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August 2007       Vol. 36, No. 8       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. It also includes notices of activities—past, present, and future—from local and national law-related organizations and groups. Please send information and photos to: Mindy Marks—, (303) 824-5312; call toll-free in-state: (800) 332-6736.

CBA DILP Receives $10,000 Grant

The CBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee (DILP) is a recent recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Called “Diversity Dollars,” the grant will be used to help fund the first Colorado-based national legal diversity conference. The 2007 Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit is scheduled for September 19–20, 2007, and will be held in Denver at INVESCO Field at Mile High. MCCA selected ten recipients of Diversity Dollars to mark the tenth anniversary of the grant program.

The founding sponsors of the 2007 Diversity Summit are: the CBA/DBA DILP Committee and the University of Colorado and University of Denver law schools. The Principal Sponsor is Qwest. A list of other Summit sponsors and more information about the conference is available at

Meeting to discuss the 2007 Diversity Summit are (from left to right): Kathleen Nalty, Eric Bono, Cindy Hyman, Liz Starrs, Cornell Boggs, Jen Ungar, Patty Powell, and Kenzo Kawanabe.

Lynn Lyon Receives Lance Butler Award

Lynn Lyon, 2007 Lance Butler Award recipient.
The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section held its Annual Dinner on June 12, 2007 at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in downtown Denver. Eighty-five Section members were in attendance. The evening’s activities included introduction of the Section’s incoming executive council members and the presentation of the Lance Butler Award. This award recognizes outstanding service, dedication, and commitment by an attorney in workers’ compensation law. The award’s namesake represented workers injured on the job for approximately thirty-five years.

Lynn Lyon was presented the 2007 Lance Butler Award. A partner in the law firm of Ritsema & Lyon, P.C., Lyon has specialized in workers’ compensation law since 1984. She has played an active role in shaping Colorado legislation governing employers and employees, including participation on the task force that redrafted the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act. Lyon has served as chair of the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section and on the Executive Committee; as co-chair of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Section; and on the Executive Board for Professionals in Workers’ Compensation.

 Annual Legislative Update Luncheon

Charles Bruce with Anne Rowe (center) and Dee Mangels.

The CBA Taxation Law Section held its Annual Legislative Update luncheon with the Business, Real Estate, and Trust & Estate Sections. Ninety-eight CBA members attended the June 13, 2007 event at the Warwick Hotel. The annual luncheon features speakers from each section and updates attendees on legislative developments in each respective area of practice. This year, the Taxation Law Section voted to rename the Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award after recently deceased attorney James E. Bye, who was to have been the first recipient of the Section’s award. At the luncheon, Holme Roberts & Owen attorney Charles Bruce paid tribute to Bye. Bye’s daughter, Ann Rowe, and his longtime legal assistant, Dee Mangels, accepted the award on Bye’s behalf.


 CBA YLD Completes Fifteenth Year
With Partners in Prevention Program

The CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the Cherry Creek School District have completed their fifteenth year of partnership in the program “Partners in Prevention.” The CBA YLD organized the program whereby legal and medical volunteers conducted drug and alcohol prevention classes for students and parents in the Cherry Creek School District. YLD members volunteered their time to instruct the students specifically about the legal ramifications of involvement with drugs and alcohol.

Attendance at the prevention class is mandatory for students who have violated the school district’s drug/alcohol policy for the first time. The program requires that a parent or guardian accompany each student to the classes. The classes address the legal and medical consequences of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use by youth and are intended to foster communication among students, parents, and school staff.

Approximately 3,000 students have attended the program in the past twelve years. The Cherry Creek School District will begin a new, more intense prevention program of its own.

Brenda Holden (left), the Cherry Creek Prevention Specialist, presents Tiffany Warner an award in recognition of her work with the Partners in Prevention Program.

Tonya Miese (right), pictured here with Brenda Holden, is a regular presenter at the Partners in Prevention classes. She speaks about her personal battle with alcohol, which resulted in the death of another driver and a DUI conviction.

The Legal Center Celebrates Thirtieth Anniversary
as Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy System

From left to right: Dr. Suzanne Halfen, Clinical Psychologist; Governor Bill Ritter; Steven Zimmerman of Rubin & Zimmerman PC;
and Lynn Smith, owner of Kate’s at 35th Avenue.

On June 27, 2007, The Legal Center marked the thirtieth anniversary of its designation as Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy System (P&A System) for people with disabilities. Colorado Governor Bill Ritter was present at the ceremony to sign the anniversary proclamation.

In June 1977, Colorado Governor Richard Lamm designated The Legal Center a P&A System, following a public hearing process and efforts by the disabled community to establish a P&A System that would exist independent of the Office of Consumer Advocacy. By 1977, The Legal Center had established a track record as an effective advocacy organization and was well known to those working in the state services system on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.

Governor Bill Ritter (left) and Randy Chapman, The Legal Center’s Director of Legal Services.

Under federal law, as the state’s P&A System, The Legal Center is authorized to have access to records, facilities, and programs serving people with disabilities. The P&A System has authority to pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies and to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities.

Since its designation as the P&A System, The Legal Center has represented approximately 17,500 people with disabilities. It has provided information and technical assistance to 85,000 people and reaches more than 100,000 Coloradans through education programs and publications.



Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project Awards

Barbara Williams Amicus Award Recipient

Barbara Williams will retire in 2007 from NCLSP after twenty-two years of service.

The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project (NCLSP) awarded Barbara Williams its Amicus Award. This award recognizes her years of service to the organization and its clients. Barbara is retiring this year after twenty-two years with NCLSP.

In May 1985, Williams began her work with NCLSP programs as a part-time telephone coordinator, answering calls to the NCLSP’s toll-free line from the eleven-county area served by NCLSP. Over the years, her duties and responsibilities became extensive. She served as a full-time pro bono coordinator for Lake and Eagle Counties; coordinator of the NCLSP toll-free hotline; statistician; and keeper of the records. The NCLSP is grateful for her dedication to the organization and to the idea that justice should be available to everyone.


Rebekah A. McBride Pro Bono
Attorney of the Year 2007 Awards

The Rebekah A. McBride Award is named for a longtime volunteer from Craig, Colorado, who served victims of domestic violence for approximately eighteen years. The NCLSP presents the award to recognize attorneys who demonstrate the highest levels of volunteer service to the community.

Seth Murphy
Murphy has been a volunteer with Colorado Legal Services (CLS) since 1998. He received the CBA “100 Hour Club” award in 2000 and 2001, and every year from 2004 to 2007; and the “50 Hour Club” award in 2003. Murphy is diligent, great with clients, and willing to take cases that may be complicated and demanding of his personal time or that require him to travel great distances. He recently completed a case that he had been working on for approximately two years.

Edward Shindel
Shindel has volunteered with CLS since 1982. He was the recipient of the CBA “100 Hour Club” award five times: in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2006.

Shindel consistently accepts referrals from CLS, and his cases are always complex and demanding. His clients often are unfamiliar with legal matters, and require extra attention and consideration. He is an advocate for his clients, and he continues to accept a wide variety of cases from CLS to help meet the needs of Clear Creek County residents.

Frederick V. Sprouse
Sprouse has volunteered with CLS since 1992. He consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty with his clients. He readily advocates for clients with mental challenges or emotional instability who need a strong voice to protect them from serious losses. These clients receive thoughtful, dedicated, and professional assistance and are treated with respect and compassion.

Sprouse is prepared to assume a new case the minute he has finished another one, even if it had been a particularly difficult case. He volunteers at legal advice clinics, where he often is guaranteed to find another client to help.

School Supply Drive to Benefit
Denver Public School Students

The Community Action Network (CAN) is looking for law firms and corporate counsel, as well as federal and state legal departments, to join this year’s Annual School Supply Drive, July 30–August 8, 2007.  The purpose of the drive is to collect school supplies for underprivileged students enrolled in the Educational Outreach Project of Denver Public Schools.

Last year, CAN collected and distributed 300 backpacks filled with supplies. CAN hopes to top that number this year. All supplies will be picked up at the end of the drive, organized, and delivered to students. If your firm would like to participate in this year’s drive, contact Aaron P. Bradford at (303) 874-3434 or e-mail

Arapahoe County Bar Association

House of Hope

On June 9 and 16, 2007, Arapahoe County Bar Association (ACBA) members, along with family members and friends, converged on the House of Hope, a homeless shelter for women and children. Much was accomplished as the volunteers trimmed bushes, cleaned up a side yard, painted a hallway and a room, and dug holes and cemented posts to replace a fence. The work was appreciated by the staff and residents of this shelter, which is the only one of its kind in Arapahoe County.

The ACBA thanks all of the volunteers who donated their time and energy to make improvements to the House of Hope: Gary Clexton and his daughter Angie; Candy Cole; Chris and Nancy Cross; Ben Currier; Mollie Hawes and Mark Ruckoldt; Jeff Jackson; Walter and Mac Kelly; Jack and Angel McCall; Katy and Alex Miller; Mike Miller; Dave and Catherine Stevens and their son Corey; and Dawn Wright. See photos below of the volunteers in action.

ACBA members volunteering at House of Hope.
Photos courtesy of Candy Cole.

Attorney Office at the Justice Center Now Open

The ACBA has a new Attorney Office on the third floor of the Arapahoe County Justice Center. Setting up this office has been a work in progress for some time. The ACBA is especially grateful to two people for their efforts in getting the office equipment running: Tammy Herivel, Clerk of Court; and Lori McKager, District Administrator in and for the Eighteenth Judicial District. The office is equipped with a new computer with high-speed Internet access and a printer. It is open to all members of the ACBA and their guests.

Boulder County Bar Association

Annual Dinner and Award of Merit and
Young Lawyer of the Year Awards for 2007

On June 7, 2007 the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) held its Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation at Folsom Stadium Club on the University of Colorado campus. Peter Dietze was awarded the 2007 Ron Porter Award of Merit and Mike Rafik was presented the 2007 Young Lawyer of the Year Award. The BCBA President’s gavel was passed from Steve Closky to Sonny Flowers.

Peter Dietze (left) receives the Award of Merit from BCBA Board
of Director Karl Kumli.

Mike Rafik is presented the Young Lawyer of the Year Award by Former BCBA President Melody Fuller. 

 Law and Justice Productions

BCBA and Public Access Television Channel 8 partnered to produce and air five programs on topics dealing with DUI, divorce, wills, real estate, and municipal court. A program on immigration was taped on July 20, 2007. Panelists who participated in these “Law and Justice” round-table discussions included lawyers and judges who specialize or may be especially knowledgeable in these areas of law, as well as community experts.

Karl Kumli (seated at center) served as moderator of the BCBA’s Law and Justice program on estate planning, wills, and trusts. Participants were (left to right): Andy Gitkind, Connie Eyster, John Lauce, Randy Ahlberg, Carol Smith, Phyllis Hancock, and Anton Dworak.

Annual Judges Dinner

On November 2, 2006, the BCBA held its Annual Judges Dinner. At the event, the BCBA honored an individual court staff person for his exemplary efforts in serving the Boulder County community. This year, BCBA paid tribute to John Lauce, Clerk of the Twentieth Judicial District’s Probate Court. Lauce is known for his warmth, compassion, and helpfulness.

Immediate Past BCBA President Steve Closky (left) with John Lauce at the BCBA Annual Judges Dinner.

The Colorado Indian Bar Association “Red Rock Scramble”

The Fourth Annual Red Rock Scramble Run/Walk event will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2007. The race and walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Lyons High School, at 200 S. Second Avenue. Proceeds from the event benefit the Colorado Indian Bar Association, providing funding for scholarships to Native American law students in Colorado.

The Red Rock Scramble includes two athletic events: a competitive five-mile run and a noncompetitive three-mile walk. Both events follow the same course, which features quiet roads and spectacular views. The course is slightly uphill on the way out and slightly downhill on the way back.

All participants will receive a high-performance T-shirt and will be treated to traditional Native American foods. Native American music will be provided by Big Crow Singers after the race.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers overall, as well as to the top three finishers in each ten-year age group. Results will be posted during the event and on the Colorado Indian Bar Association website,

For complete information, contact David Seldon at (303) 447-8700, ext. 142, or To register for the event, visit



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