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June 2000       Vol. 29, No. 6       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


New Listserv: The Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") is pleased to announce the Solo/Small Firm Section is sponsoring a listserv for its section members. Subscribing to any of the CBA listervs is a great way to stay in touch with what committee and section members are doing. The listservs also act as reminders of bar functions, events, and benefits. To find out more about the solo/small firm listserv, or any other CBA listserv, please visit

Public Legal Education: The CBA Public Legal Education Department recently received new law-related educational materials for classroom use. Justice By the People is an interactive, five-lesson curriculum from the American Board of Trial Advocates, that covers jury selection and trial and jury deliberation. Street Law—A Course in Practical Law is the most up-to-date curriculum for teaching high school students about the law. It includes sessions on school prayer, stalking, teen driving, immigration, and violence.

Partner-Administrator Dinner: The CBA and Mile High Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will co-sponsor the 2000 Partner-Administrator Dinner on June 13 at the Top of the Rockies restaurant in Denver. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $80 per partner/administrator team. Speakers are Phil Shuey, John Tredennick, and Reba Nance. All three speakers have presented programs at the American Bar Association Techshow and will discuss how the Internet and other technologies impact the practice of law. One CLE credit will be available. Call the CBA at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736 for reservations.


The Interprofessional Committee will partner with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center on June 28 to present a forum on the medical and legal aspects of end-of-life care. All members of the CBA and Colorado Medical Society are welcome to attend, and professional education credits are expected. The presentation will be held at the CU Health Sciences Center, 4200 E. 9th Ave., Rm. 3829, at 6 p.m. Free parking is available on campus after 5 p.m. The cost is $15. For additional information and reservations, call Julie Schofield at (303) 824-5350 or (800) 332-6736.


The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") will host the Robert B. Lee Memorial Golf Tournament and Annual Dinner on June 16. The golf tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. at the Deer Creek Golf Course, located just south of the Ken Caryl Exit on C-470. Following the golf tournament, there will be a 6 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. dinner at the Ken Caryl Manor House. For more information or to register, call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227, or Steve McBride at (303) 797-7422.

On June 28, the ACBA and Metro Denver Gang Coalition are offering a topical lunch on family violence. The program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the first-floor training room of the Administration Building, 7305 S. Potomac St., Englewood. Two credits have been applied for. For more information, call Lori Darnell at (303) 561-2213.

It was a "Gem of an Evening" on April 29 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Denver. A sparkling 790 attorneys and friends of the legal community regaled at the Denver Bar Association's ("DBA") 12th Annual Barristers Benefit Ball. All money raised will benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Thank you to everyone who helped make this bejeweled evening possible, especially LEXIS Publishing, the Benefactor of the 2000 Ball.

DBA President Hubert Farbes (left) and DBA President-Elect Susan Smith Fisher are among the ravishing guests at the 2000 Barristers Benefit Ball
On June 5, the DBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") is hosting a "Celebration of Excellence" with the Colorado Department of Human Services and ACBA YLD, to honor Colorado foster children who have overcome tremendous odds to graduate from high school or obtain a GED. Everyone is welcome to attend. The event is at the Tivoli Center on the Auraria Campus from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Laura Embleton at (303) 824-5369 or toll free (888) 860-2531.

The DBA YLD also has teamed up with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, El Centro Bienestar San Jose, Catholic Charities, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Colorado Women's Bar Association, and Asian Pacific American Bar Association on a new project to staff a monthly legal advice and legal resource referral program. The clinic is held on-site at El Centro Bienestar San Jose, 623 Fox St., Denver, on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lawyers and paralegals are available for consultation to provide legal resource information about housing, landlord/tenant, family, employment, traffic, and immigration law. Call Suzanne Bruce at (303) 561 2397 for more information or if you are interested in volunteering. The next clinic dates are June 20 and July 18.

This year's DBA Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament is on June 19 at noon at the Red Rocks Country Club, 16235 W. Belleview Ave. The $85 entry fee includes lunch, greens fee, range balls, and cart. Awards will include individual men's and women's low gross, and team low net and low gross. For more information call Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

CBA President Bart Mendenhall was a guest at Garfield Legal Service's Annual Jail House Rock Fundraiser on April 7. The Ninth Judicial District Bar Association put Bart on trial for "bar hopping." Each year, the CBA president and various CBA staff members and officers visit the local bar associations to talk about members' concerns and 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.

CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner (left) unsuccessfully defends CBA President Bart Mendenhall, during the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association visit, for bar hopping
The Boulder County Bar Association and Boulder County Legal Services ("BCLS") honored William Benjamin on April 26 with the John Robert Marshall Award for his dedication to legal services for low-income Boulder residents. BCLS also honored attorneys David Thrower and Stanlee West-Watt for volunteering over 200 hours in 1999. Other attorneys recognized for donating 100 or more hours included Steve Closky, Rachael Doan, David Kirsh, Rachael Maizes, Anne Mygatt, Kathy Schneberk-King, and Hillary Vaughn. For more information, call Sue Parenteau (303) 449-2197.

In other pro bono efforts, the Weld County Bar Association presented 100 Hour Club certificates on April 18 to Joseph I. Bodine, Jeffrey R. Burns, William L. Crosier, Thomas O. David, Charles B. Dickson, Reidar O. Hammond, Ruben M. Hernandez, Jacqueline Johnson, Michael A. Lazar, Zane M. Pic, Mark Rapp, Sherry L. Rawlings, Gladys L. Sexton, John Stehlik, and Jeffrey H. Zelmanow. The A. Andrew Borg Pro Bono Publico Award was presented to Karen S. De Mello for her efforts to forward the cause of legal representation for the poor.

Also on April 18, CBA President Bart Medenhall visited the Weld County Bar Association to talk about members' concerns and inform members of CBA services and benefits.

CBA President Bart Mendenhall (right) poses with attorney Mike Stewart in Weld County
The Spring meeting of the Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") was held on Tuesday, March 14, at the Larimer County Courthouse. Approximately 100 attorneys and most of the county's judicial officers were present at the meeting. In his announcement of the opening of the Spring "Term" of the courts, Chief Judge James Hiatt recognized former Chief Judge John-David Sullivan for his seventeen years of service on the bench. Fort Collins attorney Bill Brown was presented with the LCBA's annual Professionalism Award for representing the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, integrity, and community involvement. Also, newly elected LCBA officers were acknowledged: Peter Bullard, president; Bruce Fickel, president-elect; Zack Wilson, treasurer; and Mason Mitchell, secretary.

Congratulations to Steven E. Shinn. Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey recently named Shinn Chief Judge for the 13th Judicial District.


The 1999 Supplements to the Colorado Estate Planning Handbook and The Green Book: Selected Materials on Wills, Estates, Trusts and Taxes are now available. To order, call CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll free (888) 860-2531.

Attention Litigators! The CLE edition of the Colorado Jury Instructions for Civil Trials, with a CD-ROM included, also is available. The book and CD-ROM contain the complete official text of the instructions as adopted by the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, as well as the "Notes on Use" and the "Source and Authority" annotations by the Committee. The cost is $179 for CBA members. Place your orders with CBA-CLE at (303) 860-0608 or toll free (888) 860-2531.

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