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August 2004       Vol. 33, No. 8       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Leona Martínez


The Pueblo County Bar Association ("PCBA") held its Annual Dinner Meeting on June 18, 2004. Twenty-six attorneys were honored for their forty- or fifty-year legal careers. To provide a bit of perspective on life, the times, and the world, here is a snippet of history of the years 1954 and 1964, respectively, when the PCBA honorees first became licensed to practice law.

1954—A Look Back: Dwight D. Eisenhower was the thirty-fourth President of the United States. He served from 1953 to 1961. He was the first U.S. President to ride in a helicopter while President. In 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the U.S. Nautilus, was completed. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously banned racial segregation in public schools in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, and the airwaves were inundated with the public "Joe McCarthy Hearings." The vaccine against poliomyelitis, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was first given to children in 1954, the same year the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was issued for the discovery that poliomyelitis viruses grow in tissues. The Oscar for Best Picture of the Year went to "On the Waterfront" and the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Ernest Hemingway for his "mastery of the art of narrative," exemplified in The Old Man and the Sea.

These PCBA-honored members were licensed to practice law in 1954: W.C. Kettelkamp; Matthew J. Kikel; William F. Mattoon; R.J. Patrick O’Callaghan; Richard D. Robb; Louis J. Stuart; Robert N. Trunk; Dale P. Tursi; and Joseph A. Vento.

1964—A Look Back: The U.S. President in 1964 was Lyndon B. Johnson. The thirty-sixth President served from November 1963 to January 1969. In 1964, Johnson won the presidency by 61 percent of the vote, the widest popular margin in American history. The Warren Report was issued by the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy in 1964, concluding that accused assailant Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The Gulf of Tonkin resolution, authorizing military action in Southeast Asia, was passed in 1964. The Beatles appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964 and "Dr. Strangelove" won the Oscar for Best Picture. Nobel Prizes were awarded to Jean-Paul Sartre in Literature and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Peace.

The following PCBA honorees began practicing law in 1964: Don E. Abram; Richard L. Barr; Darol C. Biddle; Charles E. Butler; Gordon R. Cooper; Thomas T. Farley; R. Allan Glover; Thomas E. Jagger; Joseph E. Losavio; James A. Murray; John R. Naylor; David C. Parlapiano; James V. Phelps; Charles D. Pierce; Patricia W. Robb; David B. Shaw; and Lester L. Ward.


Wine Tasting to Benefit Legal Aid Foundation: The 2004 Wine and Beer Tasting and Silent Auction to benefit the Legal Aid Foundation was held on April 7 at The Academy in Boulder and hosted by the Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA"). Co-sponsors of the event were the Judicial Arbiter Group, Cameron W. Tyler and Associates, and Holland & Hart LLP. Guests sampled a variety of wines, tasted scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and bid on intriguing silent auction items that included special wines. Proceeds from the evening totaled approximately $4,700, which will be used to provide access to justice to low-income individuals and families in Colorado.

Marc Vick and Sue Parenteau enjoy a bit
of fine grape at the wine tasting to benefit
the Legal Aid Foundation.

Wine table sponsorships were provided by the following law firms: Benezra & Culver, LLC; Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti, LLP; Bernard, Lyons, Gaddis & Kahn, PC; Cooper, Tanis, Fuller and Coher, PC; Dietze & Davis, PC; Faegre & Benson, LLP; and Garlin Driscoll & Murray, LLC. Wines for the silent auction were provided by George Berg; Sheila Carrigan; Jim and Linda Cooke; John Purvis; Joan Norman and Kevin McDowell; and Chuck Sisk and Terre Ruston.





The BCBA delights in saluting its accomplished members, and the 2004 Annual Dinner, held at The Academy in Boulder on June 10, did just that. Accessorizing the evening with delectable food and relaxing jazz music, the BCBA, under the leadership of BCBA President Virginia Chavez, highlighted, congratulated, and entertained lawyers and judges of the Twentieth Judicial District ("20th J.D."). University of Colorado School of Law Professor Pat Furman was presented with the Porter Award of Merit for a noteworthy career that includes contributions to the CBA and BCBA, the world of legal academics, and the community at large. Connie Eyster, a member of the Boulder law firm of Hutchinson, Black & Cook LLC received the Young Lawyer Award specifically for coordinating volunteer lawyers from the CBA Taxation Law and Trust & Estate Law Sections to provide probate legal assistance to those in need in the 20th J.D.

Pat Furman is
recipient of the
Porter Award
of Merit
Anton Dwork presents
Connie Eyster with the
Young Lawyer Award.

This year, a Special Recognition Award was presented by the BCBA to Debbie Crosser, 20th J.D. Clerk of the Court, and Amy Waddle, 20th J.D. Court Administrator, for assisting the Boulder Court in the transition to the e-filing process. The event also included the formal induction of Melody Fuller as 2004–2005 President of the BCBA. The evening’s salute was extended to Rachael Lattimer and Seth Benezra for their five-year tenures on the BCBA Board of Directors; and Scott Tippett and Connie Eyster each was approved to begin a three-year term on the Board.

Debbie Crosser (left) and Amy
Waddle receive BCBA Special
Recognition Award.
Incoming BCBA President
Melody Fuller (left) with
Virginia Chavez, BCBA’s
Immediate-Past President.




Judge John Jess Vigil Recognized for Longevity of Service: In June 2004, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association ("CHBA"), the University of Colorado School of Law ("CU"), and Wells Fargo Bank hosted a reception to honor Judge John Jess Vigil for twenty years of service on the bench in Adams County’s Seventeenth Judicial District. More than 100 people,

17th J.D. Judge John Jess Vigil speaks at reception honoring his longevity of service on the bench.
including friends and family members, as well as attorneys and fellow judges, gathered on the west lawn of the CU School of Law for a barbecue, during which a plaque was presented to Vigil recognizing "twenty years of judicial excellence, innovation, and outstanding contributions to the community, the Bar and the Bench."


Seventh Judicial District Honors Gunnison Attorney: On May 17, 2004, the Seventh Judicial District ("7th J.D.") Bar Association presented the 2004 Karl Ranous Professionalism Award to Gunnison County attorney Kathleen L. Fogo. The prestigious, annual award recognizes the professionalism of an attorney in Gunnison County. Karl Ranous served as a County Judge in Gunnison from 1993 to 1997. He was a graduate of Harvard Law School and practiced law in Denver for several years. He also practiced law in Gunnnison County for approximately twenty years before assuming the bench there. Fogo is a partner of the Gunnison law firm of Riser, Fogo & Trezise, LLC. She was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1994. She is a member of the CBA and 7th J.D. Bar Associations. Fogo participates in several CBA Sections, including the Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate Law, and Trust & Estate Law Sections.

Gunnison County District Judges Dennis Friedrich
(left) and Patrick Steven pose with  2004 Karl
Ranous Professionalism Award recipient, Kathy Fogo.


Mile High Chapter of the Business & Professional Women Acknowledges Broomfield Attorney: In May 2004, Broomfield attorney Karina M. Thomas was presented with the "Woman of the Year" award by the Mile High Chapter of the Business & Professional Women. There are several

Karina M. Thomas
Colorado chapters of this national organization, which supports women as business owners and professionals. Thomas was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1992. She is a partner of Shafer | Thomas, PC, which specializes in estate and business planning for individuals and small business owners in the North Denver area. She is a member of the CBA Trust & Estate Section. She is the current acting treasurer for the Mile High Chapter of Business & Professional Women and former treasurer of the Sierra Club Inner City Outings Program.


City Park Golf Course at 2500 York Street in Denver is reserved for golf tournaments on two dates in August and September. Real golfers, as well as and every single wannabe, is encouraged to register!

The Sam Cary Bar Association Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2004. The tournament will be scramble format and teams will be made up of four players. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories to first-, second-, and third-place teams: Longest Drive—Men; Longest Drive—Women; Closest-to-the-Pin–Men; and Closest-to-the-Pin—Women. Registration deadline is August 12, 2004; there will be no on-site registration. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., with tee-time beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. For complete information, including registration fee, contact Richard Truelove at (720) 837-6047 or

On Friday, September 24, 2004, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") Foundation will hold its 2004 golf tournament. This is a four-person modified shotgun tournament, starting at 7:00 a.m. Proceeds support CWBA Foundation projects, including scholarships for Colorado law students. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Registration deadline is September 16, 2004. Registration fee of $125 includes greens fees, cart, practice balls, and lunch. For complete information or to register, contact the CWBA office by phone at (303) 831-1040 or e-mail at

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