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February 2001       Vol. 30, No. 2       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


Violence and the Workplace Conference II—Safe at Work in a Changing World: There’s still time to sign up for the second annual Violence and the Workplace Conference, sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. This year’s program will include in-depth discussions of the types of violent behaviors that exist in the workplace and measures for reducing and preventing the violence. Violence in the workplace can result in lost productivity, employee absenteeism and turnover, increased medical and security costs, and legal liability. The conference will be held on February 15, 2001, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Ave. The cost is $150, and eight CLE credits are anticipated. To register, contact Partnerships for a Better Community at (303) 282-0949 or register online at

DU Winter Commencement: CBA President Dale Harris spoke to University of Denver College of Law graduates at the winter commencement on December 15, 2000. His speech addressed the topics of ethics and professionalism. The College of Law reports that approximately 25 percent of the fifty graduates received dual degrees in law and business or science, which may reflect an interdisciplinary trend that is growing between legal education or the practice of law and other professions.

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Family Law Section Secretary Lesleigh Monahan, Family Law Section Chair Sheila Gutterman, and guest speaker Judith Wallerstein at the October meeting.

Mock Trial 2001: High school teams across Colorado are preparing their cases in The State v. Chris Jenkins, MD, the 2001 Colorado mock trial case. Dr. Jenkins has been charged with coercion and undue influence in the assisted death of a man terminally ill with cancer. The decedent’s adult child has promised large amounts of money from the decedent’s estate to two friends for their pet building projects. This child will be testifying for the prosecution, and the defendant is one of the friends promised money. Conviction of manslaughter is a possibility. Regional tournaments are planned for February 2001 in Glenwood Springs, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Golden, and Englewood. Each local tournament advances teams to the state tournament, which will be held at the Adams County Justice Center in Brighton on March 9 and 10. Volunteers are needed to judge and score trial rounds at all levels. The state championship team advances to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Omaha, Nebraska, May 10-13, 2001. Call Dave Ells, (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5323, to volunteer or for complete information on this great competition.

Real Estate Section member Dick Gast (left) congratulates N. Craig Poll on his award.


On October 19, 2000, the Family Law Section welcomed Judith Wallerstein, acclaimed author of The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, a 25-Year Landmark Study, at their monthly meeting at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel.

At the December 2000 Real Estate Section meeting, member Dick Gast presented N. Craig Poll with the Golden Hammer Award in recognition of his unfailing and enthusiastic participation in the annual Habitat for Humanity "Workdays." On September 16, 2000, the section constructed a house for a family in the Five Points area of Denver.



Denver attorneys Walter Gerash (left) and Leonard Campbell chat at the DBA Senior Holiday Party.

Pitkin County Bar Association member Joe Krabacher and his wife Susan Krabacher donated $340,000 to schools, orphanages, and a health-care clinic in Haiti. Susan was profiled in a recent issue of People magazine for her huge effort to improve health and living standards in Haiti. Her organization, the Foundation for Worldwide Mercy, has donated 30,000 pounds of food and medicine to the cause.

Stan Matsunaka, a member of the Larimer County Bar Association, was sworn in on January 10, 2001, as the first Democrat in thirty years to lead the Colorado Senate. Moreover, he is the first Japanese-American ever to hold that post. Congratulations to Stan!

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Senior Holiday Party in December 2000 was a huge success. A record number of senior attorneys attended the event, which included a hot lunch, door prizes, and some time to catch up with old friends.

Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jon Asher (left) and Ron Binz at the DBA Winetasting benefit on December 6, 2000.

There’s still time to sign up for the March 3, 2001, DBA Bench-Bar Retreat, to be held at the Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness Dr. West, Englewood. "Retreat to the Future: A Retrospective on Future Technology in the Law" is the title of the 2001 program. The Bench-Bar Retreat provides a great opportunity for attorneys to network with one another and meet judges outside the courtroom, as well as earn lots of CLE credit. Call Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 to register.

The DBA Young Lawyers Division Winetasting benefit was successful in raising money for the Legal Aid Foundation. Nearly 175 people attended the annual event, which raised more than $8,000. Thanks to those who attended and helped make this event a fun time and a successful endeavor for a worthwhile cause.



DBA President Susan Smith Fisher (left) presents Gilbert Román with the 2000 Davis Award.

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") is looking for new officers and directors. The election for the 2001 officials will be held at the annual meeting, banquet, and dance on February 10, 2001, at the Westin Hotel. The four officer positions up for election are president-elect, vice-president of committees, secretary, and treasurer. Nine board of director positions also are open. No absentee votes are allowed. For more information about the election process or about the banquet and dance, call Gilbert Román at (303) 716-0254.

CHBA incoming President Gilbert Román was awarded the Richard Marden Davis Award on December 5, 2000. The award is presented annually by Davis Graham & Stubbs, the Denver Bar Foundation, and the Davis family to a young Denver lawyer who, "although under age 40, has already so combined excellence as a lawyer with creative civic, cultural, educational and charitable leadership as to best exemplify the character and promise of Richard Marden Davis at that stage in his career." Congratulations to Gil!

The Colorado Woman’s Bar Association welcomed Julie Wells as its new executive director. Wells began her current tenure on November 1, 2000, and was previously the executive director from 1994 to 1997.


Uniform Commercial Code ("UCC") Article 9: In anticipation of Colorado’s passage of the new UCC Article 9, CBA-CLE has organized a one-day seminar, on March 2, 2001, featuring John Moye of Moye, Giles, O’Keefe, Vermeire & Gorrell. In addition to authoring a book on the UCC, Moye lectures nationally on UCC Article 9, teaching bankers and lawyers about loan documentation under the Code. The program will cover significant changes to Article 9, such as classifications of collateral, creation and perfection of the security interest, defaults, and priorities. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 for more information.

Support Staff Training: In a tight labor market, it is crucial to train and retain good legal support staff. In light of this, CBA-CLE has created a "Legal Support Staff Training Series" that allows employers to train as professionals their most important asset, their legal support staff. The series begins with a one-day program on March 14, 2001, for both the transactional and litigation support specialist. The series continues with two-hour substantive-specific updates each Wednesday morning, March 28 through May 16, 2001. Topics include family law, real estate, contracts, personal injury, criminal law, and probate. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 for more information or to receive a brochure on the program.

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