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January 2008       Vol. 37, No. 1       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

DBA YLD Court Orientation

The Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (DBA YLD) annual court orientation was held on November 15, 2007, at the Denver City and County Building. The program was designed to inform newly admitted attorneys and attorneys new to the Denver area about the Denver court system. Judges, law clerks, and court administrators were present to share their insights with the new attorneys and to answer questions about the Denver courts.

 CBA Donation to Benefit Legal Services

CBA President-Elect Bill Walters presents a $30,000
check to Legal Aid Foundation Chair Sabrina Stavish.

On November 14, 2007, the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) presented its annual contribution from royalty revenues of the Affinity Master Card Program to the Legal Aid Foundation and COLTAF (Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation). The $30,000 contribution will be used to help fund legal services programs in Colorado.


 NAPABA Annual Convention

Colorado attendees included Paul Chan
(left) and Andy Hamano.


On November 15–18, 2007, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) held its nineteenth annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The convention drew a record attendance of approximately 1,200 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. Attendees from Colorado included former NAPABA President (and Immediate Past DBA President) Paul Chan; Holland and Hart partner Jim Goh; former APABA of Colorado Presidents Andy Hamano, Fay Chu Fong, and Kenzo Kawanabe; current APABA President Annie Kao; and current APABA board members Nina Wang, Andrea Wang, and Vivian Barrios.

Trailblazer Award recipient Hon. Michael Watanabe (center), with Kenzo Kawanabe and Annie Kao.

On the convention’s third day, the prestigious Trailblazer Award was presented to Hon. Michael J. Watanabe of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Magistrate Watanabe was honored for his contributions to the advancement of Asian Pacific American attorneys. He is the first and only Asian American federal judicial officer in the Tenth Circuit.

The convention also marked the start of Annie Kao’s two-year term as NAPABA’s Southwest Regional Governor. Kao will represent the interests of NAPABA members in Colorado, Texas, and Arizona.

Access to Justice Hearing in Denver

On November 14, 2007, legal services providers, judges, legislators, and members of the community met at the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver for a hearing on the availability of legal services in Colorado. The hearing was the last in a series held by the Colorado Access to Justice (ATJ) Commission and local ATJ committees. The ATJ Commission will compile its findings in a report and present it to the Colorado Legislature in January.

The panelists for the Denver hearing were: Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey; Colorado Court of Appeals Judge JoAnn Vogt; Denver County Court Presiding Judge Andrew Armatas; Sen. Paula Sandoval; Rep. Cheri Jahn; and Rep. Morgan Carroll. Also serving on the panel were: Trey Rogers, legal counsel to Gov. Bill Ritter; Ken Lane, senior counsel to U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar; Greg Diamond, District Director for Rep. Diana DeGette; Constance C. Talmage, ATJ Commission Chair; and DBA President Elsa Martinez Tenreiro.

Among those who testified at the hearing were: Jonathan Asher, Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services (CLS); Dianne Van Voorhees, Director of Metro Volunteer Lawyers; Diane Postel, Director of Counseling and Advocacy for SafeHouse Denver; Ilene Bloom, Co-Chair of the Denver ATJ Committee; Margaret Abrams of the Denver District Attorney’s Office; and Meredith McBurney, American Bar Association resource development consultant. Community member Rae Ann Rozhon also testified during the hearing to share her positive experience as a CLS client.Constance Talmage, Chair, ATJ Commission.

Constance Talmage, Chair, ATJ Commission. Jonathan Asher, CLS Executive Director. Denver County Court Presiding Judge Andrew Armatas. Dianne Van Voorhees, Director, Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

Ilene Bloom, Co-Chair, Denver ATJ Committee. Diane Postel, Director
of Counseling and Advocacy, SafeHouse Denver.
Margaret Abrams, Denver DA’s Office. Meredith McBurney, ABA Resource Development Consultant.

 Denver Celebrates National Adoption Day

For the third consecutive year, Denver participated in National Adoption Day. Denver’s celebration took place on Friday, November 16, 2007, and was marked by adoption proceedings throughout the morning at the Denver City and County Building. The event was coordinated through the Denver Juvenile Court and Denver Human Services, in conjunction with other local and state child advocates and agencies.

Welcoming remarks were made by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Other speakers included Hon. Karen Ashby, Presiding Judge of the Denver Juvenile Court; Denver Human Services Manager Roxane White; and Denver Human Services caseworker and pastor Nathan O’Neal.

National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness of the large number of children in foster care waiting to find permanent families. It is celebrated every year just before Thanksgiving. For more information, visit

Retirement Roast for
District Court Clerk Nancy Eddleman

Nancy Eddleman with CBA Honor Life
member George McLachlan.

On April 18, 2007, the Southeastern Colorado Bar Association hosted a retirement luncheon and honorary roast for longtime District Court Clerk Nancy Eddleman. More than thirty people, including judges (both active and retired), lawyers, and court personnel, attended the event at the Oasis Restaurant, Cow Palace Inn, in Lamar. Attendees shared their memories of working with Nancy during her many years of service in the Prowers County District Court system.


CTLA Inducts New President

Darin L. Schanker (pictured at left) recently was inducted as President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for the 2007–08 term. Schanker is an original shareholder and founding member of Bachus & Schanker, LLC. He represents victims and their families in cases involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and insurance fraud.


Denver Hosts 2007 Providence Cup Tournament


A mock trial team comprised of students from three area high schools won college scholarships and “The Cup” at the first annual Providence Cup. From left to right, Katrina Worsham, Steven Mark, Monika Lutz, and Chris Tooker.

Denver recently served as host city for the 2007 Providence Cup Tournament. The three-day high school mock trial competition was held at the Denver District Court on October 25–27. Celebratory festivities and the award presentation took place at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel.

This year’s winning team comprised four students from three Colorado high schools: Monika Lutz from Fairview High School, Katrina Worhsam from Eagle Crest High School, and Steven Mark and Chris Tooker from Regis Jesuit High School. The team was awarded the Championship Cup and each teammate received a college scholarship.


From left to right, Mica Varga, Kayla Montoya, Andreas Jaen, Aimy Tien, and Mariah Norby from Bear Creek High School were Providence Cup Championship Finalists. They took home the Spirit Award.

Individual scholarship awards for Outstanding Attorney were earned by Chris Tooker, Katie Adkinson of Doherty High School, and Brenton Weyi of George Washington High School. Outstanding Witness scholarships were awarded to Monika Lutz, Andreas Jaen of Bear Creek High School, and Justin Woods of William Palmer High School. For their perfect scores in courtroom decorum, Evergreen High School and Ralston Valley High School received the Professionalism Award. The Providence Spirit Award was awarded to William J. Palmer High School and Bear Creek High School.

The Providence Cup is sponsored by The Providence Foundation of Law and Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to better preparing students for their lives ahead and encouraging students to take an active role in their community. The Providence Cup tournament is open to teams from across the nation and offers college scholarship funding. For more information, visit

CJI Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner

More than 540 judges, attorneys, and members of the business and legal community showed their support for the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) on Thursday, November 15, by attending the 2007 CJI Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner. The dinner is held annually to honor outstanding judges.

This year, three Colorado judges were recognized for their accomplishments in their judicial capacities, and were presented CJI Judicial Excellence awards. Hon. Roxanne Bailin, Chief Judge of the Twentieth Judicial District, was acknowledged for her accomplishments as a District Court jurist. Judge Bailin was appointed to the District Court Bench in 1987 and has served as Chief Judge of the Boulder-based district since 1998. Judge Bailin was honored for her leadership, innovation in streamlining court processes, ability to establish collaborative partnerships among varied departments and agencies, and commitment to providing responsive justice to all who appear before her.

Hon. James B. Breese was recognized for his work as a Denver County Court jurist. Appointed in 1987, Judge Breese was honored for his successful efforts to improve the justice system through understanding, education, and cooperation. Specifically, Judge Breese was instrumental in establishing an improved juror communication system and creating more user-friendly juror rooms.

Hon. Dinsmore Tuttle of the Nineteenth Judicial District was the CJI Magistrate of the Year. Magistrate Tuttle was appointed as District Court Magistrate in 1997. She was honored for her dedication in helping parties efficiently move through the judicial system and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Left to right: CJI Judicial Excellence Award Winners Hon. James Breese; Hon. Roxanne Bailin; and Hon. Dinsmore Tuttle.

Keynote Speaker Stephanie Villafuerte (left) and Event Chairperson Constance Talmage.

Funds raised at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner support the CJI Judicial Education Fund and many programs of the CJI. The CJI also receives support from numerous sponsors. This year’s Platinum Sponsor was Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP. Gold Sponsors were: Arnold & Porter LLP; Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP; Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado; Holland & Hart LLP; Holme Roberts & Owen LLP; Patten, MacPhee & Associates, Inc.; Qwest Communications International, Inc.; Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP; and Shughart Thomson & Kilroy P.C. Left to right: CJI Judicial CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner and CJI Board Vice-Chair Elinor Greenberg.

CBA Executive Director Chuck Turner and  CJI Board Vice-Chair Elinor Greenberg.

Left to right: CJI Board Members Hon. Robert Kapelke; Hon. Bruce Campbell; Hon. Robert Fullerton; and Elinor Greenberg.

Catholic Lawyers Guild Annual Red Mass Celebration

Several judges attended the CLG Red Mass on October 14.
Photo courtesy of James Baca/Denver Catholic Register.

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado (CLG), in conjunction with the St. Thomas More Society, held its annual celebration of a Red Mass on October 14, 2007, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Named for the red vestments worn by the priests during the centuries-old event, the Red Mass honors the patron saints of the legal profession, St. Thomas More and St. Ives, and traditionally coincides with when the U.S. Supreme Court convenes in October.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput presided over the Red Mass. He acknowledged the recent CLG award recipients, who were honored at a brunch held later that day. Hon. José D.L. Márquez, Colorado Court of Appeals, received the St. Thomas More Award, and Hon. William R. Lucero, Colorado’s Presiding Disciplinary Judge, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The CLG will be hosting a dinner on January 31 in Lakewood. For more information about the upcoming dinner, contact CLG President Ann Allott at (303) 797-8055, or visit the CLG website at

CBA–CLE Annual Faculty and Author Reception

The CBA–CLE recently hosted its annual reception to thank faculty members and authors for their contributions toward enhancing the competence of the Colorado Bar. The event took place on December 3, 2007, at the CBA–CLE offices in Denver.

The reception included the presentation of the Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence to Colorado attorneys Jack Greenwald and Mark D. Masters. They were honored for their dedication and outstanding contributions to CBA–CLE programs and publications.

Mark Masters (left) was presented the Award of Excellence by CLE Executive Director Gary Abrams.

Jack Greenwald (right) was presented the Award of Excellence by CLE Board member Jordan Hochstadt.

Jack Greenwald has been a member of the CBA since 1952. In 1999, he authored the "Liens" chapter in the CBA–CLE publication The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law. He also wrote a supplement to the chapter in 2002. In addition, he has written several articles for The Colorado Lawyer. Mark Masters is a past chair of the CBA Trust and Estate Section and is a member of the Colorado Probate Code Revision Committee. In addition to writing legislation, he edited the Colorado Will and Estate Planner, co-edited the first and second editions of the CBA Senior Law Handbook, and previously has written articles for The Colorado Lawyer.

Larry Manzanares Scholarship Fund

The family and friends of Larry Manzanares, along with the Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF), have established a scholarship fund to honor the life, work, and memory of former Denver City Attorney Larry Manzanares. The Larry Manzanares Scholarship Fund is a perpetual fund in Manzanares’s memory and will be maintained at the Denver LAEF offices. The contributors have targeted $80,000 to establish the fund.

The scholarship will benefit Colorado through the financial support of future Latino college students. Contributions to the fund can be made directly to LAEF. For complete information, contact Jim Chavez, LAEF Executive Director, at (303) 446-0541. Visit LAEF online at

Manzanares was an accomplished lawyer and judge in Denver and an active board member for many community and legal organizations. He gave much of his time and talent to the education of young people.

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