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January 2001       Vol. 30, No. 1       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: Violence has changed the workplace. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, twenty people are killed on the job every week and 18,000 are assaulted. This does not include harassment, stalking, verbal abuse, and threats, which also are daily occurrences at the workplace. The result of violence in the workplace is lost productivity, employee absenteeism and turnover, increased medical and security costs, and legal liability. The Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office will sponsor the second Violence and the Workplace Conference, focusing on preventing the full range of violent behaviors that exist in the workplace. 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., Arvada. Cost is $130 if you register before January 15; $150 after that date. Eight CLE credits have been applied for. To register by phone, contact Partnerships for a Better Community at (303) 282-0949; register on line at

Mock Trials: High school teams across Colorado are preparing their strategies in The State v. Chris Jenkins, M.D., the 2001 Colorado mock trial case. Defendant Dr. Jenkins has been charged with coercion and undue influence in the assisted death of a man terminally ill with cancer. The plot thickens because 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 one of the friends promised money is the defendant. Conviction of manslaughter is a possibility. Regional mock trial tournaments are planned for February 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 9-10, 2001. Volunteers are needed to coach, judge, and score trial rounds. The state champion advances to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 10-13, 2001. Call Dave Ells at (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5323 to volunteer or for more information.

Wedding Bells to Ring in the New Millennium: For twenty-odd years we’ve known her as Dana Vocate; as of January 1, 2001, she is Dana J. Collier Smith. Dana, CBA’s Assistant Executive Director, and Gregory J. Smith, CLE’s Director of Publications, celebrated the new millennium as bride and groom. Congratulations to the happy couple!


The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") has an active January 2001 schedule. The ACBA will sponsor an Employment Law CLE program on January 11, from 1-5 p.m., at the Denver Hilton South, 7801 E. Orchard Rd., Englewood. Topics will include workplace privacy and workplace violence, trade secrets and non-compete agreements, and pitfalls to avoid when hiring and firing. Four CLE credits have been applied for. The cost is $20 for ACBA members; $50 for non-members. For information, call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227.

On January 18, the ACBA will host its annual "Judges Meeting" at the Sheraton DTC, 7007 S. Clinton St., Englewood. The cost is $30. To register, send a check payable to the ACBA to 1901 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120. Call (303) 797-2227 for more information.

The ACBA’s Annual Spring CLE will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 29 to April 1, 2001, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans. Attendees can make hotel reservations by calling (800) SONESTA (766-3782) and asking to be included in the Arapahoe County Bar Association group. For more information about the CLE program, golf plans, or air reservations, call Dave Stevens at (303) 797-3400.

A record number of people attended the DBA Bar Mart and Soiree.

The Annual Meeting of the Northwestern Colorado Bar Association ("NWCBA") was held on November 4, 2000, in Steamboat Springs. The newly elected officers are: Kathleen Taylor, president; Sandra Gardner, vice-president; Marie Sellitto Jensen, secretary; Judge James Garrecht, treasurer; and Claire Sollars, Board of Governors Representative. CBA officers and staff members in attendance were President Dale Harris, President-Elect Laird Milburn, Greg Martin, Jo Ann Salazar, and Karen Bries-Long. After the business meeting, numerous NWCBA members received pro bono awards presented by CBA President Dale Harris and Legal Aid Representative Cathy Carpenter. Sandra Gardner was awarded Attorney of the Year, and Claire Sollars received the 2000 Professionalism Award.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Board of Trustees ("Board") has decided to roll up their sleeves and do something to make a difference. Each lawyer-member of the board has pledged to take a new Metro Volunteer Lawyer ("MVL") pro bono case within the next ninety days. Through this project, the Board, led by DBA President Susan Smith Fisher, hopes to prove that it is possible to maintain a career, continue participation in bar association activities, and represent a pro bono client at the same time. Board members encourage all attorneys to join them in this purposeful endeavor. Call MVL’s Barb Chamberlain at (303) 866-9378 for more details.

On November 15, 2000, the DBA hosted the Third Annual Bar Mart and Soiree at Bella Ristorante. Nearly 200 members attended the party, which was packed with good food, friends, door prizes, and DBA member information booths. This event always proves to be a great way to unwind after work and network with fellow Bar members and friends.

ACBA member Bob Truhlar auctions a pair of Bart Simpson boxer shorts as part of the Drive for the Homeless.

It’s time to nominate worthy people for awards presented annually by the DBA. If you know someone in the Denver legal community deserving of the Award of Merit, Liberty Bell Award, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, Legal Assistant of the Year, Young Lawyer of the Year, or the award for Judicial Excellence, contact Molly Osberg at (303) 824-5347 or mosberg@cobar. org. Help the DBA acknowledge the fine efforts of noteworthy citizens.

CBA President Dale Harris visited the Aurora Bar Association and Arapahoe County Bar Association on November 16, 2000, to discuss the direction of the legal profession in the new millennium, and to address member concerns. In addition to the presidential speech, Dale found himself surrounded by briefs and boxers, as part of the ACBA’s Drive for the Homeless. Last year, the fundraiser collected socks; this time around, the ACBA is looking for men’s underwear. If you’d like to make donations, call Doris Truhlar at (303) 794-2404.

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, to discuss member ideas and suggestions, and address member concerns. For a schedule of upcoming presidential visits, call Jo Ann Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.


Mark your calendars for the Boulder County Bar Association’s ("BCBA") Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Legal Aid Foundation. The event will be on February 7, 2001, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua Dining Hall in Boulder. The cost is $50 per person. Call the BCBA at (303) 440-4758 for more information.


The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s ("CHBA") Annual Banquet and Dance will be held at the Westin Tabor Center Hotel on February 10, 2001, at 6 p.m. The evening includes keynote speaker Judge Carlos Lucero from the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Join the CHBA for good food, dancing, and entertainment by the Latino band "Mood Express." Call Gilbert Román for more information at (303) 716-0254.


Negotiations/Settlements: CBA-CLE will host "Better Negotiations, Smarter Settlements" on January 19, at 1900 Grant St., Third Floor. Topics include an introduction to basic concepts and terminology; inherent challenges associated with the negotiation-settlement process; methods and tools that improve negotiations; settlements and ADR processes; applying the negotiation process; and more. Six CLE credits have been applied for. For more information, contact CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

Drafting Wills and Trusts: The CBA Trust and Estate Section is sponsoring "Basic Drafting for the Non-Taxable Estate and the Modest Taxable Estate" on February 2, 2001, at 1900 Grant St., Third Floor. This is an excellent course on drafting basics for newer attorneys and for seasoned attorneys who would like a refresher. Seven CLE credits have been applied for. For more information, call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

Preventing Legal Malpractice: CBA-CLE continues its tradition with the annual seminar series on "Preventing Legal Malpractice." Attendees may receive a premium credit after renewal of their CBA-sponsored professional liability insurance, underwritten by Westport Insurance Corporation and exclusively administered by Seabury & Smith. Westport will provide a $100 premium credit for each insured attendee. The dates and locations of the seminars are: January 26—Denver; February 2—Colorado Springs; and February 9—Grand Junction. Six ethics credits have been applied for. The cost is $89 for CBA members and $149 for nonmembers. For more information, contact CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

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