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October 2004       Vol. 33, No. 10       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Leona Martínez

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association sections, committees, administration, and local and minority/specialty bar associations, as well as CBA–CLE information. If you have information and photos about Bar events and activities that you would like included in Bar News, write to: Leona Martínez, c/o CBA/TCL, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203-4336;; call (303) 824-5324 or toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736; fax: (303) 830-3990.


Tom Barrister—the Legend: There is a popular (though unverified) story among Colorado law school alumni that Tom Barrister was instrumental in the founding of both the University of Colorado ("CU") School of Law and the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law. If that weren’t grand enough, Barrister’s name is directly linked to the passage of CRS § 2-4-211, the statute that states that the common law of England before the reign of King James I is the law of Colorado.

To thicken the plot of this variation on an urban legend, CU and DU has each discovered a boot in the schools’ hidden troves (that’s one boot per school). The ill-matched boots—now preserved as trophies—have been confirmed to belong to Barrister. CU’s boot lends itself to mogul skiing; DU’s boot is complete with removable cleats, suggesting a duel function—possibly golfing and skiing.

Barrister’s Boot planning committee
(l to r): Tom DeVine (CU); Susan Doyle (DU); Danielle Hayward (CU); Melissa Hubbard (CU); Kirk Baughan (DU); and Howard Kenison (DU).
From the winning Baker & Hostetler team (l to r), Ron Seigneur and Steve Johnson.

Records have yet to be found, however, showing from which school Barrister graduated; hence, the "Battle for the Barrister’s Boot"—the modern day tug-o’-war betwixt CU and DU to determine which school may rightfully call Barrister an alumnus for one year. There are two shoes, so there are two sets of winners: the law school that wins the annual golf tournament wins the right to claim Tom Barrister as an alumnus and dislay one of the boot trophies for the year; the winning golf team holds onto the second boot for a year.

On August 12, 2004, the 2nd Annual DU vs. CU Law Alumni Golf Challenge was held in Golden at the beautiful Fossil Trace Golf Course. More than 100 law school alums, current students, and friends competed for prizes and "points" toward their designated law school. When a tie occurred between schools, a playoff was held, in which CU’s Steve Johnson made the winning putt against DU’s Kevin Kanouff. The record to date is CU: 2—DU: 0. So, for a second year, CU School of Law will display one of Barrister’s boots.

The second boot/trophy was awarded to the team sponsored by Baker & Hostetler. This team comprised Laurin Quiat, Jon Bradley, Steve Johnson, and Ron Seigneur.

Numerous sponsors supported the golfers’ efforts. More than $2,000 was raised for the scholarship funds of both schools.

And lest anyone doubt it for a moment: DU College of Law has vowed revenge!



On July 26, 2004, the CBA hosted approximately twenty lawyers, judges, and legal administrators from Africa, Europe, South America, and other global areas during a stopover visit in Colorado. The visitors traveled to many cities around the country to learn about the U.S. judicial system. During their visit to the CBA, the visitors learned about the Colorado attorney regulation system and judicial discipline process, and they were presented with an overview of the CBA’s structure and services.

Greg Martin, CBA Deputy Executive Director,
explains the Association’s structure and
services to foreign legal professionals.



Colorado Supreme Court Law Clerk:

Susan Festag assumed her new position as Clerk of the Colorado Supreme Court on July 1, 2004. For seventeen years, Festag served as Chief Deputy Clerk with then-Clerk Mac Danford, who retired from state service on June 30. Festag holds a bachelor’s degree in public

Susan Festag
administration from California State University at Long Beach and a master’s degree in judicial administration from DU College of Law. She has been a member of the Judicial Branch’s Standing Committee on Integrated Information Services since its inception in 1994. She also has worked with the National Center for State Courts, conducting operational reviews of appellate courts in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.

The Clerk of the Supreme Court directs and plans for the administration of all aspects of the Colorado Supreme Court and the Court’s Law Library. The Clerk also serves as the Court’s liaison to several related, but independent, organizations, such as the attorney regulation, registration, and continuing legal education programs; and the Board of Law Examiners.

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation President:

The Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation ("RMMLF") held its annual summer meeting in Vail, Colorado. James M. King was elected RMMLF’s fifty-first president for 2004–

James M. King
2005. King is a partner of the Denver office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. His professional career in natural resources law has spanned twenty-eight years. His association with RMMLF began when he served as its law clerk before graduating from CU School of Law.

King is a Denver native. He received an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from CU. He became licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1976. King has been a member of the CBA for twenty-eight years. He holds membership in several CBA Sections, including the Construction, Mineral, Real Estate, and Water Law Sections.


Association of Trial Lawyers of America Honors Denver Attorney:

Jennifer Harvey, an associate attorney at Holland & Hart LLP in Denver, was recognized recently for her participation in Trial Lawyers Care ("TLC"). TLC is the largest free legal representation program that took the cases of September 11 victim families before the federal government’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund ("Fund").

TLC was created by the Association of Trial Lawyers of Americal ("ATLA") as a way for lawyers to contribute their legal skills in "representing people injured through no fault of their own." More than 1,100 trial attorneys from every state in the nation, as well as attorneys in Canada, Mexico, England, and Australia, volunteered their legal services to provide legal representation to more than 1,700 September 11 victim families. Each case represented approximately 100 hours (or more than two and one-half weeks) of pro bono legal work.

ATLA was established in 1946 "to safeguard victims’ rights, promote injury prevention, strengthen the civil justice system through education, and encourage the disclosure of information critical to public health and safety." There are approximately 60,000 attorney members in the organization, who represent consumers and families in the United States, Canada, and around the world. The 2004 recognition ceremony included speeches by Kenneth Feinberg, the Fund’s Special Master and an ATLA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Richard Bieder, TLC President; Kenneth
Feinberg, September 11 Fund Special
Master; Jennifer Harvey; and U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Harvey joined Holland & Hart after graduation from Harvard Law School in 2000. She is president of the board of the Holland & Hart Foundation, and serves as the practice group manager for the firm’s Indian Law practice. Her legal work ranges from drafting of tribal code provisions to natural resources regulation and development to litigation. She is the Treasurer of the Colorado Indian Bar Association and has served as an adjunct professor at DU College of Law, teaching a course entitled, "Indigenous Peoples in International Law." Harvey has been a CBA member since 2000.

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Elects First Colorado Fellows:

Jean E. Dubofsky
Jean E. Dubofsky
and Walter H. Sargent II recently were elected fellows of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers ("Academy"). They are the first Colorado attorneys to be invited into the Academy.

Membership in the Academy is by invitation only. Candidates are screened by a Circuit Screening Committee, reviewed and approved by a Membership Evaluation Committee, and elected at a regular Academy meeting.

Jean E. Dubofsky received an A.B. degree from Stanford University and an LL.B. from Harvard University. She was admitted to practice law in 1967. Dubofsky served as a legislative aid to Senator Walter Mondale (D-Minn.), and was instrumental in the drafting of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, as well as the East–West Trade Bill of 1968. Dubofsky was the first female Deputy Attorney General in the state of Colorado, serving during 1974–1978. From 1979 to 1987, Dubofsky served as a Colorado Supreme Court Justice. After retiring from the Bench, Dubofsky returned to private practice in Boulder, Colorado, specializing in appellate law. She is a member of the CBA, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and Boulder County Bar Association. She participates in several CBA Committees, including the Appellate, Professional, Transitions, and Women in the Law Committees. She also is a member of the CBA Litigation Section. Dubofsky has been acknowledged with several professional awards throughout her career.

Walter H. Sargent II is a sole practitioner in Colorado Springs, specializing in civil appeals. Sargent received degrees in philosophy and computer science/engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow of Law and Economics. Sargent is a past Chair of the Appellate Practice

Walter H. Sargent II
Committee of the American Bar Association’s ("ABA") Section of Litigation, and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers. He also is a member of the CBA and El Paso County Bar Association. Sargent is a co-founder of the CBA’s Appellate Practice Subcommittee. He has written and spoken extensively on the topic of appellate practice. He was a contributing author to the CBA–CLE Colorado Appellate Handbook (3d ed.).

The Academy was founded in 1990 to "recognize outstanding appellate lawyers and promote the improvement of appellate advocacy and the administration of the appellate courts." Academy membership is open only to a person whose reputation is one of recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer. To be eligible for membership, a nominee’s practice must have focused substantially on appeals during at least the last fifteen years. Academy membership is limited to 500 members in the United States.

Pueblo County Bar Presents Awards of Merit and Community Service:

At its Annual Dinner on June 18, 2004, the Pueblo County Bar Association ("PCBA") saluted twenty-six attorneys whose legal careers began forty and fifty years ago. [See "Bar News": "Pueblo County Bar Salutes Long-Standing Attorneys," 33 The Colorado Lawyer 4 (Aug. 2004).]

In addition to celebrating the honorable longevity of members of the legal profession in its district, the PCBA presented G.F. "Gus" Sandstrom with its Award of Merit and honored the Pueblo law firm of Koncilja & Koncilja PC with a Community Service Award.

Gus Sandstrom
Award of Merit recipient Gus Sandstrom is serving his sixth four-year term as elected District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial District. His legal career began in 1971, when he earned his J.D. degree from CU School of Law. He was in private practice for eight years and was Vice-President of the University of Southern Colorado for two years.

Since 1983, Sandstrom has been an instructor for the National College of District Attorneys. He served as chair of the National District Attorney Association ("NDAA") Juvenile Justice Committee from 1984 to 1995, was on the NDAA Board of Directors during 1987–1997, and was Secretary of NDAA in 1992–1997. He has served as President of the Colorado District Attorney Council three times and chaired the Colorado Legislative Task Force on DUI, as well as the Colorado Children’s Code. Sandstrom has been on the NDAA Juvenile Policy Faculty since its inception in 1991. Among Sandstrom’s many accolades are the NDAA President’s Achievement Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award from National College of District Attorneys.

The Annual Dinner was held at the Pueblo Country Club, an impressive venue for the PCBA to recognize the Pueblo law firm of Koncilja & Koncilja PC, which has impressed the community and the legal profession at large with its history of pro bono contributions. The firm was awarded the Community Service Award for its "sustained and meaningful contributions to the Pueblo community." For many years, the firm, with James R. Koncilja and Joseph A. Koncilja at the helm, has opened the doors of its offices to attorneys in the district, hosting CLE replays that provide attorneys the opportunity to earn continuing legal education credits necessary to retain their license to practice law. Also, every year for the past several years, the criminal defense firm hosts the "Call-A-Lawyer" night, providing space, food, and beverages for volunteer attorneys who answer calls of a legal nature from members of the community. It’s pro bono and then some!


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