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April 2007       Vol. 36, No. 4       Page  7
In and Around the Bar
Bar News

Bar News
by Mindy Marks, Cheryl Law

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—, (303) 824-5312;
call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.


Christmas in January
The CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) hosted another successful "Christmas in January" event. Each year, the CBA YLD shares the good will, holiday spirit, and generosity of the community with underprivileged children. During the event, CBA YLD members handed out new and gently used toys and clothing to the participating children. Lunch and a visit from Santa also were part of the day’s activities.

This year’s program was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at the Colorado House in Colorado Springs. The Colorado House provides shelter and meals for homeless families, and helps them find permanent housing in the Colorado Springs area.

Attorney Melissa Ogburn is pictured with an attendee of the Christmas in January event. Eric Bono appeared as Santa Claus at the CBA YLD event.

Bridging the Gap Breakfast
The CBA YLD, the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law Career Services Office, and the DU Alumni Relations Office sponsored a Law School Outreach Program, "Bridging the Gap Breakfast," at DU on Saturday, February 17, 2007. Practicing attorneys in various legal specialties spoke with students about the "real world" practice of law. The attorneys provided suggestions, ideas, and recommendations on how to make the adjustment from law school to the practice of law. Attorneys who participated included solo practitioners, in-house counsel, government counsel, and attorneys in private practice.

Left to right: Erin O’Brien, attorney; Jefferson Exil, student; Leia Ursery, attorney; and Stephen Wilson, student.

CBA YLD Skiers Hit the Slopes
On Saturday, February 24, 2007, the Seventh Annual CBA Young Lawyers’ Ski Train made its way to Winter Park with thirty-five Colorado lawyers, law students, friends, and family members on board. The group enjoyed a day on the slopes, as well as a catered lunch and social networking après ski. The CBA YLD thanks everyone who made the event a memorable one.

CBA YLD winter enthusiasts gathered for a day in the mountains.


The Asian Pacific American Bar Association will hold its annual Minoru Yasui Awards Banquet at King’s Land Chinese Restaurant in Denver on April 13, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Annie Kao at (303) 223-1118 or


The University of Denver (DU) Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) is sponsoring a wine and cheese tasting and networking event on Saturday, April 14, 2007, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., at Parisi, 4401 Tennyson St. in Denver. Tickets are $40 before April 14 and $60 at the door; student tickets are $10. Proceeds from the event will go toward LLSA activities at DU and the University of Colorado Law School, as well as LLSA participation in Hispanic National Bar Association activities. For more details or to make a reservation, contact Marla Fernandez Benavides at


The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA) held its annual Trial Academy on March 2 and 3, 2007. The program provided hands-on trial experience for new members of the Bar. Special thanks to Joel Varnell, who coordinated the program, and Judge Robert McGahey and Judge Tina Habas, for presiding over the "trials."

CDLA also is co-hosting the CDLA–Colorado Trial Lawyers Association golf event at Green Gables Country Club on May 14. For more information, contact Scott Landry at (303) 796-2900.

The CDLA annual seminar will be held in Snowmass, August 2–4. Mark your calendars for this exceptional program.

CDLA is proud to announce that three of its members accepted leadership roles in the Denver Bar Association: Mark Fogg, President; Doug McQuiston, Vice-President; and Doug Stevens, second Vice-President.


Judges Dinner 2007: Judge John P. Leopold.

The Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) Judges Dinner hosted approximately 225 attendees. Among them were fifty-one judges, including Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey and Justice Gregory Hobbs, as well as judges from the federal Bench, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Eighteenth Judicial District (18th J.D.).

The evening began with a "State of the Bench" address from 18th J.D. Chief Judge William Sylvester. The program honored John P. Leopold, former Chief Judge of the 18th J.D. and Past-President of the ACBA, for his years of dedication and service to the 18th J.D. and the ACBA. Mike DiManna, also a Past-President of the ACBA, was the master of ceremonies. He coordinated and presented a tribute that included stories from Frank Patterson, Craig Wagner, and former law clerk Chris Baumgartner. The crowd enjoyed a presentation of photographs from Judge Leopold’s past, as well as musical selections from some of Judge Leopold’s favorite operas.

To further honor Judge Leopold, the ACBA voted to establish a $1,000 scholarship in his name, which will be awarded each year to a law student at the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law. Judge Leopold offered to donate an additional $1,000 to the scholarship fund. The DU law school will match this $2,000 with another $2,000, providing a total of $4,000 for the scholarship.


The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) held its Second Annual Membership Reception on February 8, 2007, at CIBER, Inc. in Greenwood Village. The reception was hosted by CIBER’s Vice-President and General Counsel, Susan Keeson, who also is a member of the CJI Board of Directors. More than forty distinguished members of the business, civic, and legal communities attended the event to discuss CJI’s 2007 efforts to support judicial education and promote the excellence and independence of the Colorado judiciary.

Judge Cindy Bruner, left, and Mary Price Birk. Hal Goldback, left, with Dennis Graham.


On February 28, 2007, local bar association executive directors gathered for a networking luncheon at the CBA. Pictured below are Vicki Malara (left), Executive Director of the First Judicial District; and Angel McCall, Executive Director of the Arapahoe County Bar Association.


The Diversity in the Legal Profession (DILP) Committees of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations are planning the Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit, which will be held on September 19–20, 2007, at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The summit will include a reception and a silent auction to raise funds for scholarships for law students. It also will include panel discussions on topics such as: an overview of diversity in the legal profession and at law schools, professional development, and access to justice. Breakfast and lunch programs will include panel discussions with prominent in-house counsel. Panel members will discuss clients’ demand for diversity. The summit will conclude with the annual Pledge to Diversity Law Firm Group/Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Young Lawyers Division reception honoring law students. The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair will follow on Friday, September 21, 2007. For more information or to volunteer to help with the summit or the career fair, contact DILP co-chairs: Damian Arguello,; or Cindy Hyman,


The CBA/DBA Professionalism Committees made two professionalism presentations to University of Denver (DU) law students on February 13, 2007—one during daytime classes and one during evening classes. The presentations were made by John Baker, Mark Fogg, and Julie Haines. The professionalism presentations at both the University of Colorado Law School and the DU Sturm College of Law are ongoing, so attorney participation is welcomed. Contact CBA Committee Chair Mark Fogg at (303) 825-2700 to volunteer.


The Professionalism Committees continue their work on the major project of creating and producing professionalism teaching vignettes. Mark Fogg and DBA Committee Chair John Eckstein are collaborating with Kevin Campbell of the Metropolitan State College of Denver (Metro State) Theater Department and many attorneys to develop topics to be addressed in the vignettes. Areas of specialization and interest include civil litigation, workers’ compensation, family law, criminal law, and civil transactions.

On Saturday, February 24, 2007, approximately twenty lawyers met with Metro State producers to provide script material for these vignettes. Representatives from the CBA Young Lawyers Division also were present. The Professionalism Committees are grateful for the contributions of time and materials from several individuals. Nancy Cohen, Chip Mortimer, and John Gleason, from the Office of Regulatory Counsel, have been instrumental in moving this project forward. Special thanks are extended to the following people for their helpful contributions to the project: Don Alperstein; Robert Anderson; Erin Asborno; John Baker; Peter Bornstein; Karen Burns; Jorge Castillo; Roger Castle; Phil Cherner; John Eckstein; Dave Furgason; Dave Goldberg; Brad Hill; Hon. Morris Hoffman; Sybil Kisken; Kate Knickrehm; Hon. José Marquez; Hon. Robert McGahey; Doug McQuiston; Theresa Moore; and Tiffany Scully.

The Denver law firm of Holland & Hart LLP generously volunteered the use of its mock trial courtroom, conference rooms, and offices as the setting for filming the vignettes from March 30 to April 1, 2007. This contribution has been instrumental in keeping production costs manageable. Other financial contributions have come from several sources, including local bars and sections, the CBA Litigation Council, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and the Office of Regulatory Counsel.

The vignettes will be recorded on CDs and there will be a supplementary teaching manual. The materials will be used as teaching tools during professionalism presentations to law schools, bar associations, law firms, and other legal groups. Bar associations from other states have expressed an interest in obtaining the materials. For more information about the project, contact Mark Fogg.


The "Principles of Professionalism" were last amended in 1999. The CBA/DBA Professionalism Committees will present an amended draft to the DBA Board of Trustees by late spring 2007. To provide input on the amendments or to work on this Committee project, please contact subcommittee Chair Doug McQuiston at (720) 497-9580.

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