Vol. 31, No. 10
by Lindsay Packard
Professional Excellence: On August 8, 2002, Chuck Turner, Executive Director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, was presented with the Bolton Award for Professional Excellence at the National Association of Bar Executives ("NABE") annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The Bolton Award is given annually to a NABE member who has made significant contributions to the organization, the organized bar, and the legal profession. Recipients of the Bolton Award are distinguished by their willingness to share their time, expertise, and talent with their NABE colleagues. The award is named for Fred Bolton, executive director of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, whose exemplary career and commitment to NABE continue to inspire bar executives.
In addition to serving as executive director of the CBA and DBA for twenty-two years, Chuck Turner’s distinguished career includes participation in the Metro Volunteer Lawyers Program, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Lawyers Health Program, and Latin American Research Service Agency. He graduated from the University of Denver College of Law and, in 2001, was honored as a "DU Law Star."
CBA/DBA Executive Director Chuck Turner poses with his wife, Debbie Turner, after being presented with the Bolton Award for
Attorney General Breakfast Forum: On October 3, 2002, the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and the Colorado League of Women Voters will host a breakfast forum from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place. All of the candidates for the office of Colorado Attorney General were present: Ken Salazar (Democrat, incumbent), Marti Allbright (Republican), Alison "Sunny" Maynard (Green), Dwight Harding (Libertarian). Fred Brown, former Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for The Denver Post, will moderate. Cost is $16. Reservations can be made by calling the Denver Bar Association, (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.
Dream of Retirement? Ted Borrillo, retired attorney and a true Renaissance man, will be the featured speaker at the new CBA Transitions Committee meeting on October 11, 2002, at noon, presenting a serious/whimsical talk about retirement. This new committee, chaired by Dale Harris, former president of the CBA, is especially pertinent for attorneys who are considering a significant personal transition either immediately or "down the road"—from changing careers or closing a law practice to reducing the number of hours on the job or reexamining the financial realities of retirement. The Committee’s inaugural meeting will be held in the large classroom on the third floor of the CBA offices, 1900 Grant Street, Denver. The Committee plans to operate on a statewide level, perhaps by creating local chapters or scheduling meetings in different regions of the state. CBA members are welcome to offer suggestions and ideas for meeting topics. To reserve a lunch ($10) for the October 11 meeting, call the bar office, (303) 860-1115 or (800) 332-6736.
Mock Trials: School is back in session and, along with that, many law-related education programs also are getting into gear. Colorado high schools are forming teams for the 2003 Colorado Mock Trial competitions. Some teams still need CBA member volunteers to serve as team coach or mentor—providing legal information and expertise for students as they work through the case. The 2003 case that will be "tried" by the students is based on the Ludlow, Colorado, massacre of 1914. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, or have any questions about the competitions in general or the Ludlow case in particular, please contact Dave Ells at (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5323, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ninth Annual Wine and Beer Tasting: Tickets are on sale for the Ninth Annual Wine and Beer Tasting to benefit the Legal Aid Foundation ("LAF"). The event is being held on October 17, 2002, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the 1770 Sherman Street complex, a national and state historic landmark building in Denver. It will be a "casually elegant" affair, including wine, beer, malt beverages, food, a silent auction, and live music. This is LAF’s largest fund-raising event of the year. Its purpose is to raise funds for Colorado Legal Services, which provides free civil legal assistance to disadvantaged members of the community. Tickets are $28 before October 17, and $30 at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Legal Aid Foundation at (303) 863-9544.
Eleanor P. Williams Award: Dan Hoffman, a former CBA president, has been selected by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation as the recipient of the 11th annual Eleanor P. Williams Award. The award is presented to a Colorado or Wyoming attorney for distinguished service in the legal and civic communities. Hoffman is a senior partner at Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner & Williamson, LLP.
Firefighter Supplies: After receiving word that firefighters around the state were in need of basic supplies, members of the CBA staff gathered more than twenty-five large boxes filled with heavy work gloves, water, Gatorade, sunscreen, PowerBars, and lip balm. The supplies were delivered to Adventist Community Services, a Federal Emergency Management Agency drop-off site in Denver.
LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS
CBA President John Moye made two regional bar visits in August 2002. On August 2, members from the Northwestern, Continental Divide, Ninth Judicial District, and Pitkin County Bar Associations gathered at the Vail Mountain Marriott for an afternoon presentation. On August 16, Moye spoke to approximately 110 members of the El Paso County, Heart of the Rockies, Fremont-Custer County, and San Luis Bar Associations in Colorado Springs. The president’s visits include a free, three-hour CLE presentation, followed by a reception with CBA and local bar officers. For information about upcoming visits, contact Jo Ann Viola Salazar at (303) 824-5310 or (800) 332-6736 or e-mail: email@example.com.
CBA President John Moye and El Paso County Bar President Jerry Retherford at the president’s visit in Colorado Springs.
Denver Bar Association ("DBA") members are invited to the Annual Seniors Roast on October 9, 2002, at 6:00 p.m. in Denver. This year, Michael E. Reidy will be roasted by DBA colleagues in the legal profession and friends at the Brown Palace in downtown Denver. The Seniors Roast event guarantees good food and drink, and great entertainment. The cost is $35. Call Lindsay Packard at (303) 824-5347 to register.
The DBA Community Concerns Committee ("CCC") successfully completed its first "Pack to School" drive for Denver’s homeless schoolchildren. More than 100 large boxes of supplies and $2,000 in cash were collected from approximately thirty firms in the Denver metro area. IKON Office Solutions, Inc. and Office Max companies donated trucks and drivers to collect supplies from participating firms. Thanks to everyone involved!
The DBA Summer Intern Committee celebrated a successful Summer Intern Program with a reception at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. DBA President Liz Starrs spoke to attendees and thanked the interns, their families, mentors, and participating law firm supervisors for making the intern program successful.
MINORITY AND SPECIALTY BARS
The University of Denver ("DU") College of Law has enrolled thirty first-year African-American students, the largest number in the school’s history. DU celebrated the recruitment effort at a barbecue at Lindsley Park on August 17, 2002, along with faculty and friends from the University of Colorado School of Law ("CU"), the Sam Cary Bar Association, and the Black Student Law Association. The barbecue offered an opportunity to relax and socialize with new acquaintances and friends, while enjoying delectable dishes such as ribs and catfish. DU Dean Mary Ricketson welcomed the students. Among others who spoke to attendees were: U.S. District Court Judge (and former CBA president) Wiley Daniel, Court of Appeals Judge Raymond D. Jones, CU Associate Dean Dan Vigil, Denver County Court Judge Claudia Jordan, Denver City Attorney Wallace Wortham, and attorneys Skip Gray and Rico Munn.
First-year DU law students socialize at summer barbecue before beginning the fall term.
Mark your calendars for the following programs in October:
• Annual Employment Law Conference: October 3–4, Renaissance Hotel, 3801 Quebec St., Denver
• Litigation Institute: October 10–11, Marriott City Center, 1701 California St., Denver
• Business Law Institute: October 31–November 1, CBA-CLE Classroom, 1900 Grant St., Denver.
For complete information about these or other programs, or any CBA-CLE publications, see the "CBA-CLE Planning Guide" in each issue of The Colorado Lawyer or call (303) 860-0608 or toll free (888) 860-2531. Link to more information about CBA- CLE seminars, publications, home study, and more from the CBA website: www.cobar.org.
Bar News Highlight . . .
The "Highlight" page of Bar News features, among other things, vignettes about lawyer activities outside the practice of law and/or submissions that highlight in a brief context member contributions to the community. If you or someone you know has an interesting avocation, story, or tall tale to relate, please contact Lindsay Packard at: firstname.lastname@example.org. News and photos of Bar events, awards, and activities are still in great demand, so keep them coming as well!
Metropolitan State College pre-law student, Amanda Peterson, wrote a personal tribute to Colorado Springs attorney Jan Eaton, who provided professional assistance and personal attention to her client, re-igniting Peterson’s trust and confidence in the legal profession. Peterson is a single mother. She has been interested in law since childhood and recently completed a fourteen-month assignment as a court-appointed special advocate. On a daily basis, Peterson deals with a primary physical disability of cerebral palsy and a secondary diagnosis of nerve deafness. She is interested in family law, mental health law, special education law, and collaborative law. Portions of Peterson’s tribute are reprinted below.
Amanda Peterson (r) paid a recent visit to her mentor, attorney Jan Eaton.
Photo by Jan Eaton
Janet R. Eaton:
My Attorney, My Mentor
by Amanda Peterson
. . . In 1998, I met an attorney who would have more of an impact on me than I could ever imagine. I was 21 at the time, and very young and confused. The first time that I rolled into Janet Eaton’s office, I also was very frightened. . . . I knew I needed representation, and I was lucky enough to roll into the office of an extremely ethical, competent, compassionate attorney. This attorney would become my mentor.
. . . [T]he two of us seemed to immediately "connect." She was the perfect model of professional behavior and, for the first time, someone showed me enough respect to call me "Ms. Peterson." Jan knew my goal of becoming a lawyer, and while she warned me of the long road ahead, she always encouraged me to conquer the challenges that were presented to me. I respected her strength and tenacity not only through my case, but her own personal hardships as well.
Jan Eaton has been faced with many challenges in her lifetime. [She] worked as copy editor of an education journal before going to law school. She decided to apply to law school after accepting a challenge among other women friends whose husbands were attorneys: "Why not become a lawyer too?"
Jan graduated first in her law school class at the University of Cincinnati in 1975. She spent the first years of her law practice working with the Cincinnati Legal Aid Society. She then became involved in corporate litigation, focusing on asbestos- insurance claims. She served as a family law attorney and mediator in Cincinnati, and as general counsel for the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board. While living in Cincinnati, Jan also served as an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University.
After moving to Colorado, Jan practiced family law. She became a member of the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Associations, and chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the El Paso County Bar Association.
In February 2001, Jan discovered another, bigger challenge —cancer. However, she refused to let her diagnosis set her back; she hired associates and equipped her home with a fax machine and a computer with Internet capabilities. Jan continued to practice law, despite dealing with physical "incompatibilities."
In June 2002, Jan learned that her cancer had metastasized. She opted to retire from her full-time practice but continues to practice dispute resolution on a limited basis for the Fourth Judical District.
When all is said and done, the number of briefs an attorney has authored, motions drafted, and judgments heard become insignificant. What is significant is that the attorney exercises compassion and touches the life of a client. That is what Jan Eaton did for me, and that is Justice.
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