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June 2001       Vol. 30, No. 6       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


Bill Signing: On March 23, 2001, Governor Bill Owens signed a bill approving the addition of twenty-four new district court judges to the state system to help battle the backlog of cases. These additions will take place over the next four years. Currently, there are 120 district court judges in Colorado. Caseloads have increased by 85 percent in the last twenty years, but the number of judges has only increased by 12 percent.

(Left to Right): Senate President Stan Matsunaka,
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey,
CBA President Dale Harris, Rep. Shawn Mitchell,
and District Court Judge Michael Martinez watch
as Gov. Bill Owens signs a bill to increase
the number of judges.

CBA Institute: Mark your calendars now. This year’s CBA Institute (formerly known as the CBA Convention) will take place September 21-23, 2001. A 2001 Preliminary CBA Institute Schedule appears on page 33 of this issue. Look for registration materials by mail in early July or visit Call Dana Collier Smith for more information at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.


Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey met with the CBA Access to Justice Committee ("Committee") on April 17, 2001, to discuss the issue of pro bono in Colorado, in preparation for the statewide Access to Justice Conference that was held on May 11, 2001, at the University of Denver College of Law. For more information about the Committee, call Jo Ann Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736, or e-mail: jvsalazar@

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice
Mary Mullarkey talks with the Access to
Justice Committee.
The next CBA Law Office Technology/Law Practice Management Committee meeting will be held on June 7, 2001, at noon in the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor, Denver. The topic of this meeting is the "Best of ABA TECH SHOW® 2001." ABA TECHSHOW® is the largest legal technology conference in the world, and is held every March in Chicago. This meeting will include an overview of the emerging trends, educational sessions, and technology vendor presentations from the March conference. Several Colorado attorneys and technology professionals participated as organizers, speakers, and attendees, and will be on hand to answer questions about the conference and share information about the latest in law office technology. Call Michelle Gersic for more information at (303) 824-5342 or (800) 332-6736.


On April 25, 2001, the following Boulder County Bar Association members received 100-Hour Club Certificates for their pro bono contributions: Rachael Doan, Katie Goff, Todd McMillen, Ann Mygatt, Patricia Salazar, and Ralph Strebel; 100- to 200-Hour Certificates were given to: Bill Benjamin and David Thrower; 225+-Hour Certificates were awarded to: Jack Robinson and Kathy Schneberk-King; and the 333-Hour Certificate recipients from the University of Colorado Legal Aid Defender Program were students of Professor Norm Aaronson.

The Weld County Bar Association honored attorneys for pro bono contributions on April 26, 2001. They are: Keith Abbott, John Barry, Mike Dugan, William Garcia, Dallas Greenfield, Ron Kingsford, Gladys Sexton, and Pam Shaddock.

If you haven’t signed up, there’s still a chance to register for the Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled for June 18, 2001. This year’s event will take place at the Red Rocks Country Club. Registration and lunch will precede the tournament; tee-off time is 1:30 p.m. Event sponsors will be present on and off the green, doling out various "extras" and prizes to the players. The cost to participate in this day of fun and challenge is $85 per person. The tournament will be a team-of-two/best-ball format, scored under the Peoria handicap system. Awards will include individual men’s and women’s low gross, and team low net and low gross. Contact Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736 for complete information.

Interested in becoming more involved with the DBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD")? The DBA YLD is accepting applications for committee chairs for 2001/2002 (the term begins July 1). Committee chairs and co-chairs organize social hours or CLE programs specifically geared to young lawyers, and may even get involved in community matters such as helping foster children in Denver. Commitments can be committee-specific and benefits include meeting fellow young lawyers, networking with DBA members, and creating a positive image and establishing a positive presence of lawyers in the community. If you are interested in becoming a committee chair, contact Dawn Adeletti at

For the thirteenth year, the Denver Bar Foundation Barristers Benefit Ball was a grand success! The Ball attracted its second largest crowd ever. More than 800 attendees ate, danced, and gambled the night away with friends and colleagues. All proceeds from this event benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers of Denver, an organization that provides legal services to the poor. Seven attorneys and one law firm were recognized at the Ball for their outstanding dedication to pro bono services. They are: George Aucoin, Martin Brown, Lori Crystal, William Litvak, William Waggener, Edward Moss, Frederick Schrekinger and the law firm of Kelly/Haglund/Garnsey & Kahn LLC. Thank you to everyone, whose help and participation benefited a very worthy cause!

Retired Chief Judge Sherman Finesilver (left)
and Phil and Candy Figa at the 2001 Barristers
Benefit Ball.

The First Judicial District Bar Association held its annual Awards Banquet on April 21, 2001. T. J. Carney acted as the master of ceremonies. Bob Ransome presented Dennis Polk with the Award of Merit; Diane Freed presented Gigi James with the Young Lawyer of the Year Award; and Dr. Douglas Hanze, Ph.D. was presented with the Linda Palmieri Award for his work with the legal community. Other awards were presented to members of the bench: Judge Frank Jackson was honored on the occasion of his retirement; Judge Henry Nieto was honored for his appointment to the Colorado Court of Appeals; and the Bar officially welcomed new judges Brian Boatright, Judy Archuleta, and Jack Berryhill.

On June 8, 2001, the El Paso County Bar Association will host the "Choice of Entities CLE Seminar" at the El Paso County Judicial Building, 20 E. Vermijo Ave., Colorado Springs. The seminar will provide an overview of the organizational entities available in Colorado from a tax practitioner’s viewpoint. The cost is $25 and CLE credit has been applied for. Call Pat Dean at (719) 473-9700 for more information.

The El Paso County Bar Association also invites attorneys and their families to a "Day at the Ballpark" on July 29, 2001, when the Colorado Sky Sox play the Edmonton Trappers. All proceeds benefit Colorado Legal Services. Game time is 1:35 p.m. Cost is $16 for adults and $7 for children. Call Pat Dean at (719) 473- 9700 for more information.


The Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s ("APABA") Annual Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet, on April 20, 2001, at the Empress Seafood Restaurant, drew 250 attendees. In addition to the traditional ten-course Chinese meal, the evening featured a Taiko performance (Japanese drumming) by Denver Taiko and Denver Junior Taiko. The recipient of the Minoru Yasui Community Award was Colorado Senate President Stan Matsunaka. Also, two scholarships were given to law students Sun-Young Chi from the University of Colorado School of Law and Jerico Javier from the University of Denver College of Law. Contact APABA President-elect Kenzo Kawanabe at (303) 892-7541 for more information about the organization.

APABA President-elect Kenzo Kawanabe
performs with Denver Taiko at the Annual Minoru
Yasui Scholarship Banquet.


Revised Public Trustee Publication: Public Trustee Foreclosure in Colorado, 3rd ed., by Robert A. Holmes, is now available at CBA-CLE. Topics include: the history and theory behind the public trustee system; commencing the foreclosure; rights and responsibilities of the parties; getting to the foreclosure sale; redemption; the end of the redemption period; and passage of title. A foreclosure checklist, a documents checklist, and the Colorado Revised Statutes sections pertaining to foreclosure are included as appendices, along with numerous forms, tables of authorities, and a subject index. Electronic versions of the forms and checklists also are included on an accompanying CD-ROM. The cost is $129 for CBA members; $155 for nonmembers. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll free at (888) 860-2531 to order or for additional information.

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