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December 1999       Vol. 28, No. 12       Page  1
Bar News

Bar News
by Darlene M. Emery

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


Colorado Bar Foundation: The Colorado Bar Foundation's annual Bar Fellows Dinner will be held Friday, January 7, 2000, at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. The following day, the CBA Board of Governors will meet at DU College of Law. For information on either event, call Dana Vocate at the CBA office, (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

Goodbye to TCL Staff Member: After more than eleven years at The Colorado Lawyer, Assistant Editor Darlene Emery is leaving the CBA to take a position as publications and communications specialist for the State Court Administrator's Office. Darlene thanks the many CBA members she has worked with over the years and says, "I have great admiration for attorneys and other legal professionals, and I'm glad my new position will allow me to stay in the legal field."


Beginning December 13, the Litigation Section will once again sponsor a "Dialog with the Judiciary" luncheon series at the CBA. The December 13 program, which begins at noon, will feature Denver County Court Judge Raymond Satter, speaking on "Experiences as a County Court Judge." For more information or to reserve a seat, call Melissa McClerkin at the CBA in Denver, (303) 824-5321 or (800) 332-6736.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum Committee is currently updating its directory of ADR providers. The new directory will be published on the CBA website (www. If you would like a listing in the directory, call Melissa McClerkin at (303) 824-5321 or (800) 332-6736, or e-mail at

The Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for both the Six of the Greatest feature (in each July issue of The Colorado Lawyer) and the Award of Merit, which is presented each year at the CBA Convention. For more information about the award qualifications, call CBA Director of Communications Diane Hartman at (303) 824-5312 or (800) 332-6736.

The Law Education Committee has new publications available. "So, You're 18 Now . . . a Survivor's Guide for Young Adults" is a forty-page booklet that provides summaries of adult rights and responsibilities. "Law in Colorado" is a revised Colorado addendum to the high school text, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law. It provides an overview of the justice system and the law, as well as case-specific examples. Ordering information is available by calling Dave Ells at the CBA, (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736.


The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") is looking for volunteers to support twice-monthly "Doing Your Own Divorce" clinics in the Denver City and County Building. These lunch-hour clinics provide a brief review of the divorce process and include separate "with" and "without children" discussions. The clinics are designed for pro se litigants. To volunteer, call Chris Hardaway at (303) 989-5293 or Dave Ells at (303) 824-5323.

Since September, the DBA has been hosting a well-attended weekly luncheon program series entitled "Tuesdays at the Bar" for CLE credit on various legal topics. Although the programs are being suspended during the month of December, they will resume in January. For upcoming program topics and other information, call Karen Bries at the CBA, (303) 824-5303 or (800) 332-6736 or visit; to make a reservation, call Barb Martin at (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.

A packed house at the October 26 "Tuesdays at the Bar" program

On November 13, CBA President Bart Mendenhall visited the Northwestern Colorado Bar Association and presented 100 Hour Club certificates for pro bono work to the following members: Sandra Gardner, James Grady, Rebekah McBride, Polly St. James, and Bridget O'Rourke.

Attention, Gilpin County lawyers! Anyone who lives or practices in Gilpin County and is interested in forming a Gilpin County Bar Association is invited to call John Pineau in Boulder at (303) 440-0123. Pineau also can be reached by fax at (303) 449-2656 or e-mail at

The Mesa County Bar Association held its Annual Harvest of the Arts fundraiser to benefit the Mesa County Pro Bono Project on October 22-23 in Grand Junction, and enjoyed a great turnout from community members. The event included a quilt raffle and a silent auction sponsored by local restaurants and artists, and approximately $7,000 was raised. Local bar associations who would like information about holding this type of fundraiser for their own pro bono efforts are encouraged to call Jo Ann Salazar at the CBA, (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.

Lane Earnest and Marilyn Hass,
executive director of Downtown
Boulder, Inc.

On October 28, CBA President Bart Mendenhall, President-Elect Dale Harris and several CBA staff members attended the Boulder County Bar Association's ("BCBA") annual Dinner with the 20th Judicial District Judges. During the event, attorney Lane Earnest received the BCBA's sixth annual Ron Porter Community Service Award for his extensive community involvement and accomplishments in Boulder County.


Join the Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") on the morning of December 10 for the second annual program on "Understanding and Impacting the Legislative Process." The program will be held at the State Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Chambers. Legislators, lobbyists, and other experts will discuss the TABOR amendment and its profound impact on legislators and those who seek legislative change; the mechanics of the bill drafting process; and how to introduce legislation. The cost is $40 for CWBA members and $55 for nonmembers. Four CLE credits are anticipated. For more information, call Jennifer Leftwich in Denver at (303) 831-1040.

Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder will present the keynote speech at the CWBA's 2000 Convention. The convention, to be held on May 19-21 in Vail, will feature other notable speakers and sessions of interest to all women attorneys. For more information, call the CWBA in Denver at (303) 831-1040.

In an effort to keep its members informed of upcoming activities and hot issues, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA") is collecting e-mail addresses of its membership. Please forward your e-mail address to Kris Gomez at (303) 620-4999, ext. 130.

The CHBA also is looking for mentors for its mentoring program at Horace Mann Middle School in Denver. Additional information is available by calling Nicole Rodarte at (303) 620- 4999, ext. 158, or Jason Romero at (303) 572-4200.

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association will hold its monthly luncheon program at noon on December 15 at the Denver Athletic Club. Steve Shuster will discuss "The Advantages of Using an Accountant in the Damages Aspect of Cases." For more information, call Chris Middendorf-Smith in Denver at (303) 696-6661.

The Sam Cary Bar Association will hold its Fall 1999 Scholarship Banquet on December 10 at Cableland in Denver. For more information, call Connie Simon in Denver at (303) 224-0419.


Regional mock trial tournaments will be held in a variety of locations across Colorado beginning in mid-February 2000. Tournaments are currently scheduled in Colorado Springs, Denver, Golden, and Brighton. Other tournaments may be held in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Greeley. Contact your local bar association to volunteer to score the trial rounds.

The first-ever collegiate undergraduate mock trial competition will take place in January at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Two USAFA teams and teams from Mesa State College and Regis University will meet in the tournament.

For more information about a tournament in your area or the collegiate tournament, call Dave Ells at the CBA office, (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736 in Denver.

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