Denver Bar Association
December 2008
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2008-09 DBA Board of Trustees Profiles

Ilene Bloom

DBA Board of Trustees position: Trustee and Member of Executive Committee
Employment: Self-employed. Provides contract services for Denver firms and Colorado Legal Services
Favorite DBA service received thus far: Access to Justice Committee volunteer opportunities
Favorite quote: "None but ourselves can free our minds" – Bob Marley
Free time hobbies: Traveling, running, skiing and music-going
Favorite spots in Denver: The Watercourse for food, walking around City Park with my son Hayden (pictured) and "The Thin Man"
Last good book you read: "What is the What" by Dave Eggers
Best practical tip from DBA applied to real life: Never miss an opportunity to have a margarita with Dana Collier Smith
Mentor: Jon Asher

 

James "Jay" Breese

DBA Board of Trustees position: DBA representative to CBA
Employment: Denver County Court Judge
Favorite DBA service received thus far: CLE programs
Known for: Hard work (hopefully)
A Favorite Quote: My mother’s quote: "The flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today."
Free time hobbies: Painting, biking and family
Favorite spot in Denver: Crestmoor Park
Last good book you read: "Citizen Soldiers" by Stephen Ambrose
Best practical tip from DBA applied to real life: "Do the toughest thing first."
Mentor: Bill Hazleton
Inspiration for practice of law: Alan Dershowitz
Favorite sports team: Broncos
What would you do if you didn’t practice law? Teach clinical programs in law
What is your dream job? I have it — Denver County Court Judge

 

Karen Steinhauser

DBA Board of Trustees position: Liaison to Bench–Bar committee
Employment: Isaacson-Rosenbaum
Known for: Being opinionated — very, very opinionated
A Favorite Quote: "The biggest threats to our constitutional freedoms occur during times of crisis." – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
Free time hobbies: Watching the kids’ sports activities
Favorite spot in Denver: Charlie Brown’s
Last good book you read: "The Lemon Tree" by Sandy Tolan
Best practical tip from DBA applied to real life: Always take the high road
Mentor: Dale Tooley
Inspiration for practice of law: Family dinner arguments
Favorite sports team: Colorado Rockies
What would you do if you didn’t practice law? Be a full-time volunteer
What was your second choice for your career? Actress
What is your dream job? Researching for travel brochures

 

Libby DeBlasio

DBA Board of Trustees position: Chair of DBA Young Lawyers Division
Employment: Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office
Favorite DBA service received thus far: DBA-YLD’s Winter Festival event
A Favorite Quote: "Run your own race." It helps me make it through marathons and life in general.
Free time hobbies: Running, road cycling and traveling
Favorite spot in Denver: Washington Park
Last good book you read: "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner
Best practical tip from DBA applied to real life: Delegate!
Mentor: My older brother. He’s a social worker and has worked for the VA assisting homeless veterans
Inspiration for practice of law: Mock trials in high school
What would you do if you didn’t practice law? I would open a bakery with some of my girlfriends who also practice law
What was your second choice for your career? Journalist


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