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In this issue:   September 2014
Message from Your Chair

Diversity. Outreach. Service. The three priorities that CBA YLD has set to guide our programming, events and networking. Bullyproof: Young Lawyers Educating and Empowering to End Bullying is one of our public service projects this year and, at its core, it reaches each of our three priorities.

All of us have been impacted by bullying in some way—we have seen it, we have been victims, we have done it. And now we can put an end to it. We will be putting on programming throughout the state to middle and high school students. If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Kristi Disney at and for more information check out the bullyproof video online.

Did you know that the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has 130,000 members? Did you know that of those members, only 846 self-identify as LGBT? This year, the ABA YLD formed its first LGBT Committee. ABA YLD Chair Andrew Schpak and Immediate ABA YLD Past Chair Mario Sullivan have asked me to serve as the Committee’s first Chair with Collin Cooper, my friend and an attorney from North Carolina, as its first Vice-Chair. For more information about this exciting new committee please feel free to contact me at

As always, I look forward to serving as your chair and meeting each of you!

Lance Timbreza
CBA YLD Chair 2014–15

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Brewery Tour—Saturday, Oct. 4

Brewery Tour—Saturday, Oct. 4

Co-sponsored by the New Lawyers Subsection of the CBA Business Law Section

The New Lawyers subsection invites you to attend this great social event that will be held in downtown Denver at several breweries (Breckenridge Brewery, River North, Great Divide, and Jagged Mountain) from 1—5 p.m.

You are welcome to come and go as you please, or stick around for each brewery. We will spend 50 minutes at each brewery, and leave 10 minutes for transportation time.

Complimentary drinks will be provided and the cost to attend is free—you just need to sign up as a New Lawyer Subsection member when you arrive.

Contact Joel Jacobson or Chris Achatz with any questions and please RSVP by email to Joel or Chris if you plan to attend. We hope to see many of you next month at this event!

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Gary McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year

The CBA Young Lawyers Division is looking for nominations for the 2014 Gary McPherson Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. Each year the YLD recognizes a young Colorado lawyer for his or her outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the community. The winner will be honored at a dinner hosted by the YLD Executive Council in December.

The award is presented in honor of Gary McPherson, a Colorado state representative who was killed in a plane crash at the age of 37. McPherson was a devoted public servant who was active in the bar association and the Young Lawyers Division. A memorial published by the state house of representatives recognized that “Representative McPherson loved politics and serving this state, and he will be remembered as one of the General Assembly’s most highly regarded and popular members; … [he] was an honorable, hardworking public servant who was respected by both Republicans and Democrats.” Gary McPherson was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year in 1993. After his death in 2000, the award was renamed in his honor.

Eligible persons are those who are members in good standing of the CBA, and who are 37 years or younger or who have been practicing law fewer than five years. Nominees should have an outstanding record of professional success, community service achievements, and a strong commitment to civic participation and inspiring others, whether within the legal profession or elsewhere.

You may submit a nomination form online. For more information, contact Lance Timbreza at Nomination deadlines will be announced in early October.

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Special Invitation from the CWBA: Storming the Bench—Tuesday, Sept. 23

When: 9–11 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) on Tuesday, Sept. 23
Where: Offices of Gibson Dunn` & Crutcher LLP, 1801 California Street, #4200, Denver, CO 80202
What: We need more women and people of diverse backgrounds on the bench! Join us and Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, U.S. District Court Magistrate Kristen Mix, Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Karen Ashby, 17th Judicial District Court Judge Emily Anderson, and Governor Hickenlooper’s Chief Legal Counsel, Jack Finlaw, for a morning that will prepare you for your application for the bench.

Are you ready? Is being on the bench the right fit and next career move for you? Whether you’re thinking about applying to the bench next month or in two years, or assisting your fellow colleagues in reaching the bench, this program will give you the tools for success. We've redesigned our past "Getting Benched" program to bring you a robust workshop where you'll gain new tactics, tips and valuable insights to help navigate the process. Join us for a highly informative session to prepare you to not just “get benched” but to “storm the bench” in a big way. Only $30 for CWBA members and members of Colorado’s other specialty bar associations to attend! Registration is available on the CWBA website.

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CBA YLD Councilmember Jason Bailey Recognized by ABA

First-time author Jason Bailey, a civil and domestic lawyer who currently practices in western Colorado, has been named the winner of the 2014 ABA Journal/Ross Short Fiction Contest. His short story, “Good News Bad News,” was inspired by his experiences as a newly minted attorney working for Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in Kentucky, a Legal Services Corp. entity, from 2005 to 2008. Bailey, who graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2005, provided free civil, family, and housing law representation for poor and indigent clients throughout the state, and a running motif throughout his story was how the protagonist had to drive his old, broken-down car between various counties in Kentucky in order to represent a diverse range of clients that were dire need of legal services.

“It was my experience in Kentucky that the need for legal services far outstrips the ability to provide them, either on a pro bono or small fee basis,” Bailey told the ABA Journal. He says that he would like to see increased funding for the LSC and its entities such as Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. “It’s a great deal for taxpayers,” he says. “[LSC and LSC entities] provide important legal services at an incredibly low rate to taxpayers, but it goes beyond helping poor people. We have to ensure that everyone has access to the justice system.”

Bailey practices with the Grand Junction firm of Daniels & Sturges, LLC and can be reached by email at

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Council Member Profiles—Cassie Ta

By Sarah Sharp

Cassie is a jack-of-all-[law]-trades and Colorado native who lights up when she talks about all things music. When I first met Cassie at the Barristers Benefit Ball, she made me super nervous. She’s smart and stylish and seems to know everyone who’s ever set foot in Colorado. I also thought she was really serious. However, sitting on patio furniture across from each other on a sunny day in the mountains, it took exactly one question from our interview sheet before we were both laughing and bonding over our shared love of photos of other people’s cats and food on Instagram.

How long have you been on the CBA-YLD board? 4 years

Current job: Currently working in a lab designing teeth.

First CD ever bought with your own money? Metallica’s Black Album

Favorite song of the moment: The Journal of Ardency by Class Actress

Law Practiced: Some of everything. Family law, immigration, compliance, real estate, anti-money laundering, contract, civil, etc.

Favorite Place in Colorado: Red Rocks, Strawberry Springs, Hanging Lake

Favorite Denver Restaurant: Sushi Sasa

Desktop background: Nanami Cowdroy artwork

Coffee: Black or with a little cream. Either way, French Press please!

What actor would play you in a movie rendition of your life? Definitely Zooey Deschanel

Go-to karaoke song: Bohemian Rhapsody

Dream Job: National Geographic photographer

Favorite Supreme Court Justice: The notorious R.B.G.

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Stay Active with CBA Young Lawyers Division

We’re always happy to hear from members who want to volunteer for the many CBA YLD programs and activities. In fact, the CBA YLD strongly encourages all young attorneys to become active in the many exciting CBA YLD-sponsored projects and activities. For more information on volunteering, email Lance Timbreza at

Monthly meetings are set for the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the CBA offices. They are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Check us out on Facebook and the YLD website stay updated about our events.

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