06/26/2016

Bar News

 

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the CBA, including sections and committees, administration, and local and specialty bar associations. It also includes notices of activities—past, present, and future—from local and national law-related organizations and groups. Please send information and high-resolution photos (with captions identifying the subjects) to CBA Communications Specialist Jessica A. Volz at jvolz@cobar.org.

 

The Colorado Lawyer Recognizes Outgoing Board Members 

On May 9, The Colorado Lawyer Board held its biannual meeting. After critiquing applications for three open positions, outgoing board members David W. Becker, Jr., Darla L. Daniel, and the Honorable Ed L. Felter, Jr., the 2015–16 chair, were recognized for their dedicated service to the board. Marcy G. Glenn will serve as chair for the coming year.

 

Outgoing Chair Hon. Ed Felter, Jr. with incoming Chair Marcy Glenn
Outgoing Chair Hon. Ed Felter, Jr. with incoming Chair Marcy Glenn.
Board members discuss new directions for the publication.
Board members discuss new directions for the publication.

 

2016 Barristers Benefit Ball—The Superheroes of MVL

More than 500 superheroes and supervillains took over EXDO Event Center on Saturday, April 30, for a memorable evening of dining, fundraising, and dancing. The Denver Bar Association thanks everyone who braved the wintry weather to attend this year’s Barristers Benefit Ball, which raised more than $51,000 to support Metro Volunteer Lawyers’ commitment to providing free and low-cost legal services for civil matters to those in need.

 

Cocktail and Docket comic book hour.
Cocktail and Docket comic book hour.
Dining—superhero style.
Dining—superhero style.

Heads and Tails game reaches the pinnacle
of suspense.
Joey Scott, founder of MVL’s Power of Attorney Clinic, with outgoing MVL Director Philip Lietaer and his wife, Jessica.
Joey Scott, founder of MVL’s Power of Attorney Clinic, with outgoing MVL Director Philip Lietaer and his wife, Jessica.
DBA Immediate Past President Janet Drake, John Albertsen, and CBA/DBA Executive Director Patrick Flaherty.
DBA Immediate Past President Janet Drake, John Albertsen, and CBA/DBA Executive Director Patrick Flaherty.
Superheroes and supervillains hit the dance floor.
Superheroes and supervillains hit the dance floor.

DEBA Presents Law Day Scholarships

The Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association recently awarded its Law Day Scholarships. First-place winner Alec Greven of Castle View High School received a $5,000 scholarship. Second-place winners Karis Holm, Jack Kane, and Samuel Warfield were each awarded $2,000 scholarships. Students were judged on academic performance, community service, a personal essay, and financial need.

Rebecca Goldmanis of Kokish & Goldmanis P.C. in Castle Rock presenting Alec Greven with his Law Day scholarship.
Rebecca Goldmanis of Kokish & Goldmanis P.C. in Castle Rock presenting Alec Greven with his Law Day scholarship.

 

Colorado Trial Lawyers Care Assists Seniors Displaced by Apartment Fire

Colorado Trial Lawyers Care, the charitable arm of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, provided financial support to six residents of the Southview Place Towers, an apartment community for seniors in Littleton. The residents’ leases were terminated with little notice after a fire destroyed a number of units in the building.

The fundraising effort was led by John Sadwith, president of Colorado Trial Lawyers Care. “This is simply about helping,” Sadwith explained. “The loss, the fears, and the obstacles that go with starting over in this type of situation are enormous. We want them to know others care about them.”

John Sadwith (center) stands with seniors displaced by the Southview Place Towers apartment fire.
John Sadwith (center) stands with seniors displaced by the Southview Place Towers apartment fire.

 

Law Day Event—Celebrating Colorado Women in the Law

On May 3, a panel of the highest-serving female justices and judges in Colorado spoke to a roomful of attorneys at the “Celebrating Colorado Women: Women in the Law” event presented by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the Denver Public Library. Panelists shared their insights about the law and their path to the judiciary in conjunction with a four-month exhibit highlighting each of the 152 inductees in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF).

Retired Supreme Court Justice Mary Mullarkey moderated the panel. Panelists were retired Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubofsky, current Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger, and Judge Christine Arguello of the U.S. District Court in Colorado. Dubofsky, Mullarkey, and Arguello have all been inducted into the CWHF.

Justice Mullarkey commented that 37% of all judges and registered lawyers in Colorado are women. Judge Arguello went on to note that Colorado needs greater diversity among judges. Her nonprofit, “Colorado Law School: Sí Se Puede,” recruits attorneys to mentor young Latinas and encourage them to consider a career in law.

The retired justices recounted some of the hurdles of their law school days. There was even such thing as a “Ladies Day”—the only day of the year when women could answer questions in class. Justice Rice reassured the crowd that the situation had improved considerably by the time she started law school in 1975.
More information about the inductees and the CWHF is featured on www.cogreatwomen.org.


Lawyers receive a tour of the CWHF exhibit led by historian
Marcia Goldstein, a former CWHF board member.
Hon. Christine Arguello, Hon. Marcia Krieger, Hon. Nancy Rice, Hon. Jean Dobofsky, and Hon. Mary Mullarkey.
Hon. Christine Arguello, Hon. Marcia Krieger, Hon. Nancy Rice, Hon. Jean Dobofsky, and Hon. Mary Mullarkey.

 

WCBA Hosts Law Day Breakfast and Annual Dinner

In celebration of Law Day, the Weld County Bar Association hosted more than 100 professionals at its 7th Annual Law Day Breakfast on May 6 at the Weld County Courts in Greeley. The event offered attendees an opportunity to network and converse in a relaxed, non-adversarial environment.

Later that day, the WCBA hosted its 103rd Annual Awards Dinner at the Eaton Country Club. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the awards to local bar members.

The Andrew Borg Award, given to an attorney in recognition of outstanding contributions to the representation and availability of legal services to indigent persons, was presented to attorney Crofton Socco. The Sandy Carr Award, given to an attorney or non-attorney who works to assist those who cannot afford legal services and strives to make the legal process accessible to those without counsel, went to Matthew Athey. The WCBA’s annual professionalism award, named for the late Magistrate Frank Henderson, was presented to Mark Rapp. Stanley Peek received the Walker Miller Lifetime Achievement Award, which was accepted by his daughter Amanda.

In addition to the presentation of the annual awards, a new slate of officers was elected. The evening ended with the passing of the gavel from outgoing President Lisa Weibel to incoming President Lee Morehead.

Matthew Athey receiving the Sandy Carr Award from outgoing President Lisa Weibel.
Matthew Athey receiving the Sandy Carr Award from outgoing President Lisa Weibel.
Outgoing President Lisa Weibel and incoming President Lee Morehead.
Outgoing President Lisa Weibel and incoming President Lee Morehead.

Amanda Larson accepting the Walker Miller Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her father, Stanley Peek.


Attorney Mark Rapp receiving the
Frank Henderson Professionalism Award.


Crofton Socco receiving the Andrew Borg Award.

 

Hickenlooper Appoints Jaclyn Casey Brown
as District Court Judge

Jaclyn Casey Brown, a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, was appointed district court judge in the 17th Judicial District by Governor John Hickenlooper. The appointment went into effect on July 1. She will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge C. Scott Crabtree.

Brown has been active in many professional and community organizations, including the Denver and Colorado Women’s Bar Associations, the CBA Leadership Training Program (COBALT), the Colorado Bar Foundation, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Arts Program, and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. This year, she is also joining the DBA’s Board of Trustees.

Jaclyn Casey Brown.
Jaclyn Casey Brown.

 

Updates from the CBA Solo Small Firm Section

The CBA Solo Small Firm Executive Council convened on April 27. The 2015–16 chair, Karen Kishbaugh, welcomed incoming Chair Michele Clark. New officers and council members-at-large were also introduced.

Michele Clark and Karen Kishbaugh.
Michele Clark and Karen Kishbaugh.

 

Boulder Attorney Selected as Vice Chair for ABA Committee

In early May, Matthew Ullrich, an attorney at Caplan and Earnest, was selected as the 2016–17 vice chair of the Health Law Committee for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Ullrich is also an Executive Council member of the CBA’s Health Law Section, as well as an active member of the Denver and Boulder County Bar Associations.

Matthew Ullrich.
Matthew Ullrich.

 

Trial Lawyers Present Awards at CTLA’s 19th Annual Spring Dinner

The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association hosted its 19th Annual Spring Dinner on May 18 at the Denver Marriott City Center.

At the Spring Dinner, CTLA honored Thomas Tomazin of Thomas J. Tomazin, P.C. with the Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award; Siddhartha Rathod of Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC with the New Lawyer of the Year Award; Nelson Boyle of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. and Thomas Neville of Ogborn Mihm, LLP with the Outstanding Service to CTLA Award; and Jose Vasquez of Colorado Legal Services with the Access to Justice Award.

In addition, the Case of the Year Award was presented to Paul Maxon of the Law Office of Paul Maxon PC for his work on Basevitz v. Fremont RE-2 School District. The prestigious award acknowledges the positive impact that a single case can have on correcting injustices, advancing fairness under the law, changing attitudes, or providing economic incentives to protect public safety. Maxon’s case protected religious minorities and defended the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.


Thomas Neville and Nelson Boyle accept the Outstanding
Service to CTLA Award for their work on the
association’s Amicus Curiae Committee.
CTLA President Ross Pulkrabek presents Jose Vasquez with the Access to Justice Award.
CTLA President Ross Pulkrabek presents Jose Vasquez with the Access to Justice Award.
Photo courtesy of Hannah Blatter.
Paul Maxon receives the 2015 Case of the Year Award from CTLA President Ross Pulkrabek.
Paul Maxon receives the 2015 Case of the Year Award from CTLA President Ross Pulkrabek.
Photo courtesy of Hannah Blatter.
Siddhartha Rathod thanks CTLA and its members for the New Lawyer of the Year Award.
Siddhartha Rathod thanks CTLA and its members for the New Lawyer of the Year Award.
CTLA proudly honors Thomas Tomazin with the 2016 Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award.
CTLA proudly honors Thomas Tomazin with the 2016 Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

CBA YLD Bullyproof Program

On May 18, the CBA Young Lawyers Division gave a successful Bullyproof implementation presentation at Pine Grove Elementary School in Parker. With the help and enthusiasm of several teachers, Casey Kannenberg “bullyproofed” 95 fifth-grade students. This was one of the most effective implementations to-date.

Bullyproof, a public service project created by the ABA YLD, is a collaborative, comprehensive, and thoughtful initiative dedicated to ending bullying in this country through education and empowerment. For more information, contact Casey Kannenberg at ckan
nenb@fclaw.com.

Bullyproof implementation program at Pine Grove Elementary School in Parker.
Bullyproof implementation program at Pine Grove Elementary School in Parker.
Casey Kannenberg (center) and teachers.
Casey Kannenberg (center) and teachers.

 

Colorado Lawyers Committee 2016 Awards Luncheon

The Colorado Lawyers Committee held its 2016 Awards Luncheon on May 23 at the Marriott Denver City Center. Approximately 430 attorneys and distinguished members of the community attended the event. This year’s keynote speaker was TIME Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle, who has written some of the magazine’s most important articles since 2007, including cover stories on Supreme Court decisions and the rise of ISIS.

Another highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of awards honoring individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the Colorado Lawyers Committee over the past year: Nancy B. Elkind (Elkind Alterman Harston PC) received the Outstanding Contribution Award; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP was named the Law Firm of the Year; Aaron A. Boschee (Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP) received the Individual of the Year Award; and a Special Recognition Award was presented to Timothy R. Macdonald (Arnold & Porter LLP).
The Colorado Lawyers Committee thanks all of the law firms and organizations that sponsored the 2016 Awards Luncheon. It is particularly grateful for the support of the following Gold Sponsors: Arnold & Porter LLP, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP, and Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
For more information about the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s work, visit www.coloradolawyerscommittee.org.

Nancy Elkind.
Nancy Elkind.
Aaron Boschee.
Aaron Boschee.
Members of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP.
Members of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP.

 

CLI Awards Minority Living Expenses Stipend

On May 23, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness announced the recipients of this year’s Minority Living Expenses Stipend: Kensi Mays, a third-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and Mercedes Pineda, a third-year law student at the University of Colorado Law School.

The $2,550 stipends will be used to cover the students’ living expenses as they prepare for the Colorado bar exam. The funds were raised by the Colorado Bar Foundation with the goal of providing funds for minority law students in financial need with the opportunity to devote their energies more fully to preparing for the exam.

Kensi Mays.
Kensi Mays.

Mercedes Pineda.

 

Colfax Marathon Raises Funds to Support Disability Law Colorado

Approximately 70 runners raced for Disability Law Colorado during the Colfax Marathon, which was held on May 14 and 15. The Disability Law Colorado team was well represented by the legal community and included relay teams from the CBA YLD, Berenbaum Weinshienk, CenturyLink, McConnell Fleischner Houghtaling, and Fisher & Associates. More than $40,000 was raised to support the work of Disability Law Colorado, making this the most successful year yet. The CBA YLD relay team’s time was 3 hours, 57 minutes.

If you are interested in running with Disability Law Colorado in 2017, contact Julie Busby at jbusby@disabilitylawco.org.


CBA YLD relay team members Kevin Burns, Joi Kush (team captain), Jerry Bowman, Casey Kannenberg, and Kaitlin Fox Hinkle.