Colorado State High School Mock Trial Tournament

On Saturday, March 10, students from Fairview High School, Boulder County, took first in state at the Colorado Bar Association State Mock Trial Tournament, defeating a team from Lakewood High School in the championship round. It is the first time a Boulder County school has taken the title of State Champion in the tournament, which is funded and supported by the Colorado Bar Association Litigation Section and the Colorado Bar Foundation. This victory concludes the 34th year of the Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament, which was the largest to date.
Fairview High School will advance to the National Mock Trial Championship in Reno, Nevada, from May 10–12.

Fairview High Students competing
The winning moment!!

















APABA Colorado Volunteers at Lawline 9

On February 7, members of the Asian American Pacific Bar Association of Colorado volunteered at KUSA TV Channel 9’s LawLine 9. This service connects callers with attorneys to discuss legal issues and questions. APABA members assisted callers with general information about legal issues and provided referrals to various legal services.

Harry Budisidharta, Justin Cruz, Nicoal Sperrazza, Trisha Le, Andrew Ho, and Justin Cohen










CBA-CLE Cannabis Symposium

It was a packed house on February 21 for the 2018 Cannabis Symposium, held at the CBA-CLE offices in Denver. Complicated and evolving topics were discussed, including banking regulations, legislative and regulatory updates, case law, and the federal landscape. The keynote speaker was Robert Troyer, Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, who spoke on the federal enforcement landscape. Other presenters included Jim Burack from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division; Wanda James, the first African American woman in Colorado to own a dispensary; and Bob Hoban, one of the leading commercial cannabis practitioners nationwide.

Wanda James, featured speaker at the 2018 CBA-CLE Cannabis Symposium









Straight Talk with Judges

On March 1, the Colorado Judicial Institute and Sherman & Howard presented “Straight Talk with Judges,” a popular CLE designed to promote education and interaction with some of Colorado’s top jurists and attorneys. As always, participants met in small groups and chose for discussion with the distinguished judges and attorneys.

Federal Judge Marcia Krieger presents.
Chief Justice Nancy Rice with Sherman & Howard attorneys Elizabeth Ford and William Reed.
Justice Melissa Hart and incoming CJI Board Chair Peter Koclanes.





















Litigation Executive Council Meeting

On March 3, a panel of leadership volunteers from the various diversity bars met to discuss issues relevant to the populations they serve. The panel led a discussion on how to better serve minority clientele and some of the unique challenges associated with doing so, such as language barriers and cultural differences.

Kathryn Starnella, president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association; Harry Budisidharta, treasurer of APABA Colorado;
Nicoal Sperraza, treasurer of the CBA Litigation Executive Council; and John McHugh, president of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association.