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October 2000       Vol. 29, No. 10       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Molly Osberg

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, fax to Molly Osberg at (303) 894-0821, or e-mail to


Delta County Bar Association members gather with CBA President Dale Harris (left) at John Wendt’s home in Cedaredge for CBA presidential visit.

Mock Trials: The Colorado Bar Association 2001 competitive mock trial season begins November 1, 2000. This year’s case involves a doctor charged with murder. The CBA encourages members to participate in this season’s mock trial by coaching teams in as many high schools as possible. Mock trials are a great way to connect with and mentor kids. If you are interested in coaching a team, call Elsa Martinez Tenreiro at (303) 831-7670 or Dave Ells at (303) 824-5323.


The CBA Ethics Committee gathered for their annual mountain meeting in Steamboat on July 15-16, 2000. Justice Nancy Rice spoke to the group about the many aspects of the judiciary, including being a Supreme Court Justice.

CBA Ethics Committee Chair John Jostad (left) and Third Judicial District Court Judge Claude Appel share a laugh at the committee’s meeting in Steamboat Springs.


CBA President Dale Harris, his wife Toni Harris, and the CBA entourage (Greg Martin, Jo Ann Viola Salazar, Dave Ells, Diane Hartman, and Judy Slason) concluded the annual "Western Slope swing" in Cedaredge and Grand Junction, July 23-24, 2000. The CBA group visited the Delta County and Mesa County Bar Associations. 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, as well as to address members’ concerns. For a schedule of upcoming visits, call Jo Ann Viola Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") elections were held June 16, 2000. The elected officers for the 2000-2001 administrative year are Judge Robert H. Russell II, president; J. Matthew DePetro, president-elect; Doris B. Truhlar, Treasurer; and Tamra A. Palmer, Secretary.

On October 19, 2000, the ACBA will hold "Tech XPO," a program consisting of displays and demonstrations of technology tools for lawyers, followed by dinner and an evening program on electronic filing by JusticeLink. The afternoon program is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and the dinner and evening program are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The cost is $35, and four CLE credits are available. Call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227 for more information.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") "Tuesdays at the Bar" are back in full force! Share your Tuesday lunch hours with the DBA every week from noon to 1:00 p.m. The DBA will provide the lunch to go along with an informative seminar for which CLE credit can be earned. October seminars include "Violence Comes to the Law Firm," "Taking and Defending Depositions" with Dan Hoffman, "Top 10 Mistakes Made in Personal Injury Cases," and "Legal Fees in Light of the Sather Opinion." Call the DBA for more information at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736, or visit

The DBA Summer Intern Committee celebrated another successful year of placing students at Denver area law firms and justice organizations. The Summer Intern Reception was held at the Governor’s Mansion August 17, 2000. DBA President Susan Smith Fisher addressed the interns and their families and congratulated the interns on their successful completion of the program. Three of the sixteen students were specifically recognized for receiving scholarships from the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation’s "Youth At Work" program. Those student recipients, their summer employer, and the scholarships are as follows: Sean Berigan (Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy) received four-year tuition assistance from the Ron & Naomi Montoya Family Endowed Scholarship at Metropolitan State College; Jacqui Duran (Holme Roberts & Owen) received $1,000 per semester tuition assistance through the Ron & Naomi Montoya Family Endowed Scholarship at the University of Colorado at Denver; and Mersad Rahmanovic (Dorsey & Whitney) received the four-year tuition Colorado Business Hall of Fame Scholarship at Metropolitan State College. Thanks to the following legal organizations that helped make this summer a success: 10th Circuit Court of Appeals; Davis Graham & Stubbs; Denver Bar Association; Denver District Attorney’s Office; Dorsey & Whitney; Faegre & Benson; Gorsuch Kirgis; Holme Roberts & Owen; Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe; Isaacson, Rosenbaum Woods & Levy; Long & Jaudon; Sherman & Howard; Tilly & Graves; Welborne Sullivan Meck & Tooley; Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy; and Wolf & Slatkin.

Interns and their families at the 2000 Summer Intern Reception at the Governor’s Mansion.

The Fremont/Custer Counties Bar Association elected new officers who began their tenure in July 2000. They are Bryan Fredrickson, president; Jolene DeVries, vice-president; and Lynette Wenner, secretary-treasurer.

The CLE Committee of the El Paso County Bar Association will present a family law litigation seminar November 3 and 7, 2000, in the Jury Assembly Room at the El Paso County Courthouse. Rick Lohman and Tom Cross will discuss issue identification and characterization, case evaluation and management, case presentation, trial techniques and tactics, and persuasion. Each session is from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. and costs $25. CLE credit is available. Call Tom Haskins at (719) 635-1800 for more information.

The Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") will host its Second Annual Free CLE November 17, 2000. Topics include a legislative update, the new Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act, recent court rule changes, and computer basics for attorneys. For more information, contact the LCBA at


Join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") November 15, 2000, for an afternoon of "Hot Topics in Employment Law." A panel of plaintiffs, 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 U.S. 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 Holland & Hart, 555 17th St., Suite 3200. Three CLE credits are being requested. The cost is $50 for CWBA members and $65 for non-members. Contact Deb Armbruster at (303) 486-5997 or, or Linda Bassi at (303) 866-5047 or for information about this event.


"Everyday Ethics for Your Everyday Practice" will be held October 12, 2000, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 1900 Grant St., Third Floor. Topics include conflicts, terminating the attorney/client relationship, ethics, and creating fee agreements that work. The cost is $129 for CBA members. Call CBA-CLE to register at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

The 10th Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado will be hosted at the Top of the Rockies October 20, 2000. This one-day program will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 555 17th St., Suite 3700. Tax update, contracting, intellectual property, Internet tax issues, corporate sponsorship, fiduciary law, and liabilities and defenses of directors will be covered. Eight CLE credits are available. Call CBA-CLE for more information at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

CBA-CLE is sponsoring a series of short courses designed for legal support staff and solo practitioners. The series consists of eight programs covering much of the basic administration and prep work that support staff and solo practitioners deal with on a daily basis. Workshops will cover litigation, transactional skills, real estate, contracts, personal injury, family law, criminal law, and probate. The first program in the series will be held October 4, 2000, at 1900 Grant St., Third Floor. Call CBA-CLE for more information at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace: Legal Issues for the Employer and Employee will be held October 25, 2000, at 1900 Grant St., Third Floor. This full-day program will cover legal implications, applicable state and federal requirements, drafting and communicating policies, employee assistance programs, screening and testing applicants, medical review, intervention, rehabilitation, recovery, and internal corporate educational programs. The program has been designed for attorneys and employers dealing with potential and current dilemmas with drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace. Call CBA-CLE for more information at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

Visit the CBA-CLE offices and see what new books are available for purchase. Just a few of the titles available are Colorado Title Insurance Practice 2000 by Willis V. Carpenter, $165 or $139, with a $10 discount for owners of the second edition (this offer is good through 12/31/00); the 2000 Supplement to Colorado Real Estate Practice by Willis V. Carpenter and Holly S. Hoxeng, $25 plus $3 for shipping; and Handbook of Colorado Elder Law 2000, $165 or $139, with a $55 discount for owners of second edition (offer is good through 12/31/00).

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