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February 2005       Vol. 34, No. 2       Page  4
Bar News

Bar News
by Leona Martínez

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association Sections and Committees, administration, and local and minority/specialty bar associations. If you have information and photos about Bar events and activities that you would like included in Bar News, contact: 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.


Organizer of CLE in Colorado Inc. is Recipient of 2004 Doyle Award:

CLE in Colorado Inc. ("CBA–CLE") is the non-profit educational arm of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. The person responsible for organizing the organization, Peter C. Guthery (pictured at left), was given the Doyle Award of Excellence by the CBA–CLE Board of Directors in December 2004. This is the third year that CBA–CLE has presented the award, its highest honor.

The Doyle Award of Merit was established to honor Greeley attorney Richard Doyle, who believed that continuing legal education is a valuable resource for Colorado lawyers. Previous award recipients are Jim Wade and the team of Willis Carpenter and Holly Hoxeng.

A partner with the Denver law firm of Gorsuch Kirgis, LLP, Guthery has practiced law for thirty-nine years in Denver. His practice is limited to representation of non-profit, tax-exempt organizations. Guthery is a member of the Colorado, Virginia, and New York Bars. He is a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel and the immediate past-chair of the Tax Exempt and Governmental Entities Council for the fourteen-state Central Mountain Area of the Internal Revenue Service. He is past-chair of the CBA’s Section on Taxation and past-chair of the CBA’s Business Law Section’s Nonprofit Entity Subsection and the Nonprofit Corporation Act Statutory Revision Committee. Guthery was the founder and program chair of CBA–CLE’s Annual Institute for Advising Non-Profit Organizations. The Institute is in its fourteenth year.


+ Come One, Come All—Everyone Who Has Ever Been
Involved with Legal Aid is Invited to Attend this Event (Date Forthcoming):

The CBA Availability of Legal Services Committee will host the Legal Aid Reunion, Fund Raiser, and Awards event at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. For information or to RSVP, contact Michelle Miller at (303) 860-1115 or


The City Club of Denver Annual Award Recognizes
Significant Contributions to Metropolitan Area’s Civic Life:

Courtesy of The
City Club of
Denver native James Grafton Rogers was a true Renaissance Man. He was an attorney and educator, as well as a poet, playwright, author, musician, and composer. He served as Assistant Secretary of State in Washington under President Herbert Hoover. He was Dean of both the University of Colorado and University of Denver law schools, and served as President of the Colorado Bar Association. Rogers also was the founder, chairman, or president of several organizations. Among these were The City Club of Denver, the University Club, Colorado Mountain Club, Denver Civic League, Denver Council of Boy Scouts, and the Historical Society of Colorado. Rogers was honored by the CBA as an "Outstanding Lawyer" in Colorado. His tribute is printed in the July 1989 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

In honor of its founder’s many civic accomplishments, The City Club of Denver, presents the James Grafton Rogers Award to an organization or community member who has made a "significant contribution to the civic life of our metropolitan area." In December, the 2004 James Grafton Rogers Award was presented to attorney L. Michael Henry (pictured at left) for his "tireless volunteer efforts" for more than thirty years on behalf of Denver neighborhood groups and civic organizations. He has been appointed by three Denver mayors to spearhead or participate in commissions and task forces working to improve civic conditions in Denver communities.

A Denver native, Henry attended Harvard University, where he received a B.A. degree in Government. He earned a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. For eighteen years, Henry worked for the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel. He has been the Staff Director of the Board of Ethics for the City and County of Denver since 2001.

Henry has been a member of the Colorado Bar Association since 1972. He has participated in several CBA committees, including the Professionalism, Attorney Regulation, Legal Fee Arbitration, and Government Counsel Committees. He also is a long-time supporter of the Legal Aid Foundation and the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization.


Metro City Attorneys Association Recognizes Littleton
Assistant City Attorney:

At the December 15, 2004 meeting of the Metro City Attorneys Association, Littleton Assistant City Attorney Brad D. Bailey was presented with the 2004 Outstanding Assistant City Attorney Award. Bailey was acknowledged for his participation in drafting the legal brief in the City of Littleton v. Z.J. Gifts case. The U.S. Supreme Court heard this case in 2004, and upheld the City’s adult entertainment establishment’s license. He also is credited with drafting an amicus brief in a municipal liability case on behalf of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the National League of Cities.

Bailey earned his J.D. degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He was the law clerk for Hon. William F. Dressel of the Larimer County District Court from 1983 to 1985. He served as Longmont Assistant City Attorney during 1985–1992, and as Clear Creek County Attorney from 1992 to 1999. His tenure with the City of Littleton began in 1999.

Bailey has been a member of the Colorado Bar Association since 1992. He is a member of the CBA Government Counsel and is a co-editor of The Colorado Lawyer’s "Government and Administrative Law News" column.


+ National Black Law Student Association ("NBLSA") is Largest Student-Run Organization in the United States:

The 2005 NBLSA Convention will be held at the Englewood Inverness Hotel from March 30 to April 3, 2005. University of Denver and University of Colorado law students are being credited with the successful effort to bring the event to Colorado. The NBLSA has more than 200 chapters at law schools throughout the United States and represents approximately 7,000 black law students. The event will include a moot court competition, workshops, a job fair, and banquets. For complete information about the event, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www." or contact Danielle Rash, convention coordinator, at


+ Boulder to Host State Tournament March 11–12, 2005:

The Colorado High School Mock Trial State Tournament will be held March 11 and 12, 2005, at the Boulder County Justice Center. Twenty teams are slated to compete. The first round of competition begins at 1:00 p.m. on March 11. The championship round for the victorious first- and second-place teams will start at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

The program is seeking volunteer magistrates or judges to preside over the state tournament; in addition, attorneys are needed to score the tournaments on one or both days. Orientation for magistrates or judges and attorneys is held one hour before each round. Volunteer forms may be accessed online at"GenID=5613. Contact Carolyn Ferber at or (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736 for complete information.


Award Recognizes Attorney for Outstanding Service:

Each year, the Colorado Public Defender recognizes an attorney for "outstanding service as a deputy public defender." Grand Junction attorney David G. Eisner was selected by Public Defender David S. Kaplan to be the 2004 recipient of the award.

Eisner is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. He was in private practice for three years before joining the Brighton regional office of the Public Defender’s Office. He served as a Deputy Public Defender. In 1980, Eisner became head of that office. In 1982, State Public Defender David Vela appointed Eisner to be Chief Deputy State Public Defender. For five years, Eisner’s responsibilities included capital defense.

In 1987, Eisner returned to the private practice of law in Boulder. In 1993, after six years in Boulder, he moved to Grand Junction, where he assumed the head position of the Mesa County Regional Office of the Public Defender.


Award Recognizes Attorney for Outstanding Community and Professional Service and Leadership Skills:

The CBA Young Lawyers Division ("YLD") presents an award each year to a CBA member whose community and professional service and leadership skills are considered outstanding. To qualify as a "young lawyer," the attorney-member must be 37 years old or younger or have been admitted to practice law less than three years. Sun-Young Chi Hendrick, director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network ("Network"), is the 2004 CBA YLD Outstanding Young Lawyer. The Network represents indigent and low-income non-U.S. citizens, with a focus on detained non-citizens. Hendrick has organized the continuing legal aid program, "Defending Non-Citizens in Immigration Proceedings," since 2002. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law and the recipient of the Chase Fellowship for her excellence in public service. (See also page 86.)


Central Visitation Program Receives $1,000 Award
Donation on Her Behalf:

The Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association named Debra Hindin-King as the 2003 Pro Bono

Paralegal of the Year. Hindin-King was selected for her work with the Central Visitation Program ("CVP"), which provides a "safe, supervised and comfortable setting for court-ordered visits between children and parents of low-income families involved in conflict divorce, custody, and/or restraining order proceedings." Hindin-King has been involved with CVP for more than nine years and is the organization’s current President and CEO.




Bar News Photo Highlights

The "Highlight" page of Bar News spotlights recent activities and special events around the Bar, and presents brief stories that deal with lawyer activities outside the practice of law. If you have print or digital photos of a recent event to share with fellow CBA members, if you would like to recommend a colleague to be "highlighted," or if your local or specialty bar or legal organization has marked a notable milestone and there’s a short story to tell about it, the "Bar News Highlight" page might be the appropriate venue. Please contact Leona Martínez at

CBA Past Presidents’ Dinner

In November 2004, many past Presidents of the Colorado Bar Association gathered at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs for their annual dinner. Current CBA President Steve Briggs and President-Elect Roger Clark also were in attendance. A photo of the distinguished group is below, along with a few candid shots taken during the evening. Each past President’s tenure appears beside his or her name.

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Left to right: Roger Clark, Rebecca Koppes Conway, Bob Truhlar, Dale Harris, Laird Milburn, Les Ward, John Dunn, Bart Mendenhall, Wiley Daniel, Tom Cross, Ben Aisenberg, Chris Brauchli, Katherine Tamblyn, David Wood, Bill DeMoulin, Jim Moran, Steve Briggs, Phil Figa, Bill McClearn, Leonard Campbell

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Laird Milburn (2001–2002), left, and current CBA President Steve Briggs (2004–2005)

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Candy Figa and Judge Phil Figa (1995–1996)

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B.J. Clark and CBA President-Elect Roger Clark (2005–2006)

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Kathryn Tamblyn (1982–1983) and John Dunn (1993–1994)

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