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January 2002       Vol. 31, No. 1       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, minority/specialty and local bar associations, and CBA-CLE. If you have information you would like included in Bar News, contact the CBA Communications Department by letter to: 1900 Grant Street, Suite 900, Denver,Colorado 80203-4336; phone: (303) 860-1115 or toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736; or fax to Molly Osberg at (303) 894-0821, or e-mail:



The Lawyer’s Professional Liability Committee will meet on January 9, 2002, at 7:30 a.m. at the Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant Street, Suite 900, Denver. Call Michelle Gersic with questions at (303) 824-5342 or (800) 332-6736.

The International Law Committee will meet January 16, 2002, at noon at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Pl. Jim Lyons, of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP, will present "Peace and Prosperity in Northern Ireland: The IFI Model." Lyons is the former Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Economic Initiatives in Northern Ireland. To register for the program, contact Tom McNamara by January 14, 2002, by fax at (303) 893-1379, or e-mail: tom.mcnamara@ Cost is $18.50 for committee members and $20 for all others. CLE credit will be available. Please note that once you make a reservation, you will be charged, unless you cancel by noon on Monday, January 14.

"How to Compete as a Solo or Small Firm" will be the topic of the February 7, 2002, CBA Law Practice Management/Law Office Technology Committee Meeting. This meeting will include a discussion of the tools that solos and small firms can use to provide service to their clients when the opposition has more resources at its disposal. One CLE credit is available. The meeting will be at noon, at 1900 Grant, Suite 900, Denver. Call Michelle Gersic at (303) 824-5342 to register. Box lunches are available for $7 and should be ordered when you register.


The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") annual "Christmas in January" event will be on January 26, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This half-day event provides a party and holiday gifts for foster children under 12 years old. Volunteers are still needed to help with the presents, pizza, and pictures with Santa. To volunteer to help or to sponsor this event, please contact Nora Nye at (303) 355-6504 or

The annual DBA "Fall Soiree" took place on November 7, 2001, at Maggiano’s Little Italy in downtown Denver. More than 150 people attended and learned about bar association benefits, socialized with friends and colleagues, and enjoyed good food and drink.

The 2002 DBA Bench-Bar Retreat has been rescheduled from March 2 to October 26, 2002. For more information call Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

Fall Soiree

DBA President Bill Walters (left), DBA-YLD Chair Dawn Adeletti and DBA President-Elect Elizabeth Starrs at the Fall Soiree.

On September 15-16, 2001, attorneys of the First Judicial Bar Association ("First JD") were available at the Summerset Festival at Clement Park in Littleton to give free legal information to festival attendees. For future volunteering opportunities, call Bob Montgomery at (303) 989-4680.

Speaking of volunteering, Tom Walsh of the First JD is chairing the Mock Trial Committee. The Committee is gearing up for the High School Mock Trial Competition February 18-22, 2002. Walsh is recruiting attorney or judge volunteers to coach the Evergreen and Ralston Valley High School teams. He also needs volunteers to judge the regional and state competitions. If you’re interested in volunteering your time and your professional savvy to this "legal battle of the high schools," call Walsh at (303) 279-7229.

Friends of the Legal Aid Foundation celebrated the Foundation’s twentieth anniversary with a reception hosted by Holland & Hart, LLP on November 13, 2002. The theme for the evening was "Celebrating the Past and Looking to the Future." David Jankowski, chair of the Board of Trustees, thanked current and past board members, and acknowledged past board chairs as well. Former Foundation chairs in attendance included Donald Hoagland, H. Gregory Austin, David Butler, William E. Walters III, and Frederick J. Baumann. The special guest speaker was U.S. Attorney John Suthers, who has been a long-time supporter of the Foundation and served on the El Paso County Campaign Committee. Jon Asher, Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services, also thanked Foundation supporters and presented an overview of the program. The funds raised by the Foundation support Colorado Legal Services, which provides civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Colorado.

Legal Aid Foundation

Legal Aid Foundation Chair David Jankowski (right) stands with former chairs Don Hoagland (left), Bill Walters and Fred Baumann.

CBA President Laird Milburn spoke to Northwestern Colorado Bar Association members on November 3, 2001, about improving the image of lawyers. Before his presentation, 100-Hour Certificates were presented to: Mark A. Freirich, Sandra H. Gardner, James D. Grady, Polly St. James, Rebekah A. McBride, Bridget K. O’Rourke, Claire E. Sollars, and Wayne L. Westphale. Steamboat Springs is one of the many locales Milburn will visit this year as he travels across Colorado to various local bar associations. Contact Jo Ann Viola Salazar by phone at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736 or e-mail her at for more information.

Ellen Stuart Roberts, a probate attorney and member of the Southwestern Bar Association, was mentioned in the December 2001 issue of the ABA Journal. In a story by ABA President Robert Hirshon entitled "To the Heroes Among Us," Hirshon applauds Roberts for "using her expertise to create a free seminar, ‘Health Care My Way,’ to help the elderly with living wills and powers of attorney." Good work, Ellen!

The Boulder County Bar Association had its Third Annual Ethics Forum. Charles Luce, of Moye, Giles, O’Keefe, Vermeire & Gorrell, LLP, spoke on "Ethics in Computers and the Practice of Law." Steve Fatzinger, from the Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation, gave an update on attorney discipline, and John Palmeri, chair of the CBA Professional Liability Committee, discussed attorney malpractice prevention.

Watch for the Second Annual Legal Aid Foundation Wine Tasting Fundraiser in Boulder during the second week of February 2002. The date is to be determined, but the location of the event will be at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. Last year, the event brought in $7,800 for legal aid services. Call Christine Hylbert at (303) 440-4758 for more information.


The Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of Colorado ("Guild") held its annual Red Mass on November 4, 2001, at the John Paul II Center. Monsignor Walker Nickless presided. The mass was followed by breakfast, where the Guild presented its St. Thomas More Award to Kevin Kuhn, and the Lifetime Achievement Award to William Fortune. The Guild’s next event is the Annual Dinner on January 31, 2002. Archbishop Chaput will celebrate the mass at the John Paul II Center at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Call Suanne Dell at (303) 812-1244 with questions.

Post Red Mass breakfast

Kevin Kuhn (left), Catholic Lawyers Guild President Suanne Dell, and William Fortune at the guild’s post-Red Mass breakfast.


Learn the hands-on tools and techniques attorneys need to prevent legal malpractice and to improve their law practices. "Preventing Legal Malpractice" will be presented on eight different dates and locations: January 24—Holiday Inn University Park, Fort Collins; January 25—CBA-CLE classroom, Denver; January 29—Pueblo Convention Center, Pueblo; January 30—Wyndham Hotel, Colorado Springs; February 7—Adam’s Mark Hotel, Grand Junction; February 8—Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, Vail; February 15—CBA-CLE classroom, Denver; and February 22—The Strater Hotel, Durango. Sponsored by the CBA-CLE, CBA Professional Liability Committee, and Seabury & Smith, titles of some of the presentations are: "Eight Things Not To Do When Responding To Disciplinary Counsel"; "Ten Characteristics of the ‘Problem’ Client"; "Ten Practice Tips for Trial and Appellate Lawyers"; and "The Top Ten Claims Against Colorado Lawyers." Call (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531 for more information.

"Defending Non-Citizens in Immigration Proceedings" will be presented on January 11, 2002. Following the dramatic changes in immigration law over the past few months and years, non-U.S. citizens now find themselves subject to deportation for a wide range of infractions and are eligible for benefits under a number of new programs. Unfortunately, the demand for legal representation far exceeds the supply of practitioners who emphasize deportation defense. This program will provide attorneys with the information they need to represent non-U.S. citizens in immigration proceedings. Attorneys, paralegals, and students who agree to accept one pro bono case during the upcoming year may attend this CLE at a reduced rate. Call (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531 for more information.

In conjunction with publication of the new Colorado Estate Planning Forms, 2001 Edition (the "Orange Book"), CBA-CLE is pleased to present "Colorado Estate Planning Forms" on January 18, 2002. Attendees will receive a thoroughly updated and expanded edition of CLE’s most popular publication, which incorporates all of the latest developments in estate planning law. This book introduces several complete new forms, as well as revised versions of a number of existing forms. All of the forms and text also are provided on CD-ROM. Call (303) 860-0608 or (888) 860-2531 for more information.


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