Vol. 34, No. 5
The Colorado Bar Association Remembers
The Lives and Contributions of Colorado Attorneys
Raymond J. Gengler died in March 2005. Gengler was an Honor Life member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, which he joined in 1946.
Denver attorney James T. Hickey died in March 2005. He was 40. Hickey earned a J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 1996; he became licensed in Colorado in 2000. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. Hickey was a graduate of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. He was a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation and Tort and Insurance Sections; the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; and the Construction Litigation Section of the American Trial Lawyers Association. Hickey joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1987. He was a member of the CBA Construction, Criminal Law, and Litigation Sections. He also was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. Hickey specialized in construction and personal injury litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Defense attorney David P. Joyce died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on March 24, 2005. He was 54. Joyce was born in Northglenn, Colorado. His law practice emphasized criminal law and ranged from misdemeanor to homicide cases. He was a former member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, and was a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. Joyce is survived by his wife Kristine McWilliams, one son and two stepchildren.
Irvin M. Kent died March 13, 2005. He was 84. Kent was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. He received an A.B. degree from Syracuse University and a J.D. degree from Harvard University. He was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in 1947 and in Colorado in 1967. Kent also was admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Military Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court
of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. During 1947 and 1948, Kent served as a U.S. Civil Service employee on the prosecution staff of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. From 1948 to 1971, he was a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for the U.S. Army, and presided over military tribunals in Saigon during the Vietnam War. In this capacity, he worked on claims, procurement, civil affairs, and military justice matters. In 1971, Kent began working for the Colorado Office of the Attorney General, which included serving as Chief of the Antitrust and Special Litigation Section. He left the Attorney General’s Office for private practice in 1975. During 1987 and 1988, Kent served as President of the Aurora Bar Association. He was an Honor Life member of the Colorado and Aurora Bar Associations. Kent contributed legal articles to various national law reviews, the Federal Bar Journal, and the American Bar Journal. His articles also were printed in Trial Talk, The Colorado Lawyer, and the CBA–CLE Annual Survey of Colorado Law. During his professional career, Kent served as chair, as well as board member, of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He also was President of the Paris Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and was a member of the Legal Committees of Rose Medical Center and Allied Jewish Federation of the Denver Endowment Fund. Kent is survived by his wife Florence, whom he married in 1957; four children; and two grandchildren.
Herbert A. Mack died in March 2005. He was 78. Mack earned a B.S.B.A. degree, as well as a J.D. degree, from Washington University. He was admitted to practice law in 1953. Mack became a member of the Colorado and Pitkin County Bar Associations in 1985. He was a member of the CBA Professionalism Committee, as well as the Business Law and Real Estate Law Sections.
Former Denver County Court Judge George A. Manerbino died March 21, 2005. He was 82. Manerbino earned B.S. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Denver. He was admitted to practice law in 1953. He practiced law for nine years before being appointed to the Denver County Court Bench by then-Mayor Willliam McNichols. Manerbino was a Denver County Court judge for fourteen years. During this time, he established methods to streamline a backlogged judicial system. In 1970, Manerbino established "night court." He also implemented a referee system for nonmoving traffic violations. Manerbino was an Honor Life member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, which he joined in 1953. Among Manerbino’s survivors are his wife Victoria, one daughter, and one granddaughter.
Cortez attorney Richard S. Luhman died March 4, 2005, after being shot four times while he worked in his office. He was 62. Luhman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned B.S. and B.A. degrees from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Illinois Law School. He was licensed to practice law in 1967. Luhman relocated to Telluride, Colorado, in 1975. In 1988, he moved to Cortez, Colorado, where he joined the law firm of Dyer & Dilts. He started his own law practice in 1993, specializing in civil law that involved mostly commercial and family law.
Luhman was a member of the Colorado and Four Corners Bar Associations. He was a member of the CBA Family Law and Real Estate Law Sections. Luhman was active with The Rotary International Club, as well as the Elks Club. He served on the board of the Cortez Rotary Club, and was that Chapter’s President during 1993–1994. He also was a member of the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center and was on the Board of Directors of the Piñon Project. Luhman is survived by his wife Joan Sorenson Luhman. Memorial contributions in Luhman’s name may be made to: Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Drawer L, Cortez, CO 81321; or the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center, 140 N. Linden, Cortez, CO 81321.
Graham Susman died in March 2005. He became a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1939. Throughout his career, Susman participated in many CBA and DBA Committees and Sections, including the CBA Economics of Law Practice, Legal Education, and Real Estate Committees.
Bernard L. Trott died February 23, 2005. He was 81. Trott was born in Kearney, Nebraska. In 1947, after serving three years in the U.S. Air Corps, Trott earned a B.A. degree from Nebraska Wesleyan. He received a J.D. with Distinction in 1949 from the University of Michigan. He was admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; and U.S. Supreme Court. Trott and his family moved to Colorado Springs in 1954, where he practiced law until his retirement in 1991. Trott joined the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Associations in 1955. During his professional career, he served as President of the El Paso County Bar Association. He also served as Chairman of the Fourth Judicial District for seven years and was on the CBA Board of Governors. He was a member of the CBA Real Estate Law and and Business Law Sections. Trott is survived by his wife Antoinette, one son, four stepchildren, and four step-grandchildren. Contributions in Trott’s name may be sent to: Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Fred L. Witsell died March 5, 2005. He was 72. Witsell received a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He was licensed to practice law in 1957. He joined the Denver law firm of Kelly, Stansfield & O’Donnell in 1957. Witsell retired from the firm as a partner in 1995. Witsell is survived by Shirley, his wife of fifty-one years, and three children. Memorial contributions in Witsell’s name may be made to: Hospice of Metro Denver, 425 S. Cherry St., Denver, CO 80246.
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