Colorado Judicial Institute Board Meeting Minutes
November 13, 2008, 4:00 PM
Mountain States Employers Council
Attendees: Mary Birk, Sheila Gutterman, Dan Brinker, Larry DeMuth, Bob Miller,
Connie Talmage, Jim Scarboro, Anne Garcia, Ralph Torres, Russ Carparelli, Ellie Greenberg,
Pam Gagel, Mike Canges, Matt Rita, Rich Gabriel, Pete Willis, Barb Thompson, Gordon Butz,
Jeri Barajas, Katy Miller, Rod Yokooji, Yvonne Zuber, Marcia Krieger, Gary Lozow,
Gale Miller, June Baker Laird, Dana Nelson, Cynthy Ophaug-Johansen, Otto Hilbert
Excused: Lynn Karowsky, Steve Briggs, Jim Nelson, Tim Smith, Meyer Saltzman, David Hersh,
Laurie McKager, Meghan Martinez, Jim McCotter, Mark Fogg, Larry Gelfond
Absent: Joe Blake, Bruce Campbell, Bob Fullerton, Mike O’Donnell, Lance Tanaka
Treasurer’s Report—Anne Garcia
CJI’s cash on hand is quite high because of the dinner sponsorships. At the board’s
request, Cynthy has put $60,000 from CJI’s general operating funds into a Wells Fargo
CD. The CD will earn about 3%.
Anne is concerned that board giving is running low for the fiscal year. She reminded the
board that CJI needs these gifts to support projects.
Approval of Minutes
The September 2008 minutes were approved.
Public Policy Committee—Jim Scarboro
Amendment 59 and Referendum O were defeated. CJI had passed resolutions in support
of these ballot initiatives.
Board members suggested a member of the public policy committee meet with Michael
Valdez of the CBA to see what they anticipate for the upcoming session. Pam Gagel will
get in touch with Jim to discuss the issues IAALS is watching. Rich Gabriel serves on
the judicial liaison committee and can speak to Michael Valdez at those meetings.
The policy committee does not have anything before it right now. Please bring
suggestions to Jim.
Rich Gabriel suggested that the judicial building construction may be an upcoming issue.
Judicial Education Committee—Larry DeMuth
Fund balance as of 11/03/08: $121,684.82
Committed to NJC 2009-2011: $75,000.00
Available to grant as of 11/03/08: $46,684.82
Recent Grants: Scholarships to ADR Conference $447.00
(9/1/08-10/31/08) Advanced Mediation Techniques Course $695.00
Speakers at State Judicial Conference $5,000.00
Writing Clear and Persuasive Opinions Seminar $5,750.00
Larry has been named as a Minoru Yasui Award winner. He was nominated by Ellie and
Gale. The award presentation ceremony will be January 22nd at the Denver Tech Center
Marriott. CJI will receive $2500 as the organization that nominated the recipient.
Judge Tony Vollack will work with the CJI Education Fund committee to create a full
day conference for senior judges for 2009. He is working with the committee on topics.
There has been overwhelmingly positive feed back on the CJI partnership with NJC.
Anne reminded the committee that the Denver Foundation funds are invested in the
market. The numbers are going down based on the economy. More discussion is needed
on whether this year’s dinner funds should be put into the market or held until conditions
Public Education Committee—Ellie Greenberg
Our Courts has given 122 presentations to date to 4438 individuals. That averages to
about two presentations a week. Calls are being made to past audiences on the new
Federal Courts presentation. Ellie would like to see more presentation opportunities from
the CJI Board.
2009 will see more regional activity for Our Courts in Montrose, Grand Junction, Greeley
and Ft. Collins.
Rod Yokooji, Ellie Greenberg, and Judge Steve Bernard met with Joe Blake on Our
Courts presentation opportunities in the business community.
The IIE Our Courts presentation at the Colorado Supreme Court was very well received.
The participants represented 20 countries and some very troubled parts of the world.
Public Information Committee—Ellie Greenberg
A press release went out on CJI’s roll in the IIE presentation.
Ellie and Dana have offered the media interviews with Judicial Excellence Dinner
speaker Bert Brandenberg. Interviews are being scheduled.
Family Law Committee—Mary Birk
The committee is proceeding with the respondent parent’s voices study.
Alicia Davis from the SCAO is now working with the committee on the Parenting Time
Mary is looking at setting up a new committee on financial issues in dissolution of
ADR Committee—Katy Miller
The statewide ADR conference was a huge success. CJI is looking into providing more
scholarships to the conference for next year.
Membership Committee—Sheila Gutterman
The speakers at the dinner won’t actively solicit membership from the podium. The
Board should soft sell membership in CJI if they have a chance. There will be
membership forms in the back of the dinner program and at the registration desk.
April 16th is the date of the Judicial Independence Breakfast. The economy may affect
underwriting for the breakfast. Underwriters are being sought at the $750 level. Sheila
needs more table captains.
Dinner Committee—Connie Talmage
The Board should arrive at 5:00 p.m. to help with the dinner set up and greet guests. The
CJI board picture is at 5:30 p.m.
Connie thanked the dinner committee for their hard work and reminded them to arrive at
the dinner by 4:30 p.m.
The total number of sponsors is 63, an increase over last year. Announcing the award
recipients earlier did pay off, especially in the number of individual tickets sold. There
are a number of judges and court staff attending this year and the award recipients are
bringing a number of family members and friends. Expenses will also be higher this year
as we will have to provide a large portion of the wine served with dinner and the cost of
the meals are higher.
CLE Committee—Mike Canges
The new CJI CLE is Friday, Feb 6th. The presentation will be titled “The Art and Science
of a Persuasive Argument”.
HR Committee—Katy Miller
The HR Evaluations have been going well. Katy thanked the board for participating.
Barbara Thompson asked to join the committee.
Staff Report—Dana Nelson
Dana has arranged for an Our Courts presentation to a group of Colorado social studies teachers
at the annual CELD conference. Rich Gabriel volunteered to make the presentation. The goal is
to find out if there is any interest in an 8-12 presentation on the courts system. The presentation
is Friday, December 5th.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Minutes prepared and submitted by Cynthia Ophaug-Johansen
Director of Administration and Marketing