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March 2001       Vol. 30, No. 3       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


Beth Mitchell is the new editor on
The Colorado Lawyer block.

New Face in the CBA Editorial Department: The CBA welcomes Beth Mitchell as the new assistant editor at The Colorado Lawyer. Mitchell, who started at the CBA in November 2000, is a graduate of the DU College of Law. She will be primarily responsible for the publication’s specialty law columns. Contact Beth at (303) 824-5326 or at:, or drop by the corner Bar offices on the ninth floor to say hello to her in person!

Family Violence Program: Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar approached the Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") in December 2000 with a proposal to expand the Bar’s Family Violence Program. The expansion will be funded by a $446,703 award that resulted from a multistate antitrust settlement against the Nine West shoe corporation. The award will be used over the next three years to teach employers and employees throughout Colorado about the widespread impact of domestic violence and train them in prevention. A clearinghouse of educational materials and a website specifically devoted to the issue will be available soon.

Member-Visit to New Mexico: On January 5, 2001, CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner attended the swearing-in ceremony of classmate Patricio M. Serna, the new Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Along with Turner, fellow classmate Ralph Torres, University of Denver ("DU") College of Law Dean Emeritus Robert Yegge, and DU Law Professor Ved Nanda attended the event, which drew over 800 attendees that included family, friends, and well-wishers.

(L to R) Ralph Torres, Chuck Turner, Patricio Serna, Robert Yegge, and Ved Nanda at the New Mexico Supreme Court swearing-in ceremony.


The Bankruptcy Subsection of the Business Law Section and the CBA hosted a retirement party for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Charles Matheson in December 2000. Nearly 100 people were in attendance to honor Matheson for his notable career and dedication to the legal system.

Judge Charles Matheson (left) listens as Judge Sid Brooks (right) announces an award to be presented to Matheson at his retirement party. Bankruptcy Subsection Co-chair Paul Quinn is center.

The CBA Trust and Estate Section wants all local bars to know that members of the Section’s liaison committee are available to conduct information presentations at local bar meetings. Section members also are available to answer questions on topical trust and estate issues. Call Billie Castle in Grand Junction, (970) 243-8250, or e-mail:; or Tony Vaida in Steamboat Springs, (970) 870-3435, or e-mail: mav@


Join the Denver Bar Association ("DBA") for the 2001 Bench Bar Retreat. This year’s program is entitled "Retreat to the Future: A Retrospective on Future Technology and the Law," and will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness Dr. West, Englewood. Six ethics credits are anticipated. The day features Dick Reeve, general counsel/ Denver deputy district attorney, who will present "Law, Technology, and Privacy: The Future as History—History as the ‘Good Old Days’." He will explain ways to use technology to protect privacy and describe the unseen parts of the Internet. Denver District Court Judge Larry Manzanares, Privacy Foundation’s Executive Director Stephen Keating, and attorney and president of Law Office Consulting Services Larry Smith will conclude the day’s events with a panel discussion about "Technology, Privacy and Malpractice." The day will offer plenty of opportunities for lawyers and judges to get acquainted outside the courtroom while discussing current technology issues. Call Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or log on to www. for more information.

The DBA Young Lawyers Division’s "Christmas in January" program was a very special day for 275 foster children. This annual event extends the holiday spirit to foster children, 12 years old and under, and gives them Christmas presents, a "photo op" with Santa, a piece of luggage in which to carry their belongings when they move, and a pizza party. Thank you to those who volunteered and contributed to make this event a huge success!

After a face-painting session, Christmas in January participants choose from a treasure-trove of books to take "home."

Get on board the DBA’s "Orient Express" on April 28, 2001, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, for a wonderful evening of socializing, fine dining, dancing, and great prizes, and all for a worthy cause—to benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers. The co-chairs of this year’s Barristers Benefit Ball are Stacy Carpenter and Bill Walters. Tickets are available for purchase now. The cost for a patron table of ten people is $2,750 (patron tickets are $275); individual tickets cost $165; the cost to judges is $120; and young lawyers and non-lawyers pay $100. Make your check payable to the Denver Bar Foundation and mail to: 1900 Grant St., 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Call Dana Collier Smith, (303) 824-5318, for complete information. All aboard!

Mesa County has a new courthouse! The old, cramped courthouse, built in 1924, has been replaced by a 128,000-square-foot building at the west end of downtown Grand Junction. The building was dedicated and opened for public inspection on January 8, 2001. Check it out when you’re in the neighborhood!

Former Larimer County Bar member and Eighth Judicial District Court Judge William Dressel was recently elected president of the National Judicial College ("College") by its board of trustees. Dressel served as a member of the College faculty from 1989 to 1993, and was appointed to its board of trustees in June 1993.

Congratulations to Larimer County Bar Association member William Kneeland on being named one of the ten winners of the John Stanford Education Heroes Award. The U.S. Department of Education presents this award to individuals committed to improving schools and communities, and to increasing learning opportunities for all students. Kneeland was recognized for his efforts to raise funds for scholarships and school improvements, and for his work to involve families in the Poudre School District.


Join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") for a "Retirement Planning Brown Bag Lunch Series." The two-part series on planning your clients’ or your own retirement will be offered March 22 and April 5, 2001, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the State Services Building, 1525 Sherman St., Room 610, Denver. On March 22, Susan Goddard will discuss "Basic Estate Planning Issues," and on April 5, Beth Beeson, a financial consultant with U.S. Bank, will address "Financial Planning for Retirement." Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided. The cost is $20 for CWBA members and $25 for non-members (or a series price of $35 for CWBA members and $45 for non-members). Admission will be $30 at the door (space permitting) for each session. CLE credits are anticipated. For more information, call Julie Wells at (303) 831-1040.

On January 17, 2001, newly appointed Hispanic judges were honored at an after-work reception sponsored by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Holme Roberts & Owen, and Wells Fargo Bank. Well-wishers included Supreme Court Justice Mary Mullarkey, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Carlos Lucero, Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Leonard Plank, Denver County Court Judge Beau Patterson, and many government officials, attorneys, and other members of the bench.

The Sam Cary Bar Association hosted its annual scholarship reception on January 26, 2001. Scholarships were awarded to three current law students for their excellence in legal studies and community involvement. Congratulations to Tina Lewis, a student at the University of Colorado School of Law; and Sue Young and Patricia Capers, both students at University of Denver College of Law. Each student was awarded $2,500.


Annual Workers’ Compensation Update: CBA-CLE presents a comprehensive Workers’ Compensation seminar on March 16, 2001. Designed for attorneys, paralegals, and legal secretaries, this year’s seminar will focus on litigation in all areas of workers’ compensation, ethics, upper extremity issues, and substantive law updates. Seven general and 1.8 ethics credits have been applied for. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608.

Annual Criminal Law Update: On March 16, 2001, the CBA Criminal Law Section hosts the "Annual Criminal Law Update." Topics include ethics between prosecutors and defense attorneys, the ins and outs of temporary restraining orders, a Denver Motor Vehicle DUI update, post-Apprendi sentencing issues, grand jury practice in both state and federal courts, case law updates, and much more. Listen to what both prosecutors and defense attorneys have to say about these issues. Seven general and two ethics credits have been applied for. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608.

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