Denver Bar Association
January 2001
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Committees and Departments

Look What Your Board of Trustees is Doing!

The DBA Board of Trustees members are rolling up their sleeves and taking on a Metro Volunteer Lawyers pro bono case in the next 90 days. Follow their example . . . are you up for the challenge? See page 3. Call Barb Chamberlain at MVL for details at (303) 866-9378.

Christmas in January

It's time again for this YLD annual event that provides holiday gifts and a party to foster children under 12 years old. Christmas in January will be Jan. 20. Volunteers are still needed for this fun day of presents, pizza and pictures with Santa. Help make this event a great one again this year! If you can help, contact Nora Nye at (303) 825-2088 or

Jeff Esses (left), Howard Rosenberg and CBA President Dale Harris at the Soiree.

A member looks at one of the many member-benefit displays
Fall Bar Mart Soiree 2000

DBA President Susan Smith Fisher addresses the Bar Mart crowd of nearly 200 members at Bella Ristorante. Despite snowy weather, the evening was a huge success.
DBA President Susan Smith Fisher addresses the Bar Mart crowd of nearly 200 members at Bella Ristorante. Despite snowy weather, the evening was a huge success.
Terry Tomsick (left) chats with Claire Mootz while having a bite to eat.
Terry Tomsick (left) chats with Claire Mootz while having a bite to eat.

2000/2001 DBA Nominating Committee

Keeping in mind the diversity of the membership, the Nominating Committee chooses candidates to run for DBA offices. The candidates chosen demonstrate a commitment to the DBA and have the ability and willingness to serve the association's needs.

This year's Nominating Committee is made up of the following members: Dawn Adeletti, Paul Chan, Steve Choquette, Tom deMarino (chair), Chris Miranda, Patty Powell and Sandra Rothenberg. Contact any of these members to nominate people who you feel would be good candidates to run for DBA offices.

Bench Bar Retreat

Retreat to the Future:
A Retrospective on Future Technology in the Law

Saturday, March 3, 2001
Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness Drive West

The Bench Bar Retreat is a great opportunity for attorneys to network and meet judges. Lots of cle are anticipated! Call Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318.

Governance Column

The Trustees Pro Bono Challenge

Metro Volunteer Lawyers Director Barb Chamberlain attended the DBA Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 14 to distribute the first new pro bono case referrals to the DBA Board of Trustees. Many of the Trustees have offered to take cases in fields of law where they have not previously practiced, such as family law, bankruptcy and landlord/tenant. MVL promised to provide mentors and guidance to help these lawyers successfully handle their first cases in a new field.

The Trustees have "laid down the gauntlet" and issued their challenge to the CBA Board of Governors and to the bar association governing boards of the First Judicial District, Adams County, Arapahoe County and Douglas/Elbert counties (those being the other metro bar associations that support Metro Volunteer Lawyers.) We've challenged these boards to pledge that each lawyer member will take one new pro bono case, and that each judiciary or government-employed lawyer member, who cannot represent pro bono clients, will support the challenge and encourage or recruit lawyers to take pro bono cases.

The Board of Trustees also challenges every member of the Denver Bar Association to "Just Take One" case a year. Please call Metro Volunteer Lawyers at (303) 866-9378 today and tell them you want to TAKE THE TRUSTEES PRO BONO CHALLENGE! They have plenty of people who need your legal help.

--Susan Smith Fisher,
DBA President

Above: "The Liabilities" pose for a victory shot after their championship win, Nov. 12, 2000.
DBA Football

The Liabilities vs. The Lambs


Right: "The Liabilities" (white) vs. "The Lambs" (red) in action.

YLD Happy Hour at Marlowe's

Catch up with your friends after the holidays. Join the DBA YLD for happy hour at Marlowe's, 16th & Glenarm, on Jan. 10, from 5-7:30 p.m. Bring two new children's books and get two free drinks. The books will be donated to the YLD Christmas in January program. For more information, contact Megan Brynhildsen at (303) 232-2134.

Roll out the Barrels

A DBA food drive to help the homeless.

From Feb. 5-16, donations may be dropped off in barrels located at your firm or at the DBA, 1900 Grant St., Ninth Floor.

Call Laura Embleton for details at (303) 824-5369.

Tuesdays at the Bar

 Tuesdays at the Bar are back by popular demand! After taking December off, the DBA is happy to offer you another year of great cle luncheon seminars. January's topics include: Technology and File Retention; The American Inns of Court? with Judge Al Harrell; Organizing Your Office; and Web Tour: Sites You Need to Know. See page 17 for more details.

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