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The Colorado Lawyer
December 2006
Vol. 35, No. 12 [Page  7]

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In and Around the Bar

Bar News
by 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:
Mindy Marks—mmarks@cobar.org, (303) 824-5312; call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.


CGLBTBA’S THIRD ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

On October 5, 2006, the Colorado Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Bar Association (CGLBTBA) held its Third Annual Awards Dinner. The event took place in Denver at the Oxford Hotel.

At this year’s celebration, the CGLBTBA recognized Elizabeth A. Bryant as the Outstanding CGLBTBA Lawyer of the Year. Bryant practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, business law, and real estate, and has been a long-time advocate for the CGLBTBA community on numerous legal issues.

Sean Duffy was named the Outstanding Ally of the Year. Duffy was recognized for his leadership in running the campaign for Referendum I, which would have established domestic partnerships for same-sex couples in Colorado. Duffy is the Executive Director of Coloradans for Fairness, and former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications for Governor Owens.

The keynote address was delivered by Jean Dubofsky, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and the lawyer who argued Romer v. Evans before the U.S. Supreme Court. CBA President Liz Starrs also delivered a message urging the defeat of Amendment 40, which concerned term limits for judges.

Left to right: (1) Sheila Barthel, Mike Brewer, and Beth Bryant; (2) Andrew McCallin, Pat Steadman, and Sean Duffy; (3) Jean Dubofsky; (4) Liz Starrs.


DONATE TO APABA'S FOOD BASKET PROGRAM

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) is conducting its annual food basket program this month. All members of the Colorado legal community are invited to participate in this worthwhile cause.

Each year, APABA provides holiday food baskets to low-income and underprivileged Asian American families in the community through a partnership with the Asian Pacific Development Center. A contribution of $40 can provide a family with staples such as rice, fish, and canned goods during the holiday season.

Contributions in all amounts are appreciated. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to: Fay Matsukage, Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, P.C., 455 Sherman St., Ste. 300, Denver, CO 80203. Note on the check that it is for "Holiday Food Basket."


BOB HARRY RECEIVES 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARD

On September 9, 2006, Bob Harry received an award in recognition of his work to create the Historical Society of the Tenth Judicial Circuit. Harry was the Society’s first president after its 2003 formation. He was presented a four-volume leather-bound set of books, which included the Federalist Papers. Harry is pictured at right, below, with Hon. James K. Logan, retired Tenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge.


ADAMS COUNTY JUDGE GHRIS MELONAKIS NAMES OUTSTANDING JUDICIAL OFFICER

The Colorado Judicial Branch annually recognizes a handful of outstanding employees for exemplary work contributing to the high quality of service provided throughout the state’s twenty-two judicial districts. District Judge Chris Melonakis, of the Seventeenth Judicial District (17th J.D.), was selected as the Outstanding Judicial Officer in the Colorado Judicial Branch. Melonakis was nominated for the award by Julie Richer, a court reporter in the 17th J.D.

Melonakis spearheaded the 17th J.D. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) initiative to prevent and treat FASD. According to information provided by the initiative on its website (http://www.17thjudicialdistrict.com/fasdmaster.htm), approximately 40,000 children are born every year in the United States with FASD, which costs the American healthcare system an estimated $4 billion. The 17th J.D. FASD initiative also seeks to prevent juvenile delinquency and promote rehabilitative services and public safety.

Melonakis also developed a family court pilot program to study the effects of having the same court handle multiple cases involving one family. An evaluation of twenty-seven family court cases and twenty-eight cases that were not part of the pilot program indicates that the program responds to family needs and reduces by half the time children spend in placement outside their homes.

Additionally, Melonakis oversees people working in the Truancy Reduction Program. He also works closely with Court-Appointed Special Advocate organization and on Colorado’s court improvement committee.


COUNSELORS FOR CRITTERS:
JEFFERSON COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
ASSISTS WITH ADOPTIONS

On October 14, 2006, the Jefferson County Bar Association (JCBA) and PETCO co-sponsored a metro-wide animal adoption program called "Counselors for Critters." The adoption was held at the PETCO store in Golden.

The JCBA and PETCO coordinated Counselors for Critters to help save the lives of homeless animals by finding them a human friend for life. More than twenty metro shelters took animals needing homes to the PETCO store, including several purebred dogs, a horse, a bird, a "pocket pet," and a rabbit. There also was a reptile rescue opportunity. Forty-nine critters were adopted at Counselors for Critters.

JCBA Counselors for Critters are (left to right): Diana Richett; Dorrie Baranski; Jennifer Melton (holding daughter Annie); Chris Radeff, JCBA President; Vicki Malara; and Jenna Reulbach.


ELDER EXPLOITATION TRAINING HELD IN PUEBLO

On September 29, 2006, the CBA and the Pueblo County Bar Association co-sponsored an interdisciplinary training on elder financial exploitation by people in positions of trust. Other sponsors of the event were: the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners; Pueblo County Department of Social Services; Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office; Colorado’s Tenth Judicial District Court; Pueblo County Coroner; and Pueblo Police Department. The day-long training was held at the Pueblo County Conference Room.

The interdisciplinary training on elder financial exploitation attracted approximately twenty-five attendees. Among the presenters were James Kramer, Pueblo County Coroner (center photo), and elder law attorney Jennifer Gormley (at far right).


SAVE THE DATE: JANUARY 20, 2007
FOR THE CHBA ANNUAL BANQUET

The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s (CHBA) Annual Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Westin Tabor Center Hotel in Denver.

CHBA is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary and members of Colorado’s Hispanic legal community will be recognized at the event. A docu-video of Colorado’s Hispanic legal community will present the personal histories of twelve pioneers who nurtured the growth of Hispanic lawyers in Colorado. Those being recognized are: Hon. Carlos Lucero; Hon. Roger Cisneros; Hon. Dennis Maes; Bob Maes; Jesse ManzanaresKen Padilla; Ralph Torres; Hon. J. Lorenzo Marquez; Pepe Mendez; Francisco Martínez; Joe Montaño; and Dean Robert Yegge. Former Denver Mayor Federico Peña will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

There will be a mariachi reception before dinner and salsa dancing after the program. Tickets are $70. RSVP to Awilda Marquez at (303) 628-3367 or marqueza@hallevans.com.


AMENDMENT 40 DEBATE IN WELD COUNTY

The Weld County Bar Association hosted an Amendment 40 debate and discussion on October 17, 2006, at Greeley’s new Ice Haus. In addition to the debate, the event included a question-and-answer session. Members of the Bar and members of the general public were present.

Sen. Sean Mitchell of Broomfield spoke in favor of Amendment 40; Stan Peek and Al Dominguez, former Weld County District Attorneys, presented the "Vote No 40" position. The moderator was Robb Miller of the Weld County Bar Association Board of Directors.


LIFE COACHES HELP FACILITATE CAREER TRANSITIONS

The CBA Transitions Committee held a program on October 4, 2006 entitled "Transitioning to the Next Phase: How a Career Coach Can Help." The program was directed at people who are planning, considering, or being forced to make a career change. The panel of presenters included life coaches Stephanie Shafer, Lucinda Miller, and Leslie Hilton. They addressed developing career change strategies and ways to make the transition easy and efficient. The program’s moderator was Constance Wood. For information about the CBA Transitions Committee, contact Chuck Turner at cturner@cobar.org.

 

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