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November 1999       Vol. 28, No. 11       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 The Colorado Lawyer at 303-830-3990, or e-mail to


CBA Annual Convention: Approximately 450 registrants basked in the beautiful fall weather at the CBA's 101st Annual Convention, held in Vail on September 24-26. Attendees earned CLE credits, networked, and enjoyed special luncheon speakers and receptions. For photo highlights from the convention, see page 37 in this issue. Audiotapes of the convention programs also are available for homestudy CLE credit; see page 145 in this issue for ordering information.

Colorado Bar Foundation: The Colorado Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for new Bar Fellows. The financial commitment is $150 annual dues for ten years. Bar Fellows have an annual dinner in January (the upcoming dinner will be held January 7). Send nominations to Dana Vocate, Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80203.

Career Options Day: The CBA, along with CU Law School, will sponsor the Second Annual Legal Career Options Day from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19, at the law school campus in Boulder. More than fifty attorney participants from the private, corporate, public interest, government, and alternative fields will be available to meet with CU law students in a table-talk format. The event will be followed by a reception. Alumni are encouraged to attend. For more information, call CU Assistant Dean of Career Services Tony Bastone at (303) 492-5911.


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 Annual 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 ("LEC") will again sponsor two mock trial workshops at the Social Science Education Consortium's Citizenship in Education Conference. The conference will be held Friday, December 3, at the Denver Marriott West in Lakewood. Workshops will discuss this year's mock trial case, and will provide examples of great performances and what it takes to achieve them. The conference provides other law-related education opportunities for use in the classroom. CLE credit is anticipated. For details, call CBA Director of Public Legal Education Dave Ells at (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736.

Stan Kent (left) presents a plaque to
Dennis Whitmer at the Trust and
Estate Section Annual Dinner
The LEC also 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 that accrue on an individual's eighteenth birthday. "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 (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736.

The Trust and Estate Section held its annual dinner in conjunction with the CBA Convention in Vail. Approximately thirty section members and guests were on hand to see outgoing Section President Stan Kent present plaques to the Section's 1998-99 committee chairs. Kent also welcomed current Section President Kathy Seidel.

It's almost time for the Third Annual CBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") Ski Train Trip! On January 29, 2000, lawyers of all ages, friends, and families are invited to ride the Ski Train from Denver to Winter Park for a day of on-train events, skiing, and après-ski festivities. For more information, call Daniel Markofsky in Denver at (303) 691-9700.


Heart of the Rockies Bar Association
President Anthony Martinez and Jo
Ann Salazar at the September meeting
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 Denver Bar Association ("DBA") will hold its annual Bench-Bar Retreat on November 6 at the Inverness Hotel. This year's theme is "The Truth. The Whole Truth. Nothing But." The event is an opportunity for lawyers and judges to discuss, in an informal setting, today's hot topics. See the DBA website,, for details, or call Dana Vocate at (303) 824-5319 or (800) 332-6736.

The DBA Young Lawyers Division is busy planning several events: An orientation at the Denver District and County Courts on November 5 for newly admitted (and not so new) attorneys; a Soiree and Bar Mart on November 10 in LoDo; and the Sixth Annual Winetasting to benefit the Legal Aid Foundation on December 1 at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. For more information on either event, call Laura Embleton in Denver at (303) 860-0608.

During September, CBA President Bart Mendenhall visited the Adams County Bar Association and the Heart of the Rockies/Fremont-Custer Bar Association. 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 on CBA services and benefits. For a schedule of upcoming visits, call CBA Director of Public and Legal Services Jo Ann Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736.

At the Adams County Bar visit (from left):
Marilyn Wilde, Barb Corneau, and Ida Escobedo-Betson


After a summer break, the newly restructured Sam Cary Bar Association ("SCBA") is back in full swing. The purpose of the organization is to serve as a vehicle for the exchange of information among African-American lawyers and as a professional conduit for law students and new and existing attorneys. Under the restructure, all-member meetings will be held every second Wednesday in January, March, May, September, and November. In lieu of monthly meetings, CLE seminars will be held every second Wednesday in February, April, June, and October. The next all-member meeting will be held on November 10 at the CBA offices. For more information about the meeting or the SCBA's other activities, call Secretary Connie Simon in Denver at (303) 566-1276.

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") will hold its monthly luncheon program on November 17 at the Denver Athletic Club. Bill Remine will discuss "Complex Litigation and Insurance Defense Work." For more information, call CDLA Executive Director Julie Petersen in Denver at (303) 753-6044 or (877) 686-2352.

Approximately twenty members of the Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") teamed up to "Race for the Cure" on Sunday, October 3, to raise awareness of and funds for breast cancer research. Team members ran and walked in the Denver event, which is part of the largest 5K series in the world.

The CWBA will present a brown bag CLE program entitled "Update on Restraining Order Laws and Forms" at noon on November 17. The event will be held in the Boulder Public Library Auditorium. One CLE credit is pending. The cost is $10 for CWBA members, $15 for nonmembers, and students get in free (materials not included). To register, call Jennifer Leftwich in Denver at (303) 831-1040.


The newly reorganized Colorado Legal Services elected officers on October 1. They are: Daniel A. Vigil, chair; Steven Fieldman, vice-chair; JoAnn Vogt, treasurer; and George Lyon, secretary. An article about the reorganization of legal services entities in Colorado will appear in an upcoming issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

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