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July 2007       Vol. 36, No. 7       Page  11
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.

COBALT Program Seeks Applicants

The 2007 inaugural Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training (COBALT) program, chaired by 2006–07 CBA President Elizabeth Starrs, concluded in June with nineteen CBA members "graduating." According to class members and the Steering Committee, the program was an overwhelming success.

COBALT is intended to help CBA members develop and enhance their leadership skills. Information about COBALT is available on the CBA website at Nominations for the 2008 COBALT class are due July 31, 2007. Contact Dana Collier Smith at if you would like to nominate someone for next year’s class; self nominations are welcome.

New Attorneys Admitted to Colorado Bar

The spring admission ceremony for new admittees to the Colorado Bar was held Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. Governor Bill Ritter was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis T. Babcock, Denver Bar Association President Paul H. Chan, and CBA Young Lawyers Division Chair Christopher D. Bryan.

Left to right: Greg, Sarah, and Julie Peay. Left to right: Katie and Jake Ross and Trent Martinet.

Board of Governors Meeting

The CBA Board of Governors (BOG) met May 12, 2007 at the University of Colorado (CU) Law School. The hottest topic on the agenda was a report by Stacy Carpenter about the CBA Task Force on Judicial Performance Commissions. The task force was formed to examine the current role of the commissions before the statute on "commissions on judicial performance" is set to be repealed in 2009. The BOG also heard from CU Law Professor Pat Furman and BOG member Randy Starr, who discussed the pros and cons of Colorado’s death penalty statute.

Other business included the CBA Labor & Employment Law Section being granted a seat on the BOG, as well as the sunset of the CBA Administrative Law Section. Elizabeth Starrs, 2006–07 CBA President, passed the gavel to incoming CBA President Wm. David Lytle. (See the Minutes of the May 2007 BOG meeting on page 25 of this issue.)

Elizabeth Starrs presided over her final Board of Governors meeting. New CBA President Wm. David Lytle is at right.

Paralegal Day Reception

2006–07 CBA President Elizabeth Starrs (left) and CBA Paralegal Committee Chair Barbara Biondolillo. Left to right: Don Braden, Beth Wilkins, Kevin Wilkins, and former CBA Paralegal Committee Chair Janet Price. Former DBA President Joe Dischinger (left) and 2006–07 DBA President Paul Chan.

On May 3, 2007, the CBA Paralegal Committee hosted its third annual reception celebrating Colorado Paralegal Day (May 4 annually) in the lobby of the CBA offices. More than sixty paralegals and attorneys attended the reception. Reception sponsors were: Rossi Legal Staffing, LLC; Special Counsel; Gibson Arnold & Associates, Inc.; Attorneys Service Center, Inc.; CLS Copying & Scanning Service, LLC; Paralegal Resource Center, Inc.; Robert Half Legal; Todays Legal Staffing; and the CBA and DBA. The CBA Paralegal Committee thanks the sponsors for their support of the paralegal community.

Luncheon With Wanda McDavid

On April 25, 2007, the CBA Solo/Small Firm Section hosted a CLE topical luncheon presented by Wanda McDavid of Access Information, Inc. in Denver. McDavid specializes in business and market research, as well as factual and expert witness due diligence. Her program, "Options for Legal Research," was attended by forty lawyers, including conference call attendees. Materials for the program have been posted on the section’s Web page,

Dues for the Solo/Small Firm Section are $20 per year, and the section hosts at least four CLE topical luncheons focusing on practice management and technology for the law practice. For more information about the section, contact staff liaisons Reba Nance, (303) 824-5320,; or Michelle Gersic, (303) 824-5342,

APABA Update

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) celebrated another successful year at its Annual Banquet on April 13, 2007. APABA thanks friends, law firms, and companies that have generously supported its mission of community service and cultural awareness. APABA’s next major event will be the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, July 28–29, where members will be on a team that races a dragon boat.

Right to left: Incoming APABA President Annie T. Kao, Peter Murphy, Raul Abad, Holly Kirsner, Victoria O. Williams, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, and Tom Korson.

National Mock Trial Results

Students from Evergreen High School were among more than 320 high school litigators and witnesses who participated in the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Dallas, Texas. Evergreen High School represented the state of Colorado after winning the State Mock Trial Championship in March. The Colorado team brought home an impressive tenth place finish. This year’s competition, which was held May 10–12, 2007, featured championship teams from across the United States, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and South Korea competing for the prestigious National Championship title.

Colorado’s team won its first three power rounds against teams from Oklahoma, Oregon, and another top-ten finisher, Texas. Colorado’s only loss, in the fourth and final round—which would decide the two-team championship face-off—came in a 2–1 split decision to Georgia, the team that went on to win this year’s National Championship.

Thirtieth Annual CWBA Convention

The Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s (CWBA) Thirtieth Annual Convention, "It’s now or never—Looking back and moving forward," was held at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, May 18–20, 2007. Approximately 140 attendees from Colorado and around the country enjoyed a weekend of programs in a beautiful mountain setting. Convention highlights included the presentation of the CWBA’s Mary Lathrop Award to Pamela Robillard Mackey for her contributions to Colorado’s legal community. Mary Lathrop was among the first female members of the Denver and American Bar Associations—a true pioneer in the legal profession.

Governor Bill Ritter delivered the keynote address at Saturday’s luncheon. Ritter provided a synopsis of the work of his administration and goals for the future.

The conference closed with an interactive session for those interested in pursuing a career in the judiciary. Hon. Karen M. Ashby of the Second Judicial District Court; Hon. Allison Eid of the Colorado Supreme Court; Hon. Tamara S. Russell of the First Judicial District Court; and Hon. JoAnn L. Vogt of the Colorado Court of Appeals discussed their roles on the Bench.

The CWBA is an organization of approximately 700 members. It is committed to advancing women in the legal profession and promoting the welfare of all women. For more information, contact the CWBA office at (303) 831-1040 or visit

ACBA Celebrates Law Day

The Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) celebrated Law Day on May 1, 2007 with a breakfast featuring guest speaker Judge Chris Melonakis of the Seventeenth Judicial District. Judge Melonakis is the 2007 National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Judge of the Year. Judge Melonakis has worked for many years to improve the handling of dependency and neglect cases, and has helped to ­increase collaborative efforts of the courts, local departments of social services, attorneys, and others involved in serving the needs of children and families. See a profile of Judge Melonakis in the June issue of The Colorado Lawyer at page 10.

ACBA 2007 Spring CLE in Florida

The ACBA held its Annual Spring CLE in Key West, Florida at the end of March. The program featured CLE presentations given by experienced practitioners who provided updates on a variety of legal topics. Participants and family members had time to enjoy local attractions, including restaurants and museums, as well as island tours, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, and golf. The program concluded with a seafood buffet and live music on the wharf.

 WCBA Prepares for Year Ahead

The Weld County Bar Association (WCBA) celebrated Law Day at its annual dinner at the Pelican Lakes Country Club in Windsor, Colorado on May 4, 2007, following the WCBA’s annual charity golf tournament. The monies raised from the golf tournament support Weld County Legal Services, which is the arm of the WCBA that provides free legal services and referrals for poor people and others traditionally underserved by the legal system. A silent auction raised an additional $2,600 for Weld County Legal Services.

Outgoing WCBA President Amy Antommaria handed the gavel to incoming President Magistrate Betty Strobel. Bill Suhre, who has managed the golf tournament for several years, was named President-Elect. Jennifer Peters will continue as Secretary/Treasurer. Susie Velasquez, the Weld County Public Trustee, and Ron Kingsford, an attorney in private practice in Greeley, were appointed to the CBA Board of Governors.

Shannon Lyons, a private practitioner in Greeley, received the WCBA’s professionalism award. This annual award is given to the attorney or judicial officer who, in the opinion of the WCBA, manifests the best principles of professionalism, including respect for the courts, the legal system, and other litigants. Magistrate Strobel received the Andrew Borg Award, in recognition of her efforts to provide legal services to the poor. Diana David Bratton received the Sandy Carr Award (given annually to a nonlawyer), in recognition of her efforts to provide access to the legal system to traditionally underserved persons.

The WCBA, through its Access to Justice Committee, inaugurated a voluntary mediation program in small claims court in January. Chief Judge Roger A. Klein signed certificates of appreciation that were awarded to the following attorneys and mediators who assisted with the mediation program: Diana David Bratton, Jack Davis, Jim Dillon, JoAnne Hagen, Ryan Kamada, Ann LaPlante, David Melusky, Jennifer Peters, Zane Pic, Sherry Rawlings, Krea Sledge, Bill Suhre, Dona Vaticano, and Susie Velasquez.

Firm Unites For MS Walk

Left to right: Jennifer, Emily, and William Madsen; Mike and Mark Fogg; Jessica Qualteri; Chris, Sarah, and Catherine O’Brien-Crum; Miles Buckingham; Ron Nemirow; Erin Shay; Nike and Jeff Fleming; Lisa and Duncan Halstead; Barb and Alexis Glogiewicz; Ed Bronfin; Frankie Henson; Dave, Benjamin, and Connor Gelman; Scot Greenwood; and Julie Haines. Dog: Maggie.

Kennedy Childs & Fogg, P.C. sponsored and operated a refreshment stand at the MS Walk on Saturday, May 5, 2007, at City Park in Denver. Several firm members participated in the walk in honor of their close friends whose children have multiple sclerosis. Melinda Strickland coordinated the event.

Bench–Bar Dinner for American Academy of
Matrimonial Lawyers

The Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers hosted its annual Bench–Bar Dinner on April 12, 2007. The chapter honored Senior District Court Judge Douglas Anderson with its Award for Judicial Excellence for his extensive contributions to the improvement of family law in Colorado. Guest speaker Judge Leland Anderson spoke about personalities encountered in life and in the court system.

Invitee Marie Moses (left), with Chapter member Diane Carlton and current Chapter President Stan Lipkin. Chapter member Tim Mehrtens (left) with Judge Mark Warner. Chapter member Judge Angie Arkin (left) and Judge Anne Mansfield.

CBA “Bloom” Team Participates in Furry Scurry

Left to right: Gaynor Bloom, Tucker Bloom, Shelley Joksimovic, Riley Bloom, Jenny Bloom, Cody Coyote Bloom, and Kathleen Schoen.

A CBA team participated in the 2007 Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL) Furry Scurry on May 5, 2007. Gaynor Bloom, Jenny Bloom, Heather Folker, Janet Mickish, Shelley Joksimovic, Kathleen Schoen, Michael Clark, and William Clark were among the 6,000 people (and 5,000 dogs) in Denver’s Washington Park for the two-mile walk. The team raised more than $500 for DDFL, a partner in the CBA-sponsored Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention (CACP). CACP provides training in Colorado and around the nation to lawyers, judges, and other professionals about the link between animal abuse and family violence.

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