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February 2003       Vol. 32, No. 2       Page  114
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The Colorado Bar Association Remembers
The Lives and Contributions of
Colorado Attorneys


P. Mark Held, a Colorado Assistant Attorney General, died on December 17, 2002. He was 36. Held graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1988. He moved to Colorado, where he attended the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating in 1997. He was president of the law school’s environmental law society during his third year of law school. Held met Elizabeth Pinckard, whom he would marry, during this time. After becoming licensed to practice law, Held worked for an attorney specializing in Indian law, and then became employed in the attorney general’s licensing section, handling environmental law cases. He was active in the CBA, with membership in the Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Government Counsel, Mineral Law, and Water Law Sections. He also was a member of the Yasui Inns of Court, which arranged for the "Living Tribute to P. Mark Held" that was printed in the January 2003 issue of The Colorado Lawyer (on page 6). Held is survived by his wife and his parents. Contributions in Held’s name may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 2424 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302.

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Leonard V.B. Sutton died on December 16, 2002. He was 87. Sutton, a native of Colorado Springs, was an infantry officer during World War II. He graduated from the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law and was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1941. Sutton was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1956 and served until 1968, when he accepted the appointment by President Lyndon B. Johnson to serve as chair of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. His interest in international human rights issues continued throughout his life and included involvement in the Inter-American Bar Association, the founding of the international legal studies program at DU College of Law, and membership in the CBA’s International Law Section. In addition, Sutton established the "Chief Justice Leonard V.B. Sutton International Law Award," an annual endowment that allows a DU law student to spend a summer at the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. Sutton also inspired DU’s annual "Sutton Colloquium" on international legal issues. He was an Honor Life member of the CBA and DBA. Sutton is survived by a sister and numerous nieces and nephews.


The Colorado Bar Foundation ("Foundation") is one means of commemorating members of the profession. The Foundation was established in 1953 and functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation promotes the advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants to help educate the general public and provide assistance to the state’s legal institutions. All gifts to the Foundation are deductible contributions for federal income tax purposes. For additional details about becoming a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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