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November 2000       Vol. 29, No. 11       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


COBARlink: Do you want notices about upcoming CLE programs and events? If you subscribe to the Colorado Bar Association COBARlink, you will receive weekly e-mails listing CLE programs, special events, and meetings. Go to the CBA website at and look under the "Cobar Quick Menu" for CBA Listservs. The COBARlink is the first one listed; just follow the instructions to sign up.

Convention 2000: Thanks to everyone who attended the 2000 Convention in Keystone! The weekend of September 8-10, 2000, was a success. See photo highlights of the convention beginning on page 39. The event provided the 400-plus attendees with a balance of CLE courses and after-hours fun. Audiotapes from the convention’s CLE programs are available for purchase. See page 214 in this issue for more information. The 2001 convention will take place on September 21-23 at the Vail Cascade Club. Mark your new millennium calendars now!

CBA President Dale Harris (left), ABA President-Elect Robert Hirshon, and CBA Past-Presidents Bart Mendenhall and Rebecca Koppes-Conway chat at the CBA reception for Hirshon.

CBA Mock Trials: Case materials for the 2001 Colorado Mock Trial Competition are available from the CBA offices. The teams for the 2001 competition are forming now. Registration for the competition officially began in October 2000 and will continue through December 20, 2000. Registration before December 1, 2000, is strongly encouraged. Mock trials are an excellent opportunity to bring attorneys and high school students together to help students become more familiar with how the American justice system works. Local tournaments send their teams to the state championships, which will be held March 9-10, 2001, at the Adams County Justice Center in Brighton. The state championship team advances to the National High School Mock Trial Championship, which will take place in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 10-13, 2001. Call Dave Ells at (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5323 for more information.

Welcome Reception: American Bar Association President-Elect Robert Hirshon made a trip to Denver recently. During his stopover in the Mile-High City on September 6, 2000, he paid a visit to the CBA offices, where the CBA held a welcome reception for him.

Legal Career Options Day: The CBA, along with the University of Colorado ("CU") School of Law, will sponsor the Third Annual Legal Career Options Day on Friday, November 17, 2000, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the University Memorial Center on the Boulder campus. More than fifty attorney participants from the private, corporate, public interest, government, and alternative fields will be available to meet with CU law students in a table-talk format. The event will be followed by a champagne reception. CU Law School alumni are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Assistant Dean of Career Services Tony Bastone at (303) 492-5911.

CBA Real Estate Section members and members of a Habitat for Humanity-selected family take time out to pose outside the house they built together.


Members of the CBA Real Estate Section took part in the Section-sponsored Habitat for Humanity workday on September 16, 2000, to assist a deserving low-income family. Volunteers worked side-by-side with family members to build the family’s new home in the Five Points area of Denver.


The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Young Lawyers Division’s ("YLD") Annual Winetasting to benefit the Legal Aid Foundation will be December 6, 2000, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at La Rumba, 99 W. Ninth Ave. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Join YLD for exquisite wines from Lucas Liquors, excellent food from local Denver restaurants, a silent auction, and good music. For tickets, call (303) 863-9544.

In August 2000, Bar Exam refresher teacher John Moye challenged DBA Docket writer Craig Eley to a Bar Exam Duel. Eley won the event (with an admittedly sketchy scoring system) by two points. An example of one of the bonus questions for the win is: "When the Rolling Stones sing ‘You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need,’ this phrase best illustrates: (a) the Due Process Clause; (b) the Application of the 14th Amendment; (c) the Commerce Clause; or (d) the Right to Bear Arms. (Your answer is as good as any!)

Craig "Cobra" Eley (left), moderator Bill Keating, fan Frank Slaninger, and John "Mongoose" Moye pose for a photo after the Bar Duel.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") will host "Generating Referral Business," featuring speaker Mark Maraia, on November 10, 2000, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The CLE luncheon will be at the Wellshire Inn, 333 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, and costs $20. One CLE credit is available. For more information, call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227.

On November 16, 2000, the ACBA and the Aurora Bar Association will hold a joint dinner meeting at the Heather Ridge Country Club. The bar associations will welcome CBA President Dale Harris as their special guest and speaker. Each year, the CBA president and various CBA staff members and officers visit the local bar associations around the state to inform members of CBA services and benefits and to talk about members’ concerns. For a schedule of upcoming visits, call Jo Ann Viola Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.

The El Paso County Bar Association will present a Family Law Litigation seminar on November 3 and November 17, 2000, in the Jury Assembly Room at the El Paso County Courthouse. Rick Lohman and Tom Cross will hold sessions on identification and characterization, case evaluation and management, case presentation, trial techniques and tactics, and persuasion. Each session is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and costs $25. CLE credit is available. Call Tom Haskins at (719) 635-1800 for more information.


Join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") on November 15, 2000, for an afternoon of "Hot Topics in Employment Law." A panel of plaintiffs and defense counsel, and a member of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office legal staff will debate how to prove and defend employment discrimination claims after the Supreme Court’s decision in Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing Products. Also covered will be how federal employment laws protect state employees since the recent Supreme Court decision to limit coverage. The event will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the exterior lounge of the Denver law offices of Holland & Hart, 555 17th St., Suite 3200. Three CLE credits are being requested. Cost: $50 for CWBA members; $65 for non-members. Contact Deb Armbruster, (303) 486-5997 (darmbr@, or Linda Bassi, (303) 866-5047 ( us) for information about this event. For added information on the subject, pick up a copy of the October 2000 issue of The Colorado Lawyer, which was an Employment Law special issue.

The CWBA also is offering "The Nuts and Bolts of Permanent Restraining Orders," a permanent restraining order ("PRO") training providing instruction on how to obtain a PRO for your client, and explaining the dynamics of domestic violence. The program will be at the CES Education Center, 2460 W. 26th Ave., Denver, on November 17, 2000, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $45, with a commitment to take two pro bono cases within the next year; without the commitment, the cost is $95 for CWBA members and $105 for non-members. Call Dawn Adeletti at (303) 592-6631 for more information.


"Pro Bono Training for Consumer and Landlord/Tenant Law" will be held November 10, 2000, at the DU Law School, 8039 E. 18th Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The program’s keynote speaker is Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, and will address common issues and list the necessary skills needed to represent pro bono clients successfully. Consumer credit transactions, repossessions, consumer deficiency claims, fair debt collection practices, defenses to evictions, and security deposit issues also will be discussed. CLE credits: 6, including 1.5 ethics. Cost: $25 with the commitment to accept a pro bono case in the coming year; $149 without the commitment. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll free, (888) 860-2531.

"Professional Conduct: Ethics Beyond Compliance" is offered November 15, December 6, and December 29, 2000, and January 18, 2001, at CLE Denver offices, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor. The program will cover an ethical orientation survey, defining ethics in the professional context, the appropriate role of codes and rules of context, the ethical orientation matrix and personal profile, and tools for decisionmaking. Cost: $175 for CBA members; $195 for nonmembers. CLE credits: 7 ethics. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll free, (888) 860-2531.

The "Annual Bankruptcy Update" will be on November 9, 2000, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topics include revisions to the state’s exemption laws, latest changes to the court’s electronic notification and filing system, useful legal websites, trends in discharging student loans, divorce and bankruptcy, ethics of fees and retainers, and a view from the bench. CLE credits: 8 general. The program is in Denver at 1900 Grant Street, Third Floor. Cost: $149 for Business Law Section members; $159 for all other CBA members. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll free, (888) 860-2531.

CBA-CLE recently published its fall home audio catalog, listing over 300 home audio study programs. CLE tapes its programs, and attorneys can fulfill their CLE requirements via home study. The audio catalog includes programs in virtually every area of law. Call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll-free, (888) 860-2531 to have a catalog sent by mail, or view the catalog on the CBA website at

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