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September 2000       Vol. 29, No. 9       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


Convention: It’s CBA convention time! Join us in Keystone, September 8-10, for two full days of great speakers and loads of CLE. See pages 27-30 for more information, or call Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

Congratulations: CBA/DBA member Karen Mathis, of Hall & Mathis in Denver, is the new chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. She is the second woman elected to serve as chair of the association’s policy-making board. Congratulations, Karen!


After six years of service to the CBA Legal Fee Arbitration Committee, Peter Adolph chaired his last meeting on July 20, 2000. Thank you, Peter, for all of your hard work and dedication over the years!

CBA President Dale Harris talks with Chief Judge Greg Lyman in Durango at the CBA visit to the Southwestern Colorado Bar Association.

The CBA/DBA Law Practice Management and Law Office Technology Committees are co-sponsoring a free presentation on file retention, archiving, and retrieval policies on September 14, 2000, at noon at the CBA offices. Call Reba Nance at (303) 824-5320 or (800) 332-6736 if you’re interested in attending. One CLE credit is available.


The Mesa Verde fire was just beginning when 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) began the annual "Western Slope swing" to Mancos, Durango, Montrose, Cedaredge, and Grand Junction, July 21-24, 2000. The CBA crew visited the Four Corners, Southwestern Colorado, Seventh Judicial District, 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 talk about members’ concerns and to inform members of the various CBA services and benefits. For a schedule of upcoming visits, call Jo Ann Viola Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.

CBA staff member Jo Ann Salazar (left) listens to Montrose Pro Bono Coordinator Patty Bennett, along with CBA President Dale Harris and Toni Harris, at the CBA visit to the 7th J.D. Association.
CBA Deputy Executive Director Greg Martin (right) addresses the Four Corners Bar Association at Wendy Whicher’s house in Mancos.

The following attorneys were presented "100-Hour Club" certificates for their work with pro bono offices: Duncan Bradley, Thomas L. Ingram, John R. Krupa, and Richard Unruh at the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association; Vicki Alsin, Stacy R. Carpenter, Jack Shoffner, John Siddeek, Charles Traylor, and Pauline Tupper with the Mesa County Bar Association Pro Bono Project; and George H. Litow and Robert Glenn White with the Southwestern Bar Association Volunteer Legal Aid.

Senior Golf Tournament organizer Jim Bayer prepares to tee off at the annual tournament in July.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Legal Services Committee needs additional volunteers to teach remaining 2000 Bankruptcy and Child Support Enforcement Legal Information Clinics. The committee has changed locations for some clinics. In addition to Gove High School, clinics also will be offered at Lake Middle School (18th and Lowell in northwest Denver) and Montbello High School (51st and Peoria in northeast Denver). Can you help? To volunteer, or for more information, call Dave Ells at (303) 824-5323.

On July 26, 2000, the DBA hosted the Seventh Annual Seniors Golf Tournament at Mira Vista Golf Course in Aurora. Thanks to organizer Jim Bayer, the tournament was a huge success! This year’s winning foursome team was made up of John Grace, Al Zarlengo, Rich Lonnquist, and Dan McGrew. Congratulations to all who played.

This year’s Weld County Bar Association golf outing will be on September 21, 2000, at Boomerang Golf Links. The cost is $44, which includes a cart, green fees, and prizes. Call David McCall at (970) 353-2323 for more information.

Sporting t-shirts that said "The Bar," members of the Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") participated in the 20th Annual Partners Superstars competition in Fort Collins on June 9-10, 2000. The two-day event consisted of several athletic contests between community groups and businesses. It is the largest fundraiser for Larimer County Partners, a mentoring program for at-risk youth.

The LCBA’s "Fall Term Day" is September 15, 2000. Come celebrate the dedication of the new Larimer County Justice Center, play golf and tennis, and get together in the evening for a good time! Call Pete Bullard at (970) 223-5900 for more information.


Join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") on September 28, 2000, for a brown bag lunch with noted ethics lecturer Brooke Wunnicke. She will speak on "Selected Ethics Topics: 2000," addressing the government lawyer’s or corporate counsel’s client, the importance of engagement letters, attorneys acting as intermediaries, and ethical issues involving the Internet. The program will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, 1525 Sherman St., Room 610, Denver. The cost is $15 for CWBA members and $20 for non-members, and 1.5 ethics credits are expected. Call Deb Armbruster at (303) 486-5997 to register. The registration deadline is September 21, 2000.

The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar has elected its officers for the coming year. The 2000/2001 officers are: Robert Pepin, president; Philip Cherner, vice-president; Cynthia Camp, secretary; and James Castle, treasurer. Newly elected board members are Patrick Ridley and Nancy Flax. Those completing their two-year board terms are Susan Fisch, Leonard Frieling, Roberta Nieslanik, Edward Pluss, and Lisa Monet Wayne. Call Mary Halloran at (303) 758-2454 for more information.


"Practicing with Professionalism" is the mandatory ethics course required for all attorneys admitted to Colorado after January 1, 1995. CBA-CLE will offer five live programs from 8:00 a.m. to noon on the following dates: September 13 and 28; October 19; and November 4 and 21. Video replay sessions will be on November 29 from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; December 7 from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and December 20 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Call CBA-CLE for more information at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

Tug-of-war team members Troy Ukasick (left), Mark Berkner, Cheryl VanAckern, Brian Treu, and Kimberly Schutt compete in the Annual Partners Superstars. The team, which also included Tom Selken (not pictured), made it to the semi-finals in this event.

The Breckenridge Conference on Parental Responsibility will be September 22-24 at the Breckenridge Beaver Run Resort. The program includes pre-conference basic skills workshops for lawyers and mental health professionals. Also offered are case studies, eight practical workshops, judicial perspectives, social events, and more. Call CBA-CLE for more information at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

The 2000 second edition of "Discovery: A Handbook for Colorado Practitioners" by William H. ReMine is now available. It is a comprehensive resource on discovery law and practice in Colorado. Chapters cover mandatory disclosure, case management, interrogatories, requests for production of documents, inspection of items, requests for admissions, ex parte communications with witnesses, depositions, special discovery issues, attorney-client privilege, work-product immunity, other discovery privileges, and discovery abuses. The cost is $99 for CBA members and $125 for non-members. Call CBA-CLE for more information at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

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