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November 2003       Vol. 32, No. 11       Page  98
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Denver attorney Arun Das died September 14, 2003. He was 55. Das earned his law degree from Boston University in 1981 and relocated to Denver shortly after that time. In 1982, he served as clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Zita Weinshienk, after which he joined the Denver law firm of Gorsuch Kirgis, LLP, ultimately attaining partner status. Das specialized in employment law and litigation. He was a member of the CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee and DBA Judicial Selection and Benefits Committee, as well as the CBA Sections of Environmental Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Litigation. Das also was a former co-chair of the CBA’s Employment Law Forum Committee. He was a co-founder of the Pledge to Diversity program, which secures commitments from member law firms to provide minority candidates with job opportunities. He enjoyed outdoor sports and was an avid cyclist and soccer player. Das’s interest in the environment and landscaping developed into award-winning xeriscape gardening. Das is survived by his wife and son. The Arun Das Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to help promote racial and ethnic diversity in Colorado law firms by providing minority law students with financial assistance and training opportunities. Contributions in Das’s name may be sent to: The Denver Foundation, Attn. Sarah Harrison, 950 S. Cherry St., Ste. 200, Denver, CO 80246-2662.

Brenda Docheff, Assistant City Attorney for the city of Arvada, died September 10, 2003. She was 38. Docheff was born in Denver, but grew up in Grand County. She graduated from Kremmling High School, then Loretto Heights College. She worked full-time during the day while attending the University of Denver College of Law at night, graduating in 1993. Docheff was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1994. As Assistant City Attorney, Docheff prosecuted everything from traffic cases and code violations to domestic violence cases. She was a member of the CBA and was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. Docheff is survived by her husband, attorney Steve Jones, and two children.

Environmental lawyer Kelly Green died August 20, 2003. She was 57. Green was born in Milledgeville, Georgia. She received an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and a law degree from George Washington University Law School. She was a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson in Washington, D.C., and served as a deputy associate attorney general under President Carter. She relocated to Boulder in 1982 and entered into private practice. In 1989, Green founded the Land and Water Fund, now known as Western Resource Advocates, which is an organization that promotes efforts to protect environments in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. In 1997, Green founded the Denver-based Earth Walk, an environmental education program for elementary school students. She also created the Green Fund, a private philanthropic foundation to benefit environmental projects, as well as women’s and children’s organizations.

Retired Denver District Court Judge Warren O. Martin died September 28, 2003. He was 73. Martin received undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado–Boulder. He was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1955. Martin worked as a clerk for federal Judge Jean Breitenstein from 1956 to 1958, and was with the law firm of Clark, Martin, and Pringle until he was appointed to the Denver District Court in 1980. During his tenure on the bench, Martin is reputed to have tried more cases than any other Denver District Court judge. He retired in 2002 and served in the capacity of Senior Judge. When he retired, a plaque was placed outside Courtroom 7, identifying it as the “Warren O. Martin Courtroom.” He is the only judge in Denver District Court’s history to have received this honor.

Arnaud Newton, retired Judge of the Eighth Judicial District Court, died September 1, 2003. He was 69. Newton was born in Brush, Colorado, and grew up in Fort Collins. He received an undergraduate degree in economics. He married Beverly Boggess in 1956. After completing a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, Newton attended the University of Denver College of Law at night. He received his J.D. degree in 1964. Newton worked as an assistant district attorney and as a sole practitioner emphasizing defense litigation. He was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District Court bench in 1982, where he served until his retirement in August 2003. Newton was a former president of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, a past chair of United Way, and former  president of the Larimer County Bar Association. He was a member of the Colorado and Larimer County Bar Associations since 1964. Newton was a co-founder of the Turning Point Center for Youth, which named a residential facility after him as a tribute to his dedication to providing services for adolescents at risk. Newton is survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren. Contributions in Newton’s name may be made to: Turning Point Youth and Family Development, 1644 S. College Ave., Ft. Collins, CO 80524; (970) 221-0999.



The Colorado Bar Foundation (“Foundation”) was established in 1953, and is one means of commemorating members of the profession. The Foundation functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, and promotes the advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. For complete information and to become a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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