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February 2000       Vol. 29, No. 2       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


tcl-2000feb-bn1On November 19, 1999, the CBA cosponsored the Second Annual Legal Career Options Day at CU School of Law in Boulder. The event gave law students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers where they can use their law degrees and meet attorneys in an informal setting. Continuing the success of last year’s program, nearly 300 law students and about fifty attorneys participated. Dean Harold H. Bruff, CBA President Bart Mendenhall, and Assistant Dean of Career Services Tony Bastone spoke at the candlelight and champagne reception following the program. (PHOTO: CBA Young Lawyers Division board member Jason Spillman (right) talks with a CU law student at Legal Career Options Day in Boulder)

Save the date! The 2000 CBA Convention will be September 8-10 in Keystone. The annual convention is a great opportunity to earn CLE credits, compete in sporting events, hear nationally known speakers, and network with other attorneys from across the state. For more information, call Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5318.

Over sixty teams, representing forty high schools, and over 400 students will participate in this year’s CBA High School Mock Trial Regional Tournaments. Regional tournaments will take place February 7-25. Call the president of your local bar association to volunteer as a presiding judge (real judges, please) or scoring panelist. The State Mock Trial Tournament will be held on March 10-11. The winner advances to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Columbia, South Carolina, in May 2000. Last year’s state champion, Regis Jesuit High School–Aurora, finished second in the national tournament.

The 52nd Annual Western States Bar Conference will be on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, March 1-4. Keynote speaker Ward Bower, of Altman Weil, Inc., will address the "Future of the Legal Profession: Impact of Multidisciplinary Practice, Technology and the Globalization of the Practice of Law." Bar leaders and volunteers from sixteen western states and the American Bar Association will gather to assess these topics and discuss how the profession will deal with the significant challenges ahead. CLE credit is anticipated. For more information, contact Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5318, or visit the CBA website at


The Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee continues to meet on the first Tuesday of every month at noon at the CBA offices. Everyone is invited to attend. This Committee is currently working on a number of projects, including improving the website, creating a pamphlet to encourage attorneys of color to work in Colorado, developing part of the CBA annual convention program, and working with the Pledge to Diversity Law Firm Group to improve the diversity of the major Colorado law firms and institutions. For more information, check out, or contact David R. Juarez at (303)451-5570, or



The 2000 Barristers Benefit Ball will be "A Gem of an Evening," Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. The annual Denver Bar Association event to benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers will be held at the Adams Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5318.(PHOTO:Jackie St. Joan (left), the Honorable Brian Campbell, the Honorable Andy Armatas, and Merrill Linton take a moment for a picture at the 1999 Barristers Benefit Ball)

tcl-2000feb-bn3On December 8, 1999, DBA Senior members enjoyed good food and company at the second annual Senior Holiday Party. Drawing in almost thirty members, the DBA hosted a collegial luncheon, complete with trivia and door prizes. (PHOTO: Ken Hubbard shows off his door prize winnings from the DBA Senior Holiday Party)

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association and The Alliance of Professional Women are presenting the 15th Annual Dinner Honoring Colorado’s women legislators on Thursday, February 24. The dinner is at the Downtown Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, and starts at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. Sponsorship opportunities are available and individual tickets are $45. Please R.S.V.P. by February 17 to Karen Rosen at (303) 368-4747.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") recently delivered more than 1,100 pairs of new socks to the St. Francis Center, a day shelter for the homeless in downtown Denver. The sock collection drive, which was carried out during the month of December 1999, was organized by Robert Truhlar, president of the ACBA. Many members of the ACBA were eager to assist the less fortunate in the community, and generously donated new socks to the cause. Lawyers brought packages of socks to holiday events and meetings. Some law firms organized their own sock drives and delivered large quantities to the Center. Socks arrived through the mail, and various judges delivered sock donations as well. A large cash donation from the Don Chambers Memorial Fund brought over 400 pairs, to push the total well over the 1,000-pair goal. Very nice work!


CLE in Colorado, Inc. ("CLECI"), the nonprofit educational arm of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, has contracted with the state Judicial Department to publish the Colorado Jury Instructions–Civil. Available in February 2000, the CLE book includes the official text of the instructions promulgated by the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions as of August 1, 1999, as well as the "Notes on Use" and the "Source and Authority" annotations by the Committee. A CD-ROM is also included with the book. The price of the book and CD-ROM set is $179 for CBA members, $199 for non-members. Call CLECI at (303) 860-0608 to order or for additional information.


A "Landlord/Tenant Law Pro Bono" CLE, sponsored by Metro Volunteer Lawyers and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA"), is scheduled for March 3 at Holland and Hart (7 CLE credits applied for). The program provides an overview of Colorado’s eviction statute and private evictions, including mobile home evictions. It also covers applicable defenses and counterclaims, subsidized housing evictions, fair housing issues, and the availability of attorney fees in eviction cases. The cost is $30 for CWBA members and $40 for non-members. Attendees are asked to sign a commitment to represent one client through Metro Volunteer Lawyers by March 2001. Earn CLE credits, gain courtroom experience, and help low-income clients. Space is limited. Call Jennifer Leftwich at (303) 831-1040 for more information.

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