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June 2007       Vol. 36, No. 6       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.


Counselors for Critters was held Saturday, April 21, 2007. This year, forty-three organizations participated and 159 animals (including dogs, cats, and even lizards) found new homes. One volunteer said it was nice to have an event to serve as a reminder of the good in people.

The First Judicial District Bar Association co-sponsored the event with several businesses, law offices, and individuals: Petco; Chipotle and Dominos; Stacey Nickolaus; Ruff and Tureson; Jennifer Henslee; Diana Richett; Polidori, Franklin & Monahan; Maureen O’Brien; Jenna Reulbach; Beck, Johnson & Nolan; Gina Bischofs; Kurt Metsger; Cindy Young; Pelegrin and Radeff; and Jeanne Judge. Counselors for Critters thanks the volunteers who walked dogs, made sure the animals had water, facilitated adoptions, and helped with crowd control.

The next project for Counselors for Critters will be humane education. The goal is to teach empathy through pet care in schools, detention centers, and residential treatment centers. Anyone wishing to become a humane education teacher should contact Diana Richett at (303) 989-6295.

Left to right: Diana Richett, holding Simon; Jeanne Judge; Jenna Reulbach; Jennifer Melton, holding Cosmo; and Chris Radeff, President of the First Judicial District Bar Association.


Molly French of Colorado Legal Services is working with pro bono coordinators statewide to spotlight attorneys who provide volunteer services for their communities. Thomas M. Riser was spotlighted as the May 2007 Colorado Volunteer. Riser was recognized by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project.

Riser has practiced law in Gunnison since 1998. He is a member of the Gunnison law firm of Riser, Fogo & Trezise. Riser also is a recent recipient of the project’s Rebekah A. McBride Award. This award honors pro bono attorneys who have provided outstanding legal services on behalf of the poor in the community.

Riser presents the "Now That You’re 18" seminar to high school seniors in the Gunnison valley; represents victims of domestic violence who otherwise would have no legal representation; volunteers for the "Talk to an Attorney Free" monthly program; and serves on the local pro bono panel of attorneys. He always makes himself available to provide advice and counsel to low-income and needy residents of Gunnison County, but is especially dedicated to helping kids and victims of domestic violence.

When attorneys around the state are recognized for their pro bono work, they will be featured online. Spotlights can be found at


The Colorado Bar Foundation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation have enlisted the help of the legal community to raise funds to provide assistance to low-income citizens in both states. Members of Colorado’s legal community will be Guest Grillers at bd’s mongolian barbeque,® 1620 Wazee St., in Denver, on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Special guests will demonstrate their grilling technique on bd’s 2,000-pound grill, flipping fresh veggies and meats using three-foot swords. The tips grillers receive will be donated to the Foundations. To RSVP, call (303) 571-1824 by July 16. If you would like to give but cannot attend, visit

For additional information about the Colorado Bar Foundation, call Dana Collier Smith at (303) 824-5318. For information about the Louisiana Bar Foundation, call Laura Sewell at (504) 561-1046.


In celebration of National Poetry Month, the CBA invited members of the legal community to show their creative side at a poetry reading held at the Bar offices. On the evening of April 26, 2007, the CBA’s foyer was transformed to a place that was perfect for listening to serious and light poetry—complete with candlelight and jazz music playing in the background.

Attorney-poet Phyllis Gottesfeld Knight, who read an original poem, described the evening as "entrancing," with a "bohemian atmosphere" that had the feel of a "1960s bistro." Knight said that "ordinary (and extraordinary) lawyers read some remarkable poetry," and some participants "were overwhelmed by the affirmation of their poetic skills." The photos below feature several attorney-poets who contributed to making this a special evening.

Phyllis Gottesfeld Knight

An atmosphere perfect for reading and listening to poetry.

Jacqueline St. Joan

Roger Clark

Greg Cairns

Lee Anderson

Justice Greg Hobbs

Euell Thomas


The Denver Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD) hosted a Law Day Breakfast on Monday, April 30, 2007, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The guest speaker was ABA President Karen Mathis, who spoke on the Law Day theme "Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy." Mathis spoke about several of her presidential initiatives, including: Commission on Second Season of Service; Commission on Youth at Risk; Women Attorneys—A Growing Source for Board Diversity; and Task Force on Rule of Law Symposia.

The DBA YLD sponsored a Law Day essay contest for eighth and ninth grade students from around the Denver metro area. Awards were presented at the breakfast. Hannah Smith of Bear Creek High School, the first-place winner of the essay contest, received a $500 cash prize; runner-up Chelsea Honea of West Middle School won a $150 cash prize.


The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) hosted its Judicial Independence Breakfast on Thursday, April 12, 2007, at the University Club in Denver. Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis delivered the keynote address.

The CJI program was entitled "Judicial Selection Across the Nation: A Time for Change" and provided a national overview of current information regarding judicial selection, including movements in certain states toward merit selection.

Rebecca Love Kourlis, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice (left), with Gale Miller, Chair of the CJI Board and partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Becky Miller, CJI Executive Director (left), with Bob Miller, CJI Board member and partner at Perkins Coie LLP, and Elizabeth Starrs, CBA President.


The newly formed Juvenile and Family Law Club at the University of Colorado (CU) Law School held a program at the Broadway Youth Shelter in Boulder on April 11, 2007. Jenna Mazzucca, intern for the CBA’s Youth At Risk Task Force, spearheaded this event.

Several juveniles and law students attended the program. Also present were a group of adults from the shelter and Professor Colene Robinson from the CU Juvenile and Family Law Clinic. Dinner was sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus and Public Interest Student Association at CU.

The goal of the event was to give young people an opportunity to learn how the judicial system works, with a focus on dependency and neglect, truancy, and criminal cases. The youth discussed their relationships with their guardians ad litem (GALs). They also were given opportunities to talk about personal problems and successes they have experienced with the system. The law students explained rights related to police stops and arrests, how to behave in front of a judge, and how to work with GALs.


The nineteenth annual Denver Bar Foundation Barristers Benefit Ball was held on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. Attendees enjoyed delicious food and drinks. They played blackjack, roulette, and craps, and danced to music by the Jerry Barnett Orchestra. Proceeds from the event benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers, which provides pro bono legal services to the needy community in Denver.

At the 2007 Denver Bar Foundation Barristers Benefit Ball (left to right): Steve Theis, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, Alesia McCloud-Chan, and Paul Chan.

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