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July 2000       Vol. 29, No. 7       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


Mock Trials: Kent Denver, the 2000 Colorado State Mock Trial Champion, traveled to Columbia, South Carolina, on May 11-14, 2000, for the 17th Annual National High School Mock Trial Championship. The Colorado team competed against teams from Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arkansas. The team finished with a record of two wins and two losses. Their two losses were by one point in each of the two rounds. Attorney Bruce Menk, Arapahoe County Court Judge Dana Murray, and Justice Alex Martinez coached and accompanied the team to South Carolina. Congratulations to the Kent Denver participants!

Hon. Bob Kapelke (center) joined singers
(left to right) Brenda Taylor, Sandy Waters,
Wiley Mayne, and Dave Atkinson, and other
members of the CBA Board of Governors in
donning bow ties to celebrate Executive
Director Chuck Turner's (right) 20th year
at the Bar.
Happy Anniversary: May 15, 2000, marked Chuck Turner's 20th year as Executive Director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. Congratulations, Chuck!


Over 100 attorneys were present for the Larimer County Bar Association's ("LCBA") Spring Meeting on March 14, 2000. Fort Collins attorney Bill Brown was awarded the LCBA's Professionalism Award, given annually to a Larimer County attorney who represents the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, integrity, and community involvement. The election of new officers for the 2000-2001 term also was conducted. The officers are Peter Bullard, President, Fort Collins; Bruce Fickel, President-Elect, Berthoud; Zack Wilson, Treasurer, Fort Collins; and Mason Mitchell, Secretary, Fort Collins.

Judge Thomas Levi (left), ACBA President Bob
Truhlar, John Egan, and former Judge Peter Alpert
take a break during the ACBA's CLE meeting.
Members of the Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") are back from Las Vegas, Nevada, after their Spring CLE trip on April 27, 2000. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender was one of the many speakers at the conference, along with former Magistrate Judge Richard Borchers and attorney Brooke Wunnicke.

Magistrate Juanita Rice was recently selected by Governor Bill Owens to be a district court judge in the Eighteenth Judicial District. She was sworn in on June 30, 2000, at the Arapahoe County Justice Center. Congratulations, Judge Rice!

Michael Valdez, Colorado Bar Association Director of Legislative Relations, will visit the Weld County Bar Association on July 18, 2000, at noon, to present an overview of the 2000 Colorado legislative session. The meeting will be at the Weld County Law Library. Cost is $8. R.S.V.P. to the Weld County City Attorney's Office at (303) 350-9757.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Warm Welcome Court Child Care Center celebrated its one-year anniversary on May 10, 2000. Since its inception a year ago, 1,640 children have visited the Center, a free, drop-in facility for children of witnesses, victims, litigants, and jurors who don't have or can't afford child care.

Former DBA President Hubert Farbes
(left) jokes with new Seniors
Committee Chair Bob Fullerton at
the 2000 Senior Spring Banquet.
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Bob Keatinge (left), DBA President-Elect Susan
Smith Fisher, and CBA President-Elect Dale Harris
pose for the camera at the Annual Ethics Luncheon.
On May 17, 2000, at the 2000 Senior Spring Banquet, the DBA honored twenty-three attorneys who have practiced law for fifty years. Congratulations to Edward Almon, Harlan Balaban, Eugene Beville, Robert Carr, Walter Cass, Richard Cockrell, Robert Davison, Clifton Flowers, James Forrester, Willard Freeman, Robert Hawley, Frank Hays, William Hazlitt, John Fleming Kelly, William Koger, Belmore Martin, Harold Meadoff, Luis Rovira, Burton Smead, Fletcher Thomas, Paul West, Stoddard White, and Arthur Zarlengo. Also at the banquet, Seniors Committee Chair Bob Hawley named former Judge Bob Fullerton new Committee Chair.

The DBA Young Lawyers Division held their Annual Ethics Luncheon on May 10, 2000. DBA President-Elect Susan Smith Fisher, CBA President-Elect Dale Harris, and attorney Bob Keatinge spoke to Denver lawyers about multidisciplinary practice issues.

Join the El Paso County Bar Association for their 11th Annual Night at the Ballpark on Sunday, July 16, 2000. Lunch is at noon and the Sky Sox-Memphis game starts at 1:35 p.m. Call Dave Johnson at (303) 471-1650 for more details.

The First Judicial District Bar Association proudly announces the recipients of the following year 2000 awards: Robert Ransome, Award of Merit; Paul Danborn, Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; Tony Sabatini, Liberty Bell Award; and Alane Holsteen, Linda T. Palmieri Annual Award for Outstanding Service to Children. Congratulations to the award winners!

It's tee time in August for the Aurora Bar Association. Come to the Annual Aurora Bar Open Golf Tournament on August 16, 2000, at the Meadow Hills Golf Course. Registration is $55 and includes a cart. Forty-four spots are available, with tee times starting at noon. Mail registrations, including golfer's names and requested tee times, and checks to Hon. Steven L. Fisher, Aurora Municipal Court, 15001 E. Alameda Drive, Aurora, CO 80012.

CBA President-Elect Dale Harris made his first bar visit on May 19, 2000, to the Pueblo Bar Association. Each year, the CBA president and various CBA staff members and officers visit the local bar associations to talk about members' concerns, as well as to inform members of CBA services and benefits. For a schedule of upcoming visits, call Jo Ann Viola Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.


The Denver Law Club recently announced new officers for the 2000-2001 year. The officers are Dana L. Eismeier, President; Theresa M. Mehringer, Vice-President; Kimberly H. Tyson, Treasurer; and Michelle L. Keist and Colleen R. Belak, Co-Secretaries. As usual, the Law Club will present another of its famous (or infamous) shows at the CBA convention in Keystone on September 9, 2000. Anyone, Law Club member or not, interested in writing, performing, or playing an instrument for the show should contact Diana Terry at (303) 295- 6800.


Business Law Institute: The CBA Business Law Section is sponsoring an intensive two-day conference focusing on issues for the business law practitioner. Such topics as e-commerce, equity-based compensation, and representing small business owners will be covered. The program is being held in conjunction with the CBA's Annual Convention on September 8-9, 2000, in Keystone. Brochures will be mailed soon. For more information, call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

Real Estate Practice Course: This annual ten-week course, sponsored by CBA-CLE, will be held on September 12, 2000. Taught by Willis Carpenter and Holly Hoxeng, this course focuses on basic-to-intermediate concepts in real estate law and title insurance. Registrants will receive a copy of the Colorado Real Estate Practice and Colorado Title Insurance books as part of their tuition. Anyone interested should call (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531 to register.

Insurance Desk Reference: The Professional Advisor's Insurance Desk Reference, by Janet Arrowood, covers all aspects of insurance products for use in business, estate, and personal financial planning. It is written for attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, insurance producers, bank officers, and other professionals who advise clients on insurance products. The cost for CBA members is $49. For more information or to purchase, call CBA-CLE at: (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531.

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