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March 2000       Vol. 29, No. 3       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


CBA Brochures: The Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") produces informational brochures on a variety of legal issues. Displaying these pamphlets for your clients is a great way to help them supplement their knowledge. To learn more about the CBA pamphlets, check out, or call the CBA for a free sample packet. To order, send a check to 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80203. The cost is $25 for fifty brochures, $15 for twenty-five brochures, or $7.50 for ten brochures. For more information, call Dina Perez at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.

Mock Trials: The Colorado state High School Mock Trial Championship tournament will be March 10-11 at the Denver City and County Building. The tournament will be held Friday afternoon from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If any attorney would like to volunteer to score matches or simply watch, call Dave Ells at (303) 824-5323.

Christian Gardner-Wood (left), Tay Considine, Matt Kramer, and Karyn Long, from Regis Jesuit High School, were recognized in the Senate Chambers on January 12 by the Colorado General Assembly for placing second in the 1999 National High School Mock Trial Championships.


The Family Law Section will host its monthly meeting March 17 at noon at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver. During lunch, a panel will discuss the New Model Of Dissolution, a pilot project occurring in the second and 18th judicial districts. Panelists include Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Kourlis, Denver District Court Chief Judge J. Stephen Phillips, Arapahoe District Court Judge Cheryl Post, and former Denver Magistrate Pamela Gagel. Please R.S.V.P. to (303) 637-4056.

The Litigation Section and Colorado Trial Lawyers will present "Dialogue with the Judiciary" on March 8 at noon at the Continuing Legal Education of Colorado offices. The topic will be "Jurors and Jury Reform" presented by Judge John Leopold. R.S.V.P. to Melissa McClerkin at (303) 824-5321. CLE credit has been applied for.

The Small Business Entities Subsection of the Business Law Section will present "Critical Issues in Business Valuations" on March 13 at noon. The seminar will be presented by Mark Pedigo of Kellogg LLC at the CBA offices.

On March 30, the Attorney Regulation Policy Committee will hold a special seminar on "The First Year of Regulation Under Rule 251." Participating in the seminar is Presiding Disciplinary Judge Roger Keithley, Attorney Regulation Counsel John Gleason, Michael Gross, and George Meyer. The seminar will be at the CBA offices from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. CLE credit has been applied for. For more information, call Dan Schendzielos at (303) 750-3015.

Presenting "Corporate (Employment) ADR Programs in Colorado," the ADR Forum Committee, Labor and Employment Forum Committee, and Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations welcome panelists from around the state to discuss ADR. The conference is March 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CBA offices. R.S.V.P. to Barb Martin at (303) 824-5311.


Judge Thomas Levi (left), ACBA President Bob Truhlar, and Judge Ethan Feldman take a break for the camera at the ACBA's Annual Judges Dinner
The Adams County Bar Association needs volunteers to help organize this year's Law Day Breakfast on April 28 at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Henderson, Colorado. The Law Day Breakfast is an annual event designed to recognize and honor local law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges, and staff for the contributions they make to the Adams County community. This year's theme will be "Justice Into the New Millennium." Highlights will include a color guard performance, presentation of community service awards, and an address by a guest speaker. Call Jen Leslie at (303) 654-6116 to volunteer.

The Adams County Bar Association also is accepting nominations for their annual awards presentation. To submit nominations for Clerk of the Year, Legal Secretary of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the Liberty Bell Award, contact Jen Leslie at (303) 654-6116.

Livening up its annual Judges Meeting on January 21, the Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") hosted the first annual Bench/Bar Bowl. This quiz show featured a panel of three judges (Judge Ethan Feldman, Magistrate Juanita Rice, and Judge Tom Levi) competing against three lawyers (Kevin Kuhn, Mike Miller, and Diane Carlton). Quiz show questions and answers included weighty questions such as: "Why do judges wear black robes instead of tie-dyed robes?" Answer by judges: "Because black goes best with our pearls of wisdom!" The judges' panel won the contest and took home the trophy (cash value, 59 cents).

The ACBA also is extending an invitation to all Colorado lawyers to attend their spring CLE program in Las Vegas, April 27-30. There will be two mornings of CLE programs at Caesars Palace. The keynote speaker is Justice Michael Bender, who will speak about "Civil Justice: A Plea for Change of Legal and Judicial Cultures." For more information, call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227.

The ACBA and Metro Denver Gang Coalition are sponsoring a luncheon on March 22 on "The Many Faces of Youth Sub-Cultures: Skinheads, Straight Edge, Vegans, Taggers, Gang Systems, SHARPS, Vampyres, Goth, Satanic." The program will be held at the first floor training room of the ACBA administration building, 7305 South Potomac St., Englewood. One CLE credit has been applied for. Call the ACBA at (303) 797-2227 for more information.

A foster child takes a break from toy gathering to pose for a picture with Santa at the YLD Christmas in January
It was Christmas in January for the Denver Bar Association's ("DBA") Young Lawyers Division on January 22. This annual event provided nearly 400 foster children with free toys, books, a pizza party, and a photo with Santa Claus. Turning a space donated by the Denver Department of Human Services into a toy and clothing store, the foster children were allowed to "buy" items with coupons provided by the young lawyers.

The DBA Match Program is always looking for attorneys available for client representation at a reduced fee. This referral service matches people of modest means, who do not qualify for free legal services, with attorneys willing to offer their services at a lower rate. All attorneys participating in the Match Program must have graduated from an accredited law school, be eligible to practice law in Colorado, carry malpractice insurance, and be in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court. For more information, call Barb Martin at (303) 824-5311.

CBA President Bart Mendenhall will be a guest at Garfield Legal Service's Annual Jail House Rock Fundraiser on April 7. Will the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association members bail Bart out, or will they pay for his continued imprisonment?

The Weld County Bar Association has a new member on the Board of Directors. Mark Geil, of Houtchens Daniel & Greenfield, will be filling the position formerly held by Jeff Burns.

Spring Term Day for the Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA") will be March 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This day includes a general business meeting, special visit from CBA President Bart Mendenhall, presentation of the LCBA Professionalism Award, and the annual Joe Coyte Bowling Tournament. The day will start at the Larimer County Courthouse.

Douglas-Elbert Bar Association ("DEBA") is accepting nominations for new officers. Bring your nominations to the March 8 meeting. In addition to officer nominations, DEBA needs nominations for the Professionalism Award, recognizing professionalism and mentoring among attorneys, and the Law Day Award, given for outstanding service to the bar association. For more information about these nominations, call Traci Engdol Fruhwirth at (303) 841-2752.


The Horace Mann Mentoring Program, sponsored by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, still needs mentors. Mentors are asked to contribute one or two hours of their time during one school day each week to meet with one or more Horace Mann middle school students. Mentoring involves career counseling, being a role model, and helping students prepare for the future. If you or someone you know wishes to participate, call Jason Romero at (303) 544-6618.

The Colorado Women's Bar Association is co-sponsoring the CLE seminar, "It's Unfair & It's Illegal II: Litigating Housing Discrimination," on April 7. The facilitator, Christopher Brancart, of Brancart & Brancart, has conducted fair housing training courses for attorneys throughout the nation. The workshop will be held at Holland & Hart from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. CLE credits have been applied for. Call Bronwyn at (303) 534-8342, ext. 122, for more information.

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