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May 2001       Vol. 30, No. 5       Page  1
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


Save the Date: The 2001 CBA Institute, formally known as the CBA Convention, will take place September 20-23 in Vail. Registration materials will be available in early July. Call Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 for more information. A 2001 Preliminary CBA Institute Schedule appears on page 39 of this issue.

Members of the Doherty High School mock trial
team pose for a photo after winning the
state competition on March 10.

Mock Trials: Thank you to everyone who volunteered and contributed to the 2001 High School Mock Trials. The mock trials competition is an intense learning experience for student participants, attorney coaches and judges, as well as onlookers. This year’s event was met with huge success. Doherty High School of Colorado Springs won the state tournament on March 10 and will advance to the national competition in Nebraska on May 10-13. Congratulations to all teams! Photo highlights of the 2001 mock trial teams begin on page 31.


The CBA/DBA Public Legal Education Committee is looking for volunteers for its legal information clinics. These clinics are a tremendous service to the public and cover a variety of subjects. Please contact Dina Pérez at (303) 824-5376 or if you can help with any of the following clinics: "Ask-A-Lawyer" on May 17 or June 13; "Estate Planning" on June 13; or "Bankruptcy" on May 17.

The CBA Law Practice Management Committee and Law Office Technology Committee will have their monthly meeting on May 3, 2001, at noon at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., 9th Fl., Denver. The topic is "Time Management Techniques for Lawyers." Call Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 for more information.


It’s about time to stop polishing the clubs and start practicing your swing in preparation for the 2001 Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s event will return to Red Rocks Country Club on June 18. The tournament tee-off time of 1:30 p.m. follows registration and lunch. There also will be event and hole sponsors on and off the greens who will dole out a variety of "extras" and prizes to the players. The cost to participate 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 for more information.

On May 23, 2001, the DBA will honor members who have been attorneys since 1951. At this annual DBA Senior Spring Banquet, attorneys are granted a lifetime membership to the DBA. Congratulations to the following attorneys: William R. Alexander, James T. Bayer, Field C. Benton, Forrest S. Blunk, Louis J. Boggio, Laird S. Campbell, Millard F. Carr, Richard D. Casey, Morton L. Coggan, Thomas E. Creighton, Fred A. Deering, Herbert W. Delaney, Norman F. Early, Arthur A. Ellis, William H. Erickson, John J. Flynn, John J. Gaudio, Thomas W. Gibb, Jack P. Gibson, Edward I. Haligman, Eugene S. Hames, Joseph D. Henry, Irving S. Hook, Stanley R. Johnson, George C. Keely, John S. Kellogg, Jack E. Kennedy, John M. Law, Oyer G. Leary, George B. Lee, John W. Low, William C. McClearn, Alvin J. Meiklejohn, Frank H. Morison, William M. Peek, Stanley L. Roberts, Arthur M. Schwartz, Sheldon Silverman, Gerald L. Stapp, John W. Steinhauser, Alan L. Sternberg, Dale P. Tursi, John E. Walberg, and Herbert J. Warner.

Denver County Court Judge Brian Campbell (right)
and attorney Marian Carlson take notes
at the DBA Bench Bar Retreat.

The 2001 DBA Bench Bar Retreat, sponsored by the Judicial Administration Committee, drew nearly 100 participants on March 3 at the Inverness Hotel. This year’s topics included privacy, technology, and protection in a high-tech world.

The First Judicial Bar Association hosted its Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner on April 21, 2001. Dennis Polk was honored with the Award of Merit; Gregg Kildow was given the Liberty Bell Award; Douglas Hanze received the Linda T. Palmieri Award for Outstanding Services to Children; and Gailyn James was given the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. The Bar applauds these people for their selfless dedication to this association and to the community of Jefferson County.

Dave Williams (left) presents Roger Clark
with the LCBA Professionalism Award
on Term Day 2001.

CBA President Dale Harris and CBA President-Elect Laird Milburn visited the Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") on March 13 to participate in the local bar’s annual term day, as well as to discuss issues of concern to members. In addition to a business meeting, the Joe Coyte Bowling Tournament, and a cocktail reception, there was a presentation of awards. LCBA member Dave Williams presented Roger Clark with the LCBA Professionalism Award for outstanding service and dedication to the LCBA and the community. Each year, the CBA president and various CBA staff members and officers visit the local bar associations to inform members of CBA services and benefits and to address topics of current interest and concern. For a schedule of upcoming presidential visits, call Jo Ann Viola Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.


The Sam Carey Bar Association’s new website went live on April 15, 2001. Membership information, history, and contact names and numbers are available at scba/index.htm. For more information about this bar association, contact Jill Dorancy-Williams at samcarybar@hotmail. com or (303) 628-3605.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association ("CCDB") will present its 17th Annual Jonathan Olom Award on May 11, 2001, at the Oxford Hotel in Denver. The award is given to a criminal defense lawyer for personal sacrifice on behalf of the accused without regard for personal gain. It is named for a former president of the CCDB who died of cancer in 1984. Tickets for the dinner are $55. Call the CCDB at (303) 758-2454 for more information.


New Bankruptcy Bill Passes: While Congress reconciled the House and Senate versions of the new bankruptcy legislation, CBA-CLE has organized a program on June 27, 2001, to address the new issues. The planning committee, under the leadership of Judge Sid Brooks, U.S. Trustee Howard Tallman, and a host of experienced bankruptcy practitioners, is analyzing the substance of the new law and recruiting faculty to speak at this upcoming program. Significant changes are in store for both debtor and creditor lawyers. Watch for the program brochure, but mark your calendars now.

Colorado Handbook of Elder Law: Based on the 1997 second edition, this book has been reorganized and re-tabbed for easy use. CBA-CLE has added tables of authorities and a subject index. In addition, nearly half of the chapters have been updated to include recent changes in elder law. Topics include: Establishing an Elder Law Practice; Ethical Considerations; Community Resources; Advance Directives; Planning for Disability—Guardianship and Conservatorship; Mediating Disputes; Medicaid and Medicare; Special Insurance Issues; Social Security and Colorado Disability Benefits; Veterans’ Rights and Entitlement; Eligibility for Public Benefits Programs; Estate Planning; Preventing Financial Exploitation of the Elderly; Federally Assisted Housing; Nursing Home and Assisted Living Admission Contracts; and Residents’ Rights. Cost to members is $159; to non-members, $185. Owners of the 1997 second edition receive a $10 discount. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll free at (888) 860-2531 to order or for additional information.

Annual Survey: The 2000 Annual Survey of Colorado Law is now available. Each chapter covers legislation and case law from 2000. There are twenty-nine areas of law included in this book. Cost is $49 for CBA members or $55 for non-members. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll free at (888) 860-2531 to place your order.

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