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October 2001       Vol. 30, No. 10       Page  4
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


Attorney-Auteurs: The long-awaited publication of Disturbing the Peace, the literary anthology of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, will be celebrated on October 3, 2001. Meet and mingle with these talented attorney-authors at the LoDo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th St., Denver, at 6 p.m. Last year, the bar associations invited all members to submit manuscripts, published or unpublished, fiction or non-fiction, for inclusion in the anthology. After sorting, selecting, and compiling submissions, a sleek book has been produced and will be available for purchase at the book-signing party. This truly rare book can grace your coffee table and impress your guests for a slim $14.95. For more information, call Karen Bries at (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5303, or e-mail:

Mock Trials: School is back in session, and many law-related education programs have started up again as well. High schools are forming teams for both "We The People" and the mock trial competitions. Each team needs your expertise, assistance, mentoring, and coaching. If your interests, knowledge, and skills lie with the U.S. Constitution or in litigation and you want to make yourself available for either of these competitions, please call Dave Ells at (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5323, or e-mail:

Court Child Care: The Court Child Care Funding Committee, formed under the CBA Judiciary Section and Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Gender & Justice, is exploring ways to provide statewide funding for court child care services. The current proposal is to create a fund whereby judicial districts across the state can receive grants to provide staffed and licensed drop-in child care services for families who have temporary business with the courts as litigants, witnesses, or jurors. The Denver Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center finds that these facilities serve at least three purposes: they protect children from exposure to potentially stressful and adult proceedings; they make it easier for parents and care-givers to focus on their court business; and they reduce disruption and improve court efficiency. At publication deadline, the committee’s ideas are under consideration by the CBA Board of Governors, with the possibility of being submitted for review by the state legislature at the next legislative session. Call Joe Dischinger at (303) 839-3773 for more information.

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Former DBA President Susan Smith Fisher
is captured on the big screen at Coors Field.


Denver Bar Association ("DBA") members aged 65 and better are invited to the DBA Annual Seniors Roast on October 24, 2001, at the University Club in Denver. This year, oil and gas attorney Bob Hawley will be roasted by colleagues, friends, and his legal compatriots. This event always promises good food and drink, as well as great camaraderie and entertainment. The cost is $35. To register, call Molly Osberg at (303) 824-5347, or e-mail:

In June 2001, a familiar DBA face lit up the big screen at Coors Field. Past-DBA President Susan Smith Fisher threw the first pitch in the Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners game. Considering the Rockies 2K1 season record, the bullpen might benefit from more DBA recruits!

As part of the "Western Slope Swing" presidential bar visits, CBA President Laird Milburn visited the Four Corners Bar Association in Cortez on July 17, 2001. This is one of the many stops Milburn will make during his tenure, as he travels across Colorado to visit local bar associations. Call Jo Ann Salazar at (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5310 for more information, or e-mail:

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A lunchtime group at Anasazi’s during the
presidential visit to the Four Corners Bar



The Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") will present "Pointers for Young Lawyers—Things You Need to Know," a CLE for attorneys who have been out of law school five or fewer years. The CLE will be held on October 23, 2001, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the law offices of Faegre & Benson, LLP, 370 17th St., Suite 2500, Denver. Two CLE credits are anticipated. The panel of speakers will include Nancy Cohen, addressing ethical issues for new attorneys; Cindy Oliver, giving tips on time management, organization, and checklists that are helpful to new attorneys; and Peggy Lord, speaking about the effective use of support staff. For complete information or to register by October 19, call the CWBA at (303) 831-1040.

The Sam Cary Bar Association will host members of the National Bar Association ("NBA") in Denver on October 10-14, 2001, for the NBA’s Board of Governor’s meeting. The "Thirteenth Annual Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposium and Award Luncheon" will be held on October 13 at the Westin Hotel. This year’s theme is "Reparations: Time to Get Paid—Why, When, How." Along with proposing corrective measures, national and local legal leaders will discuss the pros and cons of reparations. The Wiley A. Branton Award, for "persons demonstrating leadership on the cutting edge of law for civil, social and economic justice," will be presented to Congressman John Conyers; attorney Gary Jackson; civil rights activist Rachel B. Noel; and Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and First Lady Wilma J. Webb. Branton was one of the most recognized civil rights lawyers of the twentieth century. The Sam Cary Bar Association will host the NBA at its "Thirtieth Anniversary Homecoming Celebration" on October 13, 2001, at 6 p.m., at Coors Field. Guest speaker will be former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Judge Rodney Slater. For complete information about these and other related functions, and to make reservations, call Stephanie Y. O’Malley at (303) 894-6114.


"Everyday Legal Ethics" will be presented on October 19, 2001, for a half-day program at 1900 Grant St., Third Floor. This program features members of the Colorado Ethics Committee and will deal with issues most commonly confronted by Colorado practitioners, such as conflicts, fee agreements, conduct, and solicitation.

On October 11, "Legal Ethics of Negotiation and Mediation" will explore the ethical dilemmas faced by lawyers and mediators in negotiations and settlement. This program also will cover recent developments in legal ethics and how they will impact law practice both in and out of negotiations.

"Eligibility for Medicaid and Other Colorado Health Care Programs" will be held October 25-26, 2001. This program begins with an overview of the major public benefit programs, which provide health care coverage for indigent Coloradans, including Medicaid, Medicare, and the Colorado Resident Discount Program. Experts will focus on Medicaid, the primary provider of health care for the poor. An overview of all ten Colorado Medicaid waivers will be given, including the purpose of waivers, application of waivers, and what to do with a waiver once obtained.

"Negotiation Skills for Lawyers" on October 12 will teach how to assess skills in order to avoid ineffective negotiation habits; identify sub-surface needs and interests; build credibility and trust; prepare for crisis; turn conflict into cooperation; and strategize for improving a negotiation skills repertoire. The course also will provide a case file review and negotiation simulation.

For more information about CLE programs, please call (303) 860-0608 or toll free at (888) 860-2531, visit, or just drop by: 1900 Grant St., Suite 300, Denver.

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