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April 2006       Vol. 35, No. 4       Page  6
In and Around the Bar

Bar News
by Kate Arganese, Mindy Marks

Bar News is a monthly compilation of news from the Colorado Bar Association, including Sections and Committees, Administration, and Local and Specialty Bar Associations.

Please send information and photos about Bar events and activities taking place around the state to: Kate Arganese—, (303) 824-5333; or Mindy Marks—, (303) 824-5312. Call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.

Colorado Paralegal Day Reception
May 4, 2006, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

House Joint Resolution 04-1060 of the House of Representatives
of the 64th General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring,
designates May 4 of each year as "Paralegal Day in Colorado."

The Second Annual Colorado Paralegal Day Reception, hosted by the CBA Paralegal Committee, will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2006. The free cocktail reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., 9th floor, Denver. Everyone is invited to attend, but RSVPs are required.

The CBA Paralegal Committee welcomes participation and sponsorship from paralegal organizations throughout the state, as well as CBA and DBA Sections and Committees. For more information, see page 167 in this issue or contact Michelle Gersic at or (303) 824-5342.


The CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee ("DILP") recently co-sponsored the Thirteenth Annual State High School Diversity Conference. The conference was held on February 4, 2006 at Cherry Creek High School in Denver. Approximately eighty Colorado high schools were represented at the conference and more than 900 students attended.

Pictured left to right: Dean Heizer, Meshach Rhoades, Jim Pinto, and Monica Marquez were among the DILP panelists who assisted students at a workshop during the High School Diversity Conference.
DILP Co-Chair Kathleen Nalty organized two workshops for students during the conference. The workshops featured several DILP member attorneys, including: Monica Marquez, Tim Schimberg, Meshach Rhoades, and member law student Katy Donnelly. CBA members Dean Heizer and Jim Pinto also facilitated at the workshops.

There were hands-on activities that challenged students to try to think as attorneys. For example, students were presented with a hypothetical employment discrimination situation and asked to consider resolution of the matter from the perspective of the plaintiff’s counsel.

The Diversity Conference introduces high school students to the legal profession. The 2006 conference came at a time when there is a decrease in the number of applications to law schools from minorities. Many high school students may not think of the legal profession as a career option and information disseminated at the conference may nudge them in a direction they did not realize was open to them.


SCBA Secretary/Treasurer Virginia Louden and CBA President Roger Clark chat at Black Jack’s Saloon and Steakhouse in Trinidad, Colorado.
During his tenure as CBA President, Roger Clark has visited twenty-six local bar associations across the state of Colorado. The regional bar visits have continued during the second half of his tenure. In February, Clark visited Telluride, where he was enthusiastically welcomed by the Southern Colorado Bar Association ("SCBA").

During the visit, Clark met with several SCBA lawyers, judges, and staff members. He shared anecdotes about his experience as an attorney and as CBA President. He also addressed several subjects of import to the legal profession, including current issues before the Colorado legislature. He spoke about the improved image of lawyers and of his desire to see a resurgence in camaraderie among his colleagues.

During this visit, the SCBA was treated to a presentation by Mary Dilworth, CBA Director of Marketing. Dilworth demonstrated and explained the workings of Casemaker, the online legal research library that provides CBA members free access to both state and federal materials, as well as articles printed in The Colorado Lawyer publication.

To access the Casemaker Online Research Library, visit the CBA website at Click on the blue-and-white Casemaker icon on the home page to proceed. Contact Mary Dilworth with questions about this member benefit or to request a demonstration in your area: or (303) 824-5312 or (800) 332-6736.


The Boulder County Bar Association ("BCBA") held its annual Legal Aid Foundation ("LAF") Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Thursday, February 23, 2006. The group raised $7,600 for LAF. The BCBA welcomed approximately eighty-five attendees who participated in silent and live auctions. Auction prizes included gift certificates to local restaurants and spas, as well as extraordinary wines donated by BCBA members.

Sue Parenteau was presented with a plaque to commemorate her many years of dedication to pro bono legal services. She is pictured here with Jonathan Asher.

Sue Parenteau
was honored during the evening for her many years of service to Boulder County Legal Services as the pro bono coordinator. Jon Asher, Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services, presented Parenteau with a commemorating plaque. Parenteau’s twenty years of service includes her tenure as coordinator for the Northwest Legal Services Project. Melody Fuller, BCBA Past President and former Director of Boulder County Legal Services, also was on hand to congratulate Parenteau on her pro bono contributions to the community and commend her role as a model for other pro bono lawyers in Boulder.

Event co-sponsors were: Hogan & Hartson LLP; Judicial Arbiter Group; and Holland & Hart LLP. Wine table sponsorships included: Benezra & Culver LLC; Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP; Bernard, Lyons, Gaddis & Kahn PC; Caplan and Earnest LLC; Cooper, Tanis, Fuller & Cohen PC; Dietze and Davis PC; Judson C. Hite PC; Holme Roberts and Owen LLP; Hutchinson Black and Cook LLC; Johnson & Repucci, LLP; G. Redmond Michaels PC; Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison & Woodruff PC; and Sparkman Shaffer Perlick LLP. Special thanks goes to: Superior Liquors; Chautauqua Dining Hall; and Recycled Nature Florist, who provided all the flowers.


The University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the Denver Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division co-hosted the Sixth Annual Recent Graduate Reunion/Hockey Night on Friday, February 24, 2006. LexisNexis® and Breckenridge Brewery also were hosts. More than 200 people attended the event, which included an exclusive reception that preceded the hockey game between two-time NCAA-title champion University of Denver Pioneers and the University of North Dakota.


The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association ("CDLA") recently sponsored a CLE-accredited program that dealt with the Colorado Supreme Court’s June 2005 decision in Alcon v. Spicer, and included discussion about the related Weil v. Dillon Companies, Inc. case. More than 100 lawyers were on hand for the presentation by Pat O’Rourke, from the University of Colorado; Steve Michalek, with the law firm of Kennedy and Christopher; and Hon. John N. McMullen, from the Denver District Court. The program provided attorneys discovery and trial strategy information that could prove helpful in their law practices.

The CDLA is gearing up for its annual golf challenge with the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association on June 5, 2006 at Fossil Trace Golf Course, as well as its 2006 Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for August 10–12 in Vail. Contact Chris Little at for more information about upcoming CDLA events. Visit the CDLA online at


More than 120 people attended the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado Annual Dinner on January 26, 2006. They welcomed new officers and witnessed the presentation of the St. Thomas More and the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Jesuit Father Walter Sidney gave the opening remarks. Attorney Mark Fogg received the St. Thomas More Award for exemplifying the "intellect, integrity, and moral courage of St. Thomas More." Fogg dedicated the award to his father. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Attorney General John Suthers for "outstanding contributions to religion, the legal profession, and the country."

Pictured left to right: former Denver D.A. Bill Ritter; outgoing Catholic Lawyers Guild President Laura Tighe; Mark Fogg; John Suthers; and Steve Michalek, President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild.


The Colorado Chapter of the Federal Bar Association has announced upcoming 2006 events. On May 8, 2006, the Chapter will host a reception for the judges of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that will include a tribute to Hon. David M. Ebel. On June 21, 2006, the Chapter’s Younger Lawyers Division and the Denver Bar Association will host a reception with the Federal Court Magistrates, which will provide one CLE ethics credit. Future CLE events will focus on criminal law, bankruptcy, labor and employment, and intellectual property issues. For information about the Colorado Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, visit or contact 2006 President Michael J. Axelrad at (303) 504-4242.

Bar News Highlight


Bradford Publishing Company ("Bradford") in Denver recently hosted a book drive to benefit the Louisiana libraries that were damaged or destroyed in 2005 during the hurricane season. On March 2, 2006, members of the law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. ("Burg Simpson") delivered a collection of books to Bradford.

Before the hurricanes, Louisiana had 339 public libraries; 106 were either damaged or destroyed by the hurricanes. Public libraries are funded by the property taxes paid by businesses and homeowners; however, due to the extensive damage to the area, many businesses were destroyed and thousands of homeowners have decided not to return to the area.

Ashley Arroyo, an associate at Burg Simpson and a New Orleans native, participated in delivering to Bradford the books donated by Burg Simpson. She recently spoke about the book drive: "[I]t is great that the Colorado legal community is thinking of creative ways to help Louisiana. As a New Orleans native whose family and friends have been greatly affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, I really appreciate all the efforts made by everyone who donated books to help restock our Louisiana libraries."

Michael Burg, founder and president of Burg Simpson, explains the firm’s efforts: "With the dwindling donations coming in for Hurricane Katrina victims, Burg Simpson wants to continue to find unique and meaningful ways to be a part of the rebuilding process of the Gulf Coast. It’s easy to get lost in the magnitude of the devastation that the Gulf Coast endured, so here at Burg Simpson we felt this book drive would be a unique way to show our continued support and willingness to offer our help in whatever way we can."

The hurricane disaster occurred more than six months ago and an estimated 1,900 people still are unaccounted for in Louisiana alone. Residents are returning and the rebuilding process has begun, but it is a very slow process.

Burg Simpson has participated in other fund-raising events to assist families devastated by the hurricanes. Firm members have worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and collect tools and donations to assist in the effort to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

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