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October 1999       Vol. 28, No. 10       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


Thanks to Our Members: The CBA Membership Department sends a huge "thank you" to all of our members who have renewed their memberships for the coming year. CBA members are truly the lifeline of this association, and we depend on your continued support to grow and provide the excellent member services that you've come to expect. A gentle reminder: If you haven't yet paid your annual dues, please send them soon so you don't miss out on even a single issue of The Colorado Lawyer. For information, call Meredith Frinsko at (303) 824-5327 or (800) 332-6736.

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 co-chairs of the Law Education Committee, Joseph Bodine and Terry Ploski, recently announced the availability of the Colorado High School Mock Trial Case Materials for the 2000 competition. Case materials will be available in hard copy on October 29 and on the CBA homepage ( on November 15. To receive a copy, call Dave Ells at the CBA, (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736. Training and coaching workshops will be scheduled for Friday, December 3, at the annual Social Science Consortium's Educating for Citizenship Conference.


The First Judicial District Bar Association ("First J.D.") will present its monthly CLE luncheon program at noon on October 12 in the Lookout Mountain Room of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Reba Nance of the CBA Law Practice Management Department and Lori Machado of JusticeLink will discuss how electronic filing will soon be implemented in all Colorado state courts. For more information, call the First J.D. office at (303) 279-5568 in Golden.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association ("ACBA") Young Lawyers Committee will present a CLE luncheon entitled "A Baby Judge's Perspective on Civil Litigation" on October 14 at 11:45 a.m. The newest district judge, Gerald Rafferty, will share his perspectives. The program will be held in the First Floor Training Room, across the courtyard from the Arapahoe County District Courthouse. The $15 fee includes a box lunch and the program. For more information, call (303) 797-ABAR in Littleton.

The El Paso County Bar Association received a letter from the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, thanking area law firms, individuals, and companies for their contributions to the 1998-99 El Paso County Campaign. This year's campaign, the most successful to date, raised $50,617 for Colorado's legal services programs, including Pikes Peak/Arkansas River Legal Aid.

The Denver Bar Association ("DBA") Summer Intern Program held its end-of-summer celebration on August 12 at the Governor's Executive Residence. The reception was hosted by Mandy Yick, chair of the DBA Summer Intern Committee, and Hubert Farbes, DBA president. More than 120 people attended, including summer interns, family members, law firm mentors and supervisors, and DBA Board of Trustees members. Three interns spoke about their summer experiences and what the program has meant to their future plans. Completion certificates were presented to each intern.

Don't forget the DBA Bench-Bar Retreat, to be held November 6 at the Inverness Hotel. The theme this year is, "The Truth. The Whole Truth. Nothing But." The annual retreat 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 is already planning its twelfth annual Barristers Benefit Ball, which will be held April 29, 2000, at the Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Denver. This year's theme is "A Gem of an Evening." Proceeds from the ball go to Metro Volunteer Lawyers; additional information is available by calling Dana Vocate at the CBA, (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

The Douglas-Elbert Bar Association ("DEBA") holds its monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month (except December). This month's meeting will be held October 13. For more information, or to suggest a speaker or topic for future meetings, call Mike Kossen at (303) 791-6500.

The Longmont contingent of the Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") will hold the Second Annual Longmont Lawyers Friday Afternoon Club ("FAC") on October 8 from 4-6 p.m. at Lucille's. There is a $5 entry fee, a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. All BCBA members are invited. For reservations, call the BCBA at (303) 440-4758. BCBA members in Broomfield, Louisville, and Superior will follow with their own FAC on October 22, at a Broomfield location to be announced.

All BCBA members also are invited to the Judges Dinner at the Regal Harvest House on October 28. Cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. See the October BCBA newsletter for details, or call (303) 440-4758.


The Colorado Women's Bar Association ("CWBA") and The Alliance of Professional Women will sponsor a CLE panel discussion entitled "How Does the Americans With Disabilities Act Affect You?" at 11:45 a.m. on November 4. The event will be held at the Denver offices of Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti. Attorneys Lisa Hogan (a recent U.S. Supreme Court victor) and Debra Armbruster are the panelists. One CLE credit is anticipated. For additional information, call Jennifer Leftwich at the CWBA in Denver, (303) 831-1040.

The officers and board members for the 1999-2000 year of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") are: President Lindy Frolich; Vice-President Philip Cherner; Secretary Cynthia Camp; Treasurer Jim Castle; President-elect Bob Pepin; and Board Members Susan Fisch, Leonard Frieling, Steven Gayle, Bob Hicks, Roberta Nieslanik, and Lisa Wayne.

CBA Presidential Visits on the Western Slope

It has become a tradition for the CBA president to lead a "march" down the Western Slope each year, visiting local bar associations and also making some media stops. Recently, Bart Mendenhall and an assortment of followers (President-Elect Dale Harris, CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner, Local Bar Liaison Jo Ann Salazar, Communications Director Diane Hartman, new Legal Aid Director Judy Slason, and Jerry Porter of the Colorado Lawyers Health Program) began the march in Grand Junction at a luncheon meeting chaired by new Mesa County Bar Association President Harry Griff.

That evening, the party moved to John Wendt's home in Cedaredge for a meeting of the Delta County Bar Association, where Larry Ziegler turned the presidency of this bar over to Susan Hillyard.

The Seventh Judicial District Bar Association threw a picnic at Ridgeway State Park, where members from this wide-ranging bar had their annual meeting. Patty Bennett of Uncompahgre Legal Services read a very long list of those who had done pro bono work in the area.

The Four Corners Bar Association met in Cortez, where former Denver attorney Wendy Whicher, who now practices in Cortez and also runs a bookstore, was presented with a 100 Hour Certificate for her pro bono work.

Finally, the group moved on to Durango, where Past-President Ellen Roberts stood in for President Paul Whistler at the Southwest Colorado Bar Association meeting.

In addition to the bar visits discussed above, Bart met with reporters in four of the towns and got good coverage in several local newspapers.

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