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May 2000       Vol. 29, No. 5       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: After winning the Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") State Mock Trial Competition on March 10 and 11, the Kent Denver A Team will advance to the national championship tournament on May 11-14 in Columbia, South Carolina. Congratulations to students Julia Martinez, Will Bishop, Gretchen Murray, Rammy Park, David Rapson, David Seligman, Katie Crawford, Kacie Hare, Dave Law, Anna Rooke, Anna Taiman, and Geoff Walter, and coaches Carol MacKay, Hon. Dana Murray, Hon. Rebecca Love Kourlis, Hon. Alex Martinez, and Bruce Menk.

Bankruptcy Judge Marcia Krieger (right) registers participants at Senior Law Day 2000 at DU College of Law
Photos of the mock trial teams appear on pages 31-38.

Senior Law Day: Seven hundred metro-area senior citizens attended "Senior Law Day 2000," making the March 18 day-long event a huge success. The seniors chose from twenty workshops, including: "Age Discrimination"; "Pets, Trusts and How to Plan for Fido"; "What to do When Someone Dies"; and "Medicaid and Medicare." This free program was sponsored by the CBA, DU College of Law, and Denver Regional Council of Governments. A free copy of the Senior Law Handbook 2000 was given to each attendee. For your copy of the Handbook, call Dina Perez at the CBA offices at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.

Jury Instructions: CBA/CLE is proud to announce the new edition of the Colorado Jury Instructions for Civil Trials, with a CD-ROM included. The book and CD-ROM contain the complete official text of the instructions adopted by the Colorado Supreme Court Rules Committee. This edition is current through August 1, 1999. The CD-ROM comes with an Alchemy text viewer, full-text searches, and edit and print options for Microsoft Word and WordPerfect programs. The cost is $179 for CBA members. To order, call CBA/CLE in Denver at (303) 860-0608 or toll free at (888) 860-2531.


The Bill of Rights Committee will present a panel discussion on Friday, May 5 from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. The panel will discuss whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article II, § 13 of the Colorado Constitution create individual or collective rights. The program is free and will be held at the CBA/CLE offices, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor. Call Melissa McClerkin at (303) 824-5321 or (800) 332-6736 for details.


"Roll Out the Barrels" organizers Tom Kim (left) and Chris Little pose in front of food collected at the DBA offices
CBA President Bart Mendenhall will visit the Arapahoe, Aurora, and Douglas-Elbert Bar Associations for a dinner meeting on May 18 at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S. Clinton St., at 6 p.m. 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.

A big thank you goes to the sixty-eight law firms and friends of the legal community who participated in the first annual Denver Bar Association ("DBA") "Roll Out the Barrels" food drive on February 14-18. The efforts of everyone involved raised $625 and 4,249 pounds of food, enough food for 6,148 meals.

This year’s DBA Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on June 19 at noon at the Red Rocks Country Club, 16235 W. Belleview Ave., Morrison. 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.

Join the DBA and Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") Young Lawyers Divisions, and the state of Colorado on June 5 for the "Celebration of Excellence." This event is a graduation ceremony and reception honoring Colorado foster children who have overcome tremendous odds to graduate from high school or obtain a GED. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Center. Call Laura Embleton in Denver at (303) 824-5369 or toll free at (888) 860-2531 for more information.

The Fremont-Custer Counties Bar Association congratulates Ken Plotz, the new Chief Judge for the 11th Judicial District. He replaces Judge Edward Anderson III, who resigned but will remain on the bench.

It’s time to register for the Boulder County Bar Association Annual Dinner. The Year 2000 dinner will be on May 11 at the Angel Pines County Club, 5706 Arapahoe Rd., in Boulder. The cost is $30. Mail your reservation, including a $30 check, to: Boulder County Bar Association, 1942 Broadway, Suite 205, Boulder, CO 80304. Call (303) 440-4758 for more information.

Judith J. Carlson, Anne Hodges-Parmley, Seth J. Murphey, and Edward Shindel were presented with 100-Hour Club Certificates at the Continental Divide Bar meeting on March 24. The Bar congratulates them for their dedication to pro bono services!

The First Judicial District Bar Association will host its Annual Awards Banquet on May 6 at the Table Mountain Inn, 1310 Washington St., Golden. The cash bar opens at 6 p.m., followed by a barbeque dinner at 7 p.m. Call Carol Conklin at (303) 279-5568.

CBA CLE Executive Director Gary Abrams (left) and Eric Fisher at the Summit County Bar Association meeting

Taking advantage of the free ski day, sponsored by the Summit County Bar Association, CBA President Bart Mendenhall and CBA President-Elect Dale Harris visited with members, and discussed political involvement and Multidisciplinary Practice.


This year’s Asian Pacific American Bar Association Minoru Yasui Scholarship Banquet will be on May 5 at 6 p.m. Justice Ming W. Chin, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California, will make the keynote address. Call Fay Matsukage at (303) 777-3737 for more information.

Joan Richardson, new executive director at the CWBA
Welcome Joan Richardson! She’s the new executive director of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA"), located at 1905 Sherman St., Suite 335, Denver. Joan replaces Jennifer Leftwich. Her tenure as CWBA executive director began on March 13.

There’s still time to register for the Twenty-third Annual CWBA Convention, "Achieving Personal & Professional Excellence." The 2000 convention will be held May 19-21 in Vail. There will be several activities to enjoy, including a keynote address by Former Colorado Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, a mock jury selection, and workshops on career planning, "Potentiating Your Personality," and "Effective Mediation Strategies." Call Joan Richardson at (303) 831-1040 for more information.

The annual Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") spring golf tournament is May 19 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course. See registration materials in the CDLA Newsletter or call Kevin Amatuzio at (303) 592-6600.


Verification cards for the upcoming Colorado Legal & Financial Directory should have arrived in your mailbox by now. Please be sure to review your personal information and return the card by June 15 to ensure a correct listing in the new version. If you didn’t receive a card, call Pam Amato of McGraw-Hill at (303) 584- 6740.


The Economic Survey is back. In response to member requests, the CBA has hired a firm that has experience working with bar associations to conduct another survey. In addition to covering lawyers’ salaries and hourly rates, other areas will be examined, including overhead costs. Survey names will be chosen randomly, but a large sample will be used. Watch for the new questionnaires that will be sent after tax time. Take a few minutes to fill out these questionnaires and return them per instructions. As in previous years, those who complete the survey will remain anonymous. The results should be available in September. Call Reba Nance, Director of the CBA Department of Law Practice Management, at (303) 824-5320 or (800) 332-6736 if you have any questions.

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