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April 2003       Vol. 32, No. 4       Page  98
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Chief Judge Donald E. Cordova, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, died February 15, 2003. He was 65. Cordova was born in Trinidad, Colorado. He was a fourth-generation descendant of Colorado homesteaders and one of nine children. Cordova received his undergraduate degree from Regis College and attended the University of Colorado ("CU") School of Law, where he received his law degree in 1964. He was admitted to the Colorado and Federal Bars that year as well. Cordova worked as a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado from 1964 to 1968. Before going into private practice in 1982, he practiced with the law firm of Zarlengo, Mott and Zarlengo, specializing in civil litigation and insurance defense law. He was the founding partner of the Cordova, DeMoulin, Harris & Mellon, P.C. law firm in Denver. Cordova was active in the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations ("CBA" and "DBA") and attained many distinctions of honor throughout his career. In 1973, he was presented with the DBA "Outstanding Young Lawyer" award. The photo at left was taken during Cordova’s tenure as DBA President, an office he held in 1987–1988. He was a member of the CBA Transitions and Diversity in the Legal Profession Committees, as well as the DBA Centennial and Judicial Administration Committees. He was on the DBA Board of Governors and participated in the Metro Volunteer Lawyers and Legal Aid Foundation programs. Cordova served as President of the Denver Law Club in 1977–1978 and as President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association in 1984. He also was a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and was inducted into the CU Alumni Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments. Cordova began serving on the bench of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 1990. In 2002, he was named Chief Judge. During his thirteen years on the bench, he had a reputation for being fair, open-minded, and professional. Cordova is survived by his wife Patty, four daughters, and five grandchildren. Contributions in Cordova’s memory may be made to: Judge Donald Cordova Fund, c/o Denver Foundation, 950 S. Cherry St., #200, Denver, CO 80246. The Fund will provide financial assistance, including scholarships, to disadvantaged youth.

Boulder attorney Kevin Bruce Klein died in February 2003. He was 35. Klein received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1995 and was in private practice in Boulder for a number of years. He was a member of the Colorado, Boulder, and Adams County Bar Associations, with active memberships in the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Government Counsel, and Juvenile Law Sections. Klein founded the "Legal Assistance Clinic for the Homeless" program at the Boulder Homeless Shelter. He directed his efforts primarily toward legal services for troubled youth and the medically indigent. He also taught a class in legal ethics at Denver Career College. Klein became a prosecutor and assistant city attorney for the city of Thornton in 2001, and most recently worked as an attorney for the city of Arvada. Contributions in Klein’s memory, which will be used to help people who cannot afford mental health services, may be sent to: Kevin Klein Memorial Fund, c/o William Benjamin, 5350 Manhattan Circle, Ste. 105, Boulder, CO 80303.

Denver attorney Richard O. Pittam died in February 2003. He was 64. Pittam was born in Boulder, Colorado, but grew up in Kimball, Nebraska, where he graduated from high school. He completed his undergraduate work at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Pittam attended law school at the University of Wyoming, where he graduated in 1969. He was an active member of the U.S. Naval Reserve for more than twenty-five years. In 1988, Pittam joined the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and had attained "Senior" status. Pittam is survived by two children and two grandchildren.

Peter W. Sadick, a Boulder attorney, died December 31, 2002. He was 47. Sadick was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended the University of Colorado-Boulder, studying anthropology. He later attended the University of Denver College of Law, where he graduated in 1986 and was licensed to practice law in the state that year. Sadick worked for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office from 1987 to 2001. He later had a solo law practice in Boulder, emphasizing workers’ compensation law. Sadick had attained "Senior" status in the Colorado and Boulder County Bar Associations. Among his hobbies were hiking, skiing, and cycling; his love of travel was well known by family and friends. Sadick is survived by two sons. Donations in Sadick’s memory may be made to: Hospice of Boulder County, 2594 Trailridge Dr. East, Louisville, CO 80027; or the Rocky Mountain Lymphoma Society, 5353 W. Dartmouth Ave., Denver, CO 80227.

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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