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April 2000       Vol. 29, No. 4       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


History Buffs Needed: Would you like to help create a mock trial case dealing with a Colorado historical event? The Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") Law Education Committee is seeking volunteers interested in creating a criminal case for the 2002 state mock trial competition. Attorneys are needed to help create charges, witness statements, exhibits, and jury instructions. Call Dave Ells at (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736 if you are interested.

tcl-2000april-bn1Conference on Workplace Violence: The Conference on Workplace Violence was a huge success, drawing nearly 600 people. The Conference was co-sponsored by the CBA, the Attorney General’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial District. The February 17 conference was packed with speakers, including CBA President-Elect Dale Harris and Attorney General Ken Salazar, as well as workshops to discuss workplace violence prevention. The Workplace Action Team of is presenting follow-up seminars in coming months to further examine violence issues. These seminars will be hosted by the CBA. Topics include: "Addressing Policy, Procedures and Legal Issues"; "Intervention Strategies"; and "Problem Solving and Resource Development."

Call Kathleen Schoen at (303) 824-5305 or (800) 332-6736 for more information.


The Family Law Section will host its monthly meeting April 14 at noon at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the annual day-long "Attorney-Mediator Dialogue" program. During lunch, a panel will discuss the difference between drafting the mediator’s Memorandum Of Understanding and practicing law. CLE credits are expected. Please R.S.V.P. to (303) 637-4056.

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 the issue of whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 2, § 13 of the Colorado Constitution create individual or collective rights. The program is free and will be at the CBA/CLE offices, 1900 Grant Street, 3rd Floor, Denver. CLE credits are expected. Call Melissa McClerkin at (303) 824-5321 for details.



On February 8, CBA President Bart Mendenhall visited the First Judicial District Bar Association ("First J.D."). 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.

Congratulations to Jack Berryhill, the newest member of the bench for the First J.D. Beginning this month, he will be taking over Judge Thomas Woodford’s docket in Division Nine. He was sworn-in on March 30, 2000.

Another congratulations goes to Donald McClary who celebrated fifty years as a member of the 13th Judicial District Bar Association on February 12, 2000.

It is time for the Denver Bar Association’s ("DBA") 2000 Barristers Benefit Ball! The "Gem of an Evening" is on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m., at the Adams Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver. Every year, select attorneys are honored at the Ball for their extraordinary efforts and dedication to pro bono legal services. This year’s honorees are Megan Combs, Dan Duggan, Pam Gagel, and Gina Weitzenkorn. There is still time to purchase tickets for this annual event benefiting Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Call Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736 for ticket information.

Sign up now for the DBA Young Lawyers Division Annual Luncheon. The ethics luncheon will be May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver. Bob Keatinge, of Holland & Hart, will be speaking on "Multidisciplinary Practice Issues in Colorado." The cost is $25 and two CLE credits are available. For information, call Meredith Frinsko at the CBA/DBA offices at (303) 295-8000, or simply mail in payment to 1900 Grant St., 9th Fl., Denver, CO 80203.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association’s ("ACBA") monthly dinner will be April 14 at 6 p.m. at the Denver Hilton South, 7801 East Orchard Road. Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis will speak on jury reform. The cost is $20 and one CLE credit will be available. Call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227 to register.

The ACBA will host another CLE program on April 21 at noon. "The Courtroom of the Future" presentation will be held at the Arapahoe County Justice Center, 7325 South Potomac St., Englewood. Following lunch, participants will meet for a demonstration of the technological features and capabilities of the courtroom of the future. One CLE credit has been applied for. The cost is $15. Call ACBA at (303) 797- 2227 for details.

On April 14, the Boulder County Bar Association’s Medical Legal Section will present "What Lawyers and Doctors Can Expect from the 2000 Legislative Session." Starting at 6 p.m. at the Boulder Country Club, 7350 Clubhouse Road, Boulder legislators and representatives will address current issues and changes in the medical field. Call Christine Hylbert at (303) 440-4758 for more information.

The Boulder County Legal Services Award Luncheon will be April 26 at noon at Trios, 1155 Canyon Blvd., in Boulder. This Boulder County Bar Association annual event honors volunteer lawyers in Boulder County. Call Legal Services for more information at (303) 449-7575.

The Adams County Bar Association is still looking for volunteers to help out with "Law Day" on April 28. Volunteers are needed to set up and assist with this year’s event. Call Debra Dodd at (303) 659-7720 to volunteer.

CBA President Bart Mendenhall will visit the Weld County Bar Association on April 18 at the bar’s general membership meeting. Bart and other CBA staff will address members’ concerns and discuss CBA programs.


The Annual Survey of Colorado Law 1999 is available for purchase. This 29th edition provides Colorado practitioners with a comprehensive update on case law, as well as legislative and administrative developments that arose during 1999. Written by top lawyers in their fields and covering twenty-eight areas of Colorado law and practice, this 400-page book is a convenient way to stay current with recent trends. The cost is $49. Call CLE in Colorado, Inc. at (303) 860-0608 to order or for more information.

The new revised edition of the Colorado Appellate Handbook is available this month. Under the guidance of the Honorable Janice B. Davidson, this handbook provides a "cookbook" approach to handling appeals in the Colorado appellate courts. This publication covers the various stages of the appeals process in both the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. The cost is $99. Call CLE in Colorado, Inc. at (303) 860-0608.

The 1999 Supplements to the Colorado Estate Planning Handbook and The Green Book: Selected Materials on Wills, Estates, Trusts and Taxes are available for purchase. Call CBA/CLE at 303-860-0608 to order.

CBA-CLE is proud to announce the publication of The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law, a new book on Colorado construction law and practice. It is available for purchase at a cost of $179 for CBA members. Call (303) 860-0608.


tcl-april2000-bn3Michele McCandless is the newest member of the Legal Aid Foundation and the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation at 1900 Grant Street, 11th Floor. Michele is the new director of development and public relations. She comes to us with twenty years of experience in the nonprofit arena. Michele looks forward to exercising her fund-raising skills and talents within the legal community, and is especially looking forward to organizing the expansion of the Legal Aid Foundation winetasting benefit events. Welcome, Michele!


The CBA Economic Survey is coming back. In response to member requests, the CBA has hired a firm, with experience working with bar associations, to conduct another economic 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. The new questionnaires will be mailed after tax time. Take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire, and return it to the CBA/DBA offices at 1900 Grant St., 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. As in previous years, those who complete the survey will remain anonymous. The results should be available in September 2000. Call Reba Nance, Director of Law Practice Management, at (303) 824-5320 or (800) 332-6736 if you have any questions.

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