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April 2001       Vol. 30, No. 4       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


Cell Phone Donations: Have you upgraded from the three-pound, brick-shaped cell phone to a more sleek and colorful model, and now you don’t know what to do with the old phone? The CBA is collecting cell phones for victims of domestic violence through a national campaign called "The Wireless Foundation," a nonprofit organization founded by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association. There are more than 5,000 victims of physical abuse every day; a cell phone could save the life of one of them. Any wireless phone is acceptable; it doesn’t even have to be in working order. During the month of April 2001, bring your old or unwanted phones to the lobby of the CBA offices at 1900 Grant St., Ninth Fl., Denver. You also may start a collection at your own firm, company, or local bar association, and then between April 1 and April 30 mail or deliver the phones to Molly Osberg at the CBA offices. If you have questions, please call Karen Bries at (303) 860-1115 or toll free (800) 332-6736.

Steve Choquette of Holland & Hart presents
Lend-A-Lawyer Board Member Diane King
with a check to support the CBA
Lend-A-Lawyer program.
Lend-A-Lawyer: The CBA Lend-A-Lawyer program would like to thank Holland & Hart for its generous donation of $6,000. The Lend-A-Lawyer program provides legal assistance to the indigent around the state through various legal services offices. For more information about Lend-A-Lawyer, call Barb Martin at (303) 824-5311.


On April 5, 2001, at noon, the CBA Law Practice Management/Law Office Technology Committee will present "Should Your Firm Upgrade to Windows 2000/XP?" If your firm has problems either re-booting Windows or with the "BSOD" (blue screen of death), this program may be for you. Mike Graber of Microsoft Corporation will discuss how law firms benefit from the stability and reliability of the Windows 2000 operating system (including Windows NT and the upcoming Windows XP). Microsoft will give away several copies of operating system software. One CLE credit is available. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call Reba Nance at (303) 824- 5320.

The Paralegal Committee has a new website! The "Guidelines for the Use of Paralegals" in nineteen different specialty areas, as approved by the CBA Board of Governors, is now literally at your fingertips. Visit the Committee at to find the Guidelines and to learn more about the Committee.

The Interprofessional Code can now be found at the Interprofessional Committee’s new website: In addition to the Code, useful information about the Committee and about resolving disputes is available at the site.

The Young Lawyers of the Family Law Section are preparing for their spring event, "Beer, Brats and Billiards," on April 24, 2001, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St., Denver. Members get in free; the cost for non-members is $5. Please R.S.V.P. to Sherri Morgan at (303) 858-8000 by April 15.


The following people received 100 Hour Club Certificates for their pro bono work at the Continental Divide Bar Association meeting on March 2, 2001: Michele R. Couch (200 hours), Anne Hodges-Parmley, and Seth J. Murphy. Congratulations and thanks for your efforts for the good of the people!

(L to R) Michael DiManna, Steve McBride,
and Russel Murray at the ACBA Judges’
A record 140 lawyers and judges attended the annual Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") Judges’ Dinner on January 18, 2001, at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center. Highlights included an address by Chief Judge Kenneth Stuart, a moving tribute to retired Judge Scott Lawrence, and the second annual Bench/Bar trivia contest. The lawyers’ team ( Laura Trask, Tom Tomazin, Steve McBride, and Mary Jane Truesdell Cox ) narrowly defeated the judges’ team (Judge Ethan Feldman, Judge Tom Levi, Judge Nancy Hopf, and Magistrate Christine Chauche ) in this year’s contest, despite the fact that the judges were able to correctly answer "weighty" questions such as "Who is Britney Spears’ boyfriend and with what group does he perform?" [Answer: Justin Timberlake of N’SYNC.] Master of ceremonies Bob Truhlar again moderated the contest and awarded the points with his usual energy, humor, and neutrality.

On April 19, 2001, ACBA members will attend the musical comedy "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change," at the Garner Galleria Theater at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. There also will be a pre-show cocktail buffet at the Theater Café. The cost of the party and performance is $39. Call the ACBA for more information at (303) 797-2227.

The ACBA’s Annual Law Day Luncheon will be on May 4, 2001, at the Franciscan Events Center, 6553 S. Revere Pkwy., Englewood. The 2001 Law Day theme is "Protecting the Best Interests of Our Children," and the local bar program is entitled "Children of Divorce Speak Out." Introductory remarks will be made by Judge Cheryl Post, and a panel discussion of young adults who grew up as children of divorce will follow. The cost is $15 and one CLE credit is anticipated. Call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227 for more information and to make reservations.

There’s still time to climb aboard the Orient Express at the DBA Barristers Benefit Ball ("BBB") on April 28, 2001. The 2001 BBB will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, and includes a wonderful evening of socializing, fine dining, dancing, and great prizes! Get tickets now. The cost for a patron table of ten is $2,750 (patron tickets are $275); individual tickets cost $165; cost to judges is $120; and the ticket price for young lawyers and non-lawyers is $100. Make checks payable to the Denver Bar Foundation and mail them to: 1900 Grant St., Ninth Fl., Denver, CO 80203. Call Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 for more information.

13th JD representatives raise a toast (L to R): Brad Redmiles,
Morgan County; Robert Giacomini, Logan County; Charlie Kreager,
Yuma County; Graydon Dowis, Kit Carson County; Jim Leh,
Sedgwick County; Bill Paynter, Washington County; and Kimbra
Killin, Phillips County.
CBA President Dale Harris spoke to the Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association at its annual meeting on February 3, 2001, in Sterling. Judge James Leh was awarded the Colorado State Seal in honor of his sixteen years as chief judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District. Judge Leh also memorialized John J. Van DeMoer for his outstanding dedication to the law and the bar association. Van DeMoer, who was admitted to practice law in Colorado on September 28, 1942, passed away in December 2000.

CBA President Dale Harris also visited the Denver Bar Association ("DBA") on January 11, 2001, to discuss current local bar issues and to address DBA member concerns. 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 establish a dialogue about topical issues and member ideas. For a schedule of upcoming presidential visits, call Jo Ann Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.

CBA President Dale Harris speaks to DBA members.

Nancy Greif of the Southwest Colorado Bar Association and Erin Johnson of the Four Corners Bar Association were the subjects of a story in The Denver Post on February 19, 2001. They co-authored a book about how to be a good neighbor in the rural West. The secret, they say, is knowing and respecting basic law. The Good Neighbor Guidebook for Colorado offers advice on how to avoid lawsuits in the rapidly growing rural communities. For more information, visit www.good and see The Colorado Lawyer book review in the December 2000 issue at page 46.

Lawline 9 program begins another year of legal
advice by phone (standing L to R): Dan Cohen,
Magistrate Julie Anderson, DBA President Susan
Smith Fisher, Channel 9 News Reporter Paula
Woodward, and Chad Hemmat; (seated L to R): Kip
Barrash, Joe Davies, and Dianne Kueck.
On February 7, 2001, the DBA’s Lawline 9 program celebrated its eighth anniversary as a free legal advice call-in service to the public. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Lawline 9’s success by volunteering time over the many years to answer calls and give advice.


The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") is sponsoring "Breast Cancer Insurance Claim Issues" on April 17, 2001, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart, 555 17th St., 32nd floor. Three CLE credits have been applied for. Speakers include: Susan Gambrill, Colorado Division of Insurance; Brad Levin of Roberts Levin Zboyan & Patterson, who represents breast cancer patients in disputes with insurers; Dean McConnell of Kennedy & Christopher, who represents insurers regarding breast cancer-related claims; Heidi Frey of Patient Advocacy Coalition, Inc., who assists patients in challenging denials of insurance claims; and Beverly Wood, a breast cancer survivor. This program costs $45 for CWBA members, $50 for non-CWBA members, and $30 for attendees not claiming CLE credits. Admission will be $5 higher at the door. For more information or to register, call Julie Wells at (303) 831-1040.

The Colorado Asian/Pacific American Bar Association’s Annual Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet will take place the evening of April 20, 2001, at the Empress Seafood Restaurant in Denver. The banquet will feature a ten-course Chinese meal accompanied by the usual high-level of festivity, including Japanese drumming called Taiko. Contact Kenzo Kawanabe at (303) 892-7541 for reservation forms or for more information.

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") Annual Banquet was held February 10, 2001, with Judge Carlos Lucero as the keynote speaker. CHBA’s newly elected officers are: Sherry Gonzales, president-elect; Lyndon Knowles, vice-president of committees; Michelle Killmer, secretary; and Christine Arguello, treasurer. The 2000 awards were presented to Elizabeth Giordano, Outstanding Young Hispanic Lawyer; Justice Alex Martinez, Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer; the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and El Centro Bienestar San Jose, Community Service Award; and Rothgerber Powers & Johnson, Outstanding Corporate Commitment Award. Congratulations to award winners!


Family Law Pro Bono Basic Skills CLE: On April 5 and 12, 2001, the ins and outs, nuts and bolts, and dos and don’ts of family law will be explained in this day-and-a-half basic skills program. The program is co-sponsored by the CBA Family Law Section and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Recognized experts in the area of Colorado family law share their expertise to help practitioners assess, prepare, and try their divorce cases with confidence. The seminar will cover all major areas of a dissolution of marriage action. If attendees agree to take a pro bono case, the program’s tuition will be greatly reduced. This seminar has been submitted for 12 general credits and .3 ethics credits.

Annual Spring Real Estate Update: May 4, 2001, is the date of the 2001 Annual Spring Real Estate program. Designed for the beginning and general practitioner, this year’s program covers the issues of due diligence, title, and survey. The morning session focuses on due diligence issues related to contracts, the environment, leasing, and regulatory issues. The afternoon session explores title insurance, correcting and curing title defects, and survey issues such as boundaries and encroachments, easements, and access.

Oral Advocacy in the Colorado Court of Appeals: For those practitioners seeking to begin or enhance their oral appellate advocacy skills, this program is a must! The two-day intensive training offers a unique hands-on experience with Colorado’s leading appellate practitioners and Colorado Court of Appeals judges. Participants will be given personalized instruction, along with an opportunity to argue a real-life case before a panel of judges. After arguing the case, each participant will receive personal evaluations by the judges and practitioners. Don’t delay in signing up—attendance is limited to forty registrants.

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