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November 2007       Vol. 36, No. 11       Page  7
In and Around the Bar
Bar News

News From CBA Sections, Committees, Local and Specialty Bars, and More

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 Susie Vancura at

CBA/DBA Executive Director Receives
Eleanor P. Williams Arthritis Award

Chuck Turner is presented the Eleanor P. Williams Arthritis Award by Cynthia Wieme, Chair of the
Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors.

Chuck Turner, Executive Director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations (CBA/DBA), was awarded the Eleanor P. Williams Arthritis Award in recognition of a career that has "been distinguished by the highest caliber of legal service and by a broad humanitarian contribution within his community." He was presented the award on September 19, 2007, during a reception at the University of Denver (DU).

Turner was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1971, after graduating cum laude from the DU College of Law. He has served as the executive director of the CBA/DBA since 1981.

A member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Rotary Club and the Colorado Supreme Court’s Judicial Advisory Council, Turner received the highest award from the National Association of Bar Executives in 2002. In 2001, Turner was among the DU "Law Stars" candidates and was presented the Outstanding Alumni Professionalism Award. He also serves on the advisory board of the Alzheimer’s Association and is the Vice-President and President-Elect of the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators.

The Williams Award was inspired by Carl P. Williams, a graduate of the University of Wyoming Law School and a Colorado businessman. Williams contributes a "challenge" gift to the Arthritis Foundation each year in honor of his mother, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis most of her life. Individuals wishing to contribute to the Eleanor P. Williams Arthritis Award may send their tax-deductible gift to the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2280 S. Albion St., Denver, CO 80222-4906. For more information, call (303) 756-8622.

Democracy Education Committee
Celebrates Constitution Day 2007

Attorney volunteer David Simmental
at Henry Middle School.

On September 17–18, 2007, the DBA Democracy Education Committee supported national Constitution Day by teaching students about the U.S. Constitution and the American system of democracy. The volunteers devoted approximately fifty-five classroom hours to explain to students the meaning of democracy and show how democratic societies work.

Thirty-three attorney and paralegal volunteers participated in the event, visiting fifteen Denver Public Schools. Volunteers who participated in this event were: Erin Asborno, Michelle Blay, Brian Boney, Marion Brewer, Michael B. Carroll, John Castellano, Spencer Crona, Alison Daniels, Wick Downing, Jane Harm, Russ Haskell, Jordan Hochstadt, Don Jacobson, Jake Joyce, Laurie Kaczanowska, Laura Kurzyna, Mike Laszlo, Emily Lauck, Kay McCarthy, Leslie Padgett, Chris Price, Matt Rita, Jacy Rock, Monica Rosenbluth, Robert Rosenthal, Kelly Ryan, David Simmental, Joel Spector, Suzanne Staiert, Hal Warren, Debra Wilcox, Marla Williams, and Madeline Wilson.

Constitution Day was created by Congress in 2004 to commemorate the date in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Federal law requires any school and college receiving federal money to teach about the U.S. Constitution on or around September 17. Constitution Day 2007 is the 220th anniversary of our nation’s founding document.

Program on Retirement Assists
“Transitioning” Attorneys

On Wednesday, September 12, 2007, the CBA Transitions Committee hosted a program entitled "Thinking About Retirement, Either Now or Later?" The program featured retired attorneys Catharyn Baird and Glen Keller, as well as former CBA Communications Director Diane Hartman. The panelists spoke about what they had expected retirement to be like and the reality of the retirement experience. They also discussed how they planned for retirement, and offered advice to individuals considering retirement.

The CBA Transitions Committee presents programs for individuals who are contemplating retirement, or who just want to see what options might be available down the road. For more information about the CBA Transitions Committee, or to suggest topics for future presentations, contact Chuck Turner at

Panel members Catharyn Baird (left), Diane Hartman, and Glen Keller spoke about their lives after retirement and what people should expect when transitioning to retirement.

Statewide Hearings Seek to Improve
Legal Services to Low-Income Coloradans

Statewide hearings are being held through November 2007 to determine the civil legal needs of low-income people in Colorado. The hearings, which began in October 2007, are being conducted by the Colorado Access to Justice Commission and local Access to Justice Committees. Participants also include legal services clients and service providers, as well as members of the legal community. The primary goal of the hearings is to identify the gaps in legal services and evaluate the specific needs of individual communities.

The legal issues confronting Colorado’s poor often include the basic human needs of shelter, sustenance, safety, health care, and child custody. Cases typically deal with protection orders, domestic violence, medical benefits, social security, and food stamps. For remaining meeting dates and locations, visit the Colorado Access to Justice website at

CBA President Speaks to Judges
About the Our Courts Program

On September 17, 2007, CBA President David Lytle met with more than 200 judges during a judicial conference in Vail, Colorado. The judges assembled to both teach and learn about new aspects of the judicial system. During his speech, Lytle acknowledged Hon. Russell Carparelli, Hon. Robert D. Hawthorne, and Hon. Steve Bernard from the Colorado Court of Appeals for their role in creating the Our Courts program. The purpose of the Our Courts program is help educate the public on the meaning of the Rule of Law and the role of the court system in our society.

David Lytle with Colorado Supreme Court
Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice
Nathan B. Coats.

2007 Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit

The 2007 Rocky Mountain Legal Diversity Summit took place on September 19–20, 2007, at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The Diversity Summit aimed to give attendees the tools they need to implement diversity programs in their own organizations. Panelists discussed recruiting, hiring, and employment programs at their organizations. They talked about the successful programs, as well as about those programs that failed, and shared lessons learned from both. Serving as moderator was Patricia Powell, former Assistant Dean of the University of Colorado Law School and University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

“Diversity Today” panel (left to right): Lawrence Baca, Joyce Sterling, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, and Paula Patton.

Dean’s Diversity panel (left to right): Beto Juarez, Dr. Judd Choate, Jewlya Lynn, and David Getches.

Access to Justice panel (left to right): Troy Eid,
Doug Wilson, Hon. Mary Mullarkey, and
moderator Jon Asher.

Members of the law firm of Davis Graham &
Stubbs, recipient of the 2007 Qwest
Diversity Leadership Award.

Left to right: Dean Beto Juarez, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, speaking with Kenzo Kawanabe and Paul Chan.

DBA Bench–Bar Brown Bag Committee Programs

On September 20, 2007, the DBA Bench–Bar Committee held its first in a series of brown bag lunches this year. The event, entitled "Professionalism in the Courtroom: What Judges Expect from Lawyers," was attended by approximately 100 people, including several judges. Panelists were Denver District Court Judges Shelley Gilman, Martin Egelhoff, and Christina Habas (pictured at right).

The next brown bag luncheon is scheduled for early December 2007. Among the Denver County Court panel of judges will be Hon. Andrew Armatas and Hon. Jay Breese. Ethics credits are being requested. More details will be available soon.

Mark your calendars now for the annual Bench–Bar Retreat, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2008. For more information about Bench–Bar Committee programs or to suggest topics for future programs, please contact Erica Driver at (303) 824-5340 or

First Judicial District Annual Banquet

The First Judicial District Bar Association (1st J.D.) held its Annual Judges and Awards Banquet on Saturday, September 29, 2007, at the Mount Vernon Country Club. This annual event honors incoming and retiring judicial members, and recognizes the annual award winners and outgoing president.

T.J. Carney introduced the award recipients. Honorees included Award of Merit recipient Leland P. Anderson, who was introduced by Judge Bill Meyer. John Thirkell received the Linda Palmieri Award for his work benefiting children and his dedication to the 1st J.D. for the past twenty-two years. Jenna Reulbach was this year’s George Holley Outstanding Young Lawyer winner. This year’s Liberty Bell Award recipient was Jeff McDonald, who was honored for his work with the Juvenile Assessment Center and his commitment to helping young people. Clerk of the Court Shirley Williams received the Lisa Harness Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the 1st J.D.

Chief Judge Brooke Jackson recognized the incoming judicial officers from this past year: Magistrate Joe Martinez, Judge M.J. Menendez, and Judge Dennis Hall. Peter Weir, former Judge of Division 5 of the Jefferson County District Court, was honored for his service to the Bench from November 2004 to January 2007.

In addition, outgoing President Chris Radeff was recognized for her service to the 1st J.D., and Jane Ebisch officially began her tenure as 1st J.D. President. The evening’s entertainment included a stand-up comedy routine performed by Deputy District Attorney Patrick Fitz-Gerald.

Pro Bono Paralegal Award Luncheon

Susan Cole (center), with Michael A. Miller and Janet Price,  Co-Chairs of the CBA Paralegal Committee.

The CBA Paralegal Committee has named Susan Cole of Arnold & Porter LLP recipient of the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award. Cole manages and arranges several legal events that help those who are less fortunate, including Project Homeless Connect and Legal Nights at Mi Casa and El Centro San Juan Diego. She was nominated for the award by Constance Talmage, Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee.

The award was presented at the Sixth Annual Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award Luncheon on September 27, 2007. During the luncheon, which was attended by more than 100 pro bono supporters and members of community service organizations, Cole was presented an engraved plaque commemorating her accomplishments, along with a $1,000 donation to Mi Casa Resource Center for Women.

Other award nominees were Brian Allensworth of Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, Cheryl Ferne of Dorsey & Whitney, and Jenny Kang of The Harris Law Firm. They were acknowledged for their service to the community.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

On September 26, 2007, the DBA Access to Justice (ATJ) Committee and the CBA/DBA Public Legal Education (PLE) Department hosted a dinner to thank individuals for volunteering their time to the ATJ Committee and PLE programs. The dinner was held at the Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion, in Denver. The evening’s entertainment was a stand-up comedy show, courtesy of Frank Schuchat, founding member of the Denver law firm of Schuchat Herzog & Brenman.

Attorney and comedian Frank Schuchat performed at the ATJ Committee and PLE Department thank-you party for volunteers.

MCBA and EPCBA Welcome CBA President David Lytle

Left to right: CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner,
MCBA President David Scanga, and
CBA President David Lytle.

On September 7, 2007, more than fifty attorneys attended a Mesa County Bar Association (MCBA) Luncheon to welcome CBA President David Lytle. This visit included a presentation (with CLE ethics credit) by Michael Berger on the new Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, which will become effective January 1, 2008.

On September 11, 2007, Lytle made his fifteenth visit to the El Paso County Bar Association (EPCBA). More than 100 El Paso lawyers, judges, and staff members were present to hear Lytle review important CBA membership benefits, including Casemaker, the CBA’s online legal research program (free for members), and the CBA’s involvement with proposed changes to the judicial performance process.

In addition to the CBA President, the EPCBA welcomed CLE speaker Lance Sears. Sears also spoke about the new Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.

CBA YLD Hosts Annual Fundraiser

On Friday, October 19, 2007, the CBA Young Lawyers Division hosted its 2007 Annual Charity Fundraiser. This year’s chosen charity was the Family Friendly Courts Program, which was established in 2002 under the leadership of Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey. One of the primary functions of the Family Friendly Courts Program is to help provide child care options for the children of individuals and families involved in Colorado state court proceedings. The program also provides: low-cost and flexible supervised parenting time opportunities; information about and referrals to community resources for at-risk youth; educational, health, mental health, substance abuse, and legal services; and domestic abuse information.

CLS Gunnison Office Hosts Workshop
on “The Law and You”

Judge J. Steven Patrick with
Pro Bono
Coordinator Candace Sparks.

On September 11, 2007, Colorado Legal Services’ (CLS) Gunnison office, in conjunction with The Colorado Trust, hosted a workshop on "The Law and You." District Court Judge J. Steven Patrick and local law enforcement personnel met with immigrant leaders from the community as part of the Gunnison County Immigrant Integration effort, which is part of The Colorado Trust’s Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Family Initiative.

The September workshop is part of the "Living in America" programs, which are funded by The Colorado Trust. Gunnison is one of nineteen communities that received a grant for developing community programs. Community members participate in creating the workshops, which are then facilitated by CLS.

2007 DU Law Stars Fundraiser

DU Law Stars is the premiere fundraising event for the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law. Proceeds from this annual event support the Student Law Office and DU Law General Scholarship Fund. This year’s event took place on September 27, 2007, at the Denver Marriott City Center.

This year’s honorees were: Peter D.Willis, Outstanding Alumni Award; Constance C. Talmage, Alumni Professionalism Award; Professor Sheila K. Hyatt, Excellence in Teaching Award; and Mary Kay Hogan, Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Young Alumni Award. To learn more about the DU Law Stars awards, visit

Youth at Risk Task Force Luncheon

On September 19, 2007, the Governor’s Task Force on Foster Care and Permanence, the CBA’s Youth at Risk Task Force, and the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center hosted a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion. The keynote speakers, Paul Pitcoff and Betsy Krebs, founders of the New York Youth Advocacy Center, are pictured below.

Both Pitcoff and Krebs represent children placed in foster care. They have developed a system of empowerment for these children. This program, entitled "Getting Beyond the System," focuses on providing youths an opportunity to learn how to advocate for themselves. This includes an interview with a professional in a field each youth intends to pursue.

Karen Beye,
Director of Colorado State Department
of Human Services.


Betsy Krebs

Counselors for Critters Pet Adoption Event

On September 29, 2007, at the Petco on Colfax in Jefferson County, the First Judicial District Bar Association (1st J.D.), Counselors for Critters, and Petco united to host the annual pet adoption event. Canine massage therapists and pet portrait photographers were among the vendors at the event. Fifty-three animals found new homes, and several adoptions are pending.

Among the twenty rescue organizations that participated in the event were Project REX, Great Dane Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, Chihuahua Rescue, Boulder Valley Humane Education, Table Mountain Animal, Angels with Paws, Boxer Rescue, Malamute Rescue, and PALLS. (PALLS is an organization that takes in homeless people and their animals and finds new homes for animals, if necessary.)

This is the third year for this event; plans are underway to bring this event to the community every April and October. The next project for Counselors for Critters is "Humane Education for Adolescents." Contact Cheryl Law, CBA Program Coordinator for Local Bar Relations, for more information:

Members of the 1st J.D. answer law-related animal questions for attendees.

CBA Chair Orientation

CBA President David Lytle (standing) and
2007–08 CBA section and committee chairs
at the September orientation.

Chairs of several CBA sections and committees attended an orientation on September 11, 2007 to learn everything they need to know about running a successful program. CBA President David Lytle and CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner provided governance and administrative information to the new section and committee chairs. Other items on the agenda included tips for using the CBA website, CBA staff introductions, and fundraising opportunities.

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