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April 2005       Vol. 34, No. 4       Page  112
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Thomas R. Dolven of Greenwood Village died February 20, 2005 in a skiing accident. He was 46. Dolven was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado–Boulder in 1981 and a J.D. degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in 1985. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1985. Dolven also was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. He joined the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1986. During his legal career, Dolven was a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award and received a Third Place finish in the F. Lee Bailey Moot Court Tournament. He was an author of legal articles and a speaker at many legal seminars. Dolven was a partner in the Denver law firm of Dewhirst & Dolven, LLP, specializing in premises and products liability defense, as well as automobile accidents and injuries. He is survived by his wife Lynn and two children. Memorial contributions in Dolven’s memory may be made to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc., 2420 W. 26th Ave., Ste. 450-D, Denver, CO 80211-5310; (303) 433-6002.

James R. Richards died October 16, 2003. He was 70. Richards was born in Kinderpost, Missouri, and grew up in Western Colorado. He received an undergraduate degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, and earned his law degree in 1960 from the University of Colorado–Boulder. Richards’ early legal career included a private law practice in Gunnison, Colorado; an appointment as Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force of the Department of Justice in Buffalo, New York; and service as General Counsel and Vice-President of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Richards to be Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Energy. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In 1985, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Reagan’s nomination of Richards to be Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Richards retained this latter position under two subsequent White House Administrations. He retired in 1993 and relocated to Grand Junction, Colorado. Richards was a member of the Colorado and Mesa County Bar Associations. He served as President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Western State College Foundation. He was a Commissioner of the Walker Field Airport Authority and a member of the Grand Junction Rotary Club. Memorial contributions in Richards’ name may be sent to: Jim Richards 1954 Football Scholarship, Western State College Foundation, P.O. Box 1264, Gunnison, CO 81230. [The Colorado Lawyer regrets omission of this information at an earlier date.]

U.S. Magistrate Judge and former Colorado legislator James M. Robb died February 10, 2005. He was 69. Robb was born in Montclair, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Colorado–Boulder. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1961 and opened a law practice in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1962. Robb joined the CBA and Mesa County Bar Association in 1963. In 1980, Robb was elected to represent District 54 in the Colorado House of Representatives. In 1991, he became a U.S. Magistrate Judge for Western Colorado. Robb was a member of the CBA Grievance Mediation Committee, as well as the CBA Judiciary and Trust & Estate Sections. He is survived by his wife Maggie G. Sullivan Robb, four children, and five grandchildren.


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.

Please send information about deceased members of the profession to: Mail to: Leona Martínez,The Colorado Lawyer, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203. Print or electronic photographs also may be sent. In Memoriam items are printed as production deadlines and space permit.

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