Anne Garcia, Ellie Greenberg, Jim Scarboro, and Bob Miller.

Left to right: Judge Bob Russell, Judge Jon Kolomitz, and Magistrate Jane Westbrook.


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