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April 2009       Vol. 38, No. 4       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

Chief Judge Bailin Receives
Champion of Mental Health Award

Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin accepts the Champion of Mental Health Award at the Beyond Blue breakfast on January 28.

Hon. Roxanne Bailin, Chief Judge of the Twentieth Judicial District, has been named recipient of the second annual John F. Truhlar Champion of Mental Health Award. Judge Bailin was presented the award on January 28 during the Beyond Blue breakfast at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Among those who spoke at the breakfast was Barbara Ryan, Executive Director of the Mental Health Center Serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties (MHCBBC), who introduced Judge Bailin and outlined her numerous contributions to the mental health community. Other speakers included Colorado First Lady Jeanne Ritter, who provided opening remarks, and author Terry Wise, who served as the event’s keynote speaker.

Beyond Blue was co-hosted by the MHCBBC and Access Counseling to raise awareness about mental illness. For additional information about either organization, contact Kitty deKieffer at (303) 413-6275 or

Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Annual Banquet

On January 31, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) hosted its Annual Banquet and Scholarship Fundraiser. Several local law firms sponsored the event, which was attended by more than 365 people. Among attendees were Governor Bill Ritter; U.S. Senator Michael Bennet; U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello (District of Colorado); and Colorado Supreme Court Justices Michael Bender and Alex Martinez.

During the event, CHBA President Meshach Rhoades outlined the CHBA’s 2009 mission, which includes increasing the CHBA’s involvement in pro bono efforts; partnering with public interest organizations to create a legal nexus between the CHBA and the Hispanic community; and focusing on pipeline programs and projects, judicial appointments, and public policy initiatives. The CHBA also celebrated the appointment of Judge Arguello to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, as well as its participation in efforts to defeat Amendment 46, a bill that would have eradicated affirmative action in Colorado.

Gov. Bill Ritter, guest speaker at the
CHBA Annual Banquet.

CHBA President Meshach
Rhoades with Gov. Bill Ritter.

Mesa County Bar Association Spring Fling

On February 7, the Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) held its annual Spring Fling at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction. There were 119 members and guests in attendance, including MCBA President Edward Nugent. The Spring Fling featured dinner, drinks, and dancing. Rock-and-roll band "The Strolling Scones" provided the night’s entertainment, performing songs from the 1960s and 1970s.

During the evening, the 2009 MCBA Professionalism Award was presented to longtime MCBA member Terry Farina. Farina, a shareholder of Hoskin, Farina & Kampf in Grand Junction, was recognized for his active participation in the MCBA over forty-five years (he joined in 1963), as well as his involvement in numerous community boards and activities during his career in Grand Junction. Farina was the first full-time district attorney for the Twenty-First Judicial District and was re-elected four times. In 1985, he became the first Honorary Lifetime Member for the Colorado District Attorney’s Association. He also served as President of the First National Bank of Grand Junction.

Terry Farina, recipient of the 2009
MCBA Professionalism Award.

Terry Farina, right, with longtime
MCBA member and friend Warren Reams.

El Paso County Bar Association Highlights

District Court Judge Honored

On January 20, the El Paso County Bar Association (ECBA) honored Judge Steven T. Pelican during a luncheon at the Phantom Canyon Brewing Company in Colorado Springs. Judge Pelican, who retired from the Fourth Judicial District Court Bench, was recognized for his service to the Bench and Bar. Judge Pelican was appointed to the Bench in 1986 and retired in 2009.

Judge Steven Pelican, left, with District Court Judge Thomas Kennedy at the ECBA’s January meeting and luncheon.

Mock Trial Southern Region and State Champions

In February, the ECBA and Rotary Club of Colorado Springs hosted the Southern Region Competition of the Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament. William Jackson Palmer High School of Colorado Springs was named Southern Region Champions. The team went on to compete in the state tournament on March 13 and 14.

The Palmer High team competed against eighty teams in the state tournament. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez presided over the final round. Palmer High defeated Aurora Central High School to take first place in the CBA-sponsored program. In May, the team will compete in the national tournament in Atlanta, Georgia.

Team members from Palmer High with their coach, ECBA member and CBA President-Elect David Johnson.

Denver Regional High School
Mock Trial Tournament

The Denver Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament was held on February 20 and 21 at the Denver City and County Building. The three winning teams—Colorado Academy, George Washington High School, and Kennedy High School—advanced to the state tournament. Other schools that participated in the regional tournament were the Denver School of Science and Technology, the CEC Middle College of Denver, Gateway High School, La Academia, and Thunder Ridge High School.

Photo highlights of the 2009 High School Mock Trial Tournament will appear in the May issue of The Colorado Lawyer. Questions or comments about the program may be sent to Carolyn Gravit at

Winning teams were from Colorado Academy (right), George Washington High School (lower left), and Kennedy High School (lower right). This was Colorado Academy’s first year participating in the mock trial tournament.

Courts in the Community Outreach Program

On March 3, the Colorado Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in two cases at Poudre High School in Fort Collins before an audience of students. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals—Hon. John R. Webb, Hon. David Furman, and Hon. David J. Richman—heard oral arguments in the two cases. After the arguments were presented in each case, students were afforded time to ask questions of the attorneys. At the conclusion of the second argument, students participated in a question-and-answer session with the judges.

The visit was part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community program, an outreach program that gives Colorado high school students first-hand experience in how the Colorado judicial system works and how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. As part of the program, the court hears actual arguments from which it issues opinions. The court generally issues opinions within a few months of the arguments.

Courts in the Community was initiated by the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on May 1, 1986, in commemoration of Law Day. For more information about the program, visit

Guardianships and Conservatorships—
The Basics 2009

CBA–CLE and the CBA Trust and Estate Section are co-sponsoring a half-day program to educate legal professionals on the basics of guardianships and conservatorships. This "nuts and bolts" program is designed for attorneys and legal support staff who are new to the guardianship and conservatorship arenas, as well as those who are seeking a refresher course on the subject. The program will be taught by experts in the field who will share their insight and provide information legal professionals need to handle their first case.

The program will be held on April 23 from 8:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at the CBA–CLE offices in Denver. Four general CLE credits and one ethics credit are being offered. Tuition is $129 for new attorneys (two years or less) and legal support staff; $149 for CBA Trust and Estate Section members; $179 for CBA members; and $199 for nonmembers. For complete information or to register, visit or contact CBA–CLE at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

Child Welfare Mock Trial Clinic

Law students from the University of Colorado (CU) and University of Denver (DU) law schools recently gathered for a child welfare mock trial clinic offered by the Colorado Supreme Court and the Office of the Child’s Representative. Sixteen law students—five students from the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center of the DU Sturm College of Law and eleven students from the Juvenile Law Clinic at the CU Law School—participated in the clinic, which was held on February 24. The students and faculty were organized into four teams; each team then conducted a mock settlement conference. The conferences served to help prepare the students for upcoming mock trial competitions at the CU and DU law schools.

Among the faculty conducting the conferences were two former CU students who now work as family court facilitators in the Colorado court system: Julia Kneeland and Janet Lee. Lee participated in the mock trial program as a student in 2006 and has returned every year since then to help train soon-to-graduate students. Kneeland is relatively new to family law. She graduated from CU with a focus on civil law and clerked for a Denver District Court judge until May 2008, when she took her current job.

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey addresses law students in the Supreme Court courtroom at the start of the child welfare mock trial clinic.

Second Judicial District Family Court Facilitator Julia Kneeland, far left, works with CU and DU law students during the child welfare mock trial clinic.

Seventeenth Judicial District Family Court Facilitator Janet Lee, center, oversees students as they work through a mock settlement conference.

First J.D. Bowling Challenge

The First Judicial District Bar Association (First J.D.) is sponsoring its fourth annual Bowling Challenge on Tuesday, April 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. First J.D. members, as well as their friends, spouses, and children, are invited to participate, and all skill levels are welcome.

The Bowling Challenge will be held at Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center, 9670 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton. Each lane is $25 per hour for up to five bowlers. Shoe rental is included; food and drinks can be purchased at the lanes. For more information, contact Vicki Malara at (303) 279-5568 or

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